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Hollywood’s Best-Paid Actors

Posted in English on July 23, 2008 by keronii

Tinseltown’s leading ladies may generate more tabloid ink, but when it comes to blockbuster paychecks, Hollywood is still a man’s town.  In an era where risk-averse studio executives have declared men the more reliable movie stars– and the more desirable moviegoers — perhaps it’s no surprise that they are also the medium’s top earners. The reality: Hollywood’s 10 best-paid actors out-earned Hollywood’s 10 best-paid actresses 2-to-1 over the course of the year.

Collectively, the big screen’s leading men took home an estimated $487 million this year, compared with the leading ladies’ haul of $244.5 million.

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Will Smith leads the pack of Hollywood’s best-paid actors, banking an estimated $80 million over the course of the year. Frequently called the hardest-working man in Hollywood, Smith has proved that no matter the genre — be it sci-fi thriller (“I Am Legend”) or sappy drama (“The Pursuit of Happyness”) — he can deliver an audience.

The former “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” star also set a theatrical record this year. Thanks to the commercial success of this summer’s anti-superhero flick “Hancock,” Smith is the first actor in Hollywood history to have eight straight movies eclipse $100 million at the box office.

Coming in second on the list is “Pirates of the Caribbean” star Johnny Depp, an actor who is known to vacillate between commercial work and artier fare. He still managed to pull down $72 million this year.

In this case, the bold-faced star followed up his three turns as Captain Jack Sparrow in Disney’s $2.76 billion “Pirates” franchise with the Stephen Sondheim serial-killer musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Flat Street.” Though the latter hardly set box office records, it did earn Depp an Oscar nomination.

With $55 million, Eddie Murphy comes in third among Tinseltown’s top earners, thanks to a slew of family-friendly hits. The long-reigning master of disguise continues to prove his range on- screen, playing notable roles in everything from animated flicks (“Shrek”) to goofball comedies (“Norbit”) to musical remakes (“Dreamgirls”). The latter earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Then there’s “Austin Powers” star Mike Myers, who is tied for third on this list with earnings of $55 million, due in large part to the success of the hit animated franchise “Shrek.”

But when it comes to live-action fare, the comedy chameleon’s ride has been far less smooth in recent years. Despite a stellar cast (including Justin Timberlake and Jessica Alba) and plenty of promotion, Myers’ summer comedy “The Love Guru” failed to deliver at the box office. To date, the Paramount flick has generated only $31.8 million domestically.

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“Titanic’s” Leonardo DiCaprio rounds out the top five, raking in $45 million during the year. He’s the unique movie star who can get $20 million for work in R-rated adult dramas, which, because of viewer age restrictions, have limited ability to generate big box office numbers.

Though his flicks are rarely blockbusters, DiCaprio’s work can create a sizable amount of Academy Award season buzz. In fact, three of his last five flicks — “Gangs of New York,” “The Aviator,” and “The Departed” — were nominated for Best Picture. The latter took home the Oscar.

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Tips That Will Increase Your Site Traffic

Posted in English with tags , on July 23, 2008 by keronii

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TIP 1 – SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
Search Engine Optimization (also called ‘SEO’) will let your website appear on the first few pages of search results in search engines like Google or Yahoo.

TIP II – Use Testimonials
Think about how many times you’ve visited a new website. Were you a little apprehensive about the site or about placing an order, especially for the first time? Did you read the reviews? More than likely you did, let’s face it; most people read reviews before they buy something from a site or participate in a website’s community. Letting your visitors know about the experience other visitors have with your site or business will skyrocket your website’s credibility.
TIP III – Surveys And Customer Feedback
If you are offering products or services on your site, your most valuable source of information is your customers. Creating customer surveys can provide you with a wealth of information. You can also find tools to post your customers’ feedback on your site; just be sure to use one that verifies negative feedback so that it is not posted immediately without you having a chance to try to resolve the issue. Attention to the feedback your visitors give you is very important – it’ll help you improve your site, service, and make the experience of your visitors more intriguing. And that will make them come back again and again.
TIP IV – Website Credibility
Another way to increase your website’s credibility is by displaying site seals that show you are offering a recognized product or service, or that you are associated with a trusted organization. The impact of these types of seals is significant because it tells your visitors that quality is important and it gives them a feeling of security. If visitors feels comfortable about your site, product, or service they are much more likely to return to your site in the future.

Room Types Explained

Posted in English on July 20, 2008 by keronii

Ensuite Rooms: Ensuite rooms have a private bathroom attached to the room. The bathroom will have a WC and a bath or shower (or both combined). All rooms featured on easy-london-hotels.com are ensuite.Single Room: A single room is designed to accommodate one person only. The room contains one single bed, (approx. 3′ x 6′ 3 or 1m x 1.9m).

Double Room: A double room is designed to accommodate two people only. The room usually contains one queen bed. (approx. 4′ 6 x 6′ 3 or 1.4m x 1.9m). The size of the the double beds are European standard and are usually slightly smaller than those found in the North American hotels.

Double (1 Person): A double room can be booked for one person – the industry term for this is Double for Single Occupancy. Some of the hotels charge a lower rate if only one person is staying in a double room. This rate will be shown if applicable.

Twin Room: A twin room is also designed to accommodate two people only. The room contains two single beds. (Approx. 3′ x 6′ 3 or 1m x 1.9m) – each bed sleeps one person.

Triple Room: A triple room is designed to accommodate three people only. The room will usually contain three single beds. However, some hotels can offer a room with 1 Double bed and 1 single bed – Please state your preference when making your reservation.

