Sunday, July 25, 2010

Brooklyn Decker has summer's most slammin' bikini body

Brooklyn Decker bikini photo
BrooklynDecker7, originally uploaded by Micky Flores.

Brooklyn Decker, Jennifer Aniston’s co-star in the upcoming ‘Just Go With It’, has beaten Aniston and other hot Hollywood starlets in a poll to determine this summer's most slammin' bikini body. Women's Health has crowned Decker, who was already on a high with her appearance on Swimsuit Illustrated’s front cover, as 2010's Best Summer Body.

In the process Decker decked the likes of Carrie Underwood, Kim Kardashian, Jessica Alba, Ashley Greene, Vanessa Hudgens, Jessica Biel, Katy Perry and Lauren Conrad.

"All of this year's finalists have a deep commitment to working out, staying fit and eating smart," said David Zinczenko, editor-in-chief of Men's Health and editorial director of Women's Health.

Decker, 23, is married to tennis star Andy Roddick.

Brooklyn Decker and Andy Roddick

Brooklyn Decker on SI, sporting dotted red bikini

Brooklyn Decker bikini photo
Brooklyn Decker, originally uploaded by Swimsuit Models Galore.

Brooklyn Decker on Sports Illustrated

SI model Brooklyn Decker bikini photo
Brooklyn Decker 02 , originally uploaded by Paintshopgus.

Brooklyn Decker iPhone Wallpaper

Brooklyn Decker in yellow bikini

Brooklyn Decker in yellow bikini

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Bette Davis in Dangerous (1935)

Screen shot of Actress Bette Davis in in the film Dangerous (1935)
Bette Davis in Dangerous, originally uploaded by oscarnow2009.

In 1962 Bette Davis became the first actor to receive ten Academy Award nominations for acting. Since then only four people have equaled or surpassed her record -- Meryl Streep (sixteen nominations and two wins), Katharine Hepburn (twelve nominations and four wins), Jack Nicholson (twelve nominations and three wins) and Laurence Olivier (ten nominations and one win).

Davis won Best Actress Oscars for Dangerous (1935) and Jezebel (1938), and received nominations for Dark Victory (1939), The Letter (1940), The Little Foxes (1941), Now, Voyager (1942), Mr. Skeffington (1944), All About Eve (1950), The Star (1952), What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962).

Though Davis's performance in Of Human Bondage (1934) was highly acclaimed she was not nominated for an Academy Award. As influential people started a campaign to have her nominated, the Academy relaxed rules for that year to allow nomination through a write-in vote. So, some sources consider this as a nomination for Davis, but the Academy does not officially record it as a nomination. Otherwise her tally would have become 11 nominations.

Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins (1964)

English film and stage actress, singer and author Julie Andrews (Dame Julia Elizabeth Andrews, DBE) is a recipient of Golden Globe, Emmy, Grammy, BAFTA, People's Choice Award, Theatre World Award, Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award honours. Andrews rose to fame acting in musicals such as My Fair Lady and Camelot. Her roles in films such as Mary Poppins (1964) and The Sound of Music (1965) are the best-known. She had a major revival of her film career by acting in films such as The Princess Diaries (2001), its sequel The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004) and Shrek.

Actress Keisha Castle-Hughes in Whale Rider

Keisha Castle-Hughes, 20, the New Zealand actress who rose to prominence playing Paikea ‘Pai’ Apirana in Whale Rider (2002) was only eleven years old, when the film was produced. Castle-Hughes was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress, making her the youngest female nominated in the Best Actress category, and for an award at the Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards for Best Actress which she won in 2004.

Keisha Castle-Hughes at TIFF

New Zealand actress Keisha Castle-Hughes
Keisha Castle-Hughes @ TIFF, originally uploaded by munzz.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Wendy Hiller as Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion

Actress Wendy Hiller in the movie Pygmalion
Wendy Hiller in Pygmalion, originally uploaded by oscarnow2009.

Salma Hayek in Frida

Salma Hayek photo
Salma Hayek in Frida, originally uploaded by oscarnow2009.

Ingrid Bergman in Anastasia

Ingrid Bergman photos
Ingrid Bergman in Anastasia, originally uploaded by oscarnow2009.

Teresa Wright in 'The Pride of the Yankees'

Teresa Wright has a unique distinction of receiving an Oscar nomination for each of her first three films, a feat no other actor has ever duplicated. Wright was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her debut in The Little Foxes (1941), followed by the Best Actress nomination for The Pride of the Yankees, in which she played opposite Gary Cooper, and the same year she won Best Supporting Actress as the daughter-in-law of Greer Garson's character in Mrs. Miniver.

