Saturday, April 30, 2011

Katy Perry unveils 'royal wedding nails'

Katy Perry has shown off her new royal wedding-themed nails on Twitter.

The 'E.T.' singer took to the social networking site after yesterday's ceremony and treated fans to a glimpse of her latest handiwork, which involved pasting pictures of newlyweds William and Kate, several lone images of the Prince and a baby photo featuring his late mother Princess Diana onto her nails.

The 26-year-old also joined the wealth of celebrities congratulating the couple by including a caption saying: "In honour of the Royal Wedding, I present you... My royal NAILS! CONGRATS!"

Perry, who previously threatened to crash the royal wedding, earlier retweeted a message from one of her followers, simply saying: "RT if u always wanted to be a princess (sic)."

Perry attached images of husband Russell Brand to her nails last September in celebration of their first anniversary.

George Michael 'upset by royal wedding track snub'

George Michael has lamented the absence of his royal wedding track from yesterday's coverage of Prince William and Kate Middleton's nuptials.

The 47-year-old recently unveiled a special cover of Stevie Wonder's 'You And I', recorded in celebration of the couple's big day, but found that his effort had mostly been snubbed by broadcasters the world over.

Turning to Twitter, the 'Fastlove' singer wrote: "'You and I' seems to be getting more radio than I thought it would. which is great.

"Had hoped to hear a few seconds amongst the incredible BBC coverage, but alas, it was not to be... Apparently they used it on TV in Norway, lol !"

However, Michael refused to be demoralised by the song's lack of airtime, later adding: "Don't feel sad for me twitterville, apparently the two people that really mattered loved it, which truly was the point... And you lot seem to love it, so all in all, mission accomplished my lovelies.

"No tears [over the record], but found the service surprisingly touching... as for BBC and ITV, I'm used to it :) Always recieve (sic) more support abroad. It's a shame but let's be honest, after almost 30yrs I count myself lucky to get any support anywhere!!"

Michael had earlier referenced the "tragic" undertones of the ceremony by paying tribute to the late Alexander McQueen, whose fashion house designed Middleton's dress, and William's mother Princess Diana.

He wrote: "The one tragic thing about the day... That Alexander McQueen never got to create a masterpiece for Kate... I loved the dress. But it's a shame he's no longer with us.

"Of course Diana's absence is the greatest tragedy, but it really goes without saying..."

Prince William, Kate Middleton postpone honeymoon

Prince William and Kate Middleton left Buckingham Palace this morning by helicopter, but will stay in the UK.

The couple were thought to be embarking on their honeymoon, but a statement has been released to confirm that they have decided to stay in the UK and holiday at a later date.


It says: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen not to depart for a honeymoon immediately. Instead, after spending the weekend privately in the United Kingdom, The Duke will return to work as a Search and Rescue pilot next week.

"The locations of both their private weekend before The Duke returns to work and their future honeymoon, which will be overseas, will not be disclosed in advance. The couple have asked that their privacy be respected during the coming weekend and during their honeymoon."

Various spots have been tipped to be their honeymoon location, such as Kenya - where William proposed to Kate last year - and the Great Barrier Reef of Australia.

The couple left the Palace this morning after enjoying their evening wedding reception there last night. It apparently went on until around 3am this morning and included a performance from Ellie Goulding.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie spends GBP 6m a year on their kids!

It has emerged that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie spent an estimated 6million pounds a year on caring for their six children.

The couple has spent a staggering 5 million dollars on private jets, and splashed out 900,000 dollars last year on a nanny for each of the kids.

It has emerged that the pair also spent an estimated several million dollars on first-class airfare and hotel bills for the brood, reports the Daily Mail.

Feeding their kids Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, and twins Knox and Vivienne has cost Pitt and Jolie approximately 36,000 dollars.

An American celebrity magazine has disclosed that the couple splurged 96,000 dollars on clothes, 63,000 dollars on birthday parties, 220,000 dollars on private cars and 153,000 dollars on miscellaneous activities.

Pitt and Jolie once spent 500,000 dollars for a stay at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York.

Hollywood actresses meet Obama at White House

Latino actresses Eva Longoria, Rosario Dawson and America Ferrera have met US President Barack Obama to discuss immigration reform.

Musician Emilio Estefan and his TV star niece Lili were also among the stars who Thursday visited the White House, where Obama stressed his commitment to overhaul the immigration policy, reports contactmusic.com.

After the conference, Longoria revealed that Obama had voiced his support for the Dream Act that would help young immigrants become legal and get an affordable education.

"Obviously we were all disappointed that it didn't pass. They're wonderful students. It's really undebatable that they should be here and continue their education. We need an educated workforce and these kids would be that," said Longoria.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Mariah Carey giving birth to twins today?

Mariah Carey is said to be having her and husband Nick Cannon's twins today.

According to Extra, the 42-year-old booked a caesarean section to guarantee that she gives birth.

An insider claimed: "Hollywood baby bump watchers are whispering that the singer is scheduled to undergo a C-section at an L.A. area hospital on Friday."

Although the couple are yet to comment on the speculation, Cannon discussed the impending birth on The Talk yesterday.

The presenter admitted that Carey is ready to give birth, explaining: "How's [Mariah] doing? She's pregnant. She's doing amazing, but literally, it's any moment now. It's not even any day now… She is ready to just pop!

"The baby nurse and all that is ready. [The] bags are packed! I don't know why I'm here!"

Cannon added that Carey nearly went to the hospital on Wednesday as she thought she was going into labour.

Meera " I am not going to keep quiet any longer"

This is unarguably a new twist in the tale. Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, who has been godfather sorts to many Pakistani artists, has been accused of being possessive and abusive, Zee News reported. And the one who has slapped such charges against him is none other than Meera, who made her debut in ‘Nazar’ opposite Ashmit Patel.

