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Life (magazine)

Life was an American magazine published weekly until 1972, as an intermittent "special" until 1978, as a monthly from 1978 until 2000. During its golden age from 1936 to 1972, Life was a wide-ranging weekly general interest magazine known for the quality of its photography. Life was a humor magazine with limited circulation. Founded in 1883, it was developed as being in a similar vein to British magazine Punch; this form of the magazine lasted until November 1936. Henry Luce, the owner of Time, bought the magazine in 1936 so that he could acquire the rights to its name, launched a major weekly news magazine with a strong emphasis on photojournalism. Luce purchased the rights to the name from the publishers of the first Life, but sold its subscription list and features to another magazine with no editorial continuity between the two publications. Life was published for 53 years as a general-interest light entertainment magazine, heavy on illustrations and social commentary, it featured some of the greatest writers, editors and cartoonists of its time: Charles Dana Gibson, Norman Rockwell and Jacob Hartman Jr. Gibson became the editor and owner of the magazine after John Ames Mitchell died in 1918.

During its years, the magazine offered brief capsule reviews of plays and movies running in New York City, but with the innovative touch of a colored typographic bullet resembling a traffic light, appended to each review: green for a positive review, red for a negative one, amber for mixed notices. Life was the first all-photographic American news magazine, it dominated the market for several decades; the magazine sold more than 13.5 million copies a week at one point. The best-known photograph published in the magazine was Alfred Eisenstaedt's photograph of a nurse in a sailor's arms, taken on August 14, 1945, as they celebrated Victory over Japan Day in New York City; the magazine's role in the history of photojournalism is considered its most important contribution to publishing. Life's profile was such that the memoirs of President Harry S. Truman, Sir Winston Churchill, General Douglas MacArthur were all serialized in its pages. After 2000, Time Inc. continued to use the Life brand for commemorative issues.

Life returned to scheduled issues when it became a weekly newspaper supplement from 2004 to 2007. The website life.com one of the channels on Time Inc.'s Pathfinder service, was for a time in the late 2000s managed as a joint venture with Getty Images under the name See Your World, LLC. On January 30, 2012, the LIFE.com URL became a photo channel on Time.com. Life was founded January 4, 1883, in a New York City artist's studio at 1155 Broadway, as a partnership between John Ames Mitchell and Andrew Miller. Mitchell held a 75% interest in the magazine with the remaining 25% held by Miller. Both men retained their holdings until their deaths. Miller served as secretary-treasurer of the magazine and was successful managing the business side of the operation. Mitchell, a 37-year-old illustrator who used a $10,000 inheritance to invest in the weekly magazine, served as its publisher, he created the first Life name-plate with cupids as mascots and on, drew its masthead of a knight leveling his lance at the posterior of a fleeing devil.

He took advantage of a revolutionary new printing process using zinc-coated plates, which improved the reproduction of his illustrations and artwork. This edge helped because Life faced stiff competition from the best-selling humor magazines Judge and Puck, which were established and successful. Edward Sandford Martin was brought on as Life's first literary editor; the motto of the first issue of Life was: "While there's Life, there's hope." The new magazine set forth its principles and policies to its readers: "We wish to have some fun in this paper... We shall try to domesticate as much as possible of the casual cheerfulness, drifting about in an unfriendly world... We shall have something to say about religion, about politics, society, the stage, the stock exchange, the police station, we will speak out what is in our mind as as truthfully, as decently as we know how." The magazine soon attracted the industry's leading contributors. Among the most important was Charles Dana Gibson. Three years after the magazine was founded, the Massachusetts native first sold Life a drawing for $4: a dog outside his kennel howling at the moon.

Encouraged by a publisher an artist, Gibson was joined in Life early days by well-known illustrators such as: Palmer Cox, A. B. Frost, Oliver Herford and E. W. Kemble. Life attracted an impressive literary roster too: John Kendrick Bangs, James Whitcomb Riley and Brander Matthews all wrote for the magazine around the start of the 20th century. Mitchell was accused of anti-Semitism at a time of high rates of immigration to New York of eastern European Jews; when the magazine blamed the theatrical team of Klaw & Erlanger for Chicago's grisly Iroquois Theater Fire in 1903, a national uproar ensued. Life's drama critic, James Stetson Metcalfe, was barred from the 47 Manhattan theatres controlled by the Theatrical Syndicate. Life published caricatured cartoons of Jews with enormous noses. Life became a place. In 1908 Robert Ripley published his first cartoon in Life, 20 years before his Believe It or Not! fame. Norman Rockwell's first cover for Life magazine, Tain't You. was published May 10, 1917. His paintings were featured on Life's cover 28 times between 1917-1924.

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Leah Turner

Leah Turner is an American country music singer, signed with Columbia Nashville. Turner was born on July 1987, in California, she was raised on a ranch with horses and chickens in Morongo Valley, California. Turner took music and songwriting classes. While at UCSB, she sang in front of Kenny Loggins who convinced her to move to Los Angeles, California to pursue her career. Turner moved to Los Angeles to pursue a singing career, she worked with Humberto Gatica and David Foster, but moved to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a country career. Turner was signed to Columbia Nashville in July 2013, her debut single, "Take the Keys," was co-written with Cary Barlowe and Jesse Frasure and released on October 7, 2013. The song debuted at number 60 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart dated for the week ending October 19, 2013, peaked at number 37 while spending 23 weeks total listed, her second single, "Pull Me Back," spent one week on the Billboard Country Airplay chart at number 52. Official website

Pleasure Factory

Pleasure Factory is a 2007 Singaporean-Thai docudrama film set in Geylang, the red-light district of Singapore. Directed by Ekachai Uekrongtham, the film was selected for the Un Certain Regard competition at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival; the film is unusual in Southeast Asian cinema for its frank depiction of subjects traditionally hidden in Asian society, such as prostitution and same-sex relationships, features explicit male nudity. A series of intertwining tales involve "pleasure seekers and pleasure providers" during the course of one night in Geylang, Singapore's red-light district. There are three distinct stories, united only by the presence of characters from all the stories in a streetside eatery: Jonathan, who has yet to lose his virginity, is escorted around Geylang by his army buddy, who wants to help his friend make his passage into manhood; the two men visit various brothels, where the touts bestow the various qualities and nationalities of their women, who hail from China, Malaysia, Indonesia and elsewhere.

Jonathan settles on a young Chinese woman whom he envisions being wrapped in a towel. A teenage girl is called to meet an older prostitute in a hotel room, where the older woman, Linda, is servicing a heavyset older man, who wants to take the younger girl's virginity; the girl is followed to the hotel by a young man named Chris. When she goes in the hotel room, Chris waits. A woman in a red dress gets in a convertible with a man, she shows up at the streetside restaurant and pays a young busker for his "special song", which he doesn't end up singing, instead is taken back to the woman's room. Yang Kuei-Mei as Linda Ananda Everingham as Chris Zihan Loo as Jonathan Katashi Chen as Kiat Jeszlene Zhou as Girl in Red Dress Isabella Chen as Teenage Girl Xu Er as Girl in White Towel Ian Francis Low as Busker According to the film's production notes, Pleasure Factory is the first feature film to be shot on actual locations in Geylang, the red-light district of Singapore."In the old days, the Geylang area used to be populated by processing factories for the coconut plantations," director Ekachai Uekrongtham said in notes prepared for the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.

"These days, the machines are still running at full steam – producing pleasure for those seeking it, night after night. With Pleasure Factory, I've tried to strip bare the shields that prevent characters in the film from experiencing true pleasure. I'd like the film to have a vivid sense of honesty. I'd like it to confront a world that's at once seedy and beautiful and bright, sad and humorous and warm, naked and all wrapped up. If pleasure can be mass-produced, what would be left on the assembly line when the machines stop?"The film is the second feature film for director Ekachai, a Singapore-based theatre director who had directed the 2003 Thai biographical drama film, Beautiful Boxer. It is a co-production of Singapore-based Spicy Apple Films, the Hong Kong-Netherlands company, Fortissimo Films and Singapore's InnoForm Media; the major known cast members are Taiwanese actress Yang Kuei-mei, in such films as Ang Lee's'Eat Drink Man Woman and Tsai Ming-liang's Goodbye, Dragon Inn, Ananda Everingham from the Thai horror hit, Shutter.

Other actors were newcomers, found around Singapore. The film was an "official selection" for the Un Certain Regard programme at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, it was acclaimed by European critics. Nana A. T. Rebhan of Germany's arts and culture Channel Arte described the film as a "convincing portrait of a never-before-seen red-light district" and said "what makes this movie so special are the moments when people in the'factory' step out of their usual rhythms - not functioning the way they should, unsure of their own actions and emotions."Leonardo Lardieri of Italy's Sentieri Selvaggi called the film "a pleasurable surprise" and said it was able to "capture the fragility, the sense of abandonment and the pulsation of incessant desire - in a chain of beginnings and ends that continue to reincarnate itself night after night."The approach of the film was described by other critics as "characterized by a unique tenderness."French website Monsieur Cinema said "visually, the film is an enchantment – a contemplative waltz powered by the lights."

It said the director managed to "coldly show the horrors of sexual subordination and the distress of pleasure slaves" but "was able to give the film a light touch when needed."Orient Extrême called the film "a beautiful surprise" and said it's "a brilliant film on loneliness which avoids pessimism, surprises by its mature and enlightened glance on a world too caricaturized."It was poorly received by critic Russell Edwards of the film industry journal Variety, who called the digital-video film "shoddy" and said "neither sexual nor audience satisfaction is guaranteed." Because of homoerotic elements, Edwards said he thought the film's chances of release in Singapore were slim. In the past, government censors had banned films with homosexual themes, before the introduction of a proper film classification system. However, Christopher Chia, chief executive of Singapore's Media Development Authority, indicated in an interview that the film would be welcome, signaling that Singapore is loosening up on artistic expressions of sexuality.

"We don't freak out about these things these days," Chia was quoted as saying. The director Ekachai expressed optimism that his film would be shown in Singapore cinemas, saying "I think Singapore has been making conscious efforts to be less rigid; the country has a proper film classification system in place. It's aspiring to have the creative freedom that comes with being a first-worl