Monday, December 19, 2016

2016 Word of the Year

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Dec. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Merriam-Webster Inc., America's leading dictionary publisher, has announced its top Words of the Year for 2016. This year's data-driven list is determined by two simple criteria: the words must show a high volume of lookups and a significant year-over-year increase in lookups at Merriam-Webster.com. The results shed light on topics and ideas that sparked the nation's interest in 2016.
The Word of the Year for 2016 is surreal—with lookups of the word spiking after a number of major events worldwide, beginning with the Brussels terror attacks in March.  Surreal was used in descriptions of the coup attempt in Turkey later in the year and in coverage of the terrorist attack in Nice.  The largest spike in lookups for surreal followed the U.S. election in November. 
"Spikes of interest in a word are usually triggered by a single event, so what's truly remarkable this year about surreal is that so many different stories led people to look it up," says Peter Sokolowski, Editor at Large for Merriam-Webster. "Historically, surreal has been one of the words most searched after tragedy, most notably in the days following 9/11, but it was associated with a wide variety of stories this year."
Video: See Peter Sokolowski talk about the Word of the Year
Other top lookups this year include bigly—interestingly the most looked-up word that was never actually used.   Donald Trump used the phrase big league in a presidential debate, and often throughout the election, but the manner in which he pronounced the words caused many people to assume he was using a single word—bigly.  
The word deplorable saw a large spike in lookups after Hillary Clinton used it in an unusual way.
Deplorable is defined as an adjective but Clinton's unfamiliar use of the word as a noun may have sent people to the dictionary for clarification. 
Gallery: Get more detail on all the 2016 Words of the Year
Pop culture and entertainment drove lookups to revenant, the frontier film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, and a word frequently looked up from the film's release through his Oscar win.  The news of Prince's death caused a spike in the word icon, meaning "a person who is very successful and admired."  The return of Gilmore girls inspired many people to look up the Latin phrase in omnia paratus, which means "ready for all things."
"Events often have specific words tied to them, and it's always fascinating to see which of those words people latch onto," says Kory Stamper, Associate Editor at Merriam-Webster. "You can get a sense as to how people are responding to an event by the words that are looked up again and again."
See the full list of Merriam-Webster's Words of the Year here.
Merriam-Webster, Inc. For more than 150 years, in print and now in digital media, Merriam-Webster has been America's leading and most-trusted provider of language information. Each month, our websites and apps offer guidance to tens of millions of visitors. In print, our publications include Merriam-Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary (among the best-selling books in American history) and newly published dictionaries for English-language learners. All Merriam-Webster products and services are backed by the largest team of professional dictionary editors and writers in America, and one of the largest in the world.
For more information, visit www.Merriam-Webster.com and follow @MerriamWebster and @PeterSokolowski on Twitter. 
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Monday, September 26, 2016

Horror Films October 15 Auction

Dresses worn by Princess Diana and Whitney Houston, and marquettes for Freddy vs. Jason and Gremlins 2 are additional features in the over 700 lots up for bid in Premiere Props' Hollywood Auction Extravaganza XLIII. 

