How President Obama can end the political gridlock…
In Steven Spielberg’s beautifully acted new movie, a controversial president, who is either loved or hated, has just been re-elected and faces a divided Congress in the midst of a national emergency. One of the standouts in Lincoln is a conscience-stricken Democratic congressman named George Yeaman. The Kentucky representative agonizes over whether to rise above partisanship and vote for the 13th Amendment. How Lincoln gets Democrats, and even some fellow Republicans, to do the right thing is the guts of the movie.
Our problems today pale in significance to those faced by Abraham Lincoln. Nevertheless, President Obama faces a historic challenge in persuading an opposition party off its partisan ledge to avoid a national calamity; in this case, heading over a “fiscal cliff,” meaning a series of dramatic, automatic spending cuts that few people actually want and which would certainly stymie sensible government. Lincoln confronted the challenge in his day by making a moral and patriotic appeal and, when that did not work, by offering jobs—good, old-fashioned patronage.
The fracturing of the Republican Party’s Reagan coalition offers President Obama a number of opportunities. As a number of GOP analysts have noted since the election—most notably Alex Castellanos—the party has to retool to match the changing demographics of the country. If there was any doubt, today’s column by Charles Krauthammer on the need to embrace amnesty for illegal immigrants suggests that that the GOP brand is in flux. Visit Slate to continue reading…
President Obama finally declared the winner of Florida after 4 days: Obama 332 vs. Romney 206…
President Barack Obama was declared the winner of Florida’s 29 electoral votes on Saturday, ending a four-day count with a razor-thin margin that narrowly avoided an automatic recount that would have brought back memories of 2000.
No matter the outcome, Obama had already clinched re-election and now has 332 electoral votes to Romney’s 206.
The Florida Secretary of State‘s Office said that with almost 100 per cent of the vote counted, Obama led Republican challenger Mitt Romney 50 per cent to 49.1 per cent, a difference of about 74,000 votes. That was over the half-percent margin where a computer recount would have been automatically ordered unless Romney had waived it.
There is a Nov. 16 deadline for overseas and military ballots, but under Florida law, recounts are based on Saturday’s results. Only a handful of overseas and military ballots are believed to remain outstanding.
It’s normal for election supervisors in Florida and other states to spend days after any election counting absentee, provisional, military and overseas ballots. Usually, though, the election has already been called on election night or soon after because the winner’s margin is beyond reach.
But on election night this year, it was difficult for officials – and the media – to call the presidential race here, in part because the margin was so close and the voting stretched into the evening.
In Miami-Dade, for instance, so many people were in line at 7 p.m. in certain precincts that some people didn’t vote until after midnight. Visit DailyMail to continue reading…
Winning: President Barack Obama and his family celebrated his victory on Tuesday but now the Democratic incumbent has boosted his lead in the electoral college countFarewell: Mitt Romney, flanked by his family, reluctantly conceded to Obama on Tuesday night, in Boston MassachusettsBack to business: After the campaign was decided on Tuesday, US President Barack Obama spoke about the state of the economy at a White House event on Friday
Uber-racism: Denise Helms wishes President Obama is assassinated!
A racist 22-year-old woman has been fired from her job and reported to the Secret Service after writing on her Facebook page her hopes that President Obama is assassinated in his second term in office.
‘And another 4 years of the n*****. Maybe he will get assassinated this term..!!’ Denise Helms of Turlock, California wrote immediately after the president’s re-election on Tuesday.
It didn’t take long for her post to circulate, angering enough readers to report her to authorities who accuse her of threatening the president’s life.
‘I didn’t think it’d be that big of a deal,’ she told KTXL on Thursday while visibly shaken up, but unapologetic and unsure of what she did wrong.
‘The assassination part is harsh and I’m not saying that I would go and do that or anything like that by any means but if it was to happen I don’t think I would care one bit,’ she said.
Now fired from her job at a local Cold Stone Creamery on Thursday, the post was described as disgusting by the store’s director who told the Modesto Bee that when he arrived to work he had more than 20 angry voice messages on his company’s machine directed toward Ms Helms.
‘We made the decision because of her comments, but also the community feedback,’said Director Chris Kegle who had employed Ms Helms for less than one year. Visit DailyMail to continue reading…
Under fire: Denise Helms has been fired from her job at an ice cream shop and reported to Secret Service after writing this post on her Facebook page hoping the president is assassinatedI’m innocent: Speaking about the incident on Thursday Ms Helms, 22, was visibly shaken by it but said she was surprised while believing she hasn’t done anything wrongStanding alone: Cold Stone Creamery called her action disgusting and no reflection of their own views after receiving angry calls to their storeNot taking it back: Ms Helms, seen behind the ice cream counter, had worked for the company for less than a year before being fired for something she hasn’t apologized for
What President Obama needs to do to address racial equality…
Step up, Mr. President: No more worries about reelection. Now you can tackle those issues that you said had to wait for your second term. Outlook has given you a head start on how to address immigration, climate change, banking reform and racial inequality.
President Obama cannot single-handedly undo racial inequality that was built through centuries of discrimination, and it would be absurd to suggest that he could. However, he can do more in his second term to pursue the equality and fairness that America promises to its people.
Some slices of reality: African Americans have lost half of their wealth relative to white Americans in the financial crisis. They face the highest rates of unemployment and incarceration, and have alarmingly low high school graduation rates in major cities. Although the Obama administration and the Justice Department have taken measures to pursue employment discrimination cases and reduce sentencing disparities, there is much more that should be done.
For example, in addition to lowering mandatory minimum sentences, the administration should stop funding the Byrne grant program, which provides federal money for state and local criminal law enforcement. These grants are often awarded to cities and states with high rates of arrest and conviction, therefore encouraging aggressive policing.
As is well known, high incarceration rates reduce employability and civic participation, and weaken family bonds. The president and his congressional allies ought to advocate for legislation that would ban employers from requiring former felons to identify themselves as such. This might help address the incredibly high unemployment among ex-offenders and better enable them to rebuild their lives after serving their time. Visit WashingtonPost to continue reading…
President Obama‘s cabinet: Who’s in, who’s out?
Now that President Obama has secured a second term, the official Washington speculation machine — and, no, that doesn’t actually exist (or does it?) — has turned to the heavy turnover expected in his Cabinet.
While only Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made clear she plans to leave early in the Obama second term, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner has also clearly suggested he is on his way out, and Attorney General Eric Holder has been noncommittal of late about his future plans. CIA Director David Petraeus’ stunning resignation on Friday creates another high-profile opening (although not a Cabinet-level position) for the president to fill.
While those inner Cabinet jobs will draw the lion’s share of attention, it’s likely there will be more turnover in secondary Cabinet positions too, if for no other reason than the Obama Cabinet has seen historically low levels of turnover in the first term. One example: The Commerce Department has lacked a top official since the resignation of John Bryson following a car accident in June.
Below is a baseline handicapping of who might step into the major Cabinet jobs when they come open. Remember: The choice is ultimately up to Obama and no one else, which makes much of the talk about whom he might pick decidedly speculative. But, that’s never stopped us before! Away we go!
* State: Following in the footsteps of Clinton, one of the best-known and most well-respected politicians/diplomats in the world, is no easy task. (Clinton continues to play somewhat coy about what she’ll do after State but has left little doubt she’s leaving as the country’s top diplomat.) Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry clearly pines for the job, but to pick Kerry would mean a special election to replace him in the Bay State in early 2013 with soon-to-be former senator Scott Brown (R) lurking.
Democrats’ surprising gains in the Senate may give Obama the wiggle room to pick Kerry — special election be damned! — but it’s clearly a consideration. Other names mentioned include U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice and National Security Adviser Tom Donilon.
* Treasury: Given the still-struggling state of the economy, Obama’s pick to succeed Geithner could well be the most important one he makes heading into a second term. White House chief of staff Jack Lew seems to have the inside track, but if he is chosen, Obama would have to find a new chief — his fourth during his time in office. Former Clinton Administration official — and two-time failed North Carolina Senate candidate — Erskine Bowles appears to be a rising choice thanks to his work on the eponymous debt commission. Visit The WashingtonPost to continue reading…
CRAZY!!! Woman blames husband for President Obama reelection and runs him over with her jeep…
According to police in Gilbert, 28-year-old Holly Solomon of Mesa and her husband Daniel argued loudly in a local parking lot before Holly got in her Jeep SUV and began chasing Daniel around. She eventually managed to pin him underneath the vehicle as he was trying to run away.
Daniel sustained life-threatening injuries and was rushed to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center where he remains in critical condition.
“According to Daniel, Holly believed her family was going to face hardship as a result of President Obama’s re-election,” Gilbert police Sergeant Jesse Sanger said in a statement.
Daniel’s presidential preference likely wouldn’t have mattered much to Romney: He won Arizona by a margin of some 200,000 votes.
Holly was booked on charges of domestic violence charges of aggravated assault. Shockingly, neither alcohol nor drugs were listed as contributing factors. Via Gawker.
Paul Ryan: “Obama victory was due to large turnout in ‘urban areas”…
Reflecting on the 2012 presidential election, and the loss that he has labeled a “foreign experience,” Rep. Paul Ryan believes that President Obama’s re-election was due in part to the large voter turnout in “urban areas.”
In an interview with a WISC-TV reporter, Ryan said: “I think the surprise was some of the turnout, especially in urban areas, which gave President Obama the big margin to win this race.”
