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Chelsea Clinton

December 13, 2011        6:44 AM

Chelsea Clinton gave a perfectly honed and utterly unsatisfying explanation on Monday for why she made her debut as a special correspondent on NBC’s magazine show, “Rock Center With Brian Williams.”

“For most of my life I did deliberately lead a private life and inadvertently led a public life,” Ms. Clinton told Mr. Williams after the show broadcast her profile of Annette Dove, a woman who has devoted herself — and her life savings — to running an after-school program in Pine Bluff, Ark.

Sitting across from Mr. Williams with her back straight and her hands folded in her lap, Ms. Clinton said that she was proud of her parents and was encouraged by her grandmother, Dorothy Rodham, who died in November, to do more with her fame. After years of avoiding journalists, Ms. Clinton said she was ready to become one of them, in order, as she put it, to lead a “purposefully public life.”

It’s a noble sentiment, but it doesn’t make a lot of sense — because of her last name, there are plenty of ways to do good works and publicize worthy causes besides becoming a television newscaster. Given her past reticence, Ms. Clinton’s decision to work at NBC News is almost as puzzling as Caroline Kennedy’s short-lived plan in 2009 to run for the New York Senate seat left vacant by Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Both choices seem less like a new vocation than a violation of a long-standing nonaggression pact with the media.

The two women are daughters of former presidents who worked hard to lie low and be taken seriously, and accordingly they were granted a zone of privacy that less determined and less disciplined children of celebrities rarely receive. It was confounding when they suddenly broke their side of the bargain, as if shrugging their shoulders and telling the world, “nevermind.”

The main difference between the two women is that politicians aren’t served by the press, they consort with it, and Ms. Kennedy was not accustomed to the crude, often humiliating deals candidates and elected officials have to make with the media. Ms. Clinton has more practice. She chose to join the fourth estate, not quite as a reporter, but as a citizen-journalist with some of the immunity from prying that comes with a network press badge.

Ms. Kennedy dropped her Senate bid after a few chaotic weeks. Ms. Clinton mapped out a more considered and well-oiled campaign, with timely public appearances and selective press interviews.

Ms. Clinton’s first report was only slightly different from other “Making a Difference” features on NBC News. She chose a subject located in her father’s home state of Arkansas, and the profile she did was high-minded, serviceable and not at all bad — a warmly drawn portrait of an appealing older woman who courageously helps needy, neglected children.

Ms. Clinton is a little self-conscious on camera and doesn’t have the kind of richly modulated anchor voice most television reporters acquire, but that actually gave her piece a more natural feel — like a video blog on Current TV.

It’s easy to see why NBC signed her up; the network has already hired Jenna Bush Hager, another former first daughter, who is a “Today” show correspondent; and Meghan McCain, a daughter of Senator John McCain, who is an MSNBC contributor. Ms. Clinton’s parents are more prominent and she has a higher — and more respected — public profile.

Television gives Ms. Clinton more than a platform for her charitable causes. It’s a fast track to all kinds of careers, including politics. The best, and perhaps, only way to trump inherited fame is to double-down on it. Television doesn’t often lend its stars dignity, but it is the great equalizer: almost anyone on it long enough can become as well known as the parents who helped get them the job. To younger viewers at least, Tori Spelling has become perhaps even more famous than her father, the producer Aaron Spelling, merely by putting a camera on her private life for her reality series. The Kardashian daughters have done the same.

And in some cases, celebrity begets political standing. Donald Trump may be something of a joke on his reality show “The Apprentice,” but his wealth, fame and bio have made him a player — and possibly even a potential third-party candidate — in the 2012 election.

For all her experience at a hedge fund and in nonprofit work, Ms. Clinton is basically known as the daughter of a former president and the current secretary of state.