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. , Sept. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Movie props and costumes from the current smash films Don't Breathe, Blair Witch and Deadpool, dresses owned and worn by Princess Diana and Whitney Houston, and marquettes (pre-production study models) for Freddy vs. Jason and Gremlins 2 are just a few of the more than 700 lots up for bid in Premiere Props' Hollywood Auction Extravaganza XLIII.
 The auction will get underway promptly at 11 am Pacific Coast time on Saturday, October 15th in Premiere Props' gallery, located at 128 Sierra Street in El Segundo (zip: 90255). Worldwide online bidding will be available through the Premiere Props website (www.PremiereProps.com) as well as the online bidding platforms LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and iCollector.com.
As in past auctions held around this time of year, Premiere Props is partnering with Fangoria Magazine, a publication for fans of horror movies.
Eager bidders will be vying for a complete costume worn on-screen by Stephen Lang, the actor who plays the blind man in the blockbuster film Don't Breathe. The outfit includes an Outback Trading Company jacket, Cottonfeld pants and Wolverine boots. Also sold will be the silver and black rubber handgun and thin metal folding white cane walking stick Lang uses in the movie.
From another huge hit film of 2016, Deadpool, offered will be actor Ryan Reynolds' screen-used sword, seen in the opening sequences of the movie and consisting of a sword with foam handled knife on one end; plus the bloody white long-sleeved sweater with hood worn by Reynolds; and a tank-top shirt worn by Reynolds. All were acquired directly from the production of the movie.
The exquisite full-length beaded dress custom-made for Princess Diana by American icon Andre Van Pier comes complete with provenance, including a letter from Van Pier, whose first client was former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. The Lady Di dress is adorned with colors of blue, pink and white, with custom beads throughout. It's an historical artifact, in very good condition.
Whitney Houston's owned and worn cream silk dress with elaborate bold beading is originally from the late singer's bankruptcy auction. Another garment sure to attract attention is a screen-worn pink and silver detailed jacket from the 1968 movie Funny Girl, starring Barbra Streisand. The very elaborate jacket comes with a United Costumes tag and a studio tag that reads "Cooke."
The paint test marquette created by the legendary make-up artist Dave Miller for the 2003 chiller Freddy vs. Jason was used during production to create the coloring of the make-up to apply to the face of Robert Englund (who played Freddy Kreuger). It measures 21 inches by 16 ½ inches.
Direct from the award-winning studio of make-up effects artist Rick Baker is the study marquette used for the feature film Gremlins 2. Baker, along with Chris Walas, designed and created the infamous Gremlins creatures and the study marquette being sold was used as a reference point.
To learn more about Premiere Props and the upcoming Hollywood Auction Extravaganza XLIII planned for Saturday, October 15th, please visit www.PremiereProps.com. To view the auction as it is being broadcast live, log on to www.HollywoodLiveAuctions.com. Updates are posted often.
Media Contact:     Dan Levin
Email(310) 322-7767
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Monday, September 12, 2016

The Latino Power Tour

NEW YORK, Sept. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The world's highest grossing, and top-charting Latin Rock band Maná, partners with leading digital platform Tidal for the launch of their short documentary: "Maná: On the Road to the Latino Power Tour". A candid look of life on the road, interlaced with interviews with each band member speaking about their career from their early beginnings leading up to the Latino Power Tour. Directed by Argentinian directors, Los Hermanos Dawidson, the short documentary was shot during the "Cama Incendiada"  tour stops in Argentina and Perú, capturing Maná as you have never seen them before. The short doc can be seen in its entirety starting on Wednesday September 14 at 7 AM (ET) exclusively on tidal.com/mana.
"Maná: On the Road to the Latino Power Tour" culminates with a very powerful message from the band to all Latinos on the strength of their voice and how they have the power to be the catalyst for change by speaking up and voting.
About the short doc Fher explained: "We wanted to show our fans what they never get to see about life on tour, share some of our stories and celebrate the influence Latinos have in the US prior to the start of the Latino Power Tour in this country".
Tidal is proud to partner with Maná on the release of this short documentary and to be able to spread the message of empowerment to Latinos Worldwide. Tidal is committed to bringing their users closer to their favorite artists through exclusive content and unique experiences.
Maná kicked off the Latino Power Tour this past weekend in San Diego California and Phoenix, AZ, for the full list of tour dates log on to: http://www.mana.com.mx/tour
"Maná: On the Road to the Latino Power Tour":
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About MANA: Maná is a multi-platinum selling and Grammy Award®-winning Mexican rock band. The band has sold over 40 million albums worldwide and has been recognized with four GRAMMY Awards and eight LATIN GRAMMY Awards.  In the United States, Maná holds and impressive nine #1 albums and ten #1 singles -more than any other band in the history of Billboard's "Hot Latin Songs". This September, Maná is embarking on their new  "Latino Power Tour" with the goal of uniting and inspiring Latino communities to make their voices heard in this fall's election.
About TIDAL: It is a global entertainment platform created by artists for their fans around the world. TIDAL members can enjoy exclusive content that directly connects the artist with their fans in different ways. The service offers high-definition sound, same quality CD, HD video, and the opportunity to discover new talents through TIDAL Discovery and unique experiences through X. TIDAL TIDAL is available in more than 52 countries, with catalog of over 42.5 million songs and 140,000 high quality videos. For more information visit: www.tidal.com
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Monday, June 6, 2016

Why you should attend an international job fair

 

