Friday, February 26, 2010

Coleen Rooney during her Vegas jaunt

Coleen Rooney in Las Vegas
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Wayne Rooney chilled out in the pool (not in picture) as Coleen enjoyed the sights and sounds of their Vegas trip (Jun 08).

Coleen and Wayne Rooney

Coleen Rooney and husband Wayne Rooney
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England football star Wayne Rooney chills out (Jun 08) in the pool as he and Coleen enjoy the sights and sounds of their Vegas jaunt. Now, the Daily Mail reports, having showed off some rosy shoulders with sun-tanning, she 'surrounded herself with the colour as she took to the shade in Barbados yesterday'. The site reports 'she made herself comfortable on a hot pink sunbed at the exclusive Sandy Lane resort'.

Coleen McLoughlin Rooney in the pool

Coleen Rooney in the swimming pool
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Coleen McLoughlin Rooney has been criticized often by animal lovers for her wardrobe of fur and snakeskin items. Rooney was the face of the LG Electronics Chocolate mobile phone advertising campaign and she had nice deal with Nike Women Sportswear, a £2 million arrangement with Harper Collins to write a style book, reported Daily Mail in November 2006, quoting her other assignments too, including a £1.5 million deal to be the face of Asda and the £150,000 deal to make a documentary about her upbringing called Coleen's Mimsy.

Coleen Rooney in Vogue

Rooney caused controversy after being chosen to appear in British Vogue. The public felt that she was unworthy of such a celebrity status. Editor Alexandra Shulman defended the magazine's decision, calling Coleen ‘beautiful’ and praising her ‘brilliant sense of style’, a fashion website reported in December, 2006. They also reported that she ‘is currently the face of Asda's fashion line, George, for which she was paid a reported £3 million’.

Coleen McLoughlin - morror images?

Coleen McLoughlin in bikini - front and back views
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Coleen Rooney (aka Coleen McLoughlin), has developed a career as a TV presenter, columnist and celebrity product endorser. She is quite often included as a sensation in British tabloids. Rooney had her own column in the celebrity magazine ‘Closer’ entitled ‘Welcome to My World’, for which she is reported to have been paid up to £10,000. However she left the magazine in 2008 and now writes a weekly column for ‘OK!’ magazine, for which she is reportedly paid £41,667 per month Coleen for writing about her style and news.

Coleen Rooney in bikini

Coleen Rooney in bikini in a swimming pool in Las Vegas
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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Yoga for health: perfect firefly

beautiful lady performing Yoga
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Kristen Stewart poses with her Orange Rising Star Award

Kristen Stewart with her BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award
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American actress Kristen Stewart, 19, best known for playing Bella Swan in The Twilight Saga: New Moon, poses for photos with her Orange Rising Star Award, one of the award categories for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) which acknowledges new talents in the acting industry, at the Orange British Academy Film Awards held at The Royal Opera House on February 21, 2010 in London, England.

BAFTA Awards: Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart at BAFTA Awards, London
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Kristen Stewart poses at the Orange British Academy Film Awards held at The Royal Opera House on February 21, 2010 in London, England.
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Monday, February 22, 2010

Tom Ford and BAFTA 2010 Best Actor Colin Firth

Tom Ford and BAFTA 2010 Best Actor Colin Firth attend the BAFTA Soho House Grey Goose after party at the Grosvenor House Hotel on February 21, 2010 in London, England.

The British star Colin Firth, 49, thanked his director for leaving him ‘resuscitated, a little more worldly, better groomed, more fragrant and more nominated than one has ever been before. “What Tom Ford doesn't know is I have the e-mail in my outbox telling him I could not possibly do this," he said and continued, "I was about to send this when a man came to repair my fridge… I don't know what's best for me so I would like to thank the fridge guy." Firth won the Best Actor BAFTA for his portrayal of a gay academic in Tom Ford's A Single Man, the film about a grief-stricken university professor in 1960s Los Angeles, and it was fashion designer Ford's directorial debut.

BAFTA 2010: Carey Mulligan, Best Actress for An Education

Actress Carey Mulligan
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Carey Mulligan, received the Best Actress Award for 'An Education'; at Orange 2010 British Academy Film Awards Press Room at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Carey Mulligan beat actresses including Meryl Streep and Audrey Tautou to win her prize. Mulligan, 24, said, "I was here a year ago and I didn't imagine in a million years that this would happen… I wish I could do a speech like Colin Firth and talk about fridges but I can't." Mulligan's performance as a precocious 1960s schoolgirl brought the only BAFTA win for the film ‘An Education’ though it had eight nominations.

