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The element of surprise packs a powerful punch in the world of cinema, especially when a lead character is killed off. So what are the five best unexpected on-screen deaths?


Ridley Scott‘s Alien. Photograph: Allstar/Cinetext/©20th Century Fox

Compiled by Tom Grater, a London-based film writer and founder of entertainment website Tom’s Cinema. You can also follow him on Twitter @tomsmovies. If you’ve got an idea for a future Clip joint, drop an email to adam.boult@guardian.co.uk.

In a world where any successful trope of film is regurgitated to death, directors have an increasingly difficult job if they want to catch us off our guard and deliver a genuine surprise. An unexpected death, particularly of a central character, is a plot twist that film-makers often fall back on when they want to shake their audience up. Below are five of the best examples.

Obvious spoiler warning! If you’re squeamish of blood you might want to avoid the clips below. There’s also a fair bit of swearing.

Pulp Fiction

Quentin Tarantino’s films are littered with gleefully unexpected moments of impulsive, or accidental, homicide. There’s the “Goodbye Miss Laura” scene in Django Unchained, and the one from Jackie Brown where Robert De Niro finally loses his temper with Bridget Fonda. Topping them all is this completely unforeseeable calamity in Pulp Fiction.

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The Departed

It’s a tough choice between this particular scene from Infernal Affairs and its remake The Departed, but while a lot of the adaptation is shot for shot, Scorsese’s film adds just a touch of extra drama to this climactic moment.

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Burn After Reading

While Brad Pitt‘s appearance on this list was by no means mandatory, he could have easily been here for Meet Joe Black, which offers a clever take on the tried and tested “unexpectedly hit by a bus/car” motif. However, this shocking moment from the Coen brothers‘ irreverent comedy Burn After Reading makes its way onto this canon via Pitt’s delightfully impish grin, etched permanently onto his face following his untimely demise.

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Animal Kingdom

Exceptional Aussie crime drama Animal Kingdom has an ending as surprising and satisfying as they come. Teenage protagonist Joshua has spent the majority of the film in fear of his villainous uncles, in particular the monstrous Pope (played by the superb Ben Mendelsohn), but in one brief moment he exacts an unexpected revenge. The clip includes quite a lot of build-up, making the finale all the more potent.

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The list just wouldn’t be complete without this scene from Alien, the king of gruesome and shockingly unexpected cinematic deaths. NB: Ignore the “meows”; I don’t think those are authentic.


The 23rd James Bond installment hits $162.76 million with the biggest take of all time.

LONDON – Skyfall, starring Daniel Craig as James Bond, has crossed the £100 million ($161.5 million) mark at the U.K. box office, the first film ever to do so.

Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment trumpeted the movie’s success on Monday. The 23rd installment of the Bond franchise has now taken $162.76 million ( £100.46 million) at the U.K. box office.

The tally means the Bond film is now the most successful U.K. release in history, overtaking Avatar, which had a lifetime gross of $151.3 million (£94 million) over the course of its 11 months in release in U.K. cinemas.

Skyfall opened in 587 cinemas across the U.K. and Ireland on Oct. 26. The movie has generated more than $1 billion in ticket sales worldwide.

In the movie, Craig returns for his third outing as Ian Fleming’s 007 to find his loyalty to M tested as her past comes back to haunt her.

The film is from Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Directed by Sam Mendes, Skyfall is written by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and John Logan.

–written by stuart kemp for hollywoodreporter.com. image from mypocket.com


STAN LEE TURNS 90: Colleagues salute the Marvel legend and ‘goodwill ambassador for comics’

STAN LEE — the man, the mastermind, the seemingly tireless global goodwill ambassador for comics — is spinning his way toward a milestone: On Friday, he turns 90.

So how does Stan the Man feel about becoming a nonagenarian?

“One bit of philosophy I made up some time ago,” Lee tells Comic Riffs this week, “[it’s] a bit of a paradox: Everyone wants to live to a ripe old age — but no one wants to be old!”

Although he had pacemaker surgery this past fall, Lee defies a sense of seeming “old.,” forever moving like a human torch of kinetic energy. He even wrote in September upon his return: “In an effort to be more like my fellow Avenger, Tony Stark, I have had an electronic pace-maker placed near my heart to insure that I’ll be able to lead thee for another 90 years!”

