joi, 22 decembrie 2016

Success 2016: Luc Besson, a French film director, screenwriter, and producer. He directed or produced the films Subway (1985), The Big Blue (1988), and Nikita (1990), all using a distinctive style dubbed Cinéma du look by critics

Luc Besson is a French film director, screenwriter, and producer. He directed or produced the films Subway (1985), The Big Blue (1988), and Nikita (1990), all using a distinctive style dubbed Cinéma du look by critics. Besson has been nominated for a César Award for Best Director and Best Picture for his films Léon: The Professional and The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc. He won Best Director and Best French Director for his sci-fi action film The Fifth Element (1997). He wrote and directed the 2014 sci-fi thriller film Lucy.
In 1980, he founded his own production company, called Les Films du Loup, and later Les Films du Dauphin (fr). This was superseded in 2000 by his co-founding EuropaCorp film company with his longtime collaborator, Pierre-Ange Le Pogam (fr). As writer, director, and/or producer, Besson has so far been involved in the creation of more than 50 films.

Out of boredom, Besson started writing stories, including the background to what he later developed as The Fifth Element (1997), one of his most popular movies.The film is inspired by the French comic books which Besson read as a teenager. He reportedly worked on the first drafts of Le Grand Bleu while still in his teens. Besson directed and co-wrote the screenplay of this science fiction thriller with the screenwriter, Robert Mark Kamen.
At 18, Besson returned to his birthplace of Paris. There he took odd jobs in film to get a feel for the industry. He worked as an assistant to directors including Claude Faraldo and Patrick Grandperret. Besson directed three short films, a commissioned documentary, and several commercials.
After this, he moved to the United States for three years, but returned to Paris, where he formed his own production company. He first named it Les Films du Loup, but changed it to Les Films du Dauphin. In the early 1980s, Besson met Éric Serra and asked him to compose the score for his first short film, L'Avant dernier. He later used Serra as a composer for other films of his.
Since the late 20th century, Besson has written and produced numerous action movies, including the Taxi (1998–2007) and The Transporter (2002–2008) series, and the Jet Li films Kiss of the Dragon and Unleashed/Danny the Dog. His English-language films Taken, Taken 2 and Taken 3, all starring Liam Neeson, have been major successes, with Taken 2 becoming the largest-grossing export French film. Besson produced the promotional movie for the Paris bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Besson won Best Director and Best French Director for his film The Fifth Element (1997). he was nominated for Best Director and Best Picture César Awards for his films Léon: The Professional (1994) and The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999).
French actor Jean Reno has appeared in several films by Besson, including Le dernier combat (1985), Subway, The Big Blue (1988), Nikita (1990), and Léon: The Professional (1994).

duminică, 2 octombrie 2016

Success 2016: James Spader, an American actor best known for portraying eccentric characters. Spader stars in the NBC series The Blacklist. He portrays Raymond "Red" Reddington, one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives

James Todd Spader (born February 7, 1960) is an American actor. He is best known for portraying eccentric characters in films such as the drama Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989), the action science fiction film Stargate (1994), the controversial psychological thriller Crash (1996), the erotic romance Secretary (2002), and the blockbuster superhero film Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).
His best-known television roles are those of attorney Alan Shore in The Practice and its spin-off Boston Legal (for which he won three Emmy Awards), and Robert California in the comedy-mockumentary The Office. He currently stars as high-profile criminal-turned-FBI-informant Raymond "Red" Reddington in the NBC crime drama The Blacklist, for which he has earned two Golden Globe Award nominations.

