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Orlando Boom

About Orlando

Born on January 13th 1977 in Canterbury, England, Orlando Bloom's plans of becoming an actor developed quite early when he realized that the characters on TV and in the movies weren't real, that they were actors. "Once I realized that I could be Superman or I could be The Hustler or I could be Daniel Day Lewis's character in The Last Of The Mohicans - I was like, "Man, I can become an actor and be all of those things." In 1993, he moved to London to improve his career, doing bit parts in TV series like "Casualty". Orlando spent two years at the National Youth Theatre before getting a scholarship to train with the British American Drama Academy. His first memorable appearance, a cameo in the critically acclaimed movie Wilde in 1997, earned him various film offers, which he all turned down in favor to play theatre. After Wilde, Orlando attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama for 3 years. On stage, he appeared in plays like "The Seagull", "Twelfth Night", and "Trojan Women". Peter Jackson then "discovered" the classically handsome Bloom for his much hyped Lord Of The Rings trilogy in 1999. After doing the three Rings movies with Jackson, he worked with Ridley Scott on Black Hawk Down. Since then, he has been working on new projects non-stop. In 2003, four of his movies will be released: The Kelly Gang, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Calcium Kid, and The Return of the King. When he's not working, Orlando divides his time between London and Los Angeles.

Orlando Fact File

-His birthdate is January 13, 1977, making him 26 years old.
-His nicknames are Orli and OB.
-He has brown hair and brown eyes.
-He's around 5'10" (180 cm)
-He's not married.
-He used to smoke, but quit in 2002, which caused him to start biting his nails instead.
-While filming Lord of the Rings in New Zealand, he got into sky diving, bungee jumping, paragliding, surfing and snowboarding. Now he enjoys "just taking time to walk whether it be on location somewhere or on a beach." "most of the time I just chill with my friends and have a mellow time" He also enjoys photography, shopping and buying old antiques, and he "can't stand computers".
-He says he's accident prone, and has the injury list to prove it. He's broken his back, his ribs, his nose, both his legs, his arm, his wrist, a finger and a toe, and cracked his skull three times!
-A year before doing the Lord of the Rings, he fell 3 stories off a friend's porch while trying to open a jammed door and broke his back. He was almost confined to a wheelchair, but luckily the doctors were able to patch him up.

-His sister Samantha is 2 years older than him.
-His father, Harry Bloom, died when Orlando was 4 and was a legendary figure in antiapartheid circles in South Africa. Harry also wrote a famous tome called Episode In The Transvaal, was jailed for his beliefs, and worked alongside Nelson Mandela. Orlando and his sister were raised by their mother, Sonia, and a guardian, Colin Stone. When Orlando was 13, his mother told him that Harry was not his biological father, that Colin was.
-Has a tattoo of 'nine' in Elvis on his right forearm, and a sun on his torso that he got when he was 15.
-He can speak French.
-He has 3 A levels, two at grade A (one was art and sculpture - he is particularly good at sculture and pottery and art), one at A level for Photography, and one at Grade C which was Religious Studies. He also has 8 'O' levels and has a BA (Hons) Drama degree from Guildhall School of Music and Drama - so he is Orlando Bloom BA (Hons).
-As a kid, he was dyslexic, and now he says he is "mildly dyslexic".
-He says he's currently into "all sorts of music, mostly the Ben Harper, the David Gray, and the Bob Dylan type of folk music."
-For LOTR, he had to learn archery, how to ride a horse bareback (while shooting an arrow), and how to fight and wield two swords. "I started off with archery, I rode about 20 different horses, I had physical training in the gym, and I had to learn the Elvish ways of speaking and fighting. Their fighting is based on ancient European and Asian martial arts, so I had a trainer who taught me how to use the blades. I also did a lot of movement training, because movement is my way into the character." - SFX Magazine
-He originally auditioned for Lord of the Rings in the part of Faramir, Boromir's brother, who wouldn't be introduced until The Two Towers. He was turned down for that part, but was then asked to audition for Legolas. He learned that he got the part the day before he graduated from Guildhall.
-He wears a replica of the One ring that says "To wherever it may lead." It was given to him by one of the make-up artists on LOTR.


