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MGA Entertainment

MGA Entertainment Inc. is a manufacturer of children's toys and entertainment products founded in 1979. Its products include the Bratz fashion doll line, Baby Born, L. O. L. Surprise!, Num Noms and Poopsie Slime Surprise. MGA owns Little Tikes. MGA is headquartered in a mixed use corporate campus in the Chatsworth area of Los Angeles. In 2018, the chairman and CEO of MGA Entertainment, Isaac Larian, announced that an Australian office of the business will be opening in early 2019. Introduced in 2001, Bratz is MGA's most successful product line, with various spin-offs from the original teenage dolls, including miniature versions, kid versions baby dolls, tiny baby dolls with pets, TV series, live-action feature film and direct-to-video film and numerous DVDs and soundtracks; because of the lawsuit brought by Mattel against MGA in 2008, the Bratz Kidz and Bratz Lil' Angelz were renamed "4*Ever Kidz" and "4*Ever Lil' Angelz" before their eventual discontinuation in 2009. They returned in 2010 for their 10th Anniversary with brand new bodies and makeup, which resembled the makeup of the prototypes for the original dolls.

In 2013, they were given a brand new logo. They took a hiatus a year to rebuild the brand to try and match their original success, they returned, once again, in 2015 with new branding and body molds, the return of the original logo. They were met with low sales and dissatisfaction from children and fans alike, were discontinued again in 2016, they returned in 2018 with a collector line designed by Hayden Williams In 2009, a new doll line named Moxie Girlz was introduced. These Moxie girlz are similar, but distinct, from the Bratz line of dolls; this is to circumvent the ruling from the lawsuit described below. The Moxie Girlz were intended to replace Bratz, but when they came back, the Moxie Girlz became a separate line of their own; the line includes Avery, Sophina and more characters, has been around since 2009. They are similar to the Bratz line, only this line shows more modest fashions that typical tweens would wear. No Moxie Teenz were made after 2011, Moxie Girlz were discontinued in 2014.

Leftover dolls were made into the Storytime Princess Collection. MGA Entertainment introduced its Lalaloopsy brand in 2010 accompanied by the tagline "Sew Magical, Sew Cute." Lalaloopsy were once rag dolls who magically came to life when their last stitch was sewn. Each Lalaloopsy doll has a unique personality reflected by the fabrics used to make them, they live together in Lalaloopsy Land, a whimsical world full of fun and surprises around every corner. Each Lalaloopsy doll comes with her own pet. Lalaloopsy dolls stand 13 inches. Large dolls include Rosy Bumps'n' Bruises, Crumbs Sugar Cookie, Dot Starlight, Peanut Big Top and more. Recent additions to the line include Coral Sea Shells and Toffee Cocoa Cuddles. In Fall 2011, MGA released Suzette La Sweet, a Lalaloopsy collector doll, sewn from pieces of a duchess' dress; the Lalaloopsy line includes the younger brothers and sisters of Lalaloopsy dolls. Just like their older siblings, the Littles magically came to life when their last stich was sewn.

The Lalaloopsy Littles have their own unique pets. There are eight Lalaloopsy Littles dolls, including Matey Anchors, Bundles Snuggle Stuff and Scribbles Splash. Laloopsys were a hit in 2010. In the Lalaloopsy line are Mini Lalaloopsy, Lalaloopsy Micros and Accessories; the Accessories line includes outfits and furniture for the Lalaloopsy dolls and Littles dolls, Mini Lalaloopsy playsets and vehicles. Lalaloopsy dolls are sold in online at a variety of retailers. On December 7, 2010, Lalaloopsy had the People's Play Award for large dolls; the toymaker launched the unboxing toy line L. O. L. Surprise! in December 2016. The L. O. L. Surprise doll assortment was the #1 toy for 2017 through November in the US, according to The NPD Group. MGA Entertainment plans to double the sales of L. O. L. Surprise toys in 2018. Several new higher priced L. O. L. Surprise toys have been released over summer including the L. O. L. Surprise House, L. O. L. Amazing Surprise, the L. O. L. Bigger Surprise!. The L. O. L. Amazing Surprise Playset was a Top 100 toy on Amazon according to Shareably.

