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Friday, January 1, 2010

History alive at the movie theatres in 2010

On the heels of Latino Review's scoop that the Clash of the Titans remake was being fast-tracked into production at Warner Brothers and that director Stephen Norrington had dropped out, news arrives announcing the newest director. The Incredible Hulk's Louis Leterrier, known previously for the two Transporter films as well, has been quickly hired to direct Clash of the Titans. The film is a remake of the 1981 classic that featured Ray Harryhausen's wonderful stop-motion visual effects and told the story of Perseus and his quest to battle both Medusa and the Kraken monster to save the Princess Andromeda. Can Leterrier move from Marvel's Hulk to Titans so quickly and succeed yet again? I think so!

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Collider reveals that three producers of the awesome spectacle 300 have picked Tarsem to helm their new project War of Gods, which will be filmed in a similar fashion. Pairing Tarsem's eye with the style of 300 is almost too good to be true. This announcement also seems to cement a new epic fantasy trend, considering recent news about the upcoming Red Sonja and Clash of the Titans remakes also in the works.
War of Gods deals with "battles waged by Theseus, a warrior from Greek mythology, who leads a fight against the imprisoned titans… unlike some mythological tales, gods fight alongside mortals." I'd start getting used to comparisons to Clash to the Titans. Interestingly enough, Warner Brothers considered buying the script for Gods and using it for its Titans remake. In the end, Relativity Media (who usually partners with Universal) acquired the rights to Gods, pitting the two studios against each other in what will be an interesting race to release, similar to what happened with Alexander a few years back. If that wasn't tense enough, Warner Brothers just announced that they've secured The Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier for Titans. There seems to be epic battles on every front!

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Mythological Revival

There were inscriptions above the entrance of the Temple of Apollo at the Oracle of Delphi, and the two most famous were cautionary words of wisdom: ''Know thyself'' and ''Nothing too much.''
Those bits of ancient advice are worth considering as two Hollywood studios hope to launch film franchises that use Greek mythology as the unlikely premise for popcorn entertainment.


Grecian Style

Ottoman Stye accomodations

Dedeli Konak combines comfortable cave living and beautifully restored 400 years old -Greek style home and Ottoman style decoration.
Each of the ten guest rooms were designed and decorated with wonderfully traditional carpets and decor that gives our guests a wonderful welcome from the moment you walk through the arched entrance.
This stone cave house is a family-run boutique hotel carved into a mountain cliff  3 years ago.
The family and staff at the Dedeli Konak offer the peace, pleasure and comfort you seek with ten unique quest rooms.

The lunar landscape of Cappadocia is dotted with fairy chimneys, rock castles, underground cities, and cave dwellings - some of which are still lived in today. You too can stay in a cave, as many of the hotels are traditional dwellings that have been luxuriously restored.

Cappadocia has been inhabited since prehistoric times. No one knows when the underground cities were dug out - some say it was the Hittites who began the process. In more recent times, the valleys became home to Orthodox Christian monasteries, and their beautifully decorated churches are one of the regions main attractions.

Famous Olives

No matter which way we look at and how often we discuss it, the fact remains that the Greeks were the first to make olive oil. They didn’t find the tree first, nor did they use it first, but they made the oil first. Whether it was the Minoans in Crete or old King Nestor himself in Pylos is not really important anymore, especially not when it comes to food and eating today. What is important is that we are able to consider everything there is to offer, learn what we can from one another and give unbiased credit where it is due. Today we credit the Greeks and the undeniably important role they play in the production of olive oil.

As scientists tell us, the exact place where the olive tree sprung for the first time is the greater Mediterranean Basin. The first cultivation of the olive tree worldwide took place in Crete, Greece. This happened about 3500 BC in the Early Minoan times. In this period the olive tree was in a wilder form in comparison to the tree we know today. After 2000 BC the cultivation of the olive tree in Crete was very intense and systematic playing the most important role on the island's economy.

