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Johnny Depp Voted The #1 Money-Making Star Of 2010.

Johnny Depp Voted The #1 Money-Making Star Of 2010.

Johnny Depp Voted The #1 Money-Making Star Of 2010.

Johnny Depp Voted The #1 Money-Making Star Of 2010.   After starring in one of the biggest box-office hits of the year, Johnny Depp was voted the #1 Money-Making Star of 2010. Voted on by motion picture exhibitors, this was the third year Depp was considered the star responsible for bring the most people into theaters.  Depp starred in this year’s “Alice in Wonderland,” which earned over $1 billion at the global box office, while “The Tourist” with Angelina Jolie has pulled in about $77 million at the box-office world-wide. It’s the third year Depp has come in at #1 on the poll, which has been conducted each year since 1932. Depp also topped the list in 2006 and 2007, when “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” were among the biggest box-office hits of the year. Next year, he’ll voice the animated comedy “Rango” and star in the fourth installment in the “Pirates” series, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” affording him the chance to come in at #1 yet again. His “Tourist” co-star Angelina Jolie comes in at #2 on the list. Along with “The Tourist,” she also led “Salt” to a gross of $293 million worldwide. Robert Downey, Jr. is at #3, thanks to his work in “Iron Man 2” and “Due Date,” while Matt Damon scores the #4 spot for “Green Zone,” “Hereafter,” and “True Grit.” At #5 on the list is Steve Carell, who starred in “Date Night,” “Dinner for Schmucks,” and voice Gru in the Universal hit “Despicable Me,” while Tom Hanks scored #6 for his voice work in “Toy Story 3” alone.
Top Ten Money-Making Stars of 2010:

1. Johnny Depp

2. Angelina Jolie

3. Robert Downey, Jr.

4. Matt Damon

5. Steve Carell

6. Tom Hanks

7. Denzel Washington

8. Leonardo DiCaprio

9. George Clooney

10. Anne Hathaway

Lady Gaga Voted The #1 Top Live Act Of 2010.

Lady Gaga Voted The #1 Top Live Act Of 2010.

Lady Gaga Voted The #1 Top Live Act Of 2010.

Lady Gaga Voted The #1 Top Live Act Of 2010. Say what you will about the state of the economy, but it was harder to score a ticket to the biggest shows of the year than ever. Selling out arenas and venues all over the US, our readers couldn’t get enough of these music stars on stage. After hundreds of votes, these are the Top 10 Live Acts of 2010.

 Top Live Acts of 2010

10. Copeland

The Florida rockers performed their farewell tour this Spring, disbanding after eight years and five studio albums, bringing other great bands Deas Vail and Person L along with them for the bittersweet ride.

9. Pink

With a jaw-dropping “Glitter in the Air” performance at the Grammys early in the year, Pink kept up her high-flying stunts during her overseas Funhouse Summer Carnival tour which made her the only female artist selling out stadiums this year.

8. Pretty Reckless

However you see her, foul-mouthed brat or teenage provocateur Taylor Momsen, who flashed her 17-year-old breasts to the audience during a Pretty Reckless show earlier this year, has made her and her band seem like Courtney Love Jr. and Hole-lite.

7. Adam Lambert

The “American Idol” almost-winner set out on his first headlining tour this year, giving fans all the glitter, glam, and throaty wailing they could hope for.

6. Paramore

The Hayley Williams-fronted rockers set out on a headlining tour in support of last year’s “Brand New Eyes,” which included plenty of cell phone-lit renditions of their hit “The Only Exception.”

5. Rihanna

Before she was the “Only Girl (In the World),” Rihanna was on her “Last Girl on Earth” tour, performing hits off last year’s “Rated R” and her mega-hit “Umbrella.”

4. The Black Eyed Peas

Though it was their “E.N.D.” tour, the Black Eyed Peas showed absolutely no signs of slowing down this year. They spent nearly the entire year selling out arenas worldwide while performing their latest #1 hits, including “Imma Be” and “I Gotta Feeling.”

