Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Simon Napier Bell, Wham's ex Manager on Marc Bolan........British Rock Star


...................Nevertheless I had to let him do it because the instant he walked through the door he came across with the one thing that is most needed but is most lacking in all rock singers.
It's what people call star quality,
but in reality it's nothing more than the artist seeing himself as the essential material of his own art.
He devises his own unique image and lifestyle and projects them to everyone around him
The fact that he has chosen singing, or acting or even being a politician, as the area to work in is irrelevant.
He uses himself as a painter uses a canvas, or as a sculptor uses his lump of rock.
He paints himself a little, does a bit of sculpting, decides on the right clothes, and out comes a new person.
A creation.
A work of art.
A star.
ADRIAAN and Legendary Wham Manager and Music Industry Impressario.... SIMON NAPIER BELL

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Freddie "Farrokh Bulsara" Mercury..............



No one loves the real me inside.

They're all in love with my fame, my stardom.

I fall in love far too quickly and end up getting hurt all the time.

I've got scars all over.

But I can't help myself because basically I'm a softie.

I have this hard, macho shell which I project on stage but there's a much softer side too, which melts like butter.


Monday, December 14, 2009

William Shakespeare...........All the World's a stage.............


All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Florence Nightingale...Actions of WISDOM......


You ask me why I do not write something...
I think one's feelings waste themselves in words, they ought all to be distilled into actions and into actions which bring results. (1910)


Whenever something like Fort Hood happens you say, “This is not Islam.”
I believe that.
But you keep telling us what Islam isn't.
You need to tell us what it is and show us how its positive interpretations are being promoted in your schools and mosques.
If this is not Islam, then why is it that a million Muslims will pour into the streets to protest Danish cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, but not one will take to the streets to protest Muslim suicide bombers who blow up other Muslims, real people, created in the image of God?
You need to explain that to us- and to yourselves.

***MGM sale expects to elicit half-dozen bids. Hollywood should know better by the end of next month whether MGM will change owners or simply shift course.
***Liberty Media president and CEO Greg Maffei said Tuesday that Comcast is paying a "pretty big price" for a 51% stake in NBC Universal, but he lauded the cable giant for pulling off a deal that will allow it to hedge potential future challenges.
***Comcast-NBC ad industry executives have talked for years of a future where a marketer could buy a single national TV placement that serves up different ads to individual households depending on the viewing and purchase profiles of those homes;
this Universal deal could change ads.


***Rev. Jesse Jackson and media expert and author Michael Levine talking about Michael Jackson at Jeff Wald's party for the official photo book titled Michael Jackson Opus at the Luxe Hotel last night in Brentwood.
Also present at the party were attorney John Branca, Suzanne DePasse, actor Ray Liotta, attorney Howard Weitman, Bruce Jenner, radio talk show host Richard Greene, Irving Azoff, among many others.

The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to the other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot. (1906)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

You power: The decade’s new media revolution...

You power: The decade’s new media revolution


Most of us can’t get through our days now without being reminded of technology we didn’t have or didn’t use in 1999.

But as we Tweet via our BlackBerrys or watch the latest viral video from the YouTube application on our iPhones, we may be taking for granted just how much media developments have affected our culture and transformed our lives in the past decade.

"What has happened between the beginning of the 21st century and now I think is the most profound part of the new media revolution," says Paul Levinson, a professor of communication and media studies and Fordham University and the author of "New New Media."

“In particular, what makes these newer media so important is that it turns the consumers into producers.”

Developments like Facebook, YouTube, Wikipedia and Twitter have allowed audiences to participate in producing content that can easily be distributed to others.

Before, that kind of power was reserved mainly for big companies.

"In previous times, no matter what, someone was deciding what you were going to hear and see and watch and listen to," notes Ken Hudson, a digital media consultant in Toronto.

"But now there are also individuals that produce content.

And so if the story is worth telling or if it’s worth hearing, it’s going to be heard."

The ability to distribute content we produce has also led to a new age in the news media.

We now give the credibility and regard to some bloggers that was once reserved for those employed by a major newspaper, wire service or television network, says Hudson, who thinks the 21st century has seen the rise of what he calls the

"democratization of media."

We can see and hear all of this user-produced content from almost anywhere nowadays.

The convenience of the laptop computer developed into smart phones that help us become content producers from where ever we happen to be at the time.

With so much information from so many sources at our fingertips at all times, there has been talk that it’s bad for interpersonal connections. But the media experts seem to disagree.

"Social media is letting people create much, much bigger communities than they ever have before," says Barna Donovan, chair of the communication department at Saint Peter’s College.

Websites like Facebook allow people to reclaim any part of their lives at any time, Levinson says.

