Monday, July 30, 2007

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German pronunciation (IPA): (born July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, actor, and politician, currently serving as the 38th Governor of the U.S. state of California.
As a young man, Schwarzenegger gained widespread attention as a highly successful
bodybuilder. He later gained worldwide fame as a Hollywood action film icon. Perhaps his most famous role is in the The Terminator series.
Schwarzenegger was nicknamed "The Austrian Oak" in his body-building days, "Arnie" during his acting career, and more recently "The Governator" (a
portmanteau of Governor and Terminator, referring to his internationally popular film role).Schwarzenegger is a Republican, and was first elected on October 7, 2003, in a special recall election to replace then-Governor Gray Davis. Schwarzenegger was sworn in on November 17, 2003, to serve the remainder of Davis' term. Schwarzenegger was then reelected on November 7, 2006, in California's 2006 gubernatorial election to serve a full term as governor by defeating Democrat Phil Angelides, who was California State Treasurer at the time. Schwarzenegger was sworn in for a second term on January 5, 2007. In May 2007, he was named as one of the Time 100 people who help shape the world.
Arnold Schwarzenegger was born in Thal, Austria, a city bordering the Styrian capital Graz, and was christened Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger.His parents were the local police chief Gustav Schwarzenegger (1907–1972), and his wife, the former Aurelia Jadrny (1922–1998). They were married on October 20, 1945—Gustav was 38, and Aurelia was a 23-year-old widow with a son named Meinhard. According to Schwarzenegger, both of his parents were "very strict". "Back then in Austria it was a very different world—" he says, "if we did something bad or we disobeyed our parents, the rod was not sparred [sic]." It was a Roman Catholic family who attended Church every Sunday.Gustav, who was frequently drunk,signed up for the Nazi party after the 1938 Anschluss. Still, after the war, in 1947, Gustav was allowed to work as a police officer as there was no evidence he had committed war crimes. He had a preference for Meinhard, the elder of the two sons. Gustav’s favouritism was “strong and blatant”, which stemmed from unfounded suspicion “that Arnold wasn’t his child.” Schwarzenegger has said his father had “no patience for listening or understanding your problems…there was a wall; a real wall.”[Schwarzenegger had a good relationship with his mother and kept in touch with her until her death. Schwarzenegger has reportedly disavowed Nazi views. In later life, Schwarzenegger commissioned the Simon Wiesenthal Centre to research his father's wartime record, which came up with no evidence of atrocities. At school, Schwarzenegger was apparently "in the middle" but stood out for his "cheerful, good-humoured and exuberant" character. Money was a problem in the household; Schwarzenegger has recalled that one of the highlights of his youth was when the family bought a refrigerator.
As a boy, Schwarzenegger played many sports—heavily influenced by his father. He picked up his first "
barbell" in 1960 when his soccer coach took his team to a local gym.At the age of 15 Schwarzenegger chose body-building over a career as a soccer player.Schwarzenegger has responded to a question asking if he was age 13 when he started weight-lifting: "I actually started weight training when I was fifteen but I'd been participating in sports, like soccer, for years so I felt that although I was slim, I was well-developed, at least enough so that I could start going to the gym and start Olympic lifting."However, his official website biography claims: "At 14, he started an intensive training program with Kurt Marnul, studied psychology at 15 (to learn more about the power of mind over body) and at 17, officially started his competitive career." During a speech in 2001 he said: "My own plan formed when I was 14 years old. My father had wanted me to be a police officer like he was. My mother wanted me to go to trade school."Schwarzenegger took to visiting a gym in Graz, where he also frequented the local cinemas to see bodybuilding idols such as Reg Park, Steve Reeves, and Johnny Weissmuller on the big screen. "I was inspired by individuals like Reg Park and Steve Reeves."When Reeves passed away in 2000, Schwarzenegger fondly remembered him: " As a teenager, I grew up with Steve Reeves. His remarkable accomplishments allowed me a sense of what was possible when others around me didn't always understand my dreams ... Steve Reeves has been part of everything I've ever been fortunate enough to achieve."[16] In 1961 Schwarzenegger met former Mr. Austria Kurt Marnul who invited him to train at the gym in Graz.[4] He was so dedicated as a youngster that he was known to break into the local gym on weekends, when it was usually closed, so that he could train. "It would make me sick to miss a workout … I knew I couldn't look at myself in the mirror the next morning if I didn't do it."[5] Schwarzenegger was asked about his first movie experience as a boy, he replied: "I was very young, but I remember my father taking me to the Austrian theaters and seeing some newsreels. The first real movie I saw, that I distinctly remember, was a John Wayne movie."[5]
In 1971, his brother Meinhard died in a car accident.
[4] Meinhard had been drinking and was killed instantly, Schwarzenegger did not attend his funeral.[7] He was due to marry Erika Knapp and the couple shared a three-year-old son Patrick, Schwarzenegger would pay for Patrick's education and a life in America.[7] Gustav died the following year from a stroke.[4] In Pumping Iron, Schwarzenegger claimed that he did not attend his father's funeral because he was training for a bodybuilding contest. Later, he and the film's producer both stated that this story was taken from another bodybuilder for the purpose of showing the extremes that some would go to for their sport, and to make Schwarzenegger's image more cold and machine-like to fan controversy for the film.[17] Barbara Baker, his first serious girlfriend has said he informed her of his father's death without emotion and never spoke of his brother.[18] Over time, he has given at least three versions of why he did not attend his father's funeral.[7]
In a candid interview with
Fortune Magazine in 2004, Schwarzenegger told how he suffered what "would now be called child abuse" at the hands of his father. "My hair was pulled. I was hit with belts. So was the kid next door. It was just the way it was. Many of the children I've seen were broken by their parents, which was the German-Austrian mentality. They didn't want to create an individual. It was all about conforming. I was one who did not conform and whose will could not be broken. Therefore I became a rebel. Every time I got hit, and every time someone said, 'you can't do this,' I said, 'this is not going to be for much longer, because I'm going to move out of here. I want to be rich. I want to be somebody'.

