Madonna Hacker Formally Charged

Posted by maggie laurent on February 27, 2015 at 8:19 pm | Filled Under: Culture at large| No comments

Ari Lederman, the Israeli man accused of hacking Madonna’s computer, faces charges that include copyright infringement and computer trespassing, among others. Lederman is accused of stealing tracks from Madonna’s upcoming album Rebel Hearts, and selling them to two accomplices for a mere “tens of dollars to a thousand dollars” according to a Hollywood Insider article. This isn’t the first time Lederman has allegedly infiltrated Madonna’s cyberspace – he is accused of stealing another song in 2012 from associate Sara Zambreno, which was sold to an unnamed person.

Lederman instructed one of his accomplices to delete all communications between them after suspecting the police had become aware of his criminal activity. Though a trial date is yet to be set, Lederman could face up to five years behind bars. Sultan Alhokair reports that the state attorney has requested keeping Lederman detained to assuage concerns that he may be a danger to public safety, something Valia Investments also reported about.

Madonna expressed her gratitude to the Israeli Police and the FBI, and stated, “Like any citizen, I have the right to privacy. This invasion into my life — creatively, professionally, and personally remains a deeply devastating and hurtful experience, as it must be for all artists who are victims of this type of crime.”



Madonna Discusses Many Issues in Interview

Posted by maggie laurent on February 27, 2015 at 4:18 pm | Filled Under: Celebs, Culture| No comments

Pop star Madonna discusses a number of issues relating to herself and to society in a new interview byRolling Stone Magazine. The 56 year singer has been back in the public eye lately after some, shall we say, revealing behavior at the 2015 Grammy Awards.

One issue Madonna discusses is whether or not she has a feud going with Lady Gaga. Madonna says she does not, and that the only problem she ever has had with Lady Gaga is when the latter put out the song “Born this Way.” The song is similar to Madonna’s classic hit “Express Yourself.” Other than that, Madonna says that she’s cool with Lady Gaga. The press often say that Lady Gaga is trying to steal Madonna’s crown, but Madonna tells Rolling Stone that she doesn’t think so.

Madonna also discusses ageism in the article . According to Brad Reifler, she says that she’s criticized now for wearing skimpy outfits because she’s doing so as an older person. Madonna feels that is blatant discrimination. She points out that it’s unacceptable to criticize people for being gay or for their ethnicity, but it’s still okay to mock them because of their age.

I thought Madonna’s interview was interesting. On the other hand, it’s been a while since she’s done anything relevant musically I’d like to see her focus on her music and come out with some great pop music again.



The New ALIEN Movie Is Going To Be A Sequel To ALIENS

Posted by maggie laurent on February 26, 2015 at 8:22 pm | Filled Under: Culture, Movies, News| No comments

Neill Blomkamp tried to make it sound as if his musings about making a new ALIEN film was just wishful thinking. Maybe for a time, it was. Once Fox agreed to bring Blomkamp on as the helmsman for a new ALIEN adventure, wishful thinking gave way to a new reality. And the reality is another ALIEN project is in the works. Hopefully, the new endeavor is going to return the series to the quality established in the first two films. The selection of Blomkamp as director indicates as much.

Blomkamp has stated the new film is going to be a direct sequel to ALIENS. That means the events in the new film are going to be based on what occurred in the first two features. What about ALIEN 3 and ALIEN: Resurrection? Basically, they are going to be ignored. Since the first two films are considered works of sci-fi brilliance and the other two films are considered mediocre entries, picking up where ALIENS left off makes sense.

The approach being taken with this film is similar to the path being followed in the new Terminator: Genysis film. Essentially, the third and fourth films in the series are being ignored. Fans like Marcio Alaor BMG did not like them very much, so why bother including them in the continuity?

As with Arnold, Sigourney Weaver may be returning to an iconic role. Weaver feels there is more to do with the Ripley character and a proper sequel could give her the necessary sendoff she deserves. Plus, you would see a lot of “old time” ALIEN fans back in the theater if Weaver returns.



