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Monaco Film Festival

Monte Carlo is proving to be quite the leader in hosting world-class events and is fast making a name for herself that transcends its reputation for James Bond film settings and one of the hottest vacation spots in the world.

Within the last decade, Monaco has set her sights on producing and sponsoring one-of-a-kind international events like the Monaco Charity Film Festival, the Monaco Grand Prix, and the Top Marques Monaco car show. Their efforts have paid off in spectacular and growing numbers of visitors, sponsors and participants.

The year 2007 offers the second Monaco Charity Film Festival, a venue that brings worldwide attention to new, emerging filmmakers as well as raising money to help impoverished and abandoned children around the world. This dual-focus event transcends the Cannes Film Festival in its humanitarian efforts and scope, and provides a wide variety of film workshops to gifted men and women from around the globe.

The Monaco Charity Film Festival 2007 will take place May 14-19 in multiple locations around the delightful principality, including the Casino de Monaco and the Hotel de Paris, providing elegant backgrounds for the hopes of international talents. Directors, actors, writers and the creative talents of those who transform ideas into film from around the world are converging on Monaco for the second annual film festival that has already taken the entertainment industry by storm.

In the span of two short years, the festival has grown in reputation and loyalty. Founder Vincent-Andres Zaragosa says of the second upcoming anniversary festival, "We are fortunate that our festival takes place in such a culturally dynamic principality? and with this in mind, our intention is to ensure that the festival continues to consolidate its position as a vibrant, world-class event."

Offering independent films, documentaries, and full length features, the Monaco Charity Film Festival offers visitors and viewers from around the world a glimpse into the untapped talents of film makers from around the world, and awards for best film, director, actor and promising film makers of the future. Awards are presented this year at the Charity Gala Dinner at the Hotel de Paris, Salle Empire, while His Royal Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco hosts the entire event.

As both an entertainment and economic forum, the event serves to attract the eyes of the world to the educational, medical and housing needs of children everywhere. This year, heads of state from around the world have been invited to attend the festival, including those from the United States, Bahrain, Rwanda, Jordan and the Philippines, as well as Ambassadors from dozens of other countries around the globe. Participants of the Monaco Charity Film Festival can expect the event to continue to grow in both scope and size while at the same time remaining grounded in its prime efforts to address serious global issues that affect every nation in the world.

Closing night festivities will include a charity auction and a fashion show by Italian designer Mirco Giovannin, of Yoon Couture. The seven-day film festival events will also include opening night festivities as well as live performances, parties galore and, of course, multiple film screenings and workshops.

Money earned at the festival is donated to charities led by the Prince of Monaco, who focuses his efforts on the plight of poor children of the world. This unique approach helps to address world poverty, and proceeds are donated to ISS (International Social Services UK), the Fonds M?diterran?en pour la Culture et l'Environment, Project Artist, a prisoner's rehabilitation program, and the Pentium Fund Foundation.

Visitors who arrive for the second anniversary festival event will more than likely remain to witness another world-class event that takes place in Monaco the following week on May 25-27, the Monaco Grand Prix, one of the most prestigious Formula One racing events in the world.

So move over, Cannes, the Monaco Charity Film Festival has made its presence known and is here to stay.

