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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Little Criminals (1995)


Brendan Fletcher made his debut in 1996 at the age of 13 as the lead in the CBC TV movie, Little Criminals, a performance that earned him a Leo Award as well as a Gemini Award nomination for best lead actor in a dramatic role.

He is one of Vancouver's brightest young talents, with a feature film roster that includes The Five Senses, My Father's Angel, Rollercoaster, and The Law of Enclosures for which he won the Genie Award for Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role last year. His work in television earned him a Gemini for his role in Caitlin's Way in 2001. He continues to be highly sought after for both television and film roles.

Little Criminals (1995)

Des is an eleven year old kid who has had a really bad deal in life. Crime and mischief are the main staples of his life and he and his friends cruise around the city and do things like vandalize, steal, light fires, and mug people. He thinks that he is untouchable because he cannot be charged until he is twelve. Cory becomes Des' best friend and they carry on like nothing can stop them; however, Des ends up at an assessment centre for troubled youths and may begin a new life without crime. Find it >>>

Or watch the fulle movie online ...


Sunday, June 15, 2008

BitTorrent tracker Mininova faces legal action

By Jan Libbenga (The Register)

Dutch anti-piracy body BREIN says it will ask a judge to halt all activities of Dutch BitTorrent-tracker Mininova, which draws over 30 million unique visitors and five billion downloads a month.

The site started in January 2005 as a successor to Suprnova.org, which went offline in 2004 due to legal issues. Mininova was already the ninth most Googled word in 2006 and Alexa and comScore now rank Mininova well above Swedish site The Pirate Bay.

BREIN estimates the site earns thousands of euros per month by selling ad space. Big advertisers include Dutch Rabobank, among others.

Video makes up 60 per cent of the downloads on Mininova and only 19 per cent is music. However, BREIN claims 90 per cent of those files are illegal. The anti-piracy organisation did ask Mininova to filter its search results, but couldn't reach an agreement even after negotiating for a year and a half.

Mininova-owner Erik Dubbelboer says he will proceed to court with full confidence. The site does have a notice and take down-policy just like YouTube and if a copyright holder asks the site to remove a file, the site wil simply obey. "Mininova is just too big to filter each file," he told Dutch news site Nu.nl. "This is the only proper way to do it."

In related news, Dutch telecom watchdog OPTA today fined two Dutch spammers a total of €510,000 for sending email spam, the largest fine ever issued by OPTA. The spammers ran a 'work at home' scam in which receipients were asked to call a very expensive phone number. ®

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Ukulele Orchestra - Anarchy in the Ukulele (2005)


The Ukulele Orchestra is a group of all-singing, all-strumming Ukulele players, who use instruments bought with loose change, and who believe that all genres of music are available for reinterpretation, as long as they are played on the Ukulele. A concert by the Ukulele Orchestra is a funny, virtuosic, twanging, singing, awesome, foot-stomping obituary of rock-n-roll and melodious light entertainment featuring only the "bonsai guitar" and a menagerie of voices; no drums, no pianos, no backing tracks, and no banjos. A collision of post-punk performance and toe-tapping oldies. See the universe in the grain of a Ukulele. You may never think about music in the same way once you've been exposed to the Ukes' depraved musicology. The Orchestra use the limitations of the instrument to create a musical freedom with Ukuleles, (little ones, big ones, high ones, low ones) revealing unsuspected insights into popular music. From Tchaikovsky to Nirvana via Otis Reading, the Orchestra takes you on a world tour with only hand luggage and gives the listener "One Plucking Thing After Another".

The Ukulele Orchestra (The Ukes) started as a bit of fun in 1985. The first gig, intended as a one-off, was a sell out, and after one more gig the Orchestra had been on national radio. Since then there have been hundreds of appearances on radio and TV worldwide including BBC's ‘Electric Proms’ as special guests of the Kaiser Chiefs, 'Jools Holland Hootenanny', 'Blue Peter', Radio 4's ‘Loose Ends’, Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’, C-Beebies ‘Space Pirates’ and ‘The Slammer’, NeverMind the Buzzcock’s Christmas special, Virgin.fm, Resonance.fm, ‘Today’, ‘Richard and Judy’, XFM, and ITV’s ‘This Morning Show’, 3Sat.TV - Germany’s premier cultural station. Read more & Find >>



Playlist: The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
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