Dhaka, June 26 (UNB) - A poster from the first ever James Bond movie, Dr No, has sold for £15,000, reports BBC.
It was among more than 400 cinema posters on sale in what auctioneers said was the "largest cinema poster auction in Europe this year".
It took place at Prop Store in Chenies, Buckinghamshire, with buyers around the world placing bids online and by phone.
The poster, which features an image of Sean Connery among scantily-clad women, had been estimated to fetch up to £10,000.
It was illustrated by US artist Mitchell Hooks and was used to promote the 1962 film.
The sold poster is said to be "unrestored, folded with neat single pin-holes to corners but otherwise in superb condition".
Mike Bloomfield, poster expert from Prop Store, said the piece came from a British collector of James Bond posters.
The expert said some of the posters which were for sale were "uber rare".
One of the rarest, according to Mr Bloomfield, was from the 1964 film Carry On Cleo.
The poster, which was a "spoof" of the earlier movie Cleopatra, was banned following a case at the High Court brought by the production company behind Cleopatra, the poster expert said.
It was estimated to be sold for between £2,000 and £3,000 but the final bid was £5,000 at Tuesday's auction.
As well as printed posters in the auction, there was also original cinema poster artwork.
Original artwork from Meet The Fockers, which starred Robert De Niro, Barbra Streisand and Ben Stiller, sold for £3,125.
Other posters in the auction were from films such as Star Wars, Doctor Who, Thunderbirds and Quadrophenia.
A spokeswoman for Prop Store said the auction was "the largest auction of cinema posters in Europe this year".
The estimated total for the entire auction was £170,000 - but many items sold for more than their estimates.
Dhaka, June 26 (UNB) - Money spent on audiobooks in the UK almost doubled in 2018, helped by the likes of Michelle Obama, Mel B and Stephen Fry, reports BBC.
Figures from The Publishers Association show audiobook sales were worth £69m, up by 43% on the previous year.
The top title with online book library Audible was Becoming by former US First Lady Michelle Obama.
Elsewhere, digital book sales rose by 3% in 2018, while physical sales were down by 5%.
The latter bucks a three-year trend for physical books being on the rise. Digital growth, however, has driven the UK publishing industry to a total value of £6bn.
Talking titles by Adam Kay, Heather Morris, Anna Burns and Lily Allen came next in the 2018 Audible chart.
Publishers Association chief executive Stephen Lotinga said "investment in digital is paying off and driving growth".
He added: "Audiobooks have grown phenomenally, as ever-increasing numbers of people opt to enjoy books in a way that suits new technologies and keeps pace with our busy lives."
Mr Lotinga also urged the government "to act now to axe the unfair reading tax", noting online titles have 20% VAT added, while their print equivalents do not.
And he warned against the "continuing squeeze on school budgets", which he said had seen sales of school textbooks sales "take a hit" because "teachers simply can't afford the learning resources children need".
Los Angeles, June 25 (AP/UNB) — Michael Jackson's estate paid tribute to his artistry and charity Tuesday as fans began gathering to celebrate his memory on the 10th anniversary of the King of Pop's death.
"Ten years ago today, the world lost a gifted artist and extraordinary humanitarian," the Jackson estate said in a statement to The Associated Press. "A decade later, Michael Jackson is still with us, his influence embedded in dance, fashion, art and music of the moment. He is more important than ever."
The estate has doggedly worked to protect and enhance Jackson's legacy, a task made more challenging this year when two men accused Jackson of molesting them as boys in the HBO documentary "Leaving Neverland," sparking new scrutiny of years-old claims that Jackson preyed on children. Jackson was acquitted of abuse allegations in 2005 and always vehemently denied such allegations, and the estate and his family angrily refuted the men's claims when the documentary was released in March, noting the men had at one time been among Jackson's biggest defenders and one testified on his behalf at his criminal trial.
The estate is using the anniversary of Jackson's death to celebrate and accentuate Jackson's vast humanitarian work. It called on fans to honor Jackson's memory by engaging in charitable acts "whether it's planting a tree, volunteering at a shelter, cleaning up a public space or helping someone who is lost find their way. ... This is how we honor Michael," the statement read.
