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10. Posthumous Oscars

Only two actors have ever won an Oscar posthumously: Heath Ledger in 2009, and Peter Finch in 1976. Finch died on January 14th of a heart attack, and his Best Actor Oscar for the film Network was accepted by his wife, Eletha. Heath Ledger died on January 22nd, 2008, from complications of mixing prescription drugs. His Best Supporting Actor Oscar, for his portrayal of The Joker in The Dark Knight, was accepted by his parents and sister. Both men, coincidentally, were Australian.

9. Walt Disney

Walt Disney is credited with winning the most Oscars in history, but he has more records than that. As well as most wins, Disney also holds the records for the most nominations of any person, as well as most losses. In total, he won 22 competitive Oscars and 3 honorary ones, out of a total of 59 nominations. He was nominated for at least one Oscar every year between 1942 and 1963.

8. Biggest Losers

Deborah Kerr, Thelma Ritter and Glenn Close have all been nominated for acting awards six times, and never won. Peter O’ Toole has been nominated eight times and never won. Composer John Williams (Star Wars, Harry Potter) has won five, but lost 35. Art director Ronald Anderson (Breakfast at Tiffany’s) and composer Alex North (Spartacus) both have 15 competitive losses, although North received an honorary Oscar.

7. John Cazale Has Good Taste

Most people won’t know who John Cazale is, and with good reason: he’s only been in five films. But all of them have been nominated for Best Picture. Cazale only acted in The Godfather Parts 1 & 2, Dog Day Afternoon, The Conversation and The Deer Hunter; the first three actually won Best Picture.

6. 2 Actors, 2 Oscars, 1 Character

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Not only did The Godfather Parts 1 & 2 both take home an Oscar for Best Film, the character of Vito Corleone also procured two Best Actor awards for those playing him. This is the only example of two actors playing the same character, and both winning Best Actor for the role, with Marlon Brando taking it home for Part 1, and Robert De Niro for Part 2.


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Due to metal shortages, any Oscars awarded for a period of three years, during World War II, were made of painted plaster instead of gold. The winners, however, could exchange them for the official statuette after the War ended. But those are far from the oddest Oscars that have been awarded. In 1937, Edgar Bergen was awarded an honorary Oscar for “Charlie McCarthy,” his ventriloquist’s dummy. It was made of wood, and had a movable mouth.

4. Cedric Gibbons

Cedric Gibbons worked as an art director on over 1,000 films, winning 11 Oscars out of 39 nominations. While that is impressive, Walt Disney won twice as many as Gibbons, and lost almost as many as Gibbons was nominated for, so why is he above Disney on the list? Well, while he may have only won eleven, all 2,809 Oscars that have been awarded throughout the years can be accredited to him. Not only has Gibbons had his art recognized for his work on such films as The Wizard of Oz and Little Women, he is also the designer of the Oscar statuette itself.

3. Eleven Oscar Wins

Three films have walked away with 11 Oscars under their belts: Ben Hur, Titanic and Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Each of those has a small story behind their success as well: Lord of the Rings was the only one to take home every award for which it was nominated, Titanic draws with All About Eve for most nominations (14,) and Ben Hur was the first ever remake of a film to win the award for Best Picture, and remained the only film to do so until The Departed won 47 years later.

2. Weird Speeches

Recent years have seen the popularity of the Oscars decline, as many people feel the ceremony goes on for too long. Because of this, a 45-second limit has been imposed on acceptance speeches. The longest speech ever given was almost seven minutes long, by Greer Garson (she never won again, so at least she made the most of her time.) In contrast, Alfred Hitchcock and William Holden simply said “thank you.” Gweneth Paltrow’s speech must have been 23 times as sincere, because that’s how many times she thanked somebody in her speech.

1. The Oscars Are Trash

The Oscars are quite unpopular with many people, seen by many as just another exclusive club, filled with people congratulating themselves. But at least one person seems to think they’re a lot trashier than that. In 2000, 55 Oscar statuettes were stolen near Los Angeles. A few months later, 52 of them were found in a trash can by Willie Fulgear, who was rewarded with $50,000 and tickets to the 2001 Awards ceremony.