Ryan added: “There’s always an Electoral College strategy to winning these things, and you know what states you need to win to get to 270 electoral votes. When we watched Virginia and Ohio coming in, those as tight as they were, and looking like we were going to lose them, that’s when it became clear we weren’t going to win.”
Ryan repeated the same “urban area vote” narrative in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel when he was asked if the the loss meant that voters had rejected the Republican vision.
The former GOP vice-presidential nominee said: “Well, he got turnout. The president should get credit for achieving record-breaking turnout numbers from urban areas for the most part, and that did win the election for him.”
In his bid for reelection, President Obama won Ryan’s home state of Wisconsin, and Massachusetts, where Mitt Romney was governor. Via theGrio.
Republicans vow to block Susan Rice nomination as Secretary of State!
Senate Republicans sent the clearest message yet to President Barack Obama on Wednesday that he would have a second-term confirmation fight if he nominates U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state.
“We will do whatever is necessary to block the nomination that’s within our power as far as Susan Rice is concerned,” Sen. John McCain, the top Republican senator on the Armed Services Committee, told reporters at a news conference.
Said Sen. Lindsey Graham: “I don’t trust her.”
The two lawmakers, along with Sen. Kelly Ayotte, are pressing for a special, Watergate-style select Senate committee to investigate the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.
They said separate inquiries by various Senate panels will fail to get to the truth and a comprehensive probe “up to and including the president of the United States” was warranted.
They planned to introduce a resolution calling for the special committee on Wednesday afternoon. However, they face opposition from Democrats. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said a select committee is not necessary.
Pressed on reports that Obama is considering Rice for the top job at the State Department, the Republican lawmakers were withering in their criticism of her response to the Sept. 11 attack, citing her comments five days after the incident that it was the result of an angry response in the Arab world to an anti-Muslim video produced in the U.S. Visit theGrio to continue reading…
President Barack Obama holds 1st official post-election press conference…
In a challenge to Republicans, President Barack Obama urged Congress on Wednesday to extend expiring tax cuts immediately for all but the highest income earners as a way to eliminate half of the so-called fiscal cliff that threatens to send the economy back into recession.
“What I’m not going to do is to extend Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent that we can’t afford and according to economists will have the least positive impact on the economy,” the president said at his first news conference since winning re-election last week.
Standing in the East Room of the White House, Obama pointedly noted he had campaigned on a platform that called for allowing tax breaks to expire as scheduled on Dec. 31 for the wealthiest income earners.
“A modest tax increase on the wealthy is not going to break their backs,” Obama said. “They’ll still be wealthy.”
House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell have both said they are eager to compromise with the president to avoid the immediate tax increases and spending cuts scheduled to take effect at the end of the year. But at the same time, they have said they won’t agree to raise tax rates for the wealthy.
Boehner arranged a late afternoon news conference in the Capitol to respond to the president’s remarks. The congressional leaders are slated to meet with Obama at the White House on Friday for the first time since the election, and are expected to agree to designate aides to begin the search for a compromise. Visit theGrio to continue reading…
Wisconsin Lawmakers back bill to arrest federal officials who implement Obamacare…
Nine Republican members of the Wisconsin Legislature say they would back a bill to arrest any federal officials who attempt to implement President Obama‘s signature health care law in the state.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the nine state lawmakers told the Tea Party-aligned Campaign For Liberty that they support authorizing “state and local law enforcement to arrest federal officials attempting to implement the unconstitutional health scheme known as Obamacare.”
One of the nine lawmakers backing Campaign for Liberty’s proposal is state representative Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield), who told the Journal Sentinel that he believes the health care law is unconstitutional.
“Just because Obama was reelected does not mean he’s above the constitution,” he said.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) has until Friday to notify the federal government if he plans to set up a state-run health care exchange. The governor has received pressure from both sides of the aisle, with Democrats urging Walker to establish a state-run system, while conservative group press him to continue to oppose the law.
Walker is expected to announce his decision later this week.
While governors have had over two years to decide whether or not to implement their own exchanges, many Republican governors like Walker delayed making a decision, holding on to hopes that the Supreme Court would overturn the legislation or that the law would be repealed if Obama lost his reelection bid. However, Obama’s victory has reapplied pressure to Walker and others to submit their final plans. Visit HuffingtonPost to continue reading…
Mitchell Kenneth Kusick: “I want to go down in history as the guy who killed Obama“…
A Colorado nursing student was arrested yesterday after telling his therapist of his desire to shoot children, kill people on Halloween and assassinate President Obama, court records show. Mitchell Kenneth Kusick, 20, of Westminster, was being held on suspicion of a federal charge of threats against a president.
He identified himself as a student at Colorado Mesa University in western Colorado, investigators said.
According to KUSA-TV in Denver, Jefferson County court records show he told his therapist about wanting to shoot children at a trick-or-treat event at Standley Lake High School. The documents said that he claimed to have owned a .22 caliber rifle and an assault rifle, but his parents made him get rid of the weapons.
He told his therapist on October 29 about his plan and allegedly said he wanted to go down in history as the ‘guy who killed Obama.’ His comments came just days before the president held a campaign rally in Boulder.
Kusick also said he was obsessed with the deadly shootings at Columbine High School and Virginia Tech, as well as the Dark Knight Rises theater massacre earlier this year, according to court records. Among Kusick’s interests on his Facebook page are ‘American conspiracies,’ the Call of Duty video games and the film Paul Blart: Mall Cop.
The same document quoted Kusick of saying: ‘Some people just want to watch the world burn down, and I’m one of them.’
The therapist notified police, and Kusick was placed on a mental health hold at a hospital. A detention hearing is scheduled Friday. Via DailyMail.
Murderous intent? Mitchell Kenneth Kusick, a nursing student from Westminster, Colorado, was charged with making a threat against the presidentPlot: Court papers say Kusick wanted to be known as ‘the guy who killed President Obama,’ pictured on Sunday at a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National CemeteryViolent interests: Kusick’s therapist said he was obsessed with the Columbine and Virginia Tech shootings, and the Aurora theater massacre, in which James Holmes, pictured, was charged with killing 12Massacre on the mind? Federal court records say Kusick, pictured during a recent triathlon, revealed he took a shotgun from his aunt’s house and tried to buy ammunition for it
President Barack Obama is anti-business, according to some business leaders. But the facts may beg to differ. During Obama’s first term, corporate profits have consistently hit new record highs. And the S&P 500 has spiked 65.6 percent. Visit Huffington Post to view the full gallery…
John Schnatter, CEO of Papa John’s
Schnatter claims that Obamacare has given him no other choice but to cut his employees’ hours and raise the price of pizza to cover the costs of Obamacare. Meanwhile, Papa John’s stock price has nearly tripled since President Barack Obama took office.Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase
Dimon has complained that the government hasn’t done enough to help business. Meanwhile, JPMorgan’s stock price has spiked 64 percent since Obama took office.Steven Schwarzman, CEO of the Blackstone Group
In 2010, Schwarzman compared Obama’s efforts to raise taxes on private equity firms to “war…like when Hitler invaded Poland in 1939.” The Blackstone Group’s stock price has more than tripled since Obama took office.
Romney: Obama won because of “gifts” he gave Latinos, blacks and young voters…
The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times are reporting that Mitt Romney told a group of donors he believed his campaign was ‘superb,’ but they lost because of President Obama’s ‘gifts’ to Latinos, blacks and young voters, including health insurance and help with college loans, “amnesty” for children of undocumented immigrants and free contraception.
Upon hearing the remarks, Latino conservative Republican Alfonso Aguilar, Executive Director of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, who supported Governor Romney, said the comments were a “slap in the face’” and called them disturbing. ”He lost the election by making comments like that to Latinos,” he says, adding “apparently Governor Romney doesn’t understand why he lost.” If Romney would have had a different tone, especially on issues like immigration, says Aguilar, he would have been extremely competitive and could have won the election.
From The Los Angeles Times: “Romney argued that Obama’s healthcare plan’s promise of coverage “in perpetuity” was “highly motivational” to those voters making $25,000 to $35,000 who might not have been covered, as well as to African American and Hispanic voters.
Pivoting to immigration, Romney said the Obama campaign’s efforts to paint him as “anti-immigrant” had been effective and that the administration’s promise to offer what he called “amnesty” to the children of illegal immigrants had helped turn out Hispanic voters in record numbers.”
“Latinos didn’t vote because of entitlements,” says Aguilar. ”They voted for Obama because they felt the alternative was worse,” argues the Hispanic Republican.
Aguilar adds that “frankly, it’s a validation of some of the remarks he has made in the past – it’s a little bit disturbing for those of us who supported him and defended him.”
Republican consultant and NBC Latino contributor Danny Vargas says, “Are there some percentage of Hispanic voters who voted for Obama because he was able to promise them something they were asking for?” That might account for some votes, but not for the 17 point decline we are seeing from 2004,” says Vargas. Visit NBC Latino to continue reading…
Romney’s new ‘free stuff’ meme: Obama won because of the ‘gifts’ he gave blacks, Hispanics, young voters…
When Mitt Romney has a “private” conversation with donors, interesting things happen.
Back in May, Mother Jones magazine obtained secret recordings of a Boca Raton fundraiser in which Romney dissed 47 percent of the country as freeloaders.