Album Review

Prothom Chittkar

By Mushfique Mannan

After releasing Metal Maze's debut album, G- Series did not come up with any kind of album or mixed album. Everyone heard rumours that the long- awaited mixed album "Prothom Chittkar" would come out under G- Series. Finally, the album came out under the new record company Tone & Tune. Though the recording and mixing was not satisfactory, this was all Tone & Tune could do to promote the featured underground bands in this album.

The album starts off with a slow rock song "Cholo Jaai" by Dark Fate. A typical rock song, with the usual riffs and solos. But I'm sure the band could've come up with a different name for the band, as their band's name suggests that they've taken the idea from the great Cryptic Fate.

The next two songs are not worth mentioning. But I'll have to write about them for the sake of this review in anyway. Track 2 is entitled "Feeray Chai" by a band called Desh. And Track 3 is entitled "Priyotoma" by a band named Elixir. Both the songs have the same theme in their lyrics, love, as suggested by their titles.

Though the next song is also a slow, alternative song, this song will definitely be a welcome break after listening to the first three tracks. "Shei Din" by Fulbanu's Revenge is a really nice song and also has great lyrics. Both their vocalist and guitarist has shown true talent and their versatile capability as young musicians.

The next slow, rock song in line is "Drishtir Shimana" by Blaze. Just one of the typical songs, with the same rhythm, same solos and keyboard tunes. Songs like these might appeal to the slow rock listeners.

The only solo singer in this album is Ciphar. His song "Eka" is a complete rocker! After all those stereotype slow songs, this song breaks off the silence with a good Metal performance. The vocal is not that good but the solo towards the end of the song is really superb.

The next song is probably one of the best songs in this album. "Obhishaap" by Kraal is a very popular song in the Underground Metal scene. Good recording of the song could've have proved everything for the band. Half the solos in the song are barely audible. This song is kind of kind of nostalgic because it will take the listeners back to the Master Of Puppets era. Rafa, their vocalist- cum- drummer really has true talent for Heavy Metal. He also plays drums for the Thrash band Psykokinesis.

Side B of the album starts off with a great song. "Nei Ki Proyojon" by Pyroclastic is the best slow song in this album. Anyone who will listen to this will say it is a superb song. Vocalist Bappa and guitarist Aushi played really well in this song. This song is likely to attract all types of listeners.

"Kannar Rong" by Biborna is the next song in line. A typical Hard Rock song. Listening to this song will be a change after listening to all those slow songs in Side A. Nothing so remarkable about the song, though.

Thrash Metal fans can finally listen to Psykokinesis's "Opobaad". It's a pretty catchy song, though it has common riff styles. This song highly resembles "Territory" of Sepultura, esp. the drum lines. The vocalist will surely surprise you because he is a short guy and has a voice like that of Chris Barnes of Six Feet Under.

To say the truth, "Protiddhoni" by Fumes is the lousiest track in the whole album. They wanted to be a sideshow of Aurthohin, like composing typical slow songs. Firstly, they didn't even come close in achieving that. And lastly, they were even lousier when they used synthesized drums in their song.

Schoolmates Birodh has showed people that they are capable of doing Heavy Metal with their track "Durdom Nesha". Though the vocalist tried to mimic Jon of Black in many cases (and later turned out to be pretty bad), guitarist Tanveer and drummer Moin really showed their talent for Heavy Metal. Birodh has been doing great lately and is slowly coming to the limelight.

"Durey" by Breach is a pretty nice alternative song. Though not one of the best songs, it has a nice rhythm throughout the whole song.

The last song in the album is by a band called Punoruthhan. Their song "Cactus Bhul" is a pretty catchy song. Hard Rock and ArtCell fans won't be disappointed! In fact, the whole idea of the song resembles the song "Onno Shomoy" by ArtCell.

