Acadia National park est une aire de loisirs de la côte Atlantique de 47 000 acres principalement sur l’île des monts déserts du Maine. Son paysage est marqué par des forêts, des plages rocheuses et des pics de granit érodés, le glacier comme Cadillac Mountain, point culminant de la côte est des États-Unis. Parmi la faune sont les orignaux, les ours, les baleines et les oiseaux de mer.
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Victor Maynard (Bill Nighy) is an experienced and efficient assassin living a lonely life in accordance with his family’s business. Victor follows a family line of professional assassins, and he completes his assignments quickly and without remorse.
One afternoon, after killing one of his targets, he hesitates in killing the pet parrot, Roger, and instead takes him as a gift to his mother, Louisa (Eileen Atkins) an intimidating woman who was, until recently, also Victor’s housemate.
In celebration of his 55th birthday, she gives him a leather bound book with newspaper clippings of each of his kills from his first to his most recent, leaving pages for future hits to be included.
She also expresses concern that he might be homosexual, wondering why he hasn’t produced a successor.
Rose (Emily Blunt) is a not-so-average girl with a talent for thievery.
Her most recent theft involves the sale of a fake Rembrandt painting (painted by her friend in the Restoration Department of the National Gallery) to Ferguson (Rupert Everett), managing to swindle him out of £900,000.
Ferguson soon discovers the swap and hires the best hitman, Victor Maynard, to dispose of her. Victor takes the case and immediately tracks Rose down, missing several opportunities to kill her, and accidentally killing a random stall customer in a changing room.
He follows her to a balcony opposite her hotel room and tries to shoot her through the window, but is interrupted by the arrival of the front doorman.
Victor sets up a microphone and headset to keep her under surveillance, but falls asleep, unable to listen to their noisy lovemaking. He wakes the following morning, just as she is leaving. He has the opportunity to shoot but pauses.
His mother, Louisa, is disappointed by this missed target (and has apparently killed Roger with a knitting needle) and suggests that Victor apologize to his employer and offer to do the hit for free. He tracks Rose down in a parking garage where he sees another hitman ready to kill her. He takes the preemptive shot, killing the other assassin.
He and Rose get into her car, only to be forced out again by Mike (Gregor Fisher), another assassin hiding in the back seat of her Mini. Mike throws Victor’s gun away and lines them up on the wall to be shot and killed, but instead is wounded by Tony (Rupert Grint), an apparently homeless young man who had picked up the dead man’s gun. Saying it was his first time handling a firearm, he impresses Victor enough to consider a protégé.
But he sends Tony home and Victor and Rose flee. Mike starts firing at them and they nearly run over Tony on his way out of the garage, forcing him to join the ride.
Rose offers Victor his price of £30,000 a week for her protection, believing that he is merely a private detective. They travel to a luxury hotel where they can lay low, but by chance get a room on the same floor as Ferguson. Ferguson hires Dixon (Martin Freeman), reputed to be second only to Maynard in proficiency, to kill Rose and Maynard. After several close calls, Mike, who is also Ferguson’s bodyguard, discovers their whereabouts when he spots a pair of boots that Rose had stolen from his dead partner.
Tony is ambushed in the bathroom and nearly drowned in the bathtub by Mike, but he turns the tables and accidentally shoots Mike’s ear off before the three of them escape the hotel. Ferguson and Mike pursue them in a high-speed chase through the streets of London until Mike loses control and crashes the car, sending the pair to the hospital.
They travel to Maynard’s home, an exclusive farm deep in the countryside, where his furniture is shrink-wrapped and his cat, Snowy, resides with him. Maynard takes Tony on as his apprentice in “private detective” work.
One night (after a sensual foot-massage between Victor and Rose), Rose is attacked by Louisa (Victor’s mother), who had come back to the house to finish what her son had started. He eventually talks her down and after she leaves, the three of them work on becoming friends.
Rose and Tony help Victor celebrate his birthday, and, after a brief period of sexual confusion between Tony and Maynard, Victor falls in love with and sleeps with Rose. Afterwards, his attitude becomes more friendly, and Victor peels off the plastic coverings on all of his furniture and opens up the house. Meanwhile, Rose looks around Victor’s room, finding the leather book that his mother had given him and learning that she was actually his target for assassination.
She also finds Victor’s father’s first gun, a Broomhandle Mauser, and steals it for protection. She runs out of the house after making it clear that she trusts neither Victor nor Tony, and returns to the National Gallery, only to find her friend dead and Dixon and his assistant, Fabian (Geoff Bell), waiting for her.
They quickly return to Victor’s home, and Tony and Victor gain the upper hand when Louisa appears, killing Fabian with a machine gun. Dixon withdraws the old gun Rose had taken from Victor’s room and fires at Victor. It backfires, sending the bolt into his skull. Victor, Tony and Rose bury the pair in the back yard and return to their lives.
Three years later, Victor and Rose are married with a son named Angel and Tony has moved in with them. While Angel is playing one morning, Tony comes outside asking Victor and Rose where the cat had gone off to. They look at Angel in awe as he is innocently patting soft dirt into the yard, suggesting he killed and buried the cat. Victor smiles with pride.