This time, the Republican Party’s latest presidential candidate huddled with top givers to his campaign, and opined about the reasons for his loss last Tuesday.
From the Los Angeles Times:
Mitt Romney told his top donors Wednesday that his loss to President Obama was a disappointing result that neither he or his top aides had expected, but said he believed his team ran a “superb” campaign with “no drama,” and attributed his rival’s victory to “the gifts” the administration had given to blacks, Hispanics and young voters during Obama’s first term.
Obama, Romney argued, had been “very generous” to blacks, Hispanics and young voters. He cited as motivating factors to young voters the administration’s plan for partial forgiveness of college loan interest and the extension of health coverage for students on their parents’ insurance plans well into their 20s. Free contraception coverage under Obama’s healthcare plan, he added, gave an extra incentive to college-aged women to back the president. Visit theGrio to continue reading…
Bobby Jindal: ‘I absolutely reject’ Mitt Romney’s ‘Gifts’ explanation for Obama victory…
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) rebuffed Mitt Romney’s claim that President Obama won reelection because of “gifts” to minorities and young voters, calling the statement “wrong.”
“That is absolutely wrong,” Jindal said at Wednesday’s session of the annual Republican Governors Association meeting in Las Vegas, according to the Washington Examiner’s Byron York. “I absolutely reject that notion.”
“I don’t think that represents where we are as a party and where we’re going as a party,” Jindal continued. “That has got to be one of the most fundamental takeaways from this election: If we’re going to continue to be a competitive party and win elections on the national stage and continue to fight for our conservative principles, we need two messages to get out loudly and clearly: One, we are fighting for 100 percent of the votes, and secondly, our policies benefit every American who wants to pursue the American dream. Period. No exceptions.”
The New York Times reported Wednesday afternoon on Romney’s comments, which he made during a conference call with his presidential campaign’s national finance committee.
“With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest, was a big gift,” Romney said. “Free contraceptives were very big with young college-aged women. And then, finally, Obamacare also made a difference for them, because as you know, anybody now 26 years of age and younger was now going to be part of their parents’ plan, and that was a big gift to young people. They turned out in large numbers, a larger share in this election even than in 2008.”
Romney also said that “free health care” was a “big plus” for Hispanic and African-American voters, who overwhelmingly supported the president in last week’s election.
While Jindal actively campaigned for Romney during the general election, the Louisiana governor has recently issued pointed criticism on Romney’s candidacy. In a Tuesday interview with The Huffington Post’s Jon Ward, Jindal said Romney did little to inspire voters on his plan for the country. Visit HuffingtonPost to continue reading…
Did President Obama dye his hair? The president could be sporting a more evenly colored coiffure post-election…
Being the leader of the free world and running a grueling campaign comes with its fair share of stress. Onlookers are now wondering if President Barack Obama has had some help covering up the specks of grey hairs that seemed to increase during the course of the presidential campaign – based on photos from the commander-in-chief on Wednesday at a White House press conference.
The 51-year-old’s coiffure seemed to appear a softer black post reelection, with the salt and pepper look he sported during the campaign a distant memory…much like his GOP challenger.
It’s a tough call considering a hair color can appear vastly different as lighting changes but the Washington Examiner first suggested the potential artificial assistance after analyzing President Obama’s appearance at his press conference at the White House on Wednesday.
‘President Obama’s reelection didn’t just put a bounce in his step. It appears that it also erased his gray hair,’ the paper suggested.
FOX News host Greta Van Susteren also joined in on the debate, asking her viewers on Twitter: ‘Did Obama dye his hair?’
At least on social media, the consensus was that the reelected president had some help to achieve a more evened yet still natural look:
‘Obama had greying temples. Obama’s dyed his hair all along,’ one Greta viewer tweeted, with others posting their amens. I’m pretty sure Obama dyed his hair. It was grey like 2 weeks ago. Now it’s black again,’ with another user adding, ‘I see Obama has dyed his hair again, I see you Mr.President! #SWAG.’
Obama’s hair color has made a traceable shift from a youthful, solid black to the increasing presence of the dreaded grey as his responsibilities and stress piled on. Visit DailyMail to continue reading…
Rookie: U.S. President Barack Obama (pictured in September 2009 speaking with his then-chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, left) started out his tenure in the White House with a pretty solidly colored head of hairHard to tell: The president’s hair color seemed an even black in February 2011 (pictured with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (right) at the White House)Shades of grey: Though he flashed a smile, President Obama’s hair seemed visibly whiter just months later in May 2011, when he enjoyed a game of ping pong with UK Prime Minister David Cameron (right) in LondonNext? Bloomberg Businessweek suggested this is how Obama’s look could change over the course of the next term, in a photoshoped picture on their recent cover
The Republicans still don’t get it…
I know it’s early, but I have a sinking feeling the Republican Party is taking all the wrong lessons from last week’s election. Short term, that’s a boon for Democrats. Long term, it’s a problem for the country.
The GOP should be listening to reasonable voices such as that of Newt Gingrich. Yes, I used the words “reasonable” and “Gingrich” in the same sentence. He has occasional moments of lucidity, and one came on the “Today” show when he said Republicans “need to stop, take a deep breath and learn.”
“I was wrong last week, as was virtually every major Republican analyst,” Gingrich said. “And so, you have to stop and say to yourself, ‘If I was that far off, what do I need to learn to better understand America?’”
The voices the party should ignore include those claiming that House Republicans, by retaining their majority, won some sort of mandate to continue pushing a radical conservative agenda. And yes, Gingrich has made this argument as well. The fog lifts, the fog descends.
A mandate for the GOP? Don’t make me hurt myself laughing. The ideological hero and policy guru of the House Republican caucus, Paul Ryan, couldn’t even carry his home town of Janesville, Wis. (And Mitt Romney, by the way, lost all of his various home states.) Visit Washington Post to continue reading…
ObamaTech: How a dream team of engineers from Facebook, Twitter, and Google built the software that drove Barack Obama‘s reelection…
Three members of Obama’s tech team, from left to right: Harper Reed, Dylan Richard, and Mark Trammell (Photo by Daniel X. O’Neil).
The Obama campaign‘s technologists were tense and tired. It was game day and everything was going wrong.
Josh Thayer, the lead engineer of Narwhal, had just been informed that they’d lost another one of the services powering their software. That was bad: Narwhal was the code name for the data platform that underpinned the campaign and let it track voters and volunteers. If it broke, so would everything else.
They were talking with people at Amazon Web Services, but all they knew was that they had packet loss. Earlier that day, they lost their databases, their East Coast servers, and their memcache clusters. Thayer was ready to kill Nick Hatch, a DevOps engineer who was the official bearer of bad news. Another of their vendors, PalominoDB, was fixing databases, but needed to rebuild the replicas. It was going to take time, Hatch said. They didn’t have time.
They’d been working 14-hour days, six or seven days a week, trying to reelect the president, and now everything had been broken at just the wrong time. It was like someone had written a Murphy’s Law algorithm and deployed it at scale.
And that was the point. “Game day” was October 21. The election was still 17 days away, and this was a live action role playing (LARPing!) exercise that the campaign’s chief technology officer, Harper Reed, was inflicting on his team.
“We worked through every possible disaster situation,” Reed said. “We did three actual all-day sessions of destroying everything we had built.”
Hatch was playing the role of dungeon master, calling out devilishly complex scenarios that were designed to test each and every piece of their system as they entered the exponential traffic-growth phase of the election. Mark Trammell, an engineer who Reed hired after he left Twitter, saw a couple game days.
He said they reminded him of his time in the Navy. “You ran firefighting drills over and over and over, to make sure that you not just know what you’re doing,” he said, “but you’re calm because you know you can handle your shit.” Visit theAtlantic to continue reading…
House House Democrats defend Susan Rice…
A dozen female members of the House staunchly defended U.N. ambassador Susan Rice against Republican criticism over her remarks on the deadly Sept. 11 Libya attack, suggesting the GOP lawmakers’ comments were racist and sexist.
“It is a shame that anytime something goes wrong, they pick on women and minorities,” Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, the next chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, told reporters Friday at a Capitol Hill news conference.
Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham earlier this week called Rice untrustworthy and unqualified to be the nation’s top diplomat if President Barack Obama chooses her to succeed Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The two vowed to block any Senate confirmation if she is nominated.
The House women, a majority of them Africa-American, lashed out at McCain and Graham and demanded that they retract their criticism.
“To batter this woman because they don’t feel they have the ability to batter President Obama is something we the women are not going to stand by and watch,” said Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis. “Their feckless and reckless speculation is unworthy of their offices as senators.”
Said Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C.: “We will not allow a brilliant public servant’s record to be mugged to cut off her consideration to be secretary of state.” Visit theGrio to continue reading…
The U.S. ‘Olympic Five’ gymnasts meet President Obama amidst squealing and excitement…
Looking their glamorous best, the U.S. Olympics’ Fierce Five visited the White House for the first time earlier today for a private meeting with the President.
As they watched Barack Obama depart from the South Lawn on the Marine One helicopter, Jordyn Wieber, Kyla Ross, Gabby Douglas, and McKayla Maroney squealed with delight.
However taking a leaf out of McKayla’s book, Aly Raisman looked decidedly unimpressed as a gust of wind blew the girls’ backward.
The 17-year-old eventually came around a few moments later, smiling as Gabby turned to hide from the gale-force gust. Heading towards the Oval Office prior, the excitedly nervous girls walked in a straight line in their high-necked mini-dresses, laughing and waving to photographers.
