Monday, 28 February 2011

The Steven Tyler Biography

Steven Tyler, best known as the frontman for the band Aerosmith, has had two careers. The first was marked by an addiction to drugs and subsequent professional collapse. The second began when seeking treatment for his addictions led to decades of sobriety and artistic success. 

Today he may best be known as one of the judges on 'American Idol', but no Steven Tyler biography would be complete without discussing his musical roots, rise, fall, and resurrection, as well as his impact on pop culture today.


Born as Steven Tallarico in 1948 in New York, NY, to Susan and Victor Tallarico, Tyler was exposed to music at an early age by his father, a classical pianist. He would later recall spending countless hours under his father's piano, playing games as he listened to many of the great masterpieces of classical music. By age 16 he had formed his first band, called 'The Strangeurs' for a while, and had also started to play for other local bands. His drug problem had already begun to surface, though, and he was expelled from Roosevelt High School. Eventually graduating from Leonard Quintano for Young Professionals School, Tyler continued to play music while struggling as a songwriter. Perhaps Aerosmith's most famous song, "Dream On" was actually written during this period of self-discovery.

In 1969, while attending a concert in New Hampshire, Tyler befriended Joe Perry and Tom Hamilton. At the time the two guitarists were playing for a local group called 'The Jam Band'. Continuing the friendship, the trio decided to form a band the following year and, after moving to Boston, invited Joey Kramer to play drums for what was to become 'Aerosmith'.


After changing managers, Aerosmith spent the early 1970s opening for other bands, with their musical style and energy often inviting comparisons to the Rolling Stones. Signing with Columbia Records in 1971, they released the albums 'Aerosmith' in 1973 and 'Get Your Wings' in 1974. Though the song "Dream On" made it to #59 on the rock charts in 1973, it wasn't until after 'Toys in the Attic' and 'Rocks' were released in 1975 and '76 that the band began to develop its own following. "Sweet Emotion" broke into the Top 40 in 1975 and was followed by the Top 10 successes of the re-released "Dream On" and "Walk This Way" the following year. Aerosmith was soon a major draw and, after filling stadiums throughout the United States, the band soon launched Japanese and European tours. This first golden period was capped by their appearance in the film version of 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band', with their cover of "Come Together" being their last Top 40 hit for nearly a decade.

No Steven Tyler biography would be complete, however, without mentioning his gradual descent into un-controlled drug use. Always known for his powerful and expressive vocals, by the early 1980s Tyler had started to collapse on stage due to excessive substance abuse. His struggles were compounded by a motorcycle crash in 1980 that prevented him from recording for a while and the departures, in 1979 and 1981, of Joe Perry and Brad Whitford from the band only reinforced the perception that Aerosmith was already in decline.


Though Perry and Bradford would eventually re-join the band after attending a concert in 1984, Tyler's drug use continued to spiral out of control. Following a stretch that saw the band produce no Top 40 hits, the band finally intervened and urged Tyler to enter rehab in 1986. It would be easy for a Steven Tyler biography to end here, with him as a washed-up star, but after going clean the lanky frontman seemed to inspire his fellow bandmates to also give up their drug use. Soon Aerosmith was writing and recording again, this time for a generation that had grown up with videos being as much a part of the music experience as the songs.

Collaborating with Run-D.M.C. on a cover of "Walk This Way" that brought them immediate national recognition, Aerosmith soon created a string of songs that were boosted in sales by the appeal of the videos that accompanied them. Often starring breakout stars like Alicia Silverstone, Josh Holloway, Edward Furlong, and Tyler's own daughter Liv, pieces like "Cryin", "Livin' on the Edge", and "Crazy" dominated the airwaves and cable music video channels throughout the early 1990s, boosting Aerosmith to superstardom as they did so.

This comeback was punctuated by the prominence given to Aerosmith songs like "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" in the 1998 science fiction adventure 'Armageddon', which also starred Tyler's daughter Liv. The band's first #1 hit, "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" was also the first song by a rock band to debut at that spot on the charts. Similar success followed with the 2001 album 'Just Push Play', featuring the song "Jaded" and, in the same year, the band was invited to play at Superbowl XXXV.


Aerosmith's combination of the 'hair metal' and pop sounds was falling out of fashion, however, and by the 2000s they were no longer considered on the forefront of developments in rock. Though their songs continued to play on various rock stations throughout the decade, they were supplanted by various alternative bands as contenders for the title of the nation's most well-known group. By 2009 Tyler had stopped renewing his contract with Aerosmith and the nature of the band's existence was in question. Though he ended up touring with them the following year, Tyler also began pursuing solo opportunities, notably writing songs to accompany the Japanese film 'Space Battleship Yamamoto'.

Another page has recently been added to the Steven Tyler biography, however. At the end of 2010 Tyler was invited to join the judging lineup of the Fox TV show 'American Idol', a career move that has introduced him to a third generation of music fans.

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What Are Steve Jobs' Health Problems?

He ushered in the information age by transforming the way in which individuals connect with society, but now rumors of Steve Jobs health problems have caused concern among the very investors who have relied for years on this unusual inventor's knack for combining technical innovation and style.

Such reports have flashed across the internet before, however, and each previous health scare has seen Jobs return to form with the introduction of such products as the iPhone and the iPad. Though it may turn out that current stories about his ill health are also exaggerated, his life to this point, which has included stretches as a college drop-out, founder of a start-up business, and motion picture producer, is certainly worth reviewing.


Steven Paul Jobs was born in San Francisco, California, on February 24, 1955 to Joanne Simpson and Abdulfattah Jandali, both of whom were graduate students. Given up for adoption, Jobs was taken into the home of Clara and Paul Jobs of Mountain View, California. While attending high school in Cupertino, California, he sat in on lectures on computer science that were being given at the Hewlett-Packard Company. Eventually hired as a summer employee, it was at Hewlett-Packard that Jobs met Steve Wozniak, with whom he would later found Apple Computers. In 1972 Jobs enrolled at Portland, Oregon's Reed College but soon dropped out. Working odd jobs and frequently sleeping on floors in friends' dorm rooms, Jobs nevertheless continued to audit several classes at Reed. He would later cite a class he took on calligraphy at the school as a major inspiration for his later insistence that all Apple products combine elegant design with innovative technology.

Eventually returning to California, Jobs took a job as a technician with arcade-game manufacturer Atari. It was there that he enlisted the help of his old friend Wozniak to re-design the circuit board for the popular game 'Breakout'. Jobs, Wosniak, and Ronald Wayne would, with the financial support of former Intel employee Mike Makkula Jr., go on to found Apple in 1976.


The notion that every individual could own and operate a computer was once considered a fantasy. Even as late as the early 1980s, most computers were large, bulky machines that required an understanding of computer programming to operate. Jobs, along with others in his generation, felt that computers could be simplified and, with the introduction of Apple's Macintosh, spearheaded the development of 'point and click' computers that has recently culminated in devices like the iPhone and iPad. Though heralded for its innovation and already possessing a loyal customer following, Apple nonetheless suffered losses, along with many other companies, when the bubble surrounding the electronics market burst in 1984. Boardroom maneuvers forced Jobs out of the company he had founded by the middle of 1985.

Believing that the next step in technology was the 'interpersonal' computer, Jobs founded NeXT Computing, a company that initially specialized in developing platforms for collaborative educational applications. In 1986 he also purchased the graphics division of Lucasfilm, eventually turning it into Pixar. Though Pixar's initial attempts at marketing a graphics-centered computer were unsuccessful, the company's fortunes reversed when it started developing animated films. When NeXT was eventually bought by Apple and Pixar by Disney, Jobs found himself in leadership positions within two major companies, one of which he had originally co-founded and been fired from.

By 1997 Apple's fortunes had turned sour. Jobs was asked to take over as Chief Executive Officer. He immediately ended development of various unprofitable projects and returned the company to its original philosophy of developing simple, aesthetically pleasing products. This emphasis on simplicity led, in turn, to the development of the iPod, iPhone, and, over a decade later, iPad. Each has transitioned the consumer further and further away from the use of elaborate desktop platforms that incorporate multiple pieces and are largely immobile.


