Wednesday, December 21, 2011

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A Hollywood film, Team America, depicting Kim Jong-il as an out of touch and ludicrous dictator has become one of the most talked about topics on Twitter in the wake of the North Korean leader’s death.

Team America: World Police, produced by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, was arguably responsible for introducing many people to the North Korean dictator for the first time.

The 2004 comedy film, which grossed more than $50 million (£32 million) worldwide at the box office, centres on “Team America,” an international police force that fights terrorism.

The 69 year-old, who died from a heart attack on a train on Saturday, was one of the main characters in the puppet movie. On Monday, the film enjoyed a somewhat unusual resurgence in popularity in the wake of his death.

It depicts Kim as an evil dictator attempting to conquer the world while openly mocking his limited English. He was featured as a singing dictator who was lonely – or “ronrey” – while living in his large opulent palace.

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Stone, 40, and Parker, 42, also wrote the screenplay and supplied voices of many of the characters to the cult movie. Parker voiced Kim’s voice. Neither have commented about the death.

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“When the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong II, joins a group of pacifist actors and actresses with the intention of using weapons of massive destruction, the Team America (team) tries to avoid the destruction of the world,” says its page on IMDb, the internet movie database.

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In the hours after his death was announced on North Korean State Television on Monday, several references to the film started “trending” on Twitter, indicating that they were the most discussed terms on the micro-blogging site.

Among the popular phrases included “Team America”, “Hans Brix” – in reference to another character, the former UN Weapons Inspector Hans Blix, who was said by Jong-il that he was "breaking my ----s" – and “So Ronery”.

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It was one of many good natured references in an otherwise serious news story. It has been reported that the dictator was a well-known film buff, reportedly owning between 10,000 and 20,000 DVDs of all genres.

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TheMediaTweets, a twitter page linked to a media-related blog, tweeted: “Trending topics right now: ...Team America has a lot to answer for.

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In a 2005 review when it was released on DVD, The Daily Telegraph’s Benjamin Secher, described the film as “good, unclean fun”. Fans, he added, do not “have to be a smutty schoolboy to fall for the puerile charms of Team America”.

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"The cast of Thunderbirds-style marionettes may look like something you once had in your toy cupboard, and a few too many of the gags rely on the comic potential of sex, but the script - by South Park's Matt Stone and Trey Parker - is flecked with enough moments of genuine, if low-brow, brilliance that it would take a worryingly stern viewer not to laugh at anything here,” he said.

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“Among the highlights of 93 uneven minutes of mayhem are: a fabulous parody of the Broadway hit Rent (called Lease); terrifically wry puppet incarnations of Hollywood's finest thesps, from Sean Penn to Matt Damon; and a fiendish satirical sensibility that makes a mockery both of war mongers and anti-war campaigners, policy-makers and film-makers.

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“The film's production staff - seen beavering away obsessively, on the accompanying behind-the-scenes documentaries - manage to make the creation of astoundingly accurate doll's-house sized film-sets and an immaculate array of costumes for the string-operated stars look like child's play. Good, unclean fun.”

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Sandra Bullock Reveals 23 Month Old Son Louis Real Flirt

After the painful unravelling of her marriage to serial cheater Jesse James, the last person you'd expect Sandra Bullock to want around the house is a budding ladies' man.

But she told Jay Leno on The Tonight Show yesterday that she's got just that, happily though, it's in the tiny, adorable form of her 23-month-old son, Louis.

The 47-year-old Academy Award winner, who was resplendent in royal blue at the Burbank studios in California, told Leno that Louis is 'probably the best baby in the world, but I think every parent says that.'

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Then she added that he is a 'flirt,' Bullock before adding that the little one 'appreciates the fairer sex.'

'He doesn't flirt with me like that, and someone told me that's probably a good thing,' she joked.

'He's got a look where he just cuts the eyes at the ladies, and I'm like, 'I'm so sorry! I don't know what's happening.''