Mourners began to gather early Tuesday and placed elaborate flower arrangements and poster-sized pictures of Jackson, some featuring signed messages from dozens of fans, outside his mausoleum at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.
A florist delivered on arrangement from a client in Japan. A heart made from flowers in the colors of the Iranian flag featured the message "Iran (hearts) MJ." Another flowered heart read "Love from Denmark."
A fan from Las Vegas, dressed as Jackson in bright red shirt and one white glove, was among the first mourners to appear.
Fans also plan to gather at Jackson's last home in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, where the singer received a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol on the afternoon of June 25, 2009 from his doctor. Jackson was declared dead at a hospital at age 50.
Others planned to gather around Jackson's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. One group planned a Hollywood rally Tuesday to declare his innocence of molestation allegations.
Thomas Mesereau, the attorney who successfully defended Jackson at his 2005 trial, issued a statement Tuesday saying "Jackson's compassion, humanity, empathy and talent continues to inspire family, friends, supporters and fans across the globe. The legend of this great father, son, sibling and artist marches forward with characteristic brilliance and wonder. His legacy can be attacked by opportunists. But it will never be defeated. Michael Jackson was a great and kind man."
John Branca and John McClain, both major figures in Jackson's career when he was alive, as co-executors have taken his badly debt-ridden estate and grossed over $1.3 billion through various Jackson-related projects in the past decade, including the film "This Is It," a pair of Cirque du Soleil shows and the sale of Jackson assets that included The Beatles catalog.
Jackson left everything to his mother, his children and charity in his will.
The singer's father, Joe, died last year and is buried in the same cemetery as his son, but Michael's 89-year-old mother, five brothers, three sisters and three kids remain alive and well 10 years later .
The death of Jackson was a massive cultural phenomenon, bringing an outpouring of public affection and revival of his songs and largely erasing the taint that remained after his criminal trial, despite his acquittal.
It was one of the earliest instances of the mass mourning on social media that would soon become common, and a massive worldwide audience both on TV and online watched his July 27, 2009 public memorial that included touching tributes from family members including daughter Paris and performances from Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey and Lionel Richie.
Dhaka, Jun 25 (UNB) - News of a medical emergency involving Michael Jackson started filtering through at around 22:00 BST on Thursday 25 June 2009, reports the BBC.
I know because I was on my way to watch cheesy 90s boy band East 17 in the Dance Tent at the Glastonbury Festival. They were a warm-up act the day before the event properly began.
My editor called. Michael Jackson might have been rushed to hospital. He might be in a coma. That was according to TMZ, which was gaining a reputation for celebrity scoops.
But no-one knew if it was true. Strange stories about the King of Pop often bubbled up. A few weeks earlier, it had been reported that he had skin cancer, which was later denied.
Even so, I turned around and headed back to the dusty backstage cabin I had just been working in and searched for an update. In London, Los Angeles and around the world, newsrooms swung into action to try to find out what had happened. The BBC's LA bureau phoned spokespeople, associates and business managers. None would confirm anything. Some just hung up.
A short time later, my editor called again. "Er, TMZ are saying he's dead." A deep breath. Michael Jackson was arguably the biggest pop star of the previous 30 years, and the greatness of his music is undeniable. But there was a more troubling side - accused (and acquitted) of child molestation, and with a downright strange persona and personal life.
At that stage, the world had no information about what had happened in the preceding hours. But in the months and years that followed, details of his final day became clear.
Jackson was just weeks away from a series of lucrative comeback concerts at the O2 Arena in London, and was under pressure to make them a success.
He had left rehearsals in Los Angeles shortly after midnight the night before his death, according to the book 83 Minutes: The Doctor, The Damage and the Shocking Death of Michael Jackson. But for years, the superstar had been unable to sleep without the help of sedatives.
Dr Conrad Murray, who had been employed as his $150,000-a-month personal physician for the shows, was waiting when the star arrived home at his mansion. In Jackson's bedroom, pill bottles, vials, syringes and oxygen tanks littered tables, shelves and the floor.