Spader's first major film role was in the film Endless Love (1981), and his first starring role was in Tuff Turf (1985). However, he did not rise to stardom until 1986, when he played the rich, arrogant playboy Steff in Pretty in Pink. He co-starred in Mannequin (1987) and the film adaptation of Less Than Zero (1987), in which he played a drug dealer named Rip. Supporting roles in films such as Baby Boom (1987) and Wall Street (1987) followed until his breakthrough in Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989), in which he played a sexual voyeur who complicates the lives of three Baton Rouge, Louisiana residents. For this performance, he received the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival.[7]
Spader's roles in the early 1990s included a young, affluent widower opposite Susan Sarandon in the romantic drama White Palace (1990), Rob Lowe in the Noir drama Bad Influence (1990), John Cusack's best friend in the drama True Colors (1991), and a poker-playing drifter in The Music of Chance (1993). In 1994, he starred as Egyptologist Daniel Jackson in the sci-fi film Stargate. In 1996, he played car accident fetishist James Ballard in the controversial Canadian film Crash and assassin Lee Woods in 2 Days in the Valley. In 1997, Spader guest starred in the Seinfeld episode "The Apology", as an angry recovering alcoholic who refuses to apologize to George for making fun of him. In 2000, he played a drug-addicted detective tracking down a serial killer in The Watcher. In 2002, he starred as a sadistic boss in Secretary.
From 2004 to 2008, Spader starred as Alan Shore in the series Boston Legal, in which he reprised his role from the television series The Practice. He won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2004 for his portrayal on The Practice and won it again in 2005 and 2007 for Boston Legal.[7][8][9] With the 2005 win, he became one of only a few actors to win an Emmy award while playing the same character in two different series. Even rarer, he won a second consecutive Emmy while playing the same character in two different series. He also won the Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical for Boston Legal in 2006.[7]
In October 2006, Spader narrated "China Revealed", the first episode of Discovery Channel's documentary series Discovery Atlas. He has also done the voice-over in several television commercials for Acura.[10] He starred in Race, a play written and directed by David Mamet, which opened on December 6, 2009 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway.[11] The show closed on August 21, 2010 after 297 performances.[12] In March 2011, he was named to star in the film By Virtue Fall, written and to be directed by Sheldon Turner. As of June 2011, the movie was in pre-production.[13]
Spader guest starred as Robert California in "Search Committee", the season 7 finale of The Office. On June 27, 2011, it was announced that he would join the cast on a permanent basis.[14] He planned to stay only through the eighth season, and while the original plan was just to do the guest appearance, executive producer Paul Lieberstein said: "those two scenes became a season".[15]
Spader stars in the NBC series The Blacklist, which premiered on NBC September 23, 2013. He portrays Raymond "Red" Reddington, one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives. He also played villainous robot Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).

joi, 15 septembrie 2016

Success 2016: Nathalie Tauziat, a French former professional tennis player. She was the runner-up in women's singles at the 1998 Wimbledon Championships

Nathalie Tauziat (born 17 October 1967) is a French former professional tennis player.[1] She was the runner-up in women's singles at the 1998 Wimbledon Championships. Her career-high singles ranking was third in 2000. She currently coaches Canadian tennis player Bianca Andreescu.

Tauziat turned professional in 1984. She won her first singles title in 1990. She reached her only Grand Slam singles final at the 1998 Wimbledon Championships, beating Haruka Inoue, Iva Majoli, Julie Halard-Decugis, Samantha Smith, Lindsay Davenport and Natasha Zvereva before losing to Jana Novotná. Her appearance in this final was the first by a Frenchwoman since Suzanne Lenglen in 1925.
Tauziat was runner-up with partner Kimberly Po in the 2001 US Open women's doubles final, losing to the team of Lisa Raymond and Rennae Stubbs. She and partner Alexandra Fusai were doubles runners-up at the 1997 and 1998 Chase Championships. She was also part of the 1997 French Fed Cup team, which won its first title in the history of the competition.
Tauziat reached her career-high singles ranking of World No. 3 at the age of 32 years and 6 months in the spring of 2000, making her the oldest woman to debut in the top three and the fourth oldest to be ranked in the top three. She retired from the WTA Tour tennis circuit after the 2003 French Open, after having played only doubles in 2002 and 2003. Tauziat won 8 singles titles and 25 doubles titles during her career.
She wrote a book with the title "Les Dessous du tennis féminin" (published in 2001 in French) in which she gave her insights about life on the women's professional tennis circuit. In 2004 Tauziat received a state honour – le chevalier de la Légion d'honneur – from French President Jacques Chirac for her contributions to international tennis. She was an official WTA tour mentor to French tennis player Marion Bartoli beginning in 2003.

miercuri, 13 iulie 2016

Success 2016: Shaquille O'Neal, a retired American professional basketball player and former rapper. He was one of the heaviest players ever to play in the NBA.

Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal (born March 6, 1972), nicknamed Shaq), is a retired American professional basketball player and former rapper who is currently an analyst on the television program Inside the NBA. Listed at 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) tall[1] and weighing 325 pounds (147 kg), he was one of the heaviest players ever to play in the NBA. O'Neal played for six teams throughout his 19-year NBA career.
Following his career at Louisiana State University, O'Neal was drafted by the Orlando Magic with the first overall pick in the 1992 NBA draft. He quickly became one of the best centers in the league, winning Rookie of the Year in 1992–93 and later leading his team to the 1995 NBA Finals. After four years with the Magic, O'Neal signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers. They won three consecutive championships in 2000, 2001, and 2002. Amid tension between O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, O'Neal was traded to the Miami Heat in 2004, and his fourth NBA championship followed in 2006. Midway through the 2007–2008 season he was traded to the Phoenix Suns. After a season-and-a-half with the Suns, O'Neal was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2009–10 season.[2] O'Neal played for the Boston Celtics in the 2010–11 season before retiring.
O'Neal's individual accolades include the 1999–2000 MVP award, the 1992–93 NBA Rookie of the Year award, 15 All-Star game selections, three All-Star Game MVP awards, three Finals MVP awards, two scoring titles, 14 All-NBA team selections, and three NBA All-Defensive Team selections. He is one of only three players to win NBA MVP, All-Star game MVP and Finals MVP awards in the same year (2000); the other players are Willis Reed in 1970 and Michael Jordan in 1996 and 1998. He ranks 7th all-time in points scored, 5th in field goals, 13th in rebounds, and 7th in blocks. Largely due to his ability to dunk the basketball, O'Neal also ranks 3rd all-time in field goal percentage (58.2%).[4] O'Neal was elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016.

vineri, 24 iunie 2016

Success 2016: Jeff Bridges, an American actor, singer and producer. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Otis "Bad" Blake in the 2009 film Crazy Heart

Jeffrey Leon "Jeff" Bridges (born December 4, 1949) is an American actor, singer and producer. He comes from a prominent acting family, and appeared on the television series Sea Hunt (1958–60), with his father, Lloyd Bridges and brother, Beau Bridges. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Otis "Bad" Blake in the 2009 film Crazy Heart, and earned Academy Award nominations for his roles in The Last Picture Show (1971), Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974), Starman (1984), The Contender (2000), and True Grit (2010). His other films include Tron (1982), Jagged Edge (1985), The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), The Fisher King (1991), Fearless (1993), The Big Lebowski (1998), Seabiscuit (2003), Iron Man (2008), Tron: Legacy (2010), and The Giver (2014).
Bridges made his first screen appearance at the age of almost two years in The Company She Keeps in 1951. In his youth, Bridges and brother Beau made occasional appearances on their father's show Sea Hunt (1958–1961) and the CBS anthology series, The Lloyd Bridges Show (1962–1963). In 1969 he played Cal Baker, a Jobs Corps crew member, in the TV series Lassie episode "Success Story". In 1971 he played the lead role Mike in the TV movie In Search of America. His first major role came in the 1971 film The Last Picture Show, for which he garnered a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.[7] He co-starred in the 1972 critically acclaimed neo-noir boxing film Fat City, directed by John Huston. He was nominated again for Best Supporting Actor for his performance opposite Clint Eastwood in the 1974 film Thunderbolt and Lightfoot.[7] In 1976, he starred as the protagonist Jack Prescott in the first remake of King Kong, opposite Jessica Lange. This film was a commercial success, earning $90 million worldwide, more than triple its $23 million budget, and also winning an Academy Award for special effects.