Tezz Bollywood Hindi Movie Review

What do you do when a country, a culture and their purveyors wrong you irreparably? You plant a bomb in a speeding train and hold the establishment to ransom.Taking a cue from Hollywood's most watched bomb-maro-bomb rush-hour excursions into plunder-land "Tezz" springs forward a nicely-packaged expertly-cut he-dunnit. And that's a very different genre from the whodunit.Here we know Ajay Devgn is the closet terrorist. But since his fans won't like it, Devgn is, with due respect to Mira Nair, a reluctant terrorist… how reluctant, we won't reveal fully. Devgn has a back story with screen wife Kangna Ranaut, who in keeping with her character's British domicile, sports blonde hair. No, this is not a joke.Luckily, Priyadarshan's plot has a lot more going for itself than its leading lady's hair-to-stay problems. The director creates a taut cat-and-mouse game between 'terrorist' Devgn and cop Anil Kapoor who in true Hollywood style, is on the verge of retirement from service when duty beckons.There are enough men on duty on both sides of the law here to fill up one section of Tihar jail. The narration allows elbow-room for an army of actors laden with anxious motivations and tense expressions to match, all hurling like the speeding train towards an uncertain nemesis. Luckily, the plot finds itself a convincing finale. And we can go home feeling all is not lost for the slick action genre in Bollywood.There is hope.There are some jaw-dropping action sequences here. Some of them, like Devgn and Kapoor's fist-to-fist in the grand finale and the search for Devgn in a hospital's car park, are so expertly executed they make you forget how far Bollywood lags behind in the action genre from its firangi counterpart. But then again some of the stunts like the one where passengers from the bomb-threatened train climb into a safe train, are done clumsily enough to bring us down with a thud.Curiously, Zayed Khan and Sameera Reddy who play Devgn's accomplices in the terror crime are given one extended heart-in-the-mouth chase sequence each. They show remarkable agility in their given space. Ditto the film's technicians. Thiru S. Appan's camera looks at London with keen anticipation.Aditya Dhar doesn't come up with one memorable dialogue except, "Teri ….." when Devgn while negotiating his ransom money with train executive Boman Irani drops his cellphone. "He's Indian, not Pakistani," Boman confidently informs cop Anil Kapoor with a straight face.The absurdities don't swamp 'Tezz'. True its title, the tale of a bomb and a Boman trying to diffuse the crisis, whizzes by at breakneck speed.Priyadarshan's tackles what's a new genre for him, with pleasure and aplomb. Ajay Devgn, Anil Kapoor, Boman Irani, Sameera Reddy and Zayed Khan furnish a flavour of slickness to a story that holds your attention till the end.Not quite edge-of-the-seat, the thrills in Tezz are engaging enough to keep us watching.

Youtube Bloopers

Sound Recording, video, pictures, youtube, myspace, pop-ups, social networking, flash, and on and on. Not to name the recent purchase of YouTube by Google for a hefty $1 billion
YOUTUBE & GOOGLE VIDEO Sticky web sites are the main tool for today's subject matter site managers. Nobody is really using this technology to enough advantage on interactive TV to its full effect, but that is precisely the principle YouTube operates on: serving ads during transmission.

YouTube is still producing by leaps and bounds. The focus of the buzz around YouTube was the public-availability of self-made videos.
Nevertheless, the initial YouTube press hype focused on the impact of viral video to make a product or a band or a job-seeker or a politician favourite (or unpopular). The advent of new technical advances, such as the video sharing sites such as YouTube, gives you access to a new generation of web users to help develop your brand but you will need to get the basics of your Internet marketing strategy right first before you venture into these area.

The new 'social' search based methods now being employed by companies such as Yahoo, YouTube and Wikipedia are now routine amongst the internet, as people strive to find ways of communicating with the outside world in an attempt to bring everyone closer together in the search for an escape or dose of cyberspace reality.

An analysis of Google"s attainment of YouTube included the observance that with the fragmentise of broadcast television, there were $67 billion in yearly advertising dollars out there in the hands of people who are uncertain where to place them. YouTube and Google Video are first stops - you'll find personal movies, bits of TV shows and other pleasures on these sites.
There are thousands of videos on YouTube that are works of comedic fabrication, humorous commentary, unprofessional entertainment of every stripe. As a result, the market is characterized by rampant experiment, with free content being placed on such places as YouTube.

These videos are seen and seen by around 20 million YouTube visitors every month. It is a pretty important thing that you should probably take care of before you watch those funny videos of those wacky people on YouTube.
You can forget all the pronunciation killing textbooks, just head over to YouTube or iTunes for some real studying fun. By using a solution that combines all these Wimpy clients into a single transparent application, and which also allows visitors to review the uploaded audio or video files, you have at your disposal just the tool you need to make a YouTube-like site complete with visitor reviews.

