Oscars Grows Some Hair: Hugh Jackman to Host 2009 Academy Awards

Surprise! Followed by snore alert.Hugh Jackman, People Magazines “”Sexiest Man” for 2008, will host the 81st annual Oscars in 2009.Jackman’s selection is a departure from the Academy’s standard of big-name comedians such as Jon Stewart, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock, Steve Martin, Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg.With new producers, a new set director and even a new music director, the Academy has been hinting at an all-new look and feel for this year’s Oscars telecast on Feb. 22, 2009. An inventive new technique called: Telegaze will be tested. The producers hope that by simply locking his steely baby blue gaze onto the viewing audience, the ruggedly handsome Aussie will be able to debilitate their motor skills, thus preventing anyone from changing the channel.New producers for the telecast Laurence Mark and Bill Condon called the Australian actor “a consummate entertainer and an internationally renowned movie star.” “He also has style, elegance and a sense of occasion,” Mark and Condon said in a joint statement. “Hugh is the ideal choice to host a celebration of the year’s movies – and to have fun doing it.”And did we mention how much we love the way he looks in clinging, wet swimming shorts? Sizzling!
This starts an alarming trend of Internationals to pwn other award shows as Americana as fortune cookies – Jackie Chan ’10 for the win! I’d also like to see the Pope hosting the Grammys, or maybe perhaps Korean pop superstar Rain hosting the Nicklodeon Kids Choice Awards – no words; nominees will be announced with breakdance moves. All are preeminent entertainers with mass appeal.So far .. no comment from the Aussie himself. Hope he knows.The 40-year-old actor and his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, have their own Oscar – their 8-year-old son Oscar Maximillian. The couple also have a 3-year-old daughter Ava. Both children are adopted.



December 10, 2016

World Map Reveals What Each Country Does Better Than Any Other

Designer David McCandless of Information is Beautiful has created a fascinating world map called International Number Ones. “Because every country is the best at something,” McCandless also offers the caveat that this accolade is “according to data,” which makes perfect sense once you study the map. Being the number one at something isn’t necessarily a compliment. Many countries are the “best” when it comes to issues that are morally reprehensible.

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December 9, 2016

Intricately Detailed Floating Cube Casts Stunning Shadows

We have always been big fans of Pakistan-born artist Anila Quayyum Agha’s mesmerizing art. In 2014, we raved about Intersections, a captivating wooden cube that cast dreamy shadows with a single light bulb. Fortunately for us, Agha is still creating intricate installations in this style, with her most recent, radiant piece being All The Flowers Are For Me. Like Intersections, All The Flowers Are For Me plays with light and space.

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