Bridges in 2010
One of his better-known roles was in the 1982 science fiction film Tron, in which he played Kevin Flynn, a video game programmer (a role he reprised in late 2010 with the sequel Tron: Legacy). The same year (1982) he also starred in Kiss Me Goodbye, an American romantic comedy film directed by Robert Mulligan that also starred Sally Field. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1984, for playing the alien in Starman.[7] He was also acclaimed for his roles in the thriller Against All Odds (1984) and the crime drama Jagged Edge (1985). His role in Fearless (1993) is thought by some critics to be one of his best performances.[8] One critic dubbed it a masterpiece;[9] Pauline Kael wrote that he "may be the most natural and least self-conscious screen actor that has ever lived."[10] In 1994, he starred as Lt. Jimmy Dove in the action film Blown Away, opposite Tommy Lee Jones and Forest Whitaker. His real life father Lloyd Bridges also featured in the film, playing the father of Bridges' character. The film managed to recoup $50 million of its $30 million budget at the box office. It was up against another explosive themed film, Speed, which had been released a few weeks before Bridges' film. On July 11, 1994, Bridges received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the motion picture industry at 7065 Hollywood Boulevard.[11][12] In 1998, he starred as what is arguably his most famous role, The Dude, in the Coen brothers' film The Big Lebowski. He has said that he relates to The Dude more than any of his other roles.[citation needed]
In 2000, he received his fourth Academy Award nomination, for his role in The Contender. He also starred in the 2005 Terry Gilliam film Tideland, his second with the director (the first being 1991's The Fisher King). He shaved his trademark mane of hair to play the role of Obadiah Stane in the 2008 Marvel comic book adaptation Iron Man. In July 2008, at the San Diego Comic-Con International, he appeared in a teaser for Tron: Legacy, shot as concept footage for director Joseph Kosinski; this developed into a full 3D feature release in 2010.
Bridges is one of the youngest actors ever to be nominated for an Academy Award (1972, age 22, Best Supporting Actor, The Last Picture Show), and one of the oldest ever to win (2010, age 60, Best Actor, Crazy Heart).[15][16] Crazy Heart also won him the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama, and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role.
Bridges received his sixth Academy Award nomination for his role in True Grit, a collaboration with the Coen brothers in which he starred alongside Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Barry Pepper, and Hailee Steinfeld. Both the film, and Bridges' performance as Rooster Cogburn, were critically praised. Bridges lost to Colin Firth, whom he had beaten for the Oscar in the same category the previous year.

duminică, 8 mai 2016

Success 2016: Whoopi Goldberg, an American actress, comedian, author and television host. She has been nominated for 13 Emmy Awards for her work in television and is one of the few entertainers who has won an Emmy Award, a Grammy Award, an Oscar, and a Tony Award

Caryn Elaine Johnson (born November 13, 1955), known professionally as Whoopi Goldberg, is an American actress, comedian, author and television host. She has been nominated for 13 Emmy Awards for her work in television and is one of the few entertainers who has won an Emmy Award, a Grammy Award, an Oscar, and a Tony Award. She was the second black woman in the history of the Academy Awards to win an acting Oscar.
In the period drama film, The Color Purple (1985), her breakthrough role was playing Celie, a mistreated black woman in the Deep South, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. In the romantic fantasy film Ghost (1990), Goldberg played Oda Mae Brown, an eccentric psychic who helped a slain man (Patrick Swayze) save his lover (Demi Moore), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 1992, she starred as a pretend nun in the comedy Sister Act. From 1998 to 2002, she was co-producer of the television game show Hollywood Squares. Since 2007, she has been the moderator of the daytime television talk show, The View.