The 1961 debut of the Fantastic Four: Lee calls it “the turning point of my life.” (STAN LEE & JACK KIRBY – Marvel Comics)Stanley Lieber has been in comics since his teen years — the first Timely/Marvel editor, “Captain America” co-creator Joe Simon, hired Lee as an office boy during the World War II era — and his career arc began to bend toward greatness about two decades later, when he created the flawed superheroes who make up the Fantastic Four (what he calls “the turning point of my life”). As all fans know, editor-writer Lee — working with such greats as Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Gene Colan and John Buscema — helped transform the comics industry as Marvel soon unspooled Spider-Man, Thor, Hulk, Iron Man and X-Men.

[THE STAN LEE PROFILEA sit-down with the legend]

Today, even as that same industry still wrestles with creators’ rights and compensation, Lee is the biggest living name in comics — the face of the superhero business to millions, both ebullient convention-hopping ambassador and Hollywood’s Marvel cameo king.

Wherever there are masses of comics fans, there seems to be smiling Stan Lee (who has been a special guest at Baltimore Comic-Con each of the past two years). When he warms to a spotlight, the throngs, in turn, heat up. And what is a star, ultimately, but a shining presence in its universe that gives off heat?

[THE STAN LEE INTERVIEWThe co-creator upon Spider-Man’s 50th anniversary]

At 90, this is how Stan Lee sums it up to Comic Riffs:

“I‘ve enjoyed every minute of my work all these years, and especially dealing with all the great fans.”

Upon his birthday, Comic Riffs asked several fellow creators and editors to share their thoughts on Stan. Fans of his themselves, here’s what they say:

STAN THE MAN (PLUS ONE): Lee — who co-created such Marvel characters as the Fantastic Four, Hulk, Iron Man and Spider-Man — in his office. (Reed Saxon / ASSOCIATED PRESS).

MARVEL RISES: A vintage photo of then-Marvel Comics publisher Stan Lee. (Gerald Martineau / THE WASHINGTON POST).

“Stan’s that rare figure who, while he’s adopted a larger-than-life persona in the eyes of the world, is the same person off-camera that he is on screen — he’s just as energetic, enthusiastic, bombastic, a touch corny, and charming even when he’s just picking up the mail or buying groceries. Because that’s not a persona — that’s the real deal.”

— Veteran Marvel editor TOM BREVOORT.

IN HIS ELEMENT: Stan Lee on the red carpet for the April 2012 premiere of “The Avengers” in Los Angeles. (Matt Sayles / ASSOCIATED PRESS).

“He’s still a big kid. He’s got a great sense of humor.. I mailed my ’Spider-Man’ Sunday [strip last week] and I always write him a little note. I must have 500 notes from him [that] I’ve kept through the years — every one funnier than the previous. … I enjoy so much talking to him. Sometimes he’s not feeling well, but you’d never know it. He’s always so joyful. He’s a fun guy to be around.”

— Top Marvel inker JOE SINNOTT, 86, who says he has worked with Stan, off and on, for six decades

“Stan should be remembered as the man who brought increasing humanity and realism to the comic-book superhero, and thus began to attract the older readers who otherwise would mostly have quit reading comics, never to return, by the time of puberty or thereabouts.

Lee in his Beverly Hills office, in 2011. (Jonathan Alcorn / for The Washington Post)“Of course, along with having the initial ideas for superheroes like the Fantastic Four, X-Men, Spider-Man, Thor, Iron Man, Hulk et al., he also became one of the most influential writers in the history of the field — and, as editor, he kept ever in mind the idea of an interrelated ‘Marvel universe’ even before the term was created [by fans]. His greatest gift to comics is the concept of the Marvel Universe — and the idea that superhero comics need not appeal only to sub-teen readers. Readers should understand that

“Stan Lee did this all as a professional, to make a living, not as a fan — but that he’s as big a fan as anyone could be of [the talents of] artists-creators like Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, John Romita, Bill Everett and others.”

— ROY THOMAS, the Hall of Fame writer-editor who immediately succeeded Stan as editor-in-chief at Marvel Comics

“Co-creating Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men and so many other iconic characters is an incredible legacy all on its own. Ditto for creating a personal bond with his readers through the letters pages and the bullpen bulletins, and for creating and building the Marvel brand identity. And becoming the goodwill ambassador for comics as whole is an amazing accomplishment. Stan informed and reminded people that comics as a medium is a valid and valuable part of our cultural smorgasbord.