3. Shakira

The Colombian pop princess earned one of the biggest international hits this year with the World Cup anthem “Waka Waka (Time For Africa)” and one of its biggest tours, in support of her latest album “Sale El Sol.”

2. Robyn

Robyn released one of the most acclaimed albums of the year with “Body Talk” and her North American outings this year, where she performed singles like “Dancing On My Own” and “Hang With Me” to a throng of sing-along crowds, had Billboard calling her “one of the greatest pop performers of this decade.”

1. Lady Gaga

The “Bad Romance” singer kicked off the year with one leg of her “Monster Ball Tour” and is closing out 2010 with yet another. Continuing on through 2011, the tour will finally wrap in May after 200 performances. Performing hits off “The Fame,” “The Fame Monster,” and soon to be amended with material off her upcoming “Born This Way,” Lady Gaga continues to mesmerize her little monsters with one of the biggest tours of the year, enough to be voted as the #1 Live Act of 2010.

Audio tycoon Sidney Harman, buys Newsweek

Audio tycoon Sidney Harman, buys Newsweek

Audio tycoon Sidney Harman, buys Newsweek

Newsweek Sold To Harman International. Newsweek gets you smarter, faster about what matters most now in politics, business, environment, tech, culture, world, and health ideas, news, and trends. Newsweek, the 77-year-old news magazine venerated the world over, has been sold by owner The Washington Post Co. to stereo magnate Sidney Harman, founder of Harman International Industries Inc. Harman has assured that most of the 350 Newsweek employees will be retained, while the weekly would be given enough time to recover from its losses. The Washington Post Co., announcing Monday that it had signed a contract with the audio tycoon, brought to an end the Post’s half-century-old ownership of Newsweek. Editor Jon Meacham has decided to leave the company and there is yet no decision as to who will succeed him. Until someone is hired, Tom Ascheim, Newsweek’s chief executive officer, will look after editorial responsibilities. In a statement, Harman called Newsweek “a national treasure,” while expressing his “enormous pleasure” at “succeeding The Washington Post Co. and the Graham family and looking forward to this great journalistic, business, and technological challenge.” Harman won the bid for Newsweek from among bidders such as Fred Drasner, ex-publisher of the New York Daily News; hedge fund Avenue Capital Group and OpenGate Capital, owners of TV Guide. Although terms of the deal were not disclosed immediately, it was reported that the Washington Post Co. was going to keep Newsweek’s pension assets, liabilities and some of the employee obligations. It was about 50 years ago that the Post bought the magazine, however dropping circulation figures forced the newspaper publisher to shed the magazine from its various publications. Circulation figures of Newsweek have declined from 3 million to 1.9 million in the past two decades. Moreover, the magazine could clearly be seen struggling against the onslaught of electronic and social media.   Newsweek was founded in 1933 and has been suffering regular losses over the past few years. The magazine lost about $11 million during the first quarter of this year. According to newspaper reports, Harman is considering revamping the newsweekly and is expected to look at ideas such as including investigative as well as entrepreneurial journalism into the coverage areas of the magazine.

Shanghai Expo Opens To Expected Millions

Shanghai Expo Opens To Expected Millions

Shanghai Expo Opens To Expected Millions

Shanghai Expo Opens To Expected Millions. The Shanghai World Expo opened Friday, with pavilions and exhibitions from more than 192 countries and 50 international organizations on display to wow the expected millions of visitors. 
It is estimated the government spent some $58 billion for the event, rivaling Beijing’s 2008 Olympics. Spokesperson Xu Wei described the exposition as “a big platform, a big event for cultural exchanges.” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu said foreign leaders visiting China will attend the opening ceremony