Vanessa Redgrave made Academy Fellow in 2010

Actress Vanessa Redgrave
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English actress of stage, screen and television Vanessa Redgrave CBE, is a member of the Redgrave family of actors. She is the daughter of Sir Michael Redgrave, sister of Lynn Redgrave and is the mother of Hollywood actresses Joely Richardson and the late Natasha Richardson. She rose to stardom in 1961 playing Rosalind in ‘As You Like It’, and has since made more than 35 appearances on London's West End and Broadway. On the big screen, she has starred in more than 80 films, including Mary, Queen of Scots, Isadora, Mission: Impossible and Mrs Dalloway. She was proclaimed by Tennessee Williams to be 'the greatest living actress of our times' and she remains the only British actress to ever have won the Oscar, Emmy, Tony, Cannes, Golden Globe and the Screen Actors Guild awards.

Redgrave was honored with the 2010 BAFTA Fellowship for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Film made Academy Fellow. Since Alfred Hitchcock in 1971, the Academy Fellowship continues to reward the outstanding achievement of remarkable individuals working in films, television, etc. Some of the last few Academy Fellows are: Terry Gilliam (2009), Nolan Bushnell (2009), Dawn French & Jennifer Saunders (2009), Anthony Hopkins (2008), Bruce Forsyth (2008), Anne V. Coates OBE (2007), Richard Curtis (2007), Will Wright (2007), Lord Puttnam CBE (2006), Ken Loach (2006), John Barry OBE (2005), and Sir David Frost (2005).

BAFTA 2010: Vanessa Redgrave

Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson
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Photo: Vanessa Redgrave (c) and Joely Richardson (r).

Towards the end of the glittering star-studded ceremony, Prince William and actress Uma Thurman presented this year's BAFTA fellowship to the 73-year-old actress Vanessa Redgrave, who won the best supporting actress Oscar for Julia (1977).

Redgrave told the audience at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, "Oh dear, I'm afraid you've done me in." Turning to Prince William, she said, "I would like to say, your Royal Highness, how much I admire your father for his intelligence, humility and kindness." She received a standing ovation as she collected the award from Prince William and Uma Thurman. She also told how she had once learned ‘a great lesson’ from singer Maria Callas – ‘to put the truth of your feelings and your thoughts first’ and the sound of your voice would follow. She also said her father, Sir Michael Redgrave, had advised her to ‘put yourself into the shoes of someone who is completely different from you’.

Vanessa Redgrave has had a long and successful film career spanning six decades. She received her first big critical acclaim in 1967 with Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment, which earned her first BAFTA nomination along with the first of six Oscar and 11 Golden Globe nominations. After having received the award from BAFTA in 1966, 10 years later Redgrave won the best supporting actress Oscar for her role in Julia, in which she portrayed a Jewish woman murdered by Nazis. Her recent work includes the 2002 mini-series The Gathering Storm, Joe Wright's Atonement and Venus, alongside Peter O'Toole and Leslie Phillips, and stage role in Joan Didion's one woman play The Year of Magical Thinking. Redgrave's performance attracted a Tony nomination in 2007, an award she had won three years earlier for her role in Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night.

BAFTA 2010: Jaime Winstone

Actress Jaime Winstone
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British actress Jaime Winstone is best known for playing Becky in Kidulthood (2006), Kelly in the E4 horror series Dead Set, Bullet Boy (2004), Kidulthood (2006) and Donkey Punch (2008).

BAFTA 2010: Precious star Gabourey Sidibe

actress Gabourey Sidibe
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Prince William on red carpet at BAFTAs 2010

Prince William at BAFTA 2010
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At the start of the ceremony, Prince William was announced as the new president of BAFTA; 50 years after his grandfather Prince Philip had the same role. William, 27, succeeds legendary director Lord Richard Attenborough, 86, and it is the first time the future king has taken part in such an awards ceremony. The Prince’s first official duty took place on February 21 when he presented actress Vanessa Redgrave with the Academy fellowship, the highest accolade the organization can award.

BAFTA: Rebecca Hall on the Red Carpet

English actress Rebecca Hall, 27, on the red carpet of BAFTA 2010: she has established herself in Hollywood after appearing in two high profile films, ‘The Prestige’ and ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’ for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe in the Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy category.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Actress Mo'Nique in Precious

Actress Mo'Nique photo
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Mo'Nique is an American actress, comedienne, and talk show host, who rose to fame in the UPN series The Parkers while also making a name for herself as a stand-up comedian hosting a variety of venues including Showtime at the Apollo. She performed roles in such films as Phat Girlz, and Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins. In 2009, she received critical acclaim for her role in the film Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire. She has won numerous awards including a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe Award for her performance in Precious. She has become the 16th African American actress to receive the Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She hosts The Mo'Nique Show, a late night talk show that premiered in 2009 on BET.

