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2009-06-17 08:00:00

SEATTLE, June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Beta testing commenced today on SOS Link, an innovative new application that transforms smartphones into powerful personal security systems. Currently being tested on the popular iPhone 3G, SOS Link combines a patented smartphone application with web-based wireless service to provide the world's first mobile personal security system. When faced with a potential threat or emergency, a smartphone user simply presses the SOS Link icon and aims the camera....

2009-01-21 12:13:00

HOUSTON, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This isn't your average sailboat cruise and Lee Winters isn't your average sailor. In fact, the 32 year old didn't know how to sail five short years ago. Despite his lack of experience, Lee is setting his sights on the horizon and will be sailing a small boat around the world to raise awareness for children without homes. "I was drawn to do something different. Something that helped others instead of just living for myself," says Lee who chose...

2008-11-06 11:17:44

Benny Andersson, a former member of the iconic Swedish pop group ABBA, said there are no plans to make a sequel to the film "Mamma Mia!" The blockbuster movie is based on an equally popular stage musical of the same name. Both the film and the theatrical production are chock-full of ABBA hits like "Take a Chance on Me,""S.O.S.,""Dancing Queen,""Honey, Honey,""Money, Money, Money,""The Winner Takes it All" and, of course, "Mamma Mia!" "There is no talk of a sequel," Andersson told BBC News,...

2008-07-25 18:00:39

By ROBERT NOTT Robert Nott I The New Mexican Mamma Mia!, Abba musical, rated PG-13, Regal Stadium 14, 424- 6296, 2.5 chiles If Mamma Mia! -- the new movie based on the long-running stage musical -- is any indication, the 1970s and 1980s were a great time to be young, free, and single. You could fall in love, or at least lust, at least once every summer -- particularly on a Greek isle. Of course it helped that Abba wrote the sound-track for that era. The Swedish pop group's songs...

2008-07-18 03:00:32

By Daniel Neman, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Va. Jul. 18--Streep can sing, her co-stars not so much All the forced frivolity and faux fun in "Mamma Mia!" all the extruded squeals of delight -- it's just all . . . so . . . exhausting. The wildly popular musical play has been manufactured into a movie that, based on an advance-screening audience's reaction, will also be wildly popular. Yet it is bereft of life, devoid of soul, constructed entirely of artifice. Come to think of it, that's...

2008-07-18 03:00:32

By Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jul. 18--If you're an ABBA fan, you'll be delighted to know the group's songs in "Mamma Mia!" which opens today, sound almost exactly the same as you remember. Many of ABBA's greatest hits appear in the musical based on the stage smash that was inspired by the Swedish band's '70s hits. And songwriters Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus have achieved verisipopitude by rehiring most of the musicians who played on the 30-year-old pop hits....

2008-07-17 06:00:32

By Lisa Cupido Fogarty NEW YORK -- Fans flocked to the Ziegfeld Theatre in Midtown on Wednesday to sing the praises of Mamma Mia! and catch a glimpse of its stars. ABBA blared from a speaker as members of the cast, including two-time Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep, walked a Mediterranean-blue carpet at the premiere. The topic on everyone's mind was, of course, music. Pierce Brosnan, who plays Sam Carmichael, was accompanied by wife Keely Shaye Smith and said the song he would...

2008-07-16 12:01:05

By Jim Harrington, The Oakland Tribune, Calif. Jul. 16--Most of the names on the list of the world's best-selling music artists make sense to Americans: The Beatles, Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson "... all good. The head-scratching begins, at least for some music lovers, with the act that ranks No. 8: ABBA. The Swedish pop act has sold more than 400 million records to date, which is more than Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, the Eagles and other...

2008-07-14 09:00:43

"Mamma Mia!" is a pajama party of a musical, a stay-up-too-late, sing-in-front-of-the-mirror/hairbrush-as-microphone, giggle-with-your-girlfriends, worry about the mess afterwords romp. It gets by on the featherweight golden oldies of ABBA and the treat of seeing and hearing some golden oldies of the cinema break character and belt out a song. This took some guts. Pierce Brosnan risked life and limb many an outing as James Bond. But he's never been braver than he is here, wooing the old...

2008-07-11 12:00:00

By Alison Rowat MAMMA MIA! (PG) 1/5 Dir: Phyllida Lloyd With: Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Julie Walters I'll admit, the mass suicide bids came as a surprise. With the regularity of tides, everywhere you looked in Phyllida Lloyd's adaptation of the stage smash Mamma Mia! , characters were chucking themselves off cliffs and piers. Then again, if you were part of this sloppy travesty of a musical featuring the songs of Abba you might make like a lemming too. And that's even...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.