We're not surprised anymore by any level of success that Adele can achieve. Eight million sold in the US? Ho-hum. Swept the Grammys? Yawwwwwn. Beat out Bar Rafaeli and Kate Upton for #1 on Maxim's annual Hot 100 list? Like we didn't see that one coming. The only thing that really remains surprising about Adele's superstardom is that somehow, throughout all this, we still hadn't figured out who the damn guy was that broke Adele's heart and caused her to go all Saddy McWeeperson on us. How could such an inspirational a figure in all of our lives possibly remain anonymous for so long?

Well, the douche may finally be out of the bag, so to speak. UK tabloid Heat claims to have the scoop about the inspiration behind such songs as "Rolling in the Deep," "Someone Like You" and "Price Tag" "Set Fire to the Rain," identifying Adele's ex as 31-year-old photographer Alex Sturruck. An anonymous writer friend of the photographer tells the rag about the relationship between photog and budding pop star:

They met through mutual friends while Alex was working for Viceand hit it off straight away. He shot her a few times and that was just it. They spent all their time together – and when they weren’t together they would ring each other constantly...He went with her to the States in January and they shared hotel rooms and he was on her tour bus, all the time photographing her...Adele relied on him a lot, he was her best mate as well as her boyfriend and he was very protective ofher. He’d say no one knew her like he did.

For how the relationship went sour, unfortunately, you gotta actually buy the stupid magazine. And of course, there's no guarantee whatsoever that any of this is true or accurate. But hey guy, if that actually is you, just talk about everything already. We're not sure what you're trying to prove here exactly.


Redbox Inks Distribution Pact with NCircle Entertainment.

Entertainment Close-up November 7, 2009 Redbox Automated Retail, and NCircle Entertainment, a distributor of children's entertainment, announced a two-year distribution agreement providing redbox consumers increased access to NCircle titles at the more than 15,000 redbox locations nationwide.

The agreement guarantees redbox will feature NCircle titles, including popular brands such as The Jim Henson Company's Sid the Science Kid, Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!, Dive Olly Dive!, WordWorld, Richard Scarry's Busytown Mysteries, Johnny Test, Mighty Machines and more. go to site new release dvd

"Redbox continues to offer families affordable home entertainment," said Mitch Lowe, president, redbox. "The agreement with NCircle provides busy moms and dads with convenient access to their children's favorite movie titles at a value through redbox locations nationwide." Featuring a number of Parent's Choice & Emmy Award winning DVD titles, NCircle specializes in the distribution of quality children's entertainment. website new release dvd

"We will increase the visibility and reach of our titles nationwide through this two-year distribution agreement with redbox," said Debbie Ries, senior vice president and general manager, NCircle Entertainment. "Redbox rentals allow the consumer to try before they buy. We are confident that the positive rental experience at redbox, coupled with the quality and appeal of our content, will translate into increased DVD sales at retail. This agreement is an exciting opportunity for NCircle, redbox and the consumer." Redbox Automated Retail, a subsidiary of Coinstar, Inc., offers new release DVD through its network of conveniently located, self-service kiosks.

NCircle Entertainment, a division of Alliance Entertainment, licenses, manufactures and distributes family and children's programming and related images for home entertainment and consumer products.

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