Her tryout at NBC gives her a chance to become Chelsea Clinton.

from:  http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/13/chelsea-clinton-finally-embraces-her-celebrity/

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Chelsea Victoria Clinton was born on February 27th, 1980 at 11:24 p.m. in Little Rock, Arkansas according to http://www.astro.com/astro-databank/Clinton,_Chelsea

February 27th, 1980

2 + 27 +1+9+8+0 = 47 = her life lesson = what she is here to learn = Famous.  Name & fame.  Notoriety.  Name recognition.  (Inter)nationally known.  High profile.  VIP.  Well-known.  Household name.  Public life.  Limelight.  Legendary.  Notable.  Noteworthy.  Eminent.  Prominent.  Legacy.  The future.  Tomorrow.  Foresight.  Visionary.  Choosing wisely from among your many options with an eye toward the future.  Looking into the future.  Vision of the future.  Having a bright future.  Everybody knows your name.  Making a name for yourself.  Claim to fame.  In the limelight.  The one and only.

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using the number/letter grid:
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Chelsea Clinton

3853151 3395265           59

 

her path of destiny = 59 = Overcoming self-interest.

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using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Chelsea Victoria Clinton

CVC

43

 

her salvation number = VC = 43 = Being cool.  Entertainer.  Entertaining.  Having fun.  Fun times.  Friends.  Celebrating.  Congratulations.

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Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1"

Nov 19 2011       2:18 PM EST

“Twilight” fans came out in force Friday and made sure “Breaking Dawn”broke records.

“The Twilight Saga” may be drawing to a close, but there’s nothing close to a slowdown at the box office. Estimates put the Friday numbers for the second-to-last entry in the series at $138 million around the world, as “Breaking Dawn” rolled out in 54 global markets. The domestic box office received a welcome 11 percent boost from the same period last year, thanks to the legions of “Twilight” fans.

Midnight showings helped propel “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1” past “The Dark Knight,” “Transformers” and most of the “Potter” movies in the all-time opening-day box-office record books. “Breaking Dawn – Part 1” enjoyed the third-highest opening day ever with a projected $72 million in domestic receipts, according to studio estimates. The first part of Edward, Bella and Jacob’s final chapter together didn’t manage to beat the opening day of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2” or 2009’s “New Moon,” but it was a close race between the “Twilight” films. “New Moon” opened with $72.7 million, and final calculations could change the outcome between the two.

“Twilight” fans who endured long lines for midnight showings accounted for $30.25 million of the “Breaking Dawn” first day-number. Based on the receipts thus far, industry watchers predict an opening weekend in the $140 million range, which is more than Summit Entertainment’s conservative projections. That would give the latest “Twilight” the fifth-highest opening weekend ever behind “Deathly Hallows, Part 2,” “The Dark Knight,” “Spider-Man 3” and “New Moon.” “Eclipse” opened with $68.5 million; the first “Twilight” debuted with $36 million.

Critics savaged director Bill Condon’s first foray into Stephenie Meyer territory, but audiences have told a different story. “Breaking Dawn – Part 1” scored a paltry 27 percent on film review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, but audiences have given it a B+ CinemaScore. “Eclipse” and the first film remain tied as the best-reviewed in the series, with 49 percent each on the Tomatometer.

As expected, nothing else in theaters had anything close to the momentum of the continuing “Twilight” phenomenon. Despite additional revenue from 3-D showings, “Happy Feet 2” opened with less than half of the previous movie’s first day in 2006. The animated feature (which once again features the voice of “The Lord of the Rings” star Elijah Wood) took in just $5.9 million, according to studio estimates.

Last weekend’s #1 movie, “Immortals,” was down 74 percent with $3.82 million. That decline is much worse than comparable swords-and-sandals action pictures like “300” and “Clash of the Titans.” The horribly reviewed Adam Sandler vehicle “Jack and Jill” made $3.5 million in its second Friday in theaters. “Puss in Boots” dropped steeply but has earned well over $100 million in the last few weeks.

