Monday, October 17, 2011

Top Five Flying Cars and It's Latest Model Available

The Transition Is A Personal Air Vehicle Designed To Make General Aviation More Practical For Personal Transportation

Yes, this is going to be another flying car post in which we lament our current, terrestrial ways and our predominantly Earth-bound means of getting places. NASA has what it thinks is the solution, a personal flying machine called Puffin that is just large enough for a person to wedge themselves into before lurching off vertically, powered by a pair of electric motors. 

Developers unveiled a scale model of the redesigned Transition "roadable aircraft" (pictured in a digital rendering) in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Monday. 

The new design is both a rear-wheel drive road vehicle and a light sport aircraft that can cruise at 105 miles (170 kilometers) an hour.

Developed by the Terrafugia company, the tweaked design—which adds carlike headlights and a license plate holder, among other things—follows a proof-of-concept Transition, which was successfully tested in 2009.

Formula One stars Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button have led the tributes to tragic British IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon, who was killed in a high-speed crash yesterday.

The 33-year-old suffered “unsurvivable injuries” after his vehicle was sent flying into the air and burst into flames in the 15-car smash during the Las Vegas Indy 300.

The dad-of-two was airlifted to hospital where he later died of his injuries, with his wife Susie and young sons Sebastian and Oliver by his side.

British F1 ace Lewis Hamilton, who finished second for McLaren in yesterday’s Korean Grand Prix, described Dan as “an extremely talented driver”.

The 26-year-old said: “"This is an extremely sad day.

"Dan was a racer I'd followed throughout my career, as I often followed in his footsteps as we climbed the motorsport ladder in the UK.

"He was an extremely talented driver. As a British guy, who not only went over to the States but who twice won the Indy 500, he was an inspirational guy, and someone that every racing driver looked up to with respect and admiration.

"This is a tragic loss at such a young age. My heart goes out to his family and friends during this extremely difficult time."

The Transition is a Personal Air Vehicle (PAV) designed to make general aviation more practical for personal transportation. From start-up company Terrafugi, the Transition drives like a car on public roads and can transition into an aircraft at the nearest airport by lowering its 27-foot wings and taking off. As an aircraft it has a top speed of 130mph, a range of 500 miles and can carry a payload of 430 pounds. One stop gives you over a thousand miles of range inside eight hours.

The Transition delivers 30 mpg in either car or plane mode and promises a true integrated roadable aircraft at an economically compelling price.

Dietrich is keen to get his Transition out there because he fears that if a freely available, low cost form of air transportation doesn’t come along, hundreds of airports across America will close. He’s principally betting that the timing is right – Personal Air Vehicles are inevitable, and to date there has been no spark that has ignited public demand, and one that doubles as a car would supercharge the American aviation industry. 

Couple Dietrich’s drive and skill with a viable, high bang-per-buck PAV design and we think this could be big, really big!

Of course it’s not just Carl. Terrafugia was founded by a team of high achieving graduates of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was incorporated earlier this year. Currently based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Terrafugia will “combine solid aircraft design fundamentals with a focus on creativity and customer service.

The Transition weighs 1,320 pounds, hold two adults and luggage, and it’s all driven by a 100 horsepower engine. It can cruise at an altitude of 3,500 up to 8,000 feet and can fly up to 12,000 feet.

Top five flying cars-

For more than five decades, science fiction has been tormenting us with hallucination of in-the-air roadways and hastily choreographing sports car-like flying cars. A number of businesses have been hunting the reverie for such a long time. 

NASA's PAV (Personal Air Vehicle) Challenge could do a great job to chase the wild dream. To kindle rapid modernism and advancement in PAV performance, NASA has funded $2,000,000 in cash prizes for the PAV flight competition. Here is a list of some of the flying cars, including some vehicles that have taken a voyage in the air while some are waiting to do the same in the near future.

1. Mad Ludwig's flying car-


Unfortunately, this ingenious man King Ludwig II of Bavaria was declared insane 10 June, 1886 and was deposed. And now, after around 120 years after his death, scientists are saying that he was a one of the pioneers of flight. Now, aeronautical specialists have found hiss drawings of the flying peacock car out and re-established them on computer.

2. Aerocar International's Aerocar-


Dubbed the Taylor Aerocar, the American roadable aircraft was built in 1949 by Moulton Taylor. The Aerocar III, which was the final model built by Taylor was colored red had had silver wings.

3. PAL-V: Personal Air and Land Vehicle-

PAL-V Europe BV aims to build everybody's dream in mobility, a full-fledged flying and full-fledged driving vehicle. 

Excerpt from the company's page: Steer it like a car and it banks like a motorcycle. It sounds deceivingly simple. And it truly is. 

At the heart of the PAL-V lies the Dynamic Vehicle Control (DVC™) system which automatically adjusts the tilt angle of the cockpit to the speed and acceleration of the vehicle enabling a plane-like 'tilting before cornering'.