Narrating what made her quit Bollywood temporarily, the actress while speaking to a daily said, “Logon ne bahut kuch likha is bare mein, aur kaha bhi, but main ab chup nahin rahoongi. Aaj main sach bolna chahti hun (Many things have been said and written about me but I am not going to keep quiet any longer. I want to tell the truth today.) It was not my decision to stop doing films, but I was asked to leave India by Mahesh ji. He did not like my being famous and interacting with other directors.”

Meera has also gone to the extent of telling that the veteran filmmaker was jealous of her growing stardom and that he feared she might outshine him.

“Mujhe laga woh jealous thay mujhse jab main famous ho rahi thi. Woh nahin chahte thay ki main kisi aur director ke saath kaam karun (I thought he was jealous of me as I was becoming more famous than him. He did not want me to work with other directors). I got offers from big directors like Ram Gopal Varma, Mani Ratnam, Subhash Ghai and so on. He didn`t appreciate it at all,” she added.

Moreover, the actress has also said that Mahesh Bhatt slapped her when she expressed her desire to meet director-producer Subhash Ghai.

“He wanted me to only stick to his banner. One night, I had to meet Subhash Ghai at a hotel. Jab maine Maheshji ko kaha, toh woh bahut furious hue aur mujh par bahut chillaye, aur unhone mujhe do teen thappad bhi mare (When I told him I wanted to meet Subhash Ghai, he shouted at me and even spalled me thrice),” said Meera.

The actress has claimed that Bhatt had special feelings for her. “Tum mein aur Pooja mein koi farak nahin hai... Aur phir kuch der baad kahte ki main tumhe kaafi chahta hun aur tum mere liye bahut special ho (You are as good as my daughter Pooja. And after sometime he would tell me, ‘You are very special to me’). It was difficult for me to tell what exactly he wanted from me.” daily times monitor

Prince William advised to marry Katrina Kaif

Prince William has been advised to marry Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif, according to the results of an online poll.

The survey, conducted by Indian dating website Shaadi.com, suggested that the former north London resident would make the ideal Indian match for Prince William.

Gourav Rakshit, business head of the matrimonial site, told NDTV: "With the hype of the royal wedding around the globe, Shaadi.com conducted the survey to reflect the enthused spirit about the wedding in India."

The results put the currently-single model-turned-actress significantly ahead of other Indian cinema celebrities.

"Out of the 8000 surveyed, 75.3 per cent of respondents believed that Katrina would be the best Indian celebrity match for Prince William, followed by Priyanka Chopra with 16.7 per cent and Sonakshi Sinha with 8 per cent," added a source.

26-year-old Kaif has been voted the sexiest Asian woman in the world by Eastern Eye for the last three consecutive years.

Bollywood dancer lies about royal wedding

Bollywood choreographer Sandip Soparrkar has said that his planned dance performance at the royal wedding has been scrapped due to a knee injury.

The Indian dancer, who had earlier gone on record to say that he would be performing at the reception, has now been accused of inventing the whole episode.

Soparrkar told The Times of India: "I was invited in January by James Kidner, assistant private secretary to HRH The Prince of Wales.

"It was a private ceremony, so I wasn't allowed to give out any details. I was also going to have a small bash in Mumbai before leaving for London, where actress Kangna Ranaut was to unveil the royal invitation that I had received."

Brushing aside reports that palace officials claim not to know anything about the Bollywood dance, Soparrkar stated: "Why would I waste my money on all this, if I were to call it off at the last minute? Am I not worried about my reputation?"

The performer earlier claimed to have dated Britney Spears, and given advice to Madonna about adopting an Indian baby.

Megan Fox removing her Marilyn Monroe tattoo

Actress Megan Fox is removing her Marilyn Monroe tattoo, which is inked on her right forearm.

"I really admire Marilyn Monroe, but I would never try to emulate her. I got the tattoo as a warning. It warns me not to let myself be treated so badly by the film industry so that it breaks me down," femalefirst.co.uk quoted Monroe as saying.

At a recent party, the 24-year-old showed off her arm and some of the tattoo has disappeared already and all of it seemed a lot lighter than normal.

Prince William, Kate Middleton leave palace

Prince William and Kate Middleton have made the short drive from Buckingham Palace to Clarence House in an open-topped car.

As his colleagues from the Royal Air Force flew overhead in a helicopter, the prince drove his new bride past the crowds in his father's Aston Martin. There was no police protection officer in the car with them, although a second official vehicle followed close behind.

The car was decorated with heart-shaped balloons and an 'L' plate on the bonnet. They were waved off from the forecourt of the palace by Prince William's uncle Prince Andrew, the Duke of York.

The couple married at Westminster Abbey this morning and appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with members of their families for a kiss earlier this afternoon. Following a lunchtime reception at the palace, the couple will host a private dinner for 300 of their closest friends and family at Clarence House later this evening.



William, Kate appear on Buckingham Palace balcony

LONDON: Joyous crowds cheered and gaped in awe as beaming newly-weds Prince William and Kate Middleton rode through London in a fairytale horse-drawn carriage and kissed on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.


Hundreds of thousands of royal fans from all walks of life and from across the planet descended on London on Friday to witness the most talked about British wedding in years.

Some wore Union Jack dresses and old-fashioned wigs to celebrate the day, others partied feverishly with painted faces and fluttering flags. Many were just happy to witness all the rare pomp and circumstance of a full-blown royal event.

"We wanted to feel the atmosphere -- how the British get excited," said Zhang Ying, a Chinese university student, who declared Middleton was "born to be a queen".

William, in full military regalia, and his new bride, in show-stopping ivory-coloured silk and satin dress, had clearly wowed the hoards of people lining the streets from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace.

"The monarchy is like our Hollywood, the movies, for us," said 48-year-old Californian Diane Weltz who had treated her daughter Samantha to a trip to London for her 21st birthday.

Many well-wishers had spent the night sleeping in the streets around the abbey to make sure they got a prime spot to see William and Middleton emerge as a married couple.

"I managed to catch a few hours' sleep in a doorway, but I don't mind, today is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I had to be here," said Canadian Jay Edmonds.

