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Dhoom 3 and Their Promotional Tactics

Dhoom 3 and Their Promotional Tactics

The super hit franchise is back with its third installation and this time with Mr. Perfectionist, Aamir Khan bagging the lead. The film of course does have Abhisekh Bachchan and Uday Chopra but that again is a mere formality in the plot, isn’t it? Accompanying them in a gorgeous avatar is Katrina Kaif who is spreading her magic with the song Dhoom Machale. While the film is predicted to make a collection of over Rs. 200 crore, the film makers are making sure they get the maximum leverage out of the coverage before the film even releases. This will begin once Aamir Khan pushes his genius marketing tactics for promoting the film. But the question really is that does the film need promotion? Banking on the star cast and the past hits by the same franchise, the film is a sure shot hit. Also, considering the fact that no big banners are launching any movies during the same time, the film will not be at the split ends at the Box Office.

So the question still remains here that can the film break all records without being hard sold? Possibly yes and the reason for this is because Dhoom 3 has already sold off its satellite rights to Sony Max at a whooping price of Rs. 75 crore. And with brands like Mountain Dew and BMW coming into the picture as product associations, the film has gone beyond the mark of being a hit already. Though the formality of promotion would include new song teasers and launches to create excitement, the makers will make sure they do everything to make it big. Similar attempt was seen by the makers and the agency handling the social media of the film during the launch of the song Dhoom Machale. While the song has crossed a mark of half a million hits on YouTube, the trailer of the film has received over 10 million hits already. And since then no Indian TV channel has been missing out on the opportunity in showing either the teasers or the songs on their channels. Watch movie channels like Max and UTV or music channels like MTV, Mix and 9XM who have harped on the popularity of the song and have constantly fed it on their television schedule as well as on their online portals. The success of the songs and teasers will surely contribute to the success of the film, but will the film manage to break records and steal hearts we will find out on 20th December, 2013.

The Influential Cultures of Humour

The Influential Cultures of Humour

Throughout the world, humour has been presented through several forms. Various cultures have emphasized different aspects of humour and have made it their own. In this article, we will take a brief look at four different cultures and the main characteristics of their brand of humour and how they have sometimes influenced another culture�s humour.

American humour: American stand-up comedians use a wide variety of comedic forms in their routines. Their humour can be categorized as more slapstick, improvisational, and oftentimes observational, especially due to the influx of Jewish comedians like Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Lenny Bruce, and Jerry Seinfeld during the latter part of the 20th Century. African-American comedians also play a very big part in American humour and some of the country�s most-celebrated comedians like Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, and Eddie Murphy hail from that community. Compared to British humour, American comedy tends to be more direct and less subtle. It can also be more risqu� and profane than British humour with topics ranging from drug consumption to sex with lots of profanity in order to shock and offend the audience.

British humour: British comedians often use satire, irony, innuendo, and absurd elements to make their audiences laugh. There isn�t any subject that is taboo to British humour, though comedians tend to be more subtle about controversial topics like sex than their American counterparts. They also make a lot of jokes about stereotypes of different cultures present in the United Kingdom. The television series Monty Python and Ali G are good examples of this. In fact, British television comedy shows have been so influential that a lot of them have been remade for American audiences, such as is the case for The Office, All in the Family, and Three�s Company.

Jewish humour: Due to its vast influence on American comedy, Jewish humour plays a very large role in comedy on this side of the pond. As mentioned above, their humour is very much observational, anecdotal, and self-deprecating, with lots of references to Jewish culture, their religion, and even sometimes anti- Semitism. When Jews began to immigrate to the United States following World War II, they were having a hard time finding mainstream success, but they eventually came to acceptance with the emergence of American radio and television sitcoms. In the 1950s, Milton Berle, a Jewish comedian, became the first major television star during TV�s golden age. Today, Jewish humour is still very much a part of North American comedy, thanks in part to the success of television sitcoms like Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Canadian humour: Partly because of its many regional cultural differences, Canadian humour is influenced by various themes and trends. English-speaking Canadians often make jokes at the expense of French-speaking Canadians, and vice versa. �Newfie� jokes are also very popular throughout Canada and have become part of Canadian culture. Canadian comedians also enjoy poking fun at the numerous differences between Americans and Canadians. One example of this is Rick Mercer�s comedy routines, Talking to Americans. Like British comedy, satire is one of the most evident characteristic of Canadian humour, specifically in political comedy shows such as Royal Canadian Air Farce and The Rick Mercer Report.