4. Moller M200X flying car-


The M200X was invented by Moller back in the year 1989, which has now been taken to the air 200 times and can go as high as 50 feet.


5. Skycar M400:

Moller's latest design The dream flying machine is one of its kind personal vertical take off and landing (VTOL) vehicle that can cruise at a maximum speed of 375 MPH at 13,200 ft. The asking price of a Skycar is estimated to be about $1 million, but we can hope it to get as low as $60,000 when it will be mass produced.


Ultimate fragment of human fantasy is to chase down the wildest dream. Chasing the dream of flying in the air, above the others, feeling just wonderful with sense of exhalation and freedom, the belief is to create a flying machine and fly around the city of reverie. 

Because our flying ambitions need just more, we have some prominent names creating their own little souvenirs to give wings to our flying dreams, in flying cars and jetpacks. You’ll be using a few just ever so soon – provided you have cash or might to crack a bank.


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Keanu Reeves Spoke of His English Ancestry

Keanu Reeves Will Star In The Live-Action Film Adaptation of The Anime Series-

Keanu Reeves
Reeves at The Lake House London premiere, September 2006
Born Keanu Charles Reeves
September 2, 1964 (age 47)
Beirut, Lebanon
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Actor
Years active 1985–present

Keanu Charles Reeves ( born September 2, 1964) is a Canadian actor. Reeves is perhaps best known for his roles in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Speed, Point Break and the science fiction-action trilogy The Matrix

He has worked under major directors, such as Stephen Frears (in the 1988 period drama Dangerous Liaisons); Gus Van Sant (in the 1991 independent film My Own Private Idaho, also written by Van Sant); and Bernardo Bertolucci (in the 1993 film Little Buddha). Referencing his 1991 film releases, The New York Times critic Janet Maslin praised Reeves' versatility, saying that he "displays considerable discipline and range. He moves easily between the buttoned-down demeanour that suits a police procedural story and the loose-jointed manner of his comic roles."

In addition to his film roles, Reeves has also performed in theatre. His performance in the title role in a Manitoba Theatre Centre production of Hamlet was praised by Roger Lewis, the Sunday Times, who declared Reeves " of the top three Hamlets I have seen, for a simple reason: he is Hamlet." On January 31, 2005, Reeves received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. A 2006 ET online survey placed him in the "Top Ten of America's Favorite Stars".

In January 2011, on the BBC program 'The One Show', he spoke of his English ancestry, via his mother, mentioning his happy watching of 'The Two Ronnies' comedy show amongst others when younger, and how his mother imparted English manners that he still has today.

In January 2009, it was revealed that Reeves will star in the live-action film adaptation of the anime series Cowboy Bebop, slated for release in 2011. 

Other upcoming projects include the samurai film 47 Ronin, Chef – story by Reeves and written by Steven Knight, and a modern retelling of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, scripted by Justin Haythe and titled Jekyll. Nicolas Winding Refn is in negotiations to direct and was later replaced by Dennis Iliadis and produced by Universal Pictures.

In April 2011 Reeves confirmed that a third installment of the Bill & Ted movie series was underway.

In 2010, photos of a sad-looking Keanu Reeves eating a sandwich while alone led to the spread of the "Keanu is Sad/Sad Keanu" Internet meme and the declaration of June 15 as "Unofficial Cheer-up Keanu Day" by a Facebook fanpage.

It is one of the most iconic scenes in modern cinema history. 

But Keanu Reeves and Chloe Moretz have stunningly recreated the hotel room sequence from the Oscar nominated 1976 film Taxi Driver.

The shot is part of a Harper's Bazaar pictorial in honour of the film's director Martin Scorsese to celebrate his latest release and take a look back over some of his most famous movie moments. 


Reeves played bass guitar in the grunge band Dogstar during the 1990s. In the 2000s, he performed with the band Becky.



Year                 Film                                         Role                                                                   Notes

2009                 The Private Lives of Pippa Lee      Chris Nadeau
2010 Passengers Jim Preston
Cartagena Character Unknown
Henry's Crime Henry
2011 Jekyll Dr. Jekyll
Cowboy Bebop Spike Spiegel
Hanuman Ram
2012 47 Ronin Kai                                              Filming

The actor was left reeling when his girlfriend Jennifer Syme died in a car accident in 2001.

She had given birth to their daughter Ava Archer who was stillborn.
Reeves has recently wrapped filming in Budapest on his upcoming movie 47 Ronin, which is a remake of the 1994 Japanese film.

The epic period tale is now continuing production in England.
The film is a story of 'honor, revenge and impossible love' which is famous in Japan and is based on a true story.

Keanu Reeves has never married and seems to lead a sad and lonely existence if internet postings are to be believed.

But it appears the 46-year-old actor may finally have something to be happy about after he was pictured with a mystery woman in London yesterday.

The actor managed to raise a smile as he left Nobu Berkley restaurant with the pretty brunette.

With is long hair and unshaven face, the Matrix star was his usual camera shy self but seemed to be happy being in the lady's company.