Steve Jobs health problems first became a concern in 2004 when his pancreas was discovered to have a cancerous tumor. Though initially insisting on relying on a special diet instead of medical intervention to hold off the condition, Jobs eventually underwent what is called the 'Whipple Procedure' to remove the tumor. Though this operation appeared successful at first, Jobs' appearance at various conventions over the following years drove rumors that he was dying. In 2008 the Bloomberg business news agency even published his obituary. By 2009 Apple began to admit that his health concerns were more complicated than initially reported and that he was suffering from a hormonal imbalance. A January, 2011 video appearance and subsequent leave of absence from Apple led many to believe that Steve Jobs health problems had continued to deteriorate, causing the company's stock value to fluctuate.

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Academy Awards Fun Facts -- Get Behind The Trivia

The Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, is considered one of the most important awards ceremonies to those in the film industry. Being recognized at the Academy Awards is almost every actor and actress’ dream. Just as scientists dream of winning a Nobel Prize, actors hope that they will be able to decorate their home with a prestigious Oscar.

So much importance is put on the Academy Awards each year. Actresses slave away, hoping to make the critic’s best dressed lists and viewers anxiously await the moment their favorite star makes their red carpet debut. With the Academy Awards just around the corner, here are a few Academy Awards fun facts to tide viewers over until the ceremony.

15 Academy Awards Fun Facts:

1. The statuette, given to winners, got its name from the Academy’s librarian, Margaret Herrick. After seeing the statuette, Margaret Herrick exclaimed, “It looks like my Uncle Oscar!" Ever since that day, the award has been known as an Oscar.

2. Meryl Streep currently holds the record for the most acting nominations. She has been nominated for an Academy Award 14 times and has taken home an Oscar twice.

3. Shirley Temple was the youngest person ever to win an Oscar. She received the award, in 1934, when she was only six years old. She didn’t actually win an Oscar, because she was never nominated, but the Academy gave her a small honorary award.

4. The Oscar was originally made entirely out of bronze. During World War 2, the Academy began making the mold from plaster. Presently, Oscar is created from metal alloy and plated in 24-carat gold.

5. Each Oscar takes 12 people and approximately 20 hours to make. Since 50 or 60 of these awards are made every year, around 1,000 to 1,200 hours of labor goes into the making of the Oscars.

6. During the Academy Awards, the Academy does not allow any movie to be advertised for. This is funny considering that the Academy Awards are held to recognize greatness in the film industry.

7. “And the winner is...!” Do you miss hearing that phrase? In 1989, the Academy decided to change the phrase to, "And the Oscar goes to..." just in time for the 61st ceremony.

8. Out of the 82 Academy Awards ceremonies, Bob Hope has hosted 18 of these ceremonies. Since he has been asked to host the awards show so many times, many would assume that he himself would have won an award. Unfortunately, he never did. Although, that’s not to say that the Academy forgot about him--they gave him four honorary awards.

9. In 1974, Robert Opal decided to make the awards ceremony a bit more interesting. As the nominations for Best Picture were being announced by David Niven, Opal decided to streak across the stage. He did let Niven know that he meant no harm, by giving the peace sign, but Niven was unimpressed and let the audience know about Opal’s “shortcomings.”

10. Walt Disney is the current record holder for the most awards and nominations. He was nominated 64 times, won 24 of those times, and was given 4 honorary awards.

Throughout the years, the Academy Awards have brought their share of laughs, caused their share of tears, and held some interesting moments. However, out of the many Academy Awards fun facts, these ten certainly top the list.

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Academy Awards TV Viewing Statistics: Through The Years

The Academy Awards has come a long way since its beginning in May of 1929. The first awards show lasted a quick fifteen minutes and was seen by only 270 people. What’s really shocking is that the few people interested in attending only had to pay $5 for dinner and a seat at the ceremony.

While $5 stretched a bit further in the late ‘20’s, a ticket would have been worth about $64 today. Unfortunately, tickets are no longer even available to be purchased by the public. If you want to go to the Academy Awards, you will need to either make a name for yourself in the entertainment industry or find yourself a date that has. Fans can try their luck by applying for free bleacher seats, but only have around an 8% chance of being chosen.

The Academy Awards was first televised in 1953, 24 years from the first ceremony. Fans were so excited to have the opportunity to watch their favorite stars that 40 million viewers tuned in. Since the first televised ceremony, the Academy Awards TV viewing statistics have jumped around quite a bit, depending on a number of different factors.

Interesting Academy Awards TV Viewing Statistics:

According the Nielsen Ratings, the 42nd Academy Awards is currently the highest rated ceremony yet. With a 43.4% rating, households across America must have been pretty excited to watch that year’s ceremony.

This might have been because the 42nd Academy Awards ceremony shocked viewers by giving the risque Midnight Cowboy the Best Picture award. To this day, Midnight Cowboy is the only X-rated film to have received Best Picture. The movie was later given an ‘R’ rating, but was still considered shockingly daring for 1970.

The 70th Academy Awards captured the public’s attention as well. 57.25 million viewers tuned in to watch Titanic take home the award for Best Picture, as well as 10 other awards. In 1995, 48.87 million people tuned in to watch Forrest Gump take home the award, and in 2004, 43.56 million fans watched to see how the The Lord of the Rings fared.

The Academy Awards shows that celebrated big box office hits pulled in bigger audiences. The years that no movie really won over the public, fewer fans took the time to watch the awards. The year that No Country for Old Men won best picture, only 31.76 million watched the ceremony. Many found this to be surprising, since it was the Academy Awards’ 80th anniversary.

However, No Country for Old Men only grossed $74.28 million in the US, while Titanic grossed an impressive $600 million. This just proves how much of an impact the winner of the Best Picture is to the popularity of the ceremony.

Academy Awards TV Viewing Statistics: Are Ratings Dropping?

In the past 10 years, the Academy Awards’ ratings have been suffering. Fewer viewers have been watching the show. In fact, in the history of the Academy Awards, the 75th and 80th awards shows have gotten the lowest ratings ever recorded.

Fortunately, things seem to be looking up. The 82nd Academy Awards brought in 41.62 million viewers, which was almost five million more than the year before. The 83rd awards ceremony is expected to continue the trend. With hits, like The Social Network, Toy Story 3, and Inception, up for the Best Picture award, fans are bound to tune in. Even if these movies weren’t your favorite of the year, talented hosts, Anne Hathaway and James Franco, will certainly bring in their share of fans.

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Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Academy Awards Worst Acceptance Speeches: Through the Years

Most thespians dreams of, one day, winning an Academy Award. Actors and actresses spend countless hours fantasizing about getting to walk on stage to accept an Oscar and giving a fabulous acceptance speech. And for some lucky, as well as talented, actors, this dream becomes a reality.

Unfortunately, some actors don't get quite as lucky. Most actors will never get to place an Oscar upon their shelf, and some of those that do, give ridiculous speeches that the public makes fun of for years. Giving one of the Academy Awards worst acceptance speeches is not exactly what most thespians have in mind.

However, the public loves it. Let's be honest, watching the Academy Awards from your couch is not all that exciting. The Academy Awards worst acceptance speeches are sometimes the only thing that makes the awards shows worth watching. With that being said, some of the bad acceptance speeches are worse than others. Out of all of the hilariously terrible speeches, these are the worst:

1994:Tom Hanks Wins Best Actor for His Role in Philadelphia

Tom Hanks is a nice guy. So nice, in fact, that he thanked his retired drama teacher and a former classmate, calling them "two of the finest gay Americans, two wonderful men that I had the good fortune to be associated with."

While this sounds sweet, Hanks' drama teacher had not yet let the world know that he was a gay man. Talk about a bittersweet moment.