Do The Maya Believe The End Of The World Is At Hand

Do The Maya Believe The End Of The World Is At Hand

The Mayan people who lived in what is now modern day Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico had exceptionally complicated calendars. During the 18th century, scholars began to translate the Mayan calendar, and realized that the current cycle would end round about December 21st 2012.

It just so happens that upon this date, the earth and sun will be roughly aligned with the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way. It is also of course the Winter Solstice, or shortest day of the year. These facts combined with the overheated imaginations of people who love to speculate about the end of the world being at hand, have given rise to endless speculation that somehow the world will come to an end on December 21st 2012, or that we will transition into a new state of being.

Mayans themselves on the whole just shrug their shoulders, and entirely disbelieve in the so called Mayan prophecy. To them it is simply the end of a long time cycle, rather like 31st December. But of course, there is money to be made from Doomsday, so the Tourist Boards of the various Mundo Maya (Mayan World) countries have been milking it as hard as they can.

Many people genuinely believe that the Mayan civilization was founded by extra terrestrial beings, and that they created the complex calendar to indicate to the world that some cataclysmic event would take place. In fact, it’s not even certain that the Mayan calendar does end on December 21st 2012, experts disagree on this point.

People who follow the various Mayan Doomsday Cults believe that there will be some kind of special beam radiated from the center of the Universe to Earth. Of course, one person’s Doomsday Cult is another person’s respectable belief � after all, most Christians believe in the end of the world as we know it and the second coming of Christ.

One of the interesting aspects of the Mayan Prophecy is that people believe that the way in which humans respond to these end of the world events will affect what actually happens. Some believe that if it is greeted with open minds and hearts, we will somehow be transported into a new age, where we will enjoy a higher consciousness.

There are some who believe the the original intergalactic �seed Maya� beings will return on December 21st, bringing with them new knowledge and ushering in a new age of peace, harmony, and wisdom. Interestingly, very few people actually seem to believe that we are looking at the end of the world, rather some kind of rebirth.

Events due to take place at Mayan sites all over the Mundo Maya range from international concerts to a few enthusiasts camping out over night at some of the smaller temples. There doesn’t seem to be a mass subscription to an end of the world scenario, rather, this seems to be for most people something fun and interesting, fueled by the seemingly endless doomsday programming of the History Channel and the like.

Laughably, one such program showed an intrepid explorer traveling to a �secret� Mayan site. The �secret� site is half a mile off of a main road and visited by tourists daily. The Mayan shaman in the film, introduced as a traditional wise man in his Mayan hovel, is actually a well known village elder and tour guide who, carefully out of shot, has a TV, stereo system and the like in his admittedly traditional home.

In hushed tones the intrepid explorer explained that he had to beat his way through almost impenetrable jungle to the site, which he announced he had very special permission to visit. The impenetrable jungle he was showing the viewer was in fact a cultivated banana plantation, there were even a few chickens pecking around! Yes, the Mayan end of the world Doomsday cult has brought charlatans out in their droves.

Fortunately the Mayan Prophecy seems to be a mild and pleasant variant of the regular end times theme which has not gulled people into serious fear and worry.

Theme Your Kitchen With Hollywood Memorabilia

Theme Your Kitchen With Hollywood Memorabilia

It is no secret that movies are very popular. Films have gone international with movie stars being recognized worldwide. You wait every year to see your favorite actor or actress in the upcoming film. A lot of people look forward to that warm, comfortable night in with the people they care about while curled up around the TV watching a rented DVD. The movie starts on the screen are actually invited into your living room and the moments on screen can feel as real as a memory. You can share your passion for these moments by decorating your kitchen with Hollywood memorabilia.