He carried a cycle helmet in his hand and was dressed down in jeans, T-shirt and green jacket.

His date looked slender in a grey top, short denim skirt and had a large scarf wrapped around her neck.

source- From Wikipedia

Jackie Chan Is Also A Cantopop and Mandopop Star

Jackie Chan Has Received Stars On The Hong Kong Avenue of Stars and The Hollywood Walk of Fame-

Jackie Chan
Chinese name 成龍 (Traditional)
Chinese name 成龙 (Simplified)
Pinyin Chéng Lóng (Mandarin)
Jyutping Sing4 Lung4 (Cantonese)
Birth name Chan Kong-sang
陳港生 (Traditional)
陈港生 (Simplified)
Chén Gǎngshēng (Mandarin)
Can4 Gong2 Sang1 (Cantonese)
Ancestry Linzi, Shandong, China
Origin Hong Kong
Born 7 April 1954 (age 57)
Victoria Peak, Hong Kong
Other name(s) 房仕龍 (Fong Si-lung)
元樓 (Yuen Lou)
大哥 (Big Brother)
Occupation Actor, martial artist, director, producer, screenwriter, action choreographer, singer, stunt director, stunt performer
Genre(s) Cantopop, Mandopop, Hong Kong English pop, J-pop
Years active 1962–present
Spouse(s) Lin Feng-jiao (1982–present)
Children Jaycee Chan (born 1982)
Parents Charles and Lee-Lee Chan
Influences Bruce Lee
Buster Keaton
Harold Lloyd
Jim Carrey

Hong Kong Film Awards
Best Film
1989 Rouge
Best Action Choreography
1996 Rumble in the Bronx
1999 Who Am I?
Professional Spirit Award
Golden Horse Awards
Best Actor
1992 Police Story 3
1993 Crime Story
Golden Rooster Awards
Best Actor
2005 New Police Story
MTV Asia Awards
Inspiration Award
Other Awards
MTV Movie Awards
2002 Best Fight (Rush Hour 2)
1999 Best Fight (Rush Hour)
1995 Lifetime Achievement Award
Shanghai International Film Festival
2005 Outstanding Contribution to Chinese Cinema

Jackie Chan, SBS, MBE (born Chan Kong-sang, 陳港生; 7 April 1954) is a Hong Kong actor, action choreographer, filmmaker, comedian, director, producer, martial artist, screenwriter, entrepreneur, singer and stunt performer. In his movies, he is known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, use of improvised weapons, and innovative stunts. Jackie Chan has been acting since the 1960s and has appeared in over 100 films.

Chan has received stars on the Hong Kong Avenue of Stars and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As a cultural icon, Chan has been referenced in various pop songs, cartoons, and video games. An operatically trained vocalist, Chan is also a Cantopop and Mandopop star, having released a number of albums and sung many of the theme songs for the films in which he has starred.

His films have since featured an increasing number of dramatic scenes while continuing to succeed at the box office; examples include New Police Story (2004), The Myth (2005) and the hit film Rob-B-Hood (2006). Chan's next release was the third installment in the Rush Hour series: Rush Hour 3 in August 2007.

It grossed US$255 million. However, it performed poorly in Hong Kong, grossing only HK$3.5 million during its opening weekend.

Rush Hour star Jackie Chan is spearheading a charity concert to benefit Japan's earthquake and tsunami victims. The event, dubbed the Love Without Borders 3/11 Candelight Gala, takes place April 1 at Hong Kong's Victoria Park and participants include singers such as Alan Tam, Shirley Kwan and Chinese-American rapper Jin.

The group has recorded the song "Succmb Not to Sorrow" which is based on a Japanese poem and serves as the theme for the concert.

New experiments and change in style-

On 22 June 2009, Chan left Los Angeles to begin filming The Karate Kid, a remake of the 1984 original, in Beijing. The film was released in America on 11 June 2010 and sees Chan's first dramatic American film. In the film, he plays Mr. Han, a kung fu master and maintenance man who teaches Jaden Smith's character, Dre, kung-fu so he can defend himself from school bullies. In Chan's next movie, Shaolin, he plays the cook of the temple instead of one of the major characters.

Jackie Chan's 100th film 1911 was released on 26 September 2011. He is the co-director, executive producer, and lead star of the movie.

Jackie Chan won the Favorite Buttkicker award at the Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards in 2011 for The Karate Kid.