To sum up everything, there are more slow songs than Metal songs in this album. Still more or less an average album. But the recording could've been better. The reason why Tone & Tune didn't bring out CDs is because the company didn't find any sponsors to finance the album. The record deal was very raw for all the bands and they had to do it for the sake of popularity. Now that the bands had exposures about recording, they'll be able to cut out better deals in the future.


Chaser

Some games are too clever by half. Today's technology allows game designers so much leeway for creativity that they sometimes get caught up in adding bells and whistles to a game without ever creating a core of fun gameplay first. With the near-future shooter Chaser, Slovakian developer Cauldron has made a game that might not be the flashiest out there, but is one with a whole lot of heart. It doesn't break much new ground, and it's not as polished as it should be, but it offers loads of thrilling, old-school shooter action.

Chaser opens with cinematic verve aboard a massive space station orbiting Earth sometime in the near future. As the opening credits roll, two small ships roar toward the station. As soon as they dock, armed troops in body armor and menacing masks pour into the station. Meanwhile, in a medical lab elsewhere aboard the station, the amnesiac hero of the game, John Chaser, suffers through frightening flashbacks as he lies on an examining table. The flood of disturbing images awakens Chaser, who's serving as some sort of test subject in an experiment we can only guess at. Just as Chaser groggily gets to his feet, the troops come barreling around the corner toward the lab. When they spot Chaser, they open fire, missing our hero but setting off a chain reaction that threatens the entire station.

And with that, the chase is on as you try to escape the station with your life. With a nod to Half-Life (and countless sci-fi movies), conduits burst around you, electric arcs from broken relay panels dance across the floor, and huge support beams coming crashing down around your head. As if that weren't enough, there seems to be an enemy soldier at every turn. Fortunately, you grab one of their guns early on, and for the rest of the opening level, you blast your way to freedom in one fast-paced firefight after another.

From there, it's back to Earth, where you get mixed up with the Mafia and the Yakuza, engage in countless fierce firefights in varied locales, do a little infiltration and espionage work, and ultimately head to Mars to uncover the secret behind Chaser's past. The story leads you into political intrigue at the highest levels, with an evil political and business cartel trying to eradicate rebel freedom fighters on Mars.

None of this is particularly original, but developer Cauldron knows how to milk a proven cliché for all it's worth. For instance, the opening sequence aboard the space station sounds--and ultimately is--hackneyed, but it's handled quite nicely. The intro cinematic is crafted with directorial flair, using some exciting camera angles and editing to create a fun action sequence that also shows just how confused the hero is.

The gameplay that immediately follows the intro movie is filled with nonstop action. Some shooters try to get fancy with all kinds of clever cutscenes, scripted events, and role-playing elements, and sometimes those work spectacularly. But ultimately, shooters are action games, and without exciting action, you don't have much to build on. Fortunately, you get into one blazing firefight after another during Chaser's first mission--and indeed in almost every mission. Guards pop out of doorways and ambush you from behind crates, and cross fire erupts at intersections. A warehouse shootout during a later mission is so over the top, so outrageously violent, that it would make John Woo proud. In another highlight of the game, you engage in a long, running gun battle in a luxury hotel. Glass shatters as grenades and bullets fly every which way, steam pipes vent with a hiss when they get hit, and blood splatters the walls as the bodies pile up. It feels like a cross between a Quentin Tarantino movie and the famous lobby battle in The Matrix. In fact, Chaser includes an "adrenaline mode" that lets you slow time like in that film or Max Payne. It's not necessary for success, and combat is usually more exciting at full speed, but it's a nice option to have for particularly tough encounters.

Chaser's villains aren't brilliant, but they act smartly enough to provide a real challenge. They'll frequently take cover, and they have aim that's good enough to keep you on your toes--or rather, keep you ducking behind pillars and crates. They're also placed very well throughout the levels to ensure some fun surprises. Between the placement of enemies and the frequency and pacing of the firefights, Chaser at times bears a surprising resemblance to Doom, but with smarter enemies and real-world weapons. That's no small praise.