Bullock also revealed that she's been looking to her late mother, German opera singer, Helga Meyer, for a parenting model.

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She said: 'My mother was very strict, but rightfully so. She just didn't want me in a car with any boys whatsoever until I was 18. Apparently she knew what went on there and I wanted to find out.'

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Then in what seemed to a knowing nod to her dastardly ex, she added: 'I was allowed to go on a date twice, to a dance, but I had to call every 20 minutes. I do feel she knew something that I didn't.'

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Bullock appeared on the show to promote her new film, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, but couldn't stop gushing about Louis as they prepare to spend their second Christmas together.

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She said: 'I don't think he understands the concept, but he does understand that everything at his height level is really bright with lots of lights.'

'He doesn't get it yet but I think next year he'll get it and demand things.'

As for Bullock, she told Leno that she must break the law to get what she wants for Christmas.

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She said: 'Basically now since my mother passed we break the law because we have to manage to smuggle German sausages into the country and apparently bringing meat across the waters is against the law.

So literally we send out, you know, SOS to about five people that they should send us meats.'

Intrigued, Leno asked: 'So it has to be German sausages?'

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To which, Sandra replied: 'It has to be, they're from Nuremburg. Say it the American way or people go 'Why do you say it the German way?'

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And they're these little sausages that you just have them shipped in and you fry them up with some sauerkraut and potato salad, but they have to be the right ones because they sell a lot that are imposters.'

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Pippa Middleton

P-Middy's booty went viral on Twitter and YouTube, while her apparent flirtation with Prince Harry - the best man in only one sense of the phrase - saved the royal wedding from wholesomeness overkill. A new star, the people's choice, was born.

The reasons are simple. After years of patient courtship and forensic media examination, Kate is a known quantity and can now safely be parked in "domesticity" as the Duchess of Cambridge. Pippa is an enticing mystery. And possibly, we all like to think, a bit of a fruity one.

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Was she really wearing butt-sculpting Spanx pants at the wedding? Or did she go "commando" in the Abbey? Did she fancy Harry, even a bit? Is she planning to cash in on her new-found fame, either romantically, socially or financially? What is her favourite colour? And are there any more photos of her in a bikini or dancing around in a mauve bra?
Here, the Evening Standard's authoritative and royally appointed* Pippapedia sorts the fact from the fiction.
*not really

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Philippa Charlotte Middleton is the second child of party planners Michael and Carole Middleton, born on September 6, 1983, a year after her older sister and four years before her brother. James Middleton is the only one of the siblings not to have acquired a nickname that makes him sound like an Enid Blyton character.

"Pippa" - or "Panface", as she was known at school, because, despite being pretty, she had a flat-shaped face -spent the first 10 years of her life in a four-bedroom Victorian villa in Bradfield Southend, Berkshire, before the family moved in 1995 to a large house in the nearby village of Bucklebury. Pippa, like Kate, was christened at the local parish church of St Mary the Virgin, and undoubtedly visited the local supermarket, run by Hash and Chan Shingadia, and the village hostelry, The Old Boot Inn.
She was educated, like her sister, at St Andrew's School in Pangbourne, at Downe House (unlike Kate, there are no reports that she was bullied) and at Marlborough College. Ferociously athletic, she attended the latter on a sports/all-rounder scholarship.

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Like Kate, she went to university in Scotland, but opted for Edinburgh and an English literature degree, rather than art history at St Andrews.

Whereas Kate was known to her student contemporaries as "Kate Middlebum" or "Princess in Waiting", her younger sister attracted the enviable soubriquet "Perfect Pippa". A hard worker, she was also a forceful presence on the university's upper-class social scene, especially at shooting parties.

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After graduating, she was briefly employed at a PR firm promoting luxury goods, before her impeccable contacts secured her a job working three days a week for events planner Table Talk: she repaid the favour by enlisting the company's boss, Jojo Browner, to assist at her sister's reception. Two days a week, Pippa edits Party Times, the online spinoff magazine of her parents' company, Party Pieces.

