If you didn't allready know devilware.net is an extensive entertainment site which covers mainly the latest movies and music. We interviewed the sites founder and chief webdesigner Sam Hastings about his views on the site and his plans for the future.
1.What made you decide to go for a Entertainment site?
A mixture of things, really - entertainment is an interest of mine, I like to be able to keep up with the latest news in the entertainment industry, and I thought an entertainment site would satisfy me, and my visitors. It gives me the chance to be 'in the know' about current affairs, and I thought an entertainment site would attract the widest audience.
2.Are you ever going to send out a newsletter?
The first newsletter has been planned, and should be sent out within a month or so. The reason that I haven't sent one out yet is that the site has been growing over the first few months, and I just thought it might be best to leave the newsletter for a while, until the site had enough content and features to make a 'big deal' about.
3.How are plans for the game coming?
Very well, thanks. The closing date for signups is on the 1st July - so you only have a couple of days left to sign up! You can do now at http://www.devilware.net/game/signup.php
4.Will this be starting soon?
Should start mid-July - the set date is the 15th but this may have to change if I need more time to get the system working.
5.Do you think the movie review section is secure enough as u dont have to be a member to post?
This, I thought, would represent my trust for my visitors. Also, I was sick of coming across sites where you have to sign up before you can do anything, so I thought I could start my own little cult!
6.Are there any plans for extending this section in the near future?
Maybe - I have been thinking about this; however, I don't want my users to have to remember hundreds of usernames and passwords each time they visit the site. People that are signed up for the forums won't really want to register again. I may decide to extend this in the future, so the users can use their forum username and password.
7.What is new on the music section?
A couple of things have been added recently - including a short article about internet radio and where it's going. Internet radio is something I use quite regularly, so I thought I would show my support
8.Will there be any updates for this section soon?
Yes (see below)
9.Will more other band profiles be added?
Yes! I was thinking of making a system where people submit the name of their favourite band and I would find out the information on that band and put it in an article - I like to cater for a mixture of tastes and I think this is what will be happening within the next couple of weeks.
10.When will the free sms sender becoming to devilware?
I'm hoping to go ahead with this section, I nearly have it fully working, and it should be on your screen soon!
11.and the same for the ring tones?
The provider that I used to let me do this has sadly stopped providing free services, so I will be ditching this when the new redesign comes along (within the next couple of weeks), it's not a major redesign, just the header document, with improved navigation.
12.Is there ever anyone in your irc chan?
Sadly not. This is another section I may ditch, or I may use someone else's IRC channel, with their permission of course!
13.What is the relationship between devilware and other sites such as deadbrain?
Not much of one - although I like to mention sites made by friends of mine, there is no real link between our sites.
14.When will there be a new competition up?
DevilwareGame is basically a competition, so I may implement information on that into the current competition page.
15.If the competition winner isn't announced till the 30june why can you not enter?
The closing date was the 25th June, so I stopped people from entering. That gives me enough time to pick a winner - yes, I know, 5 days is a lot, but I was giving myself extra time in case there was some kind of error
16.Why doesn't the link to delatio.co.uk not work?
This was something I had planned a while ago, but sadly, it fell through and we never got anywhere. I will take the link down though :)
17.How many hits do you get a week?
Depends - usually between 150-250 (unique) hits a week.
18.Has this increased much recently?
Not really, this is something I would like to increase actually.
19.How do you intend to get more hits?
Doing things like DevilwareGame gets us more visitors, so promotional events like that are good for our popularity. I am hoping to get more visitors to the site in the near future.
20.What are your future plans for devilware?
I am hoping that it becomes more popular, and that more and more people visit it. When there is a high enough demand, I will add a lot more features to the site, but for now, I think the running of the site is going well. I am getting a lot of help from others in the site, and I hope they will continue to help us.
Thank you very much Sam we wish devilware all the best in the future.
