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Ronni Chasen, American publicist (Hans Zimmer, Michael Douglas), died from five gunshot wounds to the chest she was , 64

 Ronni Sue Chasen  was an American publicist, who once represented such actors as Michael Douglas, as well as musicians such as Hans Zimmer and Mark Isham, among others died from five gunshot wounds to the chest she was , 64. Chasen directed the Academy Award campaigns for more than 100 films during her career, including Driving Miss Daisy in 1989 and The Hurt Locker in 2009.[2]
Chasen was shot and killed November 16, 2010 while driving home from the premiere of the film Burlesque.[2] The investigation into her murder is ongoing.

(October 17, 1946[1] – November 16, 2010)

Biography

Chasen was born Veronica Cohen in Kingston, New York in 1946. She was raised in both the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx and the Washington Heights section of Manhattan. [3] She won a series of Duncan Toys Company yo-yo contests held in Morningside Heights as a child.[3][4]
Chasen began her early career as a publicist for her brother, film director Larry Cohen, who hired her as a publicist for his 1973 blaxploitation film, Hell Up in Harlem, which became one of her earliest jobs in the industry.[3]
Chasen became known in Hollywood for her PR work on such films as On Golden Pond, and the second film in the Oliver Stone/Michael Douglas Wall Street movie franchise, Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps. She was pushing for Oscar recognition for Douglas in his role as the money hungry, risk averse character Gordon Gekko.[5] Chasen successfully directed the Oscar campaign for the 1989 film Driving Miss Daisy, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture the following year.[4]
In addition to being named the Senior Vice President for Publicity at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1993,[6] Chasen owned the PR firm Chasen & Co., in which she focused on artists who composed film music, such as Trevor Horn, Mark Isham, Hans Zimmer, Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, and brothers David and Thomas Newman.[7] Laura Dunn of the Society of Composers and Lyricists said of Chasen, “She laid the groundwork for so many others on how to be a top publicist in the film music industry representing top composers and songwriters.”[8]
According to Los Angeles Times film critic Patrick Goldstein, Chasen reminisced about her early years while working with George Burns on the hit 1970s film The Sunshine Boys and coaching the budding star John Travolta on how to handle his first interview after his fame first broke during Welcome Back Kotter.[9][10]
Chasen was working with Richard D. Zanuck and Lili Zanuck for the Oscar campaign of the 2010 film, Alice in Wonderland, at the time of her death.[4] Following her murder, Chasen was called “Hollywood’s ultimate old-school publicist” by Patrick Goldstein.[11][10]

Death

Chasen was shot in Beverly Hills on November 16, 2010, at approximately 12:28 a.m. PST, as she was driving home from the Hollywood premiere of the film Burlesque.
Neighbors near the intersection of Whittier Drive and Sunset Boulevard in the city of Beverly Hills originally reported hearing gunshots in front of their homes, but more calls came in to the 911 call center a few moments later stating that a late model, black Mercedes-Benz had run a curb, then hit and toppled a concrete street light. When police crews arrived, they found Chasen slumped in the driver’s seat, the steering wheel airbag inflated, with blood emanating from her nose and chest area, in and out of consciousness with the front passenger side window shattered. Chasen was pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.[12]
Chasen was buried at Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City, California.[4] She is survived by her brother, film director Larry Cohen.[4]

Investigation

Beverly Hills Police Department sources stated that Chasen received approximately five gunshot wounds to the chest, which caused her to lose control of the vehicle just after turning from Sunset Boulevard onto Whittier Drive. Police surmised that Chasen’s killer was an expert marksman, and likely shot her from an SUV or truck that pulled alongside her car.[13] A leaked coroner‘s report noted that hollow-point bullets might have been used by the gunman.[13]
On December 1, 2010, the Los Angeles Times reported that a man believed to be involved with Chasen’s murder committed suicide after being confronted by police at the Harvey Apartments on Santa Monica Boulevard in East Hollywood.[14][13] The Times reported the man, a convicted felon known to neighbors at the complex as Harold Smith,[15][16] was approached by police in the apartment lobby, at which point the man pulled out a pistol and shot himself in the head.[14] On December 6, 2010, it was reported that Smith was no longer considered a person of interest in the murder.[17]
However, on December 8, 2010, the Beverly Hills Police Department declared its preliminary conclusion that Chasen’s murder had been a random act of violence, a robbery attempt turned violent — committed by Smith while he was riding his bicycle. According to the police, the gun that Harold Smith used to kill himself was the same one used to murder Chasen. Police said they believed Smith acted alone and it was in no way connected with road rage — an operating theory the previous week. The big break in the case was a tip through “America’s Most Wanted” — after Smith began bragging to neighbors that he shot Chasen and got $10,000 for it. The “AMW” tipster — who wants to remain anonymous — stands to collect a $125,000 reward. [18]

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Did you know who was meant to be Bond’s regular girlfriend?

Did you know that in the Bond series of films, that three actresses have made reappearances as different Bond girls?

Martine Beswick From Russia with Love as the fiery gypsy girl, Zora, Paula Caplan in Thunderball.
Nadja Regin both first appeared in  From Russia with Love, as the mistress of Kerim Bey, and then appeared in Thunderball and Goldfinger respectively.

Maud Adams played Andrea Anders in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) and the title character in Octopussy (1983); she also is an extra in A View to a Kill (1985).


Did you know that  several actresses also have been a Bond Girl more than once?

 Ursula Andress in Dr. No (1962) and Casino Royale (1967),


 Angela Scoular, in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) and Casino Royale (1967)

Valerie Leon in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Never Say Never Again (1983).

 Did you know that the character of Sylvia Trench is the only Bond Girl character who recurs in a film, (Dr. No and From Russia with Love (1963))?