Soon after, the cultivation of Olive Oil migrated to Spain and Italy. Today Spain, Greece, and Italy produce over 85% of the world’s total output of Olive Oil.

 The olive oil production was very important in the economy of the Mycenaean civilization (1600-1150 BC). The decipherment of the "Linear B" script brought to light valuable information about the production, the commerce and the export of the olive oil in Mycenaean. In the 6th century BC, Solon, the great Athenian legislator, drafted the first law for the protection of the olive tree excluding the uncontrolled felling. The olive tree was a symbol in ancient civilzations and the olive oil was used not only for its valuable nutritional quality but also for medical purposes. Between the 7th and 3rd centuries BC ancient philosophers, physicians and historians undertook its botanical classifications and referred to the curative properties of olive oil. This knowledge is being "rediscovered" today as modern scientists’ research and find news why the Mediterranean diet is so healthy.

Astrologia - Litsa Patera

Περιοδικό «ΑΣΤΡΟΛΟΓΟΣ». Οδηγεί τα βήµατά σας και το 2010!
Διαβάστε στον ετήσιο, εορταστικό, τριπλό συλλεκτικό «ΑΣΤΡΟΛΟΓΟ» που κυκλοφορεί τις αναλυτικές προβλέψεις της Λίτσας Πατέρα για όλο το 2010 για κάθε ζώδιο, κάθε µήνα και κάθε δεκαήµερο χωριστά. Ανακαλύψτε επίσης τι σηµαίνει ο Ισηµερινός Ωροσκόπος σε όλα τα ζώδια. Μάθετε τι θα φέρει η νέα χρονιά σε παγκόσµιο πολιτικό, κοινωνικό και οικονοµικό επίπεδο, µια χρονιά κατά την οποία θα κριθεί η εξουσία. Διαβάστε επίσης αναλυτικές προβλέψεις για όλη τη χρονιά σύµφωνα µε τον προσωπικό σας ωροσκόπο, αλλά και σύµφωνα µε την Ινδική και την Κινέζικη Αστρολογία. Μάθετε ακόµη τι αποκαλύπτει η τράπουλα Ταρώ τη νέα χρονιά για κάθε ζώδιο, αλλά διαβάστε και τις ετήσιες προβλέψεις για την πορεία του Χρηµατιστηρίου. Αν είστε γυναίκα, ακολουθήστε τις συµβουλές της αισθητικού µας για να αναδείξετε την οµορφιά σας µε αφορµή τη βραδιά του ρεβεγιόν. Τέλος, δείτε τις προτάσεις µας για να στολίσετε µε πρωτότυπο τρόπο το σπίτι σας τις γιορτές.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Years starts in Sydney Australia

Watch the entire fireworks in Sydney Australia- Under explosive bursts of crimson, purple and blue, more than 1 million New Year revelers in Sydney got one of the world's biggest parties started Thursday — bidding farewell to the tough year that was 2009 and welcoming a new decade.
As the family-friendly, pre-midnight fireworks show illuminated Australia's largest city, preparations were under way across the world for pyrotechnics, parties and prayers in the final countdown to herald the end of the period dubbed "the Noughties."

The mood of celebrations was tempered in some places by the effects of the financial downturn, which bit hard in 2009, sending economies into recession, causing millions to lose their jobs and home foreclosures to rise dramatically in some countries.