The coronavirus outbreak in early 2020, disrupted production of LOL and is threatening supply for the 2020 holidays. True Hope is a special edition doll franchise introduced in 2012. In an effort to raise cancer awareness, MGA Entertainment created a line of bald Bratz and Moxie Girlz dolls stating that "courage is always in style." MGA Entertainment plans to donate one dollar from every sale to City of Hope Cancer Foundation. Project Mc2 is a doll line introduced in 2015. There is a live-action series on Netflix produced by AwesomenessTV, a division of Viacom; the line's tagline is Smart. Characters: McKeyla McAlister Adrienne Attoms Bryden Bandweth Camryn Coyle Devon D'Marco Ember Evergreen MGA Entertainment owns Little Tikes, a popular infant and preschool toy line. During the 1990s, MGA released handheld versions of various arcade games from Namco and Atari, as well as handheld games based on Navy Seals, Power Rangers and RoboCop, the latter two are not to be confused with similar handheld

Graham Nash

Graham William Nash is a British-American singer-songwriter and musician. Nash is known for his light tenor voice and for his songwriting contributions as a member of the English pop/rock group the Hollies and the folk-rock supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash. Nash became an American citizen on 14 August 1978 and holds dual citizenship of the United Kingdom and the United States. Nash is a published photographer, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1997 and as a member of the Hollies in 2010. Nash was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2010 Birthday Honours List for services to music and to charity. Nash holds four honorary doctorates, including one from New York Institute of Technology, one in Music from the University of Salford in 2011 and his latest Doctorate in Fine Arts from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Graham William Nash was born in 1942 in Blackpool, England, his mother having been evacuated there from the Nashes' home town of Salford, because of the Second World War.

The family subsequently returned to Salford. In the early 1960s he co-founded the Hollies, one of the UK's most successful pop groups, with school friend Allan Clarke, was credited as the group's leader on their first album, he was featured vocally on "Just One Look" and sang his first lead vocal on the original Hollies song "To You My Love" on the band's second album In The Hollies Style of the same year. He sang featured bridge vocals on Hollies recordings and provided lead vocals on several singles, notably "On a Carousel" and "Carrie Anne". Nash encouraged the Hollies to write their own songs with Clarke with Clarke and guitarist Tony Hicks. From 1964 to mid-1966 they wrote under the alias L. Ransford, their own names were credited on songs from "Stop Stop Stop" from October 1966 onward. In 1965, with Allan Clarke and guitarist Tony Hicks, formed Gralto Music Ltd, a publishing company which handled their own songs and signed the young Reg Dwight. Nash was pivotal in the forging of a sound and lyrics writing the verses on Clarke, Hicks & Nash songs.

However, Nash composed songs by himself under the'team banner', for example,'Fifi the Flea','Clown','Stop Right There','Everything is Sunshine'. The Butterfly album included several of his songs that had less group participation and exhibited more of a singer-songwriter approach, he was disappointed when this new style did not register with their audience "King Midas in Reverse". Nash met both David Crosby and Stephen Stills in 1966 during a Hollies US tour. On a subsequent visit to the US in 1968, he was more formally introduced to Crosby by mutual friend Cass Elliott in Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles. Nash left the Hollies to form a new group with Stills. A trio at first, Stills & Nash became a quartet with Neil Young: Crosby, Nash & Young. With both configurations, Nash went on to greater worldwide success, penning many of CSN's most-commercial hit singles such as "Our House". Nash, nicknamed "Willy" by his band mates, has been described as the glue that keeps their fragile alliances together. Nash became politically active after moving to California, as reflected in his anti-Vietnam War songs "Military Madness" and "Chicago / We Can Change the World".