Did you know that she was meant to be Bond’s regular girlfriend, but was dropped after her appearance in the second film?

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Taylor Swift “Music Videos”

Who is Taylor Alison Swift? The country music world knows her as an American country  pop singer-songwriter and actress.
In 2006, she released her debut single “Tim McGraw“, then her self-titled debut album, which was  subsequently certified multi-platinum by the Recording Industry  Association of America. In November 2008, Swift released her second  album, Fearless. Fearless  and Taylor Swift finished 2008 at number-three and number-six  respectively, with sales of 2.1 and 1.5 million.  Fearless has topped the Billboard  200 in 11 non-consecutive weeks;  no album has spent more time at No. 1 since 2000. Swift was named Artist  of the Year by Billboard Magazine in 2009. Fearless won the Grammy Award for Album of the  Year in 2010.

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Did you know that Taylor Swift is the youngest artist to win album of the year?

“Today was a Fairytale”

 

“Mine”

“Love Story”

“White Horse”

 

“Fifteen”

“You Belong With” “Me

“Boys Like Girls – Two” Is Better Than One

“Tim McGraw”

 “Teardrops on My Guitar”

 “Our Song”

“Picture to Burn”

“Should’ve Said No”

“Change”

“Crazier”

Swift is the youngest artist in history to win the ACM Album of  the Year award. The Academy lauded her for career achievements  including selling more albums in 2008 than any other artist in any genre  of music, the breakthrough success of her debut album, and the  worldwide crossover success of her #1 single “Love Story“. The Academy also  cited Swift’s contribution to helping country music attract a younger  audience.  As of late April 2009, Swift has sold more than 14 million downloads,  as well as three Gold Mobile Ringtones.

Swift performing on April 25, 2009, in St. Louis at the Scottrade Center.

On April 28, 2009, Swift gave a free, private concert to students at Bishop Ireton High School, a small  Catholic school in Alexandria, Virginia after the school  won a national “TXT 2 WIN” contest from Verizon Wireless.  The students sent over 19,000 text messages to Verizon during a roughly  one month long contest. Swift played for about an hour during the  school’s field day, an annual day-long recess with games and activities.  On October 8, 2009 Swift’s official website announced that her sold-out  Fearless Tour would return to North America for 37 additional dates in  2010.
On November 11, 2009 Swift became the youngest artist ever to win Country Music Association Award  for Entertainer of the year, and is one of only six women to win  Country Music Association’s highest honor.
On the chart week of November 14, 2009, Swift set a record for the  most songs on the Billboard Hot 100 by a female artist at the same time with  eight singles from the re-release of her 2008 album Fearless  namely five debut new songs in the top 30: “Jump Then Fall” at #10 “Untouchable” at #19
, “The Other Side of the Door” at #22, “Superstar”  at #27 and “Come in With the Rain” at #30 and three already-charted  songs that were released as singles — “You Belong with Me” (#14), “Forever & Always” which  re-entered the chart at #34, and “Fifteen” (#46).  In addition, the song “Two Is Better Than One” by Boys Like Girls which features Swift, debuted at . This gives Swift six debuts in one week, the biggest number  of debuts by any female artist of all time. It also lifts the number of  her simultaneously-charting songs to nine, setting another record for  the biggest number of charting songs by the same female artist in the  same week.  When “Fifteen” reached #38 on the chart week of November 21, 2009,  Swift became the female artist with the most Top 40 singles this decade,  surpassing Beyoncé. “Fifteen” became Swift’s twentieth  Top 40 single overall.  “Two Is Better Than One” by Boys Like Girls and John  Mayer‘s “Half of My Heart”
Songs chart (all genres), with “You Belong With Me” and  “Love Story,”

respectively. She also topped the all format 2009 Top 10  Artist Airplay chart with over 1.29 million song detections, and the Top  10 Artist Internet Streams chart with more than 46 million song plays.

MTV VMA incident

West taking the microphone from Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music  Awards.

Scheduled to perform on September 13, 2009, Swift attended the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.  This was her first VMA performance, where she became the first country  music artist to win an MTV Video Music Award.  During the show, as Swift was on stage accepting the award for Best  Female Video for “You Belong with Me,” singer/rapper Kanye  West came on stage and took the microphone from Swift, saying that Beyoncé‘s video for “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on  It)“, nominated for the same award, was “one of the best videos of  all time,” an action that caused the many audience members to boo West.  He handed the microphone back to a stunned and reportedly upset Swift,  who did not finish her acceptance speech.  When Beyoncé later won the award for Best Video of the Year for “Single  Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”, she called Swift up on stage so that she  could finish her acceptance speech.
Following the awards show, West apologized for his verbal outburst in  a blog entry (which was subsequently removed).  He was criticized by various celebrities for the outburst,  and even by President Barack  Obama in an “off the record” comment. He later posted a second apology on his blog and made his first public  apology one day after incident on the debut episode of The Jay Leno Show.
On September 15, 2009, Swift talked about the matter on The View, where she said she  was at first excited to see West on stage and then disappointed once he  acted out.  She said West had not spoken to her following the incident. Following her appearance on The View, West contacted her to  apologize personally; Swift said she accepted his apology.

2010–present:  Film debut and upcoming third studio album

Today Was a Fairytale” he song was featured on the soundtrack for the  film Valentine’s Day, in which she  made her feature-film acting debut.

while the song “Hey Stephen”

Brad  Paisley‘s music video “Online“. 

   Kellie Pickler‘s music video “Best Days of Your Life“.

