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Emma Watson

Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson is an English actress and activist. Born in Paris and brought up in Oxfordshire, Watson attended the Dragon School and trained as an actress at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts; as a child, she rose to prominence with her first professional acting role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series, having acted only in school plays previously. Watson appeared in the 2007 television adaptation of the novel Ballet Shoes and lent her voice to The Tale of Despereaux. After the last Harry Potter film, she took on starring and supporting roles in My Week with Marilyn, The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Bling Ring, made an appearance as an exaggerated version of herself in This Is the End, portrayed the titular character's adopted daughter in Noah, she went on to star as Belle in the musical romantic fantasy Beauty and the Beast and Meg March in the coming-of-age film Little Women, the latter of, nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Her other film roles include Regression and The Circle.

From 2011 to 2014, Watson split her time between working on films and continuing her education, studying at Brown University and Worcester College and graduating from Brown with a bachelor's degree in English literature in May 2014. Her modelling work has included campaigns for Lancôme, she lent her name to a line of clothing for People Tree. She was honoured by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 2014, winning British Artist of the Year; that same year, she was appointed as a UN Women Goodwill ambassador and helped launch the UN Women campaign HeForShe, which encourages all genders to work towards gender equality. Watson was born in Paris, the daughter of English lawyers Jacqueline Luesby and Chris Watson. Watson lived in Maisons-Laffitte near Paris, her parents divorced when she was young, Watson moved to England to live with her mother in Oxfordshire while spending weekends at her father's house in London. Watson has said. After moving to Oxford with her mother and brother, she attended the Dragon School, remaining there until 2003.

From age six, she wanted to become an actress, trained at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts, a part-time theatre school where she studied singing and acting. By age 10, Watson had performed in Stagecoach productions and school plays including Arthur: The Young Years and The Happy Prince, but she had never acted professionally before the Harry Potter series. After the Dragon School, Watson moved on to Oxford. While on film sets and her peers were tutored for up to five hours a day. In June 2006, she took GCSE school examinations in 10 subjects, achieving eight two A grades. In May 2007, she took AS levels in English, Geography and History of Art; the next year, she dropped History of Art to pursue the three A levels, receiving an A grade in each subject. Watson took a gap year after leaving high school, to film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows beginning in February 2009, but said she intended to continue her studies and confirmed that she had chosen Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

In March 2011, after 18 months at the university, Watson announced that she was deferring her course for "a semester or two", though she attended Worcester College, Oxford during the 2011–12 academic year as part of the Visiting Student Programme. Watson told Ellen DeGeneres just before graduation that it took five years to finish instead of four because, owing to her acting work, she "ended up taking two full semesters off". On 25 May 2014, she graduated from Brown University with a bachelor's degree in English literature. In 2013, she became certified to teach meditation; as part of this certification, she attended a week-long meditation course at a Canadian facility, in which residents are not allowed to speak, in order "to figure out how to be at home with myself". She told Elle Australia that an uncertain future meant finding "a way to always feel safe and at home within myself; because I can never rely on a physical place." In 1999, casting began for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the film adaptation of British author J. K. Rowling's best-selling novel.

Casting agents found Watson through her Oxford theatre teacher, producers were impressed by her confidence. After eight auditions, producer David Heyman told Watson and fellow applicants Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint that they had been cast for the roles of the school friends Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and Ron Weasley, respectively. Rowling supported Watson from her first screen test; the release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in 2001 was Watson's debut screen performance. The film broke records for opening-day sales and opening-weekend takings and was the highest-grossing film of 2001. Critics praised the performances of the three leads singling out Watson for particular acclaim. Watson was nominated for five awards for her performance in Philosopher's Stone, winning the Young Artist Award for Leading Young Actress. A year Watson again starred as Hermione in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the second instalment of the series. Reviewers praised the lead actors' performances.