Well over a decade ago, the big box-office story started with a T as well: “Titanic” was on its way to become the highest-grossing movie of all time (later surpassed by “Avatar”) and the heartthrob generating all the heat was Leonardo DiCaprio, not Robert Pattinson. Nowadays, the 37-year-old actor and philanthropist is all grown up and starring in director Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar” biopic. The limited-release period drama dropped 58 percent on its second Friday and has generated an estimated $16.6 million thus far. The movie certainly wasn’t conceived as a blockbuster. DiCaprio still has summer-movie clout: “Inception” has grossed nearly $300 million since it was released in July 2010.

from:  http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1674715/breaking-dawn-part-1-box-office-record.jhtml

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Friday November 18th, 2011

November 18th, 2011

11 + 18 +2+0+1+1 = 33 = Breaking Dawn’s life lesson = Loyalty.

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Rock Center

October 31,
2011

Brian Williams will be
moonlighting Mondays this fall, but at least he won’t have a long commute to his
second job. Just a few steps, in fact.

On Monday, NBC
will premiere the live newsmagazine “Rock Center With Brian Williams,” with the
anchor of the No. 1-rated “NBC Nightly News” serving as host. Viewers might find
the setting familiar: Both programs will originate from different corners of the
same space, Studio 3B in the network’s Rockefeller
Center
headquarters in New York.

Long-struggling NBC is angling to
make “Rock Center” the first successful launch of a prime-time broadcast
newsmagazine in 20 years. And it has found an energetic evangelist in the
52-year-old anchor, a proudly old-school newshound who sees the public as
increasingly weary of the shouting matches on cable news and therefore hungry
for quality long-form TV journalism.

“People are coming back to known
faces, brand names, controlled environments,” Williams said by phone last week.
“I’m not going to yell at you, and you’re not going to learn my opinion — nor do
you care…. I think there absolutely is a market for more stories, well
told.”

Whether that’s true or merely wishful thinking might be decided as
early as Tuesday morning, when the first ratings for “Rock Center” come out. As
of late last week, the first episode — opening, perhaps inauspiciously, on Halloween night — was
scheduled to include taped pieces on the resistance movement in Syria and on
Chinese women who pay to come to the U.S. to have children and then return with
American citizenship.

No matter what happens, Williams and his team know
they face long odds.

Although newsmagazines aren’t nearly as popular or
ubiquitous as during their 1980s heyday, “Rock Center” will have competition. As
it nears its 45th anniversary, CBS’ “60
Minutes”
still pulls down impressive ratings on Sunday nights. ABC
News airs “Primetime”
as specials; NBC’s own “Dateline” and CBS’ “48
Hours”
have evolved into true-crime outlets, spitting out the kind of lurid
tabloid tales that Williams has said “Rock Center” will avoid.

NBC, for
its part, has had trouble launching just about any prime-time show lately. “Rock
Center” is replacing “The
Playboy Club,”
a ’60s drama that endured three low-rated episodes before
executives yanked it from the 10 p.m. Monday slot. The network brass is already
trying to manage expectations in a time period opposite two popular crime
dramas, CBS’ “Hawaii
Five-O”
and ABC’s “Castle.”

“I
don’t pretend to think that we’re gonna move the needle in the ratings when we
come out of the gate,” said Steve Capus, president of NBC News.

Williams
puts it even more bluntly. “I know we’re going to get crushed,” he said on MSNBC
last week.

Some analysts agree. “That the show is tossed in at this point
in the season makes it look like NBC is grab-bagging,” said Jeffrey McCall, a
media studies professor at DePauw University, adding that the additions of
former “Nightline”
host Ted Koppel and
other veteran journalists have raised expectations of a high-quality
program.

Even so, “This show will likely struggle to find viewers and its
place in broadcast journalism,” McCall predicted. “I think NBC will have to be
patient.”

That’s exactly what his bosses have promised to be, Williams
says.

The anchor had long wanted to do a newsmagazine — his desk drawers
are crammed with a backlog of story ideas scribbled on paper scraps, he says.
But “Rock Center” got off the ground when the cable giant Comcast officially
took over NBC this year. Starting a newsmagazine was one of the first ideas from
Steve Burke, a Comcast veteran and newly tapped chief executive of NBC
Universal
.