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SUFFERERS - RELATED ILLNESSES PUSH FOR PLAIN PACKAGING LAW Written by Aideen O’Flaherty

SUFFERS of smokingrelated illnesses, including heart attacks, lung cancer and asthma, have called on the Government to enact “crucial” legislation that will see Ireland become the second country in the world to introduce plain packets of cigarettes. The legislation, which Minister for Health James Reilly announced in May 2013, will see cigarette packets sold with graphic images of the impact smoking has on health and cigarette brands will be displayed in one uniform typeface on the packaging. The group have welcomed the move, and have urged the Government to enact the legislation as soon as possible. Frank Cox, a member of the group, was diagnosed with lung cancer at 66 and believes that plain packaging will have a strong impact on preventing young people from smoking. “ Plain packaging will

help [the next generation to know that smoking kills] – it will help show that cigarettes are not normal consumer products which can carry normal branding. A pack will show an image of what smoking will do to your body and all packs will look the same. I wish plain packaging had been around when I was a kid and picking up my first cigarette.” Paula Newman, 50, from Dublin, was diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, a progressive lung disease that causes breathing difficulties, regrets ignoring the warnings on cigarettes when she was younger. “I started smoking when I was 16. I thought I was invincible and didn’t heed the warnings on cigarettes. I don’t want anyone else to have to suffer like I’m suffering. That’s why I support this law.”

A survey conducted by Ipsos MRBI last year for a number of organisations, including the ISPCC, the Irish Heart Foundation, the Irish Cancer Society and the Asthma Society of Ireland, found that 71 per cent of Irish people

support the plain packaging legislation. However, a poll conducted by Red C for the smokers’ group Forest Éireann found that only 9 per cent of respondents believed plain packaging would deter young people from smoking.

PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON BUS RAPID TRANSIT TO KICK OFF ON FEBRUARY 17TH “CONSULTATION for Bus Rapid Transit gets under way on February 17th” says Cllr Andrew Montague, chair of Dublin City Council’s Transport committee. Bus Rapid Transit is a new transport system for Dublin that is essentially Luas on rubber wheels with no rail tracks. The new service will be called Swiftway and there are three routes planned: one from Swords, via the Airport to St. Stephen’s Green; a second from Blanchardtown to UCD; and a third from Clongriffin to Tallaght. The Swords to City Centre route is the scheme most likely to be developed first. The new Swiftway service will be fast, reliable and comfortable” says Cllr Andrew Montague. “For example it will take 35 minutes to get from Swords to the city centre. The current trip takes 56 minutes on the bus”. “The service will also be cheap to install because no rail tracks will be laid down — about one third the cost of Luas. The line from Swords to Stephen’s Green is estimated to cost between €150-200 million” said Cllr Montague. “For the last four years, as chair of

Dublin City Council’s Transport Committee and as Lord Mayor in 2011/12, I’ve been promoting the idea of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) for Dublin, a transport system that is fast, reliable, comfortable but is also cheap to install.” says Cllr Andrew Montague. “I’m particularly pleased that Swiftway will start on the Northside of the city. This will be great for residents of Santry, Whitehall and Drumcondra who will be able to travel to the city centre or to the airport with a more reliable, more comfortable and faster service” concluded Cllr Montague.

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once again working with Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra. Which kind of says it all really. It also stars Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery, Anson Mount, Lupita Nyong’o and Scoot McNairy.

This looks like Neeson has switched back into angry dad mode, though. Non-Stop finds Neeson

What has taken (pun intended) the wind of the sales of this movie is the announcement that Neeson is set to make a third and lets hope final instalment of the “Taken” franchise. With a nice pay packet of $20 million reportedly going to Neeson. Details are been kept close to the studios chest but its safe to say Neesons family wont be, eh, taken.

he film takes place on an international flight from New York to London. During the flight, U.S. federal air marshal Bill Marks (Neeson) receives a series of threatening text messages, stating unambiguously that a passenger will be killed every 20 minutes unless, and until, $150 million is transferred into a secret bank account. When the bank account is discovered to be under Marks’ name and a bomb is found aboard the plane, Marks is branded as a hijacker.

