PHOTO: Chinese New Year Parade, Sydney 2008.
HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR 2011!
This New Year is so special to be celebrated that it heralds a new DECADE too. So, celebrate it with a new vigor and enjoy! Make your NEW YEAR resolves not only for 2011 but the whole decade!
Friday, December 31, 2010
PHOTO: Chinese New Year Parade, Sydney 2008.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Japanese actress, singer and gravure idol Megumi Furuya (Furuya Megumi), popular by her stage name MEGUMI was born on September 25, 1981 in Matsue, Shimane. She was raised in Kurashiki, Okayama, and was educated at the all-girls school Kurashiki Suisho Senior High School, from where she dropped out.
Megumi is affiliated with Suns Entertainment. She has appeared in a number of variety shows on Japanese TV, notably for Nippon TV, Setonaikai Broadcasting Corporation, Fuji TV, Kansai Telecasting Corporation, and TV Asahi. Her Radio performances were on FM-FUJI, and on Nippon Broadcasting System, in addition to being the much-sought-after star of commercials such as for Asahi Breweries (2007), Japan Racing Association (2006), Nestle Japan Nescafe Santa Marta, Okayama Prefecture police (Improvement of traffic manners campaign), Rohto Pharmaceutical Co, Sapporo Brewery. Her films include Hero (Sakurako Kōno) and SS (Girako). Besides she has produced numerous photo albums, which were all very popular.
Japanese gravure idol, actress and TV personality Minase Yashiro (Yashiro Minase) was born on February 3, 1985 in Gifu Prefecture, Japan. She started her career in the Japanese glamour world by debuting as a bikini model (gravure idol) in 2006, when her first DVD Minase Minakuru was released! Between February 2006 (age 21) and mid-2009 she has appeared in 10 solo DVDs that became very popular.
Minase Yashiro has also appeared on several Japanese TV programs including Sports eye ESPN on SkyPerfecTV, Idol Star on ENTA371, Pao Pao on BS NHK, Sabadol on TV Tokyo and Ranking Kingdom from TBS. She was also featured more recently on the TBS show Beach Angels filmed in Okinawa, and was credited for appearing on magazines such as Weekly Young Jump, Flash Exciting, Monthly Gon and Weekly Asahi Geino.
In 2007 Yashiro was selected as one of the three winners of the Sanyo Image Girl "Marin-chan o Sagase" (translated as ‘Search for Marine-chan’) contest. Yashiro made her film debut in Noboru Iguchi's gore-fest The Machine Girl in 2008 in the lead role of Ami. In 2010, Yashiro appeared in Kamen Rider Double Forever: A to Z/The Gaia Memories of Fate.
Watch her fabulous body features in this short video found on YouTube
Friday, December 3, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Ruslana performs on stage
Ruslana performing "Wild Dances" at the Eurovision Song Contest 2004
Ruslana performing at her Charity Concert for children suffering from the consequences of the Chernobyl nuclear leak tragedy
Versatile Ukrainian pop singer and performer Ruslana, 37, (full name: Ruslana Stepanivna Lyzhychko, also known, Lana and Rusiya), is also known for her multifaceted talents such as singer, politician, dancer, producer, composer, conductor, pianist, songwriter, and voice actress. Apart from the piano, she plays guitar, drums, keyboards, and trembita, an ancient Hutsul music instrument producing trumpet-like sound.
Ruslana is the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2004, winner of World Music Award, was nominated for MTV Europe Music Award. She was also honored with the golden statue of The Best Artist Award of The Asia Song Festival 2009, and the second special award for the contribution to the cultural exchange between Ukraine and Asia in music.
Born on May 24, 1973 in Lviv, Ukrainian SSR (Ukraine), Ruslana studied from the age of four at an experimental musical school and performed with various bands. After secondary school education, Ruslana entered the Lviv Conservatory where she graduated as a classical pianist and conductor in 1995.
As an activist, with her project Wild Energy, Ruslana promotes the use of renewable energy. She considers solar energy and energy from water and the wind as independent energy sources. Also, Ruslana wants to make people aware of the dangers of global climate change.
For some time Ruslana has been the face of Garnier in Ukraine, and in the spring of last year L’Oreal Cosmetics offered Ruslana an endorsement contract as a new face of L’Oreal. She has also appeared in various commercial campaigns.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Photo: Country Music legend Trisha Yearwood performs at the USO Gala in Washington, D.C., USA, October 7, 2010.
American country music artist and actress Trisha Yearwood, born Patricia Lynn Yearwood on 19 September 1964, is best known for her ballads about vulnerable young women.
Trisha Yearwood became a noted country music singer with her debut single, ‘She's in Love with the Boy’ which became a #1 hit on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in 1991. Her albums such as Hearts in Armor (1992), The Song Remembers When (1993), Thinkin' About You (1995), and Everybody Knows (1996) won her widespread critical acclaim and further success in her career.
Yearwood’s 1997 song ‘How Do I Live’, originally released on the soundtrack of the film, Con Air, also included in her Greatest Hits compilation, (Songbook) A Collection of Hits (1997) eventually won her the Best Female Country Vocal Performance Award at the Grammy Awards. Besides, she also won accolades from the Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Awards in 1997 and 1998.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Photos: Singer Anastacia at the Women's World Award 2009, Wiener Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria, where she received the 'World Artist Award'.
American singer-songwriter Anastacia has been has been highly successful in Europe, Asia, Oceania, South Africa, and South America, though she could not garner much success in her native United States. Her debut album, Not That Kind (2000) recorded top ten sales in eight countries in Europe, Asia and Oceania, and went triple platinum in Australia, while her debut single, I'm Outta Love, was big a hit in Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany and the UK.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Although, the Republic of Afghanistan never recognized her as Miss Afghanistan, is credited as Miss Afghanistan 2003, as per reports in the international media. Her appearance in a red bikini in the 2003 edition of Miss Earth pageant was hugely controversial in Afghanistan, as her critics viewed the display of female body went Afghan culture.