Beatles' Apple Sues Jobs' Apple.. Again

By MAY WONG, AP

SAN JOSE, Calif. - The Beatles want to take another bite out of Apple Computer Inc.

Their record company, Apple Corps Ltd., said Friday that it was suing Apple Computer because the technology company violated a 1991 agreement by entering the music business with its iTunes online store.

When Steve Jobs co-founded Apple Computer in 1977, he is said to have chosen the name in part as a tribute to the Beatles. The 1991 agreement dealt with the future use of the name "Apple" and of both companies' well-known logos.
Apple Corps, founded in 1968, is owned by Sir Paul McCartney; Ringo Starr; John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono; and the estate of George Harrison. It sued on July 4, about a month after Apple Computer launched its iTunes Music Store, a download music service.

The Beatles' suit, filed in the High Court in London, seeks an injunction to enforce the terms of the 1991 agreement, and monetary damages for the alleged contract breach.

"Unfortunately Apple and Apple Corps now have differing interpretations of this agreement and will need to ask a court to resolve this dispute," said Katie Cotton, an Apple Computer spokeswoman.

The stakes could be high: Apple's iTunes Music Store has sold more than 10 million songs at 99 cents each since its April 28 launch, and is central to Apple's strategy to promote its computers as digital entertainment hubs.

Shares of Apple closed Friday at $23.10, up 54 cents, on the Nasdaq Stock Market.

The London lawsuit is the latest legal spat between the two cultural icons.

In 1981, the Beatles, who had released most of their recordings on the Apple label, sued Apple Computer over the corporate name. The case ended after the tech company agreed to only use the name for computer products, according to Apple Corps.

A decade later, the Beatles sued again, alleging Apple Computer was violating the initial agreement by using its apple logo on music-synthesizing products. That case was settled out of court with Apple Computer paying an undisclosed amount to the Beatles company and signing the agreement around which the latest lawsuit revolves.

Terms of the 1991 settlement were kept confidential, with Apple Computer allotting $38 million at the time to settle the litigation.

Some think the latest case may lead only to a walk down penny lane.

Charles Wolf, analyst with Needham & Co., predicted Friday that the two companies will settle if a judge doesn't throw out the lawsuit.

The Cupertino-based company is already paying hefty royalties to the five major record labels for the right to distribute their music online. It pays the labels an estimated 65 cents per song in addition to about 25 cents per song in other distribution and credit card processing fees.

Wolf thinks the Beatles company would only manage to exact perhaps a half penny per song from Apple.

"They'll never stop the iTunes Music Store," Wolf said. "The point of the suit is to collect money and they won't get any money if they cut off the store."

Wolf thinks Apple Computer's lawyers must have considered the Beatles agreement prior to the online music store launch.

"They named it the 'iTunes Music Store,' right?" Wolf said. "They must have thought about this because (the name) 'Apple Music Store' has more brand equity."


Red Hot Chili Peppers Record 15 New Tracks

When the Magik is flowing,
there's no reason to turn off
the tap.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers
recently entered the studio
with producer Rick Rubin to
record two new songs for their
greatest-hits record, which
comes out in November. But
the band was feeling so
creative and inspired that it
wound up cranking out more
tracks.
"We wrote and recorded 15
songs, and they rock," bassist
Flea wrote on the band's Web
site. "We gave it no thought,
we just rocked, and it worked
well. It is the fastest we have
ever recorded so much
material."
The new songs aren't just
spontaneous and rocking,
they're also musically diverse,
according to Flea. "We played a
wide variety of music arranged
into song format that is among
the most diverse and dynamic
good feeling sh-- we have ever
done," he wrote. "It was the
way to go. No thinking, just
rocking."
The band will wrap up a
European tour on Sunday and
will begin a U.S. trek on
September 6 in Bristow,
Virginia. The 13 dates run
through September 25 in
Milwaukee and will also feature
Queens of the Stone Age and
French Toast.
The Chili Peppers' latest album,
By the Way, which came out in
July 2002, has sold 1.7 million
copies, according to
SoundScan.

 

 

 

 

 


 
 

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