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Art Basel Miami Beach is an art lovers dream

Posted by elegant On December - 10 - 2012

The Los Angeles based billionaire investor Eli Broad picked up a 1988 Jack Koons sculpture of Buster Keaton on a horse at the opening day of the Art Basel Miami Beach.  The asking price for the piece was from $5 to $5.5 million.  The 12th edition of the Art Basel was held from December 5 through 8, 2012 in Miami Beach, Florida.  It is one of the most prestigious art shows in the U.S.  More than 260 galleries from all over the world are showing the work of more than 2,000 artists of 20th and 21st centuries at the show.

Art Basel is an international fair that holds events all over the world including Basel, Switzerland.  Many call it the “Olympics of the art world.”  Art Basel Miami Beach is a sister event to the Switzerland show.  The event has been going on since 2002.  It features main galleries from all over the world, world’s most respected dealers, offer exceptional pieces by world renowned artists and cutting-edge newcomers.  It also provides a special section for young galleries, performance art, public art projects and video art.  The just concluded event was attended by more than 50,000 art lovers.

2013 Golden Globe Nominations are announced

Posted by elegant On December - 6 - 2012

The nominations for the 70th Golden Globe Awards were revealed on December 13, 2012.  The show will take place on January 13, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles co-hosted by Tina Fay and Amy Poehler.  The members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association votes on the nominations and widely considered to be the pre-cursor to the Academy Awards.  The Golden Globe Awards recognizes those who excel in film and television.  “Lincoln” leads the pack with seven nominations.

The nominees for the best motion picture – Drama includes Argo, Django Unchained, Life of Pi, Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty.  Nominations for the Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical category include The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Les Miserables, Moonrise Kingdom, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and Silver Linings Playbook.

The Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama includes Daniel Day Lewis for Lincoln, Richard Gere for Arbitrage, John Hawkes for The Sessions, Joaquin Phoenix for The Master and Denzel Washington for Flight.  The Best Performance by an Actress – Drama includes Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty, Marion Cotillard for Rust And Bone, Helen Mirren for Hitchcock, Naomi Watts for The Impossible and Rachel Weisz for The Deep Blue Sea.

A banda, norteño and ranchera musician, 43 year old Jenni Rivera along with six others were killed in a plane crash in a hilly area in Mexico on December 9, 2012.  She was better known as “La Diva de la Banda” for her banda music.  She was an accomplished singer-songwriter, actress, television producer and an entrepreneur.  She was a Mexican music powerhouse.  In recent years she was working on an entry into the U.S. market with an English language album.  Her parents were migrated to the U.S. from Mexico and Jenni was born in Long Beach, California.  Married three times, she had five children from two marriages, and obtained a degree in business administration.  The cause of the plane crash is still under investigation.

Her recording career started in 1992 and her album, Jenni, became a Billboard Top Latin Album chart in 2008.  Her reality TV show, “Jenni Rivera Presents: Chiquis & Rag-C” started in 2010 and “I Love Jenni” in 2011.  Her acting will debut in 2013 when the film “Filly Brown” released.  She sold over 15 million records, won two Billboard Music Awards and the favorite Mexican female artist award.

Bilbo Baggins comes to theaters near you

Posted by elegant On December - 4 - 2012

The much awaited The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, first of three expected series, is expected to hit the U.S. theaters on December 14, 2012.  It is co-produced by the MGM and Warner Bros.  Martin Freeman plays Bilbo Baggins character in the movie.  Since its release in 1937, more than 100 million copies of The Hobbit have been sold worldwide.  Based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy novel The Hobbit, the movie is co-written and produced by Peter Jackson who produced The Lord of the Rings series.

The Cinemark Holdings, the third-largest movie theater chain in the U.S. is capable of carrying the 3D version of the movie in its 461 locations.  However, it will be limited to screen the 3D version only on 160 locations.  The movie comes with a first in 3D technology advances.  It will be projected at 48 frames per second, double the industry standard.  This high-frame-rate projection will be limited to about 450 of the 4,000 theaters in the U.S. and Canada.

The movie is expected to generate at least $300 million in revenue just in North America.  These estimates are based on the release of the first Lord of the Rings movie which brought in $313 million.