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update senior year

Hello everyone. Happy early Christmas. I haven’t done a post in a while so I thought it would be good to do one now. Everything is ok here. My birthday came and went. Thanksgiving was So this blog really isn’t on anything special.(Even though it is an update) The only things going on right now is that I have to take the ACT this Saturday, and of course Christmas is coming too. The only down side is the Christmas parade has been moved to next week so that’s a bummer. 😦 But oh well! Hopefully I’ll get some topics for some more blogs and I’ll get back to ya’ll soon hopefully. Merry Christmas. Later. 🙂

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http://movies.yahoo.com/news/jk-rowling-uk-press-left-feeling-under-siege-160752017.html

LONDON (AP) — Writer J.K. Rowling and actress Sienna Miller gave a London courtroom a vivid picture on Thursday of the anxiety, anger and fear produced by living in the glare of Britain’s tabloid media, describing how press intrusion made them feel like prisoners in their own homes.

The creator of boy wizard Harry Potter told Britain’s media ethics inquiry that having journalists camped on her doorstep was “like being under siege and like being a hostage.” Miller said years of car chases, midnight pursuits and intimate revelations had left her feeling violated, paranoid and anxious.

“The attitude seems to be absolutely cavalier,” Rowling said. “You’re famous, you’re asking for it.”

The pair were among a diverse cast of witnesses — Hollywood star Hugh Grant, a former soccer player, a former aide to supermodel Elle Macpherson and the parents of missing and murdered children — who have described how becoming the focus of Britain’s tabloid press wreaked havoc on their lives.

Rowling said she was completely unprepared for the media attention she began to receive when her first book, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” became a sensation. The seven Potter books have sold more than 450 million copies, spawned a hit movie series and propelled Rowling from struggling single mother to one of Britain’s richest people.

“When you become well-known … no one gives you a guidebook,” she said.

Prime Minister David Cameron set up the inquiry amid a still-unfolding scandal over illegal eavesdropping by the News of the World tabloid. Owner Rupert Murdoch closed down the newspaper in July after evidence emerged that it had illegally accessed the mobile phone voice mails of celebrities, politicians and even crime victims in its search of scoops.

More than a dozen News of the World journalists and editors have been arrested, and the scandal has also claimed the jobs of two top London police officers, Cameron’s media adviser and several senior Murdoch executives.

It has also set off national soul-searching about the balance between press freedom and individual privacy.

Rowling, 46, said media interest in her began shortly after the publication of her first novel in 1997 and soon escalated, with photographers and reporters frequently stationed outside her home. She eventually moved after stories and photographs revealed the location of her house.

“I can’t put an invisibility cloaking device over myself or my house, nor would I want to,” Rowling said. But, she added, “it feels threatening to have people watching you.”

Rowling said she had always tried to keep her three children out of the media glare, and was outraged when her eldest daughter came home from primary school with a letter from a journalist in her backpack.

“I felt such a sense of invasion,” Rowling said. “It’s very difficult to say how angry I felt that my 5-year-old daughter’s school was no longer a place of complete security from journalists.”

By the time her younger children were born in 2003 and 2005, Rowling said, the scrutiny was “like being under siege and like being a hostage.”

She also described how, early on in their relationship, her now-husband Neil Murray gave personal details over the phone to a reporter who was pretending to be a tax official. An article about him duly appeared in a tabloid paper.

“That was a not-very-nice introduction to being involved with someone famous,” Rowling said.

Rowling told the inquiry she had gone to court or to Britain’s press watchdog more than 50 times over pictures of her children or false stories, which included a claim by the Daily Express that unpleasant fictional wizard Gilderoy Lockhart had been based on her first husband.

Before the final Potter book appeared in 2007, a reporter even phoned the head teacher of her daughter’s school, falsely claiming the child had revealed that Harry Potter died at the end, in an apparent bid to learn secrets of the plot.

Miller, who became a tabloid staple when she dated fellow actor Jude Law, said the constant scrutiny left her feeling “very violated and very paranoid and anxious, constantly.”

