British sports icon David Beckham confirmed his role as the owner of a new U.S. soccer team on Wednesday (05Feb14) by launching his latest venture in Miami, Florida. The former England player retired from the game last year (13) after leaving Los Angeles Galaxy and finishing his time on the pitch in a brief stint with French side Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).
He has now confirmed he is returning to the U.S. soccer scene by creating his own Major League Soccer (MLS) team with his business partner Simon Fuller.
Speaking at a press conference in Miami on Wednesday, Beckham revealed, "I wanted to create a team that we can start from scratch... I want to create a team that's very personal... This one is a big decision but a very personal one. I want to make it my own team.
"I have great partners... We are very excited about this. Miami is a vibrant city, it's a city with a lot of passion. I know this city is ready for football, for soccer, this time around. I know this is going to be successful... To be successful you have to work hard... I am going to work hard for this city and for this team."
Beckham also hinted that he will be moving to Miami with his fashion designer wife Victoria and their four children, adding, "I am looking forward to spending more time here, my family being here, my children."
The Beckhams moved back to their native Britain after the soccer ace left Los Angeles Galaxy.
Widening the thematic scope without sacrificing too much of the claustrophobia that made the original 1979 Alien universally spooky Prometheus takes the trophy for this summer's most adult-oriented blockbuster entertainment. The movie will leave your mouth agape for its entire runtime first with its majestic exploration of an alien planet and conjectures on the origins of the human race second with its gross-out body horror that leaves no spilled gut to the imagination. Thin characters feel more like pawns in Scott's sci-fi prequel but stunning visuals shocking turns and grand questions more than make up for the shallow ensemble. "Epic" comes in many forms. Prometheus sports all of them.
Based on their discovery of a series of cave drawings all sharing a similar painted design Elizabeth (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie (Logan Marshall-Green) are recruited by Weyland to head a mission to another planet one they believe holds the answers to the creation of life on Earth. Along for the journey are Vickers (Charlize Theron) the ruthless Weyland proxy Janek (Idris Elba) a blue collar captain a slew of faceless scientists and David (Michael Fassbender) HAL 9000-esque resident android who awakens the crew of spaceship Prometheus when they arrive to their destination. Immediately upon descent there's a discovery: a giant mound that's anything but natural. The crew immediately prepares to scope out the scene zipping up high-tech spacesuits jumping in futuristic humvees and heading out to the site. What they discover are the awe-inspiring creations of another race. What they bring back to the ship is what they realize may kill their own.
The first half of Prometheus could be easily mistaken for Steven Spielberg's Alien a sense of wonder glowing from every frame not too unlike Close Encounters. Scott takes full advantage of his fictional settings and imbues them with a reality that makes them even more tantalizing. He shoots the vistas of space and the alien planet like National Geographic porn and savors the interior moments on board the Prometheus full of hologram maps sleeping pods and do-it-yourself surgery modules with the same attention. Prometheus is beautiful shot in immersive 3D that never dampers Dariusz Wolski's sharp photography. Scott's direction seems less interested in the run-or-die scenario set up in the latter half of the film but the film maintains tension and mood from beginning to end. It all just gets a bit…bloodier.
Jon Spaihts' and Damon Lindelof's script doesn't do the performers any favors shuffling them to and fro between the ship and the alien construction without much room for development. Reveals are shoehorned in without much setup (one involving Theron's Vickers that's shockingly mishandled) but for the most part the ensemble is ready to chomp into the script's bigger picture conceits. Rapace is a physical performer capable of pulling off a grisly scene involving an alien some sharp objects and a painful procedure (sure to be the scene of the blockbuster season. Among the rest of the crew Fassbender's David stands out as the film's revelatory performance delivering a digestible ambiguity to his mechanical man that playfully toys with expectations from his first entrance. The creature effects in Prometheus will wow you but even Fassbender's smallest gesture can send the mind spinning. The power of his smile packs more of a punch than any facehugger.
Much like Lindelof's Lost Prometheus aims to explore the idea of asking questions and seeking answers and on Scott's scale it's a tremendous unexpected ride. A few ideas introduced to spur action fall to the way side in the logic department but with a clear mission and end point Prometheus works as a sweeping sci-fi that doesn't require choppy editing or endless explosions to keep us on the edge of our seats. Prometheus isn't too far off from the Alien xenomorphs: born from existing DNA of another creature the movie breaks out as its own beast. And it's wilder than ever.
