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Dec 25

jeffbuckley160x120Late star Jeff Buckley scored his biggest ever hit last night when Hallelujah shot to number tow in the UK chart.

It finished just behind the version of the same song by X Factor winner Alexandra Burke, It is the first time that two versions of the same song have taken the top two positions in the chart for 51 years.

The last time such a feat occurred was in 1957 when Tommy Steele and Guy Mitchell held the top two positions with Singin’ The Blues when the charts were in their infancy.

Buckley’s 1994 version of Hallelujah, from his only complete album Grace, found a new lease of life thanks to an online campaignin response to the track being given to the X Factor victor. Buckley, who drowned in 1997, was not the only star whose archive version of the track made the chart – Leonard Cohen, the song’s author, was at number 36 with his original performance.

Burke’s track sold 576,000 copies in a week making it the fastest selling single by a female solo artist, beating another X Factor winner Leona Lewis’s A Moment Like This. Buckley sold 81,000 copies of Hallelujah simply on download.

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Join the campaign to make Jeff Buckley’s version of Hallelujah the Christmas No1

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Buckley’s ‘Hallelujah’ – from his 1994 debut ‘Grace’ – is currently at number 43 in the charts, climbing six places from number 49 last week (November 30). The song has not been re-released physically.

There are several protest groups on social network sites such as Facebook urging fans of the song to buy Buckley‘s version and boycott the ‘X Factor’ one

See the video by clicking on the player below.

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I heard there was a secret chord
that david played and it pleased the lord
but you don’t really care for music, do you
well it goes like this the fourth, the fifth
the minor fall and the major lift
the baffled king composing hallelujah

hallelujah…

well your faith was strong but you needed proof
you saw her bathing on the roof
her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
she tied you to her kitchen chair
she broke your throne and she cut your hair
and from your lips she drew the hallelujah

hallelujah…

baby i’ve been here before
i’ve seen this room and i’ve walked this floor
i used to live alone before i knew you
i’ve seen your flag on the marble arch
but love is not a victory march
it’s a cold and it’s a broken hallelujah

hallelujah…

well there was a time when you let me know
what’s really going on below
but now you never show that to me do you
but remember when i moved in you
and the holy dove was moving too
and every breath we drew was hallelujah

well, maybe there’s a god above
but all i’ve ever learned from love
was how to shoot somebody who outdrew you
it’s not a cry that you hear at night
it’s not somebody who’s seen the light
it’s a cold and it’s a broken hallelujah

hallelujah…

JEFF BUCKLEY

Buckley’s version needs to be heard by a new generation before they start believing EOGHAN QUIGG, or whoever wins the ITV1 talent show, is the first person to sing it.

Fans of Buckley — who drowned in the Mississippi in 1997 — have launched an internet campaign to get it in the charts.

 

It is already on the verge of the Top 40 and with your help can become a surprise Christmas hit.

So if you love it or haven’t ever heard it, get downloading — it’s absolutely incredible.

I am mildly amused by SIMON COWELL choosing a song for his winner with the line: “You don’t really care for music, do you.”

But there is nothing wrong with new interpretations of timeless songs and it’s a great choice for The X Factor winner.

Buckley’s version is, of course, a cover too. But before kids start asking their mates if they’ve bought “that Eoghan Quigg song”, the best version of this classic needs to get out there.

Buckley earned his first US No1 posthumously in March after JASON CASTRO performed the song on American Idol.

If the Yanks can turn Buckley’s version into a chart smash, so can we.

From Fackbook:

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WELL DONE EVERYBODY – NUMBER 2!!!
We’ve been reported on by mainstream media all over the world, brought Buckley thousands of new fans, seriously challenged Cowell, given Cohen a nice Christmas present and most importantly, got a track that hasn’t been released for 14 years to at Number 2 in the Christmas week charts without any of the support other artists get… you’re all pretty amazing!
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Just to make it clear:
1. We’re not attacking Alexandra.
2. We KNOW the money goes to Sony! It isn’t about the money.
(And no, the money from Jeff’s version DOESN’T go to Cowell!)
3. We know Leonard Cohen wrote Hallelujah!!!
4. We aren’t annoyed ‘just because it’s a cover.’

