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Photoplay

Photoplay was one of the first American film fan magazines. It was founded in 1911 in Chicago, the same year that J. Stuart Blackton founded Motion Picture Story, a magazine directed at fans. For most of its run, Photoplay was published by Macfadden Publications. In 1921 Photoplay established; the magazine ceased publication in 1980. Photoplay began as a short-fiction magazine concerned with the plots and characters of films at the time and was used as a promotional tool for those films. In 1915, Julian Johnson and James R. Quirk became the editors, together they created a format which would set a precedent for all celebrity magazines that followed. By 1918 the circulation exceeded 200,000, with the popularity of the magazine fueled by the public's increasing interest in the private lives of celebrities. Photoplay reached its apex in the 1920s and 1930s and was considered quite influential within the motion picture industry; the magazine was renowned for its artwork portraits of film stars on the cover by such artists as Earl Christy and Charles Sheldon.

Macfadden Publications purchased the magazine in 1934. With the advancement of color photography, the magazine began using photographs of the stars instead by 1937. Photoplay published the writings of Lillian Day, Sheilah Graham, Hedda Hopper, Dorothy Kilgallen, Hazel MacDonald, Louella Parsons, Adela Rogers St. Johns, Rob Wagner editor and publisher of Rob Wagner's Script, Walter Winchell, among others; the magazine was edited by Quirk until 1932. It featured the health and beauty advice of Sylvia of Hollywood, arguably the first fitness guru to the stars. Sidney Skolsky, a nationally syndicated gossip columnist for the New York Daily News and the New York Daily Mirror had a regular column in Photoplay called "From A Stool At Schwab’s", the Hollywood drugstore he made famous, such was the magazine's popularity. In 1921 Photoplay established what is considered the first significant annual movie award, the Photoplay Magazine Medal of Honor. An actual medallion produced by Tiffany & Co. it was voted on by the readers of the magazine and given to the producer of the year's best film, chosen with an emphasis on "the ideals and motives governing its production... the worth of its dramatic message."

Though Photoplay only gave the single award for best film, its intentions and standards were influential on the Academy Awards founded in the decade, they overlap on Best Picture choices to some extent, though in the 1930s Photoplay's choices reflected its female audience. By 1939 the Medal of Honor had declined in importance and the award was discontinued that year. From 1944 to 1968, Photoplay awarded a Gold Medal for film of the year based on polling done by George Gallup's Audience Research Inc. through the 1950s, voted on by the magazine's readers. It awarded Most Popular Male Star and Most Popular Female Star based on an actor and actress' popularity, not their performance; the awards were based on polling through the 1950s, on a vote by the readers, similar to the Gold Medal. Bing Crosby and Greer Garson were named the most popular film stars during the 1940s and winners of the title included James Stewart, Jane Wyman, Alan Ladd, Marilyn Monroe, Rock Hudson and Kim Novak. Most popular television stars were named in the 1960s.

In 1948, the Photoplay Awards were broadcast on network television as part of The Steve Allen Plymouth Show. Photoplay merged with another fan magazine, Movie Mirror, in 1941; the magazine published its final issue on April 15, 1980. In a sign of changing times, the cover photo featured not movie stars but two television actresses, Victoria Principal and Charlene Tilton; the skeleton staff of six people were all transferred to Us magazine, which Macfadden Publications had acquired. The president of Macfadden, Peter J. Callahan, said the decision to cease publication was made "very reluctantly", but added the bald observation that "the day of the traditional movie magazine is over". A British version of Photoplay debuted in 1952, in April 1981 it was rebranded as Photoplay: Movies and Video, it featured an equal mix of American and British films and stars, ceased publication in 1989. Original Photoplay interview with Greta Garbo - as told by her to Ruth Biery

Ming An Holdings

Ming An Company Limited was a listed holding company of Hong Kong. Through subsidiaries, It provides general insurance in Mainland China, it provides motor insurance, property insurance, employee compensation, marine insurance, accident insurance and health insurance. Ming An Insurance was first established in 1947 in Hong Kong, it was nationalized after the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949. Despite all Mainland China insurers were merged into People's Insurance Company of China, Ming An Insurance was kept as a "window company" of the Chinese Government in the British Hong Kong, a British colony until 30 June 1997. Fellow insurers Taiping Insurance Company and China Insurance Company survived as overseas subsidiaries of PICC. In 1999, PICC was split into smaller insurer groups, which Ming An Insurance belonged to China Insurance Company. An intermediate holding company, The Ming An Company Limited was incorporated in 2006 in the Cayman Islands, it became a listed company on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong in the same year.