“I felt like I was living in some sort of video game,” she said.

“For a number of years I was relentlessly pursued by 10 to 15 men, almost daily,” she said. “Spat at, verbally abused.

“I would often find myself, at the age of 21, at midnight, running down a dark street on my own with 10 men chasing me. And the fact they had cameras in their hands made that legal.”

The 29-year-old actress told the inquiry that a stream of personal stories about her in the tabloids led her to accuse friends and family of leaking information to the media. In fact, her cell phone voice mails had been hacked by the News of the World.

Miller, the star of “Layer Cake” and “Alfie,” was one of the first celebrities to take the Murdoch tabloid to court over illegal eavesdropping. In May, the newspaper agreed to pay her 100,000 pounds ($160,000) to settle claims her phone had been hacked.

The newspaper’s parent company now faces dozens of lawsuits from alleged hacking victims.

Also testifying Thursday was former Formula One boss Max Mosley, who has campaigned for a privacy law since his interest in sadomasochistic sex was exposed in the News of the World.

Mosley successfully sued the News of the World over a 2008 story headlined “Formula One boss has sick Nazi orgy with five hookers.” Mosley has acknowledged the orgy, but argued that the story — obtained with a hidden camera — was an “outrageous” invasion of privacy. He said the Nazi allegation was damaging and “completely untrue.”

Mosley said he has had stories about the incident removed from 193 websites around the world, and is currently taking legal action “in 22 or 23 different countries,” including proceedings against search engine Google in France and Germany.

“Invasion of privacy is worse than burglary,” Mosley said. “Because if somebody burgles your house … you can replace the things that have been taken.”

High-profile witnesses still to come include CNN celebrity interviewer Piers Morgan, who has denied using phone hacking while he was editor of the Daily Mirror newspaper.

The inquiry, led by Judge Brian Leveson, plans to issue a report next year and could recommend major changes to Britain’s system of media self regulation.

Rowling said that she supported freedom the press, but that a new body was needed to replace the “toothless” Press Complaints Commission.

“I can’t pretend that I have a magical answer,” she said. “No Harry Potter joke intended.”

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Leveson Inquiry: http://www.levesoninquiry.org.uk/

Jill Lawless can be reached at: http://twitter.com/JillLawless

Palestine wins UNESCO seat

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/envoy/palestine-wins-unesco-seat-143002573.html

 

Palestine won full admission into UNESCO, the United Nations science, education and cultural heritage organization, in a closely watched vote in Paris Monday. Global diplomacy hands view the 107-14 vote as a benchmark carrying larger implications for the Palestinians’ bid for state recognition before the UN Security Council. Both the United States and Israel have strongly opposed both initiatives.

 

The United States, Israel, Canada, Germany, Sweden and Australia were among the 14 nations voting against the Palestinians’ UNESCO bid, while 107 countries–including France, Spain, Ireland, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, India, Russia, China, South Africa and Indonesia–voted in favor. Fourteen nations–including the United Kingdom and Italy–abstained.

Washington, which called the UNESCO vote “premature” Monday, has threatened to cut off funding to UNESCO if Palestine is granted membership. The United States currently accounts for about one-fifth of the organization’s budget.

Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs also rejected the UNESCO vote, and warned it would set back peace process.

“This is a unilateral Palestinian maneuver which will bring no change on the ground but further removes the possibility for a peace agreement,” the Israeli ministry said in a statement.  “This decision will not turn the Palestinian Authority into an actual state yet places unnecessary burdens on the route to renewing negotiations.”

Palestine’s successful UNESCO bid comes as Middle East Quartet envoy Tony Blair is due to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House Monday.

Blair has been trying to advance the Quartet’s efforts to get the Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table, asking each side to lay out their specific terms for resolving the issues of borders and security for a two-state solution. Meanwhile, Israeli officials have been depicting Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as an unworthy peace partner.