!!—BEFORE JOINING THIS GROUP, PLEASE BUY THE JEFF BUCKLEY HALLELUJAH SINGLE FROM ALL OF THE ONLINE STORES IN THE LINKS BELOW—!!

Also, please join the group’s page so you can receive updates on how the campaign is going! http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Jeff-Factor/66928891080

Following the rather depressing news that this year’s X factor finalist will be covering Leonard Cohen’s beautiful ‘Hallelujah,’ I think everyone should download the Jeff Buckley version, instead of buying the inevitably soulless version churned out by Simon Cowell’s Crimbo flash in the pan.

This is not a group intended to make cruel or derogatory remarks about any participants in this years X factor, but if you love Buckley’s version, let’s make sure everyone forgets the pale imitation as quickly as possible.

We can make this work, and make a huge statement against the barrage of cynical manufactured pop dirtying up our charts. I am willing to download this version the week the X factor version comes out, and I know others will be too.

To make this as easy as possible we have posted the download links below:

http://www.7digital.com/artists/jeff-buckley/hallelujah-1/ – unencumbered high quality 320k mp3 89p (that’s what I’m getting next week).

http://www.tunetribe.com/product/index.html?id=604507 – cheaper but semi-crippled WMA (windows file) only 49p

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=254578201&s=143444 – 79p but DRM AAC file from Apple

HMV
http://hmv.com/hmvweb/digitalSearch.do?simpleSearchString=jeff+buckley&simpleSearchString=jeff+buckley&pGroupID=8&searchUID=&btnSubmitSearch.x=17&adultFlag=false&btnSubmitSearch.y=4&primaryID=8#
Near the bottom, 69p.

PLEASE DONT PURCHASE FROM AMAZON AS THEY DO NOT COUNT TOWARDS THE UK CHARTS…

PLEASE DON’T MULTIPLE DOWNLOAD AT ALL.

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Sep 01

Bryn Christopher (born c.1985) is a singer-songwriter from Birmingham, England.

Bryn Christopher at Glastonbury

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His first single release “The Quest” was released on June 9, 2008 through Polydor Records. The single draws on his brother’s personal experience as a soldier stationed in Basra. “The Quest” was recently featured in the closing scene of season 4 of Grey’s Anatomy.

Bryn Christopher performs single ‘The Quest’ on This Morning

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Grey’s Anatomy Season 4 Finale [Bryn Christopher-The Quest]

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Bryn teamed up with co-writer/producer Jarrad Rogers and production team Midi Mafia (Jennifer Lopez, Talib Kweli, Nelly) to make his debut album My World, which will be released in late August 2008. Midi Mafia recently secured the exclusive rights to use samples from the Stax Records Catalogue, and has used some of these for the first time ever on Bryn’s album.

His second single is called Smilin’.

Bryn Christopher – Smilin’ MV

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His debut album ‘My World’ will be released on September 8th, 2008.

  • 1. Help Me
  • 2. Smilin
  • 3. Sour Times
  • 4. Stay With Me
  • 5. The Quest
  • 6. My World
  • 7. Found A New Love
  • 8. Seconds Ago
  • 9. Way You Are
  • 10. GoneGoneGone
  • 11. My Kinda Woman
  • 12. Taken Me Over

 absolutely amazing

Bryn Christopher – Amy Winehouse Tour Video

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Jun 18


Since the Mozilla website will be crushed today with traffic, here is the direct link to download Firefox Version 3.0 now:

Click here to download Firefox 3

Keep hitting refresh for almost 1 hour, finally get through and get 3 versions Firefox, now I upload them all to fileshare website: fileqube.com

If Mozilla website is down and you think you cant wait a few days for this Firefox 3, you have a strong feeling trying to update your browser today, try the links here (I swear, no virus):

Firefox 3 English UK
Firefox Setup 3.0(UK)
Firefox 3 English US
Firefox Setup 3.0(US)
Firefox 3 Chinese
Firefox Setup 3.0(CN)

PASSWORD: pinewooddesign

Any problem pls leave comment here, I will get u back asap.