Actress Anna Kendrick

Anna Kendrick photo
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The 24-year-old American film and stage actress Anna Kendrick is an best known for the roles of Natalie Keener in the 2009 film Up in the Air, and Jessica Stanley in the Twilight Saga film series. She is also known for her other work in the films Camp and Rocket Science and the Broadway musical High Society. Kendrick was nominated for Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Maggie Gyllenhaal in Crazy Heart

American stage and screen actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, nominated for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Jean Craddock in the 2009 musical-drama Crazy Heart, has appeared in memorable roles in films such as Donnie Darko (2001), Secretary (2002), Sherrybaby (2006), Trust the Man (2006), World Trade Center (2006) and The Dark Knight (2008). In Crazy Heart, written and directed by Scott Cooper and based on the 1987 novel of the same name by Thomas Cobb, Jeff Bridges plays Bad Blake, a down-and-out country music singer/songwriter who tries to turn his life around after beginning a relationship with a young journalist Jean portrayed by Maggie Gyllenhaal. Jeff Bridges' performance has also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. The film was produced for $7 million by Country Music Television and opened in limited release in the U.S. on December 16, 2009.

Friday, February 19, 2010

My top 5 airplane movies

For one reason or the other airplane movies attract me a lot, and many other movie lovers. It is easy get into cheap flights to travel to any place nowadays, but rather difficult or impossible to witness the situations in shown airplane movies, and some of these are based on real life stories.

I like Pearl Harbor (2001), directed by Michael Bay, a story retold about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor Naval Base and the subsequent Doolittle Raid. The war-thriller recreates the Pearl Harbor episode grippingly. As the story ends, two men of the Doolittle Raid succeed in their bombing mission but their plane run out of gas; crash-land into a rice field where Japanese soldiers run towards them. Just as Rafe McCawley (Ben Affleck) is about to be shot by the Japanese, Danny Walker (Josh Hartnett) jumps in front of Rafe and takes a shower of bullets. Rafe holds the dying Danny and tells him that he can't die because he is ‘going to be a daddy’. But Danny asks Rafe should be with Evelyn (Kate Beckinsale) and become the father of her child. The scene is gripping and remains fresh in memory, much more than the fighter planes and war sequences.

The ultimate comedy film ‘Airplane!’ (1980) directed and written by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker, is a film that I like a lot not just because it is an airplane (TWA Boeing 707) film but the funny comic sequences. It is rather a spoof of the disaster film genre. Rated as one of the best comedy films ever, it re-wrote the rule for comedy films of the future. The plot is spun around an ex-fighter pilot, Ted Striker, who developed a mortal fear of flying, and attempts to regain the love of his life, Elaine, a stewardess. He buys a ticket on a flight she is serving on. After dinner is served, many people fall ill due to food poisoning, including the pilots, leaving no one aboard to fly the plane. Elaine contacts the Chicago control tower for help, but she is instructed to activate the plane's autopilot, which will get them to Chicago but will not be able to land the plane. Elaine realizes that Striker is their only hope. Though hesitant to pilot the plane, finally, he lands the plane at the airport and his courage wins Elaine's love for him.

In the sequel to ‘Airplane!’, ‘Airplane II: The Sequel’ (1980), Elaine has long-since left Ted Striker (Robert Hays) and is now engaged to Simon Kurtz (Chad Everett), one of the flight crew of the lunar shuttle Mayflower One. Striker, now in an insane asylum, reads of the upcoming Lunar Shuttle launch and escapes from the asylum and buys a ticket for the flight. During the flight, the lunar shuttle suffers a short circuit and the computer develops a mind of its own, sending the ship toward the sun. Kurtz abandons Elaine and leaves in the only escape pod. Once again Striker is called upon to save the shuttle, and as usual he saves the shuttle and safely lands on the moon that is being colonized. Also, Striker and Elaine fall back in love and are married at the end. However, the sequel is no match to the original.

Airport (1970) directed by George Seaton, focuses on an airport manager trying to keep his airport open during a snowstorm, while a suicidal bomber plots to blow up a Boeing 707 in flight. Demolition expert Guerrero (Van Heflin), unlucky and mentally ill, purchases a life insurance policy with the intent to commit suicide by blowing up a Boeing 707 using a self-made bomb hidden inside an attaché case while in flight over the Atlantic Ocean. The detonation causes decompression and Guerrero is sucked out of the plane. Chief stewardess Gwen (Jacqueline Bisset), pregnant with Demerest's (Dean Martin’s) child, is seriously injured in the blast. The plane returns to blizzard-hit Chicago to attempt an emergency landing. Many years later, the only one Boeing 707 used in the filming, a 707-349C, while flying for Transbrasil with registration PT-TCS, crashed on March 21, 1989 while making a high speed approach at runway 09R of São Paulo's Guarulhos International Airport after departure from Manaus Eduardo Gomes International Airport.