Hollywood memorabilia is a great design idea for the inside of your home. Everyone connects with movies, so it is good the pieces serve as good conversation piece. It will spark up a talk about everyone�s favorite films and that can break the ice during a get together; movie buffs would even argue that you can learn a lot about a person through the movies that they like. So, in a way, the Hollywood memorabilia on the walls can help you screen potential friends.

Another thing that good Hollywood memorabilia can do is set a mood. If you are partial to a piece of film then the room will take the feel of that film. Perhaps you like to hang a signed scene from a family movie, and that image will set a tone for the entire room. Everyone that sees the piece will be reminded of that famous moment, sit down and enjoy the subliminal family atmosphere. Hollywood memorabilia can help you set the tone.

The first thing to consider when it comes to decorating your kitchen with Hollywood memorabilia is what kind of paint to use behind the pieces. This really comes down to the atmosphere you are trying to promote with your art work. Perhaps you want a sleek 1950�s atmosphere, then the pain in the room should take on that theme. You can use checkered tiles on the walls and paint the room with off-white colors. If you have a lot of pieces that are very valuable then you might want to keep the d�cor and the paint tempered. A plain white, like in an art gallery, will show of the art work. It will stand alone on the wall and speak for itself.

Hollywood memorabilia will dictate the kitchen ware as well. You want silverware and plates that slide right into the feeling of the room, unless, of course, you want the kitchen to speak like an art gallery. It would be pretty odd to have a bunch of themed Hollywood d�cor and a New England style rustic kitchen set.

It is now easier than ever to decorate your kitchen the way you want. These pieces are all available online and can be bought with a specific theme in mind. You don�t have to go gallivanting to southern California for the latest in movie themed d�cor. You can sit down, in the privacy of your own kitchen and buy online while looking around at the walls.

Snow White and the Huntsmen

Snow White and the Huntsmen

A classical film redone into a thriller. Snow White and the Huntsmen shocked me it was one of the best movies I have seen all year. A Disney film redone into an exhilarating action packed movie. Kristen Stewart is at her best in this film. Personally I didn’t think she should play anything but in the Twilight Saga but she surprised me as she gave a stupendous performance. This movie is a remake of the classic Disney film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This movie tells of an epic story about how a young girl defies her step mother and gets the whole kingdom back to what it was when her father ruled.

Some people did not like this movie because they said Kristen Stewart acts the same in all her movies, I beg to differ she gave an astonishing and surprising performance in this exciting tale of love and adventure. The story line and the special effects were shocking and exciting. The white mystical creature in the movie was the most beautiful and epic part of the movie. It shows that no matter how small or big you are everyone and everything has a purpose in life. In the film, she walks up to this white mystical beast and it bows down to her and blesses her. At that moment the dwarfs would do anything for her because they realize she is the one who will restore their kingdom to the powerful and peaceful place that it was.

The director of this movie couldn’t have picked a better actress to play this role. Kristen Stewart gives her most unexpected performance of the year. She has played in a lot of movies but this one makes it to the top. With the cast and crew that help make this movie it is one of the most amazing and theatrical remakes of a Disney film. I recommend this movie to anyone searching for an action packed film with drama and excitement. This movie has shown me that you are significant without a doubt. It will give you the courage to stand up and believe in yourself. That is what Kristen Stewart showed in this film.

Upsides and Downsides to Internet TV Software

Upsides and Downsides to Internet TV Software

Both free and paid Internet TV Software services help you turn your computer into a satellite television receiver without doing the hard work. But a paid-to-download service has a jump over the free ones when it comes to getting more perks.

For a small one-time fee, individuals can enjoy many of their favorite channels and shows, 24/7, including free channels that many thought only paid TV networks provide. Here is a look at the upsides and downsides of this technology and how it works.