Draped in a Union Jack flag, with tufts of white hair poking out from under a Union Jack hat, 77-year-old Terry Hut had spent five days establishing his position at the front of the barriers for his fifth royal wedding appearance.

In London's Hyde Park, giant screens beamed footage of the day to a crowd of all ages, creeds and backgrounds.

"It should have been me," shouted nurse Jo Newman, 27,dressed as a bride and clutching a bouquet of plastic roses.

Across Britain, communities were enjoying street parties and a welcome day off to celebrate the most talked about British wedding in decades. Hardcore fans along the streets of Westminster had been getting in the mood since dawn.

William, second-in-line to the throne, and Kate have already said thanks for the outpouring of affection this week, but the pair looked genuinely overcome by the atmosphere as they waved and smiled to fans.

"The pictures on the mugs don't do the couple justice," said 34-year-old Madeleine Senior who flew in from Australia for the big day.

While most of the revellers were happy to flood the couple with good wishes, a few republicans gathered to protest. "My message to the royal couple is good luck and enjoy your married life, but please don't take for granted that one day you will be king or queen," said Graham Smith of the anti-monarchist lobby group Republic. (Reuters)

Prince William and Kate Middleton declared married


LONDON: Prince William, second-in-line to the British throne, and his long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton were declared married on Friday at a service in London's Westminster Abbey.

William, 28, and Middleton, 29, exchanged vows before nearly 2,000 guests in the abbey and a television and internet audience of millions.

They were formally declared married by the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, the spiritual leader of the Church of England.(Reuters)




Lady Gaga to donate 625,000 pounds to help homeless youth

Pop superstar Lady Gaga has teamed up with Robin Hood Foundations and she will donate 625,000 pounds to help homeless youth. She is asking her fans to help her pick a worthy charity.

"I'm thrilled to be working with the Robin Hood Foundation to distribute funds to help the youth of New York City. NYC is my hometown and I think investing in these kids' future will go a long way," dailystar.co.uk quoted Gaga as saying.

She will select the charity through a poll on the Facebook. The 25-year-old has asked her fans to vote for the most deserving organisation. The winner, to be announced at a Robin Hood Foundation gala May 9, will receive 313,000 pounds over a two-year period, while the other charities will receive smaller grants.

Kate Middleton wedding dress revealed

Kate Middleton's much-anticipated wedding dress has been revealed.
The 29-year-old stepped out at Westminster Abbey wearing an ivory and white satin gazar Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen dress complete with tiara and train.

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Middleton reportedly worked closely with Burton on the lace applique design and requested that the dress combined tradition and modernity. The lace was hand-engineered by the Royal School of Needlework.

She wore a veil of silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers and a Cartier tiara, personally lent to her by the Queen. She also wore diamond-set oak leaf earrings made by Pimlico jewellers Robinson Pelham especially to echo her headpiece.

The earrings were commissioned by Middleton's parents Michael and Carole as a wedding present.

Some ITV commentators compared Middleton to Princess Grace of Monaco as she walked down the aisle on her father Michael's arm followed by her sister Pippa, four bridesmaids and two page boys.

Dannii Minogue rushed to hospital

Dannii Minogue was rushed to hospital on Saturday after suffering from stomach pains, it has been revealed.

The singer, who has baby Ethan with her partner Kris Smith, was said to be doubled up in pain before seeking medical help.

Doctors diagnosed her with acute appendicitis and rushed her in for emergency surgery which she underwent within two hours of arriving at the West London hospital.

She had spent this week under 24-hour care but is now convalescing at home after being discharged yesterday.

A source told The Sun: "Dannii had an onset of extreme pain at the weekend and was rushed to hospital.

"The doctors managed a quick diagnosis so it was decided she should have her appendix taken out there and then.

"They managed to operate on her very soon after she arrived so she was out of the woods quickly, but obviously it was a huge shock to her system and she spent several days recovering.

"Obviously it has been tough as she has baby Ethan to care for her. Kris has been holding the fort."

A spokesman for the 39-year-old said: "Dannii was taken into hospital on Saturday with pains in her stomach.

"She was diagnosed with acute appendicitis and had an emergency operation to remove her appendix. She is now convalescing."

I will be back on 'Terminator' series

Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is reportedly returning back to the "Terminator" franchise.

Deadline.com reports that the film doesn't even have a script or a director yet, but Schwarzenegger, who starred in three "Terminator" movies, will be back as a robot from the future.

The 63-year-old had stepped down as governor early this year after serving two terms as the head of the state.

Schwarzenegger is also developing an animated TV show and accompanying comic book series with Spider-Man creator Stan Lee, titled "The Governator".

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Kate to borrow Queen Elizabeth's wedding crown

LONDON: Kate Middleton may wear the same tiara, that Queen Elizabeth II wore, when she ties the knot to Prince William on Friday.

Queen Elizabeth has often loaned or given royal brides a tiara on their wedding day and royal wedding watchers are abuzz over which of the queen's many crowns Kate Middleton might get to wear.

The origin of the Fringe tiara is often debated among royal authorities. Some historians believe it was made in 1830 from diamonds that belonged to King George III. The Royal Collection states that it was made in 1919 for Queen Mary from a necklace she received as a wedding present from Queen Victoria.

The tiara, which is part of the Queen's personal gem collection, has been worn by handful of British royals, including Queen Victoria, Queen Mary and the Queen Mum. It was also worn by Princess Anne when she wed Captain Mark Phillips in 1973.

The royal wedding in numbers

It can't have escaped your notice that there's something of an event going on at Westminster Abbey tomorrow. You've looked at our FAQ, but you may still have a few questions lingering. How many coppers will be keeping the royal couple safe? How many wedding cakes are there? Here's a quick round-up of all the fast facts and figures about the big day to help clear things up!

An estimated two billion viewers will be watching the wedding on TVs around the world.

The families are paying around 70 million quid for the shindig themselves but the Great British public are still forking out an estimated 20 million pounds for the security costs.