‘Airport 1975’ (1974), sequel to ‘Airport’, set of a craze for disaster films during the 1970s. The story is about a Boeing 747-100 (Flight 409) and a private Beechcraft Baron used by Scott Freeman (Dana Andrews), a New Mexican businessman, with Los Angeles reporting zero visibility. So both flights are diverted to Salt Lake City airport. Air traffic control assigns the jumbo to enter the pattern first, followed by the Beechcraft. As 409 is making its final approach, First Officer Urias (Roy Thinnes) feels a vibration on a panel and rises to check it out. Freeman, who missed his sales meeting, suffers a massive heart attack and the Baron falls out of the pattern and descends into the approach of 409. The Beechcraft impacts the flight deck just above the co-pilot seat. Urias is blown from the cockpit and the consequences of the midair near-collision and rescue efforts follow. This sequel was a huge box office success and it was followed by Airport '77 and the fourth sequel The Concorde...Airport '79’. The only one actor who appeared in all the four "Airport" films was George Kennedy (see photo) in recurring role of Joe Patroni, rising from a chief mechanic in Airport to a Vice President of Operations in Airport 1975, a consultant in Airport '77, and an experienced pilot in The Concorde...Airport '79.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Vera Farmiga and George Clooney in Up in the Air

American actress Vera Farmiga, 36, best known for her roles in the films Running Scared, The Departed, and Orphan, was nominated for a Golden Globe, Screen Actor's Guild Award, a BAFTA and Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role in the film ‘Up in the Air’.

The daughter of Ukrainian immigrants Mykhailo, a computer-systems analyst, and Luba Farmiga, a schoolteacher, Farmiga was raised in an insular Ukrainian American community. She attended a Ukrainian Catholic school in Newark and toured with a Ukrainian folk-dancing ensemble.

Farmiga attended Syracuse University's School of Visual and Performing Arts. She was active in theater and television. She appeared in several high profile films in the early 2000s. She stars opposite George Clooney, Anna Kendrick, and Melanie Lynskey in the 2009 comedy-drama ‘Up in the Air’ for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Performance by an Actress, as well as many other nominations.

Supporting Actress Oscar Nominee Penelope Cruz

Actress Penelope Cruz
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Photo: Spanish actress Penelope Cruz attends Goya awards 2010 photocall at 'Palacio de Congresos' on February 14, 2010 in Madrid, Spain (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images).

Spanish actress Penélope Cruz, 35, who starred in several American films such as Blow, Vanilla Sky, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and Nine, and best known for her work with acclaimed Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar in Broken Embraces, Volver and All About My Mother, is nominated for her third Academy Award in 2010 for her role as Carla Albanese in the film version of the musical ‘Nine’. Cruz had already received her Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Academy Award for her role in Vicky Cristina Barcelona during the 81st Annual Academy Awards held at Kodak Theatre on February 22, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

So far Cruz has won many prestigious awards such as three Goyas, two European Film Awards, and the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2009, she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, a Goya, and a BAFTA for her role in Vicky Cristina Barcelona. She is Spain's first female Oscar winner. Cruz is the sixth Hispanic person to win an Oscar after José Ferrer, Rita Moreno, Benicio del Toro (Puerto Rico), Anthony Quinn (Mexico), and Javier Bardem (Spain). Her 2010 Oscar nomination is only the third time in the history of the Oscars where the winner of the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress was nominated for Best Supporting Actress again in the following year, the other actresses being Estelle Parsons (1967 and 1968) and Lee Grant (1975 and 1976).

On this year’s nomination Penelope was quoted by a website, “I had a new phone line installed, so almost no one had the new number of my house. Only my agent had it and she was in Australia. So they had to get hold of her first and I found out an hour later… I had 19 missed calls and 120 emails and text messages. So for two hours, I was returning calls.”

Cruz, a vegetarian since 2000, speaks four languages: Spanish, Italian, French and English. She has a younger brother Eduardo who is a singer and a younger sister Mónica. She was raised as a Catholic but she is closest to Buddhism. After shooting for ‘Vanilla Sky’ with Tom Cruise, they had a three-year relationship till January 2004. In that period, she and Cruise were seen visiting Church of Scientology locations in Hollywood, and it was speculated that Cruise had convinced Cruz to join Scientology.