Afghan traditionalists objected to her appearance in a red bikini during the pageant's press presentation. She was given a special ‘Beauty for a Cause’ award at that year's Miss Earth competition.
She was the second Miss Afghanistan taking part in a beauty contest since Zohra Daoud was crowned Miss Afghanistan in 1974. Samadzai, an ethnic Pashtun from Kabul, had moved to the U.S. in 1996.
On May 1, 2005, Samadzai won the Ms. America 2005-06 pageant, and on July 3, 2005 she represented the United States at the Miss Tourism Queen International 2005, where she was named the first Miss Personality in the pageant's history.
Majida El-Roumi (or Magida Al-Roumi), 53, is a Lebanese singer and soprano and one of the most successful and respected singers of the Arab world.
Majida El-Roumi was born to renowned musician Halim El Roumi and his wife Marie Loutfi, a Melkite Greek Catholic couple from the city of Tyre in Lebanon. Majida took interest in music from an early age, and one of her early songs recorded was a religious song, ‘Your Birth’ (Miladak) on the birth of Jesus Christ.
In 1977, Majida married Antoine Dfouni, a businessman from Byblos, Lebanon, had two daughters (Hala and Nour) and they divorced in 2006.
In 1976, Majida starred in the movie ‘Awdat Al Ibn Al Dal’ (The Return of the Prodigal Son) by Youssef Chahine and she also sang three songs for the movie. Chahine referred to her as 'the Voice of the 20th Century' and received the 'Egyptian Critics Award'.
Majida has performed at important festivals in the Arab world such as the festivals of Beiteddine, Jerash, Bosra, Carthage, and at the Cairo Opera House. She has also performed at prestigious concert halls such as the Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Centre, Carnegie Hall and Hunter College in New York City, the Place des Arts in Montreal, Fox Theatre (Detroit, Michigan), the Paris Olympia, Palais des Congrès de Paris, Athens Concert Hall in Greece and the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Majida performed a duet, ‘Light the Way’, with opera star José Carreras, on December 9, 2006, during the opening ceremony of the 15th Asian Games in Doha in 2006. In 2009, she performed ‘Nous sommes les amis du monde’, a duet with Youssou N'dour, on the inauguration of the ‘Jeux Olympiques de la Francophonie’ in Beirut, Lebanon.
Majida El Roumi was appointed an ambassador for the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on October 16, 2001.
In her career spanning more than three decades, Majida El Roumi has received various awards and honours including The Golden Cedar (Lebanon, 1988), National Order of the Cedar (Knighthood, Lebanon, 1994), Le Bouclier de l'information et de la culture / Algerian Shield of Culture (Algeria, 2005), The Shield of Honour (Ministry of Culture, Syria), The Shield of Honour (Jordan), The Shield of Honour (Tunis) and The Shield of Honour (Morocco).
The names and details of the 101 women celebrities, from countries of the Middle East/ North Africa, as per the list published by the producer of this video, are listed in the order of their appearance as follows.
01. Diana Haddad - Lebanese Singer
02. Amar - Lebanese Singer
03. Yara Naoum - Egyptian Model
04. Anabella Hilal - Lebanese Model
05. Claudia Lynx (Shaghayegh) - Iranian Model
06. Adriana Tarud - Lebanese/ Syrian Model
07. Haifa Wehbe - Lebanese Singer, Model, Actress
08. Joelle Hatem - Lebanese Model
09. Leyla Milani Razzari - Iranian Model, Actress
10. Elissar - Lebanese Belly Dancer
11. Tuba Buyukustun - Turkish Actress, Model
12. Claudia Hanna - Iraqi Singer, Model
13. Ahlam Louaga - Moroccan Model
14. Lamitta Franjieh - Lebanese Model
15. Karima Adebibe - Moroccan Model, Actress
16. Valerie Tarud - Lebanese/ Syrian Model
17. Katia Harb - Lebanese Singer
18. Nazanin Afsin Jam - Iranian Model, Activist
19. Kerri Kasem - Lebanese Host, Model
20. Shannon Elizabeth Fadal - Half Syrian Actress
21. Alia Al Shammari - Iraqi Host
22. Madeleine Matar - Lebanese Model
23. Aline Ourfalian - Lebanese Singer
24. Aylar Lie (Sharareh Dianati) - Iranian Model
25. Jamillete Gaxiola - Half Lebanese Model
26. Layla El - Moroccan Wrestler
27. Dana Halabi - Lebanese Singer
28. Fawzia Mohamed - Egyptian Model
29. Amira Al Taweel - Saudi Arabian Princess
30. Birgitte Yaghi - Lebanese Singer
31. Nadia Bjorlin - Half Iranian Actress
32. Miss Morocco 2008
33. Camilla Al Fayed - Egyptian Socialite
34. Kim Kardashian - Armenian Model
35. Dalida Chammai - Lebanese Singer
36. Carole Samaha - Lebanese Singer
37. Nadine Labaki - Lebanese Director, Actress
38. Dolly Shahine - Lebanese Model
39. Catherine Bell - Half Iranian Actress/Model
40. Samantha Tajik - Iranian Model
41. Hadar Uzeri - Yemeni Singer, Model
42. Chantal Chamandy - Lebanese Singer
43. Sandy - Egyptian Singer
44. Demet Kutluay - Turkish Model
45. Dominique Hourani - Lebanese Singer, Model
46. Sandy Farah - Lebanese Model
47. Cyrine Abdel Nour - Lebanese/ Syrian Singer
48. Hilal Uysun - Turkish Model
49. Maria Nalbandian - Lebanese Singer
50. Sara Racey Tabrizi - Iranian Model
51. Nelly Makdessy - Lebanese Singer
52. Reem Al Nawassri - Iraqi Model, Singer
53. Sarah Shahi - Iranian Actress
54. Nancy Afioni - Lebanese Model
55. Ehsan Hatem - Egyptian Model
56. Rahma Mezher - Iraqi Singer
57. Shakira Mebarak - Half Lebanese Singer
58. Amina Al Alam - Moroccan Model
59. Ehlam Wagdi - Egyptian Model
60. Sofia Marikh - Moroccan Singer
61. Layla Kayleigh - Middle Eastern Model
62. Rosarita Tawil - Lebanese Model
63. Sabrina - Algerian Model
64. Melissa - Lebanese Singer
65. Rosil Al Azawi - Iraqi Model, Host
66. Julia- Egyptian Model
67. Nadine Njeim - Lebanese Model
68. Razan Moughrabi - Lebanese Singer
69. Sabrina Houssami - Lebanese Model