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Official: Firefox 3 ‘weeks not months’ away
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Jun 17

Did you ever wanna build your own city? Maybe you love dogs dressed in bee suits? How about repenting, but this time, the easy way? These 10 useless sites serve absolutely no obvious purpose but are nonetheless a pretty entertaining, funny, and strangely enjoyable waste of time.

My Mini City

My Mini City is a site where you can build your own miniature city, oddly enough. Name your city, and watch it grow. Every time someone goes to your city’s page, your population grows. As your population grows so does your city.

You Fail

If you want to go to a site with a catchy theme song and a clear message, this is for you. This site seems as though it was designed to send as an insult to your friends, and it accomplishes its job very well. You Fail is only one page with three bold red letter words set to music. (Note: I am not to be held accountable for loss of friendship.)

Bee Dogs

This site contains various pictures of dogs in bee costumes. Yes, this sight is completely random and off-the-wall, but aren’t they just soo cute. If you love dogs, and you love bee costumes, and you love dogs in bee costumes you will probably really love this sight.

Huge Numbers

This site, like You Fail, is only one page, but unlike You Fail, this site contains one number. It is definitely for all those people on a quest to see really huge numbers. We could all use a site like this…or maybe not!

I Has A Bucket

Another unique page, this site tells the tale of a walrus and his bucket. His bucket has got taken away from him and he may have to deal with the emotional pain for the rest of his life. OK, so maybe not- but it is still a rather hilarious site. Facebook linkage included.

IGod

This site is designed so you can repent to, make fun of or ask questions of god. This site is actually hilarious and is a great time waster, with many clever words and phrases. Do your self a favor and go to this site. Repenting made easy.

Digits of Pi Song

That’s right! With this site, your persistent dream to hear the pi song has become a reality. What do you MEAN you never thought about pi as being a song before? Well, no matter, in any case here it is. Can you sing all the digits of pi with this catchy melody?

Can you Tell the Difference?

This site claims that you will confuse the items on the page. Go ahead then, take the strangest multiple choice test in the world!

Pikachizer

Yes, now you can understand the language spoken by everyone’s favorite Pokemon. Just type in the word or phrase you want pikachized – and “blamo” you now know how to say it in Pikachu.

This Peanut Looks Like a Duck

This site is exactly that — a picture of a peanut that looks like a duck. It may be the most useless site I have come across so far. I think it’s brilliant.

Super Bad

superbad.com is probably the most insane, useless but entertaining way to spend 5-10 minutes of your life. Its all a bunch of links through pages with trippy images that make no sense at all. It can only be described by me as a maze of mental retardation.

(Btw, it was made years before the movie was produced. I have yet to see the film but if there is any connection, the website was the original)

Old Timey Boxer Riverdancing

It slays me

ZOMBO

This is Zombo com, welcome to Zombo com, you can do anything here Zombo com, yes, this is Zombo  com!! …… This is Zombo com, welcome to Zombo com, you can do anything here Zombo com, yes, this is Zombo com!! ……

Is It Christmas?

Whole website only one word:  NO

Can’t wait to see ‘yes’ next christmas…….

most useless sites ever…

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Jun 17

My guess is each webmaster or blogger use at least one web service to keep track & monitor web traffics. There are tones of free web traffic checkers out there, each a unique of its own. Most of them have something in common though; installation of script is required to generate traffic reports. Installing too many tends to slow the site down and cause inaccuracy in overall results. It’s better to stick with one or two which matches your requirements the most. Here’s by far 14 most used web statistics tools I’ve come to known.

AWStats

AWStats is probably one of the few good ones that don’t require client side script installation. It’s installed on the server side and provides comprehensive logs of traffics accessing particular websites. It’s free and if your web host doesn’t have, request them to install.