Bruce Willis

Walter Bruce Willis (born March 19, 1955) is an German-American actor and singer. He came to fame in the late 1980s and has since retained a career as both a Hollywood leading man and a supporting actor, in particular for his role as John McClane in the Die Hard series. Willis was married to actress Demi Moore and they had three daughters before their divorce in 2000 after thirteen years of marriage. He has received multiple awards and honors throughout his career and has publicly showed his support for the United States armed forces. In various interviews, Willis has revealed his political opinions and interest in several conspiracy theories.
Motion pictures that feature him as a leading actor or supporting co-star, have
grossed a total of $2.42 to $2.88 billion at the North American box office, placing him as the sixth (as strictly lead) or the ninth highest-grossing movie star (counting supporting roles) of all time.

Willis was born in Idar-Oberstein, Germany to David Willis, an American soldier, and a Kassel-born German mother, Marlene, who worked in a bank. Willis was the oldest of four children (his siblings are Florence, David, and Robert). After being discharged from the military in 1957, Willis's father took his family back to Penns Grove, New Jersey, where he worked as a welder and factory worker. His parents separated in 1971 while Willis was in his early teens. He was always an outgoing youngster, although he grew up with a stutter. Finding it easy to express himself on stage and losing his stutter in the process, Willis began performing on stage and his high school memberships were marked by such things as the drama club and school council president.
Rather than go to
college after graduation, Willis farmed sheep in a mining village in Alabama, transporting work crews at the DuPont Chambers Works factory in Deepwater, New Jersey. He decided to quit after a colleague was killed on the job, and thereafter became a regular at several bars. Willis also discovered an innate knack for playing harmonica and joined a R&B band called Loose Goose. After a stint as a private investigator (a role he plays in his 1991 film, The Last Boy Scout), Willis returned to his original passion of acting. He enrolled in the drama program at Montclair State University, where he was cast in the class production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Jack Prince as Big Daddy, William Applegate as the doctor, and Kevin J. Lynch as the Rev. Tooker. The ambitious junior finally decided to leave school in pursuit of more movie roles by heading for New York City.
Willis returned to the bar scene, only this time for a part-time job and as a way to meet New York
celebrities. He is rumored to have been 'discovered' while working at the Museum Cafe on New York's Upper West Side. After countless auditions, Willis made his theater debut in the off-Broadway production of Heaven and Earth. He gained more experience and exposure in Fool for Love, a stint on television's Miami Vice, and in a Levi's commercial.
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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Joss Stone

Joscelyn Eve Stoker (born 11 April 1987), best known by her stage name Joss Stone, is an English soul, R&B, and blues singer, songwriter, and occasional actress who has sold over ten million albums worldwide.
Stone was born in Dover, Kent, and spent her teenage years in Ashill, Devon. She is the third of
four children born to Richard and Wendy Stoker. She made her first public appearance at the Uffculme Comprehensive School—which she attended—in Uffculme, Devon, with a cover of Jackie Wilson's 1957 "Reet Petite".
Stone grew up listening to a wide variety of music including American R&B and soul music performed by such artists as Dusty Springfield and Aretha Franklin; as a result, she developed a soulful style of singing like her idols. In 2001, at the age of fourteen, she appeared on the BBC Television's talent show Star for a Night singing Donna Summer's 1979 "On the Radio". She told MTV News, "I kind of clicked into soul music more than anything else because of the vocals. You've got to have good vocals to sing soul music and I always liked it ever since I was little".