Due to its highly viral nature, YouTube is a special tool for internet marketing. YouTube has taught us simple yet clever video can take on a life of its own with buzz.
Youtube and other such sites have been generating buzz in the video delivery service area and has millions of viewers. On Google Video and YouTube, for example, you can see all sorts of videos and flicks that are streamed to your computer.

But on YouTube people will post comments on the videos. The movie companies are much more delicate about the Internet, as shown by the one billion dollar lawsuit filed by Viacom against Google - now the owner of YouTube.

Guitar Effects Explained

Guitar effects are an extremely important part of any electric guitarists? life. Yet, most beginners have very little knowledge about effects. Effects are electronic devices that alter or moderate the sound, tone or pitch of an electric guitar. Effects are used in many popular genres of guitar music like rock, heavy metal, blues etc. They are housed in guitar pedals, amplifiers, simulation software and rack mount processors or preamplifiers. There are different types of effects. Here is a brief look at them.

Distortion related effects

Distortion is an effect that is commonly used in rock and heavy metal guitar music. A distortion pedal which is used to create this effect clips the signal and distorts its waveform leading to a distortion in the sound. There are many different types of distortion effects. Each one of them has their own distinct characteristics and features.

? Overdrive distortion: This is one of the most well known distortion effects. Most pedals that provide the distortion effect attempt to create a high grain sound. Some advanced distortion amplifiers like the Marshall, have went past the normal point of tonal break up and created a sound called as saturated grain also called total distortion in some cases. Some of the common distortion pedals are Marshall Guv?Nor, Pro Co Rat, Digi Tech Hot Tech.
? Fuzz: Fuzz pedals were originally created to recreate the classic sound of the 60?s overdrive tube amp combined with torn speaker cones. The original fuzz pedals have now been replaced by extreme designs that have effects like octave, gating etc. Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face is one of the most commonly used Fuzz effect pedals.
? Hi Gain: This effect originated from the high gain amplification used in electric guitars. In ordinary elec guitar terms, high gain is a sound that is produced by overdriven amp tubes or a distortion pedal. The sound produced is extremely thick. The modern hi gain pedals produce a sound that is unmatched and cannot be produced using any other device. The Boss ML2 metal core is a very common hi gain effect pedal.

Filtering related effects

? Equalizer: An equalizer is used to adjust the frequency response in a variety of frequency bands. A graphic equalizer which is a common feature in most music player software provides a slider interface for different frequency regions. In guitars, a rotary control is available in place of these sliders and they change the level of the frequency band.
? Phase shifter: Have you ever heard a sound during a guitar concert that is similar to the sound of a flying jet? That?s what a phase shifter can do for you. The effect is commonly known as phase.
? Wah Pedal: Just like the name, this foot operated pedal can create a sound that is similar to a man saying wah. The sound was most commonly heard in psychedelic rock from the 1960?s and funk music from the 1970?s.

Volume related effects

? Volume Pedal: This is nothing but a foot operated potentiometer that can be tilted forward or backward. A musician can easily adjust the volume of his instrument during performance. The pedal is also used to create a fading effect.
? Tremolo: This is a repetitive variation in gain for the complete duration of a single note. This is based on a very common effect that was built into guitar amps.
? Compressor: This is very much like an auto volume controller. The output level decreases as the incoming signal increases and vice a versa.

These are the most basic but commonly used guitar effects. There are many more advanced ones that you can use during concerts or gigs.