Most successful Actors & Actresses at the Oscars
The 2019 Oscars is fast-approaching with the 91st Academy Awards taking place in under a week. Undoubtedly, the most highly-anticipated event of awards season, winning a little gold man can do wonders to propel an actor’s career – or further highlight why they are the biggest in the industry. With Best Actor and Best Actress the most sought-after titles, we take a look back at those with the most success.
Most successful actor
With six nominations and three wins (all for Best Actor), Daniel Day-Lewis is the most successful actor at the Oscars. With a career spanning five decades, it wasn’t until the ‘90s that Day-Lewis received his first nomination (and win) for his role in My Left Foot in 1990. In 1994, he lost out to Tom Hanks and tasted defeat again in 2003 to Adrien Brody – before two wins in 2008 (There Will Be Blood) and 2013 (Lincoln). He lost out again at last year’s awards to Gary Oldman, but has a 50%-win rate and is the most successful actor, so we’re sure he doesn’t mind.
Most successful actress
In her 66-year career, Katharine Hepburn is the most successful actress in Oscar history – with four wins under her belt (all in the Best Actress category) and a massive 12 nominations. Like Day-Lewis, Hepburn won her first award with her very first nomination – in 1934 for Morning Glory. After several nominations without success, the ‘60s were her best years, winning back-to-back awards in 1968 (Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner) and ’69 (The Lion in Winter) – the latter being the most memorable, as she shared the win with Barbra Streisand. As well as holding the record for the most Academy Awards, Hepburn also holds the record for the longest time span between first and last nominations (48 years).
Other successful actors & actresses
Meryl Streep: 3 wins / 21 nominations – Meryl Streep received her first nomination in 1979 for Best Supporting Actress in The Deer Hunter and the following year, she won the award for her role in Kramer vs. Kramer. She has since won two Best Actress Oscars, most recently in 2012 (The Iron Lady) but holds the record for the most nominations of all-time.
Jack Nicholson: 3 wins /12 nominations – Jack Nicholson is the actor with the most Oscar nominations of all-time and tied with Daniel Day-Lewis for most wins (three). However, Nicholson has only one won award in the Best Actor category and two as Best Supporting Actor. His first – and only – win came in 1976 for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and his success continued over the subsequent decades with wins in 1984 and 1998.
Ingrid Bergman: 3 wins / 7 nominations – in a film career spanning five decades, Ingrid Bergman is best-known for her role in Casablanca, which in a controversy for that year, saw her absent from nominations. However, she had success in the 1940s and ‘50s, picking up two Oscars (Best Actress in 1944 for Gaslight and 1956 for Anastacia) – and her hattrick of Oscar wins came in 1974 (Murder on the Orient Express).
Walter Brennan: 3 wins / 4 nominations – Walter Brennan began life as an extra, but had success during the 1930s and ‘40s, winning three Best Supporting Actor Oscars. His first came in 1936 for Come and Get It, and he made it three wins from three nominations with awards in 1938 (Kentucky) and 1940 (The Westerner). Brennan remains one of only three actors to win three Academy Awards.
This year’s nominations
Lead Actor Lead Actress
Christian Bale – Vice Yalitza Aparicio – Roma
Bradley Cooper – A Star is Born Glenn Close – The Wife
Willem Dafoe – At Eternity’s Gate Olivia Colman – The Favourite
Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody Lady Gaga – A Star is Born
Viggo Mortensen – Green Book Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me
Betfair have all the latest odds, including front-runner for Leading Actress at this year’s Oscars.
If you have a true love for writing, you’ll be familiar with that magical thing that happens when you're writing about something that you're passionate about – the words seem to flow out of their own accord and spin themselves into clever phrases right before your eyes with seemingly no input from you. Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could actually get paid to do that all day?
In the real world, however, it’s never that simple! Actually working as a copywriter means bending your pen to a host of different subjects and styles, many of which will not come naturally to you. Many times, you’ll need to write about subjects or products that you find completely uninspiring, or worse, actually go against what you stand for – imagine being a committed vegetarian and having to churn out some clever copy for a meat product, for example!