Why you should attend an international job fair

If you want to work internationally, why would you waste your time at a domestic job fair? Bilingual People tells The Local about their international (and even virtual) recruitment fairs – and why job-seekers travel across Europe to attend. When was the last time you went to a job fair?
If you answered “never”, “I can’t remember”, or even “last week at the local employment agency”, maybe it’s time for a change.
“For those who want an exciting job and aren’t too attached to a certain place, it’s definitely worth travelling to one of our recruitment fairs,” says Elsa Thumerel at Bilingual People.
Let’s put it this way: in a globalized and internationally-mobile world, why wouldn’t you look to the global market for employment?
“International experience is a great asset on a CV nowadays, and gives the opportunity to develop professional and personal skills,” Thumerel adds. “Bilingual People fairs are about offering candidates a chance to look for global opportunities.”
But if you’re thinking it’s easier to email your CV to a potential employer, you’re missing out.
“Our job fairs create an environment for people with language skills to meet their potential employers,” Thumerel explains. “Job-seekers can meet with blue-chip companies working throughout Europe, get CV advice, and ask questions. It’s almost like a pre-interview.”
As the name implies, Bilingual People works with job-seekers who are – you guessed it – bilingual or multilingual. While the company works with all languages, Thumerel adds that German, Dutch, French, and the Scandinavian languages are in highest demand among the companies they work with.
Register for the next Bilingual People Fair: Berlin, June 18th
 “Our clients sometimes struggle to recruit those with skills in Swedish, Norwegian, and Dutch, for example,” Thumerel says. “So they come to our fairs to meet a substantial number of candidates with these uncommon skills.”
The next recruitment event takes place in Berlin on June 18th, and Thumerel recommends pre-registering – as there are a limited number of free passes and the event is almost guaranteed to sell out.
“Each time about 60 percent of the job-seekers have travelled specially for the event – which really shows recruiters that they’re keen in putting in the effort and eager to relocate,” Thumerel says. “Many candidates come from abroad to attend.”
But for those who can’t make the journey there are other options. Bilingual People also hosts “virtual recruitment fairs” throughout the year.
“It’s kind of like Second Life for recruitment,” Thumerel explains. “You log in during the event and have access to info, videos, and job applications. Our virtual job fairs are exactly the same as the physical ones, with stands where attendees can chat with recruiters and leave a CV. You just don’t have to travel.”
Upcoming Bilingual People Fairs:
Physical events
- Amsterdam, 10th September – NH Grand Krasnapolsky
- Krakow, 1st October – Sheraton Hotel
Virtual events
- Ireland Relocation Virtual Recruitment Fair, 22nd September
- UK Multilingual Virtual Recruitment Fair, 13th October
- German Relocation Virtual Recruitment Fair, 27th October
Further info on http://www.bilingualpeople.com/

Monday, February 1, 2016

Social Media Superstars

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Three of the Internet’s most beloved pets are teaming up to help the millions of cats and dogs in shelters and rescue groups across the country find loving homes. Fashion icon Toast Meets World, globally recognized pianist Keyboard Cat and life of the party Hamilton Pug are lending their star power to “Start A Story. Adopt,” a new public service advertising (PSA) campaign from The Shelter Pet Project, a collaborative effort between Maddie’s Fund®, The Humane Society of the United States and the Ad Council.


Toast Meets World, Keyboard Cat and Hamilton Pug receive millions of views, likes and shares on social media, but most people don’t know they were adopted. Created pro bono by J. Walter Thompson New York, these new PSAs share these pets’ unique stories, which all began in shelters and rescue groups, and highlight the special bonds between the pets and their families. Prospective owners are encouraged to visit TheShelterPetProject.org to learn more about the adoption process and search for adoptable pets at shelters and rescue groups near them. Adoption advocates are also encouraged to support the effort on social media by using the hashtag #StartAStoryAdopt to share stories of how their shelter pets changed their lives for the better and to encourage others to start their own stories by adopting an amazing shelter dog or cat today.

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS said: “Millions of healthy, adoptable dogs and cats enter shelters across America each year and are just waiting for a special home. Unfortunately, many of those animals never find one. We hope Toast, Keyboard Cat and Hamilton Pug inspire people to support their local animal shelters and start their own stories by adopting a pet in need of a home.”
There is a common misconception that there is something wrong with shelter pets; however, the majority of these pets end up in shelters and rescue groups through no fault of their own. "Moving" and "landlord issues" are among the top reasons animals find themselves in shelters.
”This campaign comes at a watershed moment for homeless pets,” said Amy Zeifang of the Maddie’s Fund Executive Leadership Team. “Thanks to the increased popularity of shelter and rescue group pets, we’re close to reaching our goal of ending pet homelessness in the country. In fact, if every community in the United States would just adopt six more pets each month, every healthy and treatable shelter dog or cat in America would have a home.”