That pays for around 5,000 police officers, who will be helped by 35 dogs who are specially-trained to sniff for bombs. In a bid to make their job easier, the authorities have banned 60 convicted criminals from the area around Westminster Abbey as part of their bail terms.

1,900 guests have been invited to the ceremony, but only 600 will make it to lunch at the Palace. That gets whittled down to 300 for dinner and dancing.


That number is dwarfed by the 8,000 TV and radio journalists who are covering the event (with 50 popping over from CNN alone). That's not to mention all the print journos making the trip!

There will be 187 horses on parade during the day. There'll be nine grey horses as part of the escort for the royal procession and five horse-drawn carriages.

Don't bother heading to John Lewis for the wedding list - the royal couple have instead chosen 26 charities to which guests and well-wishers can donate.

There are four bridesmaids for Kate - Eliza Lopes, Grace van Cutsem, The Hon. Margarita Armstrong-Jones and The Lady Louise Windsor. It's five if you include her Maid of Honour - younger sister Philippa Middleton

With all the talk of The Dress - Kate Middleton will actually sport three outfits. That wedding dress, plus a couple of other get-ups for the other parts of the day.


Two wedding cakes will be prepared. A traditional fruit cake with white icing and cream from Fiona Cairns is the official one. At Prince William's request, the reception will also boast a chocolate biscuit cake from McVitie's, made with 1,700 rich tea biscuits.

There'll be just one wedding ring though. Apparently Prince William - like his grandad Philip - won't be given a wedding band at the ceremony.

Morrissey: 'England doesn't need royal family'

Morrissey has insisted that England does not need the royal family.

In an interview with Radio 4, the Smiths singer confessed that he will not be watching the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton as he considers the event to be a joke.

"Why would I watch the wedding? I couldn't take any of that seriously," he explained. "I don't think the so-called royal family speak for England now, and I don't think England needs them.

"I do seriously believe that they are benefit scroungers, nothing else. I don't believe they serve any purpose whatsoever. I'm not an anarchist, but I believe that people don't want the royal family - the so-called royal family. They're not royal to me, but they're royal to the media for some reason."

Lady Gaga 'feels overwhelmed by fame'

Lady Gaga, known for her outrageous outfits and seemingly endless confidence, has confessed on a TV show that she feels overwhelmed by her fame.

The sentiment features in her forthcoming HBO special where she plays Madison Square Garden.

“That was a huge benchmark moment in my life. I''m 25 years old. I was asked to play Madison Square Garden. Sold out five nights and quite frankly it''s very overwhelming,” the Daily Mail quoted her as telling Ellen DeGeneres.

On being asked about her comments made on the documentary that she feels like a ‘loser, Gaga replied, “Well, in that moment I was very excited and nervous, do I feel like a loser sometimes? Yes, of course I do. We all feel like losers sometimes.”

HBO releases 1st picture of Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin

HBO has released a first look at actress Julianne Moore in her full Sarah Palin wardrobe and makeup.

Moore transformed herself to Palin in 'Game Change', donning the trademark hair, boxy red jacket and rimless glasses, reports the Daily Mail.

The actress is to portray the former Alaska Governor and vice presidential candidate in the HBO film, which began its production on Wednesday.

The film, based on the best-selling book by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, will follow U.S. senator John McCain's 2008 presidential bid.

Starring Ed Harris as the senator, the film will show his selection of Palin as a running mate, to the eventual defeat in the 2008 general election.

Woody Harrelson portrays Steve Schmidt, McCain's senior advisor, while 'Lost' actress Melissa Farman will play Palin's daughter Bristol.

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Katrina Kaif gives up on French remake

Katrina Kaif has reportedly been turned down for the rights to remake a French film.

The actress had been keen to produce a Bollywood version of the 2006 movie Priceless, starring Amelie actress Audrey Tautou.

Priceless centres on a young gold-digger who woos a bartender after falling under the impression that he is a millionaire.

A source told Mumbai Mirror: "She gave lot of time and energy to this project.

"She had even thought of a few directors who could handle the subject beautifully. She has every reason to be exasperated now. She has given up on the film."

They added that she was still keen on producing a foreign update despite the setback.

Kaif recently announced plans to produce her younger sister Isabel's Bollywood debut.

Yana Gupta splits from Salman Khan?

Yana Gupta is said to have broken up with her boyfriend, Salman Khan.

The divorced actress, who met Khan during the filming of TV show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, reportedly wants to focus on her career in Bollywood, The Times of India states.

A source revealed: "Until the show was on, things were fine and their relationship was cruising, but once it ended it was difficult for them to maintain their relationship. Yana began her second stint with B-town, as offers kept pouring in."

Following an absence from the Indian film industry, the half-Czech model is said to be focusing on a comeback.

"She is very serious about her career and the [couple] hardly got time [together]. This created a lot of differences and, finally, a few days back, they parted ways," the source added.

Gupta will next be seen performing an item song in Chalo Dilli.

Royal wedding official programme released online

The official programme for Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding has been made available to download.

Included in the programme is the full Order of Service which will be followed by the 1,900 guests at the ceremony in Westminster Abbey tomorrow morning. The front and back of the booklet are adorned with William and Middleton's respective family Coat of Arms.

Among the details about the prayers, music and hymns which will be heard, it has been confirmed that the bride-to-be's brother James Middleton will read The Lesson.

A personal message from the couple on page two of the 28-page document reads: "We are both so delighted that you are able to join using celebrating what we hope will be one of the happiest days of our lives.

"The affection shown to us by so many people during our engagement has been incredibly moving, and has touched us both deeply."

They added: "We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone most sincerely for their kindness."

It also reveals that Middleton will vow to "love, comfort, honour and keep" Prince William, while omitting 'obey'.

The official programme is available to download from the royal wedding website and 150,000 copies, priced £2 ($3.33) each, will be on sale across London.

Prince William and Kate Middleton will marry at Westminster Abbey tomorrow morning.