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This stars Kit Harington, who the ladies will know as the macho John Snow from Game Of Thrones. Emily Browning, Carrie-Anne Moss and Kiefer Sutherland.

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Non-stop is in cinemas nationwide from the 28th of February.

As such, while it seems as though Non-Stop will, in some ways, amount to Flightplan remade as a standard Liam Neeson action flick (not at all a bad thing, mind you), this new title seems like more fun and more stylishly realized to boot.

300-Rise of an Empire (2014) save his true love Cassia, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been unwillingly betrothed to the corrupt Roman Senator Corvis. As Mount Vesuvius erupts, Milo must fight his way out of the arena in order to save his beloved as the once magnificent Pompeii crumbles around him.

et in the Roman city of Pompeii in the year AD 79, Milo is a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to

The Non-Stop trailer (pun not intended) highlights a few of the stylistic choices that Serra made, in an effort to heighten the sense of cinematic kinetics (translation: make things more interesting visually) during the sequences that take place within the constricted space of the movie’s central airplane set piece .

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he film is inspired by Greek History and centers on Themistocles and Artemisia I of Caria, as well as Xerxes I of Persia. The Battle of Artemisium was a naval engagement, concurrent with the battle of Thermopylae, and was fought between an alliance of Greek city-states and the Persian Empire in September 480 BC, in the straits between the mainland and the northern tip of the island of Euboea.

Before production the filmmakers spent six years researching the disaster of Pompeii to make it as historically accurate as posssible. This is directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, who has done the likes of The Residnet Evil movies, Death Race and Pandorum, to name a few. So we have a good idea how this is going to look and feel. First impressions arnt bad but we arnt sure if Kit Harrington is leading role material, just yet.

Directed by Noam Murro this is a followup to the 2007 film 300, taking place before, during, and after the events of that film. Zack Snyder, who directed and co-wrote the original film, acts as writer and producer on Rise of an Empire. Starring Sullivan Stapleton and Eva Green. Although this may have the same style and visuals as the original, but we feel this is going be a huge flop.

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A COLOURFUL TEABREAK

Written By Martina Delaney

“I remember how I marveled at the beauty of the many different shades of skin, the many accents and their charming attempts at speaking English” WE all seemed to be free at the same time, that lovely sunny, Sunday morning at the local hospital where I worked for a short period a few years back. Around the table sat many people, including nursing and domestic staff from several parts of the world. They came from Eastern Europe, Africa, The Philippines, Finland, New Zealand, France, England, Scotland, Wales and the four corners of Ireland! We talked about our multi cultures and there were lots of gestures and efforts at clear explanations in order to cross the language barrier, which only now and then became noticeable. We shared an amazing amount of similarities. I remember how I marveled at the beauty of the many different shades of skin, the many accents and their

charming attempts at speaking English, with most of them being excellent and needless to say broken English can be quite charming and amusing! Now and then there would be a little hiatus in the conversation after an Irish or English person had made a comment or a joke which our co-workers couldn’t quite grasp! However soon someone would offer an explanation, the ice would be broken, the whole gathering would nod in understanding and the conversation would be back to normal again. I couldn’t help but think how lucky I was to be having this intercultural experience; a chance to learn about the people of the world without travelling during these short snippets of time each day. Most of these people who come to

work in this country of Ireland are extremely hard working. I found the Philippines are so gracious and God fearing, the Nigerians quite spiritual and passionate and the Polish just like us! Unfortunately I noticed that sometimes some foreign people have to work under the adversity of racism quite a lot and I often witnessed some of the patients refusing to be tended to by them because of their difference. That made me very angry and sad at the same time as a lot of those patients were physically disabled and in no position to be choosy under the circumstances. Yet it seems that even through their adversity, some people still hold on tight to their bigotry and what a shame. There is an instinctive racism inherent in