Dr Murray told police he had given the singer propofol - a powerful drug usually given before and during surgery in hospitals - for 60 nights in a row until 22 June 2009, when he tried to wean him off.
In the early hours of 25 June, the physician gave Jackson a series of different sedatives in an attempt to help him sleep. But they didn't have the desired effect, and Dr Murray said Jackson was getting increasingly agitated about the forthcoming day's rehearsals. "I must be ready for the show in England," he said, according to the physician.
It reached 10:00 local time and the singer was still awake. Dr Murray told police Jackson had begged him: "Please, please, give him some milk so that I can sleep." He was referring to the milk-like propofol. The physician consented, and said he administered the drug via an intravenous drip around 10:40 PST.
Dr Murray told detectives he had the necessary equipment to monitor heart rate and oxygen levels in the blood, and that he stayed at Jackson's bedside before leaving for two minutes to go to the bathroom. When he returned, he found his patient wasn't breathing.
But Dr Murray's timeline was called into question by phone records, which suggested it was just before noon that he noticed something was wrong.
He said he then found a pulse and a frantic attempt at resuscitation followed. He claimed he couldn't call 911 straight away because he was doing CPR, but he eventually called for one of Jackson's security guards. Alberto Alvarez said Dr Murray ordered him to clear away vials, bottles and an IV bag first before calling the emergency services. That call was not made until 12:21 PST.
Jackson's children Prince and Paris were distraught as panic engulfed the household. The paramedics didn't recognise the star when they arrived. He appeared pale and underweight. Seeing his condition and the IV drip stand, paramedic Richard Senneff assumed he was a terminally ill patient.
Jackson was taken the short journey to UCLA medical centre, where resuscitation attempts continued. He was declared dead one hour and 13 minutes later.
By then, fans and media were gathering outside the hospital, and TMZ broke the news of his death to the world around 14:44 PST - which was 22:44 in the UK.
TMZ, the dogged upstart website, had scooped the established media. And with smartphone use taking off, it became one of the first major stories to spread via social media.
Word magazine editor Andrew Harrison was among those at Glastonbury and told BBC Radio 5 Live that night: "What you're seeing here is a lot of people crouched over these little glowing screens trying to find out if it's true or not, because people really can't believe it. People are searching every website they can think of to try to find more information."
The demand for information overwhelmed the internet. Some Google users couldn't access results when searching for Michael Jackson's name because its software mistook the volume of requests for a malware attack. Twitter, the LA Times, TMZ, Wikipedia and AOL Instant Messenger all suffered crashes.
It was not until 23:45 BST that 5 Live presenter Richard Bacon told listeners the BBC felt confident enough to confirm the news, after the Los Angeles Times and Associated Press had also done so.
Two years later, Conrad Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and served less than two years of a four-year sentence.
In the Glastonbury cabin, I was bashing out an appreciation of Jackson's career. By the time I staggered out in the early hours (UK time), everybody had heard the news, either via Twitter, old fashioned word of mouth, or because his music was being pumped out from scattered sound systems and stalls around the site.
"They started playing loads of his music and we thought, 'Oh, that's really strange'," one fan said. "And then someone said, 'Michael Jackson's dead' and we were like, 'No way'."
If anyone still hadn't heard, some people wore T-shirts bearing the words "Michael Jackson is dead" and "I was at Glasto when Jacko died", which had been printed by enterprising T-shirt stalls within hours of the news breaking.
That weekend, a few festival performers referenced Jackson on stage or played cover versions, but few were willing to give interviews about him. Perhaps their PR people feared they might come to regret any gushing tributes if more scandals emerged after Jackson's death. Which came to pass earlier this year, when two men gave persuasive testimony in a documentary, saying Jackson had repeatedly abused them when they were children.
In the past decade, we have learned details about the sorry circumstances in which Michael Jackson died. While his music will always remain, we have also had some more troubling insights into his life.
Los Angeles, Jun 24 (AP/UNB) — Writer Judith Krantz, whose million-selling novels such as "Scruples" and "Princess Daisy" engrossed readers worldwide with their steamy tales of the rich and beautiful, died Saturday at her Bel-Air home. She was 91.