Filmography and screen persona-

Year        Title Chinese Title Role Notes
2008        The Forbidden        Kingdom 功夫之      王 "Lu Yan" / "Old Hop"        aka King of Kung Fu
Kung Fu Panda 功夫熊貓               "Master Monkey" (voice)
Run Papa Run 一個好爸爸 executive producer
Wushu 武術之少年行   executive producer
2009 Shinjuku Incident 新宿事件 "Steelhead"
executive producer

Looking for Jackie 尋找成龍 himself               aka Jackie Chan and The Kung Fu Kid
aka Jackie Chan Kung Fu Master
The Founding of a Republic 建國大業 "Li Jishen's Interviewer" (cameo role) aka Jian Guo Da Ye (lit. The Great Cause of China's Foundation)
aka Founding of the Nation
aka Lofty Ambitions of Nation Building
2010 The Spy Next Door 鄰家特工 "Bob Ho" aka Double Mission
Little Big Soldier 大兵小將 "Big Soldier"
aka Big Soldier, Small General
aka Junior Soldiers
The Karate Kid 功夫夢 "Mr. Han" aka The Kung Fu Dream
The Legend of Silk Boy 世博冠軍湖      絲仔 "Xu Rongcun" (voice)
2011 Shaolin 新少林寺 "Wu Dao" aka The New Shaolin Temple
Kung Fu Panda 2 功夫熊貓2 "Master Monkey" (voice)
1911 辛亥革命 "Huang Xing"
Executive Producer
Stunt Co-ordinator

Legendary Amazons 楊門女將 Producer                filming
The Great Magician 大魔術師 (cameo)
action director
2013 Karate Kid 2 功夫夢2 "Mr. Han"
TBA Armour of God III: Chinese Zodiac 十二生肖 "Jackie Condor" aka "Asian Hawk"

Chan has many historic artifacts, such as old door frames from 2000 years ago. He also owns the Jinricksha Station in Singapore.

January 19, 2011 Jackie Chan joins U.S. President Barack Obama for the welcome of President of the People's Republic of China Hu Jintao to the White House state dinner.
In April 2008, Jackie Chan was invited for the audio launch of an Indian film, entitled Dasavathaaram (2008) in Chennai (Madras), where he shared the dais with Indian celebrities, including Amitabh Bachchan, Mammootty and Kamal Hassan. Though he did not understand a word of Tamil, Chan was touched by the Indian community's love for him and his films, and was impressed with the movie Dasavathaaram, expressing a keen interest in working with the star of the film, Kamal Hassan.

In response to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, Jackie Chan and fellow Hong Kong-based celebrities, including American rapper Jin, headlined a special three-hour charity concert, titled Artistes 311 Love Beyond Borders, on 1 April 2011 to help with Japan's disaster recovery effort, where Jackie Chan addressed the victims of the earthquake and tsunami by saying: "You will not be alone, we will be by your side".

The concert raised over $3.3 million dollars in just three hours for disaster relief.
Chan also holds guest lectures at the Shanghai Institute of Visual Art of Fudan University, Shanghai.



source- From Wikipedia

know to Iraq war and their most probably work

'Iraq war and the Obama administration'

BRITAIN regrets going to war in Iraq and knows it must work to repair the damage done to its international standing, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was ...

Nick Clegg makes thinly veiled attack on Iraq war at UN‎ - Daily Mail
Nick Clegg tells world leaders Britain regrets Iraq war‎ -

Clegg to tell UN Britain 'regrets' Iraq war‎ - Irish Independent
The Muslim News - Independent

2011 in Iraq-

Moktada al-Sadr returned to Iraq in the holy city of Najaf to lead the Sadrist movement after being in exile since 2007.

During the year the proclaimed terrorist group al-Qaeda in Iraq was eventually defeated in May after Huthaifa al-Batawi was killed and who was the only man left in the group as the head leader.

On January 15, 2011, three U.S. troops were killed in Iraq. One of the troops was killed on a military operation in central Iraq, while the other two troops were deliberately shot by one or two Iraqi soldiers during a training exercise.

On June 6, 2011, five U.S. troops were killed in an apparent rocket attack on Camp Victory, located near Baghdad International Airport. A sixth soldier, who was wounded in the attack, died 10 days later of his wounds.

On June 29, 2011, three U.S. troops were killed in a rocket attack on a U.S. base located near the border with Iran. It was speculated that the militant group responsible for the attack was the same one which attacked Camp Victory just over three weeks before. With the three deaths, June 2011, became the bloodiest month in Iraq for the U.S. military since June 2009, with 15 U.S. soldiers killed, only one of them outside combat.

In September 2011, Iraq signed a contract to buy 18 Lockheed Martin F-16 warplanes, becoming the 26th nation to operate the F-16. Because of windfall profits from oil, the Iraqi government is planning to double this originally planned 18, to 36 F-16s. Iraq is relying on the U.S. military for air support as it rebuilds its forces and battles a stubborn Islamist insurgency. Washington and Baghdad are discussing whether to keep some U.S. troops or military trainers in Iraq beyond the year-end deadline for U.S. departure.

BRITAIN regrets going to war in Iraq and knows it must work to repair the damage done to its international standing, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was due to tell world leaders yesterday.

In a speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Mr Clegg will say Britain has learned ''the hard way'' that democracy cannot be imposed on other countries.

His speech risks dividing Britain's coalition government by antagonising senior Conservatives, whose party backed Tony Blair's decision to invade with the US in 2003.