Upside

The first benefit computer users receive is the cost. For less than one month of cable television service, they can start watching many of their favorite television shows through a desktop or laptop computer. An Internet connection is required – preferably broadband (DSL or Cable). A wireless (Wifi) can work too, but expect some limitations when playing channels that require broadband.

As cable and satellite monthly fees continue to rise, viewing television channels online still remain free. But there’s always the option to subscribe to Cable and Satellite who now stream some of their content online for their subscribers.

Advertisements

Most of these services feature TV player software and don’t own the content delivered to viewers. The content is owned by providers who have full control over what they deliver and how it’s delivered. How they are paid for streaming channels/videos for free is through adverts that last 30+/- seconds. Normally, one short advertisement plays before the viewer can watch a selected show.

Virus/Spyware/Adware Free

When dealing with the Internet whether that’s visiting a website or downloading a media or audio file, no computer is immune to harmful viruses, spyware, adware, and malware. It makes good common sense to install security protection applications to safeguard against the unexpected, even when online TV services claim their software is safe.

Completely Legal

There are illegal streaming and downloading TV/video services out there but most Internet TV services aren’t part of that group. If that were the case, many of them (if not all) including the services that have been in service for many years would have received a DMCA take down notice by now. The other group already received their notices and have faced lawsuits, penalties and/or jail terms. Millions of viewers haven’t been targeted, penalized or sentenced because the focus is on the larger fish who brake the law.

Of course, copyright infringements is a different matter. That’s why it’s very important to read the TOS (Terms of Services) and the part that addresses copyrighted materials.

Live Television Programming

Unlike many kinds of streaming Internet video, you are receiving live television also. This is nearly the same as having cable TV or other services. However, this comes to you on your computer free of charge.

Easy Installation

Top brands are generally professional grade and easy to install. Some television software, not all, will work on Windows PC, Mac OS X, and Linux computers. All you need is a broadband Internet connection. No hardware, antenna, video card or wiring is required. Some satellite programs require the use of special hardware to turn your computer into a television receiver, but this is not needed.

Additional Features

Perhaps adding favorite channels to a TV player (actual software) is the goal. It is very simple to do. The instructions are very easy to understand and follow. People from all walks of life can watch sports, shows, sitcoms/episodes, movies, news, videos and even listen to music and radio stations on their computers. This setup comes without having to launch your browser and search for free channels and content online.

Customizing Player Functions

The player that comes with these services has some interesting features. For example, the size of the screen can be made larger (Hence: Full Screen) and this is very good for multitasking when doing other things with the computer.

Making the screen smaller allows the user to surf the Web and watch television at the same time. The player can also stay atop of all the other windows, so that your show doesn’t get interrupted. If you wish to watch from a distance, simply put the player on full screen.

Channel Selections

There will be thousands of worldwide channels provided. All of the major networks will be available, even some of the children programming networks.

There are many cartoon and nature channels available, as well as comedy and television movie channels. If you enjoy home shopping channels and/or religious channels, you can select from a variety of different ones. Tune in to many different foreign countries as well — There are more than 80 countries available.

For sports enthusiasts, some brands offer a dedicated sports section to watch football, basketball, baseball, soccer, hockey, and other sporting events from around the world.

Your Own Private Viewing

Perhaps there was a time when wanting to watch a big game on the big screen was intercepted by something unexpected and had you to be some place else. So what do you do? When downloading the television application to a laptop computer which of course requires an Internet connection, you create a TV traveling companion. Not only does this give users the ability to watch what they want, but when and where they want.

Downsides

Nothing is perfect, and the same is true for these products/services. If you want to watch something in high definition on the big screen, this may not be possible. Also, you will not be able to access content like pay-per-view movies and premium paid movie channels found on Cable and Satellite.

There will be times when the picture/video quality is sub-par but viewable. This usually isn’t the fault of the service. Instead, it may be related to the source where the content comes from.