IN HIS WEB: Stan Lee at the 2011 ceremony honoring him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (VALERIE MACON – AFP/GETTY IMAGES)“Stan’s combination of creative genius, promotional savvy and a work ethic that won’t quit are an impressive array of talents with which to engage the world. … Somehow, together with his collaborators, Stan initiated ideas and developed them in ways that resonated with countless numbers of people across multiple generations. Who did exactly what? No one was in the room or in their heads when Lee and Kirby created their characters and stories together, and my impression is they worked together in different ways at different times. They had a synergy that resulted in elegant concepts, brilliantly developed and executed. …

“It’s amazing that [Stan] is so active and available. Considering how tiring it can be, and the fact that there are those elements of controversy that trail him, it would in many ways be easier for him to spend his time at his home or office. It was pretty impressive that, less than a week after having a pacemaker put in, he was spending long days at the recent New York Comic-Con. …

“He’s … one of those people without whom we might have no comics industry — and therefore none of the media spinoffs — today.

— DANNY FINGEROTH, the veteran writer-editor (notaby edited Marvel’s Spider-Man books), educator and co-author of the 2011 treasure-trove that is “The Stan Lee Universe”

Happy Holiday From Stan Lee – World of Heroes

–all article compiled by michael kavna for washingtonpost.com

Moments of serendipity and just plain awesomeness (if there is such a thing) are what we call #onlyontwitter. These are examples of Tweets that came to life organically on Twitter, and can be appreciated in an instant.

Exploring new worlds

The deepest Tweet

Blockbuster movie director James Cameron took the second-ever dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean, and became the first person to send a Tweet from 35,755 feet beneath the sea.
The deepest Tweet
Credit: © Photo by Mark Thiessen/National Geographic. The DEEPSEA CHALLENGER submersible begins its first 2.5-mile (4-km) test dive off the coast of Papua New Guinea. The sub is the centerpiece of DEEPSEA CHALLENGE, a joint scientific project by explorer and filmmaker James Cameron, the National Geographic Society and Rolex to conduct deep-ocean research.

Just arrived at the ocean’s deepest pt. Hitting bottom never felt so good. Can’t wait to share what I’m seeing w/ you@DeepChallenge

Getting closer

Indoor, outdoor sports converge

During the State of the Union address in January, NFL wide receiver Chad Ochocinco tweeted an observation to House Speaker John Boehner. Their friendly exchange traversed their respective worlds.
Indoor, outdoor sports converge
Credit: By Speaker John Boehner, on Twitter

@SpeakerBoehner Just read some of your tweets and you seem pretty angry kind sir. I can see you on tv but you’re not smiling. Hope you’re ok

@ochocinco: Thanks & good luck in the @SuperBowl; we’ll see you in the playoffs next year. Go  

A grateful POTUS tweets

After being re-elected President, Barack Obama took to Twitter to thank voters, even before he took the stage for his post-election speech.
A grateful POTUS tweets
Credit: By Barack Obama, on Twitter

We’re all in this together. That’s how we campaigned, and that’s who we are. Thank you. -bo

Licensed to tweet

When “Skyfall,” the latest Bond movie, premiered, author and comedian Charlie Higson translated the original 12 Bond novels into 140 character Tweets. When you’re short of characters, 007 is one less than Bond.
Licensed to tweet
Credit: By Twitter UK, on Twitter

Today I will be mostly tweeting all 12 Fleming Bond novels in 140 characters or less 

Primetime prank

During the Emmys broadcast, host Jimmy Kimmel set up a live joke, encouraging the audience to tweet, “OMG Tracy Morgan passed out on stage.” The line instantly sparked Twitter conversation, and as people tuned in, they saw Kimmel and Morgan play it to the hilt.
Primetime prank

Oh my God – Tracy Morgan just passed out onstage at the Emmys – turn ABC on NOW!”

Fiction flourishes

Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan tried her hand at a new form: a short story on Twitter. The New Yorker’s fiction desk serialized her story “Black Box” using the 140-character limit as a creative filter, to let the tale unfold in a compelling new way.
Fiction flourishes

“You will be in constant danger.

For a cause

A plea for medical insurance

Just back from vacation, Arijit Guha started to feel sick. What he thought might be a virus turned out to be much worse: a malignant growth that turned out to be Stage IV colon cancer. After hitting the limit on his insurance, he reached out to his insurer on Twitter to plead his case. Company’s CEO Mark Bertolini responded directly to Arijit, and personally directed the company to help cover the gap.
A plea for medical insurance

@Poop_Strong @I_Am_Arijit@AetnaHelp has been trying to reach you and we want to help. Can we please connect?