- Bill Nighy as Victor Maynard: A middle aged hit man who is hired by Ferguson to kill Rose after she cons Ferguson out of £1,000,000. After purposely missing an opportunity to shoot Rose, Ferguson sends his henchmen to do the deed. Victor kills one henchman and injures another when he is looking for Rose and, concealing his true profession, helps her escape with the help of local slacker, Tony. He adopts Tony as his apprentice and Victor realizes he’s fallen in love with Rose.
- Emily Blunt as Rose: A confident con artist who oversteps the mark when she cons Ferguson out of £1,000,000 and leaves him with a convincing copy of a Rembrandt self-portrait. Realizing the danger she is in, she stays with Victor and Tony in an attempt to escape her attempted assassination. Her adventurous lifestyle takes a turn when she realizes her enjoyment of Victor’s company.
- Rupert Grint as Tony: A young man who witnesses Victor shooting Ferguson’s bodyguard and decides to stay with Victor for safety. Victor employs him as an apprentice (with Tony thinking Victor is a private detective and later, upon learning Victor is a hit man, taking it in stride) and he soon realizes he has a ‘killer instinct’.
- Eileen Atkins as Louisa Maynard: Victor’s intimidating mother who, while impressed with his profession, is concerned as to what will happen to the family business.
- Rupert Everett as Ferguson: A London gangster who hires Victor to kill Rose.
- Martin Freeman as Hector Dixon: A sadistic assassin who plays second-fiddle to Victor Maynard. While influenced by Victor, Dixon jumps at the opportunity given to him by Ferguson to dispose of the greatest hit-man ever known.
- Gregor Fisher as Mike: Ferguson’s incompetent henchman whose several attempts to kill Victor, Rose, and Tony leave him in hospital … and with one ear.
- Geoff Bell as Fabian: Dixon’s dull-witted partner.
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Jeffrey Adam “Duff” Goldman (born December 17, 1974) is a pastry chef and television personality.
He is the executive chef of the Baltimore-based Charm City Cakes shop which was featured in the Food Network reality television show Ace of Cakes, and his second Los Angeles-based shop Charm City Cakes West, which is featured in Food Network’s Duff Till Dawn and “Cake Masters” series. His work has also been featured on the Food Network Challenge, Iron Chef America, Oprah, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Man v. Food.
Goldman is born in Detroit, Michigan. He moved shortly thereafter to Missouri. Goldman’s nickname Duff came about when he was a baby.
His toddler brother, Willie Goldman, was unable to pronounce the name and kept saying Duffy.
When he was four, his mother caught him in her kitchen wielding a meat cleaver and watching food personality Chef Tell.
After the divorce of his parents when he was ten, Goldman spent time living in both Northern Virginia and in the town of Sandwich on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
In 1992, Goldman attended McLean High School in McLean, Virginia where he played on the Highlanders ice hockey team. In 1993, he graduated from Sandwich High School in Sandwich.
From the age of fourteen, he began to work in kitchens; his first job was at a bagel store at a mall.
Goldman has said that when he was a sophomore in college, he went to what he considered the finest restaurant in Baltimore, Charleston, and was inspired to apply as a cook there. The head chef, Cindy Wolf, looked at his résumé and noted that it consisted of irrelevant experience. However, Cindy did offer him a job to make cornbread and biscuits only, and this is what Goldman cites as the turning point in his career.
Shortly after college at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, he attended schools such as Corcoran College of Art and the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in Napa Valley, California. After working under acclaimed chefs in California, including a stagiaire position at the French Laundry
and as executive pastry chef of the Vail Cascade Hotel in Colorado, he returned to Washington, D.C., to work at Todd English’s Olives restaurant baking bread.
Charm City Cakes
In 2000, Goldman opened his own business called Charm City Cakes. Initially, his cake sales began as he worked out of his house in Charles Village in Baltimore, Maryland with the help of two assistants he employed. As the requests for his unusual cakes increased, he hired more employees – many of whom did not have any culinary experience as pastry chefs, but were instead experienced painters, architects, and sculptors. Charm City Cakes frequently uses blow torches, as well as power tools such as grinders and drills to help create the underlying supports of cakes. With his crew, Goldman has created unusual cakes including the likenesses of Elvis in the form of a 3-foot butter cream sculpture, an anatomically correct ear, a smoking volcano, a three-dimensional German Shepherd, as well as a replica of a CAT scan machine, a Jeep, and an edible Wrigley Field.
Goldman has made cakes for a number of celebrities including a cake for President Obama’s second inaugural ball in 2013, Tom Clancy, the cast of Lost, the 30 Rock cast (along with a cake prop), Sir Roger Moore,. and for Katy Perry’s “Birthday” video.
In October 2009, Goldman and his brother Willie released the book Ace of Cakes: Inside the World of Charm City Cakes from HarperCollins/William Morrow, providing an exhaustive look at both the bakery and the show.
