Australian actress Diane Cilento dies aged 78 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 October 2011 11:34

Oscar-nominated Australian actress Diane Cilento, who was once married to Sean Connery, has died aged 78. The star, who passed away at the Cairns Base Hospital, close by her Queensland home, rose to fame in the early 1960s opposite stars such as Charlton Heston. She was nominated for a supporting actress Oscar for her role as Molly in the 1963 movie Tom Jones.

Close friend and playwright Michael Gow paid tribute to the star, calling her "a performer to the end".

"She kept us all hugely entertained until the day before yesterday, when she just couldn't manage anymore and we took her to hospital."

No cause of death was given.

Cilento married Connery in 1962, and the couple divorced in 1973. The couple's only son, Jason Connery, went on to star in TV series Robin of Sherwood in the mid-1980s.

Rainforest theatre

A versatile performer of stage and screen, Cilento's leading men included Charlton Heston in the 1965 classic The Agony and the Ecstasy and Paul Newman in the 1967 western film Hombre.

She was nominated for a Tony Award playing Helen of Troy in the 1956 Broadway production of Tiger at the Gates.

Cilento married playwright Anthony Shaffer, who wrote Sleuth and The Wicker Man, in 1985. The couple met when she played Miss Rose in the 1973 film adaptation of The Wicker Man.

However, she largely dropped out of screen work in the 1980s, following her decision to set up the Karnak Playhouse open-air theatre in northern Queensland, where she settled with Shaffer.

John Kotzas from the Queensland Performing Arts Centre said she "achieved all sorts of artistic heights".

Cilento was awarded a Queensland Greats Award in 2001 in recognition of her status as a National Treasure. Her autobiography, My Nine Lives, was published in 2006.

"While she was originally known as a glamorous international film star, her work in later years in the far north showed her commitment to the arts," said Queensland state Premier Anna Bligh, in a statement.

"I know that Ms Cilento will be sorely missed by many in the industry."

Michael Jackson concert: 40,000 tribute tickets sold PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 October 2011 11:28

Organisers said 40,000 tickets have now been sold ahead of Saturday night's stadium concert in Cardiff in memory of Michael Jackson. Although 10,000 tickets remained for the show at the Millennium Stadium they were confident of an eventual sell-out. Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Smokey Robinson are among performers, while Beyonce will sing via video link.

Marlon, Jackie, Tito and La Toya Jackson will also pay tribute to their brother.

Chris Hunt, head of organisers Global Events Live, said: "I'm excited about tomorrow's event, especially with ticket sales going so well."

He added that, although there were still tickets left "we hope to sell out on the day" and reach the event's 50,000 capacity.

"Buzz is really building and some key acts have already been spotted in the city. Doors will open at 4pm tomorrow for what will be a fantastic evening," he said.

Michael Jackson died aged 50 in June 2009, during a rehearsal period for his This Is It tour.

The Michael Forever concert has been criticised for coinciding with the trial in Los Angeles of the singer's physician Dr Conrad Murray, who denies involuntary manslaughter.

Randy, Jermaine and Janet Jackson have confirmed they will not be attending the event because of the "bad timing".

But brothers Marlon, Tito and Jackie and his sister La Toya will be in Cardiff.

Their mother Katherine Jackson also said she was "greatly honoured" to attend the tribute to her son.

BBC Radio 1 presenter Fearne Cotton will co-host the event with Hollywood actor and singer Jamie Foxx.

Beyonce will appear via a video link.

Chart-topping act Black Eyed Peas were among the biggest acts in the line-up, but the group pulled out with just days to go, citing "unavoidable circumstances".

Meanwhile, Cardiff council confirmed that an email was sent by the Millennium Stadium to its "key stakeholders," including Cardiff council staff, offering "a number of free tickets" to the concert. The offer was available on a first-come-first-served basis.

A council spokesman said he did not know how many free tickets were available but it was not believed to be a large amount and free tickets had not been offered to all council staff.