70. Salma Hayek - Half Lebanese Actress
71. Zohra Stanikzai - Afghan Model
72. Yamilla Rahi - Half Lebanese Model
73. Myriam Klink - Lebanese Model
74. Ramona Amiri - Assryian/ Iranian Model, Dancer
75. Sebnem Shaefer - Turkish Model
76. Sara Lime - Iranian Model
78. Amele Berrabah - Moroccan Singer
79. Bahar Soomekh - Iranian Actress
80. Isa Mebarak - Lebanese Singer
81. Raya Meddine - Lebanese Actress
82. Rania Al Abdullah - Jordanian Queen
83. Sulaf Fawakherji - Syrian Actress
84. Zallascht Sadat - Afghan Model
85. May Hariri - Lebanese Singer
86. Zizi Adel - Egyptian Singer
87. Emmanuelle Chriqui - Moroccan Actress
88. Janin Dagher - Lebanese Singer
89. Amal Maher - Egyptian Singer
90. Lusine Tovmasyan - Armenian Model
91. Ruby (Rania Hussein) - Egyptian Singer
92. Tina Yamout - Lebanese Singer
93. Lynda Sayyah - Iraqi Model
94. Myriam Fares - Lebanese Singer
95. Parisa Montazaron - Iranian Reality TV Star
96. Alia Shawkat - Iraqi Actress
97. Nazanin Boniadi - Iranian Actress
98. Paula Abdul - Syrian Singer, Host
99. Nathalie Handal - Palestinian Poet
100. Nawal Laktir - Tunisian Model
101. Nicole Saba - Lebanese Singer
Watch these 101 beautiful women celebrities from the countries of the Middle East and North Africa and listen to the songs ‘Need To Feel Loved’ by Reflekt (Adam K Soha remix) and ‘Is It Love?’ by Nadia Ali.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Alicia Keys, 29, gave birth to a son on Thursday, October 14, 2010 in New York City. Keys and her rapper husband Swizz Beatz are celebrating the arrival of their first child. The couple has named their son Egypt Daoud Dean.
The rapper posted the news on Twitter, "I'm so thankful for everything I been blessed with in my life, wowwww!"
Keys married Swizz Beatz (real name is Kasseem Dean), in July this year. The pair met while working on writing and producing Whitney Houston's album ‘I Look To You’.
Beatz has three children from his previous relationships: two sons, Prince Nasir Dean (10), Kasseem Dean Jr (4), and a one-year-old daughter.
In May 2010 Keys and Swizz Beatz confirmed that they were engaged and expecting a child together. During the time of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the couple had the unborn child blessed in a Zulu ceremony, which took place in the Illovo suburb of South Africa.
Keys and Swizz Beatz held a wedding celebration on the French island of Corsica on July 31, 2010. But a civil ceremony is mandatory to make the marriage legal in the United States.
So, their wedding in USA was presided over by Deepak Chopra, Indian American public speaker, endocrinologist, writer on Ayurveda, New Age spirituality and mind-body medicine, and a top former assistant to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The guests included Bono and actress and rapper Queen Latifah.
In the beginning of her career, Keys made guest appearances on several television series, beginning with ‘Charmed’. She made her film debut in ‘Smokin' Aces’ and later appeared in ‘The Nanny Diaries’.
Her third studio album, As I Am, sold six million copies worldwide, earning Keys an additional three Grammy Awards. The following year, she appeared in The Secret Life of Bees, which earned her a nomination at the NAACP Image Awards.
She released her fourth album, The Element of Freedom, in December 2009, which became Keys' first chart-topping album in the United Kingdom.
Keys has won has won several prestigious awards including 12 Grammy awards. She has sold over 30 million albums worldwide since releasing her first album, ‘Songs in A Minor’, in 2001.
The Billboard magazine named her the top R&B artist of the 2000 -2009 decade, establishing herself as one of the best-selling artists of her time. In 2010, VH1 included Keys on its list of the ‘100 Greatest Artists of All Time’.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Photo: Joslyn James, one of several Tiger Woods Girls who is now facing death threats from another Woods Girl Devon James
It seems Tiger Woods is not out of the woods so far, as more and more steamy stuff tumbles out of his cupboard. At one hand, now there is a threat from Porn actress Devon James and her husband, adult film producer Nick James, who claimed that they will release a ‘Tiger Woods Sex Tape’ on Friday, and on the other hand there is a catfight between two of his alleged busty ex-mistresses Devon James and Joslyn James.
Gossip sources and news sites reported about two of the several Tiger Wood's ex-mistresses getting into a catfight, exchanging death threats and one of them reporting the other to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Joslyn James sent a hate-filled email to Devon’s manager, to which allegedly Devon wrote back threatening to kill her. The row followed from when the duo appeared in a Tiger Woods porn spoof. Joslyn went to the LAPD on Tuesday and filed a report, claiming Devon, who attempted to fake a love child and Tiger Woods sex tape, threatened her life. However, LAPD is investigating the threat, the news sources added.
It may be recalled that in June Devon James alleged that Tiger Woods, who was the father of her son, born nine years ago, and filed a claim challenging Tiger woods to submit to a DNA test, but according to reports, the paternity suit was dismissed by a Florida court in August.
The Golf superstar Tiger Woods' cheating on Elin Nordegren was a very sad story in terms of his family breaking up, and the tarnishing of one of sports' most beloved icons. The case created a big sensation when it broke out and several brands endorses were affected, and the loss was estimated in billions of dollars in sales of sports goods, clothing and others endorsed by Woods.