In late February 2009, newly elected U.S. President Barack Obama announced an 18-month withdrawal window for combat forces, with approximately 50,000 troops remaining in the country "to advise and train Iraqi security forces and to provide intelligence and surveillance". General Ray Odierno, the top U.S. military commander in Iraq, said he believes all U.S. troops will be out of the country by the end of 2011, while UK forces ended combat operations on April 30, 2009. 

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has said he supports the accelerated pullout of U.S. forces. In a speech at the Oval Office on 31 August 2010 Obama declared "the American combat mission in Iraq has ended. Operation Iraqi Freedom is over, and the Iraqi people now have lead responsibility for the security of their country."

Mr Clegg's party, the Liberal Democrats, consistently opposed the invasion. Mr Clegg caused controversy earlier this year when standing in for Prime Minister David Cameron by saying the invasion had been illegal.

Whitewashing the Iraq War
Drexel University The Triangle Online....
Notoriously, Bush and his minions have escaped not only judgment but investigation for the Iraq war (and much else) under the Obama administration. ...

Iraq War Hoax‎ - Fog City Journal
Fallacy of Terrorism‎ - The Palestine Telegraph
The not-uncovered statue of the grieving soldier‎ - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (blog)

Most significantly, Saddam Hussein himself was captured on December 13, 2003, on a farm near Tikrit in Operation Red Dawn. The operation was conducted by the United States Army's 4th Infantry Division and members of Task Force 121. Intelligence on Saddam's whereabouts came from his family members and former bodyguards.

With the capture of Hussein and a drop in the number of insurgent attacks, some concluded the multinational forces were prevailing in the fight against the insurgency. The provisional government began training the new Iraqi security forces intended to police the country, and the United States promised over $20 billion in reconstruction money in the form of credit against Iraq's future oil revenues. Oil revenue was also used for rebuilding schools and for work on the electrical and refining infrastructure.

Shortly after the capture of Hussein, elements left out of the Coalition Provisional Authority began to agitate for elections and the formation of an Iraqi Interim Government. Most prominent among these was the Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. The Coalition Provisional Authority opposed allowing democratic elections at this time. The insurgents stepped up their activities. The two most turbulent centers were the area around Fallujah and the poor Shia sections of cities from Baghdad (Sadr City) to Basra in the south.

Sculptors making busts of martyred commanders of Iran-Iraq war...

... nine sculptors were tasked to make busts of nine martyred commanders to commemorate names and memoirs of the martyrs of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war. ...

Bomb kills 10 in Iran on Iraq war anniversary
San Francisco Chronicle - William Yong - 2 days ago
... and wounded 20 during a military parade in northwest Iran marking the start of the Iran-Iraq war 30 years ago, state-controlled media outlets reported. ...

On August 14, 2007, the deadliest single attack of the whole war occurred. Nearly 800 civilians were killed by a series of coordinated suicide bomb attacks on the northern Iraqi settlement of Qahtaniya. More than 100 homes and shops were destroyed in the blasts. U.S. officials blamed al-Qaeda. The targeted villagers belonged to the non-Muslim Yazidi ethnic minority. 

The attack may have represented the latest in a feud that erupted earlier that year when members of the Yazidi community stoned to death a teenage girl called Du'a Khalil Aswad accused of dating a Sunni Arab man and converting to Islam. The killing of the girl was recorded on camera-mobiles and the video was uploaded onto the internet ...

Iran and Iraq remember war that cost more than a million lives
The Guardian ....

In the west it often seemed, even at the time, like a forgotten war. Far more attention has been paid to later conflicts: Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990 ...
Iran News Roundup September 23, 2010‎ - Critical Threats Project
Security Risks Could Delay US Withdrawal Beyond 2011‎ - Middle East & Africa Monitor (subscription)
A hazy vision of the US role ahead in Iraq
Washington Post - Janine Zacharia - 4 hours ago
IN BAGHDAD At a time when Washington policymakers would prefer to put the Iraq war behind them, the American mission in Baghdad is ...

Johnny Cash Died in Great Distress About Iraq Invasion
Peace FM Online..... 

She insists he wanted to protest the war but didn't have the strength. Rosanne Cash tells The Progressive, "We invaded Iraq in March (2003), and he died in ...

Johnny Cash Opposed US War‎ - Great American Country (blog)
Johnny Cash disturbed about Iraq invasion before his death‎ - Raw Story
Johnny Cash 'Devastated' by Iraq War, Daughter Rosanne Reveals‎ - Spinner
The Canadian Press ....

... it will review the country's most prominent Cold War espionage case after claims ... for the Soviet Union and Iraq and sentenced to 20 years in prison. ...
Cold War spy case may be reopened in Norway‎ - Reuters India

you can see here an example of Iraq war........

in March 2010 led to the creation of a government of national unity, although only after eight months of political stalemate that played out mostly along sectarian lines. Under a 2008 agreement between Iraq and the United States, about 48,000 American troops remaining in Iraq must leave by the end of 2011. As part of that agreement, the Iraqi government ultimately will decide if it wants some troops to remain.