Once in a blue moon there is one on New Year's Eve.
Revelers ringing in 2010 will be treated to a so-called blue moon. According to popular definition, a blue moon is the second full moon in a month. But don't expect it to be blue — the name has nothing to do with the color of our closest celestial neighbor.
The New Year's Eve blue moon will be visible in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America and Africa. For partygoers in Australia and Asia, the full moon does not show up until New Year's Day, making January a blue moon month for them.
However, the Eastern Hemisphere can celebrate with a partial lunar eclipse on New Year's Eve when part of the moon enters the Earth's shadow. The eclipse will not be visible in the Americas.
A full moon occurred on Dec. 2. It will appear again on Thursday in time for the New Year's countdown.
"If you're in Times Square, you'll see the full moon right above you. It's going to be that brilliant," said Jack Horkheimer, director emeritus of the Miami Space Transit Planetarium and host of a weekly astronomy TV show.
A full moon occurs every 29.5 days, and most years have 12. On average, an extra full moon in a month — a blue moon — occurs every 2.5 years. The last time there was a lunar double take was in May 2007. New Year's Eve blue moons are rarer, occurring every 19 years. The last time was in 1990; the next one won't come again until 2028.
Blue moons have no astronomical significance, said Greg Laughlin, an astronomer at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
"'Blue moon' is just a name in the same sense as a 'hunter's moon' or a 'harvest moon,'" Laughlin said in an e-mail.
The popular definition of blue moon came about after a writer for Sky & Telescope magazine in 1946 misinterpreted the Maine Farmer's Almanac and labeled a blue moon as the second full moon in a month. In fact, the almanac defined a blue moon as the third full moon in a season with four full moons, not the usual three.
Though Sky & Telescope corrected the error decades later, the definition caught on. For purists, however, this New Year's Eve full moon doesn't even qualify as a blue moon. It's just the first full moon of the winter season.
In a tongue-in-cheek essay posted on the magazine's Web site this week, senior contributing editor Kelly Beatty wrote: "If skies are clear when I'm out celebrating, I'll take a peek at that brilliant orb as it rises over the Boston skyline to see if it's an icy shade of blue. Or maybe I'll just howl."
Alicia Chang of The Associated Press wrote this report.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Fire of Anatolia

The Fire of Anatolia or Anadolu Ateşi is a Turkish dance group consisting of 120 dancers, several choreographers and other technical staff. The group has performed in more than 60 countries from the USA to China and Japan, in front of an audience of approximately 10 million people altogether[1]. Fire of Anatolia holds two Guinness records, one for fastest dance performance[2] with 241 steps per minute[3] and another for largest audience, 400 000 people in Ereğli, in the Black Sea Region of the country[4]. The head of the group is Mustafa Erdoğan.

The group had its first performances in 2001 and started a world tour a year later, already under the name Fire of Anatolia. The number of dancers now reaches 120, which means that the group is able to perform the same show in two or three different locations at the same time. According to Erdoğan, Fire of Anatolia is currently among the three largest dance groups in the world.[5]. The dance group has performed so far in more than 40 countries, including the USA, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Russia, Qatar, China, Japan, Kazakhstan, France, Egypt just in front of the Pyramids and The Netherlands

The programs they currently perform are named Fire of Anatolia and Dawool, the latter of which is "built on rhythm. It begins with a religious scene, then a romantic duet and continues with drum sessions. We wanted to reflect Istanbul with it, its multiculturalism, the mixture of cultures and religions" (Oktay Keresteci, ballet coreographer)[6

Kaiti Garbi

Garbi began her singing career with her younger sister, Liana, as the "Garbi Sisters" when she was just 15 years old and Liana 13. Due to their age, their father was against their work as singers, but he did not want to stand in the way of the promising future that he felt their talent offered them. They are most remembered for the backup vocals they provided at Yannis Floriniotis's performances in the early eighties.

Breaking away from the duo with her sister Liana, Garbi recorded her first solo song "Sain Trope" that quickly became a hit. Her official debut in discography came in 1987, when she appeared as one of the artists on a new compilation album called Ta Deka Dekaria alongside other new singers including Manto, Polina, Sophia Vossou and Laurentis Mahairitsas. In addition to "Sain Trope", contribution also included a duet with Kostas Haritodiplomenos titled "Glyka". With the success of the first album, the second volume was released in 1989 which featured Garbi in two new songs titled "Ah, Afto Mou Aresei" and "Zo Na S'Agapo". These early songs grabbed the attention of Greek music executives, and led her to her first record contract with CBS Records Greece, paving the way for her first studio album in 1989.