This year’s first solar eclipse is coming this weekend and it is supposed to be pretty awesome. read more
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Moe, Larry, and Curly are back this year in a movie by the Farrelly brothers starring Sean Hayes, Chris Diamantopoulos, Will Sasso. And before you yell out “Why I oughta!” check out the preview. read more
Birthstones have been around since ancient times, and first gained mainstream popularity during the 14 th and 15 th centuries in Poland. Although birthstones have varied across cultures and time periods, one thing is certain: the month April has been associated with the diamond ever since the National Association of Jewelers created the modern birthstone list in 1912. More than any other month, April is associated with rebirth, renewal and the Earth’s natural life cycle. When you look at it this way, the diamond is a fitting choice for the April birthstone: the precious gem is a result of carbon formations that grow deep below the Earth’s surface over a long period of time. When a diamond finally is discovered or mined, and eventually ends up in your hands, it’s truly a symbol of the life cycle. A diamond is classic and beautiful any month of the year. But given the gem’s association with April, now is the ideal time to invest in a gorgeous colorless diamond. This timeless 4.01 carat pear shaped diamond in our collection has all the warmth and simple sophistication of an April afternoon. Its gorgeous G color grade and quality cut make this diamond luster from every angle, and with an internally flawless (IF) clarity grade, this loose gem has a striking natural beauty all its own. With such a classic cut , this pear shaped diamond would be perfectly suited for a simple ring setting or as a timeless pendant. This diamond has all the warmth and life of the spring season, but is beautiful enough to carry you through all 12 months of the year. Are you looking for a diamond with more fire or flash? Do you prefer a cushion cut, emerald cut, or Asscher cut diamond? Diamond & Estate Trust’s exquisite collection of loose diamonds includes diamonds of all shapes and sizes. We’ll help you find the perfect loose stone and will even incorporate it into a custom piece made with your style sensibility in mind. And for a piece of vintage diamond jewelry, view our estate collection, which contains pieces ranging from Victorian to Art Deco eras and beyond. Read more from the original source: April Birthstone – Diamond Information
“This is America, where everyone has the right to life, love and the pursuit of fame.” — Ryan Seacrest, American Idol, 2010 In the new millennium, people face messages highlighting the significance of fame everywhere they look. Not only in reality television shows such as “Keeping up with the Kardashians” and “American Idol”, but also in popular fictional TV shows, even those targeted to children. After watching some of these shows with my then 9-year-old daughter, I grumbled about the drastic change in “values.” Worried that I was becoming one of those predictable adults who lament that things were much better in the past, I decided to test my hypothesis. This study, co-authored with Dr. Patricia Greenfield at the UCLA campus of the Children’s Digital Media Center@LA, was published in Cyberpsychology last summer. We found that in 2007, fame was the number one value communicated to preteens on popular TV . In every other year, fame ranked towards the bottom of a list of 16 values, coming in at number 15 or 16. Interestingly enough, community feeling (to be part of a group) ranked number 11 in 2007, while in every other year it came in at number one or number two. In research just published in Developmental Psychology , we next examined whether tweens were picking up on these messages. We wondered if the synergy between the fame-oriented content of popular TV shows and the opportunity to post online videos and status updates for “friends” and strangers created the perfect storm for a desire for fame. In our discussions, we asked preteens what they wanted in their future. Their number one choice? Fame. “My friends and I are making a YouTube Channel… Our goal is to try and get a million subscribers.” The above quote came from an 11-year-old boy who wasn’t interested in showcasing a talent — his only interest seemed to be in getting a huge number of YouTube subscribers. Given that these digital media invite you to broadcast yourself, share your life, and then hope for attention that is counted by number of views, likes, or comments, can you blame him? These days, it’s easy to see the phenomenal success of teenagers who achieved fame, such as Justin Bieber, or infamy, such as Rebecca Black. Kids, already focused on popularity and status, crave the virtual audience that they see bring so much attention to others. And the inexperience to think that fame comes easily, without a connection to talent or hard work. “First, I’m gonna take it seriously, play, um, travel basketball, and, um, I’m going (to) college for one year, see if I’m really good, and, I wanna be on a really bad team, so, I can be like the star.” Anyone else see a flaw in this sixth grade boy’s logic? Of course, these kids will get older and realize fame is not that simple to achieve. But what will they have given up in the meantime? This same boy later told us he didn’t care about school. Psychological research has shown that a focus on extrinsic rewards, outside of oneself, can reduce achievement motivation. Fame may be the ultimate extrinsic reward. In the 21st century, TV content socializes children more than at any other point in its history. Even though children today have a myriad of media choices, they still watch television an average of 4 1/2 hours a day. If the messages kids see on TV are about young people achieving great success and renown, it’s only natural for kids to start wanting this for themselves. Moreover with the rapid growth of digital media, children can now showcase themselves to an audience beyond their immediate community, using the tools at their fingertips to enact fame. Nevertheless, the pursuit of fame is embedded in the fabric of our society, in America — every person, no matter where they come from, is supposed to have the opportunity to become successful and achieve to their fullest extent. This is one of the strengths of our society, as long as it is connected to hard work, talent and persistence. So, rather than throw up one’s hands and say “kids today,” parents can actively work towards helping children comprehend and navigate the messages embedded in television and social media. First, model for your children hard work, effort and persistence. Teach them through your actions that success only comes from those who try, try and try again. Second, watch shows with kids and narrate your values; you can even watch reality TV that demonstrate the incredibly difficult work and talent contestants must perform in order to impress the judges (e.g. Project Runway comes to mind). And third, engage your children in some kind of community service or group activities. Even though many of our kids spend more time with media than they do with us (the latest estimates are nearly 8 hours a day), always remember that parents are still the most important influence in their lives. PHOTOS: A history of the top-rated shows for tweens. Go here to see the original: Yalda T. Uhls: So You Want To Be A Star?