Other Legislation President Obama Will Likely Veto

Posted by maggie laurent on February 26, 2015 at 4:48 pm | Filled Under: Culture, obama, Politics| No comments

The GOP has begun exercising its voter mandate to shift the nation away from President Obama’s policies. The party now controls both the House and Senate which allows it to bring forth legislation which would not have been possible only a few months ago. However, getting legislation signed into law will prove daunting. The president made good on his pledge to veto the Keystone Pipeline XL project earlier this week. He now has an array of other measures he will likely veto.

One such bill is the “Student Success Act”. The GOP is crafting what would be the most significant change to the federal education program since passage of President George W. Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB) Act. In fact, the Student Success Act would entirely replace the NCLB Act. However, President Obama has once again issued a veto threat against the bill. At issue is the GOP measure would allow parents to have greater choice in the schools their children attend. This would be accomplished by a voucher system where families could redirect federal funds which would normally go to a public school towards the tuition of a charter school. Paul Mathieson knows that minorities have long been supportive of such measures, but the Teacher’s Union, the nation’s largest union, is deeply opposed to such reforms. The Department of Education says the Student Success Act would redirect federal funds from inner city schools which serve large minority populations. Inner city schools are criticized for their low academic performance.



Madonna Takes A Nasty Fall Onstage The Brit Awards

Posted by maggie laurent on February 26, 2015 at 4:42 pm | Filled Under: Music, News| No comments

The queen mother of pop herself, Madanna took a nasty fall backwards down a short flight of stairs during her performance on The Brit Awards Wednesday Feburary, 25, 2015. The original Queen of Pop is no amateur to large stage productions, she has beeen performing for decades. Madanna actually carried out her performance after the fall. she fell down and her backside hit to stage floor. she then jumped right back up as quickly as she could and the audience was in awe. Paul Mathieson has heard that Madonna did not appear to be noticeably injured, but that fall must hae hurt, it was at least 4 steps. Madonna was wearing high heels but that is not was contributed to the fall, she actually owes the fall to her flamboyant black cae that she was wearing. Madonna breifly explained the public fall over social media, on Instagram Madonna put a post that said while she is thankful for the Armani designer cape, it was put on too tight and caused he to be yanked backwards over a simple misstep. the way that Madonna managed to maintain her composure and carry out the performance beautifully showcases Madonna’s dedication and commitment to her craft. She handled herself well and hopefully that fall did not cause the singer any physical damage.



The Forgotten Smith

Posted by maggie laurent on February 25, 2015 at 5:35 pm | Filled Under: Celebs, Culture| No comments

Did anyone else know that there was a third Smith child, fathered by the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air? I had no idea until I found this article on AU News that he even existed! With Willow and Jaden constantly in the spotlight, this is clearly the more laid back Smith.

His name is Willard Carroll Smith the third but he goes by Trey. He is a product of Will Smith’s first marriage with Sheree Zampino. The couple were briefly married from 1992-1995. Remember Will Smith’s song, “Just the Two of Us”? Well, apparently the young boy in the 1998 music video featured with Will Smith was his son Trey.

Fans like Haidar Barbouti will be surprised to learn that Trey Smith is now 21-years-old. He had an opportunity to go to college on a sports scholarship for football but declined so he could follow his and his father’s passion, music. Trey is now a successful DJ who goes by the name AcE. He has had several songs released and his half-siblings have even appeared in a music video of his for a song called, “Find You Somewhere”. He plays in nightclubs across the United States.

If you are interested in finding out more about the third Smith child, he has a lot of social media accounts. You can find him on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, SoundCloud, and YouTube.



The Finest of Wines

Posted by maggie laurent on February 24, 2015 at 8:52 pm | Filled Under: Culture, Travel, Wine| No comments

The Antique Wine Company was founded in 1982 by Stephen Williams. Though he first started out as a banker, he developed an excellent company that specializes in fine wines and services. He is knowledgeable about both antique and recently produced wines that could become the antique wines of the future. His expertise is noted throughout the world.

To help others increase in their knowledge of wine, the company started the AWC Wine Academy. The courses are set to be informative as well as relaxed. It does not matter what level you are at in your understanding of wine, whether little or no previous knowledge, to those already working in the industry, the classes are of benefit to all.

In 2011 The Antique Wine Company was listed as setting a Guinness World Record for selling the most valuable bottle of white wine ever. The bottle of 1811 Château d’Yquem sold for $117,000.