Chinese President Hu Jintao on Friday voiced confidence of Shanghai hosting an “unforgettable” World Expo, which he said would bridge China and the world. Hu addressed a welcoming dinner for foreign dignitaries who would attend the opening ceremony of the Shanghai Expo on Friday evening. Hu and his wife Liu Yongqing shook hands with visiting foreign guests before the dinner. “I am confident that, with concerted efforts, people around the world will witness a successful, splendid and unforgettable World Expo,” said the President, giving a toast at the dinner.  In the past eight years, China has mobilized resources throughout the country and pooled the wisdom of the world, he said. As the first registered World Expo hosted by a developing country, the Shanghai Expo will be “an opportunity for China and also for the world,” Hu said.  At this Expo, China will present to the world a country with 5,000-year history, which is enjoying fast development and changes through reform and opening-up, he said. The Expo will serve as a bridge for China to learn the good experience of other countries and engage in exchanges and cooperation with the rest of the world, he said.  A record number of 189 nations and 57 international organizations participate in the Expo in Shanghai, China’s business hub. In next six months, 70 million visitors are estimated to tour the Expo venues. “The World Expo is a grand event to showcase the best achievements of human civilization. It is also a great occasion for people from around the world to share joy and friendship,” he said. It will offer a platform for all countries and regions to fully exhibit their achievements in urban civilization, share best practices and spread advanced ideas on urban development, he said. “We will learn from each other, draw on each other’s strengths and explore new models of housing, living and working for mankind in the new century,” he said. Hu said he believed this Expo would contribute to interactions and mutual learning between Chinese and people of other countries, as well as among different civilizations. Hu pledged that China would make continued effort to improve the livelihood of its 1.3 billion people and make greater and new contribution to the world peace and development. The country would remain committed to the path of peaceful development and a win-win strategy of opening up, he said.

  • Hungarian pavilion
  • Australian pavilion
  • Austrian pavilion
  • Belgium & European Union pavilion
  • Brazil pavilion (PDF)
  • Chilean pavilion (NEW)
  • Canada pavilion
  • Canada pavilion press
  • Croatia pavilion -press release
  • Czech pavilion press release
  • Czech pavilion offical press release
  • Danish pavilion
  • Danish pavilion press release
  • 104 architectural design proposals for the Finnish pavilion
  • Finnish pavilion
  • Finnish pavilion press
  • French pavilion 1.
  • French pavilion 2.
  • Other pavilions from France
  • German pavilion
  • The Hongkong pavilion
  • India pavilion
  • Indonesia pavilion
  • Irish pavilion – press release
  • Italian pavilion
  • Icelandic pavilion (NEW)
  • Israel pavilion press release
  • Japan pavilion – press release
  • Korean pavilion
  • Lithuania pavilion – press release
  • Luxembourg pavilion
  • Macau pavilion
  • The Netherlands pavilion
  • New Zealand pavilion
  • Norwegian pavilion
  • Norwegian pavilion press release
  • Peruvian pavilion (non-official)
  • Polish pavilion
  • Polish pavilion concept
  • Romania pavilion
  • Architectural design proposals for the Russian pavilion
  • Serbian pavilion
  • Singapore pavilion
  • Spain pavilion
  • Swedish pavilion
  • Swedish pavilion press release
  • Switzerland pavilion
  • Turkey pavilion (NEW)
  • United Arab Emirates pavilion
  • United Arab Emirates pavilion press release
  • UK pavilion
  • USA pavilion
  • Venezuela pavilion (NEW)
  • Filipino Family Wins Montreal Court Case Over Son’s Use Of Utensils