oldberg starred in Penny Marshall's directorial debut Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986) and began a relationship with David Claessen, a director of photography on the set; the couple married later that year. The film was a modest success, and during the next two years, three additional motion pictures featured Goldberg: Burglar (1987), Fatal Beauty (1987), and The Telephone (1988). Though these were not as successful as her prior motion pictures, Goldberg still garnered awards from the NAACP Image Awards. Goldberg and Claessen divorced after the poor box office performance of The Telephone, which Goldberg was under contract to star in. She tried unsuccessfully to sue the producers of the film. Clara's Heart did poorly at the box office, though her own performance was critically acclaimed. As the 1980s concluded, she participated in the numerous HBO specials of Comic Relief with fellow comedians Robin Williams and Billy Crystal.
In January 1990, Goldberg starred with Jean Stapleton in the situation comedy Bagdad Cafe. The show ran for two seasons on CBS. Simultaneously, Goldberg starred in The Long Walk Home, portraying a woman in the civil rights movement. She played a psychic in the 1990 film Ghost and became the first black woman to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in nearly 50 years, and the second black woman to win an Academy Award for acting (the first being Hattie McDaniel, for 1939's Gone with the Wind). Premiere named her character Oda Mae Brown in its list of Top 100 best film characters.[20]
Goldberg starred in Soapdish (1991) and had a recurring role on Star Trek: The Next Generation as Guinan, which she would reprise in two Star Trek films. On May 29, 1992, Sister Act was released. The motion picture grossed well over US $200 million and Goldberg was nominated for a Golden Globe. Next, she starred in Sarafina!. During the next year, she hosted a late-night talk show titled The Whoopi Goldberg Show and starred in two more motion pictures: Made in America and Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit. From 1994 to 1995, Goldberg appeared in Corrina, Corrina, The Lion King (voice), The Pagemaster (voice), Boys on the Side, and Moonlight and Valentino. Goldberg guest starred on Muppets Tonight in 1996. She became the first African-American woman to host the Academy Awards show in 1994,[21] and the first woman to solo host. She hosted the awards show again in 1996, 1999, and 2002.

miercuri, 27 aprilie 2016

Success 2016: Sabine Lisicki, a German professional tennis player that holds the world record for the fastest serve by a female tennis player. She clocked a 131.0 mph (210.8 km/h) serve during her first-round encounter against Ana Ivanovic at the 2014 Bank of the West Classic

Sabine Katharina Lisicki (born 22 September 1989) is a German professional tennis player. She turned professional in 2006 and her breakthrough came in 2009 when she reached the quarterfinals of the Wimbledon Championships and won her first WTA title, the Family Circle Cup, against Caroline Wozniacki. In March 2010, she suffered an ankle injury at the Indian Wells Masters that kept her out of competition for five months and saw her fall out of the top 200.
Lisicki rebounded in 2011 and won the Aegon Classic before entering the Wimbledon Championships as a wildcard and going on to reach the semifinals, where she lost to Maria Sharapova. In doing so she became only the second woman in Wimbledon history to make it to the semifinals while entering the tournament as a wildcard.[1] She followed that two months later by winning her third WTA tournament, the Texas Open. In 2012, she achieved her highest career world ranking, 12th, and again reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon. Again, in 2012 she suffered from another ankle injury that prevented her from having better results on tour. Lisicki reached the final of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, losing to Marion Bartoli. The following year, she reached another quarterfinal at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships and won her first title in three years when she won the 2014 Hong Kong Tennis Open.
In doubles, Lisicki won the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in 2011 with Samantha Stosur and in 2013 with Mona Barthel and the 2014 Sony Open with coach Martina Hingis. She also reached the doubles final at Wimbledon in 2011 with Stosur and came fourth in the mixed doubles event at the 2012 London Olympics with Christopher Kas.
Lisicki currently holds the world record for the fastest serve by a female tennis player. She clocked a 131.0 mph (210.8 km/h) serve during her first-round encounter against Ana Ivanovic at the 2014 Bank of the West Classic.

luni, 21 martie 2016

Success 2016: Scott Stapp, an American singer, songwriter, and musician, known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of hard rock bands Creed

Anthony Scott Flippen (born August 8, 1973), also known as Scott Stapp, is an American singer, songwriter, and musician, known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of hard rock bands Creed and Art of Anarchy. He also has two solo albums: The Great Divide (2005) and Proof of Life (2013).
Stapp has received several accolades, including a Grammy Award for Creed's song "With Arms Wide Open" and numerous RIAA certifications. In 2006, Hit Parader ranked Stapp as the 68th greatest heavy metal vocalist of all time.

