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Titanic, the movie

Posted by elegant On April - 15 - 2012

On April 15, 2012 it will be 100 years since the sinking of the infamous RMS Titanic. On her maiden voyage from Southampton, United Kingdom to New York City, United States, the RMS Titanic carrying 2,223 people hit an iceberg and several short hours later began to sink. 1,514 people died on that day. At the time of the sinking of the Titanic, it was the largest passenger ship on the planet and cost $7.5 million to build it.

The epic romantic movie, Titanic first screened in 1997 directed, written, co-produced and co-edited by James Cameron. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet starred the epic romantic love story that depicted the class conflict inside the ship. The cost of production of the movie estimated to be over $200 million.

Titanic 3D was released for worldwide audience in April 2012. During the first two weeks of screening in several countries, the 3D version is setting box office records. After 12 days in theaters, 3D movie had made over $200 million in ticket sales. It had become a runaway hit in China.

Overall, both movie versions worldwide gross revenue is estimated to be over $802 million making it one of the successful movie releases.

The legendary broadcaster Mike Wallace

Posted by elegant On April - 9 - 2012

Myron Leon “Mike” Wallace born on May 9, 1918 died on April 7, 2012 at age 93 of natural causes. The actor, broadcaster, game show host and journalist feared by many for his straight talk and fearless interviews. During his 60-year career he interviewed many world leaders and famous personals.

Mike was born in Brookline, Massachusetts to Russian Jewish parents. After graduation from Brookline High School he attended the University of Michigan and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

His career started with a radio broadcasting job in 1939. He served in the United States Navy during World War II as a communications officer. In 1940s he joined the CBS radio network. In 1950s he hosted number of game shows and late-night interviews. His career as a lead reporter in CBS’s 60 Minutes is the most notable and made him a legend in the field of broadcast journalism.

His 60 Minutes interviews were legendary. He had his own way of dragging information out of people he interviewed. When he is not getting the whole story from those he interviewed, he used his famous phrase “Oh c’mon!”. For 40 years he dominated the field of interviews, a true giant in television.

Painter Thomas Kinkade

Posted by elegant On April - 9 - 2012

The art lovers all over the world mourned the death of Thomas Kinkade. The famous painter, Thomas Kinkade died on April 6, 2012 at the age of 54 in Los Gatos, California. The reason for his death is not known yet but the family says that he died of natural causes. According to news releases, the artist have been drinking the night and a family member revealed that Kinkade had a problem with heavy drinking, and battled alcoholism for years.

He made millions form his art work. At the same time his “Painter of Light” paintings have been criticized by many. He began his early work as an air artist. Once famous Glenn Wessels who moved to Placerville, California where Kinkade lived made an influence over Kinkade’s early art life. Kinkade’s later work is more commercially oriented than a true art work. He painted happy scenes that some people criticized as made for sale. Twenty one pieces of Kinkade’s art work that were auctioned fetched over $34,000 each and some were sold for millions. A national network of Thomas Kinkade Signature Galleries promoted his work.

He was separated from his wife and four daughters, and his company filed for bankruptcy in 2010.