The TV, radio, print, outdoor and web PSAs will be distributed this week to national media and will air in donated time and space per the Ad Council’s model. Over the coming months, the campaign will continue to build awareness around the issue through an extensive social media campaign, which will include original and user-generated content encouraging people to share their shelter pet adoption stories. Through the Ad Council’s first partnership with CrowdTap, the campaign will also leverage the marketing platform’s extensive network of social media influencers to spread the word about shelter pet adoption and the new PSA campaign.
“J. Walter Thompson is proud to partner with The Shelter Pet Project and The Ad Council to champion the adoption of shelter pets,” said Gustavo Martinez, Worldwide Chairman & CEO of J. Walter Thompson Company. “By showcasing the wonderful success stories of our adopted celebrity pets and the happiness they bring to thousands of people each day, we hope that prospective owners can see the difference they can make and choose a shelter pet as their next companion.”
The Shelter Pet Project is the first national PSA campaign to bring together animal welfare organizations and shelters across the country with one unified goal – to increase pet adoption. Since launching in 2009, The Shelter Pet Project has received more than $272 million in donated media. In the past year alone, there have been more than 700,000 searches for adoptable pets on TheShelterPetProject.org.
“It’s heartbreaking that so many healthy and treatable pets are needlessly euthanized every year,” added Lisa Sherman, President and CEO of the Ad Council. “Pets can bring so much love and comfort to a family, and I urge those thinking about adopting to make shelters and rescue groups the first place they turn.”

About the Shelter Pet Project
The Shelter Pet Project is the first national PSA campaign created to bring together large animal welfare organizations, The Humane Society of the United States and Maddie's Fund, and shelters across the country for one unified goal—to increase pet adoption. Along with the Ad Council, these partners aim to break down stereotypes associated with shelter pets and make shelters and rescue groups the overwhelmingly obvious choice for obtaining a pet. To learn more visit TheShelterPetProject.org or follow The Shelter Pet Project on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

About The Humane Society of the United States
The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization, rated most effective by our peers. For 60 years, we have celebrated the protection of all animals and confronted all forms of cruelty. We are the nation’s largest provider of hands-on services for animals, caring for more than 100,000 animals each year, and we prevent cruelty to millions more through our advocacy campaigns. Read more about our 60 years of transformational change for animals, and visit us online at humanesociety.org.

About Maddie’s Fund® 
Maddie’s Fund® (maddiesfund.org) is a family foundation founded in 1994 by Workday co-founder Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, who have endowed the Foundation with more than $300 million. Since then, they have awarded more than $153 million in grants toward increased community lifesaving, shelter medicine education, and pet adoptions across the U.S. The Duffields named Maddie’s Fund after their Miniature Schnauzer Maddie, who always made them laugh and comforted them during stressful business times when Dave was launching a start-up company. Maddie was with Dave and Cheryl from 1987-1997 and continues to inspire them today.

About J. Walter Thompson Worldwide 
J. Walter Thompson Worldwide, the world’s best-known marketing communications brand, has been creating pioneering solutions that build enduring brands and business for more than 150 years. Headquartered in New York, J. Walter Thompson is a true global network with more than 200 offices in over 90 countries, employing nearly 10,000 marketing professionals. The agency consistently ranks among the top networks in the world and continues to be a dominant presence in the industry by staying on the leading edge—from hiring the industry’s first female copywriter to developing award-winning branded content today. For more information, please visit www.jwt.com and follow us @JWT_Worldwide.

About The Ad Council
The Ad Council (www.adcouncil.org) is a private, non-profit organization with a rich history of marshaling volunteer talent from the advertising and media industries to deliver critical messages to the American public. Having produced literally thousands of PSA campaigns addressing the most pressing social issues of the day, the Ad Council has effected, and continues to effect, tremendous positive change by raising awareness, inspiring action and saving lives. To learn more about the Ad Council and its campaigns, visit www.adcouncil.org. For more information, please visit www.adcouncil.org. You can also visit www.facebook.com/adcouncil or follow the Ad Council on Twitter @AdCouncil.
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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