Quad Room: A quad room is designed to accommodate four people only. The room will contain either: Two queen beds One queen and two single beds Four single beds Please specify which option you require when sending your reservation form. We can also assist you in seeking accommodation that can accommodate more than four people in a room. Please specify the number of people in your party when completing your reservation request form.

Executive & Superior Rooms: Are designed to provide a more luxurious atmosphere than standard (std) rooms. The main attraction with these rooms are that they usually feature upgraded furniture and decor, and they are also invariably more spacious. Often, these rooms offer a sitting area, perhaps a sofa and easy-chairs in addition to the bed, to provide extra comfort. Also, in some hotels there are extra facilities – these vary enourmously with each hotel – they range from: upgraded complimentary bathroom products, work/writing desk, complimentary flowers, bathrobe etc.

Apartments: Are designed to offer accommodation which is more substantial and similar in some ways to being a ‘home’. They normally range from containing one to three separate bedrooms, with a separate lounge area and bathroom, and often sleep two people per room. Apartments also contain a full kitchen or a scaled down version known as a ‘kitchenette’.

Suites & Mini Suites: Are designed to offer a more substantial form of accommodation. They normally contain one (possible two) double bedroom. Suites contain a sitting area with lounge style furniture, i.e. a sofa and easy chairs. The term ‘mini’ when applied to Suite usually refers to the sitting area being quite compact. Suites usually contain a total of three rooms; a bedroom, a bathroom and a sitting room. There is no kitchen in a Suite, though some may provide a microwave oven plus small refrigerator.

Look smart with Smart Object

Posted in English with tags on June 24, 2008 by keronii

Maybe you like to jump back and forth between applications while you design. Maybe you’ve never met an element that you didn’t want to resize a hundred times. When Adobe� introduced Smart Objects with CS2, they had you in mind.

Smart Objects are non-destructive elements that allow you to edit without degrading the integrity of the original file. Think of them as reference files. You can resize, transform, and otherwise mangle a Smart Object to your heart’s content, and you can always revert back to the original version without any degradation having taken place.

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You’re probably most familiar with Smart Objects if you’re frequently copying Vector elements into your Photoshop documents. However, Smart Objects are much more powerful than that. You can transform any Photoshop layer into a Smart Object. Just right-click it and choose the menu option ‘Convert to Smart Object’.

You can double-click the layer thumbnail and it will open in the appropriate application. Now you have the same freedom to edit your raster elements without lasting consequences.

The Only Ab Movement You’ll Ever Need

Posted in English with tags on June 22, 2008 by keronii

I know, five-minute abs sounds like the latest infomercial promise, but if you put in that much time per day, I guarantee you’ll get a tight, toned tummy fast. Especially if you spend it doing bicycle crunches. If you’re going to do only one ab move for the rest of your life, make it this one.

The bicycle is the most efficient ab sculptor because you’re continually moving, so muscles never rest, explains Peter Francis, Ph.D., a professor emeritus of exercise science at San Diego State University who compared 13 common ab moves. Plus, it works both abs and obliques simultaneously.

Try it: Lie faceup, hands behind you head, elbows out. Lift shoulder blades and left leg about 6 inches off the floor as you bring right knee toward chest and twist torso toward right knee so left elbow barely touches it. Switch sides, lowering right leg to 6 inches off the floor and bringing left knee in while twisting torso left for one rep.

Make it harder: Hold a 3- to 6-pound medicine ball at chest. Continue alternating in a pedaling motion. Try two sets of 12 reps. See a video of the move here.

Helpful Websites For Venture Start-Ups

Posted in English with tags on June 18, 2008 by keronii

Have you started a new business but don’t have the time to sort through all the websites online to find the best and most relevant information?

  1. Venture Hacks is an entrepreneur’s guide to hacking venture capital. Their goal is to help entrepreneurs get on an even footing with their better-informed counterparts when negotiating an investment.
  2. TheFunded.com allows entrepreneurs to research, rate, and review venture funds from around the world, providing invaluable information and guidance to other entrepreneurs looking to raise critical growth capital.
  3. Docstoc is a user generated community where you can find and share professional documents. You can find free legal documents and free business documents as well as upload your documents for all the world to share.
  4. The Instigator Blog is all about instigating discussion, ideas and better business. It is focused on entrepreneurship, small business, marketing and technology, with a heavy dose of humor.

Stocks seen lower, financials may struggle

Posted in English with tags , on June 17, 2008 by keronii

Australian shares are set for a weak start on Wednesday, with financial stocks under pressure after Goldman Sachs warned that the global credit crisis would not peak until 2009.

Miners may find some support from a rise in base-metals prices, though oil firms could dip after crude oil prices came off record highs. Analysts have warned of continuing weak market sentiment due to concerns over the health of the global economy.

Australian June share price index (SPI) futures fell 10 points to 5409, a 13.7-point discount to the 5422.7 close in the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index on Tuesday. New Zealand’s benchmark NZX-50 index dipped 0.2%, or 6.7 points, to 3397.9 in early trade. The most heavily weighted stock, Telecom Corp of New Zealand, was down 0.5% at $NZ3.82.

Financial firms may struggle after brokerage Goldman Sachs warned that US banks would have to raise as much as $US65 billion in capital to shore up balance sheets hit by the mortgage crisis.

Herald Resources may be in the spotlight after an Indonesian and Chinese group in a bidding war for Herald Resources matched a rival $553 million offer.

Ausdrill again rejected a bid from Macmahon Holdings, saying it feared the offer could lead to a break up of the company.