After filming Sahara in February 2005 Cruz began dating actor Matthew McConaughey, and in May 2006, they released a joint statement to People that they ‘have decided to take time off as a couple.’ In late 2006, they announced that they were ‘no longer intimate and separating was the best thing to do at this time’. Following that Cruz has been dating actor Javier Bardem since 2007.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Gabourey Sidibe at TIFF 2009

Hollywood actress Gabourey Sidibe
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Precious actress Gabourey Sidibe attends the Toronto International Film Festival 2009.

Gabourey Sidibe in Precious that won 6 Oscar nominations

Gabourey Sidibe, also known as Gabby Sidibe, born on May 6, 1983, is an American actress who made her acting debut in the 2009 film Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire. Her performance in the film won her a nomination the Best Actress Academy Award on February 2, 2010. In Precious, Sidibe plays the title character, a physically and sexually abused sixteen-year old. The film has won numerous awards, including a Golden Globe Award and Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Award. The film received Academy Award nominations at the 82nd Academy Awards: for Best Picture, Best Actress (Sidibe), Best Supporting Actress (Mo'Nique), Best Director (Daniels), Best Adapted Screenplay (Fletcher), and Best Film Editing (Klotz).

American Actress Gabourey Sidibe

Oscar nominated actress Gabourey Sidibe
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Precious actress Gabourey Sidibe was photographed while attending a Tribute to Tim Burton at The Museum of Modern Art on November 17, 2009 in New York City.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

The English actress Carey Mulligan

Carey Mulligan
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The English film, television and theatre actress Carey Mulligan (born on 28 May 1985) gained widespread recognition for playing the lead role of Jenny in An Education (2009). She was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role and an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Helen Mirren in red bikini

Actress Helen Mirren
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The 64-year-old Dame Helen Mirren, DBE, an English actor, has so far won an Academy Award, four SAG Awards, four BAFTAs, three Golden Globes and four Emmy Awards. She won the Best Actress award at the 2009 Rome International Film Festival for her performance as Tolstoy's Sofya Tolstoy in The Last Station (2009), and she is nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award for the same role.

The Last Station, a German biographical film on the life of Leo Tolstoy, based on the 1990 biographical novel of the same name by Jay Parini, stars Christopher Plummer as the Russian writer and philosopher Tolstoy. The film explores the turbulent final year in Tolstoy’s life of and his troubled marriage.

Helen Mirren won the Best Actress award at the 2009 Rome International Film Festival for her performance in The Last Station. Mirren and Plummer have also been nominated for Oscars for their respective roles. The film The Queen (2006) won her the 2007 Academy Award for Best Actress. She was nominated twice earlier for the Best Supporting Actress Oscars; The Madness of King George (1994) and Gosford Park (2001).

Photographs of the gorgeous Helen Mirren in red bikini were published by Britain's Daily Mail newspaper in 2008, and her bikini photos caused a big sensation. Some even doubted them to be some digital mischief, but the doubts were short-lived. Her body shape at 62 years (then) received quite a lot of admiration and some people even envied her looks. She maintained her figure well as a result of old fashioned exercise, and the good care she took of her health.

You can view the photo published by Daily Mail above.

The talented, beautiful and energetic actress deserves her second Best Actress Oscar this time.

Helen Mirren in 'The Last Station'

Sandra Bullock on The Blind Side poster

Katherine Jenkins turns down £1 million shoot offer

Welsh classical-popular crossover singer Katherine Jenkins has, reports say, turned down an offer of £1 million shoot for Playboy because she did not want to upset her mum. The 29-year-old blonde once posed for the upmarket men's magazine GQ in November 2008. The mezzo-soprano is revered for her curvy figure almost as much as for her classical singing talent.

Heidi Montag practices Kundalini Yoga

Heidi Montag in Yoga pose
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A Los Angeles report dated Saturday January 23, 2010, says 'a radiant looking Heidi Montag appears to be in great spirits, as she is seen practicing Yoga with her instructor outdoors'.

American television personality and recording artist Heidi Montag has started intensive Yoga to get back in shape, after she recently underwent multiple plastic surgeries (10 surgeries on a single day) according to reports that also said Montag, 23, was recently spotted practicing Kundalini Yoga in a grassy field in Los Angeles with her instructor. She has been doing Kundalini Yoga daily.

Kundalini Yoga is a physical and meditative discipline within the tradition of Yoga, associated with the subdivision of Hatha Yoga, but also closely associated with Raja Yoga, Tantra, Ashtanga, Kriya Yoga and the sutras of Patanjali. Kundalini yoga is sometimes called ‘the Yoga of awareness’ because it awakens the ‘Kundalini’ which is the unlimited potential that already exists within every human being. The awakening of Kundalini means awakening of inner knowledge, awareness and evolved consciousness. It claims to provide extensive benefits for personal growth, health and improving mental and physical well-being, including the ability to cure asthma, diabetes, pain, stress-related diseases, healing and rehabilitating addictive behavior, and treating mental disorders.