In the meanwhile, there are reports quoting Nick James, husband of Devon James, telling nothing can stop Tiger Woods sex tape with Devon hitting the market. “I was told there was a bid by his (Wood’s) lawyers to buy out the tape, but so far no deal has been struck and I don’t it will be , either”, he said.
According to Devon, the 62-minute tape starring Woods will be opened online today. She sold the tape to a DVD company for $350,000, a newspaper report said.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
In this video, watch Christina Aguilera in Burlesque as she belts out her rendition of "Something's Got a Hold On Me" by Etta James.
On August 11, 2010 a clip of Aguilera performing the Etta James classic, "Something's Got a Hold on Me" from the film Burlesque was released. The original Motion Picture Soundtrack, which has 12 songs, produced by Christina Aguilera, Samuel Dixon, Sia Furler, DJ Premier, Tricky Stewart, Danja, Salaam Remi, and Linda Perry will be released on November 16, 2010 by RCA Records.
Burlesque, an upcoming American contemporary musical film, slated for release on November 24, 2010, is directed and written by Steve Antin, starring Christina Aguilera (as the lead character Ali), Cher, Eric Dane, Cam Gigandet, Julianne Hough, Alan Cumming, Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci and others.
In the film Christina Aguilera plays the role of Ali Rose, a small-town girl with a big voice who escapes hardship and an uncertain future to follow her dreams to Los Angeles. Ali lands a job as a cocktail waitress from Tess (Cher), a former dancer who struggles to keep the nightclub open, of the ‘The Burlesque Lounge’, a majestic but ailing theater. There Ali builds a friendship with a dancer named Georgia (Julianne Hough), finds an enemy in a troubled, jealous performer Nikki (Kristen Bell), and gets the affection of a bartender and fellow musician (Aguilera's love interest), Jack (Cam Gigandet). With the help of the nightclub's manager Sean (Stanley Tucci), and Alexis (Alan Cumming), Ali finds her way from the bar to the stage. However, her spectacular voice restores the ailing The Burlesque Lounge to its former glory, though not before the charismatic entrepreneur Marcus Gerber (Eric Dane) arrives with an enticing proposal.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Photo: Lindsay Lohan during Just My Luck Los Angeles Premiere (05/09/2006) at Mann National Theater, Westwood, CA. Photo credit: David Gabber.
Celebrity news sources report that the American pop singer and model Lindsay Lohan, 24, being treated for cocaine addiction at the Betty Ford Clinic in Los Angeles. Earlier, Lindsay had confessed to experimenting with drugs, and now Lohan is undergoing a rehab treatment program as she has a dependency for the ‘Class A’ drug.
Lohan has already failed two drug tests last month, and the actress is now due in court Oct 22 for a probation hearing. Lohan has served 13 days of a 90-day jail term behind bars in July, and returned to the prison following the failed drug tests, only to end up spending just a few of hours behind bars after posting a $300,000 bail. She then voluntarily checked into the Betty Ford Clinic.
“Lindsay's primary problem is cocaine. She went through a thorough assessment, and it was discovered that she has a high dependence for cocaine,” femalefirst.co.uk quoted a source as saying about Lohan. “At this point, Lindsay is at a critical point of her detoxification and recovery, and she is doing well.”
Lindsay Lohan has her own treatment team comprising of a personal physician, psychologist, primary counselor, spiritual care counselor, family counselor, case manager, fitness trainer, nurse, dietician, and chemical dependency technician in the de-addiction facility.
Lindsay Lohan gained celebrity fame between 2003 and 2005 with leading roles in the films Freaky Friday, Mean Girls and Herbie: Fully Loaded, and appearing in films including Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion and Emilio Estevez's Bobby.
Lohan’s career was interrupted in 2007 as two driving under the influence (DUI) incidents and three visits to drug rehabilitation facilities, costing her dearly as she lost several movie deals.
On resuming her career, Lohan guest-starred in the TV series Ugly Betty (2008), Labor Pains (2009), and appeared in Robert Rodriguez's Machete in 2010. She re-launched her pop music career in 2004 with the album Speak and followed it up with A Little More Personal (Raw) in 2005.
In her probation revocation hearing on July 6, the judge determined that Lohan had violated the terms of her probation and sentenced her to 90 days in jail starting from July 20, and ordered Lohan to check into an inpatient rehab program for three months after her release from jail.
When Lohan appeared in court on July 20, she was taken into custody to begin her jail term, but she was released on August 2 after serving 14 days of prison term. However, she was taken to an inpatient rehabilitation facility where she was expected to stay for another 90 days.
On August 24 Lohan was released after only 23 days. She was ordered to submit to random drug and alcohol screenings and attend psychotherapy and behavior therapy twice a week. Any failure to attend the sessions or to pass the drug tests could result in a 30-day jail sentence.
In early August, Lohan's mother said that Lohan intends to move back to New York once she finishes drug rehabilitation. But after media reports on September 17, Lohan confirmed via Twitter that she failed a drug test, "prepared to face the consequences".
After a hearing on September 24, when the judge ordered a preliminary revocation of Lohan's probation, she was denied bail and sent back to jail. Later the same day, after Lohan's lawyer filed an appeal, another judge granted her bail on the grounds that she had only committed misdemeanors, and she was released from jail after posting $300,000 bail.
Friday, October 8, 2010
Julia Roberts in her new movie "Eat Love Pray"
Julia Roberts in Eat Love Pray movie poster
The movie ‘Eat Pray Love’, based on the memoir ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ by Elizabeth Gilbert, and co-written and directed by Ryan Murphy opened in USA on August 13, 2010.
Eat Pray Love stars Julia Roberts (as Elizabeth Gilbert), Billy Crudup (as Steven, Gilbert's former husband), James Franco (as David), Javier Bardem (as Felipe, a man Gilbert falls in love with on her journey), Viola Davis (as Delia, Gilbert's best friend), Richard Jenkins (as Richard, a Texan whom Gilbert befriends at an Indian ashram), Rushita Singh (as Tulsi, Gilbert's best friend at the Indian ashram), Christine Hakim (as Wayan, Gilbert's best friend in Bali), Anakia Lapae (as Tutti, Wayan's daughter), Arlene Tur (as Armenia, Wayan's best friend), Hadi Subiyanto (as Ketut Liyer, Gilbert's advisor in Bali), Tuva Novotny (as Sofi, Gilbert's best friend in Rome), and El Hadji Diouf (as Koko, a man Gilbert meets in Senegal).