Creed: 1993–2004; 2009–2012

Stapp is a founding member and lead vocalist of the American hard rock band Creed. After developing a friendship with an acquaintance, his future band mate Mark Tremonti at Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, Stapp reunited with Tremonti while both attended Florida State University, and they quickly developed a friendship based on their mutual passion for music. Stapp formed Creed with Tremonti in 1993 with fellow members Brian Marshall and Scott Phillips joining as bassist and drummer, respectively. Rhythm guitarist Brian Brasher was also briefly a member from 1993 until 1995. While often criticized and parodied, Creed is recognized by many as one of the major acts of the post-grunge movement of the late 1990s and early 2000s.
The band released its debut album My Own Prison in 1997 to mainstream success, selling over six million copies.[5] Four singles were released from the album: "My Own Prison", "Torn", "What's This Life For", and "One". Each of these songs reached No. 1 on Billboard'a Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, becoming the first band to do so with a debut album.[5] The album was then followed in 1999 by Human Clay, which was an immediate success and certified diamond and eleven times platinum by the RIAA.[5] Existing tension between Stapp and Marshall began to increase during this time, leading Marshall to ultimately leave the band to pursue other interests. He was temporarily replaced by touring bassist Brett Hestla,[6] with Tremonti handling the bass parts in the studio. After a tour, the band released another multi-platinum selling album, Weathered, in 2001.[7] The tour to support this record was overwhelmingly successful but ended with a considerably controversial concert in Chicago that ultimately led to the band's breakup.[8] The band announced that they had disbanded in 2004, citing tension between Stapp and the other members.[9] Creed released its Greatest Hits in November 2004.
After months of speculation, despite early claims from Tremonti that Creed would never return,[10] it was announced that Creed had reunited with plans for a tour and a new album.[11] The record, Full Circle, was released in October 2009. Creed supported the album by touring throughout North and South America, Canada, Europe, and Australia during the summers of 2009 and 2010.[12] A fifth Creed album was expected in late 2011 or early 2012 according to Tremonti,[13] but never did materialize.
In March 2012, Stapp reconvened with his Creed band mates to rehearse for their "2 Nights" tour, during which the band performed its first two albums, My Own Prison and Human Clay, back to back in their entirety.[14] It was announced that Stapp and Mark Tremonti would enter the studio to start recording new songs in June,[15] but no progress was made.
In October 2013, Stapp noted in an interview that extensive work was done on the new album throughout 2011 and 2012. However, the project was suddenly abandoned, and Stapp stated he was unaware as to why. Stapp also hinted that the relationship between himself and Tremonti had once again broken down, leaving the future of the band uncertain.[16] In December 2013, Stapp elaborated on this, saying Tremonti is dictating to him what he wants the band's creative direction to be, and that Stapp does not want to work with him "under those circumstances".[17] In January 2014, Stapp once again confirmed in an interview the personal and creative differences between him and Tremonti, stating that future material by the band looks unlikely to happen at the moment, and that he is concentrating on his solo career.[18] Despite these differences, Stapp has maintained that the band is still together, if inactive, saying that "There's no real time table, we're still a band."[19][20] He's also said that he's always open to continuing to work on a new album when the time is right and if everyone can agree to continue.[18] However, in October 2014, Mark Tremonti said flatly that the band has "no plans at the moment" to reform for another album or tour.

marți, 9 februarie 2016

Success 2016: Stephan Remmler, lead singer of german band Trio, famous in the 80s