this land it seems. One would hope that in time we can move on but with the economy in decline one fears that the old bigotry attitudes will raise their ugly heads again. In defense of the patients perhaps the culture divide is too much to deal with when indisposed by illness and it can quite simply be a lack of understanding. In that case it would be right and proper to assign like with like if policy allows. Unfortunately staff shortages seldom allow such possibilities. Primarily though we owe a lot to those who choose to work here and they should be thanked and respected for that. However at least in our particular canteen we were all in harmony, and I for one considered my self privileged to be in their company, even making some

wonderful friends along the way. After all, we were all in the same situation trying to make a living. All working in the same place, sitting in the same room at the same table, drinking the same tea and coffee, eating the same toast and biscuits! In the last decade or two we have shared our country with many different races and creeds and they have willingly brought an abundance of skills, culture, colour and creed to our society. We have learned from them as indeed they have learned from us, hopefully. Most of all we have learned how alike we are in many ways. Makes one wonder why all the wars! And our little chats were a great example in peaceful unity and connection and a very colourful tea-break indeed!

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Here’s some ideas for making and using your plates Use letters, colors, numbers, textures or shapes etc. (or a mix of these!) as the challenge. You could try numbers (finding certain amounts of things) or challenging kids to find different shapes in everyday objects or outdoors. For example a good play plate for older kids might require them to find a pair of something, something square, something yellow, something electric, something that makes noise, something soft etc. Play it outdoors: In the park, garden, zoo or at the beach.. it can be used over and over again by kids to give a whole new perspective to the world around them.


Issue 28 February 2014

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Motoring

ULTRA-MODERN RECYCLING: OPEL ADAM SAVES RAW MATERIALS AND ENERGY • ECO ANGEL: 170 ADAM COMPONENTS ARE RECYCLATES • CLIMATE SAVERS: RECYCLED MATERIALS ACCOUNT FOR 30 PERCENT LOWER CO2 EMISSIONS • TRENDSETTER: SINCE 1990 – COMMITTED TO RECYCLING; TODAY – AN INDUSTRY LEADER ACCORDING to the EU End of Vehicle Life Directive, 85 percent of every new vehicle must be recyclable. And this guideline will become even more stringent: from 2015, 95 percent of all new vehicles’ overall weight must be recyclable. Opel is ideally equipped to meet this strict directive, as the Rüsselsheim automaker has been working with recyclate components since 1990. Initially four approved recyclate types were used in the Opel Calibra – today 200 are used across the model portfolio. This enables Opel to use a total of 45,000 tons of recyclates in new vehicles every year. In the stylish Opel ADAM, a potentially record-breaking 170 components made of recycled materials are used. This is in perfect harmony with the urban lifestyle car that saves resources thanks to its small size, low fuel consumption and high number of recyclate components. This also means that the eco angel’s environmental footprint is

already reduced during its production, which takes place in Opel’s Eisenach plant. And that is another special ADAM characteristic – it is the only small car from a German manufacturer that is also built in Germany. The pressures and temperatures required for processing pellets made from recycled materials are lower than when using new materials. The energy this saves leads to 30 percent lower CO2 emissions. The raw materials for the headlight housings, bumper mounts and water deflector between the engine compartment and splash wall are all made from recycled plastics. Plastic bottle tops are the basis for such unmixed, pure pellets. High-tech components are then created from these black pellets, for example in a plastic injection molding process. Recyclates may even be superior to new plastic products, as they are less prone to warp and expand or contract. In the Opel ADAM, even the

inlet manifold is a recyclate. It is extremely durable, holding up under temperatures ranging from -40° up to +200° C during exhaust gas recirculation. Further benefits of recycled materials include their vibration behavior (low risk of breakage), their UV resistance and the fitting accuracy of the components created from them. “Today Opel is an industry leader in the development and use

of recyclates that are produced by suppliers who meticulously follow our guidelines. We use recycled plastic where it makes technical sense. In this way we save raw materials and energy, and reduce our environmental footprint without the slightest technical disadvantage,” says Michael Ableson, Vice President Engineering, explaining Opel’s sustainability concept.