Taking to Twitter to share their excitement with fans, the team members posted before and after pictures of their animated day:
McKayla tweeted a group picture of ‘her best friends,’ writing: ‘All together againnn!!! FIERCE 5 reunited… So good being back with my best friends!’
Afterwards, she posted a picture of two fellow male Olympic gymnasts outside the White House gates, with the caption: ‘Looking good boyz.’
Aly gave a blow-by-blow account, tweeting: ‘On my way to DC to meet the president with the rest of the team!! So cool 🙂 I’m so honored!’
Then two hours later: ‘Hair & makeup in the airport bathroom with @gabrielledoug & @jordyn_wieber getting ready for the white house! LOL’
Meanwhile Kyla had tweeted a picture of her legs from the plane, writing: ‘On my way to DC!’
It’s not the first time the 2012 U.S. Women’s Olympic team have had personal interaction with the President however. Barack Obama expressed his admiration for the team after their gold medal win in August, voicing a bewilderment with the sport that is likely shared by many of his constituents.
At a rally in Ohio on August first he said: ‘These gymnastics folks – I don’t understand how they do what they do. Visit DailyMail to continue reading…
Proud moment: The White House tweeted a photograph this evening of President Obama with the Fierce Five, front row, from left: Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross and Jordyn WieberFierce Five: Looking their glamorous best, the 2012 Women’s Olympic gymnastics team visited the White House for the first time earlier today for a private meeting with the PresidentMini-dress brigade: Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas giggle nervously on their way to the Oval OfficeExcited faces: Gabby Douglas, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber excitedly make their way to their meeting with Barack ObamaSouth Lawn: Taking a leaf out of McKayla’s book, Aly (far right) looked decidedly unimpressed as a gust of wind blew Jordan, Kyla and Gabby backwardAnimated: As they watched Mr Obama depart from the South Lawn on the Marine One helicopter Gabby, Aly and McKayla squealed with delightFierce five: McKayla tweeted a group picture of ‘her best friends,’ writing: ‘All together againnn!!! FIERCE 5 reunited… So good being back with my best friends!’The golden girls: (left to right) Jordyn Wieber, Gabrielle Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Alexandra Raisman, Kyla Ross
Obama’s 2012 campaign tops digital fundraising in 2008…
President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign was largely recognized for its use of social media and its part in helping him win the election. Many wondered, when he began his re-election bid, if he would be able to generate as much enthusiasm for his campaign.
As it turns out, the campaign generated even more. TIME magazine reports that Obama aides are saying more than $1 billion were raised by the 2012 campaign and its affiliated party committees, and social media was an instrumental tool in doing so.
According to a senior campaign adviser, new numbers show the Obama campaign digitally raised about $609 million in 2012, compared to the $500 million raised in 2008. This includes all electronic contributions and some donations that were generated by high-dollar fundraisers but were logged through the website.
If only fundraising generated through e-mail, social media, mobile and website efforts are counted, the 2012 campaign raised $504 million, more than the $403 million in 2008.
A majority of the digital donations came in the final months of the presidential race. And as a result of the peak in excitement during the presidential debates, October 2012 digital fundraising increased on a month-over-month basis, rather than decreasing like it did in 2008.
More than 4.4 million people gave in support of Obama’s re-election campaign, up from 3.95 million in 2008, and the success contradicts the doubts some had about the campaign’s ability to replicate excitement from the first time around. Visit Time Magazine to continue reading…
Padma Lakshmi was quite taken by Wendy Williams‘ breasts…
“Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi stopped by “The Wendy Williams Show” last Friday afternoon, and Padma greeted Wendy with a very tender embrace.
“That was quite the hug!” Wendy remarked after the greeting.
“I know. I’ve been lusting after your chest for so long, and I could not resist the temptation to motorboat you. It felt great,” Padma joked.
Padma echoed her praise for Williams’ bosom on Twitter:But even after all the flattery, Wendy couldn’t let the interview pass without breaking out an embarrassing picture of Padma wearing a spandex jumpsuit in “Glitter.”
Padma wasn’t pleased. “That picture was hideous, because it’s borderline camel-toe,” she confessed. Via HuffingtonPost.
Watch a clip of Padma Lakshsmi’s appearance on the Wendy Williams’ Show below:
X-Fashion USA fashion: Khloe Kardashian…
Not only is Khloe Kardashian a reality star, but she is also the new host of the X-Factor USA. Even though the new season just started a few days ago, she has wowed viewers with her fashion. On the last episode of the X-Factor USA, she wore a Chelsea Flower Printed Deep V Blouse with a Mara Hoffman High Waist Pencil Skirt, and Jimmy Choo Pumps looking stunning as a fashionista ought to. Via FashionBomb.
The Kardashian sisters take over London…
She is making the most of her trip to London and it seems only the best will do for Kim Kardashian. The reality star took her clan out for a fancy meal in the upmarket district of Mayfair on Friday.
She was accompanied by her beau Kanye West as they treated themselves to a well earned feast at posh eatery Hakkasan.
Reality television personality Kim, 32, looked as fashionable as ever in a black velvet jumpsuit, which had a plunging neckline that Kanye surely approved of. Her little sister Khloe, fresh from her critically acclaimed turn as a presenter on X Factor USA, chose to cover up, no doubt because of the chilly November weather.
The holy Kardashian trinity was completed by Kourtney, who wore a trendy pant suit. She had obviously coordinated her outfit with her dishy partner Scott Disick, as he looked even suaver than usual in a suit, open-necked shirt and long woolen jacket.
And while everyone seemed to have enjoyed themselves at the high class Chinese restaurant, it seemed that Kim and Kanye were looking forward to quality couple’s time after they left.Via DailyMail.
Mayfair lady: Kanye West smiled as he escorted klassy Kim Kardashian and sister Khloe to a restaurant in London on FridayThe apple of my eye: It’s hardly a surprise Kanye couldn’t stop staring at Kim in her arresting ensembleDynamic duo: The reality television favorites were bringing their unique brand of glamour to EnglandKanye-approved: The rapper no doubt loved the plunging neckline on her black velvet jumpsuit Showing off her assets: Kim was out in front in the fashion stakes thanks to her daring wardrobe choiceSuave: Scott Disick looked as handsome as ever in his business attire while Kourtney wore a pant suitIn a rush: Excited Kim could not wait to get into her waiting vehicle and on to their next destinationAlone time: The pair left the others to enjoy some quality couple’s time after dinnerFancy seeing you here: Donatella Versace just so happened to be staying at the same hotel as the famous family
Jessica Ennis: “I’m worried about my muscles make me look masculine”…
Jessica Ennis became the poster girl of the Olympics and her toned body earned her a legion of male admirers. But the gold-medal winning heptathlete reveals she worries that her muscles make her look masculine.
In fact, she thinks her arms look ‘butch’ and, away from the track, often covers them up. Last night was no exception as she chose a sheer cream blouse with long sleeves for her appearance at a Christmas concert.
Miss Ennis, 26, a picture of understated glamour, joined boy band The Wanted and X factor semi-finalist Misha B for a charity concert to celebrate the Christmas lights switch-on at Meadowhall, in her home city of Sheffield.
She has kept a low profile since winning gold for the heptathlon in spectacular style in August, but made a rare public appearance to attend the charity concert and sign copies of her autobiography, Unbelievable: From My Childhood Dreams to Winning Olympic Gold.
In it, she admits she has body hang-ups like many other women. She says: ‘I don’t look in the mirror and think, Oh God yeah. I don’t think I’m anything special.’
She admits she avoided weight training when she began competing because ‘I felt big muscles were unattractive and none of my friends at school had them’.
‘As a teenage girl I was more self-conscious,’ she said. ‘I would not wear certain things and, to some extent, I am the same now and will usually cover my arms. I look at myself in the mirror and think I am a bit butch, but you get to a point where you finally understand that looks do not matter so much.’
Despite her concerns, she has posed for a number of risqué photo shoots, including one in lacy black underwear. She said: ‘I did some sexier shots for GQ magazine wearing some hot pants and pouting. I would never do topless or nude pictures or even be body-painted. That is where I draw the line.’ Via DailyMail.
Skin deep: The heptathlete confesses she was more self-conscious as a teenager but now understands that ‘looks do not matter so much.’Frank talk: Jessica Ennis made the confessions in her autobiography, in which she also admitted that the nickname, Tadpole, given to her by Kelly Sotherton bothered her
Judge rules: Halle Berry won’t be able to take Nahla to France!
Halle Berry has lost her fight to move daughter Nahla to France, it has been reported. Halle and Nahla’s father Gabriel Aubry attended court on Friday where the judge made the ruling that the four-year-old will stay in the US, according to TMZ.
The star, 46, looked sombre as she left the courtroom in an all-black outfit and stepped into her car, approximately 20 minutes after Gabriel. The former couple have been embroiled in a custody battle over Nahla for several months. The Monster’s Ball actress wanted to move the youngster to Paris to live with her and her Frenchman fiance Olivier Martinez.
Halle was arguing that Los Angeles was not the ideal place for her daughter to grow up, due to the glare of the paparazzi. She has insisted that it was not an attempt to keep Nahla’s biological father away from her.
But Gabriel was arguing that having his daughter live thousands of miles away would render it extremely difficult for him to remain a part of her life.