Doors open at 16:00 BST for Saturday's show, with the first act on stage at 18:00 BST.

"It's going to be a huge and spectacular event," said Mr Hunt.

He added: "This is a Jackson family evening. I think it's easy to underestimate this. I think it will be a hugely emotional evening. Mrs Jackson and the children will be very visible."

The tribute concert, will be broadcast around the world, with profits raising money for three charities including the Los Angeles-based Aids Project and the Prince's Trust.

Giving the event her "complete blessing", Katherine Jackson said: "Michael gave his entire life to the world through his love, his music and his devotion to healing the planet."

She added it would be a "worthy celebration of Michael's life" and that "this is how Michael would have wanted it".

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Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival starts friday! PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 October 2011 23:23
The Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival organization held a press conference in order for the local press to have an opportunity to share some time with the international artists that will be performing during this week end. Present were saxofonist Candy Dulfer and Eddie Palmieri.
Timetable of all artist at the Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival Aruba PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 October 2011 23:23
As many festival goers are aware that at The Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival there are three stages. On many occasions there are simultaneous performances. With this image the public can plan ahead in order to decide which stage and at what time they want to visit it. Doors of Cas di Cultura Plaza open at 6pm.
Dolphin Tale beats Lion King 3D at US box office PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 October 2011 10:08

Family film Dolphin Tale has climbed to number one on the US box office chart, knocking The Lion King 3D off the top spot, according to early estimates.

Dolphin Tale, about a boy's friendship with a dolphin whose tail was lost in a trap, stars Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and Harry Connick Jr.

The movie made $14.2m (£9.1m) in its second week of release.

Brad Pitt baseball drama, Moneyball, remained at number two, with takings of $12.5m (£8m).

The Lion King 3D slipped to third spot - it has earned $79.7m (£51.3m) since it was re-released.

The highest new entry was 50/50, a comedy-drama about a young man's battle against cancer.

Other new entries on the chart included police drama Courageous and thriller Dream House, starring real-life husband and wife Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz.

The film is about a family who learns of the brutal murder of former residents of their seemingly idyllic new home.

Surviving Beatles attend George Harrison film premiere PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 October 2011 09:52

The surviving Beatles have paid tribute to George Harrison at the London premiere of Martin Scorsese's new documentary about his life.

Sir Paul McCartney called the guitarist, who died in 2001, "a great man" and "an all-round good boy".

Scorsese told the BBC he had been drawn to tell Harrison's story because of the outlook of his lyrics.

"For years, his music seemed to be dealing with themes that I connected with," he said.

"I found comfort in them and a hope and a special experience listening to his music. I was fascinated by him."

The Oscar-winning director said Harrison's love of India had changed western culture.

"George was the one to open our minds to this, that this could be of value to you in your life, to you and everyone you love. His music really expresses that."

Stars talk about the documentary on the red carpet

The documentary, George Harrison: Living In The Material World, will receive a limited cinematic release, before being shown on the BBC in the UK and on HBO in the US.

It is split into two parts - first chronicling the Beatles' rise to fame, then documenting the solo years, when Harrison juggled music with philanthropic work and a career as a movie impresario.

Five years in the making, the three-and-a-half hour film was pieced together as Scorsese worked on Shutter Island and forthcoming 3D family film Hugo.

He said it had been made possible by Harrison's widow, Olivia, who threw open the family archive of photos, home videos and personal effects.

At one point in the film, Dhani Harrison is heard reading from his father's diary: "January 10 - got up, went to Twickenham, rehearsed until lunchtime, left The Beatles."

Olivia Harrison told the BBC it had been "hard to part with" elements of the archive, "but they finally convinced me it was ok".

Fond memories

The London premiere was partnered with a charity screening in Harrison's hometown of Liverpool.

Harrison died of lung cancer in 2001 aged 58

Viewers there said the film "brought to life how there were four people in the Beatles".