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Bollywood Movie Bol Bachchan Music Review

Bol Bachchan is a 2012 Bollywood action comedy movie directed by Rohit Shetty starring and Abhishek Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Asin and Prachi Desai in lead rolesThe music of Bol Bachchan is composed by Himesh Reshammiya, Ajay-Atul and singers are Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Himesh Reshammiya, Mamta Sharma, Vineet Singh, Sukhwinder Singh, Shreya Ghoshal, Mohit Chauhan.Four songs and their remixes. That pretty much describes the soundtrack of 'Bol Bachchan'. However, with four lyricists at their disposal, one expected a much better performance by the veteran Himesh Reshammiya and the duo of Ajay-Atul, who have earned much fame in Marathi music with their compositions.The album starts on a good note with the voice of Big B, who has used his baritone in the title track 'Bol Bachchan'. He is joined by son Abhishek and actor Ajay along with Himesh Reshammiya, Mamta Sharma and Vineet Singh.The lyrics, penned by Farhad-Sajid are funny and remind the listeners of Amitabh's classic number 'My name is Anthony Gonsalves'. The composition is also good and this one is surely the catch of the soundtrack. It also has a remix version, replete with powerful beats. But the original works better.Reshammiya gets you into the groove with 'Chalao na naino se baan', reminiscent of the yesteryear hit 'Bholi surat dil ke khote'. The song has a very desi feel with playful lyrics by Shabbir Ahmed.However, despite the support of Shreya Ghoshal's melodious vocals, the song does not leave a huge impact and is good for a one-time hear. Its remix version fares better musically with the inclusion of dhol and drum beats.The third track 'Nach le nach le' has a tango feel and kicks off with the beautiful sound of the saxophone. The musical duo of Ajay-Atul bring to the table different musical styles like dandiya and groovy Punjabi beats, providing a festive feel by mashing the music elements quite well.The lyrics by Swanand Kirkire are voiced by Sukhwinder Singh, who is quite appealing. He is joined by Ghoshal and together they have done a fairly good job. Nothing too great about the remixed version, and its inclusion is hard to justify. It's definitely a passe.With the last track, one was hoping for a good ending with Mohit Chauhan crooning a romantic number. However, 'Jab se dekhi hai' is a fairly average track with a very ordinary composition.Chauhan's beautiful voice has been totally wasted and the song fails to garner a positive response from the listener. What's more tragic is it's remix, which although has good electric beats but they are not at all in sync with the vocals.The soundtrack thus fails to impress. The sole saving grace is the title track. There will be few takers for this album and it also jeopardises the musical genius Himesh Reshammiya, who needs to think about what went wrong here.

Bambi (dvd) Review

Nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Music - Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture, Bambi is a true animated classic of the silver screen. Long before the public's introduction to Aladdin, The Lion King, or Finding Nemo, Walt Disney single-handedly conjured the full-length animated feature film out of nothing and into an enduring, well-respected genre - creating one family classic after another, starting with Snow White (1937) then Pinocchio (1940), Fantasia (1940), and Dumbo (1941) before creating this gem in 1942. Directed by David Hand, a longtime Disney animator and supervising director of Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, Bambi is a masterpiece of color, motion, and the beauty of life. Its relative simplicity harkens to a time long past when such movies focused on symbolism, emotional breadth, and challenging the boundaries of artistic creativity, instead of catering to a perceived audience demographic. The result is a truly remarkable and memorable family experience?

Bambi begins with the forest birth of a young fawn (Bambi) who comes into the world surrounded by an anxious crowd of admirers. Hailed as the "great prince of the forest," Bambi is thrust into an exotic world of animal and plant life, complete with all the highs and lows experienced in the world of reality. One of the film's most powerful scenes (and the one most often referenced in regard to Bambi) is when the dreaded "man" (i.e. a band of hunters) enters the forest and kills Bambi's mother. Although the scene takes place off camera, Disney manages to convey all the emotional trauma of the event in the brevity of a few bold and powerful brushstrokes.

As Bambi seeks to recover from his mother's death, he must learn to grow from a fumbling fawn into a fearless buck. The charming scenes of Bambi bumbling across a frozen pond are soon overshadowed by the power of his maturation into a formidable leader. Assisting him on his journey is a parade of unique personalities, the most notable of whom is a rabbit named Thumper. Thumper's vocal velocity and eagerness to befriend Bambi threaten steal the show, but the growing deer never loses his deserved spotlight. Throw in a skunk named Flower and a beautiful doe named Faline (Bambi's love interest), and the film comes together in its own right, creating a combination of tragedy and triumph all ages can enjoy?