1998: Gwyneth Paltrow Wins Best Actress for Her Role in Shakespeare In Love

Gwyneth Paltrow was absolutely thrilled to win best actress. This was beyond apparent considering that she thanked her costars, the people at Miramax Films, her director, various famous actors and actresses, the crew, her agent, her mother, cousins, grandpa Buster, her brother, Jesus, and her "earthly guardian angel"

Needless to say, the speech was long winded and exceptionally boring. By the time she was done, half of the crowd was asleep.

That may be a bit of an exaggeration, but everyone was happy to see her get off the stage nonetheless.

1998: James Cameron Wins Best Director for Titanic

Titanic was a great movie. It made us laugh, made us cry, and made us want to fall in love. James Cameron's speech, on the other hand, made viewers want to change the channel.

Not only did he raise his hands and scream that he was "king of the world", but he practically admitted to being drunk. While the Academy Awards are time for celebration, they are not time to get on stage and make a fool of yourself--unless you want to end up on Academy Awards worst acceptance speech lists for years to come.

1999: Angelina Jolie Wins Best Supporting Actress for Her Role in Girl Interrupted

Girl Interrupted was a great movie and Angelina Jolie certainly deserved to be recognized for her portrayal of the completely insane Lisa Rowe. However, claiming to be in love with her brother during her acceptance speech was a little much. It might have been something her character had done, but someone probably should have let her know that she didn't have to be in character during her acceptance speech.

Also, considering that she has been photographed kissing her brother on the lips, the proclamation of love seemed really creepy. While Angelina Jolie is one of the most loved actresses in Hollywood, this speech definitely qualifies as one of the Academy Awards worst acceptance speeches.

2002: Halle Berry Wins Best Actress for Her Role in Monster's Ball

Halle Berry made African American women everywhere proud when she was the first to win an Academy Award. Unfortunately, during her speech, she cried--actually sobbed uncontrollably--on stage for over four minutes. This doesn't sound like a long time if you haven't seen the speech. If you have, you would know that it is almost painfully embarrassing to watch someone sob for that long.

A few tears would have been understandable, and even appreciated, but opening the floodgates was just too much. Either way, it was a big step for Halle Berry and a great honor, even if no one could understand her through her tears.

Bad acceptances speeches are great. With all of the poorly told jokes during the Academy Awards, it's refreshing to watch something that is actually funny. While this is only a short list of the worst speeches, most viewers hope that there are many more horrible speeches to come.

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Kobe Bryant Stats: Through The Years

Arguably the greatest all-around basketball player in the sport today, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers has been one of the most dynamic and powerful stars in the NBA since making his professional debut in 1996 at the age of 18. The Kobe Bryant stats rank among the most impressive basketball statistics ever recorded on the court.

In establishing himself as one of the most talented players in the history of the game, Bryant has helped lead the Lakers to five NBA championships. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the NBA Finals in 2009 and 2010 and the league's MVP in the 2007-08 season. Kobe Bryant stats paint a picture of one of the most dominant careers in the history of the NBA and sport in general.

The 2010-11 season

At the NBA All-Star break of the 2010-11 season, Bryant had scored 1,432 points in 57 games for an average of 25.1 points per game. That average is close to the 25.3 points per game Bryant had averaged throughout his career heading into the 2010-11 season.

In other offensive categories, Bryant had recorded 305 rebounds and 275 assists by the All-Star break, for an average of 5.4 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. Of his total rebounds, 244 were defensive and 61 were offensive. Bryant had made 74 of 235 3-point shots for a 3-point shooting percentage of .315.

Defensively, Bryant had amassed 66 steals and eight blocks by the All-Star break.

Bryant won his fourth All-Star Game MVP trophy in the 2011 All-Star Game, tying an NBA record. Bryant scored a game-high 37 points with 14 rebounds, 10 of them offensive, on the way to winning the award.

The 2000-01 season through 2009-10 season


During this decade, the Kobe Bryant accomplishments, starting with the 2000-01 NBA season stand out as one of the most celebrated accomplishments by a professional athlete in any sport.

In the 2009-10 season, Bryant scored an average of 27.0 points a game with 5.4 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.55 steals a game. He scored 30 or more points in a game 29 times and 40 or more points in a game eight times during the season. He became the youngest player in NBA history to score 25,000 career points.

During the 2008-09 season, Bryant had an average of 26.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.46 steals per game while playing in all 82 regular-season games for the third time in his career. He exceeded 30 points in a game 27 times, 40 points four times and 60 points one time.

During the 2007-08 season, Bryant recorded averages of 28.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.84 steals per game. He made his 1,000th career 3-point field goal during the season.

Bryant led the NBA in scoring with 31.6 points per game in the 2006-07 season. He also compiled 5.7 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game.

In the 2005-06 season, Bryant scored an average of 35.4 points per game, the highest total of his career. He added 5.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. Bryant scored a career-high 81 points, with 55 of them coming in the second half, against the Toronto Raptors on Jan. 22, 2006.

Bryant averaged 27.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 6.0 assists a game in 2004-05. During the 2003-04 season, he posted averages of 24.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game.

In 2002-03, Bryant scored an average of 30.0 points with a career-best 6.9 rebounds per game and 5.9 assists per game. He had a streak of nine consecutive games with 40 or more points and 13 consecutive games with 35 or more points during the season. His average of 41.5 minutes played per games during the season remains his career high in the category. He also notched a career high with 2.2 steals per game.

Bryant achieved a career-high in field-goal percentage with a .469 mark in 2001-02, shooting 749-for-1,597 from the field. He finished the season with 28.5 points per game.

During the 2000-01 season, Bryant posted averages of 28.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game.

Kobe Bryant Stats: 1996-97 season through 1999-2000 season

Kobe Bryant from his NBA debut in 1996 through the end of the decade represent one of the most promising starts to a career that any NBA player has ever achieved. He recorded an average of 22.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game in the 1999-2000 season. Bryant had 50 blocked shots in 50 games during the 1998-99 season, which was shortened to 50 games due to a labor lockout. His average of 1.0 blocked shots per game remains his career high.

In 1997-98, Bryant appeared in 79 games but started just one of them. With an average of 15.4 points per game, Bryant became the highest-scoring nonstarter in the league and the highest-scoring nonstarter in L.A. Lakers history.

At the age of 18 years, 2 months and 11 days when he made his professional debut in 1996, Bryant was the third-youngest player to appear in an NBA game. He finished the 1996-97 season with an average of 7.6 points per game, scoring in double figures 25 times and leading the Lakers in scoring two times.

Bryant entered the NBA right after graduating from Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, Pa. He was the all-time leading scorer in Southeastern Pennsylvania high school basketball history with 2,883 points, beating Carlin Warley (2,441) and Wilt Chamberlain (2,359).

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Monday, 21 February 2011

Novak Djokovic Memorabilia

Novak Djokovic, winner of the recent Australian Open, is the adored object of numerous sites that offer Novak Djokovic memorabilia. At a young 23, he is eye candy for many and is a winner of more than one major tournament.
The mecca of Novak Djokovic memorabilia, this site has many different kinds of items. Pick from a selection of shirts, sweatshirts, caps, cards, bumper stickers and a little white teddy bear, all with the Djokovic name on them in some form and/or the Serbian flag. Most items have "Team Djokovic" on them if something other than the "I Love Novak" message is desired.
Djokovic, nicknamed "Nole'," inspired a product line with "I Love Nole'" shirts and other articles of clothing for the female admirers. All shirts come in various styles, colors and sizes to meet everyone's preference. The same site has "Mrs. Djokovic" shirts so a girl can dream. Serbia Serbian tee shirts with the flag and his name are available there too, because he is proud of his country.
It is possible to wear the shirt and cap, drink from the Djokovic mug, hold the teddy bear and send the greeting cards while looking at the bumper sticker. Or, each item could be enjoyed one at a time or in smaller groups.
For the moneybags out there, this site has truly memorable Djokovic items. This site has shadow boxes with autographed tennis balls inside. It also has signed and framed 8x10 photos of Nole'. What more could anyone want in Novak Djokovic memorabilia?
An endorsed HEAD tennis bag is on this sight, and the brands of clothing that Nole' wears. His name is not on the clothing, but it is his choice of tennis garb. also has the tennis clothing and accessories, so if one place runs out of goods, another will help you get the item of your choice.
This site also has the shadowboxes and signed, framed photos, and the HEAD tennis bag. It also has the brands of tennis attire that Novak wears.
And now for the big guns. There are even more designs of tee shirts not on the other sites, one saying "got Djokovic?." Who could resist? There is a shirt that Novak wore in a match to bid on. There are signed tennis balls and photos, as well, and lots of different posters. A ticket stub from a 2011 match, signed by Djokovic is up for bidding. Various magazines with articles about him are on the block, and "Tennis" magazine has him on the front.