Elizabeth (Liz) Gilbert had ecerything a modern woman dreams about achieving – a successful career, a husband, and a nice house, and yet, like several other women, she found herself lost. She realizes she is not getting what she wants out of life, and opts for a painful divorce. Now at crossroads, she gets out of her comfort zone and embarks upon a journey, a quest for self-discovery that takes her around the world. In the process she discovers the joys of eating in Italy and the power of prayer and meditation in India. Finally, and unexpectedly, she discovers true love in Bali, Indonesia.
From August 2009, Eat Pray Love began filming in at locations that include New York City, Naples (Italy), Pataudi (India) and Bali (Indonesia). A few Balinese were used in the production, though the two Balinese lead characters (Ketut Liyer and Wayan) are played by non-Balinese actors.
The film has received mixed reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gave an overall approval rating of 38 per cent, stating, "The scenery is nice to look at, and Julia Roberts is as luminous as ever, but without the spiritual and emotional weight of the book that inspired it, Eat Pray Love is too shallow to resonate."
Wesley Morris of The Boston Globe gave the film 3 out of 4 stars. San Francisco Chronicle film critic Mick LaSalle overall positively reviewed the film and praised Ryan Murphy's ‘sensitive and tasteful direction’.
In The Huffington Post, critic Jenna Busch wrote, “Eat Pray Love is ultimately charming and inspirational. Though it doesn't have quite the impact of the book, it will likely leave you pondering your life choices and forgiving your flaws. It will certainly have you forgiving the few flaws in the film. The performances are just too fantastic, the vistas too lovely to pay too much attention to anything else.”
In the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, journalist Curzio Maltese wrote, “How many platitudes fit in a two-hour-twenty-minutes-long movie? Several, if Eat Pray Love is anything to go by… Goes without saying that the story would've surprised us more if Julia had found out how well one can eat in Mumbai, how much they pray in Indonesia, and how one can fall in love even in the Grande Raccordo Anulare, possibly avoiding rush hour.”
Expecting a huge box-office response, the film’s marketers created over 400 merchandising tie-ups, to sell products such as jewelry, perfume, tea, gelato machines, an Indonesian bench, prayer beads, etc. But, marketing a wide range of products not actually featured in the film brought criticism from the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Washington Post and the Huffington Post.
Audiences too had a sharply divided opinion; some viewed it as ‘inspirational and moving’ and others saw it as a celebration of a ‘shallow’ woman's narcissism. However, the film, made on a budget of $60 million has so far grossed approximately $120 million at the box office.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
American auto racing driver Danica Patrick has been ranked 93 in the list of most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine, while she is at #16 under category Lifestyle. She is beaten by position by India’s Chanda Kocchar (#92, Chief Executive, ICICI Bank) and she beats Kuwait’s Maha Al-Ghunaim (#94, Cofounder and chairwoman, Global Investment House) by one position in the rankings.
In Forbes’ just launched Power Women Issue, which is topped by the American First Lady Michelle Obama, Forbes has divided the power women into four groups: politics, business, media and lifestyle (entertainment, sports and fashion) and ranked the women in each group, and then group against group. About the new ranking system, Forbes says, "Not easy, but that's today's reality: an incongruous, diverse mash-up of hard power (currencies and constitutions) and dynamic power (audience and audacity)."
Patrick is currently competing in the IndyCar Series, the ARCA Racing Series, and the NASCAR Nationwide Series. With her win in the 2008 Indy Japan 300, Patrick became the first woman to win an Indy car race.
Patrick has hosted several TV shows on Spike TV, and was featured on the cover of the June 6, 2005 issue of Sports Illustrated, making her the first Indianapolis 500 driver on the cover since Al Unser. Also Patrick appeared in the February 15, 2008 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She had also previously posed for FHM (April 2003 issue). She also appeared in Jay-Z's music video "Show Me What You Got," in which she drives a Pagani Zonda Roadster. Patrick was featured in an ESPN "This Is SportsCenter" commercial. She has also been featured in several campaigns of GoDaddy.
In 2007 she was voted the sexiest athlete in Victoria's Secret’s "What is Sexy" list. Patrick also was voted #42 in 2006 and #85 in 2007 in FHM's 100 sexiest women in the world lists. Also she won the 2008 Kids Choice Award for favorite female athlete.
In May 2006, Danica Patrick published her autobiography, “Danica: Crossing the Line”.
Racing celebrity, Danica Patrick poses along a Florida beach for the Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit 2008 issue., originally uploaded by jprice1542.
American race car driver Danica Patrick, the first and only one woman to have won an IndyCar series, poses along a Florida beach for the 2008 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.
On October 7, 2010, Forbes recognized Beyoncé as the ninth most powerful woman in the world in their list of the '100 Most Powerful Women' in the world, which was topped by US First Lady Michelle Obama, followed by Rosenfeld and media mogul Oprah Winfrey.
Beyonce, 29, thus became the second youngest woman to feature on the list, the youngest being Lady GaGa, 24, placed at number seven in the same list.
The former Friends star Jennifer Aniston topped a poll by Vanity Fair/ 60 Minutes investigative show, with 29 per cent of the vote naming her the world's most eligible woman. 27 per cent of men and 32 per cent of women picked Aniston, 41, to be the most eligible.
The former Bond girl Halle Berry, who has recently split from her long term boyfriend Gabriel Aubry, was in second place with 29 per cent of the votes while Tiger Woods' ex-wife and former nanny Elin Nordegren, 31, who divorced Tiger Woods following his multiple affairs, was voted to the third place with 15 per cent of votes.
Veteran actress Betty White, who polled 11 per cent of the votes, was at the fourth slot, while singer Lady Gaga was placed fifth in the poll with five per cent of the votes.
