Jeff Dunham is the No.1 comedian

The man succeeded in earning over $22 million last year and according to Forbes he is the no.1 comedian.

Besides, Dunham earns all his money from tours, DVDs and puppets sales.

On second place of the Forbes top earning comedian comes Dane Cook with $21 million thanks to Isolated Incident Global Thermo Comedy Tour.

Following Cook on this top is America’s Got Talent winner Terry Fator aka “human jukebox” with $20 million.

Next to Fator are Chelsea Handler and George Lopez on no.4 and 5.

According to Geof Wills, “To stay on top in this economy, you’ve got to work a lot harder. The ones who get hurt are the comedians who don’t realize that they have to adapt the environment they’re currently in.”

Lauren Froderman to appear on the cover of Dance Spirit Magazine

The votes are in. “America’s Favorite Dancer” from the seventh season of So You Think You Can Dance, the wildly popular reality dance competition on FOX TV, is Lauren Froderman, who will appear on the November cover of Dance Spirit magazine as part of her prize package.

“Dance Spirit is thrilled to feature Lauren on the November 2010 cover!” says Kate Lydon, editor in chief. “I am especially proud of Lauren because we first featured her in October 2007 as part of a story on five ‘up and coming’ dancers. As ‘America’s Favorite Dancer’ she certainly fulfilled our expectations. I would also like to commend Nigel Lythgoe and the SYTYCD team for bringing all styles of dance into our living rooms on a weekly basis. We can’t wait for next season!”

For over 10 years, Dance Spirit has had its pulse on the teen dance world. Always a trendsetter both in the world of dance and in teen magazines, Dance Spirit has searched for, discovered and announced the hottest new talent since its launch.

Past cover models include: Emmy-winning choreographer Wade Robson, Emmy-nominated choreographers Tabitha & Napoleon; New York City Ballet’s Tiler Peck and tapper Jason Samuels Smith.

The November issue of Dance Spirit hits newsstands October 26, 2010.

A sculpture by Modigliani, sold for a record 43.2 million euros ($52.6 million)

Limestone sculpture representing a woman’s head with oval face, almond-shaped eyes, thin and long nose, small mouth and neck stretched – a typical portrait of Modigliani – was sold for 43.18 million euros, all taxes included, after an estimate of between four and six million euros, excluding taxes.

“It is a record for an opera made by Amedeo Modigliani, having regard to all categories (paintings and sculptures)”, said the Christie’s officials.

65-inch sculpture was carried out from 1910 to 1912 and was first displayed at the Salon d’Automne of 1912.

The sculpture comes from the collection of the businessman Gaston Levy (1893 – 1977), the founder of the Monoprix retail chain.

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Experts discovered the code of Michelangelo hidden in the Sistine Chapel.


Michelangelo is recognized as one of the greatest Italian Renaissance painter and sculptor. What we don’t know much about him is that he was extremely passionate about anatomy and that, at one point, he persuaded a hospital to let him study the corpses. But he destroyed almost all the notes and anatomical drawings.

A couple of American neuroanatomic experts believe that Michelangelo left some anatomical illustrations behind one of his best known works, the Sistine Chapel.

The artist painted his masterpiece between 1508 and 1512 in Rome and since then has been admired by millions of tourists.

Ian Suk and Rafel Tamargo think the last scene of the Chapel ceiling, in which God separates light from dark with his hands very precisely depicts the spinal cord and brainstem.

They observed that God’s neck and chest shows anatomical irregularities, not present in other paintings of the Chapel, and are differently enlightened, on purpose.

Experts overlapped the neck from the painting over a photograph of the human brain. Surprise: the two images matched perfectly! They have added a piece of God’s clothing that fits well with the spinal cord.

The two experts say that Michelangelo created this info as a secret message of the painting, but could not say what it means.

Dr. R. Douglas Fields from the University of Maryland, said that it could be several interpretations.

“Maybe the paintings from the Sistine Chapel doesn’t show that God gives Adam’s intelligence but that intelligence, observation and body that makes them possible, are directly from God and not mediated by the church,” said Fields. Michelangelo hated opulence and corruption of the Catholic Church.

The doctor says that the painting could be a Rorshach test, ie: an image that says more about the viewer and not the author, so it’s no wonder that experts in anatomy saw anatomical drawings in Michelangelo’s paintings.

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From the Paris modern art museum were stolen five masterpieces

The paintings are estimated to be worth around £ 400 million and were stolen on Wednesday night.

Moreover, during the investigation, the security camera footage reportedly shows someone entering the museum through a window during the night.

“This is a serious crime to the heritage of humanity,” Christophe Girard, deputy culture secretary at the Paris Town Hall, told a news conference.

The theft was committed by “one or more individuals who were obviously organized “, Mr. Girard said.

