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Boris Karloff

William Henry Pratt, better known by his stage name Boris Karloff, was an English actor, known for his roles in horror films. He portrayed Frankenstein's monster in Bride of Frankenstein and Son of Frankenstein, he appeared as Imhotep in The Mummy. In non-horror roles, he is best known to modern audiences for narrating and as the voice of the Grinch in the animated television special of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!. For his contribution to film and television, Karloff was awarded two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Karloff was born William Henry Pratt on 23 November 1887, at 36 Forest Hill Road, Surrey, England, his parents were Jr. and Eliza Sarah Millard. His brother, Sir John Thomas Pratt, was a British diplomat. Edward John Pratt, Jr. was an Anglo-Indian, from a British father and Indian mother, while Karloff's mother had some Indian ancestry, thus Karloff had a dark complexion that stood out in British society at the time. His mother's maternal aunt was Anna Leonowens, whose tales about life in the royal court of Siam were the basis of the musical The King and I. Pratt was bow-legged, had a lisp, stuttered as a young boy.

He conquered his stutter, but not his lisp, noticeable throughout his career in the film industry. Pratt spent his childhood years in the County of Middlesex, he was the youngest of nine children, following his mother's death was brought up by his elder siblings. He received his early education at Enfield Grammar School, at the public schools of Uppingham School and Merchant Taylors' School. After this, he attended King's College London where he took studies aimed at a career with the British Government's Consular Service. However, in 1909, he left university without graduating and drifted, departing England for Canada, where he worked as a farm labourer and did various odd itinerant jobs until happening upon acting. Pratt began appearing in theatrical performances in Canada, during this period he chose Boris Karloff as his stage name; some have theorised that he took the stage name from a mad scientist character in the novel The Drums of Jeopardy called "Boris Karlov". However, the novel was not published until 1920, at least eight years after Karloff had been using the name on stage and in silent films, opening the possibility that the Karlov character might have been named after Karloff after the novel's author noticed it in a cast listing and liked the sound of it rather than being a coincidence.

Warner Oland played "Boris Karlov" in a film version in 1931. Another possible influence was thought to be a character in the Edgar Rice Burroughs fantasy novel H. R. H; the Rider which features a "Prince Boris of Karlova", but as the novel was not published until 1915, the influence may be backward, that Burroughs saw Karloff in a play and adapted the name for the character. Karloff always claimed he chose the first name "Boris" because it sounded foreign and exotic, that "Karloff" was a family name. Karloff's daughter, publicly denied any knowledge of Slavic forebears, "Karloff" or otherwise. One reason for the name change was to prevent embarrassment to his family. Whether or not his brothers considered young William the "black sheep of the family" for having become an actor, Karloff worried they felt that way, he did not reunite with his family until he returned to Britain to make The Ghoul worried that his siblings would disapprove of his new, macabre claim to world fame. Instead, his brothers jostled for position around him and posed for publicity photographs.

After the photo was taken, Karloff's brothers started asking about getting a copy of their own. The story of the photo became one of Karloff's favorites. Karloff joined the Jeanne Russell Company in 1911 and performed in towns like Kamloops and Prince Albert. After the devastating tornado in Regina on 30 June 1912, Karloff and other performers helped with clean-up efforts, he took a job as a railway baggage handler and joined the Harry St. Clair Co. that performed in Minot, North Dakota, for a year in an opera house above a hardware store. Whilst he was trying to establish his acting career, Karloff had to perform years of manual labour in Canada and the U. S. in order to make ends meet. He was left with back problems from; because of his health, he did not enlist in World War I. During this period, Karloff worked in various theatrical stock companies across the U. S. to hone his acting skills. Some acting companies mentioned were the Harry St. Clair Players and the Billie Bennett Touring Company.

By early 1918 he was working with the Maud Amber Players in Vallejo, but because of the Spanish Flu outbreak in the San Francisco area and the fear of infection, the troupe was disbanded. He was able to find work with the Haggerty Repertory for a while. According to Karloff, in his first film he appeared as an extra in a crowd scene for a Frank Borzage picture at Universal for which he received $5. Once Karloff arrived in Hollywood, he made dozens of silent films, but this work was sporadic, he had to take up manual labour such as digging ditches or delivering construction plaster to earn a living, his first on screen role was in a film serial, The Lightning Raider with Pearl

Big Bank

"Big Bank" is a song recorded by American rapper YG. It was released on May 2018, as the second single from his third studio album, Stay Dangerous; the song, produced by DJ Mustard, features guest appearances from American rappers 2 Chainz, Big Sean and Nicki Minaj. The music video for "Big Bank" premiered via YG's Vevo channel on June 23, 2018. YG performed the song at the BET Awards alongside 2 Chainz, Big Sean and Nicki Minaj on June 24, 2018; the song is featured on the soundtrack of the 2018 video game Madden NFL 19. Prior to its release, it was revealed Electronic Arts had removed quarterback Colin Kaepernick's name from the song, which led to outcry on social media. Big Sean, who raps the verse, called the action "disappointing and appalling". EA responded to the criticism by saying: "We made an unfortunate mistake with our Madden NFL soundtrack. Members of our team misunderstood the fact that while we don’t have rights to include Colin Kaepernick in the game, this doesn't affect soundtracks.

