Wednesday, January 11, 2012
In 1988, when Charles Addams died of a heart attack inside his parked car, his wife made a remark that could have been a caption for one of his cartoons: "He's always been a car buff, so it was a nice way to go," she told The New York Times.
Addams was the creator of the Addams Family — the warped and gruesome stars of magazine cartoons, a TV show and two movies. According to those who knew him, Addams was as strange as some of his characters. His sense of humor resembled that of Uncle Fester, the bald-headed ghoul that Addams once depicted in a movie theater, laughing at a movie that makes the rest of the audience cry.
Addams is the subject of a new biography by Linda Davis, called Charles Addams: A Cartoonist's Life. Davis discusses Addams and his work with Steve Inskeep.
Heads up Kobe Bryant, Aaron Rodgers, and Peyton Manning -- Tim Tebow is America's new favorite active athlete, according to the results of the latest ESPN Sports Poll.
Tebow beat out Bryant, Rodgers and Manning as favorite active athlete for December, 2011. The poll included roughly 1,500 interviews with Americans aged 12 and older around the U.S.
With less than two full NFL seasons under his belt, Tebow climbed to No. 1 faster than any other athlete in the history of the 18-year old poll, according to ESPN. He's the second Denver Broncos quarterback to finish No. 1; Broncos legend and current executive John Elway was the first.
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Tebow's the 11th athlete to be named favorite athlete for at least one month in the poll that dates back to 1994. With Tebow-mania in full swing, the Broncos will take on Tom Brady's New England Patriots in an AFC Divisional playoff this Saturday night.
To see how times have changed in sports, take a look at the other 10 jocks previously crowned king, some of whom have fallen out of the favor with the public because of personal scandals. They are: Bryant, Manning, Elway, Michael Jordan, Joe Montana, Troy Aikman, Mark McGwire, Brett Favre, Tiger Woods and LeBron James.
ESPN Sports Poll director Rich Luker said in a statement:
To put this in perspective, Tim Tebow rose to the top before the end of his second season. It took Tiger Woods three years, LeBron James eight years and Kobe Bryant 11 years. I think we may be at the front end of a new era in sports stars. Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods dominated the top of the list for 17 years. Woods' fall in 2009 seems to have opened the doors for Bryant, James and now Tebow.
Here's the Top 12 favorite athletes in the December poll:
1) Tim Tebow 3.0%
2) Kobe Bryant 2.0%
3) Aaron Rodgers 1.9%
4) Peyton Manning 1.8%
5) Tom Brady 1.5%
6) Derek Jeter 1.2%
7) Tiger Woods 1.1%
8) Michael Phelps 1.0%
9) Drew Brees 0.9%
10) Albert Pujols 0.9%
11) LeBron James 0.9%
12) Cristiano Ronaldo 0.9%
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Hannah Dakota Fanning was born on the 23rd of February 1994, in Conyers, Georgia, USA. Before her debut into the cinematic world, Dakota did her own acting around her house. She was very active for her age, and often put a blanket under her shirt and pretended to be having a baby, using her younger sister
Hannah Dakota Fanning was born on the 23rd of February 1994, in Conyers, Georgia, USA. Before her debut into the cinematic world, Dakota did her own acting around her house. She was very active for her age, and often put a blanket under her shirt and pretended to be having a baby, using her younger sister, Elle Fanning, who is also an actress now, as the baby. Dakota went to a playhouse near her home, where the children that attended put on a play every week to show to their parents. But the people running the playhouse noticed that Dakota stood out, and advised her parents, Joy and Steven Fanning, to take her to an agency. They believed that she was extremely talented.
The Fanning family were advised to spend six weeks in Los Angeles, a long way from their home in Georgia. But there Dakota managed to get her first work; to star in a national Tide commercial. She was chosen out of many, many other children.
The family then decided to move to Los Angeles permanently, for it looked like Dakota's career was looking very good. After they moved, Dakota signed with a professional agency, and soon won a role in the movie Tomcats (2001). She then went onto a small project called Father Xmas (2001) as Clairee.
But Dakota's big break-through was yet to come. She auditioned for one of the main characters in I Am Sam (2001), and the director and the rest of the crew were amazed by her extraordinary talent. Dakota was cast, and starred in the movie as Lucy Diamond Dawson, alongside major Hollywood stars Sean Penn and Michelle Pfeiffer.
After I Am Sam (2001) her talent was immediately recognized around the world. She went straight onto Trapped (2002) as Abby Jennings, alongside Charlize Theron, then played the younger version of Reese Witherspoon in 2002's Sweet Home Alabama (2002) But Dakota still had two more movies to come in 2002. Firstly she got a huge role in Steven Spielberg's "Taken" (2002), the mini-TV series, and narrated the ten whole episodes, as well as having a part. This was a little more challenging, as she was playing a troubled alien child, but she managed to do brilliantly. Her last movie for 2002 was the children's movie Hansel & Gretel (2002) as Katie.