As of 2007, Ming An Insurance ranked the fourth. Ming An was a listed company that incorporated on 5 September 2006. Before it became a listed company, the parent company and largest shareholder was China Insurance HK, the parent company of fellow listed company China Insurance International Holdings; the second largest shareholder was Cheung Kong Holdings, which acquired 29% stake of Ming An Insurance in July 2006. In the eve of the listing and group re-organization, China Insurance HK owned 66.1% shares of Ming An, followed by Cheung Kong. The listed company CIIH owned 4.9%. In turn, Ming An 100% owned Ming An Insurance and Ming An Insurance 100% owned Ming An Insurance. In 2009 the listed company was privatized by CIIH, which known as China Taiping Insurance Holdings since the same year; the subsidiary, Ming An Insurance, was renamed to China Taiping Insurance Company Limited. Official website

Cirse (band)

Cirse is an Argentine pop punk band from Adrogué, Buenos Aires. The group consists of vocalist Luciana Segovia, guitarists Gabriel Leopardi and Christian Bonelli, bassist Sebastián Leopardi and drummer Martin Magliano. Since today the band released two EPs and eight music videos. Cirse toured extensively through Argentina, played at Pepsi Music Festival in 2011 and 2012 and played with bands like Duran Duran, Avril Lavigne, Carajo and DENY. Cirse was founded in Adrogué near Argentina's capital Buenos Aires in 2003 by vocalist Luciana Segovia and brothers Gabriel and Sebastián Leopardi. Short time after founding the band Luisao Fernández joined the trio as drummer; the musicians started writing for material for a first demo release, never going to be released because the band was completed in 2004. Together with Cesar Andino from Cabezones the group worked on an EP, released in 2006; the EP Algo Quedará was self-released. Andino decided to work with the band again for their first full album; the band covered the Luis Alberto Spinetta's song "Alma De Diamante", featured on their debut album.

Bi-Polar, the debut album, was released on December 2007 nationwide. The band filmed a music video for their song Muy Tarde which got airtime at MTV, MuchMusic and national music television channel CM. Luisao Fernández was replaced by Geronimo Pastore; the band worked on new material for their second album, entitled Imaginario. Pastore who joined the group in 2009 died during the work on the new record in 2010; the band recruited Diego Lucas as new drummer. Listeners of radio station FM Rock & Pop voted Cirse as winner of Bombardeo del Demo so the group was allowed to share stage with national well-known band Catupecu Machu at Teatro Colegiales in Buenos Aires. After a summer tour the band was asked to be opener for Paramore at their show in Buenos Aires at Luna Park on February 24, 2011; this concert was part of the Brand New Eyes World Tour. Through the success the band's second music video was aired at MTV. In May and July 2011 the band toured the region Buenos Aires and South West of Argentina including shows in Lanús, Santa Fe and Ramos Mejía.

Short after that tour the band supported Avril Lavigne at Estadio Malvinas Argentinas in Mendoza on July 24, 2011. Two month the band won a slot at 2011s edition of Pepsi Music Festival through a competition hosted via social network Facebook. In November 2011 the band premiered their third music video Juré on a concert at La Trastienda Club; the band toured including shows in Mar del Plata and Villa Gesell. On May 4, 2012 the band opened a show for Duran Duran. Diego Lucas left band and recruited Martin Magliano in 2012 and Christian Bonelli joined band as second guitarist. Cirse released a new music video for Apuesta on July 7, 2012. On October 21, 2012 Cirse was confirmed to play again at Pepsi Music Festival; the band played on the Main Stage with bands like Carajo and Evanescence who performed on Main Stage the same day. A few weeks the band released their 3-track-EP called Apuesta. On April 23, 2013 the band played a gig for the Resistance Tour in Temperley with Bulldog. In April and May 2013 the band started working on their third album, entitled Rompiente.

On August 7, 2013 the band released Miedos as first single as music video via YouTube. The album was released on August 23, 2013 during a release party at Teatro Vorterix in Buenos Aires; this show was a celebration show for the ten years anniversary of the bands´ existence. Cirse is touring Argentina to promote their recent record; the band is an independent band the album is distributed by Argentine record label Pinhead Records. Current membersLuciana Segovia - lead vocals Gabriel Leopardi - guitar, backing vocals Sebastián "Ziva" Leopardi - bass, backing vocals Christian "Nek" Bonelli - rhythm guitar Martin Magliano - drums Former membersLucas Diego - batería Gerónimo Pastore - batería Luisao Fernández - batería www.cirse.com.ar