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Shiney Ahuja on bail after rape conviction

Shiney Ahuja has been granted bail after being found guilty of the rape of his domestic assistant.

The Bombay High Court granted bail to the Gangster actor almost a month after he was convicted of the charge and sentenced to seven years.

Shrikant Shivade, Ahuja's lawyer, told The Times of India: "Shiney has been granted bail today on a cash bond of Rs.50,000 (£600)."

The actor has also had travel restrictions placed on him, which ensure that he does not attempt to leave the country.

The former star was originally arrested on June 15, 2009 and charged with rape and wrongful imprisonment.

Since the actor was found guilty of the charge, a number of other figures have spoken out against Ahuja's behaviour on film sets he had worked on.

Ahuja's long-delayed Har Pal, which stars Preity Zinta, is unlikely to release, reports claim.

Zokkomon (Movie Review)

Cast: Anupam Kher, Darsheel Safary, Manjari Phadnis Director: Satyajit Bhatkal

Heart-warming performances and noble intentions do not make great cinema. This one falls short of expectations, mainly because of the poor special-effects and the failure of the plot to take off. To imagine a film about a flying hero without convincing technique to make the flight of fancy believable, is to imagine a grounded aircraft waiting clearance on a foggy afternoon when nothing in the skyline is visible.

As "Zakkomon", Darsheel just doesn't take wings. He has great charm, no doubt. And his performance is more crafted and honed than it was in "Taare Zameen Par". Sad to say the material meant to support him is frail and feeble. The effort is noteworthy for the conviction that the two principal actors, Safary and Kher, are able to impart to a film that seems hellbent on messing up its own prospects.

All said and done "Zokkomon" in unable to rise to the occasion. Touted as a super-hero film with the youngest super-hero in the world, it just doesn't provide the young hero the space to spread his wings. The mask gets muzzled. The cape is clipped in the wings.

Darsheel Safary in the title role looks every inch the self-styled saviour of the world. He takes the part seriously. But doesn't allow it to trip over in self-importance. He gets ample support from Anupam Kher in the two roles as an evil uncle and the scientist. The two actors seem to get the point of doing a film about a 14-year-old flying hero. If only they were better supported by the technical department.

The ineptness of the special effects is surprising considering the film comes from the reputed international producers Walt Disney.

One wouldn't like to see "Zokkomon" as a wasted effort. It pushes the envelope a little towards the right direction in providing entertainment for kids. Through Darsheel's endearing screen presence, the plot is able to overcome its inherent deficiencies and connect with young minds.

The fantasy element, so essential to propelling the plot ahead, is marred by a discernible lack of funds. But Darsheel in the inspiring company of his Anupam Uncle and his perky co-star Manjari Phadnis seems to be determined to have fun at a party where the arrangements are not quite what the guests expected.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Gwyneth Paltrow becomes face of Coach

Gwyneth Paltrow has been announced as the new face of Coach.

The Country Strong actress will appear in international print advertisements for the handbag brand beginning this fall as part of its 70th anniversary celebration.

"I grew up in New York City and I've always thought of Coach as the quintessential New York brand," she said in a statement. "I'll never forget getting my first Coach bag."

Womens Wear Daily reports that the outdoor ads - shot by photographer Peter Lindberg in New York City - will appear in select markets in Europe and Asia.

Paltrow was recently rumoured to be considering launching her own food magazine. She recently released her first cookbook entitled My Father's Daughter.

She has also been considering signing a record deal following the positive response she received following her performances in both Country Strong and as substitute teacher Holly Holiday in several episodes of Glee.

Royal wedding lookalikes hit London

Royal wedding fever continues to grip the globe as the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton fast approaches.

Two days before the world focuses its attentions on Westminster Abbey, 20 lookalikes from around Europe arrived in London for a competition organised by easyJet.

After impressing a panel of judges in various challenges, including the perfect romantic proposal and waving like a royal, Simon Watkinson and Orsola Rossi eventually saw off their rivals to scoop a year's worth of free flights from the company. The 'couple' will now remain in London to watch the real lovebirds tie the knot.

Londoner Watkinson, 29, said: "I've often been told that I look like Prince William, particularly since the royal engagement was announced, but I can't believe that I've been crowned the winner. I'm so excited to have won a year's worth of free easyJet flights and to be in London for the big day."

Rossi, also 29, from Milan, added: "To be voted the best double to one of the most famous women in the world is very exciting. This really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and there isn't a better place to be to enjoy the celebrations."

Take a look at Watkinson, Rossi and other lookalikes in our gallery below

The winning Wills with a pair of Kates.
Simon gives Orsola a cheeky kiss.
The winning couple Simon Watkinson and Orsola Rossi.

One of the Kate's is held by a rank of Williams.
The happy couples pose for a group shot.
Winner Simon with some dodgy looking William wannabes.
The look-a-likes stage a mass proposal.
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Barack Obama’s Birth Certificate Released

It has long been the object of all kinds of speculation, and finally today President Barack Obama's birth certificate was released.

The Certificate of Live Birth from Hawaii confirms that Obama was indeed born at 7:24 pm on August 4th, 1961 in Honolulu, putting to rest the questions of his citizenship.

White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer told press, "The president was struck by how this was crowding out the debate. It became an issue that transcended [conspiracy theorists]."


He added, "The president decided to do this...because this was a sideshow that's distracting from significant issues.”

I Am (Movie Review)

Starring Nandita Das, Purab Kohli, Juhi Chawla, Manisha Koirala, Sanjay Suri, Radhika Apte, Shernaz Patel, Anurag Kashyap, Rahul Bose, Arjun Mathur & Abhimanyu Singh

How and where does one begin to describe the infinite satisfaction of watching a film that emerges from the closet with some arresting and disturbing home-truths on what goes on when the lights are off ?Tiptoeing through the darkest corridors of the human heart director Onir in I Am comes up with four stories on the question of individual, sexual and geo-political identity.