Now, go find the stuff! There are several sites to retrieve Novak Djokovic memorabilia. There is a vast and varied amount of goods to be had. If this isn't the most fun ever, the sky is not blue. Good luck and happy buying.

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The Steven Tyler Plastic Surgery Rumors: What’s The Truth?

Steven Tyler has lived a very, shall we say, full life. He’s been the lead singer for Aerosmith longer than many of us have been alive and has lived the rocker lifestyle for decades. Now he is clean and sober and a judge on American Idol and already famous for his crazy comments to contestants.

At 62 years of age, his perfectly un-lined, unwrinkled face is subject of heated debate up and down the country – fuelling a mist of rumors about a Steven Tyler plastic surgery. Are these rumors true? Or is he just the product of good genes and the rumors are only gossip borne out of jealousy?

Steven Tyler Plastic Surgery: The Truth

Actually, there is some truth to the rumors. It is no surprise that he is big on plastic surgery, and he has given up even trying to deny it. No one would believe him if he did. In fact, now he is very open about his plastic surgeries and he even jokes about it quite often. There was a time, though when he denied it all and claimed he would never do it because it was immoral. It’s now apparent that he got over that notion.

He has openly admitted to having surgeries and being a big fan of Botox though some of his die-hard fans refuse to believe that he has had any work done and will defend him to the bitter end. To them, he is just aging gracefully (or not, depending on which fan you ask).

Steven Tyler Plastic Surgery: The Surgeries

It seems that his favorite kind of plastic surgery is the injectable type. These include Botox, Radiesse, and fat transfers designed to tighten and smooth the face and eliminate wrinkles.

His most recent surgery, as far as we know, was right before he joined American Idol. It was in his face, probably with Radiesse, under the eyes and cheekbones to fill out the hollow beneath his eyes and firm and tighten his cheeks. It also looks like he has had a little Botox injected around his eyes.

Several plastic surgeons have compared his early-teen photos to photos taken of him throughout the years, and they have come back with several different theories. Although most agree that he has definitely had Botox injections, probably at least once a month, to smooth out wrinkles, they are not all in total agreement as to what else he might have had.

Some doctors believe that he has had several face-lifts, and others point out that his nose, which has always been thin, is even thinner now and that he has probably had a nose-job some time during the course of his life. His lips, at least, are mostly safe from the rumors. Even in his earliest photos he has had wide, full lips. Most surgeons and celebrity gossip-mills alike agree that they are still his natural lips and that they are not the result of lip injections.

Why, Steven, Why?

Obviously, the reason Steven Tyler has a love affair with plastic surgery in general and Botox specifically is to keep his keep his youthful rocker appeal. After all, he is the one that customized the shaggy hair, full lips, tight leather pants, and scarves look. He was (and still is) loved by millions the world over. Men wanted to be him and women around the world thought he was beautiful.

To age gracefully and not attempt to hold on to his youth would be to let go of all that -- and we figure this legend of a rock-star is not just about ready to fade quietly into obscurity. Steven Tyler loves the limelight, he loves to perform, and to him, a youthful image goes with that -- and he obviously does not seem at all phased by the “Steven Tyler plastic surgery” rumors.

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Steven Tyler Drugs Problem: How The Rock star Has Coped With Addiction

As is the case with many rock stars, Steven Tyler has had his fair share of problems with drugs. For Steven Tyler, drugs have been an issue since he was in his teens. While some kids begin experimenting in high school, Tyler’s drug use was so bad that he was actually expelled because of it. Needless to say, this pattern repeated itself throughout his life.

While Tyler was partying like a rock star, he was becoming a real life star as well. In 1975, Aerosmith broke into the Top 40 list with “Sweet Emotion” and in 1976, “Dream On” made the Top 10. During this time, Steven Tyler was notorious for his wild ways. Tyler and his partner in crime, guitarist Joe Perry, were known on the scene as the Toxic Twins.

Steven Tyler and Joe Perry didn’t exactly earn themselves the name Toxic Twins for their good behavior. This name came from their love of groupies, parties, and of course, drugs. Stimulants and heroin were their drugs of choice in those days. Other, not so innocent, rock stars even recognized the two for their legendary partying and uncontrollable ways.

Addiction Through the Years

Throughout the late 70’s and early 80’s, Steven Tyler's drugs use continued to spiral out of control. Yet, he wasn’t the only culprit. The whole band took part in the wild parties and encouraged each other’s substance abuse.

By 1986, the band had had enough. Steven Tyler’s behavior had gotten way out of hand. Fellow Aerosmith members stepped in and held an intervention. Tyler agreed and he, as well as the rest of the band, eventually went through rehab during the late 80’s.

But the story doesn’t end there. After 12 years of sobriety, Steven Tyler picked right up where he left off. Except, this time, he began using prescription drugs. In his defense, he was prescribed these medications after suffering numerous injuries and dealing with chronic pain – although his doctors did not exactly expect him to take such a liking to his medication.

Again, Tyler went through the routine of cancelling shows, behaving erratically, and playing the “rock star” role. Unfortunately, this time, after Tyler fell off stage in the middle of a song during a 2009 concert, band mates had had enough. They were done. Joe Perry even began auditioning singers who thought they could fill Tyler’s shoes.

After being confronted by band mates for the second time, Steven Tyler went back to rehab. This time, he chose the facility made famous by the series “Celebrity Rehab.” After 90 days of treatment, Tyler is doing great. He does, however, speculate that band mate Joe Perry may still be struggling with his demons.

What a Difference a Decade or Two Makes

Today, Steven Tyler has a lot on his plate. Fortunately for Steven Tyler drugs are out of the picture. Aerosmith is working on their first record in over 10 years and Tyler has secured himself the position as a judge in “American Idol.” Not that he needed help to revive his career, but “American Idol” is quite the comeback. The American public will soon be reminded of exactly why they love Steven Tyler and will get the opportunity to know the man behind the music better than ever before.

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The Steven Tyler Hepatitis C Scare: A Fight For His Life

The rocker lifestyle can really take its toll. Many people imagine the life of a rock star being centered around sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll. And for the most part, they’re right. Follow a famous musician and you will soon discover that there really are groupies backstage and wild parties after big shows.

Even Areosmith front man, Steven Tyler, has been unable to escape the rocker lifestyle without consequence. In 2006, Tyler revealed that he had been secretly living with Hepatitis C for years.

Hepatitis C, which is a virus of the blood, is spread through blood to blood contact. One of the most common ways to contract this disease is to share needles, which makes sense since Tyler did take a liking to heroin in the 70’s. Once infected, Hepatitis C will cause the liver to become inflamed and may later cause cirrhosis or liver cancer. Tyler’s illness is not exactly a safe one to have – in fact, no illness is safe to have.

The Steven Tyler Hepatitis C Scare: The Truth About Tyler And This Illness

Tyler first revealed that he had been dealing with Hepatitis C in 2006. However, he had contracted the virus years before. Tyler only chose to become vocal about his condition in 2006, after he completed 11 months of treatment.

Hepatitis C treatment is no walk in the park. Steven Tyler went through 11 months of chemotherapy, which he reported to have “about killed” him. During this time, Tyler took a hiatus from his career. He spent these months working on his health and improving his physical condition away from the spotlight.

