No, not Paris, France, although there is not much love lost between the two either. I am actually talking about a totally different kind of Paris; one with a little less appeal than the City of Lights.
Paris Hilton arrived in London amidst a flurry of publicity efforts. She was doing anything and everything in order to promote her new ITV2 reality show Paris Hilton’s British Best Friend. The actress-socialite has had her American version and thought that it was time to take things across the ocean.
During the day, she was seen on the telly a LOT. She went on TV shows like GMTV and Loose Women. Even the night did not immediately hold rest for Paris – she was out partying like a rock star.
It seems, however, that all her efforts have gone to waste – well, almost. Her TV show didn’t really attract that many viewers. I wonder if the tidbits written in The Daily Mail have anything to do with it:
• On her blog, she also denied claims she didn’t know who the British Prime Minister was and mixed him up with fellow Scot Gordon Ramsay. She explained: ‘Everyone thinks I was serious when I said Gordan Ramsay was the Prime Minister of the UK .
• The hotel heiress also shows her knowledge of William Shakespeare is lacking when she names the 1997 movie Shakespeare In Love, starring Joseph Fiennes and Gwyneth Paltrow, as one of The Bard’s plays.
I don’t know about you but I sure was not one of those sat in front of the telly to find out who Paris’s British Best Friend is going to be.
Not too many people are familiar with Superflex but for those who have heard of them, they represent so many things. Superflex is a group of artists who have always been hard to describe. Comprised of Rasmus Nielsen, Jakob Fenger and Bjørnstjerne Christiansen, the group has forayed into various projects in the past.
They are actually known for their large-scale installations and long-term process-based projects. Recently, however, they entered the world of film. Their second film is “Flooded McDonald’s”. Here’s a taste of what it’s like – courtesy of the group’s web site.
Flooded McDonald’s is a film work in which a convincing life-size replica of the interior of a McDonald’s burger bar, without any customers or staff present, gradually floods with water. Furniture is lifted up by the water, trays of food and drinks start to float around, electrics short circuit and eventually the space becomes completely submerged.
Flooded McDonald’s is a film by Superflex. Produced by Propeller Group (Ho Chi Minh City) in association with Matching Studio (Bangkok) and co-produced by the South London Gallery, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Denmark) and Oriel Mostyn Gallery (Wales) with generous support from the Danish Film Institute. The exhibition is supported by the Danish Arts Council’s Committee for International Visual Art.
From 16 January to 1 March, you can see the work of Superflex for yourself at the South London Gallery, 65 Peckham Road. The exhibit is open Tuesday through Sunday from 12 noon to 6 pm.
Boxing enthusiasts will not need to be informed as to who the man behind this name is. For the benefit of those who are not so updated, Ricky Hatton is one of the newest names to make it big in the world of boxing. Born in 1978 in Stockport, Greater Manchester, he is also known by the moniker “The Hitman.”
And one heck of a hitman he is! Look at this list of achievements (courtesy of Wikipedia):
Hatton is a two-time IBF and IBO Light Welterweight Champion, having relinquished the IBF belt, only to step back down to the weight class and beat Juan Urango. He was the WBA Welterweight Champion, but relinquished this title on 31 August 2006. Hatton is also the former WBU, WBA Light Welterweight Champion and WBC, WBA, WBO Inter-Continental Light Welterweight Champion, and current Ring Magazine Junior Welterweight Champion.
He rings in an impressive 45 wins, 1 loss, and 0 draws. Of those wins, 32 of them were knockouts, 12 were by decision, and 1 by disqualification. And guess who he lost to? No less than Floyd Mayweather, Jr. That shows you just how good Ricky Hatton is.
Still, he is not without his faults. In fact, some detractors call him Ricky Fatton, referring to his propensity to be 25 to 40 pounds over his fight weight when he is not training for a fight. This has actually been used as an explanation for his sometimes sluggish performance. But hey, a full English breakfast before his fights has not stopped him from his wins, has it?
At least in the world of film. First there was the Golden Globes. Then comes the Oscars. Of course, we also have the British Academy Film Awards. It seems that many many years after that embarrassing prediction of Colin Welland (of Chariots of Fire fame) in 1982, the British are making a comeback in the world of film.
Just a backgrounder, for those who do not remember Welland and his infamous statement…in his acceptance speech at the Oscars in 1982, he said that “the British are coming.” That is, British films would wow the whole world. It was a bold and patriotic statement, which unfortunately, did not materialise.
This year, though, it seems that finally, the British can boast of some really good movies. A feature in the entertainment section of The Times Online states:
The nominations provided ample evidence of the breadth of British success, with recognition for block-busters ( Mamma Mia! The Movie and The Dark Knight were both substantially British in terms of the talent involved) and purist arthouse fare. Notable among the latter were Hunger, an uncompromising meditation on the IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands, and Man On Wire, a front-runner for the Best Documentary Oscar.
This is not to say that the British actors and actresses have been perfect, though. Who can forget Kate Winslet forgetting the Angelina Jolie’s name in her acceptance speech? Then again, she just might have been overwhelmed by everything that was going on. The important thing is that the British film industry is on a hot streak – something that everyone involved should contribute to keep going.