She took an active part in the post-wedding party - it was her idea to have vans serving bacon butties and ice cream in the palace quadrangle - as well as an eye-grabbing, train-wielding, bridesmaid-coddling role in the ceremony.

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At Edinburgh the younger Ms Middleton hung out with the "castle crew" of heirs to land, large fortunes and stately homes. According to a source, she arrived "knowing no one and made it her business to leave knowing everyone."

Certainly, she shared a house with Lord Edward Innes-Ker, a son of the Duke of Roxburghe, and Earl Percy, heir to the Duke of Northumberland and therefore to Alnwick Castle, which stands in for Hogwarts in the Harry Potter movies.

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For three years at university she dated a penniless tree surgeon … no, only joking, her beau was in fact Jonathan "JJ" Jardine Paterson, an heir to the Jardine Matheson Hong Kong banking fortune. She was also linked to Scottish aristocrat Billy More Nisbett and diamond heir Simon Youngman, but in 2010 got together with Alexander Guy Rushworth Loudon. The son of a former High Sheriff of Kent, Loudon has been a pal of Prince William's since they were at Eton, and played cricket for Warwickshire before becoming a banker.

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Loudon and Pippa are thought to be pretty much engaged but have kept their relationship low-key to avoid upstaging Kate's royal romance. His Fulham home is close to her Chelsea flat and his parents have a stately pile in Kent, Olantigh Towers. Suitably rich, well-connected, handsome and posh, he is also thought to be handy enough to give Harry a spanking if he tries anything. Pippa is closer to Prince Harry's on-off girlfriend Chelsy Davy than Kate is.

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Steve Hirsch, CEO of porn producer Vivid, has offered Pippa $5 million to star in a single sex scene in one of his movies. "As far as I am concerned, you were the star of the recent royal wedding," he wrote in a letter to Ms Middleton.

In 2008 Pippa was named Number One Society Singleton by Tatler magazine, ahead of countless supermodels, actresses, rock stars and celebrity spawn. Even ahead of Princess Eugenie.

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Pippa Middleton
She appeared regularly on "cool" lists, but Pippamania really ramped up and out of control after her appearance at her sister's wedding. The Middleton sit-upon instantly inspired admiring comments on Twitter from singer Justin Bieber, cricketer Michael Vaughan and Calum Best. Teenage Olympic diver Tom Daley joked he was going to marry her.

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Pippa Middleton
There are now several people pretending to be Pippa on Twitter, including @IamPippaM, which claims to be her official site but clearly isn't, @Pippa_Middleton and @PippathePauper. The first has 4,207 followers, the second and third 3,100 and 1,269. The Twitter feed @PippaMiddleton has 298 followers although it has not posted a single message. Another feed, pretending to represent Pippa's bottom, has 1,555 followers, and recently posted the message: "Is anyone else watching Lady Gaga concert? My bum is nicer." The Twitter feed for "Orlando", the comic toff student character whose "Gap Yah" sketch went viral last year, is currently tweeting that he is not seeing Pippa. Or Harry. Whatever the superinjunction leaks say.

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Pippa Middleton
There are at least 15 people pretending to be Pippa on Facebook, 20 Facebook groups dedicated to her derrière, and 50 suggesting that she should get together with Harry. More than 100 people have used Facebook's "check-in" function to claim they have checked in to Pippa's house, bedroom or underwear, and 211,747 have given her bum the thumbs up.

The most popular video of her rear view as she follows Kate into the Abbey, entitled Pippa Middleton Shake Ya Ass, had 521,757 hits on YouTube at time of writing.

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Pippa Middleton
The Middleton sisters reportedly share the services of a mobile tanner who sprays them with fake bake, and Pippa has her hair done in the VIP section of Richard Ward's Chelsea salon.