While the Americans privately told their Iraqi counterparts that they wanted some troops to stay and the government of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki has been privately telling the Americans that it wants their army to stay, a number of Iraqi political factions have publicly resisted the idea of a continued American military presence — notably the Sadrists, led by Moktada al-Sadr, an anti-American Shiite cleric who has called on his followers to attack American forces if they remain after the deadline.

In September, administration officials said that Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta had proposed a plan that would keep 3,000 to 4,000 American troops in Iraq after a deadline for their withdrawal at year’s end, but only to continue training security forces there.

The recommendation would break a longstanding pledge by President Obama to withdraw all American forces from Iraq by the deadline. But it would still involve significantly fewer forces than proposals presented at the Pentagon by the senior American commander in Iraq, Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, to keep as many as 14,000 to 18,000 troops there.

In October, Iraq's leaders announced that they had agreed on the need to keep American military trainers in the country in 2012, but they declared that any remaining troops should not be granted immunity from Iraqi law, a point the United States has said would be a deal breaker.

U.S. withdrawal-

On February 17, 2010, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced that as of September 1, 2010, the name "Operation Iraqi Freedom" would be replaced by "Operation New Dawn".

On April 18, 2010, US and Iraqi forces killed Abu Ayyub al-Masri the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq in a joint American and Iraqi operation near Tikrit, Iraq. The coalition forces believed al-Masri to be wearing a suicide vest and proceeded cautiously.

After the lengthy exchange of fire and bombing of the house, the Iraqi troops stormed inside and found two women still alive, one of whom was al-Masri's wife, and four dead men, identified as al-Masri, Abu Abdullah al-Rashid al-Baghdadi, an assistant to al-Masri, and al-Baghdadi's son. A suicide vest was indeed found found on al-Masri's corpse, as the Iraqi Army subsequently stated.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Viggo Mortensen Is Politically Active and Later Endorsed Barack Obama For President

Viggo Mortensen Performance In Eastern Promises Resulted In His Winning The Best Performance-

Viggo Mortensen
Born Viggo Peter Mortensen, Jr.
October 20, 1958 (age 52)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, poet, musician, photographer and painter
Years active 1984–present
Spouse Exene Cervenka (1987–1998)

Viggo Peter Mortensen, Jr. (born October 20, 1958) is a Danish-American actor, poet, musician, photographer and painter. 

He made his film debut in Peter Weir's 1985 thriller Witness, and subsequently appeared in many notable films of the 1990s, including The Indian Runner (1991), Carlito's Way (1993), Crimson Tide (1995), The Portrait of a Lady (1996), G.I. Jane (1997), A Perfect Murder (1998), and A Walk on the Moon (1999).

Mortensen made his major breakthrough in 2001 with the epic film trilogy The Lord of the Rings.

In 2005, Mortensen won critical acclaim for David Cronenberg's crime thriller A History of Violence

Two years later, another Cronenberg film Eastern Promises (2007) earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. Other well-received films in recent years have included Appaloosa (2008) and the 2009 film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel The Road.

Aside from acting, his other artistic pursuits include fine arts, photography, poetry, and music. In 2002, he founded the Perceval Press to publish the works of little-known artists and authors. 

Mortensen is politically active. He campaigned for Dennis Kucinich in the 2008 United States presidential election, and later endorsed Barack Obama for President.



Acting career

In 2005, Mortensen starred in David Cronenberg's A History of Violence. He was nominated for a Satellite Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for this role. In the DVD extras for A History of Violence, David Cronenberg relates that Mortensen is the only actor he'd come across who would come back from weekends with his family with items he had bought to use as props on the set.

Interviewed by eTalk Daily at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival, for A History of Violence
In 2006, he starred as Captain Diego Alatriste in Alatriste, based on the series of novels The Adventures of Captain Alatriste, written by the Spanish writer Arturo Pérez-Reverte.

In September 2007, the film Eastern Promises, directed by David Cronenberg, was released to critical acclaim for the film itself and for Mortensen's performance as a Russian gangster on the rise in London. His nude fight scene in a steam room was applauded by Roger Ebert: "Years from now, it will be referred to as a benchmark." Mortensen's performance in Eastern Promises resulted in his winning the Best Performance by an Actor in a British Independent Film award from the British Independent Film Awards. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor.

In 2009, Mortensen appeared as himself in the film Reclaiming The Blade, in which he discussed his passion for the sword and his sword-work in films such as The Lord of the Rings and Alatriste. Mortensen also talked about his work with Bob Anderson, the swordmaster on The Lord of the Rings, Alatriste, Pirates of the Caribbean and many others.

In 2009, Mortensen performed in The People Speak, a documentary feature film that uses dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries, and speeches of everyday Americans, based on historian Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States.