Stephan Remmler (* 25. Oktober 1946 in Witten) ist ein deutscher Sänger, Komponist und Musikproduzent. Bekannt wurde er als Sänger der Gruppe Trio, die mit dem Lied Da Da Da 1982 einen Welthit erzielte.
Remmler wuchs als Sohn eines Diplomaten in Bremerhaven auf. In den 1960er Jahren sang er in der Beat-Band „Just Us“, in der auch Kralle Krawinkel Gitarre spielte. „Just Us“ gastierte unter anderem 14 Tage im Hamburger Star Club.
In den 1970er Jahren trat Stephan Remmler unter dem Pseudonym „Rex Carter“ als Schlagersänger auf. Danach wurde er Hauptschullehrer in Bevern (Landkreis Holzminden) und Musikdozent an der Universität Oldenburg.
1979 gründete Remmler zusammen mit Kralle Krawinkel und Peter Behrens die Gruppe Trio und war deren Texter und Sänger. Mit Trio erzielte er den Welthit Da Da Da ich lieb dich nicht du liebst mich nicht aha aha aha und hatte mit weiteren Titeln zumindest in Deutschland im Zuge der Neuen Deutschen Welle beachtlichen Erfolg: Anna – Lassmichrein Lassmichraus, Herz ist Trumpf oder Bum bum konnten sich jeweils in den deutschen Top 10 platzieren.
In einer kreativen Pause bei Trio (1984) veröffentlichte er als „Stephan & Nina“ gemeinsam mit der neunjährigen Angela Smecca die Single Feuerwerk (auch international auf Englisch, Spanisch, Französisch und Italienisch) und spielte den Erzähler in dem klassischen Werk Peter und der Wolf unter der Leitung von John Williams.
Nachdem sich Trio 1986 aufgelöst hatte, begann Remmler eine Solokarriere. Er schrieb seine Lieder nun fast ausnahmslos allein und produzierte im Alleingang. Gleich die erste Single seiner Solokarriere Keine Sterne in Athen war seine kommerziell erfolgreichste. Die zweite Single Alles hat ein Ende, nur die Wurst hat zwei wurde unerwartet zu einem Karnevalsschlager. Beide Singles erreichten den dritten Platz der deutschen Singlecharts. An diese Erfolge konnte er seither nicht mehr anknüpfen. Die englische Version von Keine Sterne in Athen (I Don’t Go to U. S. A.) erreichte auf den Philippinen die Nummer 1.
In der Folge veröffentlichte er eine Reihe von Alben, von denen sich nur noch sein zweites Album Lotto (1988) in den Charts platzieren konnte. Ab 1989 zog sich Remmler eine Zeitlang weitgehend aus dem Musikgeschäft zurück, da er nunmehr Vater geworden war und sich verstärkt seinem Familienleben widmete. Daher folgten zunächst eine Best-Of-Kompilation 10 Jahre bei der Stange, die neben den Hits seiner Solokarriere auch einige Titel aus seiner Zeit mit Trio enthielt. 1991 folgte ein Album mit Coverversionen von Freddy Quinn. Ein für 1992 angekündigtes neues Album mit Eigenkompositionen namens BarbarellaMortadellaohneTeller wurde kurzfristig zurückgezogen und erschien 1993 in überarbeiteter Form unter dem Namen Vamos. Zu diesem Album absolvierte Remmler seine zweite und gleichzeitig bislang letzte Deutschlandtournee. Aufnahmen von der Tour veröffentlichte Remmler auf seinem Live-Album HÜH! 1994 verkörperte er den Kratermann im Musical Tabaluga von Peter Maffay. Nach einem Wechsel der Plattenfirma zu MCA Records folgte noch ein weiteres Studio-Album Amnesia. Im Anschluss zog sich Remmler für etwa zehn Jahre ins Privatleben zurück.
2003 komponierte und produzierte er gemeinsam mit seinen drei Söhnen Cecil, Jonni und Lauro ein Album. Das Album selbst blieb unveröffentlicht, da die Formation kurzfristig ihren Plattenvertrag verlor. Zwei vorab erschienene Singles, darunter Everybody Cha Cha, erreichten jedoch in Deutschland hohe Chartpositionen. Remmlers Söhne absolvierten in diesem Rahmen eine Reihe von TV-Terminen, bei denen ihr Vater sie zwar im Hintergrund begleitete, selbst aber nicht vor die Kameras trat.
2006 entschloss sich Remmler zur Veröffentlichung eines neuen Soloalbums. Als Plattenfirma wählte er das eher kleine Label der befreundeten Inga Humpe „it.sounds“. Das Album 1, 2, 3, 4 …, das Remmler gemeinsam mit seinem ältesten Sohn Cecil produziert hatte, konnte sich auf den hinteren Plätzen der deutschen Albumcharts platzieren.
Im Jahre 2007 komponierte er mit Cecil den Soundtrack zu dem Film Vollidiot nach dem Buch von Tommy Jaud, der im April 2007 in die Kinos kam.[1] Remmler veröffentlichte in diesem Zuge zusammen mit Nena und Oliver Pocher, der in dem Film die Hauptrolle spielt, die Single Ich kann nix dafür. Bei diesem Lied handelt es sich um eine deutsche Version des Liedes Young Folks von Peter Bjorn and John, für das Remmler einen deutschen Text schrieb und auch sang. Das Lied erreichte die Top 10 der deutschen Singlecharts.
Seither arbeitet Remmler nur noch vereinzelt bei musikalischen Projekten mit. 2010 trat er bei MTV Unplugged als Gast des Berliner Rappers Sido auf. Beide sangen zusammen das Lied Da da da. Dasselbe Lied veröffentlichte er in Zusammenarbeit mit Señor Coconut. 2014 wirkte Remmler bei einer Version von Keine Sterne in Athen der Band LaBrassBanda auf deren Album Kiah Royal mit und trat auch im offiziellen Video auf.[2] 2010 las er die Hörbuchversion von Keith Richards’ Autobiografie Life.
2015 erschien Remmlers Kinderbuch Heinrich, Schweinrich und die fliegenden Krokodile.

