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With is laid-back attitude and easy-going demeanor - as well as his affinity for going shirtless - Matthew McConaughey is one of Hollywood's sexiest and in-demand actors. Born on November 4, 1969 in the small town of Uvalde, Texas, Matthew began his acting career in 1991, appearing on local commercials and  in student films. He got his big break as high-school girl loving 'David Wooderson' in Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused in 1993. He went on to roles in Boys on the Side and Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation with Renee Zellweger before winning a starring role in the 1996 film of the John Grisham novel A Time to Kill. After his breakthrough role, Matthew kept busy throughout the late 1990s in films such as Contact, Amistad and U-571. Matthew's easy-going ways got the better of him in October of 1999, when he was arrested after being found in his Austin, Texas home naked and playing the bongo drums. He was found guilty of violating the city's noise ordinance and paid a $50 fine and was the subject of jokes for years to come. Matthew found his niche as a romantic leading man with The Wedding Planner and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days with Kate Hudson.  He has also played a gambling protege of Al Pacino's in Two for the Money and a serial killer in Frailty. Matthew, dubbed 'Sexiest Man Alive' in 2006 by People magazine, is soon to be the 'Sexiest Dad Alive', expecting a baby in June of 2008 with girlfriend Camila Alves. With a baby on the way, and a variety of film projects on the horizon, we keep getting older, but Matthew stays just as talented.

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    Review by Debbie Lee Wesselmann for Adobe Photoshop Premiere Elements 8 Rating: I ielnalstd this Adobe bundle on a brand new HP PC with a Intel 2 Quad processor and Windows 7, and, while I love Photoshop and some of the upgraded features, Premiere crashed twice the first time I used it and took forever to process. (More on preventing crashes later.) Photoshop is a must-have program. Premiere is a basic, no-frills program with some major issues, designed for composing movies out of digital video clips and still photos.First, Photoshop: Photoshop Elements remains one of the most powerful image processors for the non-professional user. From special effects to simply improving the look of standard photos, the software can manipulate photos in almost any way you can imagine. Out of the newest features, the most interesting are recomposition tools, size presets, and facial recognition. In the first, the user can unlock the background from the foreground and bring foreground images closer or farther from one another, and can even remove unsightly objects from the photo altogether. With protect and remove brushes, you can even erase your ex from that family photo and bring everyone closer together to fill the empty space. Facial recognition, while quirky at times, works so you can quickly extract all the photos of an individual from your library say, you want to delete every photo that contains your ex or print them out for dartboards, and so you call them up to see them all at once. The quirky part comes when the software recognizes that a bird or a gorilla is not a person, but then asks Who's this? while pointing to a flower stalk or a print on someone's dress. The facial recognition feature works best if you take the time to fill out names on many photos. Eventually, it recognizes certain people, with or without sunglasses, in profile or full face. The size presets are the most practical improvement, as you can size your photos to standard sizes say, 4x 6 or 8x 10 simply by pulling down a window and selecting.Now, Premiere: If you are just starting out or don't want to produce movies with a lot of editing and features, Premiere is an okay program, especially if you are buying Photoshop anyway. Those of us who have used Macs and its iMovie program will find this program comparable to what Apple was producing three years ago and that should tell PC users how behind Premiere is. The interface is somewhat clunky, and it lacks intuitive editing controls. You can drag and drop clips from your organized media center, add titles, adjust transitions, and use themed templates. The biggest problem comes with frequent crashes when the program simply fails to respond during an operation. Originally, I didn't install the content disk because I wasn't interested in all those templates; however, as soon as I did, the crashes became less frequent. If you plan on doing minimal video work at a leisurely pace, this program should be good enough for your needs. Otherwise . . . well, you might want to use Photoshop's remove brush to cut it out of your picture.For any digital photographer and PC user, Photoshop is a must-have program. Premiere is another matter; it will frustrate anyone expecting a program as powerful as Photoshop. Take serious stock of your needs before you buy these two programs as a bundle.NOTE: Because I used this with Windows 7, I cannot say how it works with earlier versions of Windows. Debbie Lee Wesslmann