She works out with her sister in the gym at Clarence House, likes swimming and tennis, but has given up her youthful passion for hockey: a shiner from an ill-wielded stick wouldn't have looked good at the Abbey. As a spectator she's been seen at - big surprise! - Royal Ascot and Cartier Polo.

Fashion-wise, Pippa shares her sister's passion for knee-high boots but prefers them in suede. She also wears ballet pumps from French Sole, well-cut tweeds from Katherine Hooker, and frocks from Sonia Rykiel and Chloe if she's after something more vampy and colourful. On holiday, we now know, she favours a white bikini.

Mission Impossible 4

The IMF is shut down when it's implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt and his new team to go rogue to clear their organization's name.
Director: Brad Bird
Writers: Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg

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When Mission: Impossible 3 hit theaters in in 2006, it was the beginning of what looked like the end of Tom Cruise‘s career. Cruise had been acting “erratic” over the past few months. He had famously jumped on Oprah Winfrey‘s couch because of his enthusiasm over his new relationship with Katie Holmes. He had a very public fight with Brooke Shields over the use of antidepressants and was more outspoken than every about Scientology.

Viacom head Sumner Redstone blamed Cruise’s behavior on the lackluster box office performance of Mission: Impossible 3 and severed Paramount’s ties with Cruise.

Since then Cruise’s movies have underperformed at the box office. Mission: Impossible 3 actually ended up earning $400 million at the box office. The closest he’s come to that in the past five years is last year’s Knight & Day which brought in $262 million globally.

With Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol thought Cruise is proving that it’s never wise to count the movie star completely out. Paramount (now on good terms with Cruise again) rolled out the film last week in limited (mostly IMAX) release and the movie brought in a healthy $15 million at the box office. That made the film the highest-grossing limited release debut ever beating out Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (for real).

This weekend the film will expand 3,400 theater and Exhibitor Relations expects it will top the five-day holiday box office with $37 million. That might not sound like a lot (consider the recent Harry Potter movie opened to $170 million over three days), but it’s enough to put the movie on track for healthy earnings. The film outbuzzed the Sherlock Holmes sequel last week and it’s getting great reviews. Mission: Impossible 4 earns a 97 out of 100 on Rotten Tomatoes.

Cruise has been playing the ultimate movie star promoting the movie. Recent tabloid photos show Cruise ice skating with his daughter, Suri. There have been no Scientology scandals — only glamorous movie stars at exotic locations like Mumbai and Dubai.

Neymar Da Silva

Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior (born 5 February 1992 in Mogi das Cruzes, São Paulo), commonly known simply as Neymar or Neymar Jr., is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a forward for Santos and the Brazilian national football team.

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Club Career Santos Neymar joined Santos in 2003 and eventually made his first-team debut six years later aged 17 on 7 March 2009 in a 2–1 win against Oeste. He made another appearance the following week against Mogi Mirim, during which he scored his first goal for Santos. On 11 April, in the 2009 Campeonato Paulista semi-final first leg against Palmeiras, Neymar scored the decisive goal in a 2–1 win at Estádio Vila Belmiro. In the final however Santos suffered a 4–2 aggregate defeat to Corinthians.

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On 15 April 2010, Neymar scored six goals for Santos in an 8–1 routing of Guarani in the round of 16 of the Brazilian Cup. Following the 2010 Campeonato Paulista in which Neymar scored 14 goals in 19 games, the club were crowned champions after a 5–5 aggregate win over Santo André in the finals. Neymar was subsequently given the award for the best player in the competition.

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Neymar's performances for Santos have drawn comparisons to other Brazilians, including Robinho and Pelé. In June 2010, Santos rejected a £12 million bid for him from English Premier League team West Ham United. Neymar said he did not think it was time to leave Santos, and that he was entirely focused on his current club, However, Renato Rodrigues insisted that he did not want to stay in Brazil.