Recently the famous Hindu chaplain Rajan Zed has extended invitation to other Hollywood celebrities to explore Kundalini or other forms of Yoga, referred as ‘a living fossil’, which he says is both a mental and physical discipline by means of which the human-soul (jivatman) unites with universal-soul (parmatman). Since around 2,000 BCE, yoga practice had been handed down from one guru to the next, Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, added in a statement from Nevada (USA). Apart from Montag, many other Hollywood celebrities practice Yoga of one discipline or the other.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Is Heidi Montag obsessed with plastic surgery?

The reality TV show star Heidi Montag recently raised eyebrows by undergoing 10 plastic surgeries, all on a single day. Some people, including psychologists, raised the question whether it is an obsession or addiction. Incidentally it was not her first surgery. To set at rest the speculation going on in the media, Montag said in September 2007 that she had breast augmentation, collagen lip injections and rhinoplasty in April 2007.

View the photo above showing Heidi Montag before plastic surgery and after surgery and also her body parts that underwent the surgery. Compare the changes in her body as a result of the surgery.

However, though The Hills star, 23, announced that she is not addicted to cosmetic procedures, some psychologists disagree. Montag is not alone on the quest to look perfect, as there are many more celebrities who underwent plastic surgery and cosmetic treatment procedures before her. For instance, in December 2007 British model Katy Price underwent surgery in the U.S. to reduce the size of her breast implants and she also had rhinoplasty. Again she returned to Beverly Hills, California in July 2008 for corrective surgery and returned to the UK five days later showing off much smaller breasts, a size 32C. No wonder Los Angeles plastic surgery specialists are the favorites of not only the Hollywood celebrities and international celebs, but they are being approached by young (and even older) women from all walks of life.

To be on the fairer side, Montag, 23, is naturally beautiful and even though she did not undergo plastic surgery, she would have looked beautiful. But everyone likes to look better than they naturally are, or even the most beautiful in the world. For instance, as we frequently hear, some women may want to emulate famous celebs and supermodels who are always featured on television and other media. They may ask plastic surgeons to create on them celebrity body parts and features such as Nicole Kidman’s or Drew Barrymore’s nose, Angelina Jolie’s or Jessica Alba’s lips, while some others want to have cheeks of Sandra Bullock or Jennifer Garner. There are others who want to sculpt their bodies to look like Gisele Bundchen.

The question whether it is an obsession or an addiction is not new. It is being raised right from the times of Sigmund Freud, who founded the psychoanalytic school of psychology. Everyone likes to look good. So go ahead with plastic surgery or cosmetic surgery provided you are being treated by a highly reliable plastic surgeon. Also, don’t overdo it, do not go for surgeries all your life, or every now and then in which case it can be a case of obsession or addiction, or even what the psychologists call ‘body dysmorphic disorder’.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Katie Price posing on the beach

British glamour model Katie Price (AKA Katie Price Jordan) pulls some poses in white bikini and a stylish hat on the beach in Ibiza, Spain 06-17-09.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia poster

Meryl Streep and Amy Adams
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One of the most talented, respected and the finest movie actors of the modern era, Meryl Streep is nominated again for the Academy Awards this year. Will the 60-year-old actress make it again this year? Streep has received 16 Academy Award nominations (the record for the most Academy Award nominations) winning two, 25 Golden Globe nominations (record for the most nominated actress) winning seven, and won two Emmy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Cannes Film Festival award, four New York Film Critics Circle Awards, a BAFTA award, and an Australian Film Institute Award, among the major awards. She has won the most overall Golden Globe Awards when she won it for Julie & Julia in 2010.

Streep won both critical acclaim and commercial success with her roles in The Deer Hunter (1978) and Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), the former giving her first Oscar nomination and the latter her first Oscar Award (Best Supporting Actress). She later won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Sophie's Choice (1982).

Meryl Streep’s performance in the movie Julie & Julia has (2009) has already won for her Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress, North Texas Film Critics Award for Best Actress, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress (also for The Fantastic Mr. Fox), Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress, San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress, Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress, Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress, Satellite Award for Best Actress, Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress and she has tied with Sandra Bullock for Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress. The nominations she received for Julie & Julia include Academy Award for Best Actress, Alliance of Woman Journalists Award for Best Actress, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role, San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress, Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress, St Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress, Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress, and Washington DC Area Film Critics Association for Best Actress. In fact this is a mind-boggling statistics of awards and nominations any actor can think of!