In stark contrast to its contemporary peers, Bambi is a refreshing exit from today's highly commercial animated features. Although Thumper provides the necessary comic relief, the film is more than just a deluge of juvenile one-liners - and boasts absolutely zero fart jokes. Instead, Bambi wraps a timeless story of a life's journey to adulthood in the majesty that is mother nature. Its ingenious illustration of a forest teeming with wildlife and the dangers encountered by its inhabitants is truly awe-inspiring. In short, Bambi has all the makings of a tinsel-town classic - one that should make today's Disney creations utterly green with envy?

Official Website Of Mohandas: Take Every Bite Of The Movie

In the real sense, an official website is among one of the most important means of promoting the product and services to the global viewers. Same fact lies strong in the context of the launch of the official website of the movie ?Mohandas? that?s going to hit the multiplexes on April 17, 2009.

Matters Highlighted in the Official website :

Being the debut movie from the house of Vertika films private limited, ?Mohandas? is an appreciable effort of bringing a meaningful and rational cinema to the viewers. The movie ?Mohandas? has a touchy story line up that depicts the saga of a common man named Mohandas who has unethically lost his identity between unbearable social stigmas and twisting democratic hurdles .

Directorial Credentials:

The movie ?Mohandas? is the directorial debut by noted cinematographer Mazhar Kamran, better known for his illustrious array of movies including Satya, Jhankaar Beats and Mast in his kitty.

The Star Cast:

A number of prominent faces of film industry have shown their imminent presence in the movie. Sonali Kulkarni, Nakul Vaid and Akhilendra Mishra are some high flying artists who infused life in the movie with their lively performances. By visiting the official website of Mohandas, one can have a look at the varied characters of the movies as well as the respective roles played by them.

Lyrics and Playback Scores:

?Mohandas? accommodates a number of soothing lyrics written by the famous lyricist Vivek Priyadarshan and complemented by well-known music directors V K Solankia and Yash Malviya for the playback music score.

The website also reveals the name of various national and international film festivals from New Delhi to New York where the film has earned worldwide acclamation and admiration. On the official website of ?Mohandas? Viewers can get an idea of the various interesting facts about the movie Mohandas.

Critical Comments:

Last but not the least, the praiseworthy comments of legendary director, journalist and eminent poets posted on official website of Mohandas movie actuate the viewers in real sense to spend a few pennies by watching it.

Life OK Mahadev – New Entertainment on TV

Life OK shows like 'Devon Ke Dev… Mahadev', 'Main Lakshmi Tere Aangan Ki', 'Dil Se Di Dua… Saubhagyavati Bhava', 'Hum Ne Li Hai… Shapath', 'Azaadi' and 'Savdhan India' gained popularity soon after they was first telecast on TV. Today, people like to watch television programs that have different storylines rather than routine soap operas featuring love and romance. Many Indian TV channels telecast reality shows, competitions, celebrity chats, family matters, sports and even issues that are faced by people in everyday life. Moreover, people tune-in the channels that offer viewers the luxury to watch their favorite programs at a suitable time. To suit the comfort of viewers of small screen entertainment channels, all popular programs are telecast again, the next day. You can watch all popular programs of Life OK channel when they are repeated. If you miss-out a single episode of any of your favorite program, you can watch it again online.The popularity of Har Har Mahadev on Life OK'Devon Ke Dev… Mahadev' is a beautifully written spiritual drama based on the life of Lord Shiva, one of the most powerful and admired Gods in India. The serial shows the different avatars of Lord Shiva throughout his life. It is amazing to watch the story of Sati, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The show shares journey of Mahadev right from being a celibate Yogi to a house holder. It is an exclusive story that showcases Sati's life, telling us how she fell in love with Lord Shiva. The program held the highest TRP ratings when it was first introduced on TV and still does.Watch Mahadev onlineThrough the serial Devon Ka Dev…Mahadev, you are able to see the life of Lord Shiva in detail and also get the glimpse of ancient culture. Are you a fan of Lord Shiva and do you want to know about his all avatars? Now you can watch Devon Ka Dev…Mahadev online on Life OK channel's website. There are many other websites that share full videos and episodes of the program for the serial lovers. In this program, you can witness the most influential God of the Indian culture, Lord Shiva, as a householder. Watch how Sati sacrifices herself to punish Lord Shiva's insolence, Adi Shakti returns as Devi Parvati just to unite with Shiva. Life OK, Mahadev is one of the serials people have enjoyed watching after the good old stories of Ramayan and Mahabharat. The music, cast, songs and plot of the program are well scripted to entertain the audiences of today.Today, the TV audience love to watch good old spiritual stories again. Youth take interest to know about the strengths of the lords, powers of Goddesses and their different avatars. Watching their stories on HD technology TV sets is a real treat for all. Tune-on your TV to Life OK channel to watch the journey of Sati and her love to Lord Shiva. Missed out any episode? No need to worry, you can still watch it online.