2016 Yoga in America

2016 Yoga in America Study Conducted by Yoga Journal and Yoga Alliance
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BOULDER, Colo., Jan. 13, 2016 The newly released 2016 Yoga in America Study Conducted by Yoga Journal and Yoga Alliance shows that the number of US yoga practitioners has increased to more than 36 million, up from 20.4 million in 2012, while annual practitioner spending on yoga classes, clothing, equipment, and accessories rose to $16 billion, up from $10 billion over the past four years.
Survey data for this comprehensive study of the consumer yoga market was collected by Ipsos Public Affairs on behalf of Yoga Journal and Yoga Alliance.
The results indicate that women represent 72 percent of US practitioners, with men and older Americans doing Downward Dog at a growing rate. Thirty-four percent of Americans, or 80 million people, say they are likely to try yoga for the first time in the next 12 months.
"The data tells a compelling story," says Carin Gorrell, editor in chief of Yoga Journal. "More people than ever across all age groups are realizing the benefits of yoga, from stress relief to flexibility to overall well-being. Yoga is a thriving, growing industry."
"Beyond yoga's increasing popularity, what's fascinating is the data shows that those who practice and teach yoga have measurably better perceptions of their individual strength, balance, dexterity, and mental clarity versus non-practitioners," said Yoga Alliance Executive Director and COO Barbara Dobberthien. "Practitioners are also much more likely to be involved in a variety of other forms of exercise, as well as focused on sustainable living and eating."
2016 Yoga in America Study Highlights:
  • There are 36.7M US yoga practitioners, up from 20.4M in 2012
  • 34 percent of Americans say they are somewhat or very likely to practice yoga in the next 12 months – equal to more than 80 million Americans
  • 37 percent of practitioners have children under the age of 18 who also practice yoga
  • Students spend $16B/year on classes, gear, and equipment, up from $10B in 2012
  • Women represent 72 percent of practitioners; men, 28 percent
  • Practitioners are significantly more involved in many other forms of exercise, such as running, cycling and weightlifting, than non-practitioners
  • 30–49 year olds make up 43 percent of the practicing public, followed by those ages 50+ (38 percent) and 18–29 (19 percent)
  • 74 percent of American practitioners have been doing yoga for five or fewer years
  • The top five reasons for starting yoga are: flexibility (61 percent), stress relief (56 percent), general fitness (49 percent), improve overall health (49 percent), and physical fitness (44 percent)
  • 86 percent of practitioners self-report having a strong sense of mental clarity, 73 percent report being physically strong, and 79 percent give back to their communities – all significantly higher rates than among non-practitioners
  • All audiences surveyed agree that warm and friendly demeanor, clarity, and knowledge of yoga poses are characteristics that make for a great yoga teacher
  • There are two people interested in becoming a yoga teacher for every one current teacher
  • Half of yoga teachers have been teaching for more than six years
About the StudyThe 2016 Yoga in America Study Conducted by Yoga Journal and Yoga Alliance is a national study building on a similar study conducted in 2008 and 2012 by Yoga Journal. For this study, Yoga Journal and Yoga Alliance partnered with Ipsos Public Affairs to expand the understanding of the practice of yoga in America and to determine how Americans view yoga. This augmented study focused on the growing practice of yoga in America, from the perspectives of yoga practitioners, teachers, and studio owners, as well as the non-practicing US public.
ABOUT YOGA JOURNALFounded in 1975 by members of the California Yoga Teachers Association, Yoga Journal (yogajournal.com) offers all practitioners—from beginners to masters—expert information on how to live a healthier, happier, more fulfilling life both on and off the mat. Every day, Yoga Journal engages its print, online, and live audience with top teacher insights and in-depth reporting on poses, breathing, meditation, nutrition, health, trends, and more. Always informative and inspiring, the magazine's welcoming, inclusive point of view puts every reader in front of the world's best teachers. With 12 international editions spanning 28 countries, and five national live events annually, Yoga Journal is the world's largest yoga brand.
ABOUT YOGA ALLIANCEYoga Alliance is the largest international nonprofit association promoting and supporting the diversity and integrity of the teaching of yoga. Currently, more than 67,700 Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®) and 4,300 Registered Yoga Schools (RYS®) are represented by Yoga Alliance. The organization also educates the public on the value and credibility of voluntary registration with Yoga Alliance Registry and upholds the worldwide growth of yoga through education and community.
 
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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

King Of Pop Makes History (Again)!