Julie & Julia, the comedy-drama film written and directed by Nora Ephron, depicts events in the life of chef Julia Child (played by Meryl Streep) in the early years in her culinary career, contrasting her life with Julie Powell (Amy Adams), who aspires to cook all 524 recipes from Child's cookbook during a single year, a challenge she described on her popular blog that would make her a published author. Made on a budget of $40 million, the movie has already crossed gross revenue of over $119 million.

For this year’s Oscars, Streep has competition from Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side) who has tied with her for Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress, Helen Mirren (The Last Station), Carey Mulligan (An Education), and Gabourey Sidibe (Precious).

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Heidi Montag - Mexico 2007

Heidi Montag - Mexico 2007

Heidi Montag - further plastic augmentation

Heidi Montag - further plastic augmentation: Before and After! People are after her efforts to look beautiful, as if they lose something personal!

Heidi Montag - plastic surgery

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This is a scan showing the spots where Heidi underwent plastic surgery. The author of this upload says it's wrong to judge her on that basis. It is also suggested that she shouldn't do anymore surgeries because she's so gorgeous for it now ! What's your take on it?

French actress and model Vanessa Perroncel

Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side

Quinton Aaron and Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side

Quinton Aaron and Sandra Bullock
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American actress Sandra Bullock, famous for her performance in films such as Miss Congeniality, The Proposal, etc. has been nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award for her role as Leigh Anne Tuohy in the film The Blind Side, and film is nominated for the Best Motion Picture Oscar. Bullock was awarded a Golden Globe (Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama), Screen Actors Guild Award (Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role), People's Choice Award (Favorite Movie Actress), and Critic’s Choice Award (Best Actress, tied with Meryl Streep). She will be competing against Helen Mirren (The Last Station), Carey Mulligan (An Education), Gabourey Sidibe (Precious), and Meryl Streep (Julie and Julia) for the Best Actress Oscar.

The Blind Side (2009) is a drama–sports film written and directed by John Lee Hancock, based on the 2006 book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis. It tells the story of Michael Oher (played by Quinton Aaron), an offensive lineman who plays for the Baltimore Ravens of the NFL. The film follows Oher from his impoverished upbringing, through his years at the school, his adoption by Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, and on to his position as one of the most highly coveted prospects in college football.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Beyonce Knowles, winner of six 2010 Grammys

Beyonce Knowles receiving the Grammy Award

The photo shows Beyonce Knowles accepting the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance award during the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on January 31, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.

The 2010 Grammy Awards night was dominated by Beyonce Knowles, who nominated for a whopping 10 awards. But the solo superstar Knowles took home six Grammys including song of the year, best female R&B vocal, and best R&B song for Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It). She lead the most winning pack closely followed by the country music star Taylor Swift, who finished the music industry extravaganza with four Grammy Awards.

Though she lost out on record of the year award, which went to the Kings of Leon's ‘Use Somebody’, the Beyonce bagged the most awards of the evening, and in addition to her other awards, she also won Grammys for best contemporary R&B album for ‘I Am… Sasha Fierce’ as well as best traditional R&B vocal performance for ‘At Last’.

The Grammy show also included a special 3D tribute to Michael Jackson by featuring a video clip he made of Earth Song as Usher, Carrie Underwood, Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson and Smokey Robinson sang along. Jackson was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award that was accepted by his young children, Prince and Paris, on behalf of their late father.

Beyonce has set a Grammy winnings record for most Grammy wins by a female artist in one night, taking home six awards after being nominated for 10 Grammys. Before her sixth win, Beyonce was tied for the honor of most wins (five) by a female artist in one night with fellow artists Alicia Keys, Norah Jones, Lauryn Hill, Amy Winehouse and Alison Krauss.

In November 2009 Knowles was honored as the winner of UK's 4Music's 'World's Greatest Popstars' competition, sponsored by Rimmel, in which over 100,000 people voted and Knowles came out on top of the highly publicized vote, even ahead of the likes of Madonna, Britney Spears, Eminem and Pink.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Oscar Awards Nominations 2010

Scene from The Hurt Locker
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Science-fiction film Avatar and the war movie The Hurt Locker are top contenders in this year's Academy Awards with nine nominations each. Avatar's James Cameron will have to battle it out with his ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow, who made The Hurt Locker, in the best director category. Incidentally, Kathryn Bigelow is only the fourth woman ever to be nominated for directing, and the first since Sofia Coppola for Lost in Translation in 2003, though no woman director has ever won the Oscars for direction. However, James Cameron had already won three Oscars in 1998 for Titanic, which included best picture, director and film editing.

