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Christoph Waltz Worried Nationality Would Hurt His Career

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Casting, Celeb News,

Christoph WaltzChristoph Waltz was worried being half-Austrian and half-German would affect his career. The Oscar-winning actor almost quit acting when he was told he was unlikely to break Hollywood and would probably be cast in supporting roles as a German Nazi for the rest of his life because of his thick Austrian accent.

"I was introduced to Paul Kohner years ago, who was the most powerful agent in the 30s. He was at the end of his career and I was at the beginning of my career - he actually knew my grandfather. He said, 'Of course I can do something for you in Hollywood, that's not the problem. But you have to ask yourself, do you want to spend the rest of your life walking through the background yelling "Heil Hitler?"' And that was probably the most valuable thing he said to me. I said, 'No, thank you,' and went back to Europe."

Christoph, 56, is ironically best known for his Best Supporting Actor Oscar win for his role as Nazi Colonel Hans Landa in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds.

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WSJ: The iPhone 5 will support 4G LTE in multiple areas worldwide

iPhone 5 LTE

This afternoon, the WSJ is reporting that Apple's iPhone 5 will indeed support LTE. There's additional good news for frequent travelers:  it will support more LTE bands for global coverage throughout the United States, Europe, and Asian markets. Currently, Apple offers two flavors of LTE for the third generation iPad, which also runs on both Verizon and AT&T networks.

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Marilyn Manson Dating Lana Del Rey?

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Music, Dating, Rumors,

Lana Del Rey and Marilyn MansonMarilyn Manson has sparked rumors he is dating Lana Del Rey.

The "Beautiful People" rocker and the "Born To Die" singer have been spotted sneaking into an elevator at the five-star Grand Hyatt hotel in Berlin, Germany, where the 43-year-old musician has been staying. On Wednesday night, the pair were seen enjoying a meal at the Grill Royale restaurant in the city ahead of Thursday night's Echo Awards, and they were spotted leaving the eatery in a mini van shortly after midnight, according to German publication B.Z. The rumored couple spent time with veteran singer Barry Manilow at the music event, where Lana took to the stage to sing her breakthrough hit "Video Games."

Marilyn - who was previously married to Dita Von Teese and has been single since splitting from actress Evan Rachel Wood in 2010 - and Lana both attended the Musik Hilft charity event on Wednesday night along with more than 200 guests, including Katy Perry, who were treated to a steak meal washed down with champagne.


BMW 5 Series drives autonomous driving test hits the Autobahn

Posted by Andrey Malskiy Categories: Science, Transportation,

A few weeks ago we reported on autonomous driving as a feature in the Toyota Fun-Vii, but it looks like BMW might have beat Toyota to the punch line.

Last year BMW scored 2-minute laps at Luguna Seca with the click of a button. This year BMW is back with new and improved technologies. When BMW hot lapped their 3 series at Luguna, they relied on radars and cameras to get the car to do what they wanted it to do. That wasn’t good enough for BMW, so they pushed the enveloped to have an autonomously-run car on the Autobahn, a road that has no speed limit. In order to execute this feat, BMW relied on ultrasonic scanners and lasers to read the road, traffic, and lanes. The system executes the necessary tasks and keeps with the flow of traffic. You can see the 5 series in action after the jump!

Though it is too early to see if this system will make it into production anytime soon, the technology is something manufactures have been dreaming of since the 50s. For now, BMW will be equipping some vehicles with a new Traffic Jam Assist system, aimed at helping you deal with traffic more efficiently.

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World’s smallest camera is the size of a grain of salt

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Cameras, Design, Science,

fraunhofer microcamera

Think your webcam is small? Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany have developed a camera that's no larger than a grain of salt. The "microcamera" (shown below next to a syringe) has the potential to re-invent medical cameras used to navigate surgeries as well as some aspects of cars and consumer electronics.

"At 1x1x1 millimeters, this camera is as small as coarsely ground grain of salt—the smallest camera that we are aware of," Stephan Voltz, CEO of image-sensor developer Awaiba, said in a Fraunhofer press release.

Part of the challenge for creating effective microcameras is the manufacturing process, which requires that image sensors be created in bulk on a single wafer, then separated and attached to individual lenses. Fraunhofer says it's found a way to mount lenses in bulk on top of the sensor wafer, simplifying—and cheapening—the process, at least for this microcamera.

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Kinect Munich launch brings Stachus gate to life

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Culture, Microsoft, Xbox 360,

Dutch sweetheart Sylvie van der Vaart joined shoppers in Munich's famous Karlsplatz to create a breathtaking piece of interactive, art inspired by Kinect. State of the art technology allowed shoppers to take control of the iconic Stachus gate, bringing the ancient medieval structure to life by jumping, dancing, waving and gyrating. Definitely a cool sight to behold.


VIDEO: Pink Falls From Harness During Act


UPDATE: You can see video of Pink falling off the stage after the jump.

Even if you haven’t attended one of ‘s concerts, chances are you’ve already seen a clip of her performing some type of circus act…while singing at the same time.

Although she’s pulled off these stunts numerous times - like at the MTV Video Music Awards and at the Grammys - the risk for an accident is always still there. Unfortunately, that proved to be the case during her concert in Nurnberg, Germany tonight.

In the video above, you can see Pink explaining after the accident why the show has to close early.

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VIDEO: Carey Hart is Stripped for Pink Concert

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Concerts / Tours, Gossip, Videos, Pop,


The secret to a good marriage is simply doing what your wife tells you to do.

At this recent concert in Hannover, Germany, husband Carey Hart - already the subject of the song “So What?” - became a sexy part of the act.

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2010 Golden Globe Nominations (Film)

Up in the Air

The 2009-10 awards season kicked into high gear this morning with the official announcement of the nominations. The event - which will be hosted by funnyman Ricky Gervais - will take place just over two weeks before the Academy Award contenders are revealed.

Here are some of the noteworthy mentions from this year’s list of film nominees:

  • leads all film nominations with six. The musical Nine follows with five while Avatar and Inglourious Basterds tied with four.
  • As expected, Meryl Streep has received another two mentions—unfortunately, they are both in the Comedy category (Julie & Julia, It’s Complicated). On the surprising end, Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side, The Proposal) and Matt Damon (Invictus, The Informant) both have two nominations as well—thankfully, in different categories.
  • Talk about drama! An ex-husband and wife will be competing against each other in the Best Director race. (Avatar‘s James Cameron and The Hurt Locker‘s Kathryn Bigelow.)
  • Despite backing from both Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey, is not a contender for Best Film. Mo’Nique and Gabourey Sidibe were both recognized for their excellent acting though.

The 67th Golden Globe Awards airs Jan. 17 on NBC.

(You can find the full list of film nominees after the jump. Click here for the TV nominations.)

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U2 to Commemorate Fall of Berlin Wall

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Performances, Rock,

U2

will play a free show in Germany to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The “Get On Your Boots” rockers will play in front of Berlin’s iconic Brandenburg Gate as part of the MTV European Music Awards (EMAs) on November 5, as a prelude to the city’s “Fall of the Wall” celebrations.

“It’ll be an exciting spot to be in, 20 years almost to the day since the wall came down,” the group’s manager, Paul McGuinness, said. “They’re expecting tens of thousands of people to turn up,” a source added to Britain’s Daily Mirror. “They’ve played some interesting places in the past but this’ll certainly be the most ambitious - and most poignant - one to date.”

Parts of the set will be beamed live into the EMAs which take place in the city on the same day.

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