THRILLER REMAINS THE BIGGEST ALBUM OF ALL TIME, TOPPING 100 MILLION SALES WORLDWIDE 

 

 

NEW YORK, Dec. 16, 2015 /The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the Estate of Michael Jackson, Epic Records and Legacy Recordings announced today that Michael Jackson's THRILLER is the first album in RIAA Gold & Platinum Program history to be certified 30X Multi-Platinum for U.S. sales, continuing The King of Pop's reign as the biggest selling artist of all time with worldwide sales of over 100 million for Thriller and 1 billion overall.   
"RIAA has awarded Gold & Platinum records on behalf of the music business for nearly 60 years, but this is the first time an artist has crossed the 30X multi-Platinum plateau," said Cary Sherman, Chairman & CEO, RIAA. "We are honored to celebrate the unique status of Thriller in Gold & Platinum history. What an exceptional achievement and testament to Thriller's enduring spot in our hearts and musical history."
Michael Jackson's masterpiece Thriller, produced by Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson, won a record setting 8 Grammys, more than any album ever, and has been earning awards and setting new standards of success since its release on November 30, 1982. Thriller spent nearly 2 -1/2 years on the Billboard album chart and holds  a modern day record of 37 weeks at #1. It was the first album in history to spend each of its first 80 weeks in the album chart's Top 10, a feat only reached by one other album in the more than three decades since. During its 112th week on Billboard's album chart, it became the first title ever to be certified RIAA 20Xmulti-Platinum (October 30, 1984). Worldwide, Thriller went to #1 in practically every country in the world, including the UK, France, Italy, Australia, Denmark, Belgium, South Africa, Spain, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada and apartheid South Africa. 
The album was acclaimed for its range and depth. Rolling Stone referred to the album as a ''watershed" moment for Michael, and Newsweek prophetically wrote that "Michael's voice haunts these songs, gives them heart…It is what will make this music endure." Seven tracks from the album became Top 10 singles, and three, "Beat It", "Billie Jean" and "Thriller", went #1. ALL nine assumed a permanent place in hearts and memories of everyone on the planet.
More than just an album, Thriller has remained a global cultural multi-media phenomenon for both the 20th and the 21st centuries, smashing musical barriers and changing the frontiers of pop forever.  The music on Thriller is so dynamic and singular that it defied any definition of rock, pop or soul that had gone before. '"Beat It" was a new kind of pop rock hybrid and demolished the longstanding segregation between black and white music with Eddie Van Halen's incendiary guitar. On "The Girl Is Mine" a black man and a white man bantered about the same girl. On the same album were songs like the African-rooted "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" and the rhythm and blues based "Billie Jean". No one had ever released an album with such a vast range of material.
"Perhaps Michael's most significant racial trailblazing came with music videos," wrote Joe Vogel in Man in the Music. Fascinated with the fledgling art form Michael wanted to tell a story and entertain on a grand scale. Despite the luscious cinematography, dramatic narrative and spectacular choreography of "Billie Jean", a fledgling MTV, which was programming white rock artists almost exclusively, refused to play it. Epic persisted. Once the wall came crashing down, MTV's ratings soared and a door was opened for a generation of African American artists. "He was MTV's Jackie Robinson," said cultural critic Toure. Next came the unforgettable short film for "Beat It" which featured Michael bringing two gangs together through the power of music and dance. And then there was "Thriller". Premiered at the AVCO Theatre in Los Angeles in 1983, it sold out every night for three weeks. No other video before or since has generated such excitement and has such a hold on our attention such that more than 30 years later we all share it as a collective memory and it remains the only music video to be inducted into the elite National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
The importance of Thriller was recognized by Michael Jackson's industry peers at the Grammys.  Thriller was nominated in a record breaking 12 categories, and won a history making eight, which stands as the record for most Grammy Awards to be won by any album. Seven of those Grammys that year were awarded to Michael for: Album of the Year; Record of the Year ("Beat It"); Best Male Pop Vocal Performance ("Thriller"); Best Engineered Recording, Non-Classical (Thriller); Best Male Rock Vocal Performance ("Beat It"); Best Male R&B Vocal Performance ("Billie Jean"); Best R&B Song ("Billie Jean"). (Michael's eighth Grammy that year was in the Best Recording for Children - Single or Album, Musical or Spoken category for "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial"). That same year, Michael Jackson took home eight American Music Awards and three MTV Video Music Awards. The following year, "The Making of Michael Jackson's Thriller" took home the Best Video Album trophy at the 27th Annual Grammy Awards.
During his extraordinary career, Michael Jackson sold more than a billion records worldwide, released 13 No.1 singles and became one of a handful of artists to be inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Guinness Book of World Records recognized Jackson as the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time and "Thriller" as the World's Top-Selling Album of All Time. His artistry, choreography and music continue to inspire generations of pop, soul, R&B and hip-hop artists and fans.
"It is crystal clear that Michael Jackson is simply the greatest, and biggest artist of all time," says LA Reid, Chairman & CEO of Epic Records. "Not only are his charts hits and sales stats staggering, but his pure musicality was other-worldly. Thriller was groundbreaking and electrifying...it was perfection. I am extremely proud that Michael is the heart and soul of Epic Records and he will forever remain the one-and-only King of Pop."
"100 million albums and counting. There has never been a phenomenon like Thriller," says John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson. "Michael opened the floodgates of his creativity, explored emotional depths and pushed the boundaries of sonic innovation. In the process, he breached destructive barriers in the music industry and literally united the world through his music: there isn't a place on this planet that hasn't been exhilarated by the music of Michael Jackson. 30 years after its release, Thriller continues to be a revelation.
Music from Thriller and Michael's other hit albums is featured in the hit Las Vegas show Michael Jackson ONE, produced by Cirque du Soleil and the Estate of Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson ONE is selling out shows and amazing fans at the Michael Jackson ONE Theatre at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas.
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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Diane Keaton Talks About Raising Kids at 69