Abbas, in turn, has recently reiterated his periodic threat to dissolve the Palestinian Authority–a move that if carried out would presumably give Israel the burden of administering, funding, and coordinating security for the West Bank’s Palestinian population.

Here’s an idea

The other day I was talking to a friend of mine on Facebook. I was telling him about my blog and how I needed ideas for more blog posts, and he suggested that I make it into a dairy.(which is what I’m kindof doing now) So I’ve decided to gives this a try.(or aleast make it more interseting) So, here we go. Today, my friend Steven came over for a visit. We mostly just watched tv and Youtube videos. Then after Steven had left my dad’s friends Mike came over.  They drank and had a good time. That’s when I began to remember what had happened between a “friend” had done to me.I’m not going to go in depth about but I will say this I no longer trust him.

But other than that nothing else is going on expect we don’t have school Monday. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!

So, if ya’ll have any ideas for more blog  posts please leave a comment and tell me what you think about my posts. Later!

2011

I written this at the start of the new year it’s not one of my best poems though.

2011 is finally here

It’s a time for firsts

It’s a time to start over and begin a new

2011 is finally here and that means it’s time to move on, forget the mistakes you made, and look forward to a whole new year.

2011 is finally here and you know what that means.

Please leave a comment and tell me what you think about my poem.

 

Just one more year and it will be all over

Today, I “pick” up  schedule at school, then had to turn it back in because they messed it up(took 2 classes off and put me and changed another). I should get it back the first day of school hopefully they wont mess it up again. I also got some test results in (passed YAY!). Hopefully everything else will go smoothly until school gets started. MAybe I’ll try to get a prayer group started this year, or a reading group, or maybe I’ll join some groups,but I’m not sure yet. I’ll find out when I get there. I’m hoping to do some blog posts about school. (not sure if I mentioned that earlier) If anything interseting happens I’ll blog about it. Hopefully this year will be an epic one. So if anything happens I’ll let ya’ll guys know.

Later!

http://movies.yahoo.com/blogs/the-projector/backstory-trying-harry-potter-finale-153017152.html

“It all ends” is the tagline for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2,” an ominous, exciting way to signal that this 10-year film franchise, which has grossed more than $6 billion worldwide, will finally be drawing to a close. So you can imagine there was a certain amount of pressure to make sure that the final installment, which opens Friday, ends in just the right way. No wonder, then, that “Part 2’s” final moments have been the source of a lot of anxiety — both for filmmakers and for fans. That it’s all been ridiculously overblown is, in a weird way, a testament to how much this series has meant to people.

 

(We should probably say right here that this post is going to be heavy with Spoilers. So if you don’t want to know what happens at the end of “Part 2,” avert your eyes now. OK, we warned you: Spoiler Alert.)

“Part 2” ends the same way as J.K. Rowling’s book does, with an epilogue 19 years in the future where we see Harry Potter (played by Daniel Radcliffe), Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint), and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) as adults as they send their kids off to Hogwarts from King’s Cross Station. Simple, direct, poignant: Easy enough, right? Apparently not.

The trouble started when unauthorized photographers sneaked onto the set and took photos of the cast during shooting of the epilogue. When the photos hit the web in May 2010, online commenters were less than kind, mocking the actors’ old-age makeup and even snarkily comparing the 30-something Potter to a “middle-aged lesbian.” Then came news later in the year that the filmmakers were going to reshoot the epilogue over Christmas, with Radcliffe insisting it was because of the rushed circumstances of the original shoot:

“I think we made it very hard on ourselves because we shot it at King’s  Cross for real. And this time we’ll be shooting it at Leavesden on set.  To have to rush that sequence and it’s an important sequence, is not  something any of us want to do.”