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On 30 November 2010, Santos sold 5 percent shares on future transfer fees received to an investment group, Terceira Estrela Investimentos S.A. (TEISA), for R$ 3,549,900 (€1.5 million). DIS Group (subsidiary of Sonda Group, a Brazil supermarket chain), investment partner of Santos in recent years, bought 40% sporting rights from Neymar's family in 2009.

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Neymar scored six goals during Santos run to the 2011 Copa Libertadores Finals, tying him for third top goalscorer, including the clinching goal of Santos' 4-3 aggregate win over Cerro Porteño in the semifinals.[15] In the two-legged final, Santos faced Uruguayan side C.A. Peñarol and drew the first leg 0-0 in Montevideo.[16] At home in the second leg, Neymar opened the scoring in the 46th minute as Santos held on for a 2-1 win and Neymar won Man of the Match honours. The win brought Santos their first Copa Libertadores triumph since 1963, when Brazilian legend Pelé was playing for the club.

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In September 2011, Santos president Luis Ribeiro threatened to report Real Madrid to FIFA following reports that they had attempted to sign Neymar to a pre-contract agreement, and denied that such an agreement was in place.

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On 9 November 2011, Neymar and Santos agreed to a contract extension that would see the player stay with the club until after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The deal reportedly increased Neymar's wages by 50%, to the levels that top European clubs would be paying him.

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On Wednesday 14 December 2011, Neymar scored the opening goal for Santos as they defeated Kashiwa Reysol 3-1 in the semi-finals of the FIFA Club World Cup at the Toyota Stadium in Toyota, Japan, but failed to score against Barcelona in the final (18 December 2011), where Santos were defeated 4-0, and ultimately finished second in the competition.

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The 19-year-old was part of the Santos side who were well beaten by Barca in the final of the Club World Cup on Sunday, a 4-0 victory for the Catalans, and the young forward admitted that the La Liga side had handed his team a footballing lesson in that match.

The youngster was heavily linked to both Barca and their fierce rivals Real Madrid in the summer but recently signed a new contract with his current club.

"Neymar has a contract with Santos until 2014," the player's father told ONA FM.

"We believe it is in his best interests to stay, grow and mature as a footballer at Santos."

Reports in Spain this week claimed that Barca had already paid £8.4 million to the South American champions in order to guarantee the signature of the young prodigy before 2014, with AS stating that failure to sell to the Catalans would result in the Brazilians having to make a payment of £16.6m to the Spanish outfit.

However, Neymar Senior says that no such agreement is in place.

"We have just renewed his contract until 2014 - that is what has been decided," he explained.

"The only agreement that exists is between him and Santos."

He did, however, admit that a move to either Barca or Madrid would represent an attractive proposition in the future.

"They are two great teams and Neymar would be proud to sign for either of them," he revealed.

"Barcelona would be a special option but there is no agreement."

And the forward's father also admitted that it had been a privilege for his son to play against the European champions, despite ending up on the losing side in Japan on Sunday.

"Barca were clearly superior and it was a privilege for Neymar to be able to face a team that plays such wonderful football," he continued.

"Neymar must know how to win and how to lose; he saw an interview with Pep Guardiola after the final in which he said that training consists of losing in order to then go on and win.

"Neymar understood that victories are not built solely on other victories and we spoke about that after the game."

The young prodigy also greeted Barca president Sandro Rosell after the match, although there was no dialogue concerning a possible move in future, his father revealed.

"Neymar met Rosell on the pitch during the celebrations and they congratulated each other with mutual respect, but there was no more than that," he insisted.

Starting last month and continuing all through January, will publish extracts from Graham Hunter's highly-anticipated book, 'Barca: The Making of the Greatest Team in the World'. In this Friday's extract, he looks at Pep Guardiola's early beginnings at Barca B in the Spanish third division ahead of his meteoric rise to world domination with the first team. Don't miss it!
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