China's richest man is investing $8.2 billion in a 'movie metropolis' that aims to rival Hollywood and Disney with its massive film and television studios, production facilities, theme parks, roller coasters, hotels, bars and banquet halls.
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Wang and his firm Dalian Wanda Group hope the "Qingdao Oriental Movie Metropolis" -- covering 1.5 square miles -- will become a global magnet for film stars, movie studios and tourists.
The company said it had reached preliminary agreements with various media giants to shoot 30 foreign films in the studios each year, in addition to plans for 100 Chinese films and television shows.
The blueprint for the 'metropolis' includes plans for 20 studios and the world's only fixed underwater studio.
This short, no-budget film is my tribute to the talents of a dear friend and poet, Frank J Cunningham. I began filming Nantucket Atheneum toward the end of October 2012. This was three months after Frank was discharged from the Nantucket Cottage Hospital. On 28th June, Frank had collapsed at his home on Nantucket and was taken by an ambulance to the Hospital. A few hours later, he was medvaced by a helicopter to Tufts Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU), in Boston, where he was induced into a coma for three and a half weeks during which he suffered a heart attack whilst being kept alive on super lung and dialysis machines. He had been diagnosed with the curiously rare Legionnaire’s Disease. Days after his admittance into MICU at Tufts, a priest was brought in to give him last rites… Frank regained full consciousness on July 27th, and spent the following month learning to walk again … and the following year, struggling to re-learn how to lead a normal life.
Acting legend Sir Anthony Hopkins recently binge-watched "Breaking Bad," and was so impressed that he wrote a letter to Bryan Cranston extolling the virtues of the cast and show.
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Dear Mister Cranston.
I wanted to write you this email - so I am contacting you through Jeremy Barber - I take it we are both represented by UTA. Great agency.
I've just finished a marathon of watching "BREAKING BAD" - from episode one of the First Season - to the last eight episodes of the Sixth Season. [Ed note: There are in fact five seasons of Breaking Bad; this might have been wishful thinking.] (I downloaded the last season on AMAZON) A total of two weeks (addictive) viewing.
I have never watched anything like it. Brilliant!
Your performance as Walter White was the best acting I have seen - ever.
I know there is so much smoke blowing and sickening bullshit in this business, and I've sort of lost belief in anything really.
But this work of yours is spectacular - absolutely stunning. What is extraordinary, is the sheer power of everyone in the entire production. What was it? Five or six years in the making? How the producers (yourself being one of them), the writers, directors, cinematographers.... every department - casting etc. managed to keep the discipline and control from beginning to the end is (that over used word) awesome.
From what started as a black comedy, descended into a labyrinth of blood, destruction and hell. It was like a great Jacobean, Shakespearian or Greek Tragedy.
If you ever get a chance to - would you pass on my admiration to everyone - Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Aaron Paul, Betsy Brandt, R.J. Mitte, Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Steven Michael Quezada - everyone - everyone gave master classes of performance ... The list is endless.
Thank you. That kind of work/artistry is rare, and when, once in a while, it occurs, as in this epic work, it restores confidence.
You and all the cast are the best actors I've ever seen.
That may sound like a good lung full of smoke blowing. But it is not. It's almost midnight out here in Malibu, and I felt compelled to write this email.
Congratulations and my deepest respect. You are truly a great, great actor.
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~ Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity ~ Oprah Winfrey
I have always enjoyed writing (poetry & song lyrics mostly) for as far back as I can remember. My mother has been and will forever be the driving force behind my love for writing, and even though she passed away many years ago, I truly feel her presence in any writing project I undertake. Several of my poems were written especially for "My Beautiful Mother, Mary."
My (4) book Lambert series; "THIEF OF HEARTS" "FORBIDDEN" "FRIENDLY ENEMIES" and "LE FIN" was my first major attempt at serious writing.
What started off as a joke between two sisters and one book turned into a (4) book series. (Who knew? ...smile.)
One afternoon while visiting my sister, Brenda, she glanced in my direction,shaking her head with distaste (upset over where the direction the story line in her favorite soap opera was heading), she said. "They need to replace the writers on this show. Anyone could do a better job than the writers they have now!" She rolled her eyes and went on. "Hey Sis, I've got an idea, why don't you write a storyline for 'Days Of Our Lives' and send it to them?" She smiled and slightly blushed at the same time after realizing how her intended compliment may have sounded. An errie moment of silence followed as I considered the suggestion. I returned the smile and my four word response was simply. "Thank you I think!" Three months later, "Thief of Hearts" was complete followed by another fifteen months and three follow-up visits to my makebelieve island paradise of Lambert with a (4) book romantic-suspense series. Believe me 'NO ONE' was more surprised than I!
We have observed that individual symbols exist in contexts and move within systems of symbolism. Symbols are also part of symbol systems that might be defined as categories of symbols. These symbol systems consist of ...
Fasces (, a plurale tantum , from the Latin word , meaning "bundle") is a bound bundle of wooden rods, sometimes including an axe with its blade emerging. The fasces had its origin in the Etruscan civilization, and was passed on to ancient Rome, where it symbolized a magistrate's power and jurisdiction.
The fasces lictoriae ("bundles of the lictors") symbolised power and authority (imperium) in ancient Rome, beginning with the early Roman Kingdom and continuing through the Republican and Imperial periods. By Republican times, use of the fasces was surrounded with tradition and protocol. A corps of apparitores (subordinate officials) called lictors each carried fasces before a magistrate, in a number corresponding to his rank. Lictors preceded consuls (and proconsuls), praetors (and propraetors), dictators, curule aediles, quaestors and the Flamen Dialis during Roman triumphs (public celebrations held in Rome after a military conquest)
Roman historians recalled that twelve lictors had ceremoniously accompanied the Etruscan kings of Rome in the distant past, and sought to account for the number and to provide etymologies for the name lictor. The highest magistrate, the dictator, was entitled to twenty-four lictors and fasces, the consul to twelve, the proconsul eleven, the praetor six (two within the pomerium), the propraetor five, and the curule aediles two.
Another part of the symbolism developed in Republican Rome was the inclusion of a single-headed axe in the fasces, with the blade projecting from the bundle. The axe indicated that the magistrate's judicial powers (imperium) included capital punishment. Fasces carried within the Pomerium—the boundary of the sacred inner city of Rome—had their axe blades removed; within the city, the power of life and death rested with the people through their assemblies. However, during times of emergency, the Roman Republic might choose a dictator to lead for a limited time period, who was the only magistrate to be granted capital punishment authority within the Pomerium. Lictors attending the dictator kept the axes in their fasces even inside the Pomerium—a sign that the dictator had the ultimate power in his own hands. There were exceptions to this rule: in 48 BC, guards holding bladed fasces guided Vatia Isauricus to the tribunal of Marcus Caelius, and Vatia Isauricus used one to destroy Caelius's magisterial chair (sella curulis).
An occasional variation on the fasces was the addition of a laurel wreath, symbolizing victory. This occurred during the celebration of a Triumph - essentially a victory parade through Rome by a returning victorious general. All Republican Roman commanding generals had previously held high office with imperium, and so were already entitled to the lictors and fasces.
The term is related to the modern Italian word fascio, used in the 20th century to designate peasant cooperatives and industrial workers' unions.
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