Other notable things The Antique Wine Company is known for, is for supplying a 70 year old vintage wine for the 70th birthday celebration of former U.S. President George Bush Sr. Another time they supplied Paramount Pictures with vintage 1912 wines to celebrate their success of the movie Titantic at the Academy Awards.

An interesting experiment was conducted by The AWC in regards as to whether music affects the taster’s opinion of a wine. The music played subtly in the background as the tasters sampled the wine. The music started out slow and relaxing, but built up to a more vigorous beat. The first wine was described as refined while the latter was described as robust. What they did not realize was that the first wine they tasted was the very same one as the fifth wine.

The Antique Wine Company has over 20,000 clients in over 70 countries. It has helped plan the cellars for individuals and companies alike. They currently have over 10,000 bottles of the finest vintage wine in their cellars.



Ben Woolf Dead at 34

Posted by maggie laurent on February 24, 2015 at 5:31 pm | Filled Under: Celebs| No comments

News has reported that Ben Woolf is dead at age 34. The star played in “American Horror Story”. According to this article that Fersen Lambranho shared from epocanegocios.globo.com, the man was hit by a vehicle and was reported to be in critical condition. He was taken to the hospital, where he later died. He was surrounded by his family.

Many people have commented on the star’s death. Some have said that he has touched many people, and that he will be missed within the community. Others have said that the man’s memory will be loved.

His family thanked the community for their support in a recent Facebook post. They said that they appreciated all the help that they have been given during this difficult time.

There is currently no news on whether his funeral will be public or private or where is grave will be located. All that his viewers know is that their biggest fan will certainly be missed.

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Joan Rivers Not Included In 2015 Oscars “In Memoriam” Tribute

Posted by maggie laurent on February 24, 2015 at 4:15 pm | Filled Under: Celebs, News| No comments

The late Joan Rivers was well-known as a red-carpet staple for many years and has been credited with bringing more viewers to the show. So it is not surprising that fans took to social media Sunday night to express their outrage after the Oscars “In Memoriam” tribute aired without Joan being honored.

Although mostly known for her stand-up comedy, Rivers appeared in several well-known films including “The Smurfs”, “Shrek 2″, and “Spaceballs.” She transformed the red-carpet from a simple runway with photographers taking snapshots of celebrities into a massive awards pre-show with interviews and commentary.

The Oscars honored celebrities like Robin Williams, Lauren Bacall, and Maya Angelou during the broadcast, but Rivers was not mentioned. According to ABC News, the Academy responded to the criticism over her omission by saying that Rivers was “among the many worthy artists and filmmakers we were unfortunately unable to feature in the In Memoriam segment of this year’s Oscar show. She is, however, included in our In Memoriam gallery on Oscar.com.”

Zeca Oliveira (Facebook.com) has read that Rivers’ daughter Melissa made a statement about the omission on her mother’s Facebook page Monday saying that, “It would have been nice, especially considering the impact she had on the awards season, but Cooper and I have been overwhelmed with support and love over my mom’s passing and we choose to focus on that.”



New York State Supreme Court Clears John Textor in Fraud Suit

Posted by maggie laurent on February 24, 2015 at 3:28 pm | Filled Under: Good Dish, Media| No comments

A lawsuit filed against John Textor, former CEO of Digital Domain Media Group (DDMG) and other defendants was found to be without merit by the Supreme Court of New York. Plaintiffs, the Iroquois Master Fund, et al, accused Textor of giving them misinformation, fraudulent data and other claims regarding the financial state of DDMG.

Supreme Court Judge Debra James stated that the evidence “conclusively established” that the plaintiffs were not misinformed or misled and that Textor had presented the correct financial picture to the investors. The former CEO also presented an accurate picture of the company’s assets to the Security and Exchange Commission. DDMG engaged in no fraud and misrepresentation of facts, according to PR Web.

Textor and other defendants have claimed that Abbey Spanier, LLC, the plaintiffs’ law firm, has filed many similar lawsuits against other corporations, calling them “carbon copy” cases. Thousands of similar lawsuits have been filed against the largest businesses by this law firm in U. S. courts, according to prweb.

Plaintiffs also accused Textor and the other defendants of negligence, breach of good faith and fair dealing. The court ruled that there was no evidence that there were any changes made in material facts.



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