Diane Keaton AARP CoverWASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2015 - Academy Award® winning actress Diane Keaton grew up the oldest of four in a neighborhood surrounded by orange groves in Santa Ana, California. From a young age, Keaton was inspired to dream by her mother, who ran the household but carefully nurtured her children's creative sides.
In an insightful interview with AARP The Magazine, Keaton reveals how she wanted to be a movie star from a young age and uprooted her life at age 19, moving to New York to study under the famous acting coach Sandy Meisner. While Keaton was a hard worker, she credits luck for her early breaks. After decades in show business, Keaton, now 69, acknowledges that she has become more content with herself and has a newfound appreciation for enjoying life with her two children. She also discusses her motivations for renovating at least a dozen houses in the last 25 years, all part of her search for the home.
The following are excerpts from the December/January issue of the AARP The Magazine cover story featuring Diane Keaton, available in homes today and online now at http://www.aarp.org/magazine/.
On her search for home: "I've always been looking for home. I feel like I've chased the concept of home with all the renovations and building I've done in my life, and I can't stop. I can't seem to stop having the dream of it."
On her mother"My mother had to take care of everything that had to do with four kids in the house. She was in her 20s. Imagine! And she still had this enormous desire to express her life, to tell her story, to experience beauty – so she gave that all to us."
On her many interests but one talent:
"I like to say that I have one talent, and that would be plenty – but I also have a lot of pursuits."
On her change in perspective after her mother's death: 
"When I think about my life now, I try to be in the moment, cherish people I love and not be in pursuit of some abstract concept."
On getting her breakthrough role in The Godfather:
"I don't know how I got that part. I was, like, kooky and unusual and left of center and not always castable at that time. I would go up against Jill Clayburgh or Blythe Danner, and it just wasn't happening for me."
On Woody Allen as her ultimate teacher:"He gave me everything. It was a privilege to be in those films with him. I've never seen anybody more disciplined. For him, work is an art form. Work really is the answer to so many problems, and it's a form of play, too, that you take very seriously and keep trying to expand. That's something I learned from Woody."
On appreciating the passage of time:"My father died when he was 67, so I've already lived two years longer than he did. You know you're coming up against it. You realize that it doesn't really matter how successful you get."
On enjoying life taking place around her:
"In a way, this is the most interesting time. At this age, everything seems much more astonishing. Like, Oh my goodness, look at that sycamore tree! Why didn't I see that before? There's a magical aspect, a wonder, to being on this planet."
About AARP The MagazineWith more than 35.2 million readers, AARP The Magazine is the world's largest circulation magazine and the definitive lifestyle publication for Americans 50+. AARP The Magazine delivers comprehensive content through health and fitness features, financial guidance, consumer interest information and tips, celebrity interviews, and book and movie reviews. AARP The Magazine was founded in 1958 and is published bimonthly in print and continually online. 
About AARPAARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Historic art inspires fashion for the future