    Filipino Family Wins Montreal Court Case Over Son’s Use Of Utensils. A Filipino migrant family in Canada won a Montreal court case over the son’s use of utensils. Luc Gagadoc, who is a student of the Margeurite Bourgeoys School Board in Pierrefonds-Roxboro, was reprimanded by the lunch hall monitor in 2006 for eating his lunch using a spoon and fork. The monitor described the way Gagadoc used his utensils – which is the traditional way Filipinos eat – as “eating like a pig.” The school principal advised Gagadoc’s mother, Maria Theresa Gallardo, to teach him how to eat like a Canadian, by using a fork and knife instead.   The incident led Gallardo to file a complaint with the Quebec Human Rights Commission for racial and ethnic discrimination. Aside from the reprimand, Gagadoc – who was seven years old then – was made to eat alone.   Gallardo lost the case in October 2008, but she elevated it to the Quebec Human Rights Tribunal in March 2009. The tribunal ruled in Gallardo’s favor and awarded her $17,000 in damage. Gallardo expressed satisfaction with the decision, although the award is less than the $24,000 damage she asked the tribunal. The incident reached the Philippines and as a result led to a protest rally in front of the Canadian embassy in Manila. This is the second time the school was rapped for human rights violation. About 10 years ago, the school banned a Sikh student from wearing a ceremonial dagger to school. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled in favor of the Sikh student.

    Many Canadians Not In Favor Of Change In National Anthem

    Many Canadians Not In Favor Of Change In National Anthem

    Many Canadians Not In Favor Of Change In National Anthem

    Many Canadians Not In Favor Of Change In National Anthem. Many Canadians are not in favor of proposed changes in the country’s national anthem. Ottawa wants to become politically correct by adapting gender-neutral words.   
    The proposal was mentioned by Canadian Governor Michaelle Jean in her March 3 Speech from the Throne. The phrase that Ottawa proposed to amend in the national anthem, “O Canada,” was “in all thy sons command,” which would be altered to “Thou dost in us command.” The proposed change was the wording of the original 1908 version. Since most Canadians are used to the current version, the proposed change led many residents to write to Prime Minister Gordon Brown to oppose the revision.   The opinions ranged from asking the federal government to focus on economic issues and not on trivial matters, to pointing out the proposal runs counter to the sense of national pride reawakened by Canada’s good performance at the recent Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Among the groups blamed by the letter writers were feminists and immigrants. The national anthem phrase change was actually just a minor point in the Speech from the Throne Jean made. The stronger message of Jean’s speech was completing Canada’s economic recovery, returning to fiscal balance and the creation of more jobs.

    Rush For Fiji Hibiscus Kings, Queens Now On

    Rush For Fiji Hibiscus Kings, Queens Now On

    Rush For Fiji Hibiscus Kings, Queens Now On

    Rush For Fiji Hibiscus Kings, Queens Now On.   A total of 133 applications were received during this year’s Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus contestant drive; 78 Queens and 55 Kings. Only 15 Queen contestants and 15 King contestants will be chosen to compete in the pageant.  Dubbed the Mother of All Festivals, the Fiji Hibiscus Festival, is now the premier festival in the country and the Pacific region. The festival, which is normally held in August, features Pacific arts and craft, traditional and contemporary dances, sports and many fun and exciting activities. Event spokesperson, Aqela Cakobau says the number of applicants vying for the Kings title is increasing each year, with 2010 seeing the largest number of applicants since the category began in 2007.  Cakobau believes the increase indicated that it is becoming more acceptable for men to compete in pageants.   “The common thinking amongst most young men in the Pacific is that pageants are only for girls,” Cakobau explained. “But as has been proven in the past three years, perhaps they see that this pageant is about sharing their views on issues of concern, building their self esteem, being involved in charity work, making friends, establishing networks and exploiting opportunities that they never would have known existed prior to competing.” “We are excited to see the increase and hope the calibre is just as high,” Cakobau added. Six judges sit on the audition panel this year comprising three committee members and three professionals from the business and corporate communities. This mix, according to organizers, will provide a good balance of pageant knowledge and outside perspective.   Applicants will be judged on poise, public speaking ability, intelligence and general knowledge; and each will be marked out of 30 points. Auditions for King and Queen Contestants are currently being held in Suva.   Events at the festival normally include Indian night, Fijian night, Pacific night, Asian night and a Youth night.   The new categories for competition, apart from the main Ms Hibiscus crown, are the Hibiscus Princess, Hibiscus Teens, Lady Hibiscus, Hibiscus King and Hibiscus Prince