There are no happy beginnings or endings for any of the four protagonists in I Am. Each one creates a universe of sublime sorrow spearheaded by an inability to …well, fit in.

Squares among circles? So be it. Onir revels in creating damaged but empathetic worlds for his four heroes…No, these are super-heroes in their resilience and determination to tackle discrimination without succumbing to their internal injuries.

When Afia in the first story, played by the luscious Nandita Das asks her buddy Juhi Chawla if she’d lend her brother for some serious sperm banking, Juhi (who we get to know in the next story is Megha reclaiming her heritage in Kashmir) walks away in disgust. We can’t.

We don’t want to. Artificial insemination gets a cinematic treatment in the story as Nandita meets her sperm donor (Purab Kohli in a timid mode). As they speak gently into the night, a warm fertile relationship grows between them in the fertility clinic. No they don’t fall in love. Where is the space for that to creep in?

The punctuations in the first story are bolder more aggressive than the other three, as though Onir wanted to get all the ‘cinema’ in his film out of the way as early as possible.

For the second story I Am Megha, Onir takes his compelling drama of the damned to Kashmir. The location is treacherously pretty. Mani Ratnam’s Dil se re dil se.

The dreaded ‘m’ word stalks the streets with unrelenting impunity. Here under the shadow of militancy two dignified women, one a Kashmiri Pundit and the other a local Muslim, interact with restrained annoyance. They are upset and angry. But they won’t colour the ambience with their prejudices.

Thanks to the two actresses Juhi Chawla and Manisha Koirala who play out the Ingmar Bermanesque drama in the deceptive tranquility of the Valley I Am Megha comes to life as a chamber-piece set in the outdoors.

And if that sounds like a contradiction in terms then stick around. Onir specializes in interpreting the beauty of the world outside as a counterpoint to the squalidity that is secreted in places not visible to the human eye.

The third story I Am Abhimanyu on child abuse is understandably a portrait of acute complexities brought to a virile fruition by the director’s determined evasion of any self-pity in the abused child’s character. Rather, Abhimanyu (Sanjay Suri) grows up as quite a manipulator, not sure of his sexual preferences but sure that he’d milk the ambivalence of his tortured past for all that it’s worth.

Amazingly Onir goes through the three phases in Abhimanyu’s life, as the abused child going on to a manipulative adolescent and thence to whining adulthood, in just about 15-20 minutes of playing-time.

Portable epic, indeed! This story also has the most intriguing array of actors, from Suri as the grownup permanently-wounded Abhimanyu to Zain Salam as the adolescent Abhimanyu to Anurag Kashyap as the sexual molestor, to Shernaz Patel as the mother in denial and Radhika Apte as Suri’s bohemian sounding-board who knows she may not be able to have sex with the man she so openly loves because of his tortured past. Whose locks is it anyway?

The sexual candour of this episode makes for remarkable viewing. Onir desists from making any judgement on those who scar the wounded. And really, who are we to wonder what lies beneath the surface of the simmering sexual politics of that overrated universe known as domesticity?

The rawest most guttural and devastating story is saved for the last. I Am Omar is a story straight out of every gay person’s favourite nightmare. While making out in a car with his newly acquired toyboy Omar (Arjun Mathur) Jai (Rahul Bose) is accosted by a vulgar homophobic cop.

Here we must pause to note that Abhimanyu Singh as the cop on the bawdy beat comes up with the most bludgeoning performance in the film. His filthy language and his even filthier intentions towards the cowering gay man are brought out by the actor with a ferocity and clarity that provide an entirely new definition to credible characterization.

This story is shot with the quivering conviction of a crime reporter with a video camera who has suddenly chanced on a scene of atrocity that far exceeds his call of duty. The enormity of the crime is represented in the beads of sweat that appear on the victim of the police atrocity’s brow. Rahul Bose is full of righteous damnation.

I Am, can happen to anyone who doesn’t conform. The isolation of the unorthodox is palpable in every precious breath that the four-storeyed tale takes.

The quartet of stories are backed by the most wonderful team of actors and technicians all working towards building an enchanting edifice of power and sex, lust and longing, loss and strands of redemption.

These are not “happy” stories. How can they be? When the people in them are so intrinsically unhappy? The challenge for Onir is to make his tortured characters acclimatized to their pain and suffering without making them look like resigned victims.

I Am brims over with the indignation of discrimination. But there is no room for hysteria or melodrama in the storytelling. Though all four stories are shot by one cameraman Arvind Kannabiran, each one conveys its own mood texture and urgency.

Though all are joined at the hip each story has its own unique rhythm There are no empty symbolic gestures of reconciliation and pacification in this world of disaffected derelicts.

The emptied-out world of the four protagonists is filled with the noises of smothered pain. Each protagonist carries his burden of guilty and grief to the last.

There is no getting away from the despair. But there is no sense of pessimism in the telling of the stories. That’s the beauty of this little gem of a film. You get affected. But you don’t lose hope. At the end of the tunnel there is a beam of light. You can’t miss it.

Saif Ali Khan waiting for Kareena Kapoor?

Saif Ali Khan is reportedly waiting for Kareena Kapoor to set a time and a date for their wedding.
The divorced actor is said to have already proposed to his long-term girlfriend and Kurbaan co-star.


Speaking to The Times of India, a source said: "Saif is ready. Saif is waiting for Kareena to get ready. She has to [return] to him with the date and time!"

According to the paper, a date for the big event will be announced after the release of their James Bond-inspired film Agent Vinod.

Khan's mother Sharmila Tagore recently said in an interview that she expects the pair to get married soon.

Shah Rukh Khan casts Giselli Monteiro

Giselli Monteiro has completed her second Hindi film, the Shah Rukh Khan-produced Always Kabhi Kabhi.

Khan, whose Red Chillies production house is producing the film, is reported to have specifically requested Monteiro for the part in the Roshan Abbas project, reports Hindustan Times.

"I didn't know about it in the beginning," Monteiro said. "When Roshan told me about it, I was very excited. After all, he is the real superstar."