StatsCounter

StatCounter is widely used among most tech non-savvy web owners. It gives real time statistics of your web traffic but the drawback of it is, you will need to pay if your traffics exceed 1,500,000 pagviews a month. Well, if you have that much of traffic you wouldn’t mind paying to continue don’t you?

SiteMeter

SiteMeter is another very popular traffic tracking provider. It’s used by a lot of notable websites such as lifehacker, read/write web, gawker, gizmodo, kotaku, etc. And like StatsCounter provides 2 different charges of services; the free and the paid premium. Free services get all basic statistics a webmaster could possibly need but in case you want more comprehensive analysis on your traffics, you will need to get the premium account.

Google Analytics

This is perhaps the most commonly used and most famous web traffic tractor every build. It’s free with functions I’ll take me pages to describe. Google Analytics gives very accurate statistics on not only traffics but also keep track of almost everything a cookie can store (browsers, type of OS, plugins installed, etc) on each unique visitors. It is also used to keep track of Google Adwords performance. And with the new look recently upgraded, it’s certainly better in terms user friendliness and navigations.

FeedBurner

What makes Feedburner different from the rest is that it keeps track of traffic coming from feed readers. Feedburner users can show off how many people are currently subscribing to them by displaying a chiklet on websites. Feedburner’s FAN is also the only traffic counter that offers publishers to make a profit from their traffic. With the recent acquisition of Feedburner by Google, it could have just helped Google to strengthen their domination on traffic counter. Google AdSense on Feedburner is what many AdSense publishers looking forward to see after this acquisition.

103Bees

103bees started off earlier this year but already gain much reputation because they are one among few that concentrates on search engine traffic analyzation. It is one of my favorite tool to measure and check my daily traffic. Check out my reviews on 103bees.

Performancing Metrics

Performancing gives you real time readings of your web traffics however if you want to use it for free for long run, your pageviews/day must not exceed 1000. Upon sign up, Performancing gives you 21days full premium access, after that you will have to pay ($2/month) to continue. If you have high traffic, try using Performancing metrics. If your traffics are among the Top 20, you will earn yourself a PR7 link back from Performancing.com main page.

Reinvigorate

I feel in love with reinvigorate the first time I encounter it. ReInvigorate has nice interface design with traffic charts nicely placed. It makes charts very understandable, very easy for comparison and analysis. However, it’s currently a beta and only available through invitations. Send in a e-mail and let’s hope they will send you an invitation to try it out.

Spotplex

Spotplex shows you not only real time traffic stats, but also how you rank among bloggers of your niche that use Spotplex plugin. Head over to Spotplex website to check the most popular articles of the day, most popular within specific niche or your Spotplex rank today.

WordPress.com Stats

WordPress.com Stats calculates your traffic within WordPress. However Automattic Statistics resides on WordPress.com’s Dashboard. After installing the plugin, there will be an extra button call Blog Stats that will lead you to your statistics in WordPress.com.

OneStats

By putting one small OneStats banner on your website, you not only get to see your web traffic but also get to compete against websites from your country in the OneStats chart. OneStats chart is a very good place to gain publicity and its monitor by many webmasters. It’s ranked based on pageviews so it’s a bit unfair as forums and photo albums have a higher pageview rate.

Counterized II for WordPress

Counterize II upgrades from its previous version to give more traffic data. It embedded inside your WordPress Dashboard, giving you traffic information like IP, timestamp, visited URI, referring URI, total hits, unique hits, etc. All you need to do is install the plugin and view your stats inside Dashboard.

Counterize II upgrades from its previous version to give more traffic data. It embedded inside your WordPress Dashboard, giving you traffic information like IP, timestamp, visited URI, referring URI, total hits, unique hits, etc. All you need to do is install the plugin and view your stats inside Dashboard.

MyBlogLog

MyBlogLog stats shows you where your visitors come from, what they read and where they go, but the most interesting thing about MBL is, it includes the statistics of Google AdSense clicked and their sizes.