Your viewing quality will be affected by your Internet speed. So if you have a broadband connection that is less than 1 MB, there may be some occasional freezing or problems with reception (faster the Internet connection better the picture quality).

In most cases, closed-caption television isn’t possible as well. However, this isn’t solely related to TV players — even most streaming videos do not offer closed-caption services.

Conclusion

Top Internet TV software is a very fast, easy way to watch television online at very minimal cost. A small one-time fee will bring thousands of additional channels that add more variety. Though there are some downsides, there are more upsides when using this technology — it adds another dimension to your TV at home

How to Find Storyboard Artists Wanted Ads

How to Find Storyboard Artists Wanted Ads

Being an artist isn’t an easy career. From the lack of steady work to the issue of being taken seriously in your field, it can be a daily struggle to stay afloat and remember your passion for what you do. With storyboard artists wanted ads, you will be able to find steady work and get your hands dirty in the professional world of art. That means that you can get paid for doing what you love and have a credible, reputable career that you can show off to the world instead of just saying that you’re an artist and accepting the stigma that comes along with that.

Every storyboard artists wanted advertisement is going to be a little different. Most will require on-location services or work. Some are virtual positions thanks to today’s technology, but that’s still pretty rare. It’s going to be up to you to take the time to check out all of the different solutions that you have and get the job listings that you want. How can you find them, though? There are a lot of different things involved in finding job ads. The internet does make it easy if you know where to look.

Make sure that you choose reputable job websites to find storyboard artists wanted advertisements. There’s nothing worse than getting your hopes up about a job only to find out that it’s not what you thought or even that you just can’t get paid what you are worth. With reputable job listings you will never have to deal with getting scammed or taken advantage of in your job search. It’s not easy to be an artist in today’s consumerism society that bases success off of financial achievements. However, you can do what you love for a living with real jobs if you know where to look.

Creative people are in short supply in the professional working world. Luckily for you, if you have the right training and the passion for your field, you can find a great career as an artist in the professional world. Use the internet to learn more about the career fields available and find storyboard artists wanted ads so that you can get to work making a living from what you love. It’s not hard to find what you need as long as you keep these things in mind. You’ll be on your way to a better career in no time.

IOS Version of New Hidden Object Game Dream Is Available

IOS Version of New Hidden Object Game Dream Is Available

This October, every mobile gamer got an opportunity of having the most unforgettable Dream ever. Or rather, walking inside the child’s dream.

That’s the other side of a recent event � release of a new visual masterpiece Dream for iPhones and iPads. All due to Renatus Media LLC, engaged in social and mobile games publishing, that decided to bring novelty into the established genre of hidden object games.

The title’s zest is in the place, where all the search is to be made � dreams. They are located on three hovering islands and have a whole array of hidden objects. The player’s mission is to travel through all Dreams, Nightmares and Absurdities to rescue the fantasy world from being swallowed by the huge black hole.

Dream from Renatus offers a thrilling adventure, where player can find missing items just by their names or by matching silhouettes. Completing challenging quests one by one, he gets rare artifacts and may create a collection or dispell phenomena.

The player must be careful: those vicious phenomena can infect dreams once in a while and hassle the search. By overcoming them, he can even get more ‘sleepiness’, XP and coins in the process.

And don’t think that the dreamy trip is all about seek-and-find mission. Actually, this game not only offers tons of fun for grownups, but is even capable of satisfying the most demanding kids. The Dream is inhabited by a crowd of enearthly, charismatic characters to expand the circle of one’s acquaintances. They are funmakers and able helpers.

Speaking about acquaintances. The syncing feature allows players to stay in touch with their Facebook friends. And even more: earn coins by visiting them or making gifts.

To navigate the dream world and peep into the friend’s dreams, one will need a special energy. Sleepiness � to search inside the fairy-tale world, and Concentration � to pay a visit to other people’s dreams.