The Brazilian actress, who earlier said that she would like to work with Aamir Khan, revealed that she will have a new look for her latest outing.

The former model stated: "In Love Aaj Kal I played a character from the 1960s. But this time around, I will be seen in a completely fresh avatar. Since the set-up is very different, the outfits worn by me are different too."

The Bollywood film industry has seen a significant rise in Brazilian models and actors in the past five years, including I Hate Luv Storys star Bruna Abdullah.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

'Poetry Man' singer Phoebe Snow dies, aged 58

Singer Phoebe Snow has died at age 58 after suffering complications from a 2010 brain haemorrhage.

The musician, who was best known for the 1975 hit 'Poetry Man', passed away this morning in Edison, NJ, her rep Rick Miramontez confirmed to The AP.

Achieving her most notable success in the 1970s, Snow collaborated with many of the era's most popular musicians, including Paul Simon and Jackson Browne.

She was also a frequent musical guest in the early years of Saturday Night Live, appearing on the programme's second-ever telecast, and later returning with friend Linda Ronstadt to duet on 'The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)' in 1979.

Snow gave birth to disabled daughter Valerie in 1975, and largely shunned the spotlight in order to care for the child. Valerie died in 2007 at 31 years old.

In recent years, the 'Gone at Last' musician was plagued with a series of health problems, including suffering both a stroke and congestive heart failure.

She was reportedly working on her first new studio LP in eight years at the time of her death.

Her long-time manager Sue Cameron described Snow's passing as "incalculable", adding: "Phoebe was one of the brightest, funniest and most talented singer-songwriters of all time and, more importantly, a magnificent mother to her late brain-damaged daughter, Valerie, for 31 years. Phoebe felt that was her greatest accomplishment."

Daniel Radcliffe: 'No royal wedding fever'

Daniel Radcliffe has said that he wishes Prince William and Kate Middleton all the best, but admits that he hasn't been caught up in royal wedding fever yet.

The Harry Potter star was asked for his thoughts on the impending nuptials on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

"You know, it seems to be a much bigger deal over here than it is at home, from what I'm gathering," he said.

"From the friends I have spoken to, the thing they are most excited about is it means we get a four-day weekend at home! That's the kind of thing that's driving most people."

He added: "I wish them all the happiness in the world but I'm not going as feverish as everyone else seems to [be]."

As for whether he has ever met a member of the royal family, he said: "I've met Fergie. Does that count? I'm not being callous! It's genuinely ignorance. She's still a duchess, right? Yes? So I have [met royalty]."

The royal wedding is scheduled to take place at Westminster Abbey in London on Friday.

Radcliffe was on the NBC show to promote his Broadway production How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, which is currently playing at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. He can also be seen in the final instalment in the Harry Potter franchise, Deathly Hallows Part 2, which opens at cinemas on July 15.

Katona: 'I'd get kicked out of royal wedding'

Kerry Katona has joked that she would be asked to leave Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding if she were to attend.

The reality TV star was not invited to the ceremony on Friday and said that she would have been kicked out if she was.

She told Now: "I'd love an invite to the wedding. But I'd probably get kicked out for trying to do the can-can in the middle of the dancefloor."

The 30-year-old, who is dating property developer Dan Foden, has her own reality TV show, Kerry Katona: The Next Chapter, on ITV2 but said that she wouldn't like to be in the public eye as much as Katie Price.

She added: "I wouldn't like to be in Kate's shoes. I feel pressure being Kerry Katona and I'm a nobody."

Katona is reportedly planning a musical comeback by featuring on a track with Basshunter.

Salman launches Ready music

MUMBAI: Salman Khan was adamant about not wanting to launch the music of his latest film Ready at a five star venue.

Earlier there were reports saying that the actor wanted to gift bicycles to some of the key workers/or their children of Mumbai's Filmcity .

Now there is a slight change in plan. Today, the actor will have the music launch of his film Ready at Filmcity with the cast, the crew and all the staff members of this Government of Maharashtra run studio.

Salman's logic is simple. Says a source close to the actor, "Bhai feels these are the guys who have been with him for the last 21 years. And he feels they have supported him unconditionally through his highs and lows.

He just wants to reciprocate their goodwill and so besides giving them a surprise (obviously the actual plan cannot be revealed) he will also have dinner with them post the music launch."

Obamas not invited to William-Kate wedding

London: The official guest list for the British royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton was issued on Saturday, and it contained a mix of family and friends, as well as members of European royal families, and a few big name celebrities.

One obvious omission was Sarah Ferguson, the former wife of Prince Andrew, who has been largely frozen out of the royal family following a series of gaffes and misdemeanours.

The list is dominated by William and Kate's friends and family, together with European royals, leaders of British Commonwealth countries, and members of "the great and good."

Also on the list are people from the charities with which the royal couple are associated.

"Largely it's a traditional establishment wedding," commented AP royal consultant Jennie Bond.

Elton John and David Beckham, accompanied by their respective partners, top a very small list of celebrities.

Elton John was close to William's late mother Diana. And Beckham worked with William on England's failed bid to stage the 2018 World Cup.

Although William's aunt Sarah Ferguson has been omitted, her daughters Beatrice and Eugenie - as fifth and sixth in line to the throne - will be there.

Foreign leaders, including US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, were not invited, but royal officials have explained that the decision shouldn't be seen as a snub.

Aides say the wedding isn't technically a state occasion, as William is second in line rather than heir to the throne - so there's no protocol requiring key world leaders to be invited.

William has found space for all 27 members of his unit at the air base in Anglesey, Wales, where he works as a helicopter pilot.

One of his workmates is Sergeant Keith Best, who's accompanied the Prince on a number of search-and-rescue missions.

"It was a massive surprise when that nice golden envelope dropped through the letterbox," said Best. Altogether some 1,900 people have been invited to the wedding ceremony in Westminster Abbey.




Priyanka Chopra's costume 'catches fire'

Priyanka Chopra's costume is said to have caught fire while filming a religious scene for current project Agneepath.