Developments like Twitter allow us to be in touch with people we’re close to – or people we’re not even close to – throughout the day without ever having to pick up a phone.

And Skype, which provides video chats for anyone with an Internet connection, lets us see and hear people who might be halfway across the world – for free.

"That’s like the revolutionary thing that’s happening right now," Levinson points out.

"The idea that you can talk to someone and see their face and have a video conversation with them that doesn’t cost anything – that would have been science fiction 10 years ago."

In addition to challenging the authorities’ rule with user-produced content, audiences are also having a powerful impact on society through technologies like Hulu, which allows free television viewing online.

By flocking to what we want to see, instead of what the networks want us to see or the Federal Communications Commission permits us to see, we are creating a loophole in censorship, says Donovan, who is writing a book called "Violence is Good: How Anti-Media Paranoia Threatens Free Speech and Democracy."

"We are able to see just what kind of values the culture really lives by and what kind of things they believe in," he says.

"It’s going to be difficult to impossible to censor and keep audiences from explicit content."

But, as significant as the "democratization of media" has been, Hudson says he thinks more significant developments are on the way.

"I think we’ve just seen the beginning of it.

I don’t think we really understand how it’s going to revolutionize our society," he said, noting that, appropriately,

"I think we’re in charge of where it’s going to take us, which is also revolutionary."

– Laura E. Davis

‘2012's’ Emmerich to Pocket $100M Profit

‘2012's’ Emmerich to Pocket $100M Profit

How rich will the success of Sony’s disaster blockbuster ‘2012’ make writer-producer-director Roland Emmerich?
Let’s put it this way: the number has many, many zeros.
The film, which has has now grossed more than $650 million worldwide and will end up north of $700 million, will leave a steaming pile of greenbacks $100 million high for Emmerich, according to several knowledgeable executives.
Emmerich’s CAA agent Craig Gering did not return a call seeking confirmation.
A spokesman for Sony Pictures Entertainment, which released the film, declined to comment.
In this day and age of shrinking star salaries and tightened cash-break margins, the deal that Emmerich got is fairly jaw-dropping.
According to several executives who saw the deal as it was being shopped and signed last year, Emmerich got a traditional $20 million advance against 20 percent of the first-dollar gross profits.
Based on where the box office stands today and the first dollar gross deal, Emmerich will take home $100 million, all the executives agreed.
How did he manage to pull off kind of deal in the punitive environment of today?
Basically because Emmerich became the master of
his own destiny.
He owned the script, produced the film and directed.
He offered a take-it-or-leave-it deal more reminiscent of the 1990s than of the 21st century.
“Roland’s deal was really rich,” said one studio chief who passed on the deal because of a weak script.
“And you had to believe the film would do north of $600 million to make it worth your while.”
Lo and behold, it did.
Emmerich may choose to share his windfall bounty with his co-producer Mark Gordon and the movie’s top cast-members.
But whether non-marquee actors John Cusack, Thandie Newton or Woody Harrelson will get anything beyond their up-front salaries remains to be seen.
All of their back-end bonuses are paid out of Emmerich’s pile, er, pool.
Emmerich’s previous big-budget extravaganza, “10,000 BC,” got nowhere near blockbuster proportions, taking in $269 million worldwide for Warner Brothers.
No wonder, then, that they passed, along with Universal.
In the end, it was a international audience that has dragged in 75 percent of the box office cash, primed by a trailer of sensational, world-ending images.
Michael Bay, you may want to call your agent.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

LADY GAGA on FIRE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dance queen Lady Gaga gets something off her chest – literally! – at June’s MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto.

The edgy singer – who performed her hits “LoveGame” and “Poker Face” – was joined by Kelly Clarkson, the Black Eyed Peas and hosts the Jonas Brothers.

The easiest "acid test" for employees, vendors, clients, or friends is
If someone can't be on time for telephone appointments, interviews, or meetings, what ELSE is he/she going to screw up?


My generation's apathy.
I'm disgusted with it.
I'm disgusted with my own apathy too, for being spineless and not always standing up against racism, sexism and all those other -isms the counterculture has been whining about for years. (1994)


Sunrise doesnt last all morning
A cloudburst doesnt last all day
Seems my love is up and has left you with no warning
Its not always going to be this grey
All things must pass
All things must pass away

The late, great comedian Jack Benny.....

***Ernest Vincent Wright's 1939 novel Gadsby has 50,110 words, none of which contains the letter "e."
***When French sculpter Auguste Rodin exhibited The Bronze Period, in 1878 it was so realistic that people thought he had sacrificed a live model inside the cast.
***There are more than ten billion web pages on the internet.
***The first color photograph was made in 1861 by James Maxwell.
***Picasso could draw before he could walk.