Halle spoke out about the situation in a recent interview, where she claimed the move would be in Nahla’s best interests:
‘It’s the appeal of privacy and a greater sense of safety for Nahla,’ she told InStyle magazine. ‘Because we are followed all the time, she is starting to feel like she is somehow special, and of course she is, but I want her to understand that she’s special because of who she is, not because she was born into this celebrity blender.’
Halle also made a rare comment about her custody battle with Gabriel: ‘There is turbulence, but this too shall pass,’ she said.
Halle and Gabriel split in April 2010 after more than four years of dating, and she soon began a relationship with actor Olivier. They confirmed their engagement in March.
Sombre: Halle Berry was seen looking sullen as she headed home on Friday after a judge reportedly ruled she is not allowed to move daughter Nahla to FranceIn no mood: The Monster’s Ball star was in no mood to be photographed as she was driven away by a friendLost fight: Halle looked embattled as she left the hearing via the grey vehicleLong time coming: Halle and Nahla’s father Gabriel Aubry have been embroiled in a custody battle for monthsDoting father: Gabriel was retaliating by stating that it would be hard to be a part of the four-year-old’s life if she lived thousands of miles awayVictory lap: Gabriel was seen driving away from the courthouse approximately 20 minutes before Halle emergedUprooting: Halle was hoping to move to France with Nahla to live with her Frenchman fiance Olivier Martinez, who she is seen with at the Cloud Atlas premiere on October 24
Vin Diesel and daughter enjoy beach vacation…
He’s the hard man of the silver screen but multiracial Vin Diesel is no match for his little girl, four-year-old Hania Riley. Talk about a big softie, Vin was spotted giggling and playing games on a tropical beach in the Canary Islands recently.
Scooping up his little girl in his big arms, the 45-year-old couldn’t have looked less like his bad boy character from The Fast And The Furious franchises. Frolicking in a little floral two piece, Hania, who’s racially diverse, ran rings around Vin – whose real name is Mark Sinclair Vincent – with the doting dad struggling to keep up with the four-year-old.
The little girl even proved that the apple doesn’t fall from the tree, doing some beach push ups to get strong just like her action hero father.
With filming for the sixth installment of the high powered car action flicks already underway, Vin made sure to get a few push ups and fitness moves in too, showing off his renowned ripped physic.
Content to watch for the sidelines was Hania’s stunning mother, Paloma Jimenez. The Mexican model showed off her curves in a simple white bandeau bikini and shaded herself from the tropical sun with a matching white fedora.
Vin and Paloma have been dating since 2007, and while the action star prefers not to talk about his love life, he has gushed about their daughter.
‘It’s like you have a child and you think, “Everything that I’ve done up until this point is insignificant in comparison to being a father.” It’s a beautiful, beautiful thing,’he told Parade Magazine.
Too fast and too cute: Vin Diesel chased after his daughter Hania while on holiday in the Canary IslandsMaking a splash: The pair played around on the foreshoreJust like daddy: Vin’s daughter shows off her action movesSome new moves: Hania shows her dad some cool new action posesBreak time: Vin and his girlfriend take some time off from the beach to grab some lunch with another familyThe slow lane: it certainly isn’t his usual model of transportation but Vin grabs a lift with a golf buggy around the Canary Islands resort
Oh no! Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber break up!
They seemed like the perfect couple. But it has been reported Justin Bieber has split from girlfriend Selena Gomez. It comes after Justin was apparently seen ‘chatting up’ models backstage at the Victoria’s Secret show on Wednesday.
The Canadian singer was seen taking 19-year-old Hungarian fashion model Barbara Palvin to see The Lion King on Broadway. And it seems this could have been the straw that broke the camel’s back, as E! Online are reporting the couple have gone their separate ways.
According to a source they broke up about a week ago, last being spotted together on October 20. An insider said: ‘Because of their crazy schedules, it was getting harder and harder to maintain a relationship.’
Amongst claims they split last week, Selena angrily posted a picture on her Twitter page showing Justin with his rumoured new squeeze in the background on Thursday. The text the 20-year-old posted alongside it was a mysterious, ‘…’
To add even more spice to the story, it has emerged the fashion model criticised the Wizards of Waverly Place actress earlier this year.
In a webchat 11 months ago she offered to sing her fans a song of their choice, but added: ‘I don’t like Selena Gomez by the way…’ But it seems she was trying to trying to take back the insult, as when fans tweeted her about the video, she told them: ‘I do like her as an actress! she is talented!:) I did that Ustream a year ago. Just forget it.:).’ Visit DailyMail to continue reading…
New friend: After reportedly ‘trying to chat up’ multiple models at the Victoria’s Secret show he ended up taking Barbara Palvin to see the Lion KingGame face: Justin didn’t look like he was suffering from heartbreak as he performed in concert in New York on FridayNearing the end: Justin and Selena did not look very close when he visited her on set on August 29Telling tweet: Selena added fuel to the fire when she tweeted this photo of Justin with Barbara in the backgroundMoving on? Selena got tongues wagging when she posted this picture of her and co-star Gregg SulkinOver: Justin and Selena, pictured in April, apparently broke up due to their conflicting schedules
Hotel Noir screening: Iman looks extremely youthful. How does she turn back the hands of time?
She once served as muse to designers Halston, Gianni Versace, Calvin Klein, and Yves Saint-Laurent. And Somali supermodel proved she still looks positively flawless while attending a screening of the film Hotel Noir at Crosby Street Hotel in Manhattan.
The thrice-married mother-of-two often upstages women half her age at red carpet events, and Friday was no different. The gorgeous cosmetics mogul easily defied her 57 years in a chic all-black ensemble – ruched top, fur coat, tiny purse, and tailored pants.
With her glowing complexion, smoky eyes, and glossy lips, Iman looked runway ready as her long blonde locks cascaded around her shoulders.
Not seen today was the statuesque beauty’s husband of 21 years, English rock star David Bowie. The longtime, stylish couple share a £4 million loft apartment in the trendy SoHo district with their 12-year-old daughter Alexandria.
The 65-year-old Englishman has become increasingly reclusive, having not written a song in almost a decade and not publicly performed in six years.
Iman has said: ‘I am not married to David Bowie — I am married to David Jones. They are two totally different people.’
The successful entrepreneur was attending a screening of Hotel Noir, which is a film noir set in 1958 about a detective who encounters various hotel guests while awaiting assassins after him.
The crime-drama stars Malin Akerman, Rufus Sewell, Mandy Moore, Rosario Dawson, Carla Gugino, Danny DeVito, Robert Forster, and Kevin Connolly. Visit DailyMail to continue reading…
Hot at 57! Somali supermodel proved she still looks positively flawless while attending a screening of the film Hotel Noir at Crosby Street Hotel in ManhattanFlawless: With her glowing complexion, smoky eyes, and glossy lips, Iman looked runway ready as her long blonde locks cascaded around her shouldersPeriod film: Hotel Noir is a film noir set in 1958 about a detective who encounters various hotel guests while awaiting assassins after himFemme fatale: Watchmen star Malin Akerman fixes her stocking in Hotel NoirSitting pretty: Rosario Dawson plays one of the hotel guests Rufus Sewell encounters as the detective in the crime-dramaBoozy detective: Sewell and co-star Carla Gugino drink in their scene together in Hotel NoirStylish co-stars: Hotel Noir cast-members Rufus and Carla both posed together on the film event’s red carpet
Revealed: Mick Jagger’s love letters to Marsha Hunt…
Handwritten letters from Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger to his former lover Marsha Hunt will be auctioned in London next month. Hunt is an American-born singer who was the inspiration for the Stones’ 1971 hit “Brown Sugar” and bore Jagger’s first child.
Sotheby’s said Saturday that Hunt has tasked the auction house with selling 10 letters written from the set of Jagger’s film “Ned Kelly,” which was shooting in Australia.
Hunt said the letters chronicling their “delicate love affair” and secret history touch on subjects such as the first moon landing and John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
“When a serious historian finally examines how and why Britain’s boy bands affected international culture and politics, this well-preserved collection of Mick Jagger’s hand written letters will be a revelation,” she said in a statement distributed by the auction house.
Sotheby’s books specialist Gabriel Heaton said the letters sent in the summer of 1969 show a “poetic and self-aware” 25-year-old Jagger.
“They provide a rare glimpse of Jagger that is very different from his public persona: passionate but self-contained, lyrical but with a strong sense of irony,” Heaton said.
Sotheby’s said the collection, which includes song lyrics and a Rolling Stones playlist, is expected to fetch between 70,000 and 100,000 pounds ($111,300 and $159,000) and will go under the hammer on December 12. Via theGrio.
Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks donates to the victims of Hurricane Sandy…
Carmelo Anthony saw the despair and devastation around his city in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and wanted to help. So the New York Knicks’ star took a break from basketball Thursday and went back to the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, one of many areas hit hard by last week’s hurricane, to hand out boxes of food and housing supplies to those in need.
“I wanted to step up to the forefront,” Anthony said to a small group of reporters on the scene. “We all know what Sandy did to our city, especially to Brooklyn, and to Red Hook, with us being right here on the water. It hit us pretty bad, so I feel like I’m the face of Red Hook and I wanted to come back and give back to the place I grew up.”
In conjunction with the Carmelo Anthony Foundation, Feed the Children and Metro Ministries, Anthony delivered 500 boxes filled with food and cleaning supplies to a housing project on Columbia Avenue, a block away from where he lived as a child in Red Hook.