The Los Angeles Times said Watson and her peers had matured between films, while The Times criticised director Chris Columbus for "under-employing" Watson's hugely popular character. Watson received an Otto Award from the German magazine Bravo for

House of Lobkov on the Sophia Embankment

The House of Lobkov on the Sophia Embankment is a mansion in the center of Moscow. Built around 1816 in the Empire style, it was rebuilt in 2003 with a superstructure of the attic floor. The Lobkov House has the status of an object of cultural heritage of federal significance; the house of the merchant Ivan Lobkov was built around 1816 in the Empire style on the basis of an older building burnt during the fire of 1812. According to the information of 1826, the house belonged to merchant Nakhodkina. In 1849-1918, the merchants of Verevkina owned the mansion. In the middle of the 19th century, from the side of the courtyard to the house a two-storeyed gallery with a rounded corner was attached. After the reconstruction in 1914, the facade was decorated with decorative elements in the Neoclassicism style. At the end of the 19th to the beginning of the 20th century, the editorial office of the newspaper Nedelya was located on the first floor. After the October Revolution, the building was nationalized and there were communal apartments, - various institutions.

In the 1970s, reconstruction was carried out, during which interiors were changed into the walls, a metal frame was built into the walls. By the beginning of the 21st century the house is in a long lease from the firm "Eladi" and was in emergency condition. In 2002—2003, it was rebuilt according to the method of "preservation of the front wall": the ceilings and the rear wall were demolished, the attic floor was added; the two-story mansion refers to the Empire style. In its design decorative elements are used, typical for post-fire buildings: wreaths, lion masks, relief panels; the central part of the facade is marked with pilasters of the Doric order with a pediment

Meet the Eels: Essential Eels, Vol. 1 (1996–2006)

Meet the Eels: Essential Eels, Vol. 1 is a greatest hits compilation to celebrate the tenth anniversary of rock band Eels, featuring a DVD of music videos, behind-the-scenes photos, commentary by Mark Oliver Everett. It was released on January 15, 2008 in the United States and January 21, 2008 in the United Kingdom, where it debuted on the UK Album Chart at #26, it was released in conjunction with the B-sides collection Useless Trinkets: B-Sides, Soundtracks and Unreleased 1996–2006. All songs written by E, except where noted: "Novocaine for the Soul" – 3:07 "Susan's House" – 3:56 "My Beloved Monster" – 2:12 "Your Lucky Day in Hell" – 4:28 "3 Speed" – 2:45 "Last Stop: This Town" – 3:28 "Climbing to the Moon" – 3:56 "Flyswatter" – 3:17 "I Like Birds" – 2:33 "Mr. E's Beautiful Blues" – 4:01 "It's a Motherfucker" – 2:14 "Souljacker part I" – 3:16 "That's Not Really Funny" – 3:19 "Fresh Feeling" – 3:39 "Get Ur Freak On" – 3:29 "Saturday Morning" – 2:55 "Love of the Loveless" – 3:32 "Dirty Girl" – 3:00 "I Need Some Sleep" – 2:29 "Hey Man" – 3:02 "I'm Going to Stop Pretending That I Didn't Break Your Heart" – 3:55 "Trouble with Dreams" – 4:34 "Railroad Man" – 3:38 "Losing Streak" – 2:50 "Novocaine for the Soul" "Susan's House" "Rags to Rags" "Your Lucky Day in Hell" "Last Stop: This Town" "Cancer for the Cure" "Flyswatter" "Souljacker part I" "Saturday Morning" "Hey Man" "Trouble with Dreams" "Dirty Girl" 1–4: Beautiful Freak 5–6: Electro-Shock Blues 7: unreleased, original version on Electro-Shock Blues 8–11: Daisies of the Galaxy 12–14: Souljacker 15: unreleased cover of Missy Elliott, from the album Miss E...

So Addictive 16–17: Shootenanny! 18: Eels with Strings: Live at Town Hall 19: Shrek 2: The Motion Picture Soundtrack 20–24: Blinking Lights and Other Revelations Eels page on the compilations