2003 was also a brilliant year for Dakota, as she starred in a number of exciting projects. Firstly, it was as Sally Walden in Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat (2003) with Mike Myers, then she played Lorraine "Ray" Schleine, a bratty little girl, in the sweet comedy Uptown Girls (2003) alongside Brittany Murphy. She then voiced preschool Kim in Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time (2003) (TV).
In 2004, Dakota appeared in the violent thriller, Man on Fire (2004), alongside Denzel Washington. Her reviews were excellent.
First in 2005 was Nine Lives (2005), as Maria, then the chilling Hide and Seek (2005) alongside Robert De Niro. By now, she was the busiest child actress in Hollywood, with a resume to die for. Her younger sister, Mary Elle Fanning (Elle Fanning), had also been discovered a few years earlier.
After Hide and Seek (2005) came War of the Worlds (2005), which was one of her major movies out of everything she'd worked in. Not only did it make her more popular, but she got to play the daughter of A-list Hollywood actor Tom Cruise. They had four very successful premieres; the first in Tokyo, Japan, the second in France, the third in London, England and the fourth in New York, USA. The reviews were outstanding, especially Dakota's. She then voiced Lilo in Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch (2005) (V), which she has just completed.
So Jay-Z “dropped” a new song on his Web site about Blue Ivy Carter. (By the way—it’s officially Blue Ivy Carter now.) (Also, do you call raps “songs”? Is this a rap? I don’t know.)
Let’s get out our handy-dandy notebook and decode the Blue’s Clues in these lyrics, shall we? Oh, God, I hate myself for making a Blue’s Clues reference. Please don’t think I watch children’s programming. (Actually more of a Downton Abbey girl myself, these days.)
First things first: this baby is obviously very loved.
But enough about that.
Bad-ass lil Hov
two years old, shopping on Savile Row
Wicked-ass lil B
Hard not to spoil you rotten, looking like lil me
So this baby is both “bad-ass” and “wicked-ass.” Two words (are those words?) I don’t mind never being used to describe me. I am concerned about Blue Ivy’s closet, because you know they’re going to spend a fortune and a half on her wardrobe, but that’s mitigated by the suggestion that she looks more like Jay-Z than Beyonce. Oh, goodness, I’ve been hoping for that since August 29.
I wreak havoc on the world
Get ready for part two
A younger, smarter, faster me
Saw a pinch of Hov
A whole glass of B
Don’t worry, Mr. Z. I’m ready. I had a head start, and I already know how to write and wear shoes.
At the end of the song, you can hear Baby Blue crying in the background. It’s sweet, I guess, but were they trying to keep her on key? If so, it was a massive failure. It’s not looking good for the hope that Blue Ivy will inherit her mother’s perfect pitch.
The picture illlustrates it all. Everything Henry VIII and his first 3 wives went through during their marriages all had to deal with producing a Son. If Catherine of Aragon produced a son, he would have remained married to her. However, she could not produce a son. Henry abandoned the Catholic Church as the Church would not allow him to annul his marriage from Catherine. He created the Church of England and had his marriage with Catherine annulled so he could marry Anne Boleyn. After a few years, Anne Boleyn cannot produce a son, so he has her executed under false accusations. Finally the 3rd wife, Jane Seymour, produces his son, Edward that he always wanted and unfortunately she died because of childbirth. Edward eventually became King but dies at an early age.
A lot occurred so Henry VIII could have his son.
Isn't ironic that his 2nd child, Elizabeth I, who was the daughter to Anne Boleyn was one of the greatest Queen's to rule in History. In my opinion, England prospered much more from Elizabeth as Queen then Henry as King. Very Ironic, not Edward, but Elizabeth- a female.
Anne Boleyn’s Marriage to Henry VIII
There is so much that is unknown, controversial or debated about the life of Anne Boleyn that once she captures our imagination, and heart, there is no escaping her. It’s the mystery that I believe fuels the fire. The need to ‘know’ Anne as best we can, to discover what she looked like, to understand her decisions, her actions and the world, the very different world, in which she lived.
And we must never forget that very important fact, she once lived. It might seem like a silly thing to say but I think at times we read so much about historical figures that they cease ever having been a living, breathing and thinking human being and instead become a character in a book, a modern person dressed in fancy costume.
Anne was a Tudor woman. An intelligent, determined, charismatic, witty, courageous Tudor woman who after almost 500 years still has the ability to provoke such strong feelings and emotions and the ability to polarize people.
I hope she never ceases to be a person of immense interest and inspiration because although Henry attempted to delete her from history, we must keep her alive.
Let’s now look a major turning point in Anne’s life story – her marriage to King Henry VIII.