The actress was apparently uninjured by the incident, though the traditional Indian skirt she had been wearing was damaged, claims Mid Day.

A production source confirmed: "[Chopra]'s lehenga caught fire from the diyas of aarti and got burnt at the edges. She noticed it quickly and wasn't hurt, but had to change her lehenga and wear a new one."

Meanwhile, Chopra's co-star Hrithik Roshan is said to have injured his hand while filming with ceremonial lamps.

"During one rotation, one diya (lamp) toppled over, spilling hot oil on his hand [and] scalding it," the source explained.

Filming on the Karan Johar project was reportedly abandoned for the day.

Shooting on the Dharma Production film had been impacted last week by an on-set fight among extras working on the movie.

Aishwarya Rai praises Cannes actresses

Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan has praised fellow L'Oreal spokeswomen Sonam Kapoor and Freida Pinto for their appearances at Cannes this year.

The actress will be marking ten years as the Indian ambassador for the make-up brand, The Times of India reports.

Speaking to the paper, she said: "I am happy that with Sonam and Freida, both beautiful women, being invited to the festival this year, India will have a stronger presence, which is a clear sign of the growing importance of the country."

Kapoor was reportedly asked to replace 37-year old Rai-Bachchan in 2009 after the latter was considered to old to connect with younger L'Oreal consumers.

At the time, she praised Rai-Bachchan's career and said that she would be happy to achieve a "tenth" of the same success.

Slumdog Millionaire's Pinto was also asked to represent the brand in 2009, after achieving fame in the Danny Boyle film.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Katie Price in "terrifying" car accident

Katie Price was involved in a car crash yesterday while on holiday with boyfriend Leandro Penna.

The glamour model's accident occurred when two wild stallions, who were killed instantly, collided with Penna's Toyota jeep, which was written off.

Speaking to The Mirror, Price - who is thought to have suffered cuts to her hands and whiplash - reflected: "It was absolutely terrifying.

"It all happened in a flash and I have absolutely no idea how I wasn't badly injured. I feel so lucky, but more than anything I'm just distraught about the horses. It was so upsetting."

Meanwhile, a source claimed: "Quite frankly, it beggars belief that Katie and Leo survived at all. And Katie knows just how close she came to dying.

"The two animals ploughed into their vehicle, with one flying through the windscreen, backside-first, hitting both Katie and Leo simultaneously."

The insider added: "Luckily, Leandro reacted lightning-quick, braked hard and swerved violently the moment he saw the horses. Although it wasn't enough to save the horses, undoubtedly his reactions saved the pair's lives, plus those of the three passengers in the back.

"But Kate was far more concerned about the death of the stallions than she was her own injuries. She is badly shaken up and she was in pieces all of last night."

A spokesperson for Price confirmed the incident, saying that she and Penna were "'OK, though understandably shaken".

Price has said that she "can't thank" Sir Elton John enough for helping her meet Penna. It was recently claimed that she plans to adopt a child from his native Argentina.

Royal Wedding Guest List Unveiled

Less than a week away from the sure-to-be spectacular occasion, the official guest list from Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding has been released.

As was expected, numerous celebrities adorn the rundown of lucky invitees, as musician Sir Elton John, soccer star David Beckham, director Guy Ritchie and singer Joss Stone will all be in attendance for the nuptials.


With a long list of royals, dignitaries and Prince Williams' colleagues from RAF Valley also set to attend, the ceremony being held at Westminster Abbey will take place on Friday, April 29th.

A complete rundown of the wedding guest setup via The Royal Wedding website is as follows:

North Lantern
Miss Middleton's immediate family and friends
Prince William and Miss Middleton's friends
The Spencer Family

South Lantern
The British Royal Family
Members of Foreign Royal Families

North Transept
Prince William and Miss Middleton's friends

South Transept
Governors General
Members of the Diplomatic Corps
Middleton Family friends

Stalls North
Representatives of the Church and other Faiths
Prince William and Miss Middleton's Friends

Stall South
Members of the Cabinet· Prince William and Miss Middleton's Friends

North Nave
Guests of the Prince of Wales
Members of the General Congregation

South Nave
Representatives of the Church and other Faiths
Members of the General Congregation

The following Members of the Royal Family will be seated on the front row (South Lantern), in order starting closest to the Sacrarium:

The Queen
The Duke of Edinburgh
The Prince of Wales
The Duchess of Cornwall
Prince Harry.

The following members of the Middleton Family will be seated on the front row (North Lantern), in order starting closest to the Sacrarium:

Mrs. Carole Middleton
Mr. Michael Middleton
Mr. James Middleton.
(The remaining places on the front row are still TBC).

The following members of the Spencer Family will be seated on the front row of their block (North Lantern), in order starting closest to the Sacrarium:

The Lady Sarah McCorquodale
Mr. Neil McCorquodale
Mrs. Anne Wake-Walker
The Lord Robert Fellowes
The Lady Jane Fellowes
The Earl Spencer
Miss Karen Gordon

Nicki Minaj hopes to launch own fragrance

Nicki Minaj has expressed hope that she will be able to launch her first signature fragrance later this year.

Stars including Christina Aguilera and Khloe Kardashian have released their own perfumes in the last few months, and the 'Moment 4 Life' singer has now revealed that she plans to join their ranks.

"Hopefully I'll do one this year," Minaj told Allure magazine. "I like scents that feel summery, but have a va-va-voom. I want to smell like a sexy and confident woman, not like candy."

Minaj also cited 'Girls Just Want To Have Fun' musician Cyndi Lauper as one of her earliest fashion influences, saying: "I love Cyndi Lauper's style. I remember watching her as a kid and thinking, 'I don't know who this is, but I want to hang out with her'. Her style looked like a piece of art to me."

Earlier this month, it was announced that Minaj will join Britney Spears as a support act for her upcoming 'Femme Fatale' tour. Spears later caused "complete pandemonium" by appearing at a party hosted by her tourmate.