“He was hours into his new job,” Capus said of Burke. “He
saw a need, an opening that he thought we could fill — that the audience had a
desire for a quality newsmagazine.”

At the heart of it all is Williams,
who paid his dues at local TV outlets — he and Capus slaved away together at a
Philadelphia
station in the 1980s — before being snatched up by NBC as a reporter in 1993. A
savvy corporate politician as well as devoted student of TV news, he rose
through the ranks under the tutelage of his mentor, former “Nightly News” anchor
Tom
Brokaw
, finally ascending to anchor in 2004.

Viewers seem to admire
Williams’ low-key style and all-American good looks, although people who know
him often say that “Nightly News” fails to capture his eclectic sensibilities as
well as his dry sense of humor (the latter trait displayed on his 2007 stint
hosting “Saturday
Night Live”
as well as appearances on “The
Daily Show”
and “30
Rock”
).

“Rock Center” has a chance to rectify that. “I hope the
program feels like Brian’s playlist,” said Rome Hartman, an indefatigable former
“60 Minutes” producer hired to oversee the new show.

Behind Williams, NBC
has assembled an all-star team. In addition to Koppel and Hartman, there will be
NBC foreign correspondent Richard Engel, former “Today”
show cohost Meredith
Vieira
and Harry Smith, late
of CBS’ “The Early Show.”

In a somewhat unusual move, producers will
break some stories in their entirety online hours before the telecast, hoping to
spark discussion on social media and generate headlines.

Williams said
the show will typically feature two or three meaty taped stories plus a live
in-studio interview, although the segment order and other details were being
noodled with late last week. “Our first show is gonna look radically different
than it does a year from now,” he predicted.

But the anchorman has always
insisted on one thing: Unlike its newsmagazine rivals, “Rock Center” will be
live, at least to much of the country.

“It’s my choice, and everyone
happily went along with it,” Williams said.

After years before cameras,
he has come to believe that he is different — and worse — on tape. Live
broadcasting is what he knows and feels comfortable with. Recording it takes
away the thrill of the moment, that sense of tightrope walking with no
net.

“It’s an endorphin thing,” Williams said.

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Rock Center premieres on Monday October 31st, 2011
October 31st, 2011
10 + 31 +2+0+1+1 = 45 = Rock Center’s life lesson = what Rock Center is here to learn = Realistic expectations.  It’s going to be tough.

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The Thing

October 14th, 2011

The slippery, effective new version of “The Thing” serves as a prequel to the 1982 John Carpenter film, explaining what went down, down in Antarctica, after the intergalactic thing thawed and began eviscerating humans plus a Husky or two. Those disinclined toward Carpenter’s version, as I am, may be surprised at how the new release nearly matches the gore levels and the fright reached in an earlier, nondigital era of practical special effects. Yet this latest “Thing” doesn’t feel like one long autopsy the way Carpenter’s film (which may as well have been called “Blech”) did in its day.

Several things in “The Thing” announce themselves as assets straight off. For one, it builds cleverly in its first half-hour, as a Columbia University paleontologist played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead is recruited to join a research team in Antarctica. The group has made a significant discovery in the annals of UFOs. Which is to say, they’ve found one. Nearby, in its own hunk of ice, lies a frozen creature.

The Dutch-born, first-time feature director Matthijs van Heijningen tightens the screws carefully, as the expedition leader (Trond Espen Seim, vaguely despicable in that Dr. Smith “Lost in Space” way) drills into the ice block to extract a tissue sample. We don’t know if something awful is going to happen immediately, or pretty soon, or what. Or to whom.