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A biker jacket in anything but black T

he biker jacket has long proved itself as a fashion staple, so it’s time to be brave and add a new hue into the mix. These three jackets nod to the pastel and pink colour trend of the season while remaining edgy and versatile, a great addition to your spring wardrobe.

1. Nude Jacket Oasis 2. Pink Jacket Topshop 3. Metallic Jacket River Island

The shift blouse Y

ou may have seen these elegantly structured tops in store for some time, and now is the perfect time to invest in a bright printed number to carry you through Spring. These tops are often jacquard or quilted in material feeling much more substantial than your average t-shirt on the high street, yet they are best worn exactly the same way, pared back with skinny jeans or leather leggings and unfussy accessories.

1. White Embellished Blouse Miss Selfridge 2. Yellow Aztec Blouse River Island 3. Blue Jacquard Blouse Topshop

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Issue 28 February 2014

Music

Written by Pieter Mens

Beck - Morning Phase

St Vincents - St Vincents

Metronomy - Love Letters

Morning Phase is the upcoming twelfth studio album by American musician Beck. The album is scheduled to be released on his new label, Capitol Records. According to a press release, Morning Phase will be a “companion piece” to his 2002 album Sea Change and “harkens back to the stunning harmonies, song craft and staggering emotional impact of that record, while surging forward with infectious optimism”. Beck rose to fame in the early 1990s with his lo-fi, sonically experimental sound, and he became well known for creating musical collages of a wide range of styles.

St. Vincent is the self-titled fourth studio album by American musician St. Vincent. Annie Erin Clark better known by her stage name St. Vincent, is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She began her music career as a member of The Polyphonic Spree. The album, which was produced by John Congleton, features collaborations from Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings drummer Homer Steinweiss Clark’s music has been noted for its wide array of instruments and complex arrangements, as well as its polysemous lyrics, which have been described as teetering between “happiness and madness”

Metronomy are an electronic music group formed by Joseph Mount in Totnes, Devon, England in 1999. The current band consists of Joseph Mount (composer, singer, keyboards and guitar), Oscar Cash (saxophone, backing vocals, guitars and keyboards), Anna Prior (drums and vocals) and Gbenga Adelekan (bass guitar and vocals). Their music consists of instrumental electronic music and more recently, with the release of Nights Out, vocal electronic pop music. They have three other albums of original material, Pip Paine (Pay The £5000 You Owe), Nights Out and The English Riviera.

Morning Phase is released on February 14th.

The Lp is scheduled to be released on February 25th.

Little Red is released on the 10th March.

February/March Gigs

Jul 23 1967 - Feb 2 2014

THE MASTER ENOUGH SAID PHILIP Seymour Hoffman, perhaps the most ambitious and widely admired American actor of his generation, who gave three-dimensional nuance to a wide range of sidekicks, villains and leading men on screen and embraced some of the theater’s most burdensome roles on Broadway, died recently at an apartment in Greenwich Village he

was renting as an office. He was 46. The death, from an apparent drug overdose, was confirmed by the police. Mr. Hoffman was found in the apartment by a friend who had become concerned after being unable to reach him. Investigators found a syringe in his arm and, nearby, an envelope containing what appeared to be heroin. Mr. Hoffman was long known

to struggle with addiction. In 2006, he said in an interview with “60 Minutes” that he had given up drugs and alcohol many years earlier, when he was 22. Last year he checked into a rehabilitation program for about 10 days after a reliance on prescription pills resulted in his briefly turning again to heroin.

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15 Feb Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip @ Vicar Street Arctic Monkeys Tribute Band @ Boomers Bar 17 Feb The X Factor Live Tour @ The O2 18 Feb The X Factor Live Tour @ The O2 The Overtones @ The Olympia Theatre 20 Feb Sport Relief Does Dublin @ Vicar Street Suzanne Vega @ The Olympia Theatre The Beards @ Whelan’s 2minutes2midnight @ Whelan’s

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