In April 2009 Mortensen revealed in an interview that he had, at least temporarily, retired from film acting as the schedule required for promoting a film is too stressful. In 2010 he joined the cast of The Road, a film adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name, and collaborated with David Cronenberg for a third time on A Dangerous Method.

He has recently made a cameo appearance in Dirty Raymond's Neighbor.

Visual arts and discography

Mortensen at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival

Mortensen is a painter and photographer. His paintings are frequently abstract and often contain fragments of his poetry in them. His paintings have been featured in galleries worldwide, and the paintings of the artist he portrayed in A Perfect Murder are all his own.

Viggo's discography includes:
  • 2006: 3 Fools 4 April
  • 2007: Time Waits for Everyone
  • 2008: At All
  • 2010: Canciones de Invierno
  • 2011: Reunion
Mortensen is featured on The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King soundtrack, singing "Aragorn's Coronation" (the name of the extended version of this song in the 3rd original sound track is "The Return of the King"), the words by Tolkien and the music composed by Mortensen. 

Mortensen has owned property in northern Sandpoint Idaho, and spends time there when not filming movies. He also has a home in the Malasaña neighborhood of Madrid where he spends long seasons with friends.

On October 13, 2006, Viggo Mortensen was awarded the Gold Medal of the Province and the City of León, Spain.

On April 16, 2010, Viggo Mortensen was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Order of Dannebrog.


Year                  Film                                      Role                                                 Notes

2008                 Slacker Uprising                           Himself                   Mortensen speaks at a 2004 "Slacker Uprising" rally in Columbus, Ohio.
Appaloosa Everett Hitch
Good John Halder
2009 Reclaiming the Blade Himself
The People Speak Himself Documentary
The Road The Man Utah Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Denver Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated — San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association for Best Actor
2011 A Dangerous Method Sigmund Freud Post-production
On the Road Old Bull Lee In production

source- From Wikipedia

Matt Damon and Affleck Teamed Up Again To Sign A First-look Production Deal With Warner Bros

Head shot of Damon looking into the camera smiling slightly. He is wearing a black polo shirt.
Damon in 2009
Matt Damon Has Since Starred In Commercially Successful Films-

Matt Damon
Born Matthew Paige Damon
October 8, 1970 (age 41)
Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
Alma mater Harvard University (Dropout)
Occupation Actor, screenwriter, producer
Years active 1988–present
Spouse Luciana Barroso (m. 2005–present)
Children 4
Awards Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay

Upcoming films-

He will next work with frequent collaborator Steven Soderbergh on a project as the longtime Liberace love interest, Scott Thorsen, opposite Michael Douglas in an upcoming film centered on the pianist's life. He will also star in We Bought a Zoo, and has been cast to play in Elysium.

Producing career-

Along with Affleck and producers Chris Moore and Sean Bailey, Damon founded the production company LivePlanet, through which the four created the documentary series Project Greenlight to find and fund worthwhile film projects from novice filmmakers.

The company produced and founded the short-lived mystery-hybrid series Push, Nevada, among other projects. Project Greenlight was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Reality Program in 2002, 2004, and 2005.

In March 2010, Damon and Affleck teamed up again to sign a first-look production deal with Warner Bros.

Matthew Paige "Matt" Damon (born October 8, 1970) is an American actor, screenwriter, and philanthropist whose career was launched following the success of the film Good Will Hunting (1997), from a screenplay he co-wrote with friend Ben Affleck.

The pair won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and the Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay for their work and Damon garnered multiple Best Actor nominations, including the Academy Award, for his lead performance in the film.

Matt Damon wanted Ben Affleck to "fire" himself from his new film. 

The 'Cantagion' actor wants to work with his 'Good Will Hunting' writing partner again and is jealous of the role Ben has cast himself in for his next directoral endeavor. 

He said: "Ben's making a great movie now called 'Argo'. It's really, really good. 

"I can't get him to put me in it because he took the best role. He took the lead. I called him and was like, 'Dude, why don't you fire yourself and put me in it man? I'd be great in this.' " 

Despite the disappointment, Matt is still looking forward to working with Ben again in the future.
He added: "We really want to work together again. We have a couple of things we're developing, so we're hoping we can work together." 

Ben's career stalled a decade ago with a string of flop movies and Matt feels "vindicated" that his friend has now got his professional life back on track. 

He said: "That was really hard for me to watch as his friend, because I didn't think it was fair to him.
"It's more of a relief to me, to be honest. As his writing partner, I know how great he is. I always knew that better than anybody, so now I just feel vindicated. Everything is right with the Force again."

Damon has since starred in commercially successful films such as Saving Private Ryan (1998), the Ocean's trilogy, and the Bourne series, while also gaining critical acclaim for his performances in dramas such as Syriana (2005), The Good Shepherd (2006), and The Departed (2006).

He garnered a Golden Globe nomination for portraying the title character in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) and was nominated for an Academy Award as a supporting actor in Invictus (2009). He is one of the top forty highest grossing actors of all time. In 2007, Damon received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was named Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine.