CrazyEgg

CrazyEgg tells you where in your page people are likely to click and the most interesting part is, it gives you a heat map display. Install and test it out yourself.

GoStats

GoStats provides not only the normal stats we want to see, it also comes with a prediction figure. The tab navigation from text view to graphic view comes simply in handy. Another good visitors tracking system worth checking out.

XiTi Free

XiTi Free offers the basic indicators you need to give you a global view of your site’s traffic. Personal pages, blogs, association sites, webzines. Already used by over 200,000 sites, this version gives you the reliability and credibility of XiTi, recognized as a trusted third-party service. Best thing is No limits on the number of pages audited.

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May 04

THE public is making its mark on graffiti artist Banksy’s first British exhibition in three years as a whole street has been transformed into an art exhibition.

The Cans Festival, a three-day street party of stencil art, kicks off yesterday in an old tunnel formerly used by taxis, which was vacated when Eurostar left its Waterloo terminal in London.

Artists from as far afield as Brazil, Canada and Australia are also taking part.

Huge installations include smashed up cars, a CCTV camera-laden tree, an ice cream van, a cut-out of the Queen, and statues as well as artwork on the walls.

Boris Johnson also features in murals by a Dutch artist named Hugo Kaagman.

In one piece – We Need Change – the politician’s face appears by a picture of a Smurf.

From today the public can add to the exhibition with their own stencilling.

Banksy said: “Graffiti doesn’t always spoil buildings, in fact it’s the only way to improve a lot of them.
“In the space of a few hours with a couple of hundred cans of paint I’m hoping we can transform a dark forgotten filth pit into an oasis of beautiful art.”

The free event is open to the public from 10am until 10pm on Monday.

After that, the installations will be removed from the road, but the artwork will remain on the walls.
The exhibition takes place in Leake Street, near Waterloo Station.

Members of the public are being invited to take part in Banksy’s latest project, as an army of graffiti artists turn a whole London street into an art exhibition

The Cans Festival starts on Saturday in an old tunnel formerly used by taxis

It was vacated when Eurostar left its Waterloo terminal in London

Banksy had noticed an abandoned access road. Eurostar, which no longer owns the tunnel, helped to put his brainwave into action

Artists from as far afield as Brazil, Canada and Australia are also taking part

Huge installations include smashed up cars, a CCTV camera-laden tree, an ice cream van, a cut out of the Queen and statues, as well as artwork on the walls

Banksy said: “Graffiti doesn’t always spoil buildings, in fact it’s the only way to improve a lot of them. In the space of a few hours with a couple of hundred cans of paint I’m hoping we can transform a dark forgotten filth pit into an oasis of beautiful art”

The public will be able to play their part by adding to the exhibition with their own stencilling

The free event is open to the public from 10am on Saturday until 10pm on Monday

The public are being encouraged to bring their own stencils and wear clothing they don’t mind being damaged

Banksy’s pieces include a classical-style statues with a twist – one named David In Flak Jacket and another called Homeless Venus. Another statue is named Brew Period and is painted in camouflage colours and holding a can of Special Brew

The Cans Festival takes place in Leake Street, near Waterloo Station. For more information see www.thecansfestival.com

Banksy is a world’s most famous Graffitist Stenciler graffiti artist who did the Blur’s “Think Tank”  CD cover . Until now nobody knew what he looked like. R those photo caught him at work??

See Also: The Cans Festival – Banksy street exhibition (photos)
Banksy’s photos — Has he really been caught at work???
Banksy’s Village Pet Store And Charcoal Grill Opens in New York City

More Cans Festival Pics Click Here:


Thanks Rebbill provide this video’s link to us.

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Apr 13

Sweet art
Sarah Graham painting childhood memories

Success is sweet for Sarah Graham, who has gone from working on the pick’n’mix counter to being a highly-paid artist.

The 30-year-old makes a living from painting the sweets and toys of her childhood, from Black Jacks and Fruit Salad to Sindy dolls.