Every year, we look forward to the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show because it features some of the most beautiful women in the world. But unfortunately, the show is only an hour long and takes place just once a year, so we're always left wanting to know more about the stunning models, and what makes them unique. And we thought it would be fun to take some time to analyze some footage from previous Victoria's Secret fashion shows and see how each model conveys her personality through her runway walk.
Miranda Kerr's Walk Is Friendly
Kerr was born in Australia in April of 1983, and grew up riding motorbikes and riding horses on her grandmother's farm. Her first modeling job was for Dolly Magazine, which she landed after she won the Impulse Model Competition in 1997. After she signed with Chic Management, she modeled in campaigns for Tigerlily, Roxy and Billabong. When she headed to New York in 2004, she modeled for Alex Perry, Baby Phat, Levi's, L.A.M.B, Betsey Johnson, Roberto Cavalli, and Neiman Marcus. In 2007 she replaced Gisele Bundchen as a Victoria's Secret Angel and quickly became known for her dimples, which means she's usually the model who looks the most approachable and charming on the runway.
Alessandra Ambrosio's Walk Is Shy
Brazil’s Alessandra Ambrosio was born in April of 1981 and started modeling when she was 15. Early on, she participated in fashion shows for esteemed brands like Dior, Georgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, and Revlon. In 2000, she walked in her very first Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and in the last ten years, she’s become known for posing at the end of the runway looking somewhat shy and modest.
Adriana Lima's Walk Is Tough
Lima was born in June of 1981 and like Ambrosio, she also hails from Brazil and has been a Victoria’s Secret Angel since 2000. She earned a name for herself when she was 15, after she took first place in Ford’s “Supermodels of Brazil” competition, and then took second place in Ford’s “Supermodels of the World” competition. And since 2005, she consistently ranks in the top five of the Forbes list, “The 20 Highest-Earning Models In The World.” And while all these credentials force us to take her seriously, Lima is most renown for walking the runway with confidence, dominance and strength, and in a style that conveys she’s aware she’s in control of the audience. She's also famous for boxing, and the other Angels describe her as "superwoman."
Behati Prinsloo's Walk Is Engaging
Prinsloo was born in Cape Town in May of 1989 but grew up in Namibia. At only 22 years old, she is one of the younger Victoria’s Secret Angels, but is famous with the other Angels for being spunky, playful, but also for taking photography really seriously. She's frequently seen snapping candid shots of the models as they're getting ready.
Candice Swanepoel's Walk Showcases Her Baby Face
Swanepoel was born in South Africa in October of 1988, and began taking modeling seriously when she was 16 and earning €5,000 a day. She’s appeared in campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger, Dolce and Gabbana, Betsey Johnson and Diane von Furstenberg. But her professional life took off in 2007 when she became a Victoria’s Secret model and was routinely featured in their catalogs. Swanepoel officially became an Angel last year, but she really put herself on the map for having an extraordinarily youthful-looking face. But the other Angels know her for being an adrenaline junkie, and who is more adventurous than anyone.
Chanel Iman's Walk Has Honor, Humility
Iman was born in Georgia on 1990, and has frequently said the only thing she wanted to be when she was a child was a model. In May of 2007 she appeared on the cover of American Vogue as one of the “World’s Next Top Models,” and Style.com also named her one of the year’s rising stars. In the following years, she went on to appear on the covers of Teen Vogue and Elle, and modeled in shows for Balenciaga, Versace, and Yves Saint Laurent. She walked in her first Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2009, and was quickly promoted to an Angel in 2010. She’s notorious for being grateful for the opportunity to walk in fashion shows, and for appreciating all the time designers spend helping the clothes fit her.