Swift also appeared in Hannah Montana: The Movie  credited as “woman singing in the barn”. The film was released on April  10, 2009 in North America.  The television show Dateline NBC showcased an hour on Swift on May  31, 2009. The episode titled Dateline NBC: On Tour With Taylor Swift  included scenes from her tour bus, concert footage, and resals

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Who is Alicia Augello Cook?

Who is Alicia Augello Cook? The music and entertainment world knows her as Alicia Keys. Keys is an American recording artist, musician and actress. She was raised by a single mother in the Hell’s Kitchen area of Manhattan in New York City. At age seven, Keys began to play classical music on the piano. She attended Professional Performing Arts School and graduated at 16 as valedictorian. She later attended Columbia University before dropping out to pursue her music career. Keys released her debut album with J Records, having had previous record deals first with Columbia and then Arista Records.
Keys’ debut album, Songs in A Minor, was a commercial success, selling over 12 million copies worldwide. She became the best-selling new artist and best-selling R&B artist of 2001. The album earned Keys five Grammy Awards in 2002, including Best New Artist and Song of the Year for “Fallin’“. Her second studio album, The Diary of Alicia Keys, was released in 2003 and was also another success worldwide, selling eight million copies. The album garnered her an additional four Grammy Awards in 2005. Later that year, she released her first live album, Unpluggedwhich debuted at number one in the United States. She became the first female to have an MTV Unplugged album to debut at number one and the highest since Nirvana in 1994.

Keys made guest appearances on several television series in the following years, beginning with Charmed. She made her film debut in Smokin’ Aces and went on to appear in The Nanny Diaries in 2007. Her third studio album, As I Am, was released in the same year and sold six million copies worldwide, earning Keys an additional three Grammy Awards. The following year, she appeared in The Secret Life of Bees, which earned her a nomination at the NAACP Image Awards. She released her fourth album, The Element of Freedom, in December 2009, which became Keys’ first chart-topping album in the United Kingdom. Throughout her career, Keys has won numerous awards and has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. Billboard magazine named her the top R&B artist of the 2000–2009 decade, establishing herself as one of the best-selling artists of her time. In 2010, VH1 included Keys on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

Life and career

1981–96: Early life

Keys was born January 25, 1981 Alicia Augello Cook on January 25, 1981, in the Hell’s Kitchen area of Manhattan, in New York City, New York. She is the only child of Teresa Augello, a paralegal and part-time actress, and Craig Cook, a flight attendant. Keys’ mother is of Scottish, Irish and Italian descent, and her father is African American; Keys has expressed that she was comfortable with her biracial heritage because she felt she was able to “relate to different cultures”. Her parents separated when she was two and she was subsequently raised by her mother during her formative years in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan. In 1985, Keys made an appearance on The Cosby Show at the age of four, where she and a group of girls played the parts of Rudy Huxtable’s sleepover guests in the episode “Slumber Party”. Throughout her childhood, Keys was sent to music and dance classes by her mother. She began playing the piano when she was seven and learned classical music by composers such as Beethoven, Mozart and Chopin.hfr Keys enrolled in the Professional Performing Arts School at the age of 12, where she majored in choir and began writing songs at the age of 14. She graduated in three years as valedictorian at the age of 16.
In 1994 Keys met long-term manager Jeff Robinson after she enrolled in his brother’s after-school program. The following year Robinson introduced Keys to her future A&R at Arista Records, Peter Edge, who later described his first impressions to HitQuarters: “I had never met a young R&B artist with that level of musicianship. So many people were just singing on top of loops and tracks, but she had the ability, not only to be part of hip-hop, but also to go way beyond that.” Edge helped Robinson create a showcase for Keys and also got involved in developing her demo material. He was keen to sign Keys himself but was unable to do so at that time due to being on the verge of leaving his present record company. Keys signed to Columbia Records soon after.

 At the same time as signing a recording contract with Columbia Records, Keys was accepted into Columbia University. At first, Keys attempted to manage both but after four weeks dropped out of college to pursue her musical career fulltime.

1997–2000: Career beginnings

Keys signed a demo deal with Jermaine Dupri and So So Def Recordings, where she appeared on the label’s Christmas album performing “The Little Drummer Girl”. She also co-wrote and recorded a song entitled “Dah Dee Dah (Sexy Thing)”, which appeared on the soundtrack to the 1997 film, Men in Black. The song was Keys’ first professional recording; however, it was never released as a single and her record contract with Columbia ended after a dispute with the label. Keys was unhappy with the label because her career had stalled during her two years under contract at Columbia due to executive indecision over her direction and major changes within the company. Keys called Clive Davis, who sensed a “special, unique” artist from her performance and signed her to Arista Records, which later disbanded. Keys almost chose Wilde as her stage name until her manager suggested the name Keys after a dream he had. Keys felt that name represented her both as a performer and person. Following Davis to his newly formed J Records label, she recorded the songs “Rock wit U” and “Rear View Mirror”, which were featured on the soundtracks to the films Shaft (2000) and Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001), respectively.

2001–02: Songs in A Minor

Keys performing in Frankfurt, Germany, 2002

Keys released her first studio album, Songs in A Minor, in June 2001. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and sold 236,000 copies in its first week. The album sold over 6.2 million copies in the United States, where it was certified six times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It went on to sell over 12 million copies worldwide, establishing Keys’ popularity both inside and outside the United States, where she became the best-selling new artist and best-selling R&B artist of 2001. The album’s lead single, “Fallin’“, spent six weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The album’s second single, “A Woman’s Worth“, peaked at number three on the same chart. The following year, the album was reissued as Remixed & Unplugged in A Minor, which included eight remixes and seven unplugged versions of the songs from the original.
Songs in A Minor led Keys to win five awards at the 2002 Grammy Awards: Song of the Year, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, and Best R&B Song for “Fallin’”, Best New Artist, and Best R&B Album; “Fallin’” was also nominated for Record of the Year. Keys became the second female solo artist to win five Grammy Awards in a single night, following Lauryn Hill at the 41st Grammy Awards. That same year, she collaborated with Christina Aguilera for the latter’s upcoming album Stripped on a song entitled “Impossible”, which Keys wrote, co-produced, and provided with background vocals. During the early 2000s, Keys also made small cameos in television series Charmed and American Dreams.

2003–05: The Diary of Alicia Keys and Unplugged

Keys followed up her debut with The Diary of Alicia Keys, which was released in December 2003. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling over 618,000 copies its first week of release, becoming the largest first-week sales for a female artist in 2003. It sold 4.4 million copies in the United States and was certified four times Platinum by the RIAA. It sold eight million copies worldwide, becoming the sixth biggest-selling album by a female artist and the second biggest-selling album by a female R&B artist. The singles “You Don’t Know My Name” and “If I Ain’t Got You” both reached the top five of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and the third single, “Diary“, entered the top ten. The fourth single, “Karma“, was less successful on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 20. “If I Ain’t Got You” became the first single by a female artist to remain on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for over a year.

Keys won Best R&B Video for “If I Ain’t Got You” at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards; she performed the song and “Higher Ground” with Lenny Kravitz and Stevie Wonder. Later that year, Keys released her novel Tears for Water: Songbook of Poems and Lyrics, a collection of unreleased poems from her journals and lyrics. The title derived from one of her poems, “Love and Chains” from the line: “I don’t mind drinking my tears for water.” She said the title is the foundation of her writing because “everything I have ever written has stemmed from my tears of joy, of pain, of sorrow, of depression, even of question”. The book sold over US$500,000 and Keys made The New York Times bestseller list in 2005. The following year, she won a second consecutive award for Best R&B Video at the MTV Video Music Awards for the video “Karma”. Keys performed “If I Ain’t Got You” and then joined Jamie Foxx and Quincy Jones in a rendition of “Georgia on My Mind“, the Hoagy Carmichael song made famous by Ray Charles in 1960 at the 2005 Grammy Awards. That evening, she won four Grammy Awards: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “If I Ain’t Got You”, Best R&B Song for “You Don’t Know My Name”, Best R&B Album for The Diary of Alicia Keys, and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals” for “My Boo” with Usher.
Keys performed and taped her installment of the MTV Unplugged series in July 2005 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. During this session, Keys added new arrangements to her original songs and performed a few choice covers. The session was released on CD and DVD in October 2005. Simply titled Unplugged, the album debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart with 196,000 units sold in its first week of release. The album sold one million copies in the United States, where it was certified Platinum by the RIAA, and two million copies worldwide. The debut of Keys’ Unplugged was the highest for an MTV Unplugged album since Nirvana‘s 1994 MTV Unplugged in New York and the first Unplugged by a female artist to debut at number one. The album’s first single, “Unbreakable“, peaked at number 34 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number four on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. It remained at number one on the Billboard Hot Adult R&B Airplay for 11 weeks.
Keys opened a recording studio in Long Island, New York, called The Oven Studios, which she co-owns with her production and songwriting partner Kerry “Krucial” Brothers. The studio was designed by renowned studio architect John Storyk of WSDG, designer of Jimi HendrixElectric Lady Studios. Keys and Brothers are the co-founders of KrucialKeys Enterprises, a production and songwriting team who assisted Keys in creating her albums as well as create music for other artists.

2006–08: Film debut and As I Am

In 2006, Keys won three NAACP Image Awards, including Outstanding Female Artist and Outstanding Song for “Unbreakable”. She also received the Starlight Award by the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In October 2006, she played the voice of Mommy Martian in the “Mission to Mars” episode of the children’s television series The Backyardigans, in which she sang an original song, “Almost Everything Is Boinga Here”.That same year, Keys nearly suffered a mental breakdown. Her grandmother had died and her family was heavily dependent on her. She felt she needed to “escape” and went to Egypt for three weeks. She explained: “That trip was definitely the most crucial thing I’ve ever done for myself in my life to date. It was a very difficult time that I was dealing with, and it just came to the point where I really needed to—basically, I just needed to run away, honestly. And I needed to get as far away as possible.”
Keys made her film debut in early 2007 in the crime film Smokin’ Aces, co-starring as an assassin named Georgia Sykes opposite Ben Affleck and Andy García. Keys received much praise from her co-stars in the film; Reynolds said that Keys was “so natural” and that she would “blow everybody away”. In the same year, Keys earned further praise for her second film, The Nanny Diaries, based on the 2002 novel of the same name, where she co-starred alongside Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans. She also guest starred as herself in the “One Man Is an Island” episode of the drama series Cane.

Keys performing live, March 20, 2008

Keys released her third studio album, As I Am, in November 2007; it debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 742,000 copies in its first week. It gained Keys her largest first week sales of her career and became her fourth consecutive number one album, tying her with Britney Spears for the most consecutive number-one debuts on the Billboard 200 by a female artist.The week became the second largest sales week of 2007 and the largest sales week for a female solo artist since singer Norah Jones‘ album Feels like Home in 2004. The album has sold nearly four million copies in the United States and has been certified three times Platinum by the RIAA. It has sold nearly six million copies worldwide. Keys received five nominations for As I Am at the 2008 American Music Award and ultimately won two. The album’s lead single, “No One“, peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, becoming Keys’ third and fifth number-one single on each chart, respectively. The album’s second single, “Like You’ll Never See Me Again“, was released in late 2007 and peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.The album’s third single, “Teenage Love Affair“, peaked at number three on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. She released the fourth single, “Superwoman“, which peaked at number 82 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 12 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

Keys performing at the 2008 Summer Sonic Festival in Tokyo, Japan

“No One” earned Keys the awards for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song at the 2008 Grammy Awards. Keys opened the ceremony singing Frank Sinatra‘s 1950s song “Learnin’ the Blues” as a “duet” with archival footage of Sinatra in video and “No One” with John Mayer later in the show. Keys also won Best Female R&B Artist during the show She starred in “Fresh Takes”, a commercial micro-series created by Dove Go Fresh, which premiered during The Hills on MTV from March to April 2008. The premiere celebrated the launch of new Dove Go Fresh. She also signed a deal as spokesperson with Glacéau’s VitaminWater  to endorse the product, and was in an American Express commercial for the “Are you a Cardmember?” campaign. Keys, along with The White Stripes‘ guitarist and lead vocalist Jack White, recorded the theme song to Quantum of Solace, the first duet in Bond soundtrack history. In 2008, Keys was ranked in at number 80 the Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists. She also starred in The Secret Life of Bees, a film adaptation of Sue Monk Kidd‘s acclaimed 2003 bestseller novel of the same name alongside Jennifer Hudson and Queen Latifah, released in October 2008 via Fox Searchlight. Her role earned her a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture at the NAACP Image Awards. She also received three nominations at the 2009 Grammy Awards and won Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “Superwoman”.
In an interview with Blender magazine, Keys allegedly said “‘Gangsta rap‘ was a ploy to convince black people to kill each other, ‘gangsta rap’ didn’t exist” and went on to say that it was created by “the government”. The magazine also claimed she said that Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. were “essentially assassinated, their beefs stoked by the government and the media, to stop another great black leader from existing”. Keys later wrote a statement clarifying the issues and saying her words were misinterpreted. Later that year, Keys was criticized by anti-smoking campaigners after billboard posters for her forthcoming concerts in Indonesia featured a logo for the A Mild cigarette brand sponsored by tobacco firm Philip Morris. She apologized after discovering that the concert was sponsored by the firm and asked for “corrective actions”. In response, the company withdrew its sponsorship.

2009–present: The Element of Freedom, marriage and motherhood

Keys on the red carpet at the 2009 American Music Awards.

Keys and manager Jeff Robinson signed a film production deal to develop live-action and animated projects with Disney. Their first film will be a remake of the 1958 comedy Bell, Book and Candle and will star Keys as a witch who casts a love spell to lure a rival’s fiancé. Keys and Robinson also formed a television production company called Big Pita. Keys and Robinson will develop live-action and animated projects from their company, Big Pita and Little Pita, with Keys as producer, thespian, banner spearheading soundtrack and music supervision.

Keys collaborated with record producer Swizz Beatz to write and produce “Million Dollar Bill” for Whitney Houston‘s seventh studio album, I Look to You. Keys had approached Clive Davis for permission to submit a song for the album. Keys also collaborated with recording artist Jay-Z on the song “Empire State of Mind” from his 2009 album, The Blueprint 3. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 and became her fourth number-one single on that chart. Swizz Beatz announced in May 2009, that he and Keys have been romantically involved. The Boston Globe reported “Swizz and his estranged wife, Mashonda, are currently embroiled in a bitter divorce. He has always denied reports Alicia was to blame for the breakdown of his marriage”.
The following month, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers honored Keys with the Golden Note Award, an award given to artists “who have achieved extraordinary career milestones”. She collaborated with Spanish recording artist Alejandro Sanz for “Looking for Paradise“, which topped the Hot Latin Songs chart. Keys released her fourth studio album, The Element of Freedom, in December 2009. It debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, selling 417,000 copies in its first week. As part of the promotional drive for the album, she performed at the Cayman Island Jazz Festival on December 5, the final night of the three day festival which will be broadcast on Black Entertainment Television (BET). The album’s lead single, “Doesn’t Mean Anything“, has peaked at number 60 on the Billboard Hot 100. Keys was ranked as the top R&B recording artist of the 2000–2009 decade by Billboard magazine and ranked at number five as artist of the decade, while her song, “No One“, was ranked at number six on the magazine’s songs of the decade. In the United Kingdom, The Element of Freedom became Keys’ first album to top the UK Albums Chart.
In May 2010, a representative for Keys and Swizz Beatz confirmed that they were engaged and expecting a child together. During the time of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the couple took part of a union and had the unborn child blessed in a Zulu ceremony, which took place in the Illovo suburb of South Africa. Keys and Swizz Beatz held a wedding celebration on the French island of Corsica on July 31, 2010. Keys gave birth to a son, Egypt Daoud Dean, on October 14, 2010 in New York City.

Musical style

An accomplished pianist, Keys incorporates piano into a majority of her songs and often writes about love, heartbreak and female empowerment. She has cited several musicians as her inspirations, including Prince, Nina Simone, Barbra Streisand, Marvin Gaye, Quincy Jones, Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder. Keys’ style is rooted in gospel and vintage soul music, supplemented by bass and programmed drumbeats. She heavily incorporates classical piano with R&B, soul and jazz into her music. She began experimenting with other genres, including pop and rock, in her third studio album, As I Am, transitioning from neo soul to a 1980s and 1990s R&B sound with her fourth album, The Element of Freedom. Patrick Huguenin of the New York Daily News stated that her incorporation of classical piano riffs contributed to her breakout success. Jet magazine states she “thrives” by touching her fans with “piano mastery, words and melodious voice”.The Independent described her style as consisting of “crawling blues coupled with a hip-hop backbeat”, noting that her lyrics “rarely stray from matters of the heart”. Blender magazine referred to her as “the first new pop artist of the millennium who was capable of changing music.”

Keys playing the piano while performing, surrounded by three backing vocalists

Keys has a vocal range of a contralto, which spans three octaves. Often referred to as the “Princess of Soul“, Keys has been commended as having a strong, raw and impassioned voice; others feel that her voice is “emotionally manufactured” at times and that she pushes her voice out of its natural range.Keys’ songwriting is often criticized for lack of depth, which has led to her writing abilities being called limited.Her lyrics have been called generic, clichéd and that her songs revolve around generalities. Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune feels that she “[pokes] around for multi-format hits rather than trying to project any sort of artistic vision”. Diversely, Jon Pareles of Blender magazine stated that the musical composition of her songs makes up for their lyrical weakness, while Gregory Stephen Tate of The Village Voice compared Keys’ writing and production to 1970s music.
Joanna Hunkin of The New Zealand Herald reviewed one of Keys’ performances, where Kylie Minogue also attended. She described Minogue’s reaction to Keys’ performance, saying “it was obvious she was just as much of a fan as the 10,000 other people at Vector Arena“. She went on to say that Minogue was “the original pop princess bowing down to the modern-day queen of soul”. Hunkin characterized Keys’ opening performance as a “headbanging, hip-gyrating performance” and her energy as “high-octane energy most bands save for their closing finale”. At the end of her two-hour performance, fans “screamed, stomped and begged for a second encore”. Hillary Crosley and Mariel Concepcion of Billboard magazine noted that her shows are “extremely coordinated” with the audience’s attention span “consistently maintained”. The show ended with a standing ovation and Keys “proved that a dynamic performance mixed with superior musicianship always wins”. Throughout her career, Keys has won numerous awards and is listed on the Recording Industry Association of America‘s best-selling artists in the United States, with 15 million certified albums. She has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and has established herself as one of the best-selling artists of her time.

Philanthropy

Keys performing at the Live Earth concert

Keys is the co-founder and Global Ambassador of Keep a Child Alive, a non-profit organization that provides medicine to families with HIV and AIDS in Africa. Keys and U2 lead singer Bono recorded a cover version of Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush‘s “Don’t Give Up“, in recognition of World AIDS Day 2005. Keys and Bono’s version of the song was retitled “Don’t Give Up (Africa)” to reflect the nature of the charity it was benefiting. She visited African countries such as Uganda, Kenya and South Africa to promote care for children affected by AIDS. Her work in Africa was documented in the documentary Alicia in Africa: Journey to the Motherland and was available in April 2008.                                                                                                                                                             Keys has also donated to Frum tha Ground Up, a non-profit organization that aids children and teenagers with scholarships. She performed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as part of the worldwide Live 8 concerts to raise awareness of the poverty in Africa and to pressure the G8 leaders to take action. In 2005, Keys performed on ReAct Now: Music & Relief and Shelter from the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast, two benefit programs that raised money for those affected by Hurricane Katrina. In July 2007, Keys and Keith Urban performed The Rolling Stones‘ 1969 song “Gimme Shelter” at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey at the American leg of the Live Earth concerts.
Keys performed Donny Hathaway‘s 1973 song “Someday We’ll All Be Free” at the America: A Tribute to Heroes televised benefit concert following the September 11 attacks. She participated in the Nobel Peace Prize Concert which took place at the Oslo Spektrum in Oslo, Norway, on December 11, 2007, along with other various artists. She recorded a theme song for Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. She joined Joss Stone and Jay-Z on the effort, which served as a theme song for Obama’s campaign. For her work, Keys was honored at the 2009 BET Awards with the Humanitarian Award. Keys performed the song “Prelude to a Kiss”, retitled “Send Me an Angel”, from her 2007 album As I Am for the “Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief” telethon in response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

Discography

Studio albums
Live albums

Tours

Filmography

Television
Year Title Role Notes
1985 The Cosby Show Maria Slumber Party” (season 1, episode 22)
2001 Charmed P3 VIP Patron (uncredited) Size Matters” (season 4, episode 5)
2003 American Dreams Fontella Bass “Rescue Me” (season 2, episode 6)
The Proud Family Herself (voice) The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” (season 3, episode 46)
2005 Sesame Street Herself Season 36
2006 The Backyardigans Mommy Martian (voice) Mission to Mars” (season 2, episode 1)
2007 Cane Herself “One Man Is an Island” (season 1, episode 7)
Elmo’s Christmas Countdown Herself Christmas television special
2008 Dove “Fresh Takes” Alex Starred in all five episodes
2010 American Idol (season 9) Herself Mentor
Film
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Smokin’ Aces Georgia Sykes
The Nanny Diaries Lynette
2008 The Secret Life of Bees June Boatwright

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Mimi Perrin, French jazz singer and pianist. died she was , 84.

 Jeannine “Mimi” Perrin [1] [2]was a French jazz pianist and singer, and translator died she was , 84.

(February 2, 1926 – November 16, 2010) 

Perrin received private musical instruction, including piano as a child and pursued English studies at Sorbonne. In 1949, she contracted tuberculosis and was treated at a sanatorium. She recovered and hit the French jazz scene in the cabarets of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, coming to prominence in jazz clubs as a pianist in her own trio. She met her husband, an amateur guitar and bass player. Between 1956 and 1958, she was a member of Blossom Dearie‘s vocal group Blue Stars of France, but worked mostly in studios as a background singer to yé-yé singers and bands.
In 1959, she formed the vocal sextet Les Double Six, which included, among others, Louis and Monique Aldebert, Monique and Roger Guérin, Christiane Legrand, Ward Swingle, Eddy Louiss and Bernard Lubat. The band name alluded to the fact that the group used overdubbing in the studio to sing twelve-part songs. The group oriented itself to the vocalise of King Pleasure on one side, and Lambert, Hendricks & Ross on the other, and was quite successful in the early 1960s. Les Double Six completed several European tours and also traveled to North America, recording with Quincy Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, and Ray Charles. Perrin was the leader and principal soloist in the group and established herself solo with John Coltrane‘s song “Naima” “as one of the great jazz singers.”[3] From her ensemble eventually emerged the Swingle Singers led by Ward Swingle after he left the Double Six. A later group, founded in 1966 by Perrin, did not achieve her previous success, and she abandoned music after another bout of tuberculosis.
From 1972 onwards, she worked as a translator of science-fiction and fantasy stories by Roger Zelazny, Robert Sheckley, James Blish, and Dean Koontz among others. In the 1980s and 1990, she translated more mainstream novels (including Alice Walker‘s The Colour Purple and Louise Erdrich‘ Tracks and Love Medicine) as well as biographies of Nina Simone, Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones and Steven Spielberg. She was also known for her French rendition of the novels by John le Carré since 1989, and later by Ha Jin, with her daughter Isabelle.[4] [5]

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Larry Evans, American chess grandmaster and author, died from complications following gallbladder operation he was , 78

Larrymelvynevans.jpgLarry Melvyn Evans was an American chess grandmaster, author, and journalist died from complications following gallbladder operation he was , 78. He won or shared the U.S. Chess Championship five times and the U.S. Open Chess Championship four times. He wrote a long-running syndicated chess column and wrote or co-wrote more than 20 books on chess.

(March 22, 1932 – November 15, 2010)

 Chess career

Early years

Evans was born in Manhattan on March 22, 1932, and learned much about the game by playing for ten cents an hour on 42nd Street in New York City[citation needed], quickly becoming a rising star. At age 14, he tied for fourth-fifth place in the Marshall Chess Club championship. The next year he won it outright, becoming the youngest Marshall champion at that time. He also finished equal second in the U.S. Junior Championship, which led to an article in the September 1947 issue of Chess Review. At 16, he played in the 1948 U.S. Chess Championship, his first, tying for eighth place at 11½–7½.[1] Evans tied with Arthur Bisguier for first place in the U.S. Junior Chess Championship of 1949. By age 18, he had won a New York State championship as well as a gold medal in the Dubrovnik Chess Olympiad of 1950. In the latter, his 90% score (eight wins and two draws) on sixth board tied with Rabar of Yugoslavia for the best result of the entire Olympiad.[2]

US champion

In 1951, he first won the U.S. Championship, ahead of Samuel Reshevsky, who had tied for third-fourth in the 1948 World Championship match-tournament.[3] Evans won his second championship the following year by winning a title match against Herman Steiner.[4] He won the national championship thrice more – in 1961–62, 1967–68[5] and 1980, the last in a tie with Walter Browne and Larry Christiansen.[6][7][8]

Grandmaster

FIDE awarded Evans the titles of International Master (1952) and International Grandmaster (1957). In 1956 the U.S. State Department appointed him a “chess ambassador”.
Evans performed well in many U.S. events during the 1960s and 1970s, but his trips abroad to international tournaments were infrequent and less successful. He won the U.S. Open Chess Championship in 1951, 1952, 1954 (he tied with Arturo Pomar but won the title on the tie-break) and tied with Walter Browne in 1971. He also won the first Lone Pine tournament in 1971.[9]

Olympiad successes

He represented the U.S. in eight Chess Olympiads over a period of twenty-six years, winning gold (1950), silver (1958), and bronze (1976) medals for his play, and participating in team gold (1976) and silver (1966) medals.[10][11][12]

Best international results

His best results on foreign soil included two wins at the Canadian Open Chess Championship, 1956 in Montreal, and 1966 in Kingston, Ontario. He tied for first-second in the 1975 Portimão, Portugal International[13] and for second-third with World Champion Tigran Petrosian, behind Jan Hein Donner, in Venice, 1967.[14] However, his first, and what ultimately proved to be his only, chance in the World Chess Championship cycle ended with a disappointing 14th place (10/23) in the 1964 Amsterdam Interzonal.[15]

Helps Fischer win world title

He never entered the world championship cycle again, and concentrated his efforts on assisting his fellow American Bobby Fischer in his quest for the world title. He was Fischer’s second for the Candidates matches leading up to the World Chess Championship 1972 against Boris Spassky, though not for the championship match itself, after a disagreement with Fischer.
At his peak in October 1968 he was rated 2631 by the United States Chess Federation.

Chess journalism

Evans had always been interested in writing as well as playing. By the age of eighteen, he had already published David Bronstein‘s Best Games of Chess, 1944–1949 and the Vienna International Tournament, 1922. His book New Ideas in Chess was published in 1958, and was later reprinted. He wrote or co-wrote more than 20 books on chess.[16]
He wrote the tenth edition of the important openings treatise Modern Chess Openings (1965), co-authored with editor Walter Korn. He also made a significant contribution to Fischer’s My 60 Memorable Games (1969), writing the introductions to each of the games and urging the future World Champion to publish when he had initially been reluctant to do so.[17] Some of Evans’s other books are Modern Chess Brilliancies (1970), What’s The Best Move (1973), and Test Your Chess I.Q. (2001).
Evans began his career in chess journalism during the 1960s, helping to found the American Chess Quarterly, which ran from 1961–65. He was an editor of Chess Digest during the 1960s and 1970s. For over thirty years, until 2006, he wrote a question-and-answer column for Chess Life, the official publication of the United States Chess Federation (USCF), and has also written for Chess Life Online. His weekly chess column, Evans on Chess, has appeared in more than fifty separate newspapers throughout the United States. He also wrote a column for the World Chess Network.
Evans has also commentated on some of the most important matches for Time magazine and ABC’s Wide World of Sports, including the 1972 Fischer versus Spassky match, the 1993 PCA world title battle between Garry Kasparov and Nigel Short and the Braingames world chess championship match between Vladimir Kramnik and Garry Kasparov in 2000.
Evans also contributed a large amount of tutorial and other content to the Chessmaster computer game series, most notably an endgame quiz and annotations of classic chess games. His contributions to chess writing and journalism earned him many awards, including the USCF’s Chess Journalist of the Year award in 2000.[citation needed] He was inducted into the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame in 1994.
Chess historian Edward Winter criticized Evans’s work, asserting that it was sloppy, dishonest, and riddled with factual inaccuracies,[18] though these claims were denounced by Larry Parr.[19]

