The Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is a series of executive cars produced by Mercedes-Benz since 2004. The original model was a four-door fastback based on the Mercedes E-Class platform, marketed as a four door coupé. An estate model was added to the model range with the second generation CLS. All models are available as a high performance AMG variant, although it wasn't until the second generation CLS that 4MATIC all-wheel drive was offered; the CLS range is positioned above the E-Class but below the S-Class in the Mercedes model range, models tend to be less practical than the E-Class it is based on. Marketed as a four-door coupé, the CLS was designed by Michael Fink in 2001 who styled the first generation CLK, the C-SportCoupé, Maybach 57 and 62; the W219 CLS is based on the W211 E-Class platform, shares major components including the engines and has an identical wheelbase of 2,854 mm. IVM Automotive, a subsidiary of German roof system specialist Edscha, developed the entire vehicle from the CLS Vision concept on which the CLS is based on, to the production version which debuted at the 2004 New York International Auto Show.
The W218 CLS is the second generation model, was sold from 2011 to 2018. The body styles of the range are a 4-door coupé, a 5-door estate; the design of the CLS was based on the Mercedes F800 concept and featured design cues from other models including the Mercedes SLS AMG. Unlike its predecessor, the W218 CLS is available with all-wheel drive and can be optionally configured on CLS63 AMG models as well. In 2014, the CLS underwent a facelift and featured design changes, engine enhancements, the adoption of the Mercedes 9G-Tronic automatic transmission; the C257 CLS is the third and current generation model, is only available as a 4-door sedan and in all-wheel drive configuration. The Shooting Brake body style was in development for the C257 CLS, but was shortly discontinued due to poor and declining demand overseas for the last generation model; the range of engines consist of a 3.0-litre straight six turbocharged petrol engine and a 2.9-litre straight six turbocharged diesel engine. The following are the sales figures of the CLS in Europe and in the United States: Official site
The BMW film series The Hire is a series of eight short films produced for the Internet in 2001 and 2002. A form of branded content, the shorts were directed by popular filmmakers from around the globe and starred Clive Owen as "the Driver" while highlighting the performance aspects of various BMW automobiles; the series made a comeback in 2016. The plots of each of the films differ, but one constant remains: Clive Owen plays "The Driver," a man who goes from place to place, getting hired by various people to be a sort of transport for their vital needs. On April 26, 2001, John Frankenheimer's Ambush premiered on the BMW Films website and, two weeks was followed by Ang Lee's Chosen. Soon after, director Wong Kar-Wai was tapped to make a third film entitled The Follow, a dramatic piece about a runaway wife being followed by "the Driver"; the film received rave reviews. It was followed by Alejandro González Iñárritu's Powder Keg. After the series began, BMW saw their 2001 sales numbers go up 12% from the previous year.
The movies were viewed over 11 million times in four months. Two million people registered with the website and a large majority of users, registered to the site, sent film links to their friends and family; the series was created by members of famed indie New York City film studio – Shooting Gallery – such as CJ Follini, Paul Speaker, Eamonn Bowles. The films were so popular that BMW produced a free DVD for customers who visited certain BMW dealerships. Due to demand, BMW ran out of DVDs. In September, BMW and Vanity Fair magazine collaborated to distribute a second DVD edition of The Hire in the magazine; the Vanity Fair disc did not include Wong Kar-Wai's The Follow. Forest Whitaker had an uncredited part in The Follow and had only agreed to be in the film if it were shown on the Internet; when the movie was released on DVD, Whitaker exercised an option in his contract which stipulated that the movie would not be released in any other format without authorization from the actor himself. The Vanity Fair disc, in lieu of carrying The Follow, contained a link to the website with instructions to the viewer to watch the movie online.
The DVD was sought on Internet forums after the September issue of Vanity Fair vanished from shelves and became a rare find. The movies were reviewed by Time Magazine and The New York Times, who praised BMW for creating entertaining content for "discerning movie watchers"; the series continued in October 2002, replacing producer David Fincher with Ridley and Tony Scott due to Fincher's continuing work on Panic Room. Season 2 debuted with a dark action/comedy piece by Tony Scott called Beat the Devil; the movie, shot in Scott's trademark pseudo-psychedelic style, featured James Brown enlisting the Driver to take him to Las Vegas to re-work a decades-old deal he made with the devil which evidently gave Brown his "fame and fortune". Some differences were evident. Whereas the first season was serious and subdued with tiny bursts of action and comedy, the second season was all flash and fun. To fit this motif, John Woo and Joe Carnahan were hired to direct Ticker, respectively; the other main difference was that, instead of showcasing several different BMW cars, the only car showcased was the then-new BMW Z4 Roadster.