Damon has been actively involved in charitable work, including the ONE Campaign, H2O Africa Foundation, and

In 2011, the documentary which he narrated, American Teacher, opened in New York prior to national screening.


  • Academy Award: 3 nominations, 1 win
    • Academy Award won, (1997), Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (Good Will Hunting)
    • Academy Award nomination, (1997), Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Good Will Hunting)
    • Academy Award nomination, (2009), Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (Invictus)
  • Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA: 1 nomination, 0 wins
    • Saturn Award nomination, (2005), Best Actor (The Bourne Supremacy)
  • American Cinematheque Award: 1 win
    • 24th Annual American Cinematheque Award won, (2010), Contribution to the art of the Moving Picture
  • Berlin International Film Festival: 1 nomination, 1 win
    • Silver Berlin Bear won, (1998), Outstanding Single Achievement (Good Will Hunting)
  • Blockbuster Entertainment Awards: 4 nominations, 1 win
    • Blockbuster Entertainment Award nomination, (1998), Favorite Actor - Drama (The Rainmaker)
    • Blockbuster Entertainment Award won, (1999), Favorite Actor - Video (Good Will Hunting)
    • Blockbuster Entertainment Award won, (2000), Favorite Actor - Suspense (The Talented Mr. Ripley)
    • Blockbuster Entertainment Award won, (2000), Favorite Actor - Drama/Romance (All the Pretty Horses)
  • Golden Globe: 5 nominations, 1 win
    • Golden Globe won, (1998), Best Screenplay - Motion Picture (Good Will Hunting)
    • Golden Globe nomination, (1998), Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama (Good Will Hunting)
    • Golden Globe nomination, (2000), Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama (The Talented Mr. Ripley)
    • Golden Globe nomination, (2010), Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy (The Informant!)
    • Golden Globe nomination, (2010), Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (Invictus)


Hollywood star-

In 2010, Damon re-teamed with director Paul Greengrass, who directed him in the Bourne Supremacy and Bourne Ultimatum, for the action thriller Green Zone, which flopped commercially and received ambivalent reception from critics.

In motion pictures that feature him either as a leading actor or as a supporting co-star, his films have grossed a total of U.S.$1.94 to U.S.$2.42 billion (based on counting his roles as strictly lead or including supporting roles, respectively) at the North American box office, placing him in the top forty grossing actors of all time.

He has appeared as a guest star in an episode of Arthur, titled The Making of Arthur, as himself. During Season 5 of 30 Rock, he appeared as guest star in the role of Liz Lemon's boyfriend in the episodes "I Do I Do," "The Fabian Strategy," "Live Show," and "Double Edged Sword."

Damon's 2010 projects included The Adjustment Bureau, Clint Eastwood's Hereafter, and the Coen Brothers' remake of the 1969 John Wayne-starring Western True Grit; the latter movie started filming in March 2010 and was released in December of that year.

Barroso gave birth to their third daughter, Stella Zavala Damon, in New York. As of 2011, Damon and his family reside in Manhattan.

Damon is a fan of the Boston Red Sox. After the team won the 2007 World Series, he narrated the commemorative DVD release of the event.

Damon enjoys playing poker and has competed in several World Series of Poker (WSOP) events including the 2010 World Series of Poker main event. He dropped $25,000 at the WSOP while researching his role as a professional poker player in Rounders (1998) and after filming the movie Damon was busted out of the 1998 WSOP by poker professional Doyle Brunson.
  • On March 27, 2010, Damon received the 24th Annual American Cinematheque Award, which was presented to him by Ben Affleck at a ceremony comprising roasts from Damon's colleagues and friends in the entertainment industry.



Film and television

Year              Title                       Roles                                     Notes


2009                The People Speak                          Himself                               Also producer
2010 Green Zone Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller Nominated — Central Ohio Film Critics Association for Actor of the Year (Also for True Grit and Hereafter)
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor
2010 30 Rock Carol TV series (episodes: "I Do Do," "The Fabian Strategy," and "Live Show")
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (2011)
2010 Inside Job Narrator
2010 Hereafter George Lonegan Nominated — Central Ohio Film Critics Association for Actor of the Year (Also for True Grit and Green Zone)
2010 True Grit La Boeuf Bronze Wrangler for Theatrical Motion Picture (shared with A.C. Lyles, Steven Spielberg, Paul Schwake, Ethan and Joel Coen, Scott Ruben, Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin and Hailee Steinfeld)
Nominated — Central Ohio Film Critics Association for Actor of the Year (Also for Hereafter and Green Zone)
Nominated — Central Ohio Film Critics Association for Best Ensemble
Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
2011 The Adjustment Bureau David Norris
2011 Contagion Mitch Emhoff
2011 Margaret Aaron Caije
2011 Happy Feet Two Bill the Krill post-production
2011 We Bought a Zoo Benjamin Mee post-production
2013 Elysium



source- From Wikipedia