We messed up, the edit should never have happened. We will make it right, with an update to Madden NFL 19 on August 6 that will include the reference again. We meant no disrespect, we apologize to Colin, to YG and Big Sean, to the NFL, to all of their fans and our players for this mistake."

Mike Skinner (musician)

Michael Geoffrey Skinner is an English rapper, songwriter and record producer best known for the music project The Streets. Skinner was born in Barnet, but moved to Birmingham aged 5, he grew up in West Heath and started playing with keyboards at the age of five. When he was seven years old he began experiencing symptoms of epilepsy, which worsened in his early teens, he began writing hip hop and garage music in his home in West Heath and built a sound booth in his bedroom, using a cupboard and a mattress. In the mid-1990s, following secondary education at Bournville School, Skinner became a student at Sutton Coldfield College, in Sutton Coldfield, was working in fast-food jobs while trying to start his own independent record label and sending off demos, he describes his background as "Barratt class: suburban estates, not poor but not much money about boring," referring to the property developer Barratt Developments. Skinner has always identified himself with Birmingham and he is a keen supporter of Birmingham City.

He has worn the club's replica shirt on stage. He wore it in the music video for his remix of Bloc Party's single "Banquet". In the albums Skinner made with The Streets he focused on vocals, composing, mixing and synthesizers. In 2005, Skinner and Ted Mayhem launched. A subsidiary of 679 Recordings, The Beats was home to British hip-hop acts such as The Mitchell Brothers and Professor Green; the label closed in 2007, but reopened in 2012. After shelving The Streets, Skinner launched a new project, called The D. O. T, along with Rob Harvey of The Music. Harvey performs on vocals, allowing Skinner to "further develop his production approach", their first album, And That, was released on 22 October 2012. Their second album titled Diary was released on 5 May 2013. In 2013, Skinner remixed Norwich rapper Context's song "Small Town Lad Sentiments"; the remix features on Context's second EP, Hindsight is the Purest Form of Romance. In 2015, he remixed; the remix featured on an extended play exclusive to HMV, released alongside the group's debut album Are You Satisfied?. Skinner teamed up with UK rap group Murkage to form a supergroup entitled Tonga Balloon Gang, they released an eponymous three-track EP on 14 November 2015.

The release features additional vocals from Big Narstie. In 2016 Skinner released a number of tracks on Soundcloud under the name The Darker the Shadow, The Brighter the Light. In April 2017 he released the song "Bad Decisions In The Night" on digital platforms. Skinner is influenced by musical genres including hip hop, UK garage and country and western music; some of the many hip hop artists that influenced him in the making of some of The Streets' albums are Premo and Erick Sermon. Skinner is best known for his lyricism matched with his blurring of musical styles of UK garage, hip hop, indie rock and ska; the Guardian reviewer Dave Simpson praised Skinner's "dazzling wordplay." The InbetweenersThe soundtrack album for the British film The Inbetweeners Movie was released in 2011, featuring nine new compositions by Skinner. Beat StevieAn online channel presented by Mike and business partner Ted Mayhem, Beat Stevie, is an "anything goes" blog/music show shown on Channel 4 in their 4Music late night strand.

The episodes include backstage footage and onstage hijinks. Events documented in the show have been mentioned in the early songs of Example and Professor Green. The'funeral' of Skinner's record label "The Beats" was shown on the channel, with the mixtapes of The Mitchell Brothers and Professor Green being burnt in a fire of absinthe. Skinner had a cameo role in the fifth series of Doctor Who as a security guard, featuring in the episode "The Time of Angels". In a 2011 interview Skinner revealed that he would be starring in a film, a thriller set in a hospital. Adding that it won't be a "blockbuster" and that it will take around two years to complete. Skinner guest-starred as Blockhead in one episode of Major Lazer. Skinner is an ardent fan of Reebok Classics shoes. In 2005, he signed up to appear in a twelve-month ad campaign for Reebok's "I Am What I Am" campaign. In 2008, Skinner took time off from The Streets to battle symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and wrote the song "Trying to Kill M.

E." to document his fight against the disorder. In addition, he has tried to raise awareness. That's what people tend to think". Another statement he has released on the topic: "I was incapacitated, it seems to have faded now. But at the time I think, it was important to just mention it really. It was such a big thing for me, it lasted about a year at its worst. I had to stop working."In 2010, Skinner married Claire Le Marquand in Antibes after the birth of their daughter Amelia in 2009. Skinner attributes the turnaround of his lifestyle, in regards to his dabbling with drugs, to the birth of his daughter and the responsibility of being a father. Original Pirate Material A Grand Don't Come for Free The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living Everything Is Borrowed Computers and Blues And That Diary Soundcloud Release The Story of The Streets. London: Bantam Press, 2012. By Mike Skinner. 304 pages. ISBN 978-0593068076. Biography recording his beginnings as a musician in the Birmingham suburbs in the garage scene, to his struggles as a commercial