By launching the Dream game on the App Store, Renatus has made a present for all dreamers and aesthetes: the rich, juicy graphics makes one speechless. And 3D map with floating islands alone is worth a hundred compliments.

Playing the Dream game is like being in the marvellous state of mind, when one is aware of dreaming, and can control one’s actions. A Lucid Dream, truly.

Indian Television – From a Single Channel to More Channels Each Day

Indian Television – From a Single Channel to More Channels Each Day

In the early days of this industry there were few serials, or drama shows showcased on television. The single Indian TV channel was used to inform the consumers about the governments various schemes; it was used to showcase values and message ads for population control etc. This channel showcased cultural programs and dance recitals on TV. Speeches by the Prime Minister and the President of the country on Independence and Republic Day were the highlight of the day’s celebration. Different States present a preview of the state on wheels called floats during the republic day parade is extremely popular even today. Progress both economic and technological has brought a sea change in the last 6 decades of TV viewing.
From a single Indian TV channel to a few in the 80’s to cable TV to satellite channels television has come a long way. TV viewing today is exhausting, there are so many channels to view, new channels being added each day yet time available to see them is very limited. It’s such an ironical time. When people had ample time to complete their chores and watch TV there was a single Indian TV channel to see, while today when you hardly get any time you have the option to watch 100+ TV channels.
The viewer has become very choosy about the channels he likes, what with so many options available. There are a lot of channels from Hindi TV channels to movie to music to history to animal planet. The TV viewing experience has changed too, with bright colours, more drama, better editing and quality of picture being shown on Indian TV channels with satellite to home connections.
Hindi TV channels today cater to almost every age group. Family viewing of drama serials, reality shows for dance, cooking, singing etc, kid’s shows like cartoon, fantasy and fairy tale shows, to travel channels showing every place of worship in India, their importance and rituals followed with the stories behind each shrine. Every Hindi TV channel is constantly vying for the top slot in channel consumer viewer polls. They look for new ways to showcase either the same plot in a different way, or to come up with new show formats that were not showcased earlier in a bid for supremacy.
New genres are being invented in a bid to grab the interest of the new age consumer; with an eye to improve either their sagging TV channel ratings or to become household names and staying on top of the fame chart always. Today there is at least one dedicated channel for different things like Hindi TV channels for drama, news channels, for history, music channelsFind Article, and of course devotional channels.

Kylie at Abbey Road

Kylie at Abbey Road

Abbey Road Studios in St John’s Wood, Greater London are the most famous recording studios in the world mainly because of their connection with the Beatles. Many people visit there just to pose on the zebra crossing where the historical photograph of the four members of the Beatles was taken.

So when one of the world’s most popular singers decides to record a new album there it is bound to attract a lot of attention. Kylie Minogue’s The Abbey Road Sessions was released on CD on October 24th 2012 and has been produced to celebrate her 25 years in show business. She has actually been connected with entertainment for longer than that because who can forget the big-haired Charlene in Neighbours which first made her a household name.

The album is a re-mix of some of the most notable songs she has performed throughout her long career and has the backing of her own band as well as a full orchestra. It has received mixed music reviews with some of the critics calling it cheesy, others finding the backing chosen for some of the songs slightly strange.

But this is an album which will appeal to die-hard Kylie fans of all ages. Her older fans will love to remember what they were doing in in 1987 when Locomotion was first released and can also wallow in nostalgia with I Should Be So Lucky.

It was Kylie’s personal choice to invite Australian musician Nick Cave to join her to re-record their duet Where the Wild Roses Grow for The Abbey Road Sessions and Confide in Me is sung to an accompaniment of strings and a sitar which works very well.

The ballad Hand on My Heart is sung to a guitar backing which makes it very moving and all Kylie fans will enjoy this. There are 18 songs on the album which plays for 55 minutes. It came into the UK charts at number two so the public obviously ignored the music reviews and made up their own minds. In Australia it reached number seven in the Australian album charts and number three in the Australian artist charts.