In 1972, during CSNY's first hiatus, Nash teamed with Crosby. They have worked in this configuration on and off since, producing four studio albums and a few live and compilation albums, his song "Immigration Man", Crosby & Nash's biggest hit as a duo, arose from a tiff he had with a US Customs official while trying to enter the country. In 1979, Nash co-founded Musicians United for Safe Energy, against the expansion of nuclear power. MUSE put on the educational fundraising No Nukes events. In 2007 the group recorded a music video of a new version of the Buffalo Springfield song "For What It's Worth". Nash rejoined the Hollies in 1983 to record two albums, What Goes Around and Reunion. In 1993, Nash again reunited with the Hollies to record a new version of "Peggy Sue Got Married" that featured lead vocal by Buddy Holly —this Buddy Holly & the Hollies recording opened the Not Fade Away tribute album to Holly by various artists. In 2005, Nash collaborated with Norwegian musicians A-ha on the songs "Over the Treetops" and "Cosy Prisons" for the Analogue recording.

In 2006, Nash worked with David Gilmour and David Crosby on the title track of David Gilmour's third solo album, On an Island. In March 2006, the album was released and reached No. 1 on the UK charts. Nash and Crosby subsequently toured the UK with Gilmour, singing backup on "On an Island", "The Blue", "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", "Find the Cost of Freedom". In addition to his political songs Nash has written many songs on other themes he cares about such as of nature and ecology—beginning w


Encrinus is an extinct genus of crinoids, "one of the most famous". It lived during the Middle Triassic, its fossils have been found in Europe. Fossils of Encrinus went by several names in Germany before the establishment of modern paleontology. In Lower Saxony, they were called Sonnenräder, while in Thuringia and Hesse they were called Bonifatiuspfennige. In southwestern Germany, they went by Hexengeld; the animal was reconstructed for the first time in 1729, although various parts of the animal had been described before that. Encrinus was described in 1764, it was assigned to the order Encrinida by Jack Sepkoski in 2002. Encrinus possessed a large cup- or crown-like structure at the top of its body, described as resembling "an unopened tulip." This "cup" could be between 2.25 inches long. The structure displayed "five-fold symmetry" and had a concave base, it bore ten arms. When opened, the arms and pinnules formed a kind of "feeding fan", used to catch prey such as plankton. "Microscopic interpinnular channels" suggest that Encrinus may have been an active filter feeder, creating its own currents by beating its cilia.

It is known that the arms could shut in life, but it is difficult to estimate the greatest angle at which they could open. It is possible that specimens recorded as being widest open demonstrate the normal angle of opening in life. A tegmen topped the cup. Any particles of food that the animal caught would be passed down the arms and below the tegmen via grooves leading to cilia, which in turn led to the mouth; when viewed from above, the stem was circular in shape. Large and small ossicles covered the stem, creating a pattern of frequent small ossicles sandwiched between the large ones; the stem did not possess any cirri, may have been held in place by roots of some sort. The breakage of the stem during the animal's life was a common occurrence, it survived long enough to form a new end on its shortened stem. Being from the Middle Triassic, Encrinus is the last known from its group of crinoids, as most others died out during the Permian–Triassic extinction event. Paleontology portal Media related to Encrinus at Wikimedia Commons

Art Directors Guild Awards 2012

The 17th Art Directors Guild Awards, which were given on February 2, 2013, honored the best production designers of 2012. Period Film: Sarah GreenwoodAnna Karenina Peter Borckl – Argo David F. Klassen – Django Unchained Eve StewartLes Misérables Rick Carter – Lincoln Fantasy Film: David Gropman – Life of Pi Uli Hanisch – Cloud Atlas Nathan Crowley, Kevin Kavanaugh – The Dark Knight Rises Dan HennahThe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Arthur Max – Prometheus Contemporary Film: Dennis GassnerSkyfall Alan MacDonaldThe Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Nelson Coates – Flight Eugenio Caballero – The Impossible Jeremy Hindle – Zero Dark Thirty One-Hour Single Camera Television Series: Gemma JacksonGame of Thrones Bill Groom – Boardwalk Empire Donal Woods – Downton Abbey John D. Kretschmer – Homeland Richard Hoover – The Newsroom Episode of a Half Hour Single-Camera Television Series Judy Becker – Girls Denise Pizzini – Community Richard BergModern Family Ian PhillipsParks and Recreation Tony Fanning – The New Normal Multi-Camera Unscripted Series: Keith Raywood, Eugene Lee, Akira Yoshimura & N. Joseph DeTullio – Saturday Night Live Glenda Rovello – 2 Broke Girls Stephan G. Olson – How I Met Your Mother Bruce Rodgers – Democratic National Convention Anton Goss and James Pearse Connelly – The Voice Miniseries or Television Movie: Mark WorthingtonAmerican Horror Story: Asylum Michael CorenblithGame Change Derek R. Hill – Hatfields & McCoys Geoffrey KirklandHemingway & Gellhorn Michael Wylie – Mockingbird Lane The winners and nominees on the official website