Some residents of the surrounding projects say they have been without electricity or heat since the storm hit last Sunday.
“Sometimes it feels like we’re the forgotten borough, the forgotten neighborhood,” said Red Hook resident Vanessa Bernard, who has been without power since last Sunday. “This is uplifting. Some families don’t have much at all, and it’s really difficult. Anything helps, and to do this is uplifting.”
Carmelo Anthony is the Knicks’ biggest star. He’s also one of the all-time greats. “We just wanted to provide a temporary relief,” Justice Anthony, Carmelo’s brother, said.
That’s what Carmelo Anthony and the foundations did for Vincent Perez. Perez had been unable to get to work due to the transportation system closures after the storm. He said he was running out of food and was concerned Thursday about from where his next meal would come:
“This a blessing because I have nothing,” he said after receiving a box of food and housing supplies from Carmelo Anthony. “I have no power, no heat and I was running out of clean clothes. This is a great relief.”
To Carmelo Anthony, it was a “no-brainer” to return to the community he grew up in and deliver goods to families affected by Sandy.
“I’m one of them, I was once one of them,” he said. “I grew up running around with a lot of the older guys as a little kid, so for me to come back and to help and give out house supplies and things like that, that’s the least I can do, especially at a time like this.” Via ESPN
Carmelo Anthony off-loading boxes of food and cleaning suppliesA smile goes a long way: the NY Knicks star not only gave Red Hook residents hope, he also offered a smileBusy at work: the Basketball star helped to distribute the boxesResidents are happy about the help that came their way
Dr. Dre launches new ‘Beats by Dre’ campaign in London…
Last week Friday, Dr. Dre, the rap superstar in company of his wife Nicole Threatt enjoyed a private party to celebrate the launch of Dr. Dre’s Solo headphones.
His latest discovery LA rapper Kendrick Lamar, DJ Shortee Blitz, Rizzle Kicks,Fazer and Grimshaw joined partygoers on the dance floor, as everyone strained to get a glimpse of the rarely seen producer.
Radio 1 Breakfast Show DJ Nick Grimshaw’s and partygoers drank cocktails made by Ciroc Ultra-Premium Vodka as DJ Shortee Blitz got the crowd going with a lively set.
Nick was determined not to miss out on meeting one of his music idols, so his pre-party prep included a much needed nap so he could enjoy the night at the super-producer’s private party to celebrate the launch of his new range of headphones.
Millionaire rap star Dr. Dre made a rare visit to the UK with wife Nicole Threatt to promote his Beats by Dr. Dre headphones in London, and the new BBC Radio Breakfast Host made sure he was well-prepped for a big night out at The Rose Club, in London’s West End.
Nick told a source: ‘Not many people make me starstruck, but I’m completely in awe of Dre! ‘I’ve napped all afternoon after the breakfast show, so I can now have a late one and really enjoy the night.’
In homage to Dr. Dre, a number of old school hits were blared out, and upon Dre’s arrival, the dancing stopped as guests strained to see the hip-hop legend. Visit DailyMail to continue reading…
Beats by Dre: the owners of the brand as they step into the London clubSupportive: Nicole Threatt supports ‘Beats by Dre’ in billboard campaignLove is in the air: Nicole with Dr Dre at the Rose Club, in London on FridaySleepy head: Nick Grimshaw took a power nap to prepare for his meeting with Dr Dre at the Rose Club, in London on FridayReady to rock: Kendrick Lamar was with Dr Dre at the party and he also took to the stage and performedBack on the scene: Former professional footballer Fabrice Muamba also attended the party which was held to launch Dr Dre’s new Beats headphones
X-Factor UK fashion face-off: Tulisa Contostavlos vs. Nicole Scherzinger…
Tulisa Contostavlos and Nicole Scherzinger‘s style choices have been a hot topic of conversation amongst X Factor fans. But on Saturday night, the former N-Dubz singer, 24, threw something different into the mix with her bob-style haircut.
However, it appeared the North Londoner hadn’t gone for the chop – she had simply tucked her long hair out of sight, give the impression of having a shorter do.
Tulisa’s short ‘do perfectly complemented her 1920s-esque shimmering Temperley London floor-length gown. She teamed the show-stopping gown with a pair of black Kurt Geiger heels and Folli Follie earrings.
Meanwhile, American singer Nicole, 34, was going for a more androgynous look in white Jean-Pierre Braganza suit. And she made sure we saw her bronze Charlotte Olympia heels when she climbed onto the judges’ table during her enthusiastic feedback for her act Rylan Clark.
The women’s very different style choices came after Tulisa appeared to be catching up with Nicole when it came to her X Factor outfits on last weekend’s shows. Recently, fellow judge Louis Walsh claimed Nicole was winning the fashion wars and urged Tulisa to ‘up her game’.
He said: ‘I think Nicole gets it right nearly all the time. Tulisa has had to up her game. ‘Nicole and Tulisa have about six people each tending to their beauty and styling needs. I think Tulisa is probably turning into J.Lo.’ Via DailyMail.
New look: Tulisa’s long-haired was swept up and tucked under in a bob styleCalm down! Nicole showed off her gold heels as she climbed on the table after Rylan Clark’s performanceEnter the judges: Gary Barlow, Nicole, Tulisa and Louis Walsh enter the studio
The curse of Michael Jackson‘s millions…
In the late summer of 2001, Michael Jackson’s family were after him again. It was two days before his scheduled departure for New York, where his 30th Anniversary concerts were to be staged at Madison Square Garden.
Performers would include Destiny’s Child, Ray Charles and Whitney Houston, and friends Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando had been recruited to deliver televised speeches.
Michael wanted his family in New York as well; his brothers to perform a medley of hits from their days as the Jackson 5, while his parents sat in special box seats. The Jacksons insisted that they should receive appearance fees and it was agreed that family members would get honorariums of $250,000, even those who would just be there to watch the show.
Just days before the first concert, though, Jermaine Jackson read an article that said his brother would be making as much as $10 million from the two shows and convinced his parents that Michael should pay the three of them another $500,000 apiece.
Jermaine and his father Joe drew up a contract and, with mother Katherine in tow, chased Michael around California to try to get him to sign.
Michael took refuge for several days at the house of his friend Marc Schaffel, co-producer of the event, then made a dash north to Neverland Ranch. He and his two young children, four-year-old Prince and three-year-old Paris, had barely set foot inside the house when Joe, Katherine and Jermaine appeared at the gate.
Michael told the security guards to tell his family he wasn’t there. Joe Jackson, though, refused to budge. ‘I’m his father,’ Joe told the guards. ‘I need to use the bathroom. His mother needs to use the bathroom. Let us in.’
Frantic, Michael phoned Schaffel. If they got through the gate, his family would hound him to sign this contract, he explained. But he couldn’t keep his mother locked outside when she was pleading just to use the bathroom.
He told Schaffel he would instruct the guards to tell his family again that Mr Jackson was not on the premises, but to admit them so that they could use the facilities.
But as soon as Joe and Jermaine were through the gate, they drove to the main house and pushed their way inside. ‘They literally ransacked the place,’ Schaffel remembered.
Michael retreated with Prince and Paris to a hiding place concealed behind a secret door at the back of his bedroom closet and phoned Schaffel from there. He was in tears, literally whimpering into the phone.
Michael told the security guards to tell his family he wasn’t there. Joe Jackson, though, refused to budge. ‘I’m his father,’ Joe told the guards. ‘I need to use the bathroom. His mother needs to use the bathroom. Let us in.’ Visit DailyMail to continue reading…
Pride and joy: Michael Jackson, pictured with his two oldest children Prince and Paris in 2001, was used by his family for money, something which continued after his deathSisterly love: Michael Jackson, with sisters and Janet, right, and LaToya who allegedly ransacked his home for cash and valuablesGuardian: The three Jackson children with their grandmother Katherine who has been giving money she received from her son to other members of the familyReunited: His brothers, including Jermaine, left, hounded Michael over fees for appearing at the King of Pop’s 30th Anniversary shows in 2001Golden boy: It became clear early in their career that Michael was the one in The Jackson Five (left to right: Tito, Marlon, Jackie, Michael and Jermaine) who had true talentMoneygrabbing: LaToya, pictured with Paris, and her boyfriend allegedly drove to Michael Jackson’s house after his death and stuffed binbags with cashLegend lost: Michael Jackson left his billion dollar estate to his children, but members of his family are still trying to get their hand on the moneyCaught up: Michael Jackson’s three children Blanket, Paris and Prince Michael have had a difficult relationship with their aunts and uncles since the death of their father
Blossoming love: Cheryl Cole to spend Christmas with American boyfriend Tre Holloway…
Things are looking up in the love department for Cheryl Cole. The Girls Aloud star has been dating American dancer Tre Holloway, 27, for six months, and the pair will now reportedly spend their first Christmas together.
Cheryl, 29, is said to have been invited by her new love to spend Christmas with him and his family in the States, which she has accepted with delight.
The Sunday Mirror reports that Cheryl will take the opportunity to meet Tre’s parents and take a more serious step into their relationship.
A friend of the singer told the newspaper: ‘Christmas is a big deal to Cheryl and she always takes time off to just relax with her family and chill out.’ ‘She is looking forward to being able to spend time with Tre and meet his family.’