While Tyler successfully made it through treatment, his marriage wasn’t as lucky. Within the first three months of treatment, Tyler’s wife left him for being unfaithful throughout their marriage. The demise of his marriage, as well as the pain of chemotherapy, led Tyler to turn to drugs for comfort.

After 12 years of sobriety, the return to substance abuse was a huge blow to Tyler and his band mates. Fortunately, after a disastrous South Dakota show in 2009 forced Aerosmith to cut their tour short, Tyler received treatment for his addiction as well.

The Steven Tyler Hepatitis C Scare: How is He Dealing With This Disease Today?

After Tyler’s 11 month battle for his health, his Hepatitis C is now under control. The virus is no longer detectable in Tyler’s bloodstream, which means that the treatment was as successful as doctors had hoped.

Tyler now works to educate his fans to the dangers of Hepatitis C. He is remarkably candid about his condition in interviews and hopes that fans will be made more aware of the illness. Now that Tyler has beat this “silent killer”, he hopes that others will recognize the virus in themselves and be as lucky as he was.

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The Steven Tyler Daughters (and Son) -- Who are they?

The older Steven Tyler daughters names are Liv Tyler and Mia Tyler, but his youngest daughter and son took his real last name – Chelsea Tallarico and Taj Tallarico.

Steven Tyler is famous as Aerosmith’s legendary lead singer, and he comes from a long line of musical ancestors. His grandmother, grandfather, uncle, and his father were all involved in music or fame in their lifetime.

If fame were hereditary, Steve would surely carry a strong gene. Further proof lies in his first two girls -- one is an actress and the other a model. His young son just tried his hand acting. Indeed, if this family is any indication, fame is definitely hereditary!

Steven Tyler Daughters - Take One: Liv Tyler

Liv Tyler is Steven Tyler’s oldest child, the result of a brief relationship with former Ford Model and Playboy Bunny Bebe Buell. She had a thing for rock stars and had several infamous relationships in her past. That is probably why she could get away with telling Liv that her father was Rodd Rundgren for eight years. Eventually, the truth came out, and Liv and Steven have a close relationship now.

For Steven Tyler, his girls are a reason to keep living the clean and sober life, and his son is the reason to keep fighting every day. Steven has credited his getting clean and sober to Liv and what a strong influence she was.

Liv grew up to be an actress, starring in huge hits like Armageddon and Lord of the Rings. Liv has also given Steven his only grandson so far. Milo was born in 2004 and has had Steven wrapped around his little finger ever since.

Steven Tyler Daughters - Take Two: Mia Tyler

Mia is Steven’s second oldest. He had her with his first wife, Cyrinda Foxe. Although her parents split up while she was still young, Mia is still pretty close to Steven. Close enough, in fact, that at his concert in Las Vegas, she and FiancĂ© Dave Buckner jumped onstage, and Steven told the crowd his daughter wanted to get married that night, and so she did, right there on stage. Steven, of course, gave her away.

Mia is a plus-sized model. She believes that girls will have a better self-esteem if they realize that beauty comes in all different packages. She is also starting to venture into acting.

Steven Tyler Daughters - Take 3: Chelsea Tallarico (and Son, Taj Tallarico)

Chelsea and Taj were born to Steven and his second wife, clothing designer Teresa Barrick. Steven and Teresa split up a few years ago because of rumored extra-marital affairs, but Steven stayed close to his kids who are both still pretty young and have yet to fully step out into the full public spotlight. They and their dad have both been guest stars on Disney Channel’s Lizzie McGuire.

Despite secrets, divorces and growing up famous, Steven Tyler’s daughters and his son are still very close to their dad – a trait conspicuously absent amongst today’s celebrities particularly those of Steven Tyler’s legendary ilk.

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The Steven Tyler Ethnicity Question - Get To Know His Roots

Steven Tyler, aka the “Demon of Screamin’” is known for his powerful vocals and lately his crazy comments and moments on American Idol. He has been around for what seems like forever, but where did he come from? What are the origins of his family tree?
Everyone comes from somewhere, and knowing the past and where we come from makes us who we are and gives us a sense of self. Steven Tyler realized that early on and embraced his heritage. He knows who he is and where he comes from, but do you? What exactly is the answer to the Steven Tyler ethnicity question?

Steven Tyler Ethnicity: The Roots

Let’s go back a few generations: Steven Tyler’s paternal grandfather was born in southern Italy, in a region called Cotronol, Calabria. His other paternal ancestors are from Germany. His maternal grandfather on his mother’s side was from Poland and Russia. Since they kept changing the borders, he claimed both nationalities.

At one point, he apparently got fed up with the family name, although no one really knows the reason why. He came to America in WWI, and sometime between Europe and Ellis Island, he changed his surname from Czarnyszewicz to Blancha. Interestingly, Czarny in Polish means black -- and Blancha means white. He seems to have changed his name from black to white.

His other maternal ancestors are Ukranian, Russian and English. He also has Cherokee blood running through his veins – an ethnic mix that truly renders Tyler a modern day American.

Steven Tyler’s musical roots can also be traced through his family tree. Music seems to be what brought his paternal grandparents together. His grandmother, Constance, was a music teacher and his grandfather, Giovanni was a musician with his own band.

He was something of a mandolin prodigy, and worked with the Royal Conservatory of Music in Naples. He also managed his little brother’s music career. Pasquale Tallarico was a teen idol before teen idols existed, and also something of a bad boy, leaving his 17-year-old wife when he became famous.

His father, Victor Tallarico, was a concert pianist and led the Vic Tallarico orchestra for many years. Steven says he grew under his father’s piano, and attributes his emotional attachment to music to this “piano upbringing.” Obviously, the musical apple does not fall far from the tree.

Steven Tyler Ethnicity: Shared Heritage

He shares his ethnical heritage with many other celebrities, including the Jonas Brothers, Jon Bon Jovi, Johnny Depp, Vince Vaughn, Steve Carell, Taylor Swift, Kevin Costner, and Rebecca Gayheart, among others.

Steven Tyler Ethnicity: Early Life

Steven Tyler was born Steven Tallarico in New York City, New York in March of 1948. His mother was a receptionist and his father a pianist. He and his family later moved to the Yonkers, where he grew up and started playing music at an early age.

Given this heritage and musical upbringing, it’s no surprise that
Steven Tyler became a rock legend in his own right. The music that runs through his veins is just as rich as his mixed heritage. The rest, as they say, is history.

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The Steven Tyler Rehab Story: What Is The Latest On His Addiction?

Sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll. Aerosmith front man, Steven Tyler knows the rock lifestyle a little too well. Not that this comes as much of a surprise, but it appears that, at the age of 60, this rock legend may still not have had his vices under control. Today, we examine the Steven Tyler Rehab story.

The Steven Tyler Rehab: Take One

No one expects Steven Tyler to be an angel. In fact, many people would be disappointed if he didn’t play the part of the “bad boy” so perfectly. However, falling off the stage in the middle of a show is a little much.

Tyler shocked fans and enraged band mates when he literally toppled off of the stage during a South Dakota concert in 2009. Microphone in hand, Steven Tyler slipped right off the stage while singing, "Love In An Elevator.” While this sounds like something off of America’s Funniest Home Videos, Tyler’s injuries were so severe that Aerosmith was forced to cancel the rest of their tour.

Of course, Tyler’s band mates did not take kindly to this little setback. Joe Perry threatened to replace Tyler with another singer if Tyler couldn’t get his act together. It was clear to the band that Steven was back on drugs and they were not about to let the band fall apart due to Tyler’s addiction.

The Steven Tyler Rehab: Take Two

In order to maintain his position as front man of one of the greatest rock bands of all time, Tyler checked himself into rehab in May 2008. He spent 90 days at the Las Encinas Hospital, in Pasadena, California, which many may know as the site of the popular show “Celebrity Rehab.” Tyler was treated for an addiction to prescription painkillers, which he had been struggling with for a few years. After suffering numerous injuries on the road, Tyler had been relying on these medications to get him through his tours.