In 2002, she decided to back her ability by flying out from England for an audition in New York City with S-Curve CEO Steve Greenberg. She also signed a global music publishing deal with BMG Music Publishing in the UK. Since then, she has performed with such artists as Blondie and Gladys Knight.
-Early years;

Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Brianne Clarkson (born April 24, 1982) is an American pop singer from Texas. Clarkson made her debut under RCA Records after she won the highly publicized first season of the television series American Idol in 2002. She was originally marketed as a pop musician with her debut album Thankful (2003). With the release of her multi-platinum second album Breakaway (2004), Clarkson moved to a more pop rock-oriented style of music, and won two Grammy Awards. Clarkson's new album, entitled My December, was released on June 26, 2007.
Clarkson was born in Fort Worth, Texas and grew up in the small town of Burleson, Texas, a suburb of Fort Worth. She is the third and youngest child of Jeanne Ann Rose, a first grade teacher who is of Greek and Irish descent,[citation needed] and Stephen Michael Clarkson, a former engineer who is of Welsh descent.[citation needed] Clarkson's siblings include her brother Jason, and her sister Alyssa. When Clarkson was six years old, her parents split up after seventeen years of marriage. As a result, her brother went to live with her father, her sister went to live with an aunt, and Clarkson remained with her mother. Clarkson frequently moved around Texas while her mother managed several professions in order to support the family. The family settled in Burleson, where Clarkson's mother married her second husband, Jimmy Taylor.
While growing up, Clarkson's family had a hard time financially and often argued about money. From this experience, Clarkson learned to be financially responsible and independent at an early age. She experienced two sets of parental divorces, the first at age 6 and the second at age 19. Music became her refuge after the first divorce, but she didn't embrace it as her salvation until her teens. Clarkson first decided to become a singer when she was 13. She sang
Mariah Carey's "Vision of Love" at her high school show, after which a gentleman shared some inspiring words with her: "God has given you this gift. You've got to sing. You're destined to sing." Clarkson continued to sing ever since, and soon started classical training, since her family didn't have much money.
Clarkson attended Burleson Middle School and Burleson High School. She originally wanted to become a
marine biologist. In seventh grade, a teacher (Mrs. Cynthia Glenn) overheard her singing in a hallway and asked her to audition for the school choir. Clarkson told the teacher that she had never received professional vocal training before. In high school, Clarkson performed in musicals such as Annie Get Your Gun, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Brigadoon.
Clarkson worked numerous odd jobs during and after high school, such as mowing lawns, helping her stepfather contractor build porches, and working in a movie theater starting at age 16 and until she moved to Los Angeles. She also worked for Papa John's, Subway, Starbucks, and sold vacuums door to door (her latter experience which she described with a well-intended pun: "It sucked.") .
Upon high school graduation, Clarkson was offered full scholarships to the
University of Texas, University of North Texas, and Berklee, but decided against college because she had "already written so much music and wanted to try on my own. And I figured you're never too old to go to college." .
Upon graduation in 2000, Clarkson worked several jobs to finance her demo
CD that she hoped to market toward record labels. She received few responses, and eventually decided to move to Hollywood to seek out other opportunities in music, one of which was a mentorship under songwriter Gerry Goffin. However, Goffin fell ill, and to make ends meet, Clarkson appeared as an extra on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and That '80s Show among others. She played a small role in the 2002 film Issues 101. Following four months in Hollywood, Clarkson was discouraged when her apartment burned down and decided to return to Texas, where she worked as an usher in a movie theater, a cocktail waitress, Six Flags performer, telemarketer, Kirby Vacuum salesperson, and Red Bull promoter.
Clarkson currently lives with her brother Jason in Texas on 50 acres, which she calls "her sanctuary". Her hobbies and activities with Jason include buying toys, building tree houses, skeet shooting, bowling, and karaoke.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Dire Straits

Dire Straits were an English rock band, formed in 1977 by Mark Knopfler (guitar and vocals), his brother David Knopfler (guitar), John Illsley (bass), and Pick Withers (drums), and subsequently managed by Ed Bicknell. Although the band was formed in an era when punk rock reigned, Dire Straits worked within the conventions of classic rock, albeit with a stripped-down sound that appealed to modern audiences weary of the overproduced stadium rock of the 1970s. In their early days, Mark and David requested that pub owners turn down the amps so that patrons could converse while the band played — indicative of their unassuming demeanor. Despite this oddly self-effacing approach to rock and roll, Dire Straits soon became hugely successful with their first album going multi-platinum globally.
The band's best-known songs include "
Sultans of Swing," "Romeo and Juliet," "Private Investigations," "Money for Nothing," "Walk of Life" and "Brothers in Arms."