According to reports, Tre is equally thrilled to spend the holidays with his British girlfriend and can’t wait to show her off to his family and friends. It is said that Cheryl has already introduced her new boyfriend to her family during a party for her brother Garry in Hollywood recently.
And her family is delighted to see that she has found love again after her tumultuous marriage to Ashley Cole. Meanwhile, sources say that the singer is now desperate to keep the details of her new love under wraps. Visit DailyMail to continue reading…
Holiday romance: Cheryl Cole is said to spend this Christmas with her boyfriend Tre Holloway and his family in the StatesSupportive friend: Cheryl attended Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday night to support her band mate Kimberley Walsh
Shoe Lust: ALDO Rise’s Fall 2012 Collection…
The temperatures on the east coast have dropped, but that doesn’t mean fashion has to go away. ALDO has just what the shoe doctor ordered with its latest Rise collection for Fall 2012, featuring eye-catching designs from Patrik Ervell and Preen.
Styles in the collection retail for $180 – $195, so treat yourself to a pair for a little holiday splurge. Visit www.aldoshoes.com to start shopping and visit FashionBombDaily to view the full collectiong…
Congrats! Lolo Jones wins silver medal in World Cup bobsled…
Olympic track & field athlete Lori “Lolo” Jones made more headlines for being celibate until marriage than for her performance at the 2012 London Olympics. While she missed her shot at winning the 100-meter hurdles, her decision to join the USA bobsled team turned things around.
Last week Friday, Jones and her teammate Jazmine Fenlator took home the silver medal at the World Cup in Lake Placid, N.Y., in the two-woman bobsled. The two beat out fellow Olympian and 4×100-meter relay gold medalist Tianna Madison by .01 seconds. This was the first bobsledding competition for both runners.
“I’m kind of in shock,” Jones told ESPN. “I’m so used to just so relying on myself. I’ve never experienced this level of having a team before.”
Basketball wife Laura Govan to Kontrol Magazine: “I’m not perfect!”
“If I make a mistake or I feel like I have bad judgment then I try to go back and correct it.”
The topic of friends, of course, brought up Jackie: “I don’t think she’s a backstabber. I just think that she’s kooky in all the ways of just being crazy. That’s just who she is. I think when people see her they say ‘hi’ and ‘bye.’ From what I assume, that’s it. I really made a friend in Imani and Malaysia this past season. I would say that’s about it.”
Check out more of Laura in the Objects of Desire issue of Kontrol out this month. Also view a clip of the behind-the-scenes of the interview below:
Tulisa Contostavlos sparks controversy over smoking backstage at X-Factor studio…
Gary Barlow shocked fans when he claimed she had ‘fag ash breath’. But now the Tulisa Contostavlos has sparked fresh controversy by enjoying cigarettes in her dressing room.
The 24-year-old singer has been smoking backstage on The X Factor show, breaking the 2006 Health Act which bans smoking at work. Brent council confirmed to MailOnline that they had received a complaint and sent a letter to warn show bosses that action would be taken should the studios be found to be breaking the legislation.
Bosses on the talent show have been sent a letter from the council warning that Tulisa is breaking the law.
A council spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘We have received a complaint and written to Fountain Studios to remind them of the Health Act and the seriousness of not complying with this legislation.’ ‘Where contraventions of smoke-free legislation are identified appropriate enforcement action will be taken.’
A source told the Sun: ‘Bosses aren’t happy that she’s causing trouble.’
Tulisa doesn’t hide the fact she smokes and after Gary’s rude comment at the end of last month, she was seen sporting a nicotine patch on her arm on the Sunday night show.
A spokesperson for the singer declined to comment on the story. On Sunday night’s X Factor show Tulisa was seen praising her winning act from the 2011 show after Little Mix returned to the stage to perform.
She enthused: ‘My little muffins are all grown up. You’re all grown up now. ‘This is why you won, you’re professional. you’re all on point and confident now.’
In hot water: Tulisa Contostavlos is said to have caused controversy after smoking backstage on the X FactorThat’s not very nice! Gary told Tulisa she had ‘fag ash breath’ on the show last monthWinning performance: Tulisa’s act from last year Little Mix took to the stage to perform their new track and the judge was pleased with her protégées
Cheryl Cole is fashionable in tight jeans at Radio 1 studios alongside group ‘Girls Aloud’…
They may be celebrating 10 years in the music industry with a hotly-anticipated comeback tour, single and album. But Girls Aloud proved they are more than happy to give their girl band counterparts a run for their money in the sexy stakes as they arrived at the BBC Radio 1 studios in central London on Monday morning.
Leading the way was Cheryl Cole, who showed off her incredible figure and toned body in a pair of skintight camouflage pants, which left little to the imagination. Balancing on towering lace-up heels, the 29-year-old singer teamed her military-inspired jeans with a black tuxedo jacket, a charcoal grey top and her brunette locks piled into a chic up-do.
Kimberley Walsh also injected a splash of sassiness to her casual ensemble, flaunting her toned legs in a pair of sexy black leather pants, which she teamed with a grey T-shirt and a charcoal jacket.
The ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ star certainly seemed to have moved on after landing in the bottom two of the BBC celebrity dancing show on Sunday night alongside Fern Britton, who was eliminated from the competition.
Kimberley was beaming from ear-to-ear and appeared to be excited about taking part in her first group interview since the band announced their hiatus three years ago.
Writing on her Twitter page, she said: ‘On our way to Radio 1!’
Nadine Coyle also opted for a touch of leather, looking effortlessly chic in a pair of wine-colored leather pants with bizarre cut-out detail at the knee, which she paired with matching stiletto heels and a black one-shoulder top. Visit DailyMail to continue reading…
Military chic: Cheryl Cole showed off her slim figure in a pair of skintight camouflage pants as she arrived at the BBC Radio 1 studios alongside her Girls Aloud bandmates on Monday morningA band of sisters: Nicola Roberts climbs out of the car behind fellow Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Cole as they arrive at the studioMeeting her soldiers: Cheryl delighted fans by posing for pictures and signing autographsQueen of hearts: Sarah takes time to meet her fans outside the radio station on Monday morning
Star quality: Cheryl looks every inch the star outside the BBC radio studios in London on ThursdayA new member: The quintet posed alongside Breakfast Show host Nick GrimshawShe’s still a pro: Sarah Harding still has no trouble striking a pose for her adoring fans 10 years after her band Girls Aloud formedHappy-go-lucky: Kimberley didn’t seem to have found being in the bottom two on Sunday night’s Strictly Come Dancing too upsetting as she beamed from ear-to-ear while entering the studiosEasy does it: Cheryl kept her eyes on the ground as she tottered away in her black lace up bootsSnap happy: The band pulled a series of comical faces as they posed in a photobooth alongside Nick GrimshawPeace and pout: Cheryl showed off her perfect pout as she posed alongside Nick in the booth
Pregnant Camila Alves visits husband Matthew McConaughey on set…
As Matthew McConaughey continues to shed the pounds for his latest film, his pregnant wife is doing the exact opposite. Pictured on Sunday as she arrived on the set of The Dallas Buyers Club in New Orleans, Camila McConaughey showed off her growing bump.
The 30-year-old, who is currently expecting her third child with McConaughey, looked pretty in pink as she escorted her children on set to be with their father. Wearing a baker boy hat, Camila allowed her brunette locks to fall at her shoulders as she enjoyed a make-up free day.
The Brazilian born model dressed for comfort in a pair of loose-fitted navy pants, a deep v-neck pink top which she teamed with a grey top. Completing her look, McConaughey wore a pair of jeweled flip flops with several gold bracelets and a leather hand bag.
Matthew and Camila’s mini-mes looked adorable as they patiently waited to be reunited with their superstar father. In a pair of cropped khaki shorts, a blue and red T-shirt and black trainers, Levi, five, proved to be the spit of Matthew. Keeping her ensemble girly, two-year-old Vida wore a flowing lilac top, denim shorts and grey hiking boots. Visit DailyMail to continue reading…
Pretty in pink: Camila showed off her growing bump in a V-neck top which she paired with navy running pantsTaking them to see their father: Camila headed onto location with her two children, Levi and VidaOn a mission: The 43-year-old actor arrived on set with a what appeared to be a script in his handShrinking star… Speaking about his role recently, Matthew said: ‘I’ll get down to the weight I need to get to’
Nicole Scherzinger jets to Los Angeles to attend grandmother’s funeral with Lewis Hamilton after she shed tears on X Factor…
Nicole Scherzinger was particularly emotional on Saturday night’s X Factor, but the reason behind her tears has been revealed.
The former Pussycat Doll’s grandmother had passed away on Saturday morning and some of the songs performed by contestants had brought back memories of the matriarch.
Nicole, 34, was joined by her boyfriend Lewis Hamilton, 27, who was accompanying her as the couple were seen arriving at the airport on Monday.
Viewers witnessed Nicole break down in tears after District 3 performed Eric Clapton’s emotional song Tears in Heaven.
As she wiped away tears from her eyes, she mentioned that the track was rather poignant for her but didn’t elaborate further.
A representative for Nicole told MailOnline: ‘Nicole had to return to the US to attend her grandmother’s funeral. Sadly, she passed away on Saturday morning. She did mention on the show that a couple of the songs were particularly poignant for her.’
Despite the sad news Lewis and Nicole looked relatively happy in each others company as they hid their eyes behind sunglasses. Nicole only has a few days before she’s due back on screens for the next X Factor contest but she appears to be making the most of her days off from the live program by spending it with Lewis this week.