Hesketh 308

The Hesketh 308 and its derived sister model the 308B are Formula One racing cars designed by Harvey Postlethwaite for Hesketh Racing to compete in the 1974 and 1975 World Championships. The car gave James Hunt his first World Championship Grand Prix win in the 1975 Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort; the 308 replaced the ageing March 731 chassis that the team had been using since coming into Formula 1 the previous season, was loosely based on the March design. It was powered by the Ford-Cosworth DFV and when the car was first launched featured conventional front suspension comprising double wishbones with outboard mounted coil-spring damper units. Postlethwaite was looking for a way of fitting simple, lightweight progressive springing to the car and latched onto the idea of using rubber springs after a friend involved in designing rubber damping for buildings in earthquake zones suggested the idea. Early tests in 1974 proved unsuccessful until a special non-creep rubber was developed by the Malaysian Rubber Producers Association.

This was formed into springs by the Aeon Products company and following more productive testing results, fitted to the car from the 1975 Argentine GP. Lord Hesketh had plans to fund and have built a V12 engine to accompany the car, but this never came to pass, the DFV V8 was used exclusively. Four chassis were built over the three seasons the car competed. On its debut appearance at the 1974 Brands Hatch, Race of Champions, Hunt put the car in pole position; the race was less successful and Hunt spun out in wet conditions on lap four. The 308 made its first Grand Prix appearance two weeks in South Africa; this time Hunt could only qualify 13th but moved up to fifth place from the start holding that position until drive shaft failure put him out of the race on lap 65. The following week, Hunt again managed pole position at the International Trophy race at Silverstone in competition with several Grand Prix regulars; this time Hunt managed a stunning victory. From the start, Hunt dropped back with his clutch slipping and with the gear shift knob coming off in his hand.

He overcame these difficulties and worked his way back to the front passing Ronnie Peterson's Lotus down the inside into Woodcote corner to retake the lead. This early success for the 308 was not repeated, as the Grand Prix season progressed, the car proved itself to be quick but unreliable, failing several times with a variety of transmission breakages. Hunt found himself eliminated in accidents with Tom Pryce, firstly in the Netherlands where Pryce collided with him at the first corner, two weeks in France – although this time Pryce was forced into Hunt after he himself had been hit by Carlos Reutemann. Hesketh continued to steer the team towards greater levels of professionalism, towards the end of the season, Ian Scheckter was entered in a second car for the Austrian race. Although thanks to engine trouble, Scheckter failed to qualify, some within the team felt that running two cars would do much to improve the teams chances for the following season. For 1975 the 308 was updated to 308B specifications, with revised bodywork and repositioned oil radiators.

The car was more competitive and Hunt challenged for the victory in Argentina and Brazil before he broke his and the team's duck at the 1975 Dutch Grand Prix. It would be the team's only win however, he rounded off the season with several solid placings, which helped Hesketh finish fourth in the constructors' championship. The team folded at the end of the season as Hesketh could not afford to keep financing his unsponsored team, Hunt moved to McLaren for 1976; the 308 and 308B cars were sold to privateer teams. The most famous post-Hunt Hesketh driver was Guy Edwards who arranged sponsorship with adult magazine Penthouse for 1976, which gained considerable exposure for the team. Edwards did not score any points. "Hesketh 308 STATS F1". Retrieved 2010-11-19