Doutzen Kroes's Walk Has Curves
Kroes was born in the Netherlands in January of 1985 and has been on the covers of Time, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Seventeen, Marie Claire, Glamour, W, Elle, and Numéro. She’s also modeled in spreads for Gucci, Tommy Hilfiger, Versace, Calvin Klein, and Valentino. But in 2005, she became a household name when Vogue.com readers voted her “Model of the Year.” Kroes has been named one of the World’s 15 Top-Earning Supermodels since 2007, and in 2008, she became a Victoria’s Secret Angel. But aside from her long blonde hair and her gorgeous lips, Kroes is also famous for having curves where other models don’t. Unlike a few other VS Angels, Kroes is not a size 0 or 2 – in fact, she’s a size 6, and even received praise in February of 2010 from Cosmopolitan’s editor in chief, Bonnie Fuller, for building a career where she can be proud of her shape.
The first and most important thing you should know about Paramount Pictures’ Thor is that it’s not a laughably corny comic book adaptation. Though you might find it hokey to hear a bunch of muscled heroes talk like British royalty while walking around the American Southwest in LARP garb director Kenneth Branagh has condensed vast Marvel mythology to make an accessible straightforward fantasy epic. Like most films of its ilk I’ve got some issues with its internal logic aesthetic and dialogue but the flaws didn’t keep me from having fun with this extra dimensional adventure.
Taking notes from fellow Avenger Iron Man the story begins with an enthralling event that takes place in a remote desert but quickly jumps back in time to tell the prologue which introduces the audience to the shining kingdom of Asgard and its various champions. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) son of Odin is heir to the throne but is an arrogant overeager and ill-tempered rogue whose aggressive antics threaten a shaky truce between his people and the frost giants of Jotunheim one of the universe’s many realms. Odin (played with aristocratic boldness by Anthony Hopkins) enraged by his son’s blatant disregard of his orders to forgo an assault on their enemies after they attempt to reclaim a powerful artifact banishes the boy to a life among the mortals of Earth leaving Asgard defenseless against the treachery of Loki his mischievous “other son” who’s always felt inferior to Thor. Powerless and confused the disgraced Prince finds unlikely allies in a trio of scientists (Natalie Portman Stellan Skarsgard and Kat Dennings) who help him reclaim his former glory and defend our world from total destruction.
Individually the make-up visual effects CGI production design and art direction are all wondrous to behold but when fused together to create larger-than-life set pieces and action sequences the collaborative result is often unharmonious. I’m not knocking the 3D presentation; unlike 2010’s genre counterpart Clash of the Titans the filmmakers had plenty of time to perfect the third dimension and there are only a few moments that make the decision to convert look like it was a bad one. It’s the unavoidable overload of visual trickery that’s to blame for the frost giants’ icy weaponized constructs and other hybrids of the production looking noticeably artificial. Though there’s some imagery to nitpick the same can’t be said of Thor’s thunderous sound design which is amped with enough wattage to power The Avengers’ headquarters for a century.
Chock full of nods to the comics the screenplay is both a strength and weakness for the film. The story is well sequenced giving the audience enough time between action scenes to grasp the characters motivations and the plot but there are tangential narrative threads that disrupt the focus of the film. Chief amongst them is the frost giants’ fore mentioned relic which is given lots of attention in the first act but has little effect on the outcome. In addition I felt that S.H.I.E.L.D. was nearly irrelevant this time around; other than introducing Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye the secret security faction just gets in the way of the movie’s momentum.
While most of the comedy crashes and burns there are a few laughs to be found in the film. Most come from star Hemsworth’s charismatic portrayal of the God of Thunder. He plays up the stranger-in-a-strange-land aspect of the story with his cavalier but charming attitude and by breaking all rules of diner etiquette in a particularly funny scene with the scientists whose respective roles as love interest (Portman) friendly father figure (Skarsgaard) and POV character (Dennings) are ripped right out of a screenwriters handbook.
Though he handles the humorous moments without a problem Hemsworth struggles with some of the more dramatic scenes in the movie; the result of over-acting and too much time spent on the Australian soap opera Home and Away. Luckily he’s surrounded by a stellar supporting cast that fills the void. Most impressive is Tom Hiddleston who gives a truly humanistic performance as the jealous Loki. His arc steeped in Shakespearean tragedy (like Thor’s) drums up genuine sympathy that one rarely has for a comic book movie villain.
