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Jennifer Connelly

Jennifer Lynn Connelly is an American actress who began her career as a child model. She appeared in magazine and television advertising, before she made her film acting debut in the crime film Once Upon a Time in America. Connelly continued modeling and acting, starring in a number of films, including the horror film Phenomena, the musical fantasy film Labyrinth, the romantic comedy Career Opportunities, the period superhero film The Rocketeer, she gained critical acclaim for her work in the science fiction film Dark City and for playing a drug addict in Darren Aronofsky's drama Requiem for a Dream. In 2002, Connelly won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for portraying Alicia Nash in Ron Howard's biopic A Beautiful Mind, her subsequent credits include the Marvel superhero film Hulk, in which she played Bruce Banner's love interest Betty Ross, the horror film Dark Water, the drama Blood Diamond, the science fiction film The Day the Earth Stood Still, the romantic comedy He's Just Not That Into You, the biopic Creation.

In the 2010s, she took on supporting roles in Aronofsky's epic film Noah and in the action film Alita: Battle Angel. Connelly was named Amnesty International Ambassador for Human Rights Education in 2005, she has been the face of Balenciaga fashion advertisements, as well as for Revlon cosmetics. In 2012, she was named the first global face of the Shiseido Company. Magazines, including Time, Vanity Fair and Esquire, as well as the Los Angeles Times newspaper, have included her on their lists of the world's most beautiful women. Connelly was born in New York, in the Catskill Mountains, she is the daughter of Ilene, an antiques dealer, Gerard Karl Connelly, a clothing manufacturer. Her father was Roman Catholic, of Irish and Norwegian descent. Connelly's mother was Jewish, was educated at a yeshiva. Connelly was raised in Brooklyn Heights, near the Brooklyn Bridge, where she attended Saint Ann's, a private school specializing in the arts, her father suffered from asthma, so the family moved to Woodstock, New York, in 1976 to escape the city smog.

Four years the family returned to Brooklyn Heights, Connelly returned to Saint Ann's School. After graduating from high school, Connelly went to Yale University in 1988 to study English literature. Connelly describes herself as a studious student who "wasn't concerned with having a social life or sleeping or eating much. I was nerdy and pretty much stayed in the law-school library, open 24 hours, most of the time I wasn't in class". After two years at Yale, Connelly transferred to Stanford University in 1990 to study drama. There, she trained with Howard Fine and Harold Guskin. Encouraged by her parents to continue with her film career, Connelly left college and returned to the movie industry the same year; when Connelly was ten years old, an advertising executive friend of her father suggested she audition as a model. Her parents sent a picture of her to the Ford Modeling Agency, which shortly after added her to its roster. Connelly began modeling for print advertisements before moving on to television commercials.

In an interview with The Guardian, she revealed that, after having done some modeling, she had no aspirations to become an actress. She appeared on the covers of several issues of Seventeen in 1986 and 1988. In December 1986, she recorded two pop songs for the Japanese market: "Monologue of Love" and "Message of Love", she sang in phonetic Japanese. When her mother began taking her to acting auditions, a 12-year-old Connelly was selected for a supporting role as the aspiring dancer and actress Deborah Gelly in Sergio Leone's gangster epic Once Upon a Time in America; the role required her to perform a ballet routine. During the audition, who had no ballet training, tried to imitate a ballerina, her performance, the similarity of her nose to Elizabeth McGovern's, who played the character as an adult, convinced the director to cast her. Connelly described the movie as "an idyllic introduction to movie-making". While Once Upon a Time in America was being filmed, Connelly made her first television appearance, in the episode "Stranger in Town" of the British series Tales of the Unexpected.

Connelly's first leading role was in Italian giallo-director Dario Argento's 1985 film Phenomena. In the film, she plays a girl who psychically communicates with insects to pursue the killer of students of the Swiss school where she has enrolled. Connelly next had the lead in the coming-of-age movie Seven Minutes in Heaven, released the same year. Of her early career, Connelly said, "Before I knew it, became what I did, it was a peculiar way to grow up, combined with my personality." She described feeling like "a kind of walking puppet" through her adolescence, without having time alone to deal with the attention her career was generating. Connelly gained public recognition with Jim Henson's 1986 film Labyrinth with David Bowie, in which she played Sarah, a teenager on a quest to rescue her brother Toby from the world of goblins. Although a disappointment at the box office, the film became a cult classic; the New York Times, while noting the importance of her part, panned her portrayal: "Jennifer Connelly as Sarah is disappointing....

She looks right, but she lacks conviction and seems to be reading rehearsed lines that are recited without belief in her goal or real need to accomplish it." In 1988, she began work as a ballet student in the Italian film Etoile which wa

Pork Pie Percussion

Pork Pie Percussion is a US musical instrument manufacturing company based in Canoga Park, California. Established in 1987, it has been producing handmade Drum kits and hardware since then. Part of the products are manufactured in Taiwan. In 1987, Bill Detamore –a drummer himself– started making drums as a hobby evolving to a more professional grade; the company's name was taken from a New Zealand movie called Goodbye Pork Pie as Detamore stated in an interview. By 2006, the company had only 9 employees and its drums were sold with Bill Detamore's signature and the date of manufacture. Pork Pie has introduced the Little Squealer line, the Piglite acrylic line and the Big Black Brass snare drums; the Big Black Brass drum as well as the Little Squealers are MADE IN TAIWAN. Piglite drums are made in California; the Little Squealer line has grown from one snare drum to a 4 piece drumset and 4 assorted snare drums. In addition to drum manufacturing, Pork Pie offers a complete line of services that include drum restoration and refinishing.

Bill Detamore has done customizing for many big bands from Van Halen to Yes and Fleetwood Mac to Framing The Red, Marilyn Manson, Blink 182 and Guns N' Roses. Pork Pie offers three types of drumsets; the Little Squealer line is a mid line drum, made in Taiwan. The Piglite line are acrylic. Everything else is made-to-order. Musicians that use/have used Pork Pie drums are: Official website

BlackBerry OS

BlackBerry OS is a proprietary mobile operating system developed by Canadian company BlackBerry Limited for its BlackBerry line of smartphone handheld devices. The operating system provides multitasking and supports specialized input devices that have been adopted by BlackBerry for use in its handhelds the trackwheel and most the trackpad and touchscreen; the BlackBerry platform natively supports corporate email, through Java Micro Edition MIDP 1.0 and, more a subset of MIDP 2.0, which allows complete wireless activation and synchronization with Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino, or Novell GroupWise email, tasks and contacts, when used with BlackBerry Enterprise Server. The operating system supports WAP 1.2. Updates to the operating system may be automatically available from wireless carriers that support the BlackBerry over the air software loading service. Third-party developers can write software using the available BlackBerry API classes, although applications that make use of certain functionality must be digitally signed.

Research from June 2011, indicated that 45% of mobile developers were using the platform at the time of publication. BlackBerry OS was discontinued after the release of BlackBerry 10 in January 2013, however support for the older OS continued until the end of 2013; the BlackBerry 9720 runs a version of BlackBerry OS 7.1 with updates to the user interface that mimics the BlackBerry 10, this includes a new lock screen, redesigned Application Switcher, Pictures and Phone apps. While BlackBerry Ltd. develops and releases updated versions of its operating system to support each device, it is up to the individual carriers to decide if and when a version is released to its users. The following is a list of fonts that were included in some versions of BlackBerry: BBAlphaSans and BBAlphaSerif are based on the free software DejaVu fonts. On September 27, 2010, BlackBerry Ltd. announced a new unrelated QNX-based platform, BlackBerry Tablet OS, to run on its released BlackBerry PlayBook tablet computer.

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