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Ce jour (05 Février) est l’anniversaire de M.CLAUDE GIRAUD
Petit rappel ? CLAUDE GIRAUD c’est le fameux MOHAMED LARBI SLIMANE dans le film RABBI jacob
Claude Giraud est un acteur français né le 5 février 1936 à Chamalières.
Très actif dans le milieu du doublage, il a été entre autres la voix française régulière des acteurs Robert Redford, Tommy Lee Jones et Alan Rickman. Il est aussi la voix d’Ulysse dans la série d’animation Ulysse 31 diffusée en 1981.
Enfance, formation et débuts
Fils d’un gynécologue, Claude Giraud grandit à Clermont Ferrand où son oncle possède plusieurs salles de cinéma.
C’est par Pierre Fresnay qu’il rencontre Henri Rollan4. Il est admis au Conservatoire national supérieur d’art dramatique à Paris. À sa sortie en 1962, il est engagé à la Comédie-Française, dont il devient le 460e sociétaire en 1976.
Claude Giraud quitte la Comédie-Française fin 1982 pour participer à la création de la compagnie de Jean-Laurent Cochet au théâtre Hébertot où, à l’instar de sa « maison » précédente, plusieurs spectacles seront donnés en alternance.
Il a joué de nombreux rôles à la télévision dont Roger Mortimer dans la série Les Rois maudits (1972), le principal protagoniste des Compagnons de Jéhu (1966) et le père de Sébastien dans Sébastien parmi les hommes (1968), aux côtés de Mehdi El Glaoui. Toujours à la télévision, il est Cinna (1962) devant la caméra de Jean Kerchbron, Mehdi Ben Barka dans La guerre du pétrole n’aura pas lieu (1974) de Souheil Ben Barka et donne la réplique à Claude Jade dans Mamie Rose (1975) de Pierre Goutas .
Au cinéma, il est Philippe de Plessis-Bellière dans la série des Angélique (1964-1966), Hippolyte dans Phèdre (1968) de Pierre Jourdan et Slimane dans Les Aventures de Rabbi Jacob (1973) de Gérard Oury.
Cependant, c’est surtout en tant que comédien de doublage que Claude Giraud s’est imposé depuis les années 1970, prêtant principalement sa voix à Robert Redford (Nos plus belles années, Les Hommes du président, Un pont trop loin, Out of Africa, L’Homme qui murmurait à l’oreille des chevaux), Tommy Lee Jones (Le Fugitif), Harrison Ford (Les Aventuriers de l’arche perdue), Sean Connery (dans Le Nom de la rose), Alan Rickman (Harry Potter, Sweeney Todd et Michael Collins) et Liam Neeson (La Liste de Schindler et Batman Begins). Il est également la voix française d’Ulysse dans la série animée Ulysse 31 (1981).
Il double Robert Redford dans la bande-annonce du film Sous surveillance en 2012 mais, ayant pris sa retraite avant la sortie en salles, C Giraud, est remplacé pour le doublage du film par Patrick Béthune. On peut néanmoins entendre sa voix en 2014 dans Les Luminessences d’Avignon, un spectacle en 3D dans la cour d’honneur du Palais des papes.
Marié avec la comédienne Catherine Demanet, Claude Giraud a deux enfants : Louis (1964) et Marianne (1966), épouse du comédien et metteur en scène Jean Martinez.
Edgar Müller is born in Mülheim/Ruhr on 10th of July, 1968.
Edgar Müller was born in Mülheim/Ruhr on 10th of July, 1968.
He grew up in the rural city of Straelen on the western edge of Germany. His fascination with painting began in his childhood, with paintings of rural scenes of Straelen.
Edgar went to high school in the neighboring town of Geldern, where an international competition of street painters took place. Inspired by the transitory works of art which met him on his way to school, Edgar Müller decided to enter the competition.
He took part for the first time at the age of 16, going on to win the competition, aged 19, with a copy of the famous “Jesus at Emmaus ” (Caravaggio).
In the following years, he entered many other international competitions. Since 1998 Edgar Müller has held the title of ‘maestro madonnari’ (master street painter), born by only a few artists worldwide. The title is awarded at the worlds largest street painting festival, called The Grazie Festival, which is held in the small pilgrim town of Grazie in Italy.
Around the age of 25, Müller decided to devote himself completely to street painting. He travelled all over Europe, making a living with his transitory art. He gave workshops at schools and was a co-organizer and committee member for various street art festivals. Müller set up the first (and so far only)
Internet board for street painters in Germany – a forum designed to promote solidarity between german and international street painters.
For many years Edgar Müller presented people the great works of old masters, drawing his perfect copies at the observers feet. Müller invited his audience to share his fascination with the old masters art, helping them to gain a deep understanding of the old masters view of the world.
Despite attending courses with well-known artists and extensive studies in the field of communication design, Edgar is actually an autodidact. He is always looking for new forms to express himself and is now pursuing a new art form and creating his own style.
Because of his grounding in traditional painting and modern communication, Mueller uses a more simple and graphic language for his art.
He paints over large areas of urban public life and gives them a new appearance, thereby challenging the perceptions of passers-by.
The observer becomes a part of the new scenery offered. While going after their daily lives, people change the statement of the paintings by just passing through the scene.