Although that’s not to say that Tyler hasn’t been struggling with addiction his whole life -- he has. This stint in rehab was actually his second. In 1986, Tyler also spent some time in a rehabilitation facility, fighting an addiction to stimulants and heroin. He was even expelled from Roosevelt High School, in 1966, because of his problems with drugs. While he did go on to graduate from the Leonard Quintano for Young Professionals School, this just goes to show how long Tyler has been dealing with addiction.

The Steven Tyler Rehab: This Times the Charm!

Since rehab, Steven Tyler has been doing better than ever. Aerosmith has spent some time on the road and are even recording their first album since Just Push Play, which was released in 2001.

Not only is Aerosmith back with a vengeance, but Steven Tyler has earned himself a spot on American Idol alongside other huge stars, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson. For a man that has seen his fair share of trials and tribulations, it appears as though rehab may have rid Steven Tyler of his skeletons for good.

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Tuesday, 15 February 2011

The Hosni Mubarak Biography

 It is fitting at this time for a Hosni Mubarak biography to begin with the end of Mubarak’s reign, since it is the departure of the military leader in the face of a run-away uprising, that has captured the world’s attention. 

Once dubbed “Egypt’s modern Pharaoh,” Hosni Mubarak was forced to resign his post as Egyptians took to the streets to protest his rule on February 11, 2011. Authorities tried to rid Cairo’s Tahrir Square of protesters but it soon became clear that the attempt had met with unequivocal failure – a sudden revolution that rapidly returned the voice of the government back to the population, and renewed the hopes of the region.

Meanwhile, the temporary military regime has vowed to “guarantee the peaceful transition of power in the framework of a free, democratic system which allows an elected, civilian power to govern the country.”


What part does Facebook play in a biography of Hosni Mubarak? Facebook may be one of the last bastions of free speech within the Gulf and Middle East regions. By the virtue of journalistic neutrality, it provides a forum for almost anyone, within reason. However, attempts to cast the popular social network in a political light seem a bit ludicrous when juxtaposed against Farmville and grandma’s recipe for banana cream pie.

Early Life of Hosni Mubarak

Muhammad Hosni Mubarak was born May, 4th, 1928, in Kafr Moselha, Egypt, in the Nile Delta. No one would have predicted that the tiny infant would become President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, 1981- 2011, but his eventual fate may have been foreshadowed by the fact that his birth took place just a few days before the Republic of China was officially recognized by the United States.

Mubarak's father was an officer in the Ministry of Justice, and he had several brothers and sisters. Mubarak's village of Kafr-El Meselha was known for the quality of its schools. Mubarak did well in school. He completed his primary schooling in the village of his birth and secondary studies in the nearby capital of Shibin El-Kom.


Hosni Mubarak and his wife Suzanne have two sons: Alaa and Gamal Mubarak, the later of whom was being groomed to be Hosni's likely successor until the Mubarak's reign was ended by the recent rebellion. They also had a beloved grandson who died recently.

Military Career

Hosni Mubarak was a pilot in the Air Force, and then became a teacher at Egypt’s Air Academy. He rose to the position of director of the Air Academy in 1967, and was tasked with the revamping of the nation’s Air Force, which had been demolished by the Israelites in 1967. Mubarak moved up to air force chief of staff, and became commander in chief of the nation’s Air Force in 1972.

Political Career

Hosni Mubarak became president in 1981 after Anwar el-Sadat was assassinated – an ascent to the highest office in the land that was to last for an eye-watering three decades. Once dubbed “Egypt’s modern Pharaoh,” Hosni Mubarak was forced to resign his post as Egyptians took to the streets to protest his rule, and on February 11, 2011, then vice president, Omar Suleiman, announced the resignation and departure of Hosni Mubarak, following several days of anger, violence and confusion. The former ‘monarch’ or rather president transferred power to the military before leaving Cairo for his seaside retreat.

History has not yet declared a role for Hosni Mubarak. As the decades pass, the patina of time will lend perspective, and history will re-write the Hosni Mubarak biography. Any Hosni Mubarak biography written at this time must present a multi-dimensional frame; that of a broken-hearted grandfather, a politician whose era is obsolete, and a ruler whose days of glory are forever past.

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Monday, 14 February 2011

How Much Was The Mark Zuckerberg And Winklevoss Settlement? What Really Happened?

Apparently, $65 million is not enough to go around. At least, not according to the Winklevoss twins. They have a court settlement with Facebook for $65 million, but now they want at least $100 million more than that. 

Why they're pushing for a much bigger settlement is anyone’s guess, since they come from a very wealthy family and are not exactly hurting for money in the first place. Or could it simply be a matter of principle?

Let’s start at the beginning, before the Mark Zuckerberg and Winklevoss settlement and their latest appeal to settle for more, in fact, before the lawsuit was filed.

You may be forgiven for wondering what it is that these two have against Facebook and its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, or what they're really after anyway, especially given the very hefty initial settlement. Granted, Zuckerberg is the youngest self-made billionaire in the world, but both the Winklevoss twins are extremely good-looking, quite wealthy, and Olympian rowers for good measure.

The Winklevoss Twins' Claim

So here it is. The Winklevoss’ claim that Facebook was their idea, and Zuckerberg stole it. According to the twins, they and their friend Divya Narendra came to Zuckerberg while he was still at Harvard, studying psychology and computer science. They had an idea, and they wanted him to make it a reality, and he told them that he would. That idea was a social-networking site, ConnectU, that would connect Harvard students. And then, according to the Winklevoss’, Zuckerberg grabbed that idea, ran with it and never looked back!

The Winklevoss Twins' Lawsuit

In 2004, they filed a lawsuit against Facebook, Zuckerberg, and several of his friends that co-founded the company. Three years later, the case was dismissed due to a technicality, but the Winklevosses did not give up. They re-filed the lawsuit right away in Boston, but Facebook was ready for them and counter-sued for a project they had started with another company called Social Butterfly. Finally, in 2008 they reached an agreement and the case was settled, or so they thought. Facebook agreed to give the Winklevoss twins $20 million in cash, and transferred 1.2 million common shares into their name.
So, you may ask, how is it that the Mark Zuckerberg and Winklevoss settlement still rumbles on? Well, the Winklevoss twins feel that Facebook was not disclosing it’s actual worth and that it is worth far more than they were led to believe. And they want their fair share. This time, Facebook seems to be preparing to fight them.

Mark Zuckerberg’s Defense

Zuckerberg has a good story on his side, too. He has always been a computer programming prodigy. He’s been programming computers since he was in sixth grade, and he left his high school in his junior year to attend Phillips Exeter Academy. It was here that Zuckerberg first started working on his social-networking site, which was an application that had the students’ phone numbers and photographs.
He graduated in 2002 and went on to Harvard. From his dorm room, he built two other applications (or programs). The first was called CourseMatch, which let users make class decisions based on other students’ reviews and comments. The other program was called FaceMash. FaceMash compared two students’ photos and the users in his dorm picked which one was hotter. According to Zuckerberg, these two programs formed the basis for Facebook. There was a need for it, the students were asking for it, so he built it. He then went on to include several other Universities, and eventually the world.

The End, For Now..

It is not clear if the truth will ever come out. We might never know whose idea Facebook really was, because all we have is one word against the other. Unfortunately, we might also never know if this will really be the last of the Mark Zuckerberg and Winklevoss settlement. In the meantime though, watch this space!

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Mark Zuckerberg's Ex Girlfriend Jessica Alona

With over 500 million people on Facebook and The Social Network (the movie) being such a huge hit, Mark Zuckerberg is becoming a household name. But in all seriousness, after watching The Social Network, the wider public wanted to know more than just Mark Zuckerberg -- they wanted to know about his ex girlfriend Jessica Alona.