Krantz's son Tony Krantz, a TV executive, confirmed her death by natural causes on Sunday afternoon. He said he'd hoped to re-create the "Scruples" miniseries before her she died but it is still in the works.
"She had this rare combination of commercial and creative," he said.
Krantz wrote for Cosmopolitan and Ladies Home Journal magazines before discovering, at age 50, the talent for fiction that made her rich and famous like the characters she created.
Her first novel — "Scruples" in 1978 — became a best-seller, as did the nine that followed. Krantz's books have been translated into 52 languages and sold more than 85 million copies worldwide. They inspired a series of hit miniseries with the help of her husband, film and television producer Steve Krantz.
"I always ask myself if what I'm writing will satisfy a reader who's in a plane that can't land because of fog, or who's recovering from an operation in a hospital or who has to escape to a more delightful world for whatever reason," Krantz said in 1990. "That is the test."
While her work was decidedly less than highbrow, Krantz made no apologies for the steamy novels with titles like "Princess Daisy," ''Mistral's Daughter," ''Lovers," ''I'll Take Manhattan" and "The Jewels of Tessa Kent."
"I write the best books I know how," she once said. "I can't write any better than this."
She filled her stories with delicious details about her characters' lavish lifestyles — designer clothes, luxurious estates — and enviable romances. And she spared no specifics when it came to sex.
"If you're going to write a good erotic scene, you have to go into details," Krantz told the Los Angeles Times in 1990. "I don't believe in thunder and lightning and fireworks exploding. I think people want to know what's happening."
So appealing were her sensational stories of high-powered heroines that each novel was reimagined for television as an episodic miniseries. Steve Krantz, a millionaire in his own right through such productions as the animated film "Fritz the Cat," helped translate his wife's work for TV.
The author was also famous for living a glamorous life that paralleled that of her characters. Her home in Los Angeles' exclusive Bel Air community featured a soundproof writing room flanked by an immaculately kept garden. In her closet were many of the same designer-label clothes the characters in her books wore.
The eldest of three children, Krantz was born Judith Bluma Tarcher in 1928 in New York City. Her father owned an advertising agency, and her mother worked as an attorney. Her brother, publisher Jeremy Tarcher, married the late ventriloquist Shari Lewis.
Growing up, Krantz was a precocious student at New York's exclusive Birch Wathen school, once describing herself as the youngest, smartest and shortest girl in her class. After skipping two grades, she enrolled at Wellesley College at age 16.
She was also by her own account an indifferent college student. She said she only enrolled at Wellesley "to date, read and graduate" and claimed to have set a record for her dorm by once dating 13 different men on 13 consecutive evenings.
"I got only one A-plus, and that was in English 101," she told The Boston Globe in 1982. "I had a B-minus average in English, my major, and made C's and C-minuses in everything else. But I didn't come here to get good marks."
When she could earn no better than a B in a short story class, she decided she wasn't good enough to write fiction.
"Just in time for my 50th birthday, I discovered that I could write fiction. My husband had urged me to try fiction for 15 years before I did," she was quoted in a profile on Wellesley's website in 2001. "I believed that if I couldn't write 'literature,' I shouldn't write at all."
"Now, I would say to young women, do something you have a true feeling for, no matter how little talent you may believe you have," she added. "Let no masterwork be your goal — a modest goal may lead you further than you dream."
Krantz had met her husband through her high school friend Barbara Walters, who introduced the two in 1953. They married the following year.
"I fell in love with him the minute I saw him," she once said.
Her husband died in 2007 at age 83. The couple had two sons, Tony and Nick, a stockbroker, and two grandchildren.
Krantz's family requested that donations be given to the Library Foundation of Los Angeles in lieu of flowers.
Her memoir, "Sex and Shopping: The Confessions of a Nice Jewish Girl," was published in 2001 and it reflected on her penchant for telling sex-drenched tales about the pretty and the privileged.
"In my opinion, there are two things women will always be interested in — sex and shopping," she said in 1994. "And if they're not, they've left out a large part of the fun in life."