According to The Guardian (UK), the New York-born Teresa Wright's arrival in Hollywood caused a stir, not because of her star power but because of an unprecedented clause Samuel Goldwyn agreed to write into her contract. The particular clause in the acting contract read, “The aforementioned Teresa Wright shall not be required to pose for photographs in a bathing suit unless she is in the water. Neither may she be photographed running on the beach with her hair flying in the wind. Nor may she pose in any of the following situations: In shorts, playing with a cocker spaniel; digging in a garden; whipping up a meal; attired in firecrackers and holding skyrockets for the Fourth of July; looking insinuatingly at a turkey for Thanksgiving; wearing a bunny cap with long ears for Easter; twinkling on prop snow in a skiing outfit while a fan blows her scarf; assuming an athletic stance while pretending to hit something with a bow and arrow.”

Irene Dunne in the film 'I Remember Mama'

The film ‘I Remember Mama’ (1948) won American film actress and singer of the 1930s and 1940s Irene Dunne (1898-1990) a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Dunne was nominated five times for the Academy Award for Best Actress, the other for films being Cimarron (1931), Theodora Goes Wild (1936), The Awful Truth (1937) and Love Affair (1939).

Hope Lange in the film 'Peyton Place'

Classic actress Hope Lange photo
Hope Lange in Peyton Place, originally uploaded by oscarnow2009.

Hope Lange (1933-2003), the American stage, film and television actress of years began working in television in the 1950s with appearances on Kraft Television Theatre, which drew the attention of a Hollywood producer. She came to prominence with her first film “Bus Stop” along with Marilyn Monroe and Don Murray, whom she married on April 14, 1956.

Hope Lange received favorable reviews for her role in the Bus Stop and she could sign up a major role in the then-risqué 1957 film Peyton Place, for which she received a nomination for a Golden Globe Award and another for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Peyton Place was the second-highest grossing film of 1958, despite poor initial box office receipts. But a real-life tragedy boosted its fortunes. On April 4, 1958, actress Lana Turner's daughter Cheryl killed her mother's abusive lover and mobster Johnny Stompanato, and she was placed in the juvenile prison. The press coverage of investigations boosted the ticket sales helping the film gross $25,600,000 in USA. A coroner's inquest ruled the murder justifiable homicide, and the district attorney chose not to charge Cheryl with the crime, although he declared her a ward of the state and placed her in the custody of her grandmother.

Lila Kedrova and Anthony Quinn in Zorba the Greek

Lila Kedrova (1918-2000), the Russian-born French actress mostly acted in French films and her first English film appearance was in 1964 as Mme Hortense in the film ‘Zorba the Greek’, for which she won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. On February 16, 2000), at the age of 81 Lila Kedrova died of pneumonia, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, at her summer home in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada.

Susan Hayward's last Oscar appearance

The photo shows the American actress Susan Hayward's last Academy Awards appearance in 1974, as she appeared as a presenter along with Charlton Heston for the category of "Best Actress." Her career was highly successful through the 1950s and she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of death row inmate Barbara Graham in the film 'I Want to Live!' (1958). She also won a Golden Globe and was nominated for a BAFTA for her performance in 'I Want to Live!'

Hayward died at age 57 on March 14, 1975, of pneumonia-related complications of brain cancer. There were speculations that she might have been affected by radioactive fallout from atmospheric atomic bomb tests while making the film ‘The Conqueror’ with John Wayne, because several crew, as well as Wayne himself later died of cancer or cancer-related complications. Hayward has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6251 Hollywood Boulevard.

American actress Fay Bainter

American actress Fay Bainter photo
Fay Bainter, originally uploaded by oscarnow2009.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Buying gold jewelry online

Buying gold jewelry is cherished by almost everyone, everywhere, irrespective of cultures or times. From ancient times, the yellow metal has attracted the attention of all civilizations. As a precious metal, gold plays not only the role of making people look more beautiful, but it also doubles up as a reliable investment that always brings in profits when old gold jewelry is sold off at difficult times, or just to buy new fashion gold jewelry.

Most things are now traded online including gold jewelry. Internet makes it easier to make comparisons of the latest designs, prices, and other aspects of buying online jewelry. Buying online saves time and there is scope for selecting from unlimited range of designs and latest trends, and even without any territorial limitations.

Out of all the sites that I found on gold jewelry, Noya Jewelry, an online jewelry store offers a wide selection of necklaces, earrings, woman rings including engagement rings, pendants, bracelets and watches with diamond, pearl or gemstone at the best prices. Their range of engagement rings is arguably the best you can find online. Apart from their great range of jewelry designs, the prices are exceptional and they offer a money back guarantee. If you are satisfied for any reason, you can return your order within 30 days from shipment date for a full refund or exchange.

Also they offer a remarkable range of gold filled jewelry. They have the same appearance as 14 karat (58 per cent) gold. Gold filled jewelry is quite different from gold coated jewelry as it behaves just like gold, does not change colour or get pealed off.