Silver Linings Playbook wins Independent Spirit Awards

Silver Linings Playbook has won four Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica on the eve of the Oscars.

The ceremony honors independent movies and is Hollywood's last big pre-Oscars ritual before Sunday's main event.

Silver Linings Playbook, up for eight Oscars, won Independent Spirit Awards for best film, director, screenplay and actress for Jennifer Lawrence.

John Hawkes took best actor for the part of the late disabled journalist and poet Mark O'Brien in The Sessions.

Hawkes said he hoped the film would help change perceptions of disability.

"Mark O'Brien said as a disabled man he felt invisible to people. I hope this film can change that a little bit and we all see each other a little more," he told the audience in his acceptance speech.

His co-star Helen Hunt - who plays a sex therapist in the film, based on an article written by O'Brien in 1990 - won best supporting actress.

Up for the same award at the Oscars, Hunt said backstage: "I'm proud of the movie, I can't believe we got it made."

'Complete surprise'

Matthew McConaughey, who was also nominated for best actor for Killer Joe, picked up the best supporting actor prize for Magic Mike, in which he stars alongside his mother.

He praised the process of making independent films. "The vitality you get from not having enough money and not having enough time… that's what I love about independent films," he said.

The prize for best foreign film went to Oscar favourite Amour, directed by Michael Haneke.

"I feel wonderful, it comes as a complete surprise," he said, after collecting his award. "No-one would think a film dealing with ageing and death [would do so well]."

Best documentary went to The Invisible War, which addresses rape and sexual abuse in the US military.

Producer Amy Ziering made an emotional speech, saying: "This award says to our service members - you are heard, you are not alone and you are no longer invisible."


Titanic fans ready to pay fortune to take replica ship’s maiden voyage

Australian billionaire Clive Palmer, who plans to build a modern replica of the legendary Titanic cruise ship by 2016, has received an “overwhelming” response from people around the world willing to be the first paying passengers. Titanic fans are ready to pay fortune to take replica ship's maiden voyage.

Source:Russia today



Tonik, the Human-Faced Dog

Meet Tonik, a poodle Shih Tzu mix that has one of those faces that look … well, human.

The 2-year-old pooch, which is up for adoption at the Homeward Bound Animal Welfare Group in Mishawaka, Ind., was saved from a kill shelter in Kentucky, according to the group’s website. Though he has little socialization with other dogs, they say he is friendly.

Gossip website Gawker first noticed Tonik this week, and pointed out the pooch’s humanoid features.

Tonik has been vet-checked, neutered, and micro chipped, and can be yours for an adoption fee of $250.



The History of Valentine's Day Innovations By Mary Bellis

St Valentine's Day has roots in several different legends that have found their way to us through the ages. One of the earliest popular symbols of the Valentine's day is Cupid, the Roman god of love, who is represented by the image of a young boy with bow and arrow. Several theories surround the history of Valentine's Day.

Was There a Real Valentine?

Three hundred years after the death of Jesus Christ, the Roman emperors still demanded that everyone believe in the Roman gods. Valentine, a Christian priest, had been thrown in prison for his teachings. On February 14, Valentine was beheaded, not only because he was a Christian, but also because he had performed a miracle. He supposedly cured the jailer's daughter of her blindness. The night before he was executed, he wrote the jailer's daughter a farewell letter, signing it "From Your Valentine." Another legend tells us that this same Valentine, well-loved by all, received notes to his jail cell from children and friends who missed him.

Bishop Valentine?

Another Valentine was an Italian bishop who lived at about the same time, AD 200. He was imprisoned because he secretly married couples, contrary to the laws of the Roman emperor. Some legends say he was burned at the stake.

Feast of Lupercalia

The ancient Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia, a spring festival, on the 15th of February, held in honor of a goddess. Young men randomly chose the name of a young girl to escort to the festivities. With the introduction of Christianity, the holiday moved to the 14th of February. The Christians had come to celebrate February 14 as the saint day that celebrated the several early Christian martyrs named Valentine.

Choosing a Sweetheart on Valentine's Day

The custom of choosing a sweetheart on this date spread through Europe in the Middle Ages, and then to the early American colonies. Throughout the ages, people also believed that birds picked their mates on February 14!

In AD 496 Sain Pope Gelasius I declared February 14 as "Valentine's Day". Although it's not an official holiday, most Americans observe this day.

Whatever the odd mixture of origins, St Valentine's Day is now a day for sweethearts. It is the day that you show your friend or loved one that you care. You can send candy to someone you think is special. Or you can send roses, the flower of love. Most people send "valentine" a greeting card named after the notes that St Valentine received in jail.

Greeting Cards

Probably the first greeting cards, handmade valentines, appeared in the 16th century. As early as 1800, companies began mass-producing cards. Initially these cards were hand-colored by factory workers. By the early 20th century even fancy lace and ribbon-strewn cards were created by machine.

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Saint Valentine's Day, commonly known as Valentine's Day, or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is observed on February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it remains a working day in most of them. Happy valentine to everyone.


Syrian Couple Wins “Longest Married” Award in USA

John and Ann Betar, Syrians live in USA, were married on 25 November 1932, and have been happily married for 80 years. They have five children, 14 grand children and 16 great-grand children.

The couple was selected for 2013 “Longest Married” award in USA out of hundreds couples participated in this competition.

An award ceremony was held, last Saturday, at Connecticut state; home of one of the Betar’s granddaughter.

 “We are very fortunate. It can be repeated and repeated,” Ann, 97, said in a press statement. She added “it is unconditional love and understanding, we are bound to. We consider being awarded with “Longest Married” as a blessing for our long live marriage.”

John, 101, met Ann, 97, while growing up in the same Syrian Community in Connecticut. Breaking with tradition, Ann defied her parents when they set up an arranged marriage for her. She ran off to New York to elope with John. Now, she says she knows she made the right choice.

This competition is yearly organized to promote the virtues of lasting marriages and inspire young couples.


Ibrahim Zaaboub