On the other hand, working for such a diverse range of clients, companies and brands is sure to keep you on your toes, and present a new challenge every single day. And while it can be very frustrating to have to deal with subject matter you're not particularly keen on, there’s also an immense amount of pride and satisfaction to be had in doing a good job anyway. And as an extra reward, there will always be those pieces that come along that you feel you were just born to write, and let you know you're still definitely working in the right career!
Working as a copywriter for an agency, versus working freelance:
The information age has brought about so many new ways to earn a living, and the field of digital marketingis perhaps the most exciting for someone who wants to work in a creative role from home. Working as a freelance copywriter from the comfort of your own home sounds like a dream come true for anyone who wants a bit more freedom to set their own schedule, work around their kids, or even just avoid the daily commute! And while it can help you do all those things, there are a few benefits to working in a 9 to 5 job that you're really going to miss out on too.
Freelancer copywriters often have more freedom over which projects they choose to take on, when they want to work, and how much they want to take on. Highly creative people often battle to stick to a routine and grind out engaging content on demand, so the option of being your own boss is very appealing. That said, they can also be incredibly talented at the fine art of procrastination, and without a boss to answer to, there’s a real chance that you're just not going to be able to get enough work done to support yourself!
And that’s another big drawback of working freelance – you're going to earn a lotless money. When you throw your hat into the working from home ring, you're suddenly competing with the entire globe, rather than just your city, or even country. There are literally millions of other freelance writers out there, and you're going to have to be willing to work for a lot less to get your foot in the door. And if you use one of the large international freelancing platforms to find your clients, they're going to take a not-inconsiderable cut of your earnings too. Nonetheless, if you're willing to take a bit of a lifestyle knock in order to set your own hours, take as long of a lunch break as you like, and never have to sit in rush hour traffic again, it can definitely be worth it.
Working for an agency in a more stable role comes with all the other perks, like a predictable salary, paid annual leave, and free coffee! (For whatever reason, copywriters and coffee have a close and intimate relationship!) You’re also guaranteed a much steadier flow of work, have the opportunity to socialize with and bounce ideas off coworkers, and you won’t have to fight quite so hard against the urge to procrastinate on challenging pieces and stick to deadlines. There’s also something about just being in a working environment and surrounded with activity that is bound to make you more productive – and once the work week is done, you get to take two full days off – a luxury freelancers can seldom afford!
Perhaps the most exciting part about being a copywriter, whether you work from home or for an agency, is that every day presents an opportunity to learn about something new, and challenges you to create content that your audience is going to respond to. If you love language and finding new ways of expressing ideas, then it’s a versatile and rewarding career path to consider!
Here are a selection of my best photos from Dubai.
We stayed in Atlantis located on the Palm Jumeirah.
The hotel features a massive indoor aquarium.
Rays swimming around the aquarium.
The aquarium contains thousands of fish.
Some of the more exotic sea animals.
Om nom nom nom.
A dolphin at the hotel - rescued from hurricane Katrina.
The Zigerat - part of the water park at Atlantis.
Parts of the water rides at the hotel - note how some of the rides take you up the Zigerat and others back down again.
The hotel lobby.
Atlantis in the day.
The Burj Al Arab from the beach at Atlantis.
A view from the beach at night with the monorail.
The view of the palm from our hotel room. The tall buildings in the distance are the Dubai Marina.
The Dubai Marina from our hotel.
A view over the palm at sunset.
The Dubai Marina at night.
Boats in the Dubai Marina.
The Burj Khalifa - the worlds tallest building (so tall I couldn't get it all in one shot).
The fountains outside the Burj Khalifa.
The lake around the Burj Khalifa.
Worlds biggest indoor ski centre at the mall of the emirates.
The Burj Al Arab.