In May 1998, Jennifer Aniston began dating actor Brad Pitt and they married on July 29, 2000, but the couple announced their separation on January 6, 2005. Aniston filed for divorce on March 25, 2005, which was finalized on October 2, 2005.
After divorce, Aniston was linked to actor Vince Vaughn, with whom she costarred in The Break Up, and she dated British model Paul Sculfor for a few months in 2007. In February 2008, she began dating singer John Mayer. Aniston was also linked to the Hangover star Bradley Cooper.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Gossip is afloat over the internet that the Canadian actress Rachel McAdams, 31, who starred in the films Sherlock Holmes and Wedding Crashers, is being courted by Michael Sheen, 41, known for playing Tony Blair in several dramas by Peter Morgan.
Sheen has an 11-year-old daughter, Lily, by the British actress Kate Beckinsale, who deserted him for Len Wiseman, the director of Underworld.
The buzz is McAdams and Sheen were spotted in Toronto, where the pair apparently hoped would be a secret rendezvous. The Welshman Michael Sheen has been promoting his new film ‘Beautiful Boy’.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
American rapper and singer-songwriter Nicki Minaj (born Onika Maraj on December 8, 1984) is seen in this photo with Lauren London, an American film and television actress, model and music video actress.
Friday, October 1, 2010
Recently about 25,000 people voted online to tabulate Britain’s ‘Best Dressed’ men and woman’s list in which actress, model, and fashion designer Sienna Miller was placed at #5 spot. The first spot went to Emma Watson, followed by Victoria Beckham, Keira Knightley and Cheryl Cole in a poll conducted by Glamour.Com.
Miller, 28, best known for her roles in Layer Cake, Alfie, Factory Girl, The Edge of Love and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, was spotted in the last week of September with Jude Law, 37, at C London restaurant.
It has been getting colder in the last week in London, but Sienna Miller and Jude Law were looking as stylish as ever on an evening out. Miller was wrapped up in a fur coat over taupe shorts and a matching top while Jude Law wore a dark grey suit, white shirt and black bowler hat, reports said.
Earlier, Miller's relationship with her Alfie co-star Jude Law was cheap fodder for the entertainment gossip media, when on Christmas Day of 2004, the couple became engaged. But interestingly it was followed up in the gossip media that on 8 July 2005, Law issued a public apology to Miller for having an affair with the nanny of his children. But, it didn’t help the relationship, and their on/off relationship ended up in separation, finally, in the following November.
Bored of being single, Miller reportedly dated Welsh actor Matthew Rhys in early 2007, and followed it up with dating Welsh actor Rhys Ifans from 2007 to June 2008, actor Balthazar Getty (father of four and married to designer Rosetta Getty (née Millington).
It seems nothing worked better in her relationships since she parted ways with Law, whom Miller began dating again in late 2009.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Buxom British model Katie Price Jordan, 32, was found guilty of not being in full control of her new luxury pink horsebox on a busy road. Price was seen by police officers talking on a mobile phone while behind the wheel in West Sussex. There were eight people including her, four adults and four children, travelling to Euro Disney in her luxury vehicle, which she had driven only twice before. Price, who already had seven points on her license, was found guilty of not being in proper control of a vehicle.
Price was fined £1,000, and ordered to pay a £15 surcharge and costs of £650 at Mid Sussex Magistrates' Court in Haywards Heath. She also had three points added to her license.
Her driving made two other vehicles to move away as her 7.5 tonne vehicle drifted into their lane on February 19. According to prosecutors, she was seen on the phone for two to three seconds by two officers after they drove alongside her in a patrol vehicle following her ‘careless’ maneuver into the opposite lane.
However, Price denied using her phone behind the wheel, insisting she had no reason to because the horsebox was equipped with hands-free Bluetooth equipment, price said in her evidence to the court.
Price is known for her several whirlwind relationships with celebrities and sports stars such as Teddy Sheringham, Dwight Yorke, singer Gareth Gates, TV Gladiator 'Ace' (Warren Furman), Dane Bowers of the boy band Another Level, Peter Andre, and MMA fighter and former Hollyoaks actor Alex Reid.
After Peter Andre and Price announced their separation in May 2009 after three and a half years of marriage, in a TV interview with Piers Morgan in July 2009, Price claimed that their breakup was partly due to Andre's jealousy over her relationship with dressage trainer Andrew Gould. In July 2009 Price began dating Alex Reid, and on 2 February 2010, Price married Alex Reid in a private ceremony in Las Vegas at the chapel in the Wynn Hotel, although press reports claimed their wedding was not legal.
Price has been internationally known for her huge breast enhancements and plastic surgeries. But in December 2007 Price underwent surgery in USA to reduce the size of her breast implants and also had rhinoplasty. But later she had to return to the United States, as she was not happy with the results of her breast implants. So she returned to Beverly Hills, California, in July 2008 for corrective surgery, and happily returned to UK five days later showing off much smaller breasts, a size 32C!
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
American model Quiana Grant on SI.com in a bodypainting layout as a canvas for bodypaint artist Joanne Gair who is in her tenth year of producing bodypaint art for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues.
Photo: Victoria Beckham attends the party to celebrate 40th anniversary of Range Rover, hosted by Vogue at The Orangery on July 1, 2010 in London, England.
25,000 people voted to name the Best Dressed Brits in a poll conducted by Glamour.Com and in the Britain’s best dressed woman’s list, Victoria Beckham was placed second, making Harry Potter star Emma Watson Britain’s best dressed woman (at #1). The singer-turned-fashion designer Beckham was followed by Keira Knightley, Cheryl Cole, Sienna Miller, Kate Moss, Lily Allen, Pixie Lott, Naomi Campbell, and Florence Welch to complete the Top 10 Best Dressed British Women’s list .