Another asset: Winstead. She’s good. The cool-headed skeptic in a mass of bearded Norwegians, plus an American or two and an Aussie, she bristles at the implied patriarchy of the remote, windswept operation. She also wields a flamethrower (there’s a lot of flamethrowing in this picture — a lot) like a champ when The Thing gets busy replicating, impaling and gnashing its terrible, terrible teeth. The actress is just right for this sort of role; her dark eyes bring a seriousness of intent to the tasks at hand. While her character’s deadpan underreactions to various ghastly sights sometimes recall her work in “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” she brings a light, cool touch to heavy matters.

This “Thing,” shot largely in northern British Columbia, engaged me more than Carpenter’s. That’s not to say it can hold a candle to the superb 1951 “Thing From Another World,” directed by Christian Nyby with contributions from producer Howard Hawks, featuring James Arness as the clawed, hulking, carrot-headed enemy from out there. That film is a marvel of indirection, of ensemble camaraderie in the face of the Cold War-era unknown.

Compared with that picture, this new one’s just an entertaining, well-acted oozefest.

All three “Things,” along with everything from the original “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” to “Alien,” owe their central ideas to the Depression-era story “Who Goes There?” by John W. Campbell Jr. There’s a rock-solid notion in that tale of an alien being able to take over a human body and cause pure paranoia in the populace. Who’s real and who isn’t? Why does so-and-so seem a little off today? And why is my dog looking at me funny?

While I wish Van Heijningen’s “Thing” weren’t quite so in lust with the ’82 model, it works because it respects that basic premise. And it exhibits a little patience, doling out its ickiest, nastiest moments in ways that make them stick.

from:  http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-the-thing-20111014-21,0,3201991.story

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The Thing premiered on Friday October 14th, 2011

October 14th, 2011

10 + 14 +2+0+1+1 = 28 = The Thing’s life lesson and personal year = Superpowers.  Superheroes.  Bold.  Daring.  Reckless.

28 year + 10 (October) = 38 = The Thing’s personal month = Do you care?

38 month + 14 = 52 = The Thing’s personal day = Snarky.  Critics.

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CookPhil Schiller, Apple, in front of iPhone line-up

October 4, 2011    2:52pm

Along with Apple’s new (on the inside) iPhone 4S announced on Tuesday, the Cupertino, Calif., tech giant also announced that the iPhone 4 price was dropping down to $99 and the 3GS was moving to a price of free.

Yeah, that’s right, free, zero, zip, zilch, nada — as long as you sign-up for a two-year contract.

But is a free iPhone actually a good deal? That would depend on how you look at it.

For one, free phones are less expensive than a phone that costs from $99 to about $400. A free iPhone might allow some consumers to pick up a smartphone for the first time, maybe because they never wanted to spend or couldn’t afford to pay $100 or more for a phone.

At the same time, there will still be the need for a data plan, which isn’t a small expense month after month.

And anyone looking to buy a new smartphone (whether iOS, Android, BlackBerry or Windows Phone) should keep in mind that just about all of the hardware companies out there engineer obsolescence into their devices, in part as a reason to get people to buy new gadgets every year or two.

The iPhone 4, just about a year and a half old, will run Apple’s iOS 5 operating system, but it won’t be able to run Siri, Apple’s new voice commanded personal assistant software.

Only the iPhone 4S will run Siri. So, in some ways, the soon-to-be $99 iPhone 4 can’t do all the iPhone 4S can do simply due to hardware limitations.

This is all part of the progress of consumer electronics. That being said, the lifespans of smartphones and other gadgets is something consumers should keep in mind when deciding what to buy.

The iPhone 3GS, now more than 2 years old, will run iOS 5 but like this iPhone 4, it won’t run Siri.

At some point, it’s a sure thing that the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 3GS will get left behind for other software updates just as Apple stopped releasing updates for the first generation iPhone with the release of iOS 4 and the iPhone 3G with the release of iOS 5.

The iPhone 4 and the iPhone 3GS, at their new lower prices, will come with 8-gigabytes of storage memory. The 4S will be offered with 16-gigabytes for $199, 32-gigabytes for $299 or 64-gigabytes for $399.