The Movie: Mark Zuckerberg ex girlfriend Jessica Alona

In the movie (The Social Network), she’s “Erica Albright”, the character who dumped Zuckerberg at a bar, sending him into a spiteful frenzy. Directly after being walked away from, Mark ran to his dorm room to blog that Jessica was a “bitch” and that he needed something to take his mind off of her. That “something” became the infamous Facemash, which let students compare the faces of two Harvard peers to determine the most attractive.

The Real Mark Zuckerberg Ex Girlfriend Jessica Alona

After seeing the movie, fans are left wondering about the girl that not only missed out on landing herself a multi-billionaire, but was portrayed as such a heart breaker. Is she hiding out somewhere, wishing she would have put up with Mark’s lack of social skills and bad attitude? Not many women can say that they’ve dated one of the richest men in the world.

It looks like we may never know the real Jessica Alona -- at least not from Mark himself. He claims that the movie was around 85% inaccurate and that he’s been dating the same girl since before Facebook. But can we trust that statement? No one wants to be left looking like a tactless jerk, especially not one who got burned by his girlfriend.

Unfortunately, Jessica Alona isn’t coming forward either. Perhaps she’s a little embarrassed by her portrayal in the movie or the events that occurred. Or perhaps, Zuckerberg is telling the truth. Maybe he really has been in a relationship with the same woman since before Facebook. The makers of The Social Network could have gotten a bit carried away in their desire for a compelling storyline. Perhaps?

A Break in the Mystery..

There was no real information to go off of, regarding the Jessica Alona mystery, until recently. Mark Zuckerberg’s old online diary has surfaced and is circulating around the web. In this diary, Mark clearly states, “Jessica Alona is a bitch. I need to think of something to make to take my mind off her.”

This doesn’t give fans and skeptics much to go off of, but does prove that Mark Zuckerberg ex girlfriend Jessica Alona is real. At one point, Mark Zuckerberg was associated with or dating a woman named Jessica Alona. However, this doesn’t say much about their relationship or what caused such animosity between the two.

It’s possible that Jessica Alona was a girl that Mark was attracted to, but didn’t share his feelings. Or she could have broken up with him in a bar, leaving him to drown his sorrows. Of course, everything that the movie depicted could have been exactly how it happened. Yet, with none of the key players coming forward and validating the story, its more realistic to believe that the movie was based off of real events, but the creators of the film took a more creative approach to interest their viewers.

And interest viewers they have. The buzz around the Erica Albright/Jessica Alona mystery is astounding and compelling at the same time. Who wouldn’t want to know about the girl who dumped the creator of the most popular social network in the world? Whoever the real Jessica Alona is, she could well be a legend in her own right, whether she likes it or not.

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Jesse Eisenberg Meets Mark Zuckerberg

To say that people were nervous about how Mark Zuckerberg - creator of the worldwide Internet phenomenon, - might react to the movie, The Social Network, is an understatement.

As you no doubt have heard countless times, the movie tells the story of how Zuckerberg stole an idea from college colleagues and ultimately (purportedly) shafted his best friend in order to create the global Internet giant – the jury’s still out on that matter!

Jesse Eisenberg plays the role of Zuckerberg with rapid-fire precision, in fact so good is his performance that he has been nominated for both an Oscar and a BAFTA. No wonder then that when the news headline hit media outlets that Jesse Eisenberg was to meet Mark Zuckerberg, a bit of a frenzy was stirred.

The “Jesse Eisenberg Meets Mark Zuckerberg” moment was set to occur on Saturday Night Live, which Eisenberg was hosting. At the start of the show, Jesse and Mark appear on stage side by side, looking distinctly uncomfortable and somewhat uneasy.

Eisenberg asks Zuckerberg nervously if he has seen the movie. Zuckerberg replies that he has indeed seen the movie. He then proceeds to ask him if he liked it to. Zuckerberg scrunches his nose and after a moment’s pause, says that he thought it was interesting. Eisenberg looks suitably perplexed and the audience laughs whole-heartedly.

Eisenberg was to say later of Zuckerberg that the Internet billionaire was a really good sport for appearing on Saturday Night Live, that it must have been difficult for him but that he seemed to take it in his stride.

One would be forgiven for imagining that after a person has launched one of the greatest success stories of our times, pretty much everything should be a walk in the park after that.

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The Jesse Eisenberg Biography

Naturally, the Jesse Eisenberg biography began when he was a small boy hanging out in his bedroom, dreaming of being a movie star.

All actors, almost without exception, dream of making it big on the big screen but only a few get the opportunity. Some build up names for themselves by securing a series of good films but usually success comes with the chance to star in a lead role in a block-buster movie.

Last year that movie was ‘The Social Network’ in which the story of Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of the hugely successful social media network,, is dramatically re-enacted.

It’s clear to see why Eisenberg was chosen to the play the role of Zuckerberg. He has a sort of geeky look about him, and his sandy brown hair means that the two do actually have a striking resemblance.

But most convincing of all is Eisenberg’s portrayal of Zuckerberg in the film, his nervous energy, intense intelligence and unwavering drive. Eisenberg portrays Zuckerberg as a fearless warrior in the battlefield that is computer programming.

Eisenberg’s powerful portrayal of Zuckerberg is no accident. In fact, Eisenberg is a seasoned actor who began his career as a young boy of fourteen making his acting debut on Broadway in a production of Summer and Smoke as an understudy.

His first screen debut happened in 1999 when he appeared in the FOX television show, Get Real. That show was cancelled in 2000 but Eisenberg went on to win roles in the TV film Roger Dodger and The Emperor’s Club.

His move to the big screen came in 2005 when he stared in a horror film called Cursed, which he followed quickly with an appearance in The Squid and The Whale. This film was very well received by the critics and was the beginning of Eisenberg’s upward spiral.

Over the next few years he landed various roles in a number of films including Adventureland, Holy Rollers, Solitary Man and Camp Hope. But his big break came in 2009 when he secured the lead in The Social Network.

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The Mark Zuckerberg And Eduardo Saverin Settlement

On the face, it may seem that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg achieved his position from serendipity rather than hard work, but this opinion may be based on media artifice rather than solid fact. Indeed, a deeper look reveals another slant, and a different story.

There is no harder work than that which requires you to run a race when you are poised to take a leisurely walk. Mr. Zuckerberg found himself in such a situation. Because of a fluke, a mere accident of fate, he was in a “now or never” position. The opportunity of a lifetime rapped at his door, and he had to work very hard and very fast to take advantage of it.

5% Stake

The Mark zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin settlement, was eventually a recognition of him as co-founder plus a 5% stake in the uber social network. This stake is initially thought to have been 34% at the time of founding the company. This, however, is no small piece of change (given that Facebook’s now well worth over $50billion!), and no doubt Mr. Saverin deserves it -- but Eduardo Saverin played a supportive role, he was not the one who was forced to put his life on hold, pump up his heart-rate up and “leap toward the starting gate.”

Saverin was the business manager. He and Zuckerberg invested a $1,000 each to launch the project; 5 percent of such a huge company is no bad return on such a small investment.

The Beginning

Facebook was launched in 2004. The founding of Facebook is attributed to Mark Zuckerberg and several Harvard classmates, including Chris Hughes, Dustin Moskovitz, and Eduardo Saverin. However, it was Zuckerberg’s concept in most part; he hatched the idea and created the website -- along with a supporting cast of hugely talented and very brilliant young minds.

The Legal Battle

A week after Facebook was launched, a cross section of Harvard folk alleged that Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea. The seniors sued, and the accusation burgeoned into an ongoing court battle. The main argument swirls around whether Zuckerberg made a contract with several classmates, agreed to create a web site for them, then hi-jacked their idea and made it his own. From there, the legalese becomes impenetrable by the human mind.

No one is yet to focus on the fact that the idea for the website was Zuckerberg’s in the first place -- in part at least. You can’t steal something that is already your possession.

In spite of the legal quagmire and the mist that sorrounds Mark zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin settlement, Facebook is thriving, and the fruits of the social network are all too clear to reap.