Photo: Emma Watson on Teen Vogue Magazine
In a poll of 25,000 people conducted by Glamour.Com for the Best Dressed Brits List, Harry Potter star Emma Watson has been named Britain’s best dressed woman, beating Kate Moss. The 20-year-old actress also pushed Victoria Beckham in to the shade, with the singer-turned-fashion designer coming second, followed by Keira Knightley at #3, Cheryl Cole at #4, and Sienna Miller at #5. The rest of the ‘Top 10 women’ are at #6 Kate Moss, #7 Lily Allen, #8 Pixie Lott, #9 Naomi Campbell, and at #10 Florence Welch.
The Twilight star Robert Pattinson, 24, was named Britain's best-dressed man while the Scottish actor Gerard Butler was in the second place.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
American fashion model Brooklyn Decker, best known for her appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues, including the cover of the 2010 issue, is also working for Victoria's Secret for the 2010 Swimsuit collection. Besides, Decker has ventured into television with guest appearances on Ugly Betty and Royal Pains. She is married to American tennis player Andy Roddick.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Nigerian fashion model Oluchi Onweagba, 28, started her modeling career winning the Face Of Africa (now called the Nokia Face of Africa) contest, the first-ever Africa-wide model competition, organized by the South African channel M-Net in collaboration with Elite Model Management in 1998, when she was just 17 years old. Following her win, Elite Model Management awarded Onweagba a three-year modeling contract, which kick-started her career as an international fashion model, for which she moved to New York City, where she still lives.
In her career as a model, the 185cm (6 ft 1 in) tall Onweagba has been featured on the covers of Italian Vogue, ELLE, i-D, Untold and Surface, and also was featured in Nylon, Marie Claire, Allure and other editions of Vogue around the world. Also she became the face of Gianfranco Ferré, Banana Republic, Gap, Express, and Ann Taylor, and has modeled for Victoria's Secret. Also she has walked the ramp for Christian Dior, John Galliano, Costume National, Chanel, Giorgio Armani and many others.
After her contract with Elite Model Management, Oluchi Onweagba joined DNA Model Management. Her best modeling achievement is being featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue four times from 2005 to 2008. In 2008 she launched her own modeling agency, OModel Africa, in South Africa.
In August 2005, Oluchi Onweagba married her longtime companion and Italian fashion designer Luca Orlandi.
Though this video shows some of the mostly unseen pictures of Lindsay Lohan, her fans will be happy to note that the troubled star was freed from jail late on Friday night after spending around 15 hours behind bars for evidence of another failed drug test.
As a recap of the troubles Lohan courted, in May 2010, when Lohan did not appear for a scheduled DUI progress report hearing, the judge issued a bench warrant for Lohan's arrest. The order was later rescinded after Lohan's representatives posted bail. As a reason for her inability to appear for the progress report hearing, Lohan's lawyer said that her passport was stolen while she attended the Cannes Film Festival in France.
A May 24, 2010 order following a rescheduled hearing required her to attend weekly alcohol education classes, wear an alcohol-monitoring bracelet, give up drinking alcohol, and also to undergo weekly drug tests. Another gearing was posted for July 6, 2010 to determine whether Lohan violated her probation orders by not having attended the required number of classes till that date.
In June 2010 Lohan said in an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, "I'm still young and I'm still learning but that doesn't mean that what they say is true, that I'm getting messed up and all this crazy stuff and that I'm constantly partying or whatever."
During the July 6 probation revocation hearing, the judge came to the conclusion that that Lohan had violated the terms of her probation and sentenced her to 90 days in jail, starting July 20. The judge also ordered Lohan to check into an inpatient rehab program for three months after her release from jail.
On July 20 Lohan appeared in court and was taken into custody to begin her jail term, and she was released on August 2 after spending 14 days behind bars. But she was taken to an inpatient rehabilitation facility where she was to stay another 90 days, though on August 24 Lohan was released after only 23 days in the rehab facility.
She was also under orders to submit to random drug and alcohol screenings and to attend psychotherapy and behavior therapy sessions twice a week, failing which it could result in a 30-day jail sentence. Lohan is also required to remain in Los Angeles until November 1 when a new hearing is scheduled.
Following media reports on September 17, Lohan confirmed on Twitter that she had failed a drug test and that she is "prepared to face the consequences". On September 24, the judge ordered a preliminary revocation of Lohan's probation and was denied bail and sent back to jail.
For September 24 hearing, the once-promising star was led handcuffed from a Beverly Hills courtroom early on Friday morning for a third time in three years when a judge found evidence of substance abuse, and ordered Lohan to be kept in prison until an October 22 hearing, but his decision was later reversed by a supervisor and Lohan paid a $300,000 bail.
Friday, September 24, 2010
In this video Sports Illustrated presents the world's sexiest models and take you for a tour of the globe with them. The supermodels travelled to the most exotic and beautiful beaches, explored ancient ruins and other best locations. Plus there is Body Painting and more in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2009.The video features Nigerian model Oluchi Onweagba (age 28), American model Brooklyn Decker (age 23), Israeli model Bar Refaeli (age 25), Russian model Anne Vyalitsyna also known simply as Anne V (age 24), American model Henderson (age 24), American model Damaris Lewis (age 20), American model Marisa Miller (age 32), American model Jessica White (age 26), American model Melissa Haro (age 23), Caymanian model Selita Ebanks (age 27), Australian model Jessica Gomes (age 24), Australian model Jessica Hart (age 24), Brazilian model Cintia Dicker (age 23), Russian model Irina Shayk (age 24), Canadian model Kim Cloutier (age 23), American model Jarah Mariano (age ?), American model Hilary Rhoda (age 23), Argentine model Yamila Diaz-Rahi (age 34), Czech model Veronika Vařeková (Veronica Varekova, 33), Argentine model Yésica Toscanini (age 24), Brazilian model Fernanda Motta (age 29), Brazilian model Daniella Sarahyba (age 26) and German-American model Heidi Klum (age 37).
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Israeli model and actress Esti Ginzburg, 20, (born Esther Ginzburg aka Esti Ginsberg or Esti Ginsborg) started modeling at the age of eight appearing in an advertisement for milk and at the age of 14 she joined the modeling agency Elite Models, Israel.