NEW YORK, Nov. 25, 2015 / -- H&M is proud to announce a collaboration with the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, located in the Palais du Louvre in Paris to celebrate the new H&M Conscious Exclusive collection. This beautiful new range has been inspired by the archives of the museum, and will be launched on Thursday April 7th to coincide with the opening of the highly anticipated exhibition, Fashion forward - Three centuries of fashion. H&M is delighted to reveal Parisian Art Director, style maven and sustainability champion, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, will be the face of the campaign.
"I am honored to be the ambassador of such a unique project. I think that the idea of creating a collection inspired by the history of art and fashion is fantastic, especially since it is made with innovative and sustainable materials which are the future of fashion," says Julia. Known for her distinctively personal sense of style, Julia is the embodiment of effortless, conscious, modern cool.
For this Conscious Exclusive collection the H&M design team has worked closely with the museum, delving into their collections of archival fashions as well as the work of artists such as Gustave Moreau to find inspiration. The outcome is a glamorous line of modern red carpet pieces infused with tactile charm, a nostalgic aesthetic and a historical legacy.
"With this collection we brought the idea of sustainability to new levels. Working with new innovative materials such as beads and rhinestones made from recycled glass and Denimite, a material made from recycled worn-out denim. We have created contemporary styles imbued with a sophisticated charm," says Ann-Sofie Johansson, Creative Advisor at H&M.
H&M will be the exclusive sponsor of the upcoming exhibition which will include selected styles from the H&M archives, including a look from the first ever H&M designer collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld in 2004 as well as one silhouette from the new Conscious Exclusive collection.
The complete collection, featuring clothing and accessories for women, will be available from Thursday April 7th in approximately 180 stores worldwide and online at hm.com.
For more information please visit hm.com
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H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (publ) was founded in Sweden in 1947 and is quoted on Nasdaq Stockholm. H&M's business idea is to offer fashion and quality at the best price in a sustainable way. In addition to H&M, the group includes the brands & Other Stories, Cheap Monday, COS, Monki and Weekday as well as H&M Home. The H&M Group has more than 3,800 stores in 61 markets including franchise markets. In 2014, sales including VAT were SEK 177 billion and the number of employees is more than 132,000. For further information, visit hm.com.
 
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Monday, November 16, 2015

Ali Rezaian, frère du journaliste du Washington Post emprisonné en Iran


WASHINGTON, le 13 novembre 2015 -- Au cours des jours précédant la visite prochaine du président Rouhani en France et en Italie, Ali Rezaian, frère du journaliste du Washington Post Jason Rezaian, tenait à déclarer ceci : « Dans la mesure où le président Rouhani sera en visite en Europe ce week-end afin de tendre la main aux dirigeants mondiaux, parmi lesquels le pape François et le président Hollande, n'oublions pas tous ceux qui comme mon frère, le reporter Jason Rezaian du Washington Post, sont détenus de manière illégale et injustifiée dans les prisons iraniennes. Jason est un journaliste talentueux et respectueux de la loi, qui a tout simplement été arrêté parce qu'il exerçait son métier.

En tant que reporter, fils d'une mère américaine et d'un père iranien vivant aux États-Unis, Jason met un point d'honneur à combler la fracture culturelle opposant l'Iran et l'Occident. Il vit le cauchemar d'un homme innocent emprisonné illégalement dans un pays qu'il aimait, au sein duquel le système judiciaire n'est ni indépendant, ni impartial. Jason a été emprisonné sans base légale, détenu pendant des mois à l'isolement, et interrogé sans relâche par les autorités iraniennes.

Il est désormais incarcéré depuis près de 16 mois dans la tristement célèbre prison iranienne d'Evin, où il est maltraité physiquement et malmené psychologiquement — et aucune issue n'est en vue. Le procès de Jason s'est avéré une véritable mascarade ; il s'est déroulé à huit clos, la procédure officielle a démontré de nombreuses lacunes, et le procès a été reporté à plusieurs reprises pour des raisons apparemment politiques.

 L'emprisonnement illégal de mon frère Jason et de nombreuses autres victimes innocentes détenues en Iran constitue une violation à la primauté du droit, et s'inscrit à l'encontre de tous les efforts de « bonne foi » entrepris par le président Rouhani pour collaborer avec la communauté internationale. Ma famille et moi-même espérons que le pape François, le président Hollande, ainsi que les autres dirigeants mondiaux qui accordent de l'importance à la justice et à la liberté, feront valoir ces questions — et défendront la libération immédiate de mon frère — au cours des prochaines réunions avec le président Rouhani. »


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