It’s safe to assume that the bond that was forged between Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin in college, still exists on some level, and if not irrevocably damaged by the the pundits and “experts”, it will likely reappear as time passes.
Zuckerberg declined to participate in a recent film that characterized him and his friends as being rambunctious kids. The film received both a Golden Globe-winning and several Oscar nominations. Could it be that he refused to have any part of the movie because it was a fictional account that parodied his life and his achievements? More power to him!

The very fact that Facebook emerged from the minds of Zuckerberg and his friends is an example of American ingenuity at its best. Society sorely needs entrepreneurs like this bunch. Hopefully, the Mark zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin settlement, the movie, and the media blitz surrounding these events will neither do irreparable damage to a long-term friendship, nor diminish the legend of a new American hero (or heroes).

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Jesse Eisenberg's Net Worth

Currently about $8million..

Once a star hits the big time, inevitably the finacial curiosities start to take hold. Jesse Eisenberg seems to be fast becoming one of those stars that, like Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks and Colin Farrell before him, can pull in the audiences.

Eisenberg made it big in 2010 with his starring role in the Facebook film, The Social Network. His gripping and rapid fire portrayal of Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, won him both commercial and critical acclaim and has seen him be nominated for both Oscar and BAFTA awards.

To date the Jesse Eisenberg net worth stands at about $8million -- no mean feat for a man who is only twenty-seven. Is the Jesse Eisenberg net worth likely to sky-rocket? You can bet your bottom dollar it will if he maintains the current trajectory.

In order to promote The Social Network, Eisenberg has appeared on television with Conan O’Brien, Adam Garfield and of course, David Letterman.

More recently he also hosted Saturday Night Live, a gig that was announced with the news-grabbing headline, Jesse Eisenberg meets Mark Zuckerberg.

On Saturday Night Live, Eisenberg appeared to be his more usual self: cool, calm and collected despite his young years. Eisenberg has let it be known that he has ambitions to write and that is how he hopes his Hollywood career to progress. We wish him well.

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Thursday, 10 February 2011

The 10 Academy Awards Longest Acceptance Speeches

The 2011 Oscars are almost upon us, which means there'll be plenty more grimaced smiles and welling up from the losers and winners respectively. Winning speeches range from the good, the bad and the utterly forgettable but here we'll run down ten of the academy awards longest acceptance speeches.

#1 – Greer Garson – Best Actress, 1942

When it comes to the academy awards longest acceptance speeches, there is one effort that really stands out from all the rest and it's Greer Grason's effort back in 1942. Almost worthy of an Oscar in its own right, the winner of the best actress gong that year accounted for nearly six minutes of the assembled crowd's evening with a rambling monologue about life, love and everything in between. Amazingly, she began her speech with the line “I'm practically unprepared!”.

#2 – Adrien Brody – Best Actor, 2002

Brody was a surprise winner for is role in Roman Polanski's The Pianist and he was determined to milk it for it was worth. Few winners have found themselves getting more emotional than the 29-year-old youngest winner of Best Actor but he eventually got the message and tootled off to fairly rapturous applause and the 'get-off-the-stage' music ringing in his ears.

#3 – Gwyneth Paltrow – Best Actress, 1998

Something about watching a woman cry her eyes out and fail to form proper sentences makes even Oscar winning moments drag more than they otherwise might. Paltrow won best actress for her role in Shakespeare in Love back in 1998 and hasn't been invited back since. Can't think why.

#4 – Anna Paquin – Best Supporting Actress, 1993

Paquin wasn't yet in her teens when she picked up the best supporting actress prize for her role in The Piano, outdoing her much more experienced co-nominees. She made it to the stage but treated us to one of the least eventful but still one of the academy awards longest acceptance speeches – she stood in awed silence for a while, thanked a few people and then shuffled off.

#5 – Catherine Zeta-Jones – Best Supporting Actress, 2002

Heavily pregnant and hormonal is not an ideal state to be in when receiving an Oscar but that was just how Catherine Zeta-Jones found herself taking to the stage during the 74th Academy Awards. It resulted in one of the most gushing and excessively thankful speeches ever delivered.

#6 – Marion Cotillard - Best Actress, 2007

Despite claiming halfway through that she was “speechless”, Cotillard gave one of the lengthier acceptance speeches of recent years in 2007 after winning for her role as Edith Piaf in La Vie En Rose.

#7 – Daniel Day Lewis – Best Actor, 2007

Ever since Garson's epic speech in 1942, the Academy has been keen to see speeches last no longer than 45 seconds but no-one was going to drag Day Lewis off as he thanked all and sundry for helping him scoop the top prize for his efforts in There Will Be Blood.

#8 – Steven Spielberg – Best Director, 1994

Loving the sound of his own voice resonating around the LA auditorium, Spielberg tried to come across as just another humble director in his winning speech in 1994. Nobody bought it but he was allowed to carry on talking for well over the 45-second time limit, partly because he was talking about Schindler's List and partly because he's the highest grossing director of all time.

#9 – James Cameron – Best Director, 1997

One of very few people who can hold a candle to Spielberg in the directing stakes, at least as far as the box office is concerned, is James Cameron. He picked up the best director gong in 1997, gave us a few minutes of uninteresting thank yous and eventually left the stage shouting “I'm the king of the world”. Seriously. 

#10 – Peter Jackon – Best Picture, 2001

Anything Cameron can do, Jackson can do with a little less panache. He and two colleagues were given statues for the first Lord of the Rings in 2001. Jackson warmed up the crowd for about a minute or so and then handed the mic to fellow producer Barrie Osbourne, who killed it for another two minutes or so.

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The fresh-faced young man with a smattering of freckles resembles one of the kids on the sitcom “Happy Days”, but in reality, Mark Zuckerberg is a computer scientist, a software engineer and the youngest billionaire on earth.

Along with schoolmates Dustin Moskovitz, Eduardo Saverin and Chris Hughes, Zuckerberg co-founded Facebook, of which he is president and CEO.


Mark Zuckerberg came into this world in 1984 and was raised in Dobbs Ferry, New York. The elder Zuckerberg was a dentist. Mark and his three sisters grew up in a household that instilled confidence in them and encouraged their individuality. Mark was a computer prodigy who began authoring software in eighth grade.

Just seven years later, Mark Zuckerberg arrived in Palo Alto with almost no worldly possessions. He was unemployed, had no transportation, and was virtually homeless. Mark enrolled in college and soon launched a social-networking site from his dormitory. In just a few years, the network for college kids burgeoned into a Fortune 500 company worth several tens of billions of dollars making Mark the youngest billionaire on earth (actually second youngest behind Moskovitz).

Have you checked into Facebook lately to chat with a friend, relative or high school buddy from “way back”? Facebook is now over 550 million members strong and is burgeoning with every passing day. People all over the globe sign in to this social network each day, speaking almost 100 different languages to share information, messages, photos and much more. This number includes many who are not “computer savvy,” and seldom use a technology except when using Facebook.

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Zuckerberg was chosen TIME Magazine’s person of the year for 2010. He is lauded for linking millions of people and charting their social interactions, for devising a new way to trade information, and for changing the fabric of our day-to-day existence. The Mark Zuckerberg Story will go down into the annals of history.

Mark Zuckerberg has many famous counterparts. American history is replete with rags-to-riches sagas, but none can compete with the Mark Zuckerberg story. Characterized as a prankster by college buddies he succeeded where many have failed. In just a few years, this young entrepreneur forged connections between millions of people and plugged them into a huge social web. What began as a prank, an amusing distraction segued into an interconnected highway of social relationships that has altered the way people all over the world communicate with each other.

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Mark Zuckerberg harnessed the power of the Internet and made the world a community. Just as the stories of Henry Ford and Andrew Carnegie motivated and uplifted people in our grandparents’ day, the Mark Zuckerberg story will serve as an inspiration to many in the next generation.

Zuckerberg is a noted philanthropist, but perhaps his greatest gift and most profound legacy was an inadvertent one. Many families, in our scattered modern society, have been brought closer together; as close as their computer, through a social network called Facebook.

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