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perfect storm

A chance or rare combination of individual elements, circumstances, or events that together form a disastrous, catastrophic, or extremely unpleasant problem or difficulty. The incumbent mayor's re-election campaign is getting underway amidst a perfect storm of allegations and news stories about corruption, tax evasion, and racketeering within the city's government. The oil crisis has set off a perfect storm in the Middle East, where foreign leaders have depended on its economic stability to keep their warring countries from absolute chaos and anarchy.
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Inspired by Hollywood blockbuster The Perfect Storm, which stars George Clooney, Ayrshire-born Peter intends to try and capture the violence of nature on canvas.
The Perfect Storm has good intentions, but it drowns in sentimentality, and the audience gets battered by gale-force blasts of the irritating score by James Horner, the man who wrote Titanic's soundtrack.
A star's city: George Clooney turns on the charm for hundreds of fans at the premiere for The Perfect Storm.
Just ask Mark Wahlberg, his co-star in The Perfect Storm, what happened when they were working on the forthcoming rock star movie Metal God.
The Perfect Storm revolves around the 1991 sinking of the fishing vessel Andrea Gail.
GEORGE Clooney's The Perfect Storm blew Mel Gibson's American version of Braveheart, The Patriot, out of the water at the US box office over the weekend.
The report also identifies geographic areas that are experiencing the perfect storm of high rates of chronic conditions combined with problems accessing health services and barriers to health care access.
Former musician, former Calvin Klein model and now on the Hollywood A List, Mark, 29, co-stars with George Clooney in the sea disaster movie The Perfect Storm.
Clooney, along with co-stars Mark Wahlberg and Diane Lane, arrived nearly 60 minutes late for the showing of The Perfect Storm.
THE widow of the fisherman played by heart-throb George Clooney in The Perfect Storm last night attacked the way he is portrayed in the film.
In 2005, compliance and governance issues, IT budgeting, and software license management were among the top three demands on business that created the perfect storm to raise ITAM to a more important strategic consideration than ever before," said Lori Sechio, chief executive officer of TekMethods.
GEORGE Clooney's movie The Perfect Storm blew Mel Gibson out of the water at the US box office at the weekend.
Wahlberg and co-host Richard Howarth, former captain of the boat depicted in The Perfect Storm, to answer questions from online audience
THE STORM chronicles the '91 tempest that become known as the storm of the century, and it was detailed in the best seller The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea, basis of the film, THE PERFECT STORM starring George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg, opening June 30
Footman's credits include blockbuster films such as The Day After Tomorrow and X-Men, Pearson worked on the hit TV show, Dark Angel, as well as feature films, I, Robot and Underworld: Evolution, and Zargarpour worked on Twister and The Perfect Storm.