My grievances with the technical aspects of the production aside Branagh has succeeded in further exploring the Marvel Universe with a film that works both as a standalone superhero flick and as the next chapter in the story of The Avengers. Thor is very much a comic book film and doesn’t hide from the reputation that its predecessors have given the sub-genre or the tropes that define it. Balanced pretty evenly between “serious” and “silly ” its scope is large enough to please fans well versed in the source material but its tone is light enough to make it a mainstream hit.
Fuller has exited Brand Beckham Limited, which oversees soccer star Beckham's earnings and endorsements he shares with his wife, the former Posh Spice.
The couple hired the former Spice Girls manager in 2003 and have since released a range of dVb branded goods, including perfumes and a jeans range.
According to the Associated Press, Fuller left Brand Beckham on 13 January (10) and has started new entertainment company, XIX Entertainment Limited. His resignation was confirmed to the official British company registry on Tuesday (13Apr10).
WHAT IT’S ABOUT?
Claire is an attractive CIA operative and Ray is an M16 agent who simultaneously leave their Governmental spy activities in the dust to try and profit from a battle between two rival multi-national corporations both trying to launch a new product that will transform the world and make billions. Their goal is to secure the top-secret formula and get a patent before they are outsmarted. While their respective egomaniacal CEOs engage in an unending battle of wills and one-upmanship Claire and Ray start out conning and playing one another in a clever game of industrial espionage that is even more complicated due to their own long-term romantic relationship.
WHO’S IN IT?
Reuniting Closer co-stars Julia Roberts (as Claire) and Clive Owen (as Ray) turns out to be an inspired idea. They turn out to be the perfect pair oozing movie-star charm and electricity in this elaborate con-game that might have been the kind of thing Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant might have made in the '60s (in fact they did in Charade). Roberts with that infamous hairstyle back the way we like it and Owen looking great in sunglasses prove they have what it takes to navigate us through this ultra-complex plot in which no one is sure who they can trust at any given moment. They play it all in high style and the wit just flows as the story skirts back and forth during the period of five years. The supporting cast is well-chosen with juicy roles for Tom Wilkinson and Paul Giamatti (out of their John Adams duds) as the two CEOs going for each other’s throats. Giamatti who sometimes has a tendency to overdo it is especially slimy here and great fun to watch.
Big-star studio movies today rarely take risks and often talk down to the audience but in Duplicity writer/director Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton) has crafted a complicated con-comedy that requires complete attention at all times just to keep up with the dense plot’s twists and turns. It’s the cinematic equivalent of a New York Times crossword puzzle and Gilroy and his top-drawer production team deliver a glossy beautiful-looking film that’s easy on the eyes hitting locations from Dubai to Rome to New York City.
Like any good puzzle it sometimes can be frustrating putting it all together and Gilroy’s habit of taking us back in time and then inching forward gets a little confusing even with the on-screen chyron pointing out where we are at any given moment. Stick with it though and you will be well-rewarded.
A scene near the end where the formula must be found scanned and faxed in a matter of minutes is sweat-inducing edge-of-your-seat moviemaking and it provides the ultimate opportunity for Roberts and Owen to take the “con” to the next level. Another where Roberts uses a thong to try and trick Owen into admitting an affair he never had is also priceless and gets right to the heart of the game-playing.
GO OUT AND GET POPCORN WHEN ...
Never. Stock up during the coming attractions. If you miss a moment of this entertaining romp you might never figure it all out.
After weeks of negotiations Victoria Beckham has signed a lucrative deal to star in her own reality TV show in America.
The former Spice Girl is moving to Los Angeles with her husband David after he signed with the L.A. Galaxy soccer team earlier this year--and she's already set for her own success in Hollywood.
American Idol creator and former Spice Girls manager Simon Fuller will produce a 30-minute unscripted comedy series for former Posh Spice Beckham, which is slated to debut this summer.
Each episode will focus on her transition to life in the U.S. and will explore how one of the most famous women in the world moves her entourage--including publicist, stylist, and personal assistants--overseas.
Fuller explains, "For the past few years, I've been inundated with requests to make a show based on Victoria's real life. After much thought, we have finally decided to do it."
Victoria adds, "(Fuller) has so much success around the world with his TV shows and the respect and trust of everybody he works with.
"This show is really something different. It's pushing the boundaries, and I think it's going to surprise a lot of people."
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