Nonetheless, Apple’s now providing a broader lineup of iPhones than it ever has before and hitting just about every price point out there — except for the prepaid market.

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook wrapped up Tuesday’s Let’s talk iPhone event in saying “when you look at each of these, they’re great and fantastic and industry leading in and of themselves … But what sets them apart and puts Apple way out front is how they’re engineered to work together so well. I am so incredibly proud of this company and all of the teams that worked so hard to bring all of the innovations you’ve seen today to reality.”

The inevitable reality is that not everything can move forward toward the future, especially with electronics, and while the iPhone brand itself continues to march on, older models will someday become antiques.

from:  http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2011/10/apple-iphone-4s-iphone-4-cut-to-99-price-3gs-free.html

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Tuesday October 4th, 2011

October 4th, 2011

10 + 4 +2+0+1+1 = 18 = the iPhone 4S’ life lesson number and personal year (from October 4th, 2011 to October 3rd, 2012) = People going crazy for the iPhone 4S .  iPhone 4S madness.

18 year + 10 (October) = 28 = the iPhone 4S’ personal month (from October 4th, 2011 to November 3rd, 2011) = Super.  Bold move.

28 month + 4 (4th of the month on Tuesday October 4th, 2011) = 32 = the iPhone 4S’ personal day = Blockbuster.  Mainstream.  Gadget.  Gizmo.  Gimme.  Must have.  Gotta have it.  America.  Americans. 

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"Prime Suspect"

September 22, 2011 

As wildly different as they were in execution, the originals of “Prime Suspect” and “Charlie’s Angels” were, thematically, sisters of the same revolution. Although best known for flaunting the beauty of its shapely stars, “Charlie’s Angels,” which ABC launched in 1976, openly refuted the then-still-popular notion that women were the weaker sex.

The faceless Charlie hired women whose police careers had been squelched by stereotypes and created the first all-female detective agency on television. Likewise “Prime Suspect,” which debuted in 1991 on Britain’s ITV, revolved around Jane Tennison (Helen Mirren), who, as Scotland Yard’s first Detective Chief Inspector, was forced to prove to her often hostile colleagues and a skeptical public that a woman could be the right man for the job.

It’s not surprising then that the reprises of both shows — “Charlie’s Angels” again on ABC, “Prime Suspect” on NBC — face similar problems. Shapely women flaunt firearms and kick butt on a regular basis and no one makes the argument that the public just won’t accept a female homicide detective. Good news for society, bad news for these shows, which have lost the novelty and the underlying tension of their originals.

For “Charlie’s Angels,” that loss proves fatal — in a post-Angelina Jolie world, the only reason to assemble a team of three hot women is to assemble a team of three hot women. The high gloss serio-silliness of the original is as dated as Farrah Fawcett‘s legendary hairstyle, but that doesn’t stop creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar from adopting it, though they give it a “modern” twist. The new angels, who have a young and handsome Bosley (Ramon Rodriguez) and are in Miami (will they run into Dexter?) are no longer “three little girls” but “three young women” with murky pasts.

Abby (Rachael Taylor) is a thief, Kate (Annie Ilonzeh), a former cop, and Eve (Minka Kelly), a street racer, who joins the team after an original angel, Gloria, is killed early in the pilot by a car bomb. The remaining two swear revenge and reluctantly join forces with Eve to finish what Gloria started.

The writing is glib (the term “cat fight” is actually used) and the action relies more on gadgetry than “Mission Impossible.” However, the women all look great.

“Prime Suspect,” on the other hand, doesn’t even use iPads. It has a cast just as strong as the original, although the sooner the new show parts company from the old, the better. Maria Bello plays Jane Timoney, a prickly detective who’s been passed over for choice assignments — that is, until the death of a colleague leaves her in charge of a group of male detectives who all believe she slept her way to the department. Which, one supposes, is as good a vehicle as any for creating a group of surly men who would rather disrespect a female colleague than solve a case.