Yummy Cakes Leave Evergreen Partying Memories

Parties without cake are just like body without a soul. Today, cakes decide whether the party was good or not. Metaphorically speaking, cake becomes a VIP in parties; the flavors used in it turn out to be one of the most discussion topics in family circles. It is said that cakes sweeten relationships and make them deeper.So do you think your wedding cake plays any part in enhancing your wedding reception? The answer is a big yes, because it symbolizes much more than just a dessert. In fact the cake displayed in your wedding day will be the centre of attraction of your party. It should stand out on its creative and elegant look. Imagine a six layered, beautifully carved wedding cake displayed in one corner of the wedding dais, then it's quite natural that guests' attention will move towards that direction. They will enjoy the decoration and appraise about the flavors used in layering the cream, frosting and icings on its top.Nowadays, theme-based wedding is very common. The theme you use in your wedding cake should go with the style and theme of your wedding and reception, and this augments guests' perception about the new couple's life ahead. In Christian weddings, guests wait for the bride and groom to come and cut the wedding cake and share it with each other. It's really interesting to watch that moment, because most couples use the moment to make fun of their better part by splashing cream on their entire face. This commonly-followed-but-for-no-reason tradition fills joy and fun in the air by making the bond between the couples more deep and giving them the feeling that marriages are made in heaven. While guests get great enjoyment from the moment, the newlywed couple takes this opportunity to enhance their romantic life.So if you are planning to get married, please don't forget to choose a cake that would make others slobber. If you are not very creative, it's not a problem. The designs and flavors are on your fingertips. You can get ideas from cake shows, just like I collected information for my favorite cake from a cookery show. One of the shows I watch on my HD television, with a connection from Dish TV, is Fabulous Cakes. The show portrays people's attachment towards cakes and the current trends in cake designing. Shot in Las Vegas' top bakeries, the show features people who order more than 100,000 cakes per year for special occasions.After doing researches about the types of cakes, the next step will be to consult with your fiancee for an opinion. Since the cake is the reflection of the couple's life, both should jointly decide the style, flavor and design with which both are happy. If you are going with a theme-based one, then you should take care of the overall color scheme that is from bridesmaid dresses to the table cloths. If you order a cake by keeping these things in mind, then it will not only complement your wedding, but also give the celebrations an added layer of style and beautification.Even for birthdays, we use theme-based cakes. On kids' birthdays, we always go for animated cakes, while we celebrate teenagers' birthday with modern art carved cakes. Having family get-togethers without a cake is questionable. Nearly hundreds of varieties of cakes are available today, each with distinct taste, style, flavor and texture. Cakes can be generally divided into two types, they are foam cakes and butter cakes. While foam cakes contain less fat, butter cakes are made of more butter and cream. It's pretty easy to make a simple cake. The core ingredients you need are sugar, baking powder, self-rising flour and eggs and butter. Mix all these thoroughly and bake it. Your cake ready is ready to be served.