DOVE WITH GREEN PEAS – PABLO PICASSO (1911)

STILL LIFE WITH CANDLESTICK – FERNAND LEGER (1922)

WOMAN WITH FAN – AMEDEO MODIGLIANI (1919)

OLIVE TREE NEAR L’ESTAQUE – GEORGES BRAQUE (1906)

PASTORAL BY HENRI MATISSE (1906)

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Did Faust gave his soul to the Devil?

By the age of 30, Faust completed his studies and in his native country and also in Krakow, where he obtained a doctorate in theology.

Besides, the mysterious character is distinguished by his abilities as a physician, alchemist, philosopher, magician, astrologer and horoscopes creator.

In Krakow he encounters on Martin Luther and Philip Melachton, characters with whom he has a strong friendship.

Some rumors say that the two were even witnesses to the pact that Faust made with devil.


   
Rumors have been launched since his lifetime, so that Faust was fired from the Ehrfut University, where he used to teach ancient philosophy.

It seems that in a conversation with a Franciscan priest called Dr. Klinge, Faust testified that he had more trust in demons than in God.

After such a reputation, Faust is banished from academia and church and makes his living by selling horoscopes and trying to transform simple metals into gold by alchemical processes.
   
After such an experiment, the doctor is torn into pieces by an explosion and dies.

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Did Niccolo Paganini soled his soul to the devil?

It’s obvious that few people who read this article might think that at the great composer and Italian violinist as a person who gained his talent as a result of a pact to the devil.

But, a closer look to the period’s sources shows that Paganini wasn’t at all away from the bad rumors so that he decided to never infirm it.

Moreover, even from his birth moment, in a pour salesman and no luck family, his mother had a premonition dream, in which, her future son will be world’s greatest violinist.

As a result of this dream, his parents made everything possible to make it come true.

Until the age 7, Paganini knew perfectly how to play mandolin and violin. Until age 11 he gave to perform alone, so that until her turned 13 to be already known as a violin expert.

At age 19 he started composing his own music and by 23 he already created works of a huge amount. At 27 he already had a huge public success and a crazy success … and rumors about the secret pact which is responsible for his fame, already circulating on everyone’s lips.

Curious is that when he was asked if such a rumor is true, Paganini answered off-hand: “How else do you think I could play the way I do it?”.

Paganini’s decline began at the age of 40 years, when he was diagnosed with syphilis. Empirical treatments of the time, treatments that included mercury and opium, have practically destroyed his health.

Dressed in black evergreen, pale, almost without any teeth, Paganini was only a shadow of the beautiful and talented young who dazzled Europe. People were convinced that Paganini now paying the price which gave him that unnatural talent.

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J. D. Salinger died at 91 years

Jerome David Salinger, the author of many novels, of which the most well-known is “The Catcher in the Rye”, died on Wednesday, from natural causes, announced his agent.

Salinger was 91 year-old and, at the death moment, he was in his home in Cornish, state New Hampshire, in which he isolated lived from many years.

Salinger was born in New York on 1st January 1919 and he started his career in literature by publishing stories in different magazines.

In 1955 he married Claire Douglas, with whom he had two children, Peggy and Matthew, before their 1967 divorce. (Salinger was also briefly married in the 1940s to a woman named Sylvia; little else is known about her).

The movie “Finding Forrester”, with Sean Connery in the leading role, is based on Salinger’s life.

Among his novels are:

• The Catcher in the Rye (1951)
• Nine Stories (1953)
o “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” (1948)
o “Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut” (1948)
o “Just Before the War with the Eskimos” (1948)
o “The Laughing Man” (1949)
o “Down at the Dinghy” (1949)
o “For Esmé – with Love and Squalor” (1950)
o “Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes” (1951)
o “De Daumier-Smith’s Blue Period” (1952)
o “Teddy” (1953)
• Franny and Zooey (1961)
• Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction (1963)
o “Raise High the Roof-Beam, Carpenters” (1955)
o “Seymour: An Introduction” (1959)

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Picasso creation damaged at N.Y. museum

Pablo Picasso’s painting “The Actor” will undergo repair work, due to a woman’s visit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which fell onto the painting and tore the canvas, according to the museum staff.

It seems that the Picasso work was damaged on Friday after a visitor lost her balance and fell onto the unusually large 6-foot, 4-inch work.

According to museum staff, the six-inch tear is on the lower right-hand corner of the painting.
For now we don’t have any details about the incident beyond saying the visitor fell onto the painting.

Moreover, the painting must be ready for the late April exhibition of 250 works by Picasso, according to the museum staff.

Therefore, seems that this painting marked Picasso’s move from his “Blue period” to his “Rose period,” when his creations showcased costumed acrobats reminiscent of characters in Italian comedy stage plays, said a museum source.

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