Ryan Kavanaugh, the media mogul behind Relativity Media, is facing yet another challenge. Last year, residents in West Hollywood West, an area made up of almost 1,000 single-family homes north of Beverly Boulevard, complained of the pilot’s noisy comings and goings atop the Sofitel. This year, it’s a pretty hefty lawsuit from one of Relativity’s original investors, Aramid Entertainment Fund. More: Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media Getting Sued For A LOT
With five Starbucks Coffee locations in Beverly Hills, it’s safe to say that many residents visit the popular chain. But soon, your local Starbucks may offer more than coffee, lattes, sweets and sandwiches. The company began serving wine, beer and premium foods during the evening at some of its Pacific Northwest stores starting in October 2010. Now a handful of SoCal Starbucks will begin offering wine, beer, savory snacks, small plates and hot flatbreads by the end of the year, the coffee giant announced last week . The next locations with the expanded menu have yet to be announced. “As our customers transition from work to home, many are looking for a warm and inviting place to unwind and connect with the people they care about,” Starbucks Senior Vice President for U.S. Operations Clarice Turner said. “At select stores where it is relevant for the neighborhood, we are focused on creating an atmosphere where our customers can relax with a friend, a small bite to eat and a cup of coffee or glass of wine.” In addition to the wine, beer and stepped-up food offerings, some stores plan to also have “flexible seating” to accommodate individuals and small groups, as well as larger parties. Beverly Hills Starbucks are located at 428 N. Beverly Drive , 9844 Wilshire Blvd. , 257 S. La Cienega Blvd. , 9045 W. Olympic Blvd. and 202 S. Beverly Drive . Be sure to follow Beverly Hills Patch on Twitter and “Like” us on Facebook . See the rest here: Wine and Beer at Starbucks?
He may have limped to the stage with a cane on Saturday night, but Brad Pitt is standing atop the pile so far this award season. Pitt, who hurt his ACL while carrying his daughter Vivienne down a ski slope, accepted the Desert Palm Achievement Award at the Palm Springs Film Fest on Saturday, taking the honor for his work in “Moneyball” and “The Tree of Life.” Earlier in the day, he was named Best Actor by the National Film Critics Association, making it a double gold day for the 47-year old superstar. The awards are just the latest in his slew of victories this year. Alternating between honors for his work in Terrence Malick’s experimental “Tree of Life” and his own passion project, the small market baseball film “Moneyball,” Pitt has been nominated by nearly every festival festival jury and critics society in the lead up to the Golden Globes and Oscars. He took home Best Actor from the New York Film Critics Circle for both parts and earned the nod from the Boston Film Critics for “Moneyball.” He’s also received nominations for Best Actor for “Moneyball” from the Golden Globes, SAG, the Satellite Awards, the Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards and the San Diego Film Critics Society Awards. For “Tree of Life,” he’s earned Best Supporting Actor noms from the Chicago Film Critics Association Awards and the Online Film Critics Society Awards. In Palm Springs on Saturday, Pitt charmed the audience of his peers and cracked jokes like a man both at ease and very grateful for his big year. “Like so many of you here, I have not seen ‘Tree of Life’ yet but I hear we are really good,” he joked. “But this is especially sweet beacaue both of these films were arduous labors of love and if it wasn’t for the dedication of a few brave souls, they could have easily fallen into that black hole of great projects that never worked.” He gave nods to “[Producer] Amy Pascal, Sean Penn, Seymour Hoffman and my lover Jonah Hill, and Jessica Chastain, whom you have honored here tonight. Seven films this year and five next year. Usually an actress has to work in the porn industry to have that kind of success. It’s impressive.” So, what does this mean for the rest of award season? Certainly, the Palm Springs Award was less of a competition than a nice honor, but the Film Critics Association was certainly hard-won. Next Sunday, Pitt will go up against his friend George Clooney, Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling and Leonardo DiCaprio for the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama, and though “Moneyball” wasn’t a breakaway hit, neither were “The Descendants,” “Shame,” “The Ides of March” or “J. Edgar.” Will the very Euro-centric HFPA be charmed by globe trotting Brad, and want to give him his first Globe since his win for “12 Monkeys” 16 years ago? And if so, will that put him in the driver’s seat for his first Oscar? Hard to tell quite yet. But for now, Pitt, limp or not, is certainly leading the pack. Read more: Brad Pitt Gets Two Honors, Becoming Oscar Man To Beat?