Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Ronald Reagan's Top 8 Movie Roles

As a politician, the 40th American president was a superb performer, but for his earlier career in Hollywood,
the reviews are mixed.

Ronald Reagan's film career would ultimately be just one colorful chapter in the biography of the 40th President of the United States. But he did devote two prime decades to the minor if alchemic art of movie acting. And film work offered some returns on his investment. It lent Reagan the status of a marketable commodity. It landed him two actress-wives: the first, Oscar-winner Jane Wyman; the second, Nancy Davis, who would be his and America's First Lady. Film acting schooled Reagan in the hortatory oratory of movie dialogue speeches crafted to sell an ideal or an emotion, and still sound like the purveyor of plain-spoken common sense techniques he used so dynamically in politics. And it created the image of a part-real, part-fictional personage: "Ronald Reagan," an amalgam of the man, the actor he became and the roles he was given to play.

Love Is In The Air, 1937
On June 1, 1937, a 26-year-old with no professional acting experience strode into a $200-a-week contract at Warner Bros. Four months and a day later, his first feature was released. Reagan's visible attributes: a golden smile and a long, strong frame. His previous job: announcing baseball games on the radio.

Dark Victory, 1939
"No, no," studio boss Jack Warner famously said when he heard the actor was running for governor of California. "Jimmy Stewart for Governor. Ronald Reagan for Best Friend." Warner saw Reagan in a supporting role because that's how he'd cast the actor in his early years at Warners: as the boy next door to the male lead. Best friend. Genial loser. In the 1939 Dark Victory, above, he played the bon-vivant alcoholic who loses Bette Davis to George Brent and a brain tumor.

Murder In The Air, 1940
Reagan made 33 films in his first five years at Warners, or an average of one every eight weeks.


Million Dollar Baby, 1941
Before the war he got a few chance to prove himself in A material, and one was in this fluffy comedy (unrelated to Clint Eastwood's 2005 Oscar-winner). Reagan plays Peter Rowan, a rebellious composer who says he has "a sour disposition and a mouth to match"

Kings Row, 1942
One of those naughty novels that Hollywood did handsprings to sanitize, the Warners version of Henry Bellamann's best-seller touches, daintily, on all manner of small-town foibles

Desperate Journey, 1942
Warners had one more role for its budding star an RAF pilot in Desperate Journey, again supporting Errol Flynn before Reagan entered World War II as a stateside soldier. Kept out of action because of poor vision, he was assigned to the First Motion Picture Unit, making propaganda films for the armed forces.

Storm Warning, 1951
Many stars, Clark Gable and James Stewart among them, returned from World War II to reclaim their eminence. Reagan was not of their wattage, and he was also eclipsed by his soon-to-be-ex-wife Jane Wyman, who in 1949 won an Oscar for her role as a deaf-mute in Johnny Belinda.

The Killers, 1964
Long ensconced as the host of TV's General Electric Theatre and Death Valley Days, Reagan made his last film appearance as an out-and-out villain. It's a bit of a cheap thrill to watch Reagan play a crime heavy the liberal notion of a corrupt businessman who sums up his ethical code by saying, "I approve of larceny; homicide is against my principles."

Some World Heritage Sites...

Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Timbuktu, Mali

The Great Wall, China

Mountain Railways, India

Casa Mil, Spain

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Old Quebec, Canada

Machu Picchu, Peru

Amazon Basin, Brazil
Pueblo de Taos, New Mexico

Pencil Vs Camera Art By Ben Heine - Part 1

Pencil Art in the Real World...

Ben Heine is a famous Belgian artist who is known for the pencil vs camera series. "Pencil Vs Camera is all about illusion, dream, poetry, magic and simplicity," says Heine.

She added: "The challenge is to create a 3D-like drawing on a piece of paper; the sketch should be connected with the photographic background but it should also say a little story by itself. I always try to give symbolic meaning to my drawings so that the message goes deeper than the photo alone. The combination of drawing and photography is really a powerful way to express ideas. There are no limits because everything is possible; every single illusion can be created on the paper."









California man killed by armed bird at cockfight...


DELANO, Calif. -- A Central California man who was at a cockfight died after being stabbed in the leg by a bird that had a knife attached to its own limb, officials confirmed Monday.

Jose Luis Ochoa, 35, of Lamont, was declared dead at a hospital about two hours after he was injured in neighboring Tulare County on Jan. 30, the Kern County coroner said.

An autopsy concluded Ochoa died of an accidental "sharp force injury" to his right calf.

Sheriff's spokesman Ray Pruitt said it was unclear if a delay in seeking medical attention contributed to Ochoa's death.

"I have never seen this type of incident," Sgt. Martin King, a 24-year veteran of the sheriff's department, told the Bakersfield Californian.

Ochoa and the other spectators fled when authorities arrived at the scene of the fight, King told the newspaper. Deputies found five dead roosters and other evidence of cockfighting at the location, he said.

No arrests were made at the cockfight.

Cockfighting is a sport, illegal in the United States, in which specially bred roosters are put into a ring and encouraged to fight until one is incapacitated or killed.

According to Kern County Superior Court records, Ochoa paid $370 in fines last year after pleading no contest to one count of owning or training an animal for fighting, according to the newspaper.

Attending or organizing a cockfight, or training an animal to participate in one, are all misdemeanors under California law, although a second offense is a felony.

Courtesy: Yahoo

World Economics Explined With A Funny Example


TRADITIONAL ECONOMICS

You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull.
Your herd multiplies and the economy grows.
You retire on the income.

----------------------------------------

INDIAN ECONOMICS

You have two cows.
You sell one to overcome debts.
You worship the other
----------------------------------------

PAKISTAN ECONOMICS

You don’t have any cows.
You claim that the Indian cows belong to you.
----------------------------------------


AMERICAN ECONOMICS

You have two cows.
You sell one and force the other to produce the milk of four cows.
You profess surprise when the cow drops dead.
----------------------------------------

BRITISH ECONOMICS

You have two cows.
They are both mad cows.
----------------------------------------

AUSTRALIAN ECONOMICS

You have two cows.
One cow can give milk only when US & UK permits.And the other cow is lazy and just don’t care to give milk !!!!
So People in the country rely highly on Liquor
and prepare strategies to for cows to live long !!!

----------------------------------------


ITALIAN ECONOMICS

You have two cows.
You don't know where they are.
You break for lunch.
----------------------------------------

CHINESE ECONOMICS

You have two cows.
You have 300 people milking them.
You claim full employment, high bovine productivity and arrest anyone
reporting the actual numbers.
----------------------------------------

MIDDLE & FAR EAST ECONOMICS

You have two cows.
You give permission to US & British to make military bases & protect the cows.
They kill & eat the cows & return only the bones, saying it was a
mistake & promise to give two F16 fighter jets in return!
----------------------------------------

SRI LANKAN ECONOMICS

You have two cows.
You exchange them for two buffaloes.
You make one the President and the other the Leader of the Opposition!
and they eat the country instead of eating grass.. !!
----------------------------------------