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Alanis Morisette

Alanis Nadine Morissette (born in Ottawa, 1 June 1974) is a Canadian and naturalized American singer-songwriter, record producer, and occasional actress. She is recognized for creating one of the highest selling albums in the history of the music industry, and has won seven Grammy Awards.
Morissette began her career in Canada, and as a child recorded two
dance-pop albums, Alanis and Now Is the Time, under MCA Records. Her international debut album was the rock-influenced Jagged Little Pill. Jagged Little Pill sold thirty million copies, making it the best-selling debut album of all time by a female artist. According to the United World Chart, Jagged Little Pill is the second greatest-selling album of all-time by a female artist, behind only Shania Twain's Come On Over. Coincidentally, both Twain and Morissette are Canadian musicians.
Morissette took up producing duties for her subsequent albums, including
Under Rug Swept and So-Called Chaos.
-Stage, film, and television;

"The Undertaker"

Mark Calaway (born March 24, 1965) is an American professional wrestler, better known by the ring name The Undertaker. He is signed to World Wrestling Entertainment wrestling on its SmackDown! brand but is currently inactive due to an injury. As of 2007, Calaway is one of the longest-tenured performers in WWE, having joined in 1990.[4]
Before coming to World Wrestling Entertainment, Calaway began his wrestling career with
World Class Championship Wrestling in 1984. He joined World Championship Wrestling in 1989. When WCW never renewed Calaway's contract at the end of 1990, he joined World Wrestling Entertainment (then known as the World Wrestling Federation) in November of that year.
He is undefeated at
WrestleMania with a 15-0 record and is a five-time World Champion; four times as WWF/E Champion, and a one-time World Heavyweight Champion. He was also the winner of the 2007 Royal Rumble.

Ronaldinho Gaúcho

Ronaldo de Assís Moreira (born 21 March 1980 in Porto Alegre) is a Brazilian footballer, also known as Ronaldinho Gaúcho (due to him being from the Rio Grande do Sul state of Brazil), or simply and most commonly Ronaldinho. He became a naturalized Spanish citizen in January 2007.
Ronaldinho, meaning "little Ronaldo", is better know in Brazil by the nickname Ronaldinho Gaúcho, in order to distinguish him from Ronaldo (already called Ronaldinho in Brazil). However, upon Ronaldo's move to Europe, he began to be known simply as 'Ronaldo', thereby allowing Ronaldinho to drop Gaúcho and remain simply as 'Ronaldinho'.
Among his many achievements and accolades, Ronaldinho has been awarded the FIFA World Player of the Year award twice (2004, 2005), as well as the European Footballer of the Year award and the FIFPro World Player of the Year award twice (2005, 2006).[3] He has downplayed suggestions that he is the best footballer in the world, telling FourFourTwo magazine, "I don't even feel I'm the best at Barça."
Currently, he plays for FC Barcelona as forward. His contract with FC Barcelona expires in 2010 and his buyout clause is €125M.
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Simon Webbe

Simon Webbe (born 30 March 1979 in Moss Side, Manchester, England) is a music singer, writer, producer, manager and film star.
Simon Webbe originally started his career out with British boy-band Blue.

On the 30 October 2006 the first single off Simon's new album "Coming Around Again" and was described by Simon as "an uplifting slice of soulful pop" and as "a reminder of the highlights in your life". When released it reached #12 in the UK Singles Charts, which Simon himself admits as disappointing.
His highly anticipated second album "Grace" was released on the 13th of November, 2006, it just missed the UK top ten debuting and peaking at #11.
The second single "My Soul Pleads For You" was released on February 19, 2007 and charted at a disappointing #45 on the singles chart.
On May 21st, Simon launched his first ever live tour to support his second album "Grace". The tour consists of 18 dates through May and June starting-off in Cambridge and climaxing in London.
After his album and singles failure there were many reports suggesting that Simon had been dropped by Innocent Records, however these reports proved to be false and Simon carefully began plotting his next career move.
In early June it was announced that Simon will be releasing the title track from his second studio album with the theme song from the upcoming motion picture entitled "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer". The single was a double a-side release of "Grace / Ride The Storm", that peaked at a very disappointing #36 in the UK.
In Europe, "Seventeen" was released instead of Grace, but due to the low airplay and no video for the song, it was also a commercial flop.

Friday, July 13, 2007

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

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