"You hear so much about Lennon and McCartney, but without George and Ringo, they wouldn't have been there," one fan told the BBC.

In London, the premiere was attended by the Beatles' former producer Sir George Martin, Yoko Ono, Noel Gallagher, Sir Ben Kingsley, Billy Connolly, Terry Gilliam, Ronnie Wood and Harrison's former wife, Pattie Boyd.

Sir Paul, who was accompanied by his fiancee Nancy Shevell, said watching the film had been an emotional experience.

"Every time I see something to do with George it brings back more memories than you would believe. He was my little mate on the school bus. A lot of fond memories. He's sorely missed by us all."

Ringo Starr said it was moving that films were still being made about the guitarist, 10 years after his death.

"It's far out. It's far out. It's like the Beatles go on forever."


Sunday, sale day: Digicel teams up with spectacular car show PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 September 2011 22:53
On Sunday, October 2, the Ling & Sons Supermarket parking lot will be converted into a spectacular car show floor, where Digicel will be offering many products at fabulous prices. The dynamic Digicel sales team will be present from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The hottest party in Aruba takes place this Saturday Night Oct 1st with a 5 Hour Open Bar PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 September 2011 20:12
On Saturday October 1st 2011 “The Forbidden Party” will take place at Tierra del Sol Clubhouse. This will be an exclusive party starting at 10 pm till 3 am. What makes this event so attractive is that besides the entertainment of international Dj Outkast and local band Tsunami there will ne a 5 Hour Open Bar.
Lost' Beethoven work to be aired PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 10:46
A "lost" Beethoven movement is to be performed for the first time in more than 200 years, after being pieced together from early drafts. Beethoven wrote the slow movement for his string quartet Opus 18 Number Two in 1799 before discarding it and composing another version a year later.The original has not survived, but has now been reconstructed by Prof Barry Cooper of Manchester University.

He has reassembled the surviving sketches, filling in any gaps himself.

Prof Cooper, one of the world's leading experts on the composer, said preliminary sketches from Beethoven's notebooks had survived for all 74 bars of the movement.

But half of the bars were written for just one instrument, meaning Prof Cooper has completed the missing instrument parts himself.

"You've got a pretty good idea of what the music is like," he told BBC News.

"The movement will certainly be strikingly similar to what Beethoven wrote. Obviously it can't possibly be exactly the same."

The original movement was delivered to Beethoven's patron Prince Franz Joseph Maximilian von Lobkowitz in 1799 before being replaced with a revised version.

'A perfectionist'

The full manuscript of the original composition has not been seen since. But Beethoven wrote to a friend in 1801, telling him that he had not mastered the composition of quartets at the time that he wrote the original.

"He was a perfectionist," Prof Cooper said. "He felt that when he wrote this early movement, he didn't actually know how to write quartets. Any other composer would have been delighted to have written this lovely movement."

The completed movement will be performed by the university's resident string quartet Quatuor Danel at the Martin Harris Centre in Manchester on Thursday.

The performance comes 13 years after Prof Cooper stirred controversy in the classical music world by creating a 10th Symphony based on unfinished Beethoven sketches.

He said there was "far more" evidence for the contents of the string quartet than for the symphony, meaning it was "much easier to piece together".

Honeypot releases new album in free concert on October 1 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 September 2011 23:58
The popular local band Honeypot will release a new album on Saturday during a free concert on the parkinglot at Chaos Cafe in downtown Oranjestad. The album Milk & Honey, includes performances by local and international artists, who cooperated with Chayo, Cedrik, Jeremy and Serio; three songs are already hits on local radio stations. The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Joanie Croes’ art is part of “Microcosm” at Dutch Kingdom Ambassador’s residence in Washington PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 September 2011 22:37
Joanie Croes is one of the Aruban artists whose work is on display at the Dutch Kingdom Ambassador’s residence in Washington D.C. The exposition “Microcosm” is the first one ever organized at the residence and will be open until October 3, 2011.
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