But their attitude is, strangely, even more openly hostile and ham-fisted than that which Mirren’s Tennison faced, and without the institutional and social support. No doubt sexism still thrives within the New York Police Department, but writers Peter Berg and Alexandra Cunningham behave as if human resources, and lawyers, did not exist.

Fortunately, terrific performances all around quickly ground the tensions in character rather than theme. Timoney may be complicated in a rather predictable way — she’s brilliant but socially inept, her job is tough on her home life, and she has recently quit smoking (nicotine gum is also the crutch of Mireille Enos’ detective on “The Killing” — but Bello radiates an impatient, soulful intensity that pulls it all together. (I’m pretty sure “White Collar’s” Matt Bomer wants his hat back, though.) Timoney also has Aidan Quinn — his single malt-dispensing Lt. Kevin Sweeney may be unwilling to remind his guys about the sexual harassment seminars they all undoubtedly attended, but he knows when and where to rein things in.

Including and especially Det. Reg Duffy, played by the always fabulous Brían F. O’Byrne, who is the show’s main antagonist. Clearly driven by conflicting demons, he is as fascinating a character as Timoney — an exchange between the two of them at the end of the pilot turns on a dime and promises great things. It is also wonderful to see Kirk Acevedo, killed off all too soon in the main universe of “Fringe,” as Det. Luisito Calderon, the detective who first begins to soften to Timoney.

Which they all will, eventually if not sooner, possibly even Duffy, because she is such a super-terrific detective. Much more super-terrific than Mirren’s Tennison, whose cases were not solved in an hour by her wit and ferocious tenacity alone but by tedious, often mistake-pocked police work of the sort that is rarely seen on American television.

Which is why there is no point in comparing the two shows — they are separated by too much time, space and national personality. We Americans like our detectives to size up the situation in a glance, deftly wrest information and aid from witnesses, and fix any mistakes instantly and dramatically.

All of which Bello’s Timoney does, making her a fine candidate for a highly successful American police franchise, with interesting characters and cases, but only a passing family resemblance to her distant and far more complex cousin Jane.

 
 
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Maria Elena Bello was born on April 18th, 1967 according to
April 18th, 1967
 
April 18th
 
4 + 18 +2+0+1+1 = 26 = her personal year (from April 18th, 2011 to April 17th, 2012) = Celebrity.  Popular.  Television series (Prime Suspect).  Charismatic.  Personality.  Good looking.
 

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Playboy Cover October 2011 - P 2011

11:09 AM PDT    9/13/2011

The magazine is going retro for a month to promote the NBC series “The Playboy Club.”

Playboy is going retro for its October issue with a cover price of 60 cents.

The magazine is putting out the 1961-themed issue, which hits newsstands on Friday, to promote the premiere of the September 19th premiere of the NBC series The Playboy Club.

Playboy Club star Laura Benanti appears on the cover and has a pictorial and interview inside. Additionally, the magazine will feature photos of the 1960s-era Playboy Club Bunnies and photos from several of the clubs.

The magazine will sell for 60 cents, the same amount it sold for in 1961.

The actual Playboy Club began in Chicago in 1960 and expanded to 40 venues in 25 states and seven countries. The first modern Playboy Club opened in Las Vegas in 2006.

The NBC series also stars Amber Heard and Eddie Cibrian and is executive produced by Brian Grazer.

from:  http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/playboy-drops-cover-price-60-234666

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Monday September 19th, 2011

September 19th, 2011

9 + 19 +2+0+1+1 = 32 = NBC series The Playboy Club’s life lesson = Blockbuster.

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Laura Benanti was born on July 15th, 1979 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laura_Benanti

July 15th, 1979

July 15th

7 + 15 +2+0+1+1 = 26 = her personal year (from July 15th, 2011 to July 14th, 2012) = Celebrity.  Television series.  Photos.  Photogenic.  Good looks.  Personality.  Charisma.  Positive attention.  In the news.  Making headlines.

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