Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Academy Award Nominations 2012

Academy Award Nominations 2012 - "The Artist" is loved in Hollywood. Now the black-and-white ode to silent films is ready to romance the rest of America. With 10 Academy Award nominations, "The Artist" is well positioned to seek an Oscar boost at the box office. More than any other major awards contender, it needs the help. While movies like "The Descendants" and "War Horse" have captured significant box office earnings, "The Artist" has earned only $12.1 million. But as the Weinstein Co. has already discovered since unveiling its $14-million production last Thanksgiving, selling the type of movie that hasn't rarely played in theaters since the 1920s is a painstaking business — despite universal critical acclaim. Although the picture has played very well at theaters in and around major cities — showing little sign of decline as word of mouth continues to bring in new fans — its expansion into smaller markets has been challenged. Last weekend, coming off its Golden Globe win for best picture comedy or musical, the Weinstein Co. expanded "Artist" to 662 theaters, up from 216, to mid-size markets like Green Bay, Wis.; Greenville, N.C.; and Omaha, Neb. But the results were discouraging, according to people with access to detailed box office data but not authorized to discuss them publicly. In the approximately 200 theaters where it was already playing, "The Artist" grossed an average of $5,829, up slightly from $5,524 the previous weekend. In about 450 new locations, it averaged $2,594. Among theaters with the lowest grosses — under $500 for the entire weekend — were ones in Frisco, Texas, and Sunrise, Fla. Academy Award Nominations 2012

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Lindsay Lohan to Feature on Ellen

Lindsay Lohan to Feature on Ellen - Despite reports, Lindsay Lohan won't be appearing on the U.K. version of "Celebrity Big Brother." But she will grace America's TV screens on Dec. 15 when she pays a visit to "The Ellen Degeneres Show." It's been a few years since Lohan has appeared on the daytime talk show. The troubled actress has been keeping a low profile when it comes to television due to her recent legal troubles that range from court dates and probation to a brief jail stint. Lohan will soon show off a little bit more of herself in a new Playboy spread, which hits newsstands next month. "The pictorial is absolutely fantastic and very tasteful, and will be accompanied by an interview that will let readers see another side of Lindsay," Lohan's rep told E! News. Lindsay Lohan to Feature on Ellen Lindsay Lohan to Feature on Ellen

Friday, October 7, 2011

Billy Bob Daughter

Billy Bob Daughter - The estranged daughter of actor Billy Bob Thornton has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the 2008 death of a child in her care.

Amanda Brumfield, 32, was convicted of manslaughter earlier this year.

Authorities say Brumfield killed her best friend's daughter during an overnight stay in October 2008.

Brumfield says 1-year-old Olivia Madison Garcia was trying to climb out of a playpen and hit her head. The defense suggested the fall may have aggravated a previous injury, causing her death.

Prosecutors say it's impossible that a fall from that height caused a three-and-a-half inch (9-centimeter) fracture on the back of the girl's skull and the bleeding and swelling found in her brain.

Brumfield's father, Billy Bob Thornton, is best known for the movie "Slingblade" and his marriage to Angelina Jolie.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Ventless Gas Heaters

Ventless Gas Heaters - Ventless gas heaters are furnaces that heat rooms and do not vent air to the exterior. Instead, the fuel needed for the combustion process for heat is taken from the air inside of the room, and the resulting heat is vented back out directly from the unit. Because there is no outside air exchange -- which is the reason most traditional heaters lose the majority of their heat -- ventless heaters are much more efficient than traditional heating systems, however, there are some drawbacks and limitations to be aware of.

Because all combustion heaters require oxygen for fuel, traditional heaters draw on the unlimited supply of outside oxygen to complete combustion. In addition, there are many types of combustion heaters such as pellet stoves and wood-burning stoves that do not completely burn away the fuel. The result is the smoke is released into the air as the burning process takes place; this must be vented back into the outside air where it can dissipate, but the drawback is that much of the heat is vented as well. Lastly, burning any substance nearly always results in the emission of carbon monoxide, which is known to be poisonous to humans and animals, and can result in death if it is released into an unventilated room.

Although gas heaters burn much more efficiently than wood- or pellet-burning units, the resulting carbon monoxide has always called for an outside air vent to be installed to safely operate the unit. Ventless gas heaters, however, do not use such a vent; instead, they simply vent the heated combustion exhaust directly into the room in which they are placed, and provide a much more effective heat source as a result.

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