The racing driver has a break in his own hectic schedule ahead of his next Grand Prix in the States next weekend. The pair coordinated in complimenting ensembles as they stepped out holding hands in dark outfits. Nicole looked chic in skinny jeans and a coat with a floppy hat on her head, while she wore large sunglasses over her eyes.
She completed her look with her glossy long locks worn down and black shoes on her feet. Lewis, meanwhile, also went for a dark get-up as he headed out in baggy jeans and a stripey T-shirt with a beanie hat and his own sunglasses on.
But although she only has a few days to spare Nicole was loaded up with bags as she left her London hotel and made her way to her plane. And Hamilton played the protective partner as he lead the way holding his girlfriend’s hand. Via DailyMail.
Comforting company: Nicole Scherzinger was accompanied by Lewis Hamilton as she flew to Los Angeles for her grandmother’s funeralRemember the times: Nicole was moved to tears after hearing District 3 perform Tears In Heaven by Eric ClaptonEmotional night: The former Pussycat Doll mentioned that some of the songs were a little poignant to herThe look of love: The X Factor judge is enjoying her down time from the show by flying out of London with her Formula 1 ace beauRare smile: Even Lewis dropped his usually stern exterior to show his delight at their mini-break togetherTime off: The pair wore coordinating dark ensembles for the trip as they walked through the airport hand-in-handHats off: Nicole has been busy concentrating on judging duties while Lewis is almost finished this year’s Grand Prix seasonReunited: The couple put on a show of unity as they’re spotted in public together for the first time in a whileLoaded up: The pair looked like they’d packed for a while despite Nicole being due back on The X Factor on SaturdayIn unison: They couldn’t hide their delight as they casually strolled through to get their flightHoliday time: Hamilton has been busy travelling the world during his various Grand Prix races but was back in London with his lady this weekendMake sure it doesn’t fly off! The former Pussycat Doll kept held of her hat as Lewis pulled their luggage alongQuality time: They looked like they couldn’t wait to get on their flight ahead of Hamilton’s US Grand Prix at the weekendShe’ll be back! Nicole is taking a break from mentoring her acts Rylan Clark and James Arthur, who she is pictured here with on Sunday
Spotted: Khloe Kardashian and her oversized $20,000 red designer Birkin at LAX …
She was just returning from a quick trip to promote a new Kardashian high street clothing collection in the UK. But it was Khloe Kardashian’s rather pricey bag by another more established designer which caught the eye as she jetted into LAX on Sunday.
The 28-year-old reality show star brandished her expensive bright red Hermes Birkin bag in front of her as she strolled through the Los Angeles terminal. The bag, said to be worth in the region of $20,000, took the attention away from Khloe’s over-the-knee black boots, matching leggings and wrap cardigan.
A leopard print scarf completed the look, while Khloe also sported sunglasses to stay incognito at the airport. Khloe was clearly pleased to be back in her home town to be reunited with husband Lamar Odom.
She tweeted: ‘Finally in the car heading home to my hubby!!!! No better feeling then being home.’
Earlier she had expressed her delight at the amount of fans who turned out to see the sisters at the launch of the clothing line at Westfield Shopping Centre, West London.
‘Feeling a little jet lagged but I head back home tomorrow,’ she wrote on Saturday. ‘My 1st trip 2 London was phenomenal! Thank you to everyone who made it memorable. Quick trip but so worth it!! Love you London.’Visit DailyMail to continue reading…
Big red bag: Khloe Kardashian toted a huge bright red designer Birkin bag worth in the region of $20,000 at LAX airport on Sunday Perfect pout: Khloe wore sunglasses and pretty pink lipstick as she strolled through the terminal Best foot forward: Khloe joined sisters Kim and Kourtney in London on Saturday to promote their new line of clothing Kardashian hysteria: Kourtney, Kim and Khloe arrived at Westfield Shopping Centre in West London on Saturday dressed in items of clothing from their new Dorothy Perkins collection
Congrats! James Blake gets married to Emily Snider! Another KolorBlind wedding!!!
He is used to services of a far different kind. But tennis ace James Blake has tied the knot to his sweetheart Emily Snider in a fairytale beach ceremony in California. The former world number four took advantage of the season coming to a close by making an honest woman of his publicist fiancée.
They got hitched in a beautiful ceremony on a beach overlooking the ocean in Del Mar on Friday night.
James, 32 who is of African-American and British Caucasian descent, looked delighted when he saw his beautiful bride, who wore a stunning Ines DiSanto gown, made her grand entrance. According to People, the Florida-based New Yorker, who donned a Hugo Boss suit, wed his long time love in front of the L’Auberge Del Mar Hotel.
The couple’s five-month-old daughter, Riley was there for the big day, and walked down the aisle with the bride’s mother, Kathy Snider
A source said: ‘Emily looked absolutely smashing and James was getting plenty of backhanded compliments too.’
A host of sports stars were at the ceremony, including his tennis friends Andy Roddick Mardy Fish, Robby Ginepri and John Isner, as well as New York Yankee Nick Swisher.
But the wedding party was a strictly family affair, with the groom’s brother Thomas Blake serving as best man and the bride’s brother Jason Snider standing beside Emily. The ring bearer was Snider’s nephew Frank, 3, who looked as cute a as button in his outfit.
But there was some extra celebrity sizzle saved for afterwards, as ESPN analyst and former NFL player Marcellus Wiley served as the DJ. It was the perfect way for James to end a disappointing 2012 season on a high.
He suffered suffer first round losses at Wimbledon and the French Open, a third round loss at the US Open and did not even take part at the Australian Open. Via DailyMail.
Fairytale service: James Blake has married his sweetheart Emily Snider in a beautiful beach ceremony in CaliforniaBackhanded compliments: James was getting lathered with praise after donning a Hugo Boss suit for his nuptials
Demure Coco tries to cover her curves for a stint as a TV weather girl on reality show…
Coco Austin is famous for being married to rapper Ice T, being a top reality star and regularly showing off her ample curves in a series of revealing ensembles. But the busty blonde star looked positively demure on Sunday’s instalment of show Ice Loves Coco as she tried her hand at being a weather girl.
The 33-year-old glamour model sported a leopardskin jacket over a black top for her stint on Good Day New York where she read the national weather forecast.
However, there was no disguising her infamous ample curves as she took viewers through the forecast. The normally confident reality show star looked a little nervous at the prospect of her weather report, and fumbled a few lines before getting through.
According to her publicist Soulgee, Coco has ‘always wanted to read the weather,’ and the show saw her getting a few lessons in front of a green screen before appearing in front of the cameras.
The blonde star seemed to find the whole thing hilarious, earlier tweeting: ‘Another new IceLovesCoco is on tonight at 10pm est on E! See me become a weather girl & also talk about freezin my eggs. Funny episode.’
But events in the show didn’t always run smoothly, with Coco deciding to consult a doctor about the egg freezing process. Ice T joked his wife could become the new Octomom, but nevertheless joined her at the doctor’ office for the consultation.
However, Coco was a little disturbed at seeing exactly how the procedure would work, and decided she would let things happen naturally instead. Ice T, real name Tracy Marrow, already has two children from previous relationships – a daughter LeTesha and son Ice Tracy Marrow.
Coco, who has no children, has been married to the rapper and actor for 11 years. Via DailyMail.
Bring me sunshine: Coco Austin became a weather girl on the latest episode of Ice Loves CocoNervous: The star fumbled a few of her lines, but ultimately got through her forecast for Good Day New York Bringing some sunshine: Despite Coco’s more demure outfit, there was no hiding her ample curvesAn ambition fulfilled: Coco has long wanted to read the weather, according to her publicist, who also appears on the show A lesson learned: Coco is taken through the process in the TV control room Practice makes perfect: Coco is taken through her paces before going live on air Consultation: Ice T joined Coco in the doctor’s office as she found out about freezing her eggsA little too much: Coco ultimately decides against the procedure
Naomi Campbell joins Lady Gaga, Sarah Jessica-Parker and other celebrities as they are morphed into Disney characters for Barneys new Christmas windows…
Barneys fashion force has teamed up with Disney’s animation know-how to create a highly entertaining fantasy film for its holiday windows. The animated short called Electric Holiday, to be shown at Barneys’ Madison Avenue store in New York, features Minnie Mouse staring longingly at a Lanvin dress, before she is transported to a fashion show with some of the fashion industry’s very real favorite characters.
Front-row favourite Sarah Jessica Parker, model Naomi Campbell, music icon Lady Gaga and Vogue’s Anna Dello Russo are just a few faces that were given Disney’s animated treatment. Balenciaga’s Nicolas Ghesquière, Carine Roitfeld, Cathy Horyn, Bryanboy and Lanvin’s designer Alber Elbaz also agreed to participate.
WWD called the concept, which was a year in the making, ‘kitschy, clever and absolutely adorable.’ Mark Lee, Barneys CEO explained: ‘Disney came up on a very short list of dreams – thinking about if we could do anything, what would we do?
‘They represent magic and Barneys New York holiday needs to be part magic and part surprise.’
Luis Fernandez, senior vice president of creative for Disney Consumer Products, added: ‘We thought, “A huge force in fashion and a huge force in animation. What better than for these two companies to get together and do something for the holidays?”‘
Once on board, both teams brainