Monthly Archives: June 2017

Russell Brand Reveals He Auditioned For a Boy Band

Today, movie audiences know Russell Brand for such comedies as Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Rock of Ages. Music fans know him for once being married to pop star Katy Perry. Once upon a time though, Brand could have been a music star himself.


Brand recently appeared on James Corden’s Late Late Show to discuss upcoming projects, but Corden was interested in a bit of his past as well. “Is it true,” Corden asked him during the talk show, “that you auditioned for the boy band Five?”


Five, or 5ive as it is typically written, was created in the mid nineties by the same team that put together the girl power group Spice Girls. It consisted of five young men who remained together to sell 30 million albums and embark on several concert tours around the UK for several years. They were popular across Europe and Asia, but by 2001 had broken up, with a few different reunions attempted over the years that followed.


Brand admitted that yes, he had auditioned to be a member of the group when it was being formed. Brand joked that when he was younger he “made many mistakes,” giving the audience a chuckle. He and one of his friends, during a period when he was recreationally using drugs, decided it would be a lark to audition.


Brand recounted the story of the audition, in which he brought alcohol with him and set it down on the desk, before he sang “More Than Words” by Extreme. He said, “it was a disaster,” and added that by the end of his audition, everyone was “looking down in disappointment.”


Corden and Brand agreed that Brand would have been the maverick in a boy band – the troublemaker and first one to break away. Oh, what could have been.


Brand can next be heard in Despicable Me 3. He voices Dr. Nefario for the animated movie.



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Celebrities: Remembering Adam West

Adam West, the tall, handsome actor who created a fan sensation during the 1960s when he portrayed Batman on television in a zany spoof series, passed away on June 9th after a brief battle with leukemia. The 88-year old star has continued working into his senior years.


Born in Walla Walla, Washington, Adam West graduated from Whitman College before carving out a career as a disc jockey, announcer and actor. His distinctive, deep voice and striking good looks helped bring him to the attention of advertising companies and casting agents. Soon he obtained roles in broadcast TV commercials. He also appeared in guest roles on several popular television shows, including a number of Westerns. His television performances eventually led to his selection to play the character of Batman in a humorous sitcom spoofing the exploits of the Caped Crusader. The role quickly propelled him into the national media spotlight.


Batman (1966-1968) developed a cult following during its brief prime time run, a phenomenon which continued during extensive re-runs. A number of stars appeared as memorable guest villains on the hit TV series, including popular comic Cesar Romero and actor Burgess Meredith. The popularity of the TV series may have contributed in some measure to the success of later Batman films.


The television parody generated a lot of media coverage in the United States; both Adam West and his co-star, Burt Ward, had to battle studio typecasting for years in the aftermath of the successful series. Adam West eventually appeared in several roles which paid homage to his early portrayal of Batman, even spoofing himself during guest voice roles on popular animated series. In addition to acting frequently in roles on a number of television programs and working as a narrator, the actor sometimes made celebrity appearances. When he finally received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in April, 2012, he humorously alluded to the cult status of the original Batman television show by addressing the audience as “citizens of Gotham”.


The Legacy that Dr. Imran Haque Aims to Leave in the Medical Community

Dr. Imran is one of the most respected internists in the entire Ashboro area. He has been seeing his patients for the past 15 years and provided a variety of healthcare services. He performs physical examinations, treats and helps patients manage diabetes and other cosmetic procedures such as Venus body contouring, laser hair removal, weight management and many other services. He received his medical training from the University of Virginia Internal Medicine Roanoke-Salem program. Because he offers a variety of treatment solutions, patients typically come to him when they need specialized treatment in their area of need.


His practice is known as Horizon Internal Medicine. He has received many glowing recommendations from patients who have entrusted him with their lives and their services over the years. Some of the things that the patients like about the doctor include the fact that he is always willing to listen to their complaints and that he offers them the best solution to their problems. He has cultivated a culture of deeply understanding the problems of each patient and giving an individualized care in each situation.


Besides the fact that he is a good medical Doctor, people that come to him say that at a personal level, he is the best doctor they have ever met. They are taken aback by the fact that even when they are having emotional issues that stem from dealing with medical problems, the Doctor will be emotionally available to support them through the worst of the cases. There is a patient who hails the doctor and says that were it not for his endless support; she would have had a tough time dealing with the loss of her child.


Medical bills are another headache that patients deal with. At his practice, paperwork is conducted within the shortest time possible, and a variety of insurance options are acceptable. When you visit his practice, you can expect that in addition to excellent customer service, there will be good quality customer support and that all the aspects of the treatment process will be catered for.

Phil Collins Has to Cancel Shows Because Of Head Injury

Phil Collins, the singer of hits such as Against All Odds and In The Air Tonight has had to cancel his shows because of a head injury he has received. This of course has disappointed fans, and they are hoping he gets well. Phil Collins suffers from drop foot, a condition that he has gained after a back operation. He has a hard time walking because of his condition and is therefore more prone to these occurrences.


Phil Collins is known for his distinct voice and his drumming abilities. One of his trademarks is singing the ending of his song In the Air Tonight while drumming. His complex techniques bring about an impressive show. In his recent tour, he has allowed his son to take on the drumming of the song. His son does have the same drumming talents as his father. Therefore, he has not disappointed with his abilities.


Phil has also sung for movies such as Tarzan and Brother Bear. Phil has kept himself busy bringing out inspired songs which really touch the soul. He has spent 10 years away from the stage only to come back to give his fans something they want.


Phil has inspired many fans. He is one of those artists who know how to make every one of his songs sound better in concert than on the album. He brings a lot of energy to the stage even to this day. He is also someone who has no problem talking to his fans and keeping them updated. Phil Collins is someone who is very appreciative of his fans and is always willing to give them something in return for their support.


The Thoughts And Opinions Of The Expert Brazilian Investor Igor Cornelsen

Igor Cornelsen is an exemplary Brazilian banker and an expert in investments. He believes the way Brazilian banks have come through great upheavals is because they understand the market and have experience dealing with turbulent years. He says Brazilian banks only lend to individuals with the best credit. This gives the banks security and streamlines the costs. The individuals with undesirable credit have to go to the public sector banks or dispense with their business plans.


Igor Cornelsen feels most investors are not current concerning Brazilian banking because they do not understand the basics. This caused him to create a short and easy to follow profile to help investors understand Brazilian stocks. Mr. Cornelsen first explains there are ten major players in Brazilian banking. These are the ten state and privately owned investment and commercial banks who back Brazilian investments.


Mr. Cornelsen believes the new economic matrix of Guido Mantega was a total failure because instead of being based on rational economics it was based on ideology. He feels Joaquim Levy being appointed as Brazil’s finance minister is bringing hope to the banks. Mr. Cornelsen is in agreement with his views concerning fiscal reform but is not certain if he will bring about true economic reform.


Mr. Cornelsen has also stated that as the Chinese economy strengthens it will mean Brazilian raw materials will bring good prices. Even though China is Brazil’s fiercest competitor of industrialized goods, he feels watching the markets will help you understand your investments better and lead to greater profits and success.


Exports lost competitiveness due to Brazil’s overinflated currency causing a lot of current deficits. Dollar swaps have been sold by the Central Bank of Brazil to avoid depreciation. This means the currency is still overinflated. The new administration is expected to be less interventionist due to the effect the devaluation will have if it is not controlled. Igor Cornelsen believes this will be the catalyst that sparks investments within the industry and makes exporting goods out of Brazil much more competitive. This he says is what it will take to decrease the current accounts disequilibrium.




Adam West, “Batman” Actor, Dies at 88

Adam West, the actor most famous for playing Batman in the 1960s show, has died at the age of 88. According to a representative, he died from leukemia.


He made his professional debut in Hollywood by appearing in 1959s “The Young Philadelphians,” which had starred Paul Newman. He played supporting roles in a variety of tv shows and movies including 1965s “The Outlaws is Coming,” the last movie to star the Three Stooges.


In 1966, he starred in “Batman,” which featured a campy and comic take on the character. The show was known for its outrageous villains and quickly became a hit. While West had enjoyed playing the character, he chafed against the affects playing Batman had on his later career. Since he had been pigeonholed as a goofy superhero, he had trouble getting other parts. He also disliked the increasingly dark take on the character that developed during the 70s and 80s.


West provided the voice for Batman in various cartoons like 1977s “The New Adventures of Batman” and “The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians.” He later provided the voice for Mayor Grange in “The Batman” (2004-2008).


West had wanted to play Batman in Tim Burton’s 1989 movie, but he was considered too old at 60 for the part. Burton had considered casting him as Thomas Wayne, Bruce Wayne’s father instead.


In 1994, West wrote his autobiography, which was called “Back to the Batcave.” By now, West was considered a pop culture icon and appeared in several tv shows and movies. He played an aging action hero in some of these. In the 1990s show “Goosebumps,” he portrayed the Galloping Gazelle, a superhero on the brink of retirement.


West was married three times. His first two marriages soon ended in divorce, but his third marriage to Marcelle Lear lasted from 1970 to his death. He had two children by his second wife, two children by his third wife and two step-children by his third wife.

Adam West, TV’s ‘Batman,’ Dies at 88



Could Angelina Jolie Join The X-Men Franchise?

Very interesting casting news surrounds the upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix feature. FOX’s motion pictures executives are trying to draw in Angelina Jolie to appear in the film. Wanting her to appear in the film is one thing. Whether she actually accepts an offer is another matter.


Right now, no confirmation exists whether or not talks, formal or informal, are taking place. Interestingly, Jolie’s name is also floating around in the Universal Dark Universe’s reboot of The Bride of Frankenstein.


Angelina Jolie recently lent her voice to Kung Fu Panda 3 and has been far more active as a producer than as an actress lately. A featured role in a sure to be successful franchise appeals to any performer. The question here is “Does a major star such as Angelina Jolie want to appear in a supporting role in a superhero movie?”


Only Angelina Jolie knows the answer. Truthfully, as long as the screenplay for the new X-Men film is not a dud, there is no reason why it would hurt her career or stature. The X-Men films, overall, have been quite excellent. Not every entry delivered critical acclaim. The most recent film, X-Men Apocalypse, was not exactly well-received although the box office was strong.


Jolie is not in a position where she needs a franchise to continue her career. Still, being attached to a successful film never hurts. Whatever role Jolie is being considered for might even be a recurring role for future X-Men entries.


Why would FOX be so enthusiastic about courting Jolie for a role?


Since Hugh Jackman is no longer a part of the series, FOX probably wants to add a little star power to the project. The popularity of Jackman definitely helped the series at the box office. The spinoff Wolverine films were big moneymakers as well.


If signed, Jolie may be a solid replacement for Jackman. Nothing is for sure just yet. Fans of the X-Men movies surely hope something happens. Jolie truly would be a welcome addition to the films.



Harry Styles Sings “Two Ghosts” on the Late Late Show

Pop and rock superstar singer Harry Styles performed the song “Two Ghosts” against the backdrop of London on Thursday, June 8. This was part of his appearance on the Late Late Show. Late-night host James Corden had taken his American-based show to London for three consecutive nights on June 6, 7 and 8.


The stunning performance took place outdoors on the roof of Central Hall Westminster just as it was getting dark. Dramatic camera angles showcased Styles, accompanying his singing with guitar, as well as his band members. When the camera panned out, a spectacular view of downtown London, including Westminster Abbey and Big Ben, was in clear view.


Styles, 23, rose to fame in recent years as part of One Direction and in May released his debut solo album “Harry Styles.” The song “Two Ghosts” provides a unique ballad sound with artful lyrics that many listeners believe are about Styles’ former flame Taylor Swift. Some of the touching lyrics include “We’re just two ghosts swimming in a glass half empty” and “Trying to remember how it feels to have a heartbeat.”


The heartthrob English singer also appeared on the Late Late Show for a full week in May while it was in its home location of Los Angeles, California. With the release of his self-titled debut solo album, Styles has been expanding his fan base from younger listeners, many of them female, to fans of rock and alternative sounds.


Styles is set to tour the world starting in September, and this week he announced a massive arena tour throughout the world for spring and summer 2018. This comes as fans of the massively popular musician and songwriter clamor to get tickets to his sold-out shows.

Ed Sheeran Breaks His Own Maltesers Record

Ed Sheeran took a year off from public appearances, spending time traveling and writing new music, but now, he’s back in the spotlight thanks to the release of his newest album and going on a worldwide concert tour. He took a break during touring to stop by The Late Late Show With James Corden, or rather, to ride around in his car.

Corden does a segment as part of his show, Carpool Karaoke, in which celebrities ride around with him, usually under the guise of helping him get to work, and participate in a one-on-one interview session that alleviates the pressure of having a studio audience, allowing them to let loose and sing along with some music in the car. Sheeran didn’t just sing along with the radio to his own tracks though, he also accompanied himself and Corden on guitar, revealing that he feels “naked” performing without the guitar.

The duo sang some of his hits, like “Shape of You,” “Thinking Out Loud,” and more, before they discussed party antics as well. Sheeran let Corden in on the secret that he hung out with Justin Bieber on a recent visit to England, and even drunkenly attempted to hit a golf ball out of Bieber’s mouth.

Corden did have one very odd request though.

Corden revealed he’d read a rumor that Sheeran could fit 47 Maltesers – a British malted milk chocolate ball – in his mouth at one time. Wanting to see the feat in action and try it himself, Corden asked the singer to have a competition during a stop in their car ride. Though Sheeran joked, “you can probably beat me, actually,” Corden wasn’t able to best the singer/songwriter. He ultimately had to stop at 26, but Sheeran kept going, beating his own record as he managed to squeeze 55 Maltesers in before having to spit them out.

Ocean Coast College Hugs The Pacific Ocean And Loves Its Rowing Team

The Orange Coast College (OCC), a two-year school, with 25,000 students, is located in Orange County, in Costa Mesa, CA. and founded in 1947. As a result of the deactivated Santa Ana Army Air Base, OCC acquired 243 acres from the War Assets Administration, Washington, D.C.Orange. Read more: Orange Coast Colleg | Facebook

Orange County, one of the wealthiest Counties in California. Anaheim, in Orange County, is known for Disneyland, the Los Angeles baseball team and the Anaheim Ducks (National Hockey League). Orange County also includes Newport Beach which is one of the richest communities in the United States.

OCC grants an Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree and offers 130 career programs. Its Academic Divisions include Business & Computing, Consumer & Health Sciences, Counseling Services, Kinesiology & Athletics, Literature & Languages, Mathematics & Sciences, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Technology, and Visual & Performing Arts. OCC also has an excellent Public Nautical Program.

OCC Athletics program is very competitive with both two-year and four-year institutions. The program is extensive and offers both men’s and women’s sports. All of the major college sports are offered, from baseball to volleyball, including Crew.

The sport in Crew is rowing. OCC has a remarkable competitive rowing program that stands up to four-year institutions, which have deep benches. Learn more about Orange Coast College:

OCC has a long history with its Crew program, which is one of OCC’s brightest lights. OCCs crew program began in 1953. The OCC team trains on Newport Harbor.

The American Collegiate Rowing Association (ACRA) governs the ACRA national championship regatta, which puts on annual rowing competitions. OCC has won the ACRA national championship title for eleven years. Their next competition was set for May 27th and 28th of 2017, in Gainsville, GA.

The assistant coach of the Orange Coast College rowing team is Steve Morris who was a student at OCC. Several of the boats can cost up to $55,000, and OCC has four boats. The rowing crew practices six days a week from May to August. Each boat contains eight crew members who must row in perfect synchronization.

At the 2017 ACRA national championship, Orange Coast College, unfortunately, broke their winning streak but did not break their spirit.