Still, the impression remained that the reshoots were the result of the bad makeup — so much so that “Part 2” director David Yates (who helmed the final four installments) was forced to go into more detail with Entertainment Weekly three months ago to convince the Potter faithful that the ending of their beloved franchise wasn’t going to be a total disaster:

“I didn’t want older actors,” says Yates. “If you spent seven movies  with these guys, you know these kids, and you want to end with them. We  ended up with a scene that for all sorts of reasons, not just the  make-up, just didn’t work. I asked the studio to have a second pop at  it, with a very simple solution — simple make-up, which may be enhanced  slightly with special effects — that’s really charming.”

Of course, Yates can’t win: The more he tries to assure people that the reshot ending is no big deal, the more people will worry that it must really be a big deal. Otherwise, why would they be spending so much time talking about it? (Being the director of a major studio blockbuster must be akin to having the same painful headache for about nine months straight.)

Reshoots are nothing new, with movies like the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy having to do them to fix sequences that don’t quite work. If you’ve got the time and resources, why wouldn’t you? But the moviegoing public tends to hear the word “reshoot” and substitutes it with “troubled production.” Well, everyone should probably calm down: The reviews for “The Deathly Hallows – Part 2” have been ecstatic, with many critics calling it a more than satisfying conclusion to the series. And while such things are subjective, we actually thought that the so-called “controversial” epilogue is perfectly fine. If anything, people will probably complain that Radcliffe, Grint and Watson almost look a little too young in it. There’s no pleasing some folks.

Harry Potter and the Twice Shot Ending: Behind the scenes of ‘Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows — Part 2’ [Inside Movies/Entertainment Weekly]

 

 

So

Here are some more pictures I found on www.google.com that I like.

http://movies.yahoo.com/news/usmovies.thehollywoodreporter.com/lenny-kravitz-hunger-games-twitter-users-react

Soon after news broke that Lenny Kravitz had been cast in The Hunger Games, Twitter users took to the social networking site to share their reactions.

In fact, the actor-musician soon became a trending topic.

Kravitz is set to play stylist Cinna, who helps Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) prep for the Hunger Games. It was a role that fans had been anxious to see filled for some time.

And judging by Twitter reaction, they are mixed about the casting news.

Among the tweets in favor of Kravitz’s casting:

“The 1st #HungerGames casting decision I co-sign” — Harvey M

“OMG! Cinna!!” — Dyah Ayuni Wijayanti

“Maybe Lenny Kravitz doesnt look right for Cinna but I couldn’t care less because he ROCKS! #hungergames” — Zoe Wood

“Wow, the news of Lenny Kravitz‘s casting as Cinna is trending. Personally, I’m cool with it. #HungerGames” — Jess Huckins

And just as many weren’t happy about the news:

Lenny Kravitz IS NOT Cinna. Period. ='(” — Naybeth Diaz.

“actually really pissed off about lenny kravitz being cinna. that’s just… not right. :(” — emileeeeeeeeee

Lenny Kravitz as Cinna? I’m starting to lose interest in this.” — 7non

Lenny Kravitz is going to be Cinna? #srsly?” — Chitra Parameswaran

“wut. LENNY KRAVITZ IS CINNA? THIS IS A TRAVESTY.” — Andrew Rogers

Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci and Elizabeth Banks also star in the movie, which Lionsgate is set to release March 23.

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jk rowling

http://www.mirror.co.uk/celebs/news/2011/04/23/jk-rowling-reveals-studio-bosses-at-warner-bros-wanted-to-dramatically-change-harry-potter-characters-115875-23080223/

JK Rowling yesterday revealed she feared Hollywood would “butcher her baby” when she sold the Harry Potter film rights.

And she said she had to stand up to one “big studio executive” at Warner Bros who hadn’t read the books but wanted dramatic changes to characters.

Rowling, 45, sold the film rights to her first four novels for a reported £1million 11 years ago.

She said: “Although the books were already very popular in the UK, it was early days in the US.

“I had no means of backing up my opinions that US fans would not want Hagrid ‘translated’.”

When American Steve Kloves was picked to write the screenplay, she said: “I was incredibly wary before I met him. He was going to butcher my baby.”

She said a studio boss who suggested changing Harry’s character, “hadn’t read a page of the books”.

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