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Movie Director Tony Scott

Posted by elegant On August - 22 - 2012

The British-born movie Director Tony Scott died after jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in Los Angeles on Sunday, August 19, 2012. He was 68 years old. Sources indicate that he had inoperative brain cancer. A suicide note was found at his office and notes to his loved ones in his car according to the Los Angeles Police. Scott was the Director of several movies including 1986 movie “Top Gun” starring Tom Cruise, “Days of Thunder” in 1990 again starring Tom Cruise and “Crimson Tide”. In addition to “Crimson Tide” he collaborated with actor Denzel Washington to make several other movies including “Unstoppable” in 2010, “Man of Fire”, “Déjà vu” and “The Taking of Pelham 123”. The movie “Top Gun” grossed more than $300 million worldwide. Other Scott movies include “True Romance”, “The Fan” and “The Enemy of the State” starring Will Smith.

Scott was survived by his wife Donna and two twin sons. Scott’s elder brother, Ridley Scott, is a producer as well as a director. Scott along with his brother, Ridley, formed a production company, Scott Free Productions. The company produced “Prometheus” in 2012 and the CBS dramas “NUMB3RS” and “The Good Wife”. Passing away of Scott is a tragic loss for the movie industry.

Phyllis Diller

Posted by elegant On August - 21 - 2012

Phyllis Diller, famous comedian with an outlandish laugh and out-of-the-world outfits died at the age of 95 in Brentwood, California. Born Phyllis Ada Driver in Lima, Ohio, she entered the comedic world at the age of 37 after giving birth to five children with her first husband, Diller, while living in Alameda, California. She had a long career in comedy, movies and television.

She made her debut in comedy at the Purple Onion Club in San Francisco, California in 1955. She often joked about her domestic life and made the audience laugh about her husband. She used her plastic surgeries to create material and make the audience laugh. She was a true pioneer and inspired current female comedians such as Joan Rivers, Ellen DeGeneres and many others. She wore funny boots, strange hats and gloves, and carried a fake-jeweled cigarette holder to add character to her comedy. She was a fast talker and delivered 12 punch lines a minute.

She was in more than two dozen movies including her three appearances with the famed Bob Hope, and many television productions. She had her own show on TV, “The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show” on NBC starting in 1968. She visited troops stationed overseas with Bob Hope.

“Singin’ in the Rain”, 60th Anniversary

Posted by elegant On August - 15 - 2012

April 2012 was the 60th Anniversary of the “Singin’ in the Rain”.  At the time of the release of the movie, the films were going from silence movies to sounds.  Whatever the reason, the movie didn’t make the headlines.  Today, the beloved movie is considered as one of the best musical ever to come out of Hollywood.  It contains an exuberant song-and-dance numbers and witty dramatization of the birth of the sound.  The movie had an enormous impact on the Hollywood movie industry.

“Singin’ in the Rain” is a musical comedy made by MGM in 1952 and released in April of the same year starring Gene Kelly, Donald O’Conner and Debbie Reynolds.  Produced and Directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen and choreographed by Kelly.  The plot reveals some of the Hollywood’s secrets.  O’Conner won the Best Actor at the Golden Globe.  Betty Comden and Adolph Green won the Best Written American Musical at the Writers Guild of America Awards.

The movie has been a TV and video staple for many years.  Two Broadway productions have been based on the movie.  Just before its 60th anniversary, a DVD and blue-ray collector’s edition have been released.

The Getty Images

Posted by elegant On August - 14 - 2012

If you have seen a picture or video on TV or any other publication, you may have noticed the author, Getty Images displayed on it.  Started in 1995, Getty Images is the world’s largest photo and video agency.  It is a brain child of billionaire oilman and philanthropist J. Paul Getty’s grandson Mark Getty, Chairman of the company and Jonathan Klein, the Chief Executive Officer and a native of South Africa.  Getty Images has grown from 100,000 images a year to 40 million a year generating over $1 billion annual revenue.  According to some estimates, the company is worth over $3.3 billion.  The company is publicly traded since 1996.  The company has grown tremendously by acquiring over more than 100 photo collections and companies such as Tony Stone Images of Britain and digital photography company PhotoDisc.  Today it is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

Since 2001, the Getty Images’ entire collection is digital.  Recognizing a new trend such as photos taken by mobile phones, the Getty Images entered into that arena by purchasing iStockphoto, a crowdsourced amateur in 2005.  The Getty Images provides 30 to 40 million more expensive as well as cheaper images to a broader market of more than 1.3 million customers.