Death

On November 15, 2010, Evans died in Reno, Nevada, from complications following gallbladder surgery.[20][21][22]

Selected games

This game, against future grandmaster Abe Yanofsky, who had won the brilliancy prize against Botvinnik at Groningen the year before, was Evans’s first victory against a noted player:

Daniel Yanofsky – Larry Evans, 1947

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Position after 25. f3

Yanofsky – Evans, U.S. Open 1947, Alekhine defence B05
1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. d4 d6 4. Nf3 Bg4 5. h3 Bxf3 6. Qxf3 dxe5 7. dxe5 e6 8. a3 Nc6 9. Bb5 Qd7 10. c4 Nde7 11. 0-0 Qd4 12. Bg5 a6 13. Bxe7 axb5 14. Bxf8 Rxf8 15. cxb5 Nxe5 16. Qe2 0-0-0 17. Nc3 Ng6 18. Rad1 Qe5 19. Qc2 Rxd1 20. Rxd1 Rd8 21. Rc1 Nf4 22. Kh1 Qh5 24. Kh2 Rd3 25. f3 (see diagram at left) 25 …Rxf3!   26. Rd1 Nxh3! 27. gxf3 Nf2+ 28. Kg3 Qh3+ 29. Kf4 Qh2+ 30. Ke3 (0–1)
See the game online
In his book Modern Chess Brilliances, Evans listed four of his own wins:

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Moira Hoey, Irish actor (The Riordans, Glenroe). died she was , 88

Moira Hoey [1] was an Irish actress. She starred as Mary Riordan in The Riordans from 1965 until it was axed in 1979, before appearing as Nellie Connors in Glenroe died she was , 88. Mary Riordan was considered “the quintessential Irish mammy” – Irish Independent / The Irish Times.[2][3] She played Mrs Coffey in The Irish R.M.[4] She had roles in This Is My Father[5] and Angela’s Ashes (as moneylender Mrs Purcell)[6] as well.

(née Deady; 1922 — 15 November 2010)

Hoey came from County Cork.[5] She resided in Greystones, County Wicklow.[2] She began acting by travelling around Ireland as part of fit-ups (travelling theatre troupes) and this contributed to her early fame.[2] Deady married fellow actor Johnny Hoey (Franice Maher in The Riordans).[2] He predeceased her, though three daughters and one son were still alive at the time of her own death in 2010.[2] Fans often thought she was married to John Cowley who played Tom Riordan, her husband in The Riordans, and fans were also upset when seeing her with Johnny Hoey, her real-life husband.[3]
She died at the age of 88 on 15 November 2010 in Loughlinstown Hospital, County Dublin.[5] Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport Mary Hanafin commented on her part in Irish history: “In her role as the matriarch of The Riordans homestead, she was ever present, each Sunday, on our television screens dealing with the changing landscape and domestic issues that Ireland as a country was experiencing”.[5][6] John Boland, writing in the Irish Independent, called her “everyone’s mammy and the conscience of a nation” while reflecting that this meant all the senior cast members of The Riordans were now dead.[7] Hundreds of people attended her funeral on 18 November at Holy Rosary Church, Greystones.[8]
In 2009 she reunited with other cast members of The Riordans for an RTÉ documentary on the programme.[4][2]

Roles

Television
Film

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Did you know that Myocardial Infarction is?

Did you know that (Myocardial Infarction) is another name for a Heart Attack?

Did you know that one of the major causes of sudden death is heart attack, a.k.a. myocardial infarction?

Heart Attack Diagram

AngiogramDid you know that the (heart muscle tissue) the myocardium  supplies blood and it’s where the pressure generated by the heart is greatest?

Did you know that the blood vessel that carries blood under pressure from the heart to the rest of the body is called the artery?

Did you know when cholesterol deposits (plaques) form on the inner surfaces of the arteries, it will obstruct the blood flow when the blood clots on the roughened plaque?

Did you know that this condition of the artery is called atherosclerosis and myocardial blockage may cause heart attack.

Did you know that  myocardial blockage mortality rate is high and even presently, 10-30% of sufferers have died?

Did you know when you’re suffering from heart problems, it is preferable to perform a Coronary catheterization (crown artery diagnosis) to prevent myocardial blockage from occurring?

Did you know that most doctors advise you not to take fatty foods and take more rest to avoid accumulating cholesterol in the blood?
 Did you know that spasm or convulsion along the blood vessels surrounding the heart are often the cause of heart failures due to stress and fatigue?

Heart Convulsion

Did you know most patients who experienced this phenomena complained toothache, stomachache, shoulder pain, back pain, stiff neck, and ringing in the ears, rather than anything in the heart? 


Now if you didn’t know, now you know…
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20 people got busted on December 07, 2010

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