The Hurt Locker is nominated for the Best Actor, Cinematography, Directing, Film Editing, Music (Original Score), Best Picture, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Writing (Original Screenplay). The film is expected to be the favorite to win the Oscar during the ceremony on 7 March. "This is a great honour and a wonderful compliment to everyone who worked on the film," said Bigelow about the film's nine nominations, adding, "To get recognized by the various branches of the Academy is truly heart-warming." It is one of the most acclaimed films of 2009, earning numerous awards and honors. The Hurt Locker, a tense war movie about an elite bomb disposal team, has won widespread critical acclaim and triumphed at the Directors Guild of America awards. The film was shot in the Middle East, specifically in Jordan, within miles of the Iraq border.

Avatar that broke several box office records and became the highest-grossing film of all time worldwide, surpassing Titanic, which had held the record for the previous 12 years, and that also became the first film to gross more than $2 billion, has already won two Golden Globes recently. It has won nominations in 9 categories: Art Direction, Cinematography, Directing, Film Editing, Music (Original Score), Best Picture, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Visual Effects.

Inglourious Basterds, written and directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz and Mélanie Laurent, tells the story of two plots to assassinate Nazi Germany's political leadership. Tarantino spent more than ten years writing the script before going into production in October 2008. Inglourious Basterds was filmed in Germany. The film was successful at the box office and received multiple awards and nominations including the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for Christoph Waltz. Inglourious Basterds won 8 nominations for Best Supporting Actor, Cinematography, Directing, Film Editing, Best Picture, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Writing (Original Screenplay).

Six nominations each were won by Precious (for the Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Directing, Film Editing, Best Picture, and Writing - Adapted Screenplay), and Up in the Air (Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Directing, Best Picture, and Writing - Adapted Screenplay).

The film Up has won five nominations: Animated Feature Film, Music (Original Score), Best Picture, Sound Editing, and Writing (Original Screenplay), and Up's nomination for best film makes it only the second animated movie to feature in the main category after Disney's Beauty and the Beast in 1992. It is also nominated in the animated film shortlist alongside Coraline, Fantastic Mr Fox, The Princess and the Frog and The Secret of Kells.

District 9 (for Film Editing, Best Picture, Visual Effects, and Writing - Adapted Screenplay) and Star Trek (for Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects and Makeup) received 4 nominations each, while An Education bagged 3 nominations for Writing (Adapted Screenplay), Best Picture, and Best Actress. Crazy Heart also received 3 nominations for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Music (Original Song). The other films to receive 3 nominations each are The Princess and the Frog, The Young Victoria, and An Education.

This year, there are 10 films competing for the best picture, for the first time since 1944, instead of the usual five. The leading category-wise nominations are as follows.

Best Actor: Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart), George Clooney (Up in the Air), Colin Firth (A Single Man), Morgan Freeman (Invictus), and Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker).

Best Actress: Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side), Helen Mirren (The Last Station), Carey Mulligan (An Education), Gabourey Sidibe (Precious), and Meryl Streep (Julie and Julia).

Best Supporting Actor: Matt Damon (Invictus), Woody Harrelson (The Messenger), Christopher Plummer (The Last Station), Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones) and Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds).

Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz (Nine), Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air), Maggie Gyllenhaal (Crazy Heart), Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air), and Mo'Nique (Precious).

Best Director: James Cameron (Avatar), Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds), Lee Daniels (Precious), and Jason Reitman (Up in the Air). Lee Daniels (Precious) became only the second black filmmaker to be nominated for the best director, after John Singleton for 1991's Boyz N the Hood. Quentin Tarantino, whose Inglourious Basterds is nominated for eight awards, walked won a best screenplay award in 1995, but missed the best director Oscar.

Best Picture: Avatar, The Blind Side, District 9, An Education, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Precious, A Serious Man, Up, and Up in the Air.

Monday, February 1, 2010

2010 Grammy Awards: Lady Gaga Performs With Elton John

Lady Gaga and Sir Elton John presented one of this year’s Grammy Awards highlights with a piano duet. Sir John, who last performed in 2001 for the Grammy with a duet he sang with Eminem, now made up his face and suit smeared artfully with dirt for the performance set in a 'Fame Factory'. They traded verses on Gaga’s hit Speechless and Your Song, one of Sir John's most famous tracks.

The American singer Lady Gaga, born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta on March 28, 1986, appeared dressed in a green sequined leotard with giant shoulder pads, making her look like a green fairy or a butterfly, and opened the 2010 Grammy Awards show with a solo rendition of Poker Face. Gaga won two Grammys; the best dance recording for Poker Face and best electronic dance album for The Fame. The 2010 Grammy Award night's big winner was Beyonce Knowles, who won six Grammys, the biggest record single haul for a female artist.