sâmbătă, 9 ianuarie 2016

Success 2016: Didier Drogba, an Ivorian professional footballer who plays as a striker. He is the all-time top scorer and former captain of the Ivory Coast national team

Didier Yves Drogba Tébily (born 11 March 1978) is an Ivorian professional footballer who plays as a striker. He is the all-time top scorer and former captain of the Ivory Coast national team. He is best known for his career at Chelsea, for whom he has scored more goals than any other foreign player and is currently the club's fourth highest goal scorer of all time. He has been named African Footballer of the Year twice, winning the accolade in 2006 and 2009.
After playing in youth teams, Drogba made his professional debut aged 18 for Ligue 2 club Le Mans, and signed his first professional contract aged 21. After finishing the 2002–03 season with 17 goals in 34 appearances for Ligue 1 side Guingamp, he moved to Olympique de Marseille, where he finished as the third highest scorer in the 2003–04 season with 19 goals and helped the club reach the 2004 UEFA Cup Final.
In the summer of 2004, Drogba moved to Premier League club Chelsea for a club record £24 million fee, making him the most expensive Ivorian player in history. In his debut season he helped the club win their first league title in 50 years, and a year later he won another Premier League title. In March 2012, he became the first African player to score 100 Premier League goals,[6] and also became the only player in history to score in four separate FA Cup finals the same year, when he scored in Chelsea's win over Liverpool in the 2012 final.[7] He also played in the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final, in which he scored an 88th-minute equaliser and the winning penalty in the deciding shoot-out against Bayern Munich.[8] After spending 6 months with Shanghai Shenhua in China, and one and a half seasons with Turkish club Galatasaray where he scored the winning goal in the final of the 2013 Turkish Super Cup, Drogba returned to Chelsea in July 2014.[9][10] With a career record of scoring 10 goals in 10 finals winning 10 trophies at club level, Drogba has been referred to as the "ultimate big game player."[11][12]
An Ivory Coast international between 2002 and 2014, Drogba captained the national team from 2006 until his retirement from the Ivory Coast team and is the nation's all-time top goalscorer with 65 goals[5] from 104 appearances.[13] He led the Ivory Coast to the 2006 FIFA World Cup, their first appearance in the tournament, and also scored their first goal. He later captained the Ivory Coast at the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups.[14] He was part of the Ivory Coast teams that reached the final of the Africa Cup of Nations in 2006 and 2012, but were beaten on penalties on both occasions. On 8 August 2014, he announced his retirement from international football.