Her first job, when she was 16, was at Woolworths in the pick’n’mix sweets section. She’s moved on somewhat and, now, her colourful, photo-realistic oil paintings can sell for up to £10,000.

Miss Graham, who has a BA (Hons) in Fine Art, said she was inspired by the Pop Art of the 1960s and 1970s, when Andy Warhol immortalised Campbell’s soup tins amongst other things.

Sarah working

Candy Swirl | Available as print | Original 80 x 110 cm 2008

22. Cowboys and Indians – 50x100cm

24. Gnome with Apples – 90x135cm

10. Sugar Rush – 80x80cm

Betty | Original 110 x 85 cm 2007

Red Riding Hood | Original 90 x 90 cm 2008

Quack | Available as print | Original 120 x 120 cm 2008

19. Camper Vans – 80x100cm

Kaleidascope | Original 120 x 120 cm 2008

4. Refreshers – 60x90cm

Sweets for my sweet | Available as print | Original 110 x 80 cm 2008

3. Swizzel Lolly – 60x90cm

Double Mini | Original 100 x 50 cm 2006

Her brother’s comment on website:
Sarah is my only sister and she painted my son, Leo when he was very young at 3 months old and it takes pride of place in my house. It is an amazing painting and I love it to pieces. It’s so lovely that Leo will have it for always. Everybody who comes to my house comments on it and can’t believe it’s a painting as they just assume it’s a blown-up photograph!
She is really amazing and I love her to bits.

– Elaine Graham, Hitchin, UK

More Sarah Graham‘s works please visit her website. More info please contact her agent Washington Green.

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Mar 28

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Fauxto, Picnic and other online photo editors may soon find the going very tough is Adobe is all set to introduce a very cool online version of Adobe Photoshop (called Photoshop Express or PX) that’s free and requires just a web browser with the Flash plug-in.

Bruce earlier said that the web version of Photoshop may not be as feature-rich as the desktop Photoshop but still offers better image editing options than the existing desktop image editors – Photoshop Express is something in between Picasa and Photoshop.

Hello, friend
Hello, friend

Uploading
Uploading 

Browse others’ albums
Browse others' albums

Editing tools
Editing tools

Variations
Variations 

Galleries
Galleries 

Views
Views 

What you can do
What you can do 

 

The good: Slick, attractive interface; useful retouching tools and well-done interface for using them; most operations relatively fast.
The bad: Doesn’t support photos from 12-megapixel or higher cameras; some unnattractive Terms of Service; no filtering or keywording; no printing options.
The bottom line: Though there’s a lot to like about Adobe’s first stab at online photo editing and sharing, you probably want to wait until the company fixes a few problems with the beta–and de-fangs its terms of service–before uploading scads of photos to Adobe Photoshop Express.

Ratings:
Design and ease of use: 8
Features: 7
Performance: 7
Policies: 5
Overall: 6.8

TAKE A TEST DRIVE

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Mar 23

From marcofolio.net

Graffiti (or spray paint) often regarded by others as unsightly damage or unwanted vandalism. But some times, the boring wall is supplied with a true piece of graffiti art, making it a joy for the eyes. A new game from Atari, Getting Up, is based on tagging.

I made a collection of pictures showing these fine spray paint creations. By looking at them and studying the details, you could boost your (Photoshop) design inspiration. If you’re not in to design, just sit back and enjoy this amazing form of art.

Click on the images to enlarge.


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Actually, the last one indeed is a tag. I just had to post it here, the flames and colors are absolutely beautiful.

I still can’t believe some of them are actually graffiti. Huge respect for those artists who create it. Now start designing!

If u like this, please visit http://www.marcofolio.net

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Mar 23

The Happening is a 2008 American film written, co-produced and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. It stars Mark Wahlberg and Zooey Deschanel. The Happening will be released on Friday, June 13, 2008.

International Teaser (3.20.08):

Trailer (2.18.08):
QuickTime, High Definition
QuickTime, Hi-Res
QuickTime, Med-Res
QuickTime, Lo-Res
iPod Video

 Official Website: TheHappeningmovie.com

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