Currently residing in her hometown Tel Aviv in Israel, the 20-year-old Esti Ginzburg is naturally endowed for modeling with a height of 5 feet 8 inches (1.73 meter), blonde hair and hazel eyes with body measurements of 33-25-37 (83-64-94 in cm) and dress size 6. She is associated with modeling agencies Select Model Management, IMG Models (New York) and Elite Models (Israel).
In 2006 signing a two-year contact with the Israeli firm Fox, Esti Ginzburg replaced their cover model Yael Bar Zohar and was featured on the February/March 2007 cover of French ELLE.
Esti Ginzburg has also modeled for reputed international brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Burberry, FCUK, Pull and Bear, Castro, and she caught international attention by being featured in the 2009 and 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues. Ginzburg is expected to make her debut as an actress in 2010 in Joel Schumacher’s film Twelve.
Following her detention in South Africa in July during the World Cup on suspicion of marijuana possession (the allegation was dropped when another woman in her group pleaded guilty to carrying the drug), socialite and Hotel heiress Paris Hilton was denied entry into Japan on Wednesday, various agency reports said. This is Japan’s response to Hilton’s pleading guilty to a misdemeanor drug charge in Las Vegas, two days after it.
Paris Hilton, 29, was stopped by Japanese immigration authorities upon her arrival at Narita International Airport on Tuesday. Hilton was went to Japan, where she had a sizeable fan following and her endorsed products, especially Paris Hilton Fragrances, fashion accessories such as handbags and footwear, to promote her fashion and fragrance lines in Tokyo on Wednesday, which had to be canceled.
Kazuo Kashihara, an immigration official at Narita said about the incident, "We met her this morning, the process of determining whether she can enter Japan or not is still ongoing." Under the Japanese law, immigration authorities can deny entry to those who were convicted of drug-related offenses.
Unfortunately for Paris Hilton, her ambitious program of Asia tour is under cloud as she was unceremoniously stopped and interrogated on her first stop of the tour, Tokyo, which was to be followed by Hilton’s visit to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and inauguration of a new retail store in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Though Indonesia too has strict drug laws, Indonesia does not bar foreigners convicted of crimes in other countries and Hilton is unlikely to be denied entry into that country.
Hilton's representative Dawn Miller said in a statement that Hilton was disappointed with the scrutiny her case by the Japanese authorities. "Paris was contractually bound to her business trip and didn't want to let down her brands and many Asian fans," Dawn Miller 's statement said, adding, "She intended on fulfilling her contract and is trying hard to do the responsible thing, but this is beyond her control. She is very disappointed by tonight's events."
Hilton's was arrested last month in Las Vegas, when an officer found a small amount of cocaine in her purse, upon which Hilton pleaded guilty to drug possession and obstructing an officer and was placed on informal probation for one year. But the terms of her sentence did not restrict travel overseas, as Clark County District Attorney David Roger said, "We have no legal basis to restrict her from traveling throughout the United States or throughout the world."
According to the sentence handed out to her, it requires Paris Hilton to complete a drug program, pay a $2,000 fine and serve 200 hours of community service.
In 2007 Paris Hilton served 23 days in a Los Angeles jail after she was found to have violated her probation on an alcohol-related reckless driving case.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Spanish actress and presenter Marta Torné, born Torné Marta Gracia on 10 March 1978 in Barcelona, Spain, joined a media production company as a receptionist, after she finished C.O.U., and when her work was appreciated by everyone, she decoded to study a higher level training cycle of audiovisual production, radio shows and other related topics. Later she worked for various Radio stations such as D9R, Nou Barris, Molins de Rei Estel Radio, FlaixFM, etc.
She concentrated on the work for the small screen after she was chosen to star in one of the biggest hits on Spanish television, El Internado in Antena 3. She was also featured on the cover of FHM magazine in its Spanish edition of September 2004.
Friday, September 17, 2010
‘Lady Gaga’s controversial choice to wear a costume apparently constructed of meat at the MTV Video Music Awards is not the first time that such images have been used to promote musicians’, reported Andy Bloxham on the telegraph.co.uk.
Lady Gaga's meat dress link to the the Beatles' 'Yesterday and Today' album cover - CLICK HERE to view the Meat Cover - released as long ago as 1966 and the cover was first printed with a controversial cover featuring the band dressed as butchers and draped in joints of meat and decapitated baby dolls, but although apparently not originally intended as an album cover, it was said to reflect the Beatles’ feelings against the Vietnam War.
It was the first time ever that Beatles were severely criticized universally, by journalists, fans, and everyone and such a huge backlash compelled the record label’s management to destroy the “meat” versions destroyed and replace it with another cover, though many survived and are now collectors’ items.
Similarly in 1983 the Undertones released a singles compilation titled All Wrapped Up with a female model covered in meat, and in 1988, the rock group B.A.L.L. fronted by US musician Don Fleming, released a pastiche of the short-lived Beatles cover with their album Bird, all these has remained controversial.
President of animal rights campaign group PETA Ingrid Newkirk said, “Lady Gaga’s job is to do outlandish things, and this certainly qualifies as outlandish because meat is something you want to avoid putting on or in your body… No matter how beautifully it is presented, flesh from a tortured animal is flesh from a tortured animal.” Similarly, a spokeswoman for the Vegetarian Society too remarked, “It just seems totally unnecessary… Enough animals die for food and they should not be killed for stunts like this.”
Beatles’ Yesterday and Today, rendered as "Yesterday ...and Today on the record label and in most published discographies", is remembered primarily for the controversy surrounding its original cover image which came to be known as the "butcher cover" featuring the band dressed in white smocks and covered with decapitated baby dolls and pieces of meat.
Though Lady Gaga has become one of the most popular artists in recent years, she also has attracted criticism for blatant copying of not only dress and make up, but even music, and some of the artists she has been accused of copying include Madonna, Britney Spears, and even the dresses and the shell bikini looks similar to the one worn by silent screen actress Theda Bara, who played Cleopatra in the 1917 movie of the same name, as per the accusations made by the leading American feminist author Camille Paglia who said that Lady Gaga is an 'asexual copycat who carefully scripts her every move’.