    Swoop’s World Radio Enters Tasty Partnership With LB Food Review

    Swoop’s World Radio Enters Tasty Partnership With LB Food Review

    Swoop’s World Radio Enters Tasty Partnership With LB Food Review

    Swoop’s World Radio Enters Tasty Partnership With LB Food Review.  Swoop’s World Radio, a weekly Long Beach, California based internet radio show, is teaming with LB Food Review, a couple of light-hearted food critics for a bi-monthly segment that promises to be a tasty treat that will delight Foodies everywhere.  Arts and culture go together like ice cream and cake. But, what happens if you mix all four? A new collaboration in Long Beach thinks that culture and cake just might be the recipe for radio success.   Swoop’s World Radio, a lifestyle show highlighting the art and culture of Long Beach, California, is teaming up with LB Food Review, a couple of light-hearted critics intent on eating their way through the best restaurants of the same city. The duo will produce bi-monthly segments about the local restaurant and bar scene that will air exclusively on Swoop’s World.    Talk show hosts Keith (Swoop) Lewis and Peter Dopulos announced the partnership with Taylor Nelson and Chris Livingston, saying that the first LB Food Review spot on Swoop’s World will launch Wednesday, March 31. “It just seems like the perfect mix,” said Swoop host of the show. “We were already looking to incorporate a lifestyle focus to our show. Taylor and Chris are already out there doing something really cool in the community.”     Co-host Peter agreed, adding, “When we met the guys I knew we would do something together, we are all out there trying to do the same thing—spread the word about Long Beach—and we all had this good vibe going on.”   The addition of the LB Food Review segment will fit right in with the already wide range of topics Swoop’s World tackles weekly. Past shows have included interviews with political candidates and community leaders, artists, musicians, and others.   When asked about the new partnership, Chris said, “It’s just a natural fit. Swoop’s World and LB Food Review both aim to spread the word and support the local businesses of the city of Long Beach.  I’m amazed we didn’t run into each other sooner.”   “We are very excited to bring our focus on Long Beach’s food culture to the Swoop’s World listeners,” Taylor stated. “The art and live music scene of Long Beach is so intertwined with the bars and restaurants of the city that we feel we have a lot to contribute.”     Swoop’s World Radio is broadcast live on the Internet every Wednesday night from 9:00pm–10:30pm (PST) on BlogTalkRadio.com. Visit http://www.swoopsworld.com/ for show listings and a calendar of remote broadcasts. Visit http://www.blogtalkradio.com/swoopsworld to listen live. All shows are archived on the site and can also be downloaded on iTunes.    Swoop’s World Radio is a Long Beach-based Internet radio talk show that broadcasts on the BlogTalk Radio Network. Each week hosts Keith (Swoop) Lewis and Peter Dopulos, tap into the arts, culture, politics and lifestyle of Southern California. Refusing to be locked into a specific category, the duo keeps the show fresh through variety. They’ve interviewed politicians, citizens, musicians, community activists, celebrities and even an Academy Award Winner. Their primary goal is to keep the conversation insightful and entertaining.”  One way Swoop’s World accomplishes their goal is by frequently broadcasting live from local events. They continue to consistently produce radio shows that are timely, relevant and reflective of what is happening in Long Beach each week.  Taylor and Chris founded LB Food Review in 2008 to express their dedication to the community spirit of Long Beach.  They are both passionate supporters of the movement to discover and support the unique local culture of the Long Beach area through its restaurants and eateries. It all started with the online publication http://www.lbfoodreview.com  but it encompasses much more than just a website.  LB Food Review is about meeting the neighbors that share a passion for this city and what it has to offer, hosting gatherings at local favorites across the culinary and geographic landscape of Long Beach.  Whether they are awarding the Readers’ Choice for Best Breakfast, organizing a pub crawl in one of Long Beach’s distinct neighborhoods, or simply dropping in on a family-owned trattoria with 40 of their closest friends, LB Food Review aims to get the people of Long Beach to enjoy their city together.

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