Politics of breast cancer

Breast cancer charity Komen for the Cure sparked a massive protest on Twitter after the group announced in January it would no longer make cancer-screening grants to Planned Parenthood. The outpouring of comments generally supportive of Planned Parenthood filled Twitter streams and sparked a much larger national debate on the issues surrounding the decision.
Politics of breast cancer
Credit: By Farrah Udell, on Twitter

Komen’s decision hurts women – it puts politics before women’s health. @KomenfortheCure should be ashamed.tinyurl.com/77xhkoy

Protest on protest

After a documentary highlighted the deeds of notorious Ugandan guerrilla leader Joseph Kony and his group LRA, Twitter users voiced their opposition: #StopKony trended worldwide. The documentary was made by the charity Invisible Children (IC). Besides #StopKony, people expressed their concern about the motives of the filmmaker and IC’s founder.
Protest on protest
Credit: March 8 by ra_coons, on Flickr

The worst living criminal remains at large b/c he’s invisible to the world. On March 5th  goes viral.bit.ly/WATCHKONY2012

2- The white savior supports brutal policies in the morning, founds charities in the afternoon, and receives awards in the evening.

City Hall calling

Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker is known for communicating with residents on Twitter, and even better known for responding quickly. During superstorm Sandy, Booker not only let victims stay at his home; he arranged for a steady supply of a favorite local snack: Hot Pockets.
City Hall calling
Credit: Mayor @CoryBooker by @Twitter, on Flickr

1 Nov 12

@CoryBooker a my nigga i m running out of hotpockets to put in the oven

I believe in you. I know this is a problem you can handle. RT@DAT_NIGGA_REEE a my nigga i m running out of hotpockets to put in the oven

Full letter from @hotpockets donating 100s of coupons for free Hot Pockets to Newarkers (PHOTO)pic.twitter.com/oVO2eYZk

The world of Ai Weiwei

Known for his public stands against Chinese government repression, artist Ai Weiwei has been placed under house arrest and is not allowed to travel outside China. He has turned to the Internet, and in particular to Twitter, to engage with the world. As he often says, “Twitter is [my] favorite city.”
The world of Ai Weiwei
Credit: Free Ai weiwei! by DeluCarloe, on Flickr

RT @ponwawa@aiww like it or not, revolution will come. coooool pic.twitter.com/qIjAJ21J

Reprise: Berlin Wall

On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall came down after 28 years of dividing the city. On November 9, 2012,@9Nov89live captured the historic anniversary via Tweets. German citizens and many others joined the conversation using the hashtag #TwitternWie1989 (“tweeting like in 1989”) to share their very personal memories.
Reprise: Berlin Wall
Credit: Berlin Wall by NatalieMaynor, on Flickr

 Bei der @tagesschau machen sie auf mit “DDR öffnet Grenze”. youtube.com/watch?v=llE7tC…

On the ground in Syria

Stationed in Qubair, a small Muslim village in Syria, BBC Middle East Bureau Chief Paul Danahar frequently investigated reports of area uprisings and killings. At one point he didn’t have access to a broadcast camera — just his mobile phone. His compelling reportage took shape via his Tweets.
On the ground in Syria
Credit: By Paul Danahar, on Twitter

The following is what I understand are the accurate details of  from various conversation with knowledgable dip’s in  (1/3)

 : Killings by locals on locals, unclear if under instruction. Nobody’s throat was cut. Mainly women & kids as men away.  (2/3)

 : Most died by rooms being sprayed with bullets, not execution style gun to the head. One person had eye gouged out  (3/3)

Get in the game

Tweeting for the Gold

Tyler Clary gave us a glimpse inside the mind of an Olympian as he live-tweeted the 200m backstroke at the London Games. Given the tape delay from the UK to the U.S., he could tweet his innermost thoughts as they occurred to him during the race.
Tweeting for the Gold
Credit: By L2012 Pool Camera, on Twitter

Who wants to hear my narrative of what was happening leading up to my race and even after the race???

I’m back in the ready room dancing and listening to a little dubstep, but right before I came out I switched on “The Motto” by Drake 🙂

I see that I’m behind Ryan at the 100 but I am only thinking about building into the last 75

All I could think about after I saw that result was my high school coach Kevin Perry who passed away during my freshman year of college

Swimmer makes the cut

It was a Tweet from Michael Phelps’ coach Bob Bowman that informed Olympic hopeful Ricky Berens he qualified for the 2012 team, because Phelps would not be competing in the 200m freestyle. The coach’s Tweet gave Berens the nod to replace Phelps.
Swimmer makes the cut
Credit: By Tori Houk, on Twitter

Words can’t describe how I am feeling right now. If Twitter is right, I am swimming the 200 free at the Olympics!!!!! This is nuts!!!

MLB player meets a friend

Colorado Rockies pitcher Jeremy Guthrie* tweeted to find somebody for a game of catch at Coors Field. He connected with his Twitter follower Woody Roseland, and the pair played catch. Guthrie tweeted that Roseland, a five-time cancer survivor and amputee, is not only an inspiration to him — but a new friend.
— *He later joined the Kansas City Royals
MLB player meets a friend
Credit: Coors Field Autostitch 2 by compujeramey, on Flickr

I was trying to find a catch partner (thanks for bailing Chatwood) & found a FRIEND & example of courage.@WoodyRoseland You are inspiring!

Only hurts when he laughs

Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy was struck in the head by a line drive during a game, suffering an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and a skull fracture. Concerned fans were relieved to see that after surgery, McCarthy was back on Twitter — and more hilarious than ever. So was his wife, Amanda.
Only hurts when he laughs
Credit: By Joe Farris, on Twitter

11 Sep 12


@BMcCarthy32 I WILL strike someone with a brain injury

Fire on the track

When the car ahead of him burst into flames at the Daytona 500, NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski brought the action to us by live-tweeting from his car. Luckily, the huge ball of fire didn’t harm the other driver.
Fire on the track

Talk to Pelé

Just before Euro 2012 got underway in July, international soccer legend Pelé joined Twitter in June, taking questions from his legions of fans.
Talk to Pelé
Credit: By Pelé, on Twitter

27 Jun 12

@Pele do you think that Brazil can make a good job in Brazil 2014 

.@erikgm98 I sure hope so! We have good individual players but we have to prepare as a team.

27 Jun 12

@Pele who was the best player you ever played with and the best you played against 

.@matthammie1984 Best I played against was @beckenbauer and Bob Moore.

27 Jun 12

@Pele out of all the world cup finals you played, which one was your favorite 

.@GusOrdaz World Cup Sweden at 17 years old. Youngest player to win . This you cannot forget.

No longer rivals

Fifteen years ago, boxing champion Mike Tyson fought Evander Holyfield. What made headlines wasn’t who won — it was that Tyson bit off a piece of Holyfield’s ear. At long last, this year, they have made peace.
No longer rivals
Credit: Mike Tyson, on Twitter

28 Jun 12

.@WBCBoxing just reminded me today is the anniversary of the ear biting incident. Love you@holyfield. You are a true champion.

@MikeTyson @WBCBoxing as I recall u bit both of my ears….other 1 wasn’t marinated n my RealDealBBQ sauce. LOL! It’s all good bro!

Premier League fires, hires

Even after a disappointing 3-0 defeat at Juventus, Chelsea parting company with manager Roberto di Matteo came out of the blue for most fans. The news broke on Twitter with @ChelseaFC’s tweet. Later in the day Chelsea announced its new manager, Rafael Benítez via Twitter.
Premier League fires, hires
Credit: Chelsea FC

Chelsea Football Club has parted company this morning with manager Roberto Di Matteo. More to follow… 

Trading is part of the game

After being traded to the Houston Rockets, NBA guard James Harden made headlines, and got Twitter buzz. The fans weren’t the only ones caught off guard; players around the league weighed in on the trade as well.
Trading is part of the game
Credit: By NBA on Twitpic


taken from 2012.twitter.com



1. PSY – GANGNAM STYLE (강남스타일) M/V

I haven’t got the exact number how many really have watched this video here in Indonesia. Bu do we really need it? He’s been all over the place. Around the world. Did the Gangnam Style with Britney and Ellen (Simon Cowell just stood and watched. I knew  he wanted to). Collab with MC Hammer at AMA. Even met The U.N Secretary General (I smell nepotism here). I’m not that surprised if he is voted as Time Person of The Year.

2. Armada – Hargai Aku (more than 9.6 million viewers)

This is a surprise for me. But after i watched the video 27 times (maybe more) now i’m not that surprised anymore. They deserve it. They got all the formulas to be runner up this year. Good song. Easy listening. Soothing voice. Good music video. Suit with their touchy lyrics. Unrequited love. We all love those kind of song. C’mon admit it. Remember Adele?

3. NOAH – SEPARUH AKU (more than 8.3 million viewers)

Their name used to be Peterpan Band. One of the greatest bands in Indonesia for the past five years. This was the most anticipated song of the year in Indonesia. Ariel, the singer, singer-writer and frontman of the band just got released from prison for violating the pornography law. He was the sex idol Indonesia. I think he still is. Not long after that they released this video and boom. They have regained their position one more time.

4. Last Child ft. Giselle – Seluruh Nafas Ini (more than 4.5million viewers)

Formed in 2007. This is their third album. But their first studio album that seriously done. Remastered by Jemi Sitanayah, a Master in Music (Soundengineering) from Berklee College of MusicUSA. This song featuring Giselle, the finalist of Indonesian Idol. She was very well known here Indonesia. Appears almost everyday on local television. Oriental look girl. Boys these days love that kind of look. Look at SNSD and other girlband from Korea and Japan.

5. The Secret State Music – The Biggest Mistake – Official Video

Man, i just heard this band. Where the fuck have i been? Mars? Was i in the wrong direction? After a few of their members served their country, The Secret State has arrived, with their unique electronic tinged sound, to serve their fans. For more info check their website: http://www.thesecretstatemusic.com

6. Trio Macan – Iwak Peyek (more than 3 million viewers)

Trio Macan means Three Lions. No they’re not from England. It’s a group-vocal (or girlband?) Trio Macan are Lia LadystaIva Novanda, dan Dian Aditya. They’re from East Java. Their name skied up high when they released a song called SMS. They’re dyed their hair into blondes. They’re also well known for their energetic stage act and show their sensuality to the audiences. Just like Lady Gaga.

7. Zivilia – Aishiteru 2 (more than 2.6 million viewers)

Their debut album. Zivilia comes from two words “Zif” and “Philia”.  The frontman Zulkifli or you can call him Zul formed the band as soon as he arrived in Indonesia after he got home after quite awhile stay in Japan. Ha! Now we know why the title is Aishiteru.

8. PSY (ft. HYUNA) 오빤 딱 내 스타일

Do you still need an explanation?


Korean Pop (boyband and girlband) is a big hits in Indonesia. And i think it rules all over the world this year. Everytime they have a show in Indonesia you have to buy the tickets fast. Mostly their tickets were sold out within days.

10.  COBALAH MENGERTI – Ariel, Uki, Lukman, Reza, David Feat.Momo G (more than 1.8 mio)

This is the embryo of NOAH Band (look at number 3). They have to change their name because they had feud with their past members of Peterband. Because the Peterpan name came from Andhika, Peterpan’s keyboardist who left the band with Reza (bassist) and formed another band called The Titans.

(Source: YouTube Rewind Indonesia 2012)

British man dies after dancing ‘Gangnam Style’


Death leads to warning against vigorous dancing for middle-aged men

Middle-aged men have been warned not to attempt the ‘Gangnam Style’ dance too vigorously after a father of three collapsed and died while copying the moves from the hit video.

Eamonn Kilbride, 46, collapsed with chest pains at his office party in Blackburn last weekend. He had been performing the dance moves made famous by South Korean rapper Psy, who mimics riding a horse.

Professor Bernard Keavney, a consultant cardiologist at Newcastle University, told The Daily Telegraph that older men should not “stray outside your comfort zone” at Christmas parties this year. “The chance that you’ll come to grief is very small. But as with any form of untypical exercise… be somewhat measured. Let the lady dance around you,” he added.
Mr Kilbride, an IT manager, had been with his wife, Julie, who was celebrating her birthday. She paid tribute to her “loving husband” of 23 years, calling him “the life of the party”. He had three children – Laurajade, 22, Jack, 21, and Conor, 18 – all of whom are at university.

Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’ recently became the most-watched video ever on YouTube. The K-Pop star‘s hit has racked up a record-breaking 815million views since it was posted on July 15, 2012. Justin Bieber‘s track ‘Baby’, posted in February 2010, has 803million views. Psy, whose real name is Park Jae-Sang, has had worldwide success with ‘Gangnam Style’ and has sold more than four million copies around the globe. He also bagged the first UK Number One by a Korean artist. ‘Gangnam Style’ attracts around 11million viewers a day.


(article taken from NME.com)

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