Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
The Scottish actress Karen Gillan, 22, best known for her portrayal of Amy Pond in the British science fiction series Doctor Who, was born and raised in Inverness, Scotland. At aged 16, she decided to pursue her acting career further, studying acting at Edinburgh's Telford College and later at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts drama school in London on the BA (Hons) Acting degree course. Gillan has taken part in numerous modelling events including 2007's London Fashion Week for designer Allegra Hicks' autumn/winter fashion show.
She was cast for the role of the Eleventh Doctor's first companion, Amy Pond, on the British sci-fi series Doctor Who in early 2009. She had previously appeared in the episode ‘The Fires of Pompeii’ in a minor role.
Monday, April 26, 2010
When I read about the introduction of a people’s car, Tata Nano by Tata Motors, the first thing that came to my mind was the original people’s car, the Volkswagen Beetle. I think Nano’s design, pricing, looks and everything else were inspired by the inimitable Beetle.
And when I saw the Volkswagen Beetle for the first time, I was not much impressed by its looks, though later I started loving it for many reasons. Arguably, it is the only one car model that can claim to be the world's best-selling car design. It is now counted as the longest-running and most-produced automobile of a single design, with over 21 million units built and sold by the German auto maker Volkswagen (VW) from 1938 until 2003.
Volkswagen Beetle has the simplest of the designs that in turn made it the sturdiest compact car in the world. Its air-cooled rear engine with a rear wheel drive could withstand Africa's desert heat in military actions of the German Afrika Korps during WWII.
In the 1930,s when larger luxury cars were the norm on German roads, most Germans could not afford such cars. The solution for this problem was provided by the renowned engineer Ferdinand Porsche, who designed a compact car for the ordinary citizen. In 1933 Adolf Hitler asked Porsche to develop a ‘Volks-Wagen’ (people's car in German), which was to be manufactured with state funding.
So, a few Volkswagen Beetles were manufactured before the Second World War started in 1939 but they were used by top Nazi officials. During the war a few more were produced but for the military. The factory was bombed during the war occupied by the Allied forces. The factory’s future was in doubt but it resumed production after the occupying forces left. By 1955, the Volkswagen Beetle created history with the one-millionth car coming off the assembly line.
Volkswagen Beetle became a hot favorite in overseas markets too. Assembly lines came up in all continents and most countries where personal cars became popular. By the beginning of the 70s, the VW Beetle had topped the legendary Ford Model T in overall production.
The 70’s also witnessed the introduction of the premier models such as the Passat and the Golf, followed by new models like the Jetta. In the 90s, acquisitions of luxury brands such as Lamborghini, Bentley, and Bugatti gave VW more reach in the markets. It was followed by the fifth-generation Golf (2002), the SUV Touareg, Phaeton and the hardtop convertible Eos.
Drivers look for different qualities in a vehicle. Some may give more weight to elegant looks, others may like sturdy construction, higher HP, eight cylinders, and the preferences may go on varying. However, Volkswagen always provides something for everyone, with great looks, durability, mileage, technology, and top performance.
As with some of the best cars, SUVs and trucks, the accessories seem to bother some drivers, as VW accessories cannot be easily developed and produced. But keeping up with their reputation, and as enterprising engineers with them as in VW, CARiD has the top line of vw accessories to perfectly suit your VW model. They are also renowned for unparalleled service and customer care. To keep your VW Beetle or other models in true VW tradition, try them today.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
American actress Bette Davis (April 5, 1908 to October 6, 1989) was highly regarded for her performances in a variety of genres, from crime melodramas to historical and period films and comedies, though her greatest successes were her roles in romantic dramas. In 1999, Davis was placed second, after Katharine Hepburn, on the American Film Institute's list of the greatest female stars of all time.
After some Broadway plays, Davis moved to Hollywood in 1930. Until the late 1940s, she was one of American cinema's most celebrated leading ladies. She was the first female president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress twice, and was the first woman to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute. She continued acting until shortly before her death from breast cancer, with more than 100 films, television and theater.
She failed her first screen test but was used in several screen tests for other actors. In a 1971 interview with Dick Cavett, she related the experience with the observation, "I was the most Yankee-est, most modest virgin who ever walked the earth. They laid me on a couch, and I tested fifteen men... They all had to lie on top of me and give me a passionate kiss. Oh, I thought I would die. Just thought I would die." Carl Laemmle, the head of Universal Studios, considered terminating Davis's employment, but cinematographer Karl Freund told him she had "lovely eyes" and would be suitable for The Bad Sister (1931), in which she subsequently made her film debut. And she continued acting throughout life.
Davis's name became well-known to a younger audience when Kim Carnes's song "Bette Davis Eyes" became a huge hit and the best-selling record of 1981 in the U.S., where it stayed at number one on the music charts for more than two months. Davis's grandson was impressed that she was the subject of a hit song and Davis considered it a compliment, writing to both Carnes and the songwriters, and accepting the gift of gold and platinum records from Carnes, and hanging them on her wall.
A few months before her death in 1989, Davis was one of several actors featured on the cover of Life magazine. In a film retrospective that celebrated the films and stars of 1939, Life concluded that Davis was the most significant actress of her era, and highlighted Dark Victory (1939) as one of the most-important films of the year. Her death made front-page news throughout the world as the "close of yet another chapter of the Golden Age of Hollywood".
The United States Postal Service honored Davis with a commemorative postage stamp in 2008, marking the 100th anniversary of her birth. The stamp features an image of her in the role of Margo Channing in All About Eve (1950). The First Day of Issue celebration took place September 18, 2008, at Boston University, which houses an extensive Bette Davis archive.
In 1962 Bette Davis became the first person to secure ten Academy Award nominations for acting. Since then only four people have equaled or surpassed this figure, Meryl Streep (16 nominations and two wins), Katharine Hepburn (12 nominations and four wins), Jack Nicholson (12 nominations and three wins) and Laurence Olivier (10 nominations and one win).
Ronald Reagan and Bette Davis in the movie, Dark Victory, a 1939 American drama film directed by Edmund Goulding, Ronald Reagan as Alec Hamm and Bette Davis as Judith Traherne, a young, carefree, hedonistic Long Island socialite/heiress with a passion for horses, fast cars, and too much smoking and drinking.
Friday, April 2, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Earlier there were reports in the media that the Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto, 25, would be the next Bond Girl, a report the actress has already denied. Now again there are reports in the mainstream media that two Bollywood actresses are vying for the first Indian Bond Girl as rumours spread that the next 007 film will be shot in India.
In 1983 the James Bond film Octopussy featured Indian tennis player Vijay Amritraj as Vijay, James Bond’s (Roger Moore) ally in India, who is eventually killed by henchmen of Kamal Khan (Louis Jourdan), and Kabir Bedi as Gobinda, Khan's strong and loyal bodyguard. The plot centered on a cult of ‘octopus’ women on a floating island in Udaipur, the ‘city of lakes’ in Rajasthan in India. There were a lot of expectations among Indian audiences as the film’s story was partly based in India and it was partly shot in India. But according to reports, the fans were disappointed.
This time again, the producers of the film, to be directed by Sam Mendes, have been location-scouting in India, as the film’s story is believed to be set in Afghanistan in landscapes similar to Rajasthan deserts and the mountainous dry desert landscape of Leh and Ladakh in Jammu & Kashmir, close to the border with Tibet, and these locations look similar to many Afghan locations.
Freida Pinto, as said, was first linked to the new film in which Daniel Craig will play James Bond. Her Woody Allen-directed film ‘You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger’ is slated for release by end 2010, and she is believed to be the highest paid film star from India, though she is an international star having never acted in an Indian film.
Former Miss World and Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai, 36, is also in consideration, Indian newspapers reported. But fans of the traditional Bond Girl may be disappointed as they may have to be contented with a sari-wrapped Rai emerging out of the Arabian Sea or Bay of Bengal, or an Indian lake, as Ursula Andres (Honey Ryder) emerges from the Caribbean sea (in Jamaica) in Dr. No. It is not to say that Rai do not wear bikinis, as there are many beautiful bikini photos of her, but she might now be hesitant to wear sweet-nothings and do steamy scenes with Daniel Craig, as a Bond Girl is expected to do.
As Rai, once described as the ‘most beautiful woman in the world’ by Julia Roberts, is 11 years older than Pinto, who was recently listed as one of the world's most beautiful women by People magazine, and Pinto seems to fit the age and beauty profile of a Bond Girl, reports say.
However, there is no official confirmation, as a spokesman for Eon, the film's producers, declined to comment, and these are just gossip that appeared in the media. But there cannot be smoke without fire!