To celebrate the premiere of the second season, BMW threw a party at the ArcLight Hollywood on October 17, 2002, just a week before the film's internet debut. The party, co-hosted by Vanity Fair, was a charity and benefit for the homeless. A month after the premiere of Beat the Devil, DirecTV began airing the entire series in half-hour loops for five weeks, on one of the blank satellite channels the system offered; the films were a success and, as a result, DirecTV considered using blank channels to air other companies' ads. In 2003, BMW decided to make a third DVD compilation of The Hire; the new DVD made its debut at The Palais des Festival during the 2003 Cannes Film Festival and contained all eight movies, including Wong Kar-Wai's absent The Follow. Once again, the disc became available at select dealerships but fans could obtain the disc for a nominal shipping fee via the BMW Films website. During the last quarter of 2004, Dark Horse Comics and BMW planned to publish a 6-issue comic book limited series based on the main character of the films.
The books were written by Kurt Busiek, Bruce Campbell, Katsuhiro Otomo, Mark Waid as well as other comic book talents. Only four books were produced. "Tycoon" was the last book released. While the comics are still able to be purchased in collector shops and some comic book stores, they are no longer available for purchase on the BMW website. On October 21, 2005, BMW stopped distribution of The Hire on DVD and removed all eight films from the BMW Films website just four years after the first film debuted; the series was abandoned because the project had become too expensive. BMW's Vice President of Marketing James McDowell, originator of the BMW Films project, left BMW to become the VP of sales and marketing for BMW's "Mini USA" division. BMW split from longtime ad partner Fallon Worldwide, the creative production outlet for the series and BMW's German division had attempted to become involved with the US division of the company, cutting costs; the series was viewed over 100 million times in four years and had changed the way products were advertised.
Copies of the DVD are still found in Internet shops and auction sites. The films themselves continue to appear on many torrent searches and viral video sites around the Internet. In early 2006, BMW released a line
Dannii Minogue is an Australian singer-songwriter, model, fashion designer, television presenter and talent competition judge. Minogue rose to prominence in the early 1980s for her roles in the Australian television talent show Young Talent Time and the soap opera Home and Away, before beginning her career as a pop singer in the early 1990s. Minogue achieved early success with hits such as "Love and Kisses", "This is It", "Jump to the Beat" and "Baby Love", though by the release of her second album, her popularity as a singer had declined, leading her to make a name for herself with award-winning performances in musicals with Grease and in Notre Dame De Paris, as well as other acting credits in The Vagina Monologues and as Lady Macbeth; the late 1990s saw a brief return to music after Minogue reinvented herself as a dance artist with "All I Wanna Do", her first number one UK Club hit. In 2001, Minogue released her biggest worldwide hit, "Who Do You Love Now?", while her subsequent album, Neon Nights, became the most successful of her career.
In the UK, she has achieved 13 consecutive number one dance singles, becoming the best-performing artist on the UK Dance Chart. Since 2007, Minogue has established herself as a talent show television personality; as a singer Minogue has had a total of nine UK Top 10 singles, twelve Top 30 singles in Australia, thirteen Number 1 UK club Number 1 singles, 7 million records sold worldwide and six Gold certified singles in Australia. She judged on Australia's Got Talent in Australia from 2007 until her departure in 2012, until 2010, she judged The X Factor UK, where she was the winning mentor in both 2007 and 2010 with Leon Jackson and Matt Cardle, respectively. In 2010, Minogue launched her own fashion label Project D London with her best friend Tabitha Somerset Webb. On 9 November 2011, she received an honorary doctorate degree in Media and Arts from Southampton Solent University for her 30-year varied career in the showbiz and media industry. In 2013, Minogue became a judge for the ninth series of Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model, on The X Factor Australia, where she was the winning mentor that same year with Dami Im.
In 2017, Minogue took on the role as judge on the new BBC show. Dannii Minogue was brought up in Surrey Hills and attended Camberwell Primary School and Camberwell High School, she is the younger daughter of accountant Ronald Charles Allan Minogue, Carol Jones, a dancer from the United Kingdom. She is the youngest of three children, born between 1968 and 1971. Minogue began her career as a child on Australian television. From the age of 7, she appeared including Skyways and The Sullivans. In 1982, she joined the weekly music programme Young Talent Time. Minogue recorded her first solo recordings for the programme, including a cover version of Madonna's hit single "Material Girl". In 1988, Minogue departed from Young Talent Time to continue her acting career, appearing as the rebellious tomboyish teenager Emma Jackson on the soap opera Home and Away in 1989. Minogue remained on the programme for only a year, she proved to be popular among Australian audiences when she was nominated for a Silver Logie as the Most Popular Actress on Australian television.
In September 1988, Minogue released Dannii. She became interested in fashion design. Minogue had designed the clothing she had worn on the show, the positive response from the audience resulted in her releasing her own line. Minogue's debut line Dannii sold out across Australia in ten days, was followed by three additional summer lines in 1989. Minogue signed a recording contract with Australian-based Mushroom Records in January 1989, her first album, was released the following year and reached number 24 on the Australian albums chart. Outside Australia, the album was released in 1991, under the title Love and Kisses, became a top 10 hit. Minogue's debut single "Love and Kisses" peaked at number four on the Australian singles chart and was certified gold. In the UK, the song reached the top 10 on the singles chart. In August 1991 she embarked on an extensive promotional tour of South East Asia, including Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. Minogue released Love and Kisses and... a re-issue of her debut album, in November 1991.
The album, a collection of dance songs, comprised remixes from Love and Kisses. It peaked at number 42 on the UK albums chart, sold nearly 60,000 copies in its own right. Several remixes by producer and DJ Steve "Silk" Hurley were successful in European dance clubs, she credits these remixes for providing her with a "new image and sound to work with" on future releases. That year, Minogue made her feature film debut in Secrets, which co-starred Noah Taylor; the film revolved around five Australian teenagers who become stuck in the basement of a hotel in an attempt to see The Beatles. The film was not well received by audiences or critics, with Minogue's performance being described as "not all that convincing". Minogue released her second album Get into You, which included the songs "Show You the Way to Go", "This Is It" and "This Is the Way", in October 1993; the album contained uptempo dance tracks and mature poser, but despite her past chart success, failed to make the British top fifty. In mid-1994, Minogue returned to television as a presenter, co-hosting Channel 4's morning show The Big Breakfast in the UK.
In 1995, Minogue released the singles "Rescue Me" and "Boogie Woogie", a collaboration with
A soundtrack written sound track, can be recorded music accompanying and synchronized to the images of a motion picture, television program, or video game. In movie industry terminology usage, a sound track is an audio recording created or used in film production or post-production; the dialogue, sound effects, music in a film each has its own separate track, these are mixed together to make what is called the composite track, heard in the film. A dubbing track is later created when films are dubbed into another language; this is known as a M & E track containing all sound elements minus dialogue, supplied by the foreign distributor in the native language of its territory. The contraction soundtrack came into public consciousness with the advent of so-called "soundtrack albums" in the late 1940s. First conceived by movie companies as a promotional gimmick for new films, these commercially available recordings were labeled and advertised as "music from the original motion picture soundtrack", or "music from and inspired by the motion picture."
These phrases were soon shortened to just "original motion picture soundtrack." More such recordings are made from a film's music track, because they consist of the isolated music from a film, not the composite track with dialogue and sound effects. The abbreviation OST is used to describe the musical soundtrack on a recorded medium, such as CD, it stands for Original Soundtrack. Types of soundtrack recordings include: Musical film soundtracks are for the film versions of musical theatre; the soundtrack to the 1937 Walt Disney animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the first commercially issued film soundtrack. It was released by RCA Victor Records on multiple 78 RPM discs in January 1938 as Songs from Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and has since seen numerous expansions and reissues; the first live-action musical film to have a commercially issued soundtrack album was MGM’s 1946 film biography of Show Boat composer Jerome Kern, Till the Clouds Roll By. The album was issued as a set of four 10-inch 78-rpm records.
Only eight selections from the film were included in this first edition of the album. In order to fit the songs onto the record sides the musical material needed editing and manipulation; this was before tape existed, so the record producer needed to copy segments from the playback discs used on set copy and re-copy them from one disc to another adding transitions and cross-fades until the final master was created. Needless to say, it was several generations removed from the original and the sound quality suffered for it; the playback recordings were purposely recorded "dry". This made these albums boxy. MGM Records called these "original cast albums" in the style of Decca Broadway show cast albums because the material on the discs would not lock to picture, thereby creating the largest distinction between `Original Motion Picture Soundtrack' which, in its strictest sense would contain music that would lock to picture if the home user would play one alongside the other and `Original Cast Soundtrack' which in its strictest sense would refer to studio recordings of film music by the original film cast, but, edited or rearranged for time and content and would not lock to picture.
In reality, soundtrack producers remain ambiguous about this distinction, titles in which the music on the album does lock to picture may be labeled as OCS and music from an album that does not lock to picture may be referred to as OMPS. The phrase "recorded directly from the soundtrack" was used for a while in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s to differentiate material that would lock to picture from that which would not, but again, in part because many'film takes' consisted of several different attempts at the song and edited together to form the master, that term as well became nebulous and vague over time when, in cases where the master take used in the film could not be found in its isolated form, the aforementioned alternate masters and alternate vocal and solo performances which could be located were included in their place; as a result of all this nebulo
Bryan Ferry CBE is an English singer and songwriter. His baritone voice has been described as an "elegant, seductive croon", he established a distinctive image and sartorial style. Peter York described Ferry as "an art object" who "should hang in the Tate". Ferry came to prominence as the lead vocalist and principal songwriter with the glam art rock band Roxy Music, achieving three no. 1 albums and 10 singles which reached the top 10 in the UK between 1972 and 1982. Their singles included "Virginia Plain", "Street Life", "Love is the Drug", "Dance Away", "Angel Eyes", "Over You", "Oh Yeah", "Jealous Guy", "Avalon", "More Than This". Ferry began his solo career in 1973, his early solo hits include "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall", "Let's Stick Together" and "This Is Tomorrow". Ferry disbanded Roxy Music following the release of their best-selling album Avalon in 1982 to concentrate on his solo career, releasing further singles such as "Slave to Love" and "Don't Stop the Dance" and the UK no. 1 album Boys and Girls in 1985.
When his sales as a solo artist and as a member of Roxy Music are combined, Ferry has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. As well as being a prolific songwriter himself, Ferry has recorded many cover versions of other artists' songs, including standards from the Great American Songbook, in albums such as These Foolish Things, Another Time, Another Place, Let's Stick Together and As Time Goes By, as well as Dylanesque, an album of Bob Dylan covers. In 2019, Ferry will be inducted into the Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Roxy Music. Ferry was born in Washington, County Durham, into a working-class family, attended Washington Grammar-Technical School on Spout Lane from 1957; as a child he had a job as a paperboy. He studied fine art at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne from 1964 until 1968, under Richard Hamilton for one year, his contemporaries included Tim Nick de Ville. During this period, Ferry was a member of the bands The Banshees, City Blues, The Gas Board, the latter of which featured Graham Simpson and John Porter.
He moved to London in 1968 and taught art and pottery at a school in Olympia, while pursuing a career in music. Ferry formed Roxy Music with a group of friends and acquaintances, beginning with Graham Simpson, in November 1970; the line-up was expanded to include saxophonist/oboist Andy Mackay and Brian Eno, an acquaintance who owned tape recorders and played Mackay's synthesiser. Other early members included timpanist Dexter Lloyd and ex-Nice guitarist David O'List, who were replaced by Paul Thompson and Phil Manzanera before the band recorded its first album. Roxy Music's first hit "Virginia Plain" made the UK top 5 in 1972, was followed up with several hit singles and albums, with Ferry as their lead vocalist and instrumentalist and Eno contributing synthesiser backing. After their second album, Brian Eno left Roxy Music. Ferry started a parallel solo career in 1973 performing cover versions of old standards on albums such as These Foolish Things and Another Time, Another Place, both of which reached the UK top 5.
After the concert tour in support of their fifth studio album Siren, Roxy Music temporarily disbanded in 1976, though band members Paul Thompson, Phil Manzanera and Eddie Jobson took part in recording Ferry's subsequent solo material. That year Ferry covered the Beatles' "She's Leaving Home" for the transitory musical documentary All This and World War II, he released three solo albums during this period, Let's Stick Together, In Your Mind and The Bride Stripped Bare. All three albums reached the UK top 20. Roxy Music reformed at the end of 1978 to record tracks for their sixth studio album Manifesto, released in early 1979 and reached no. 7 in the UK album charts, with Ferry, Manzanera and Mackay. The follow-up was 1980's Flesh + Blood, which reached no. 1 in the UK album charts, two years before the group's final studio release Avalon in 1982, which reached no. 1 in the UK album charts. The band achieved their first and only UK no. 1 single, "Jealous Guy", released in 1981 as a posthumous tribute to its author John Lennon, murdered two months earlier.
It was the only one of their singles not to be co-written by Ferry. After lengthy tours to promote the Avalon album, Ferry decided to disband Roxy Music in 1983 and continue as a solo artist. Ferry continued to record as a solo artist, released Boys and Girls, his sixth solo album, in 1985; the album reached no. 1 in the UK, his first and only solo recording to do so, became his biggest selling album in the US. In July 1985, Ferry performed at the London Live Aid show, accompanied by Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour; as with other successful Live Aid acts, his current album Boys and Girls remained in the UK chart for a year. After the Avalon promotional tours, Ferry was rather reluctant to return to live touring on the road. Following the tour, Ferry teamed again with Brian Eno for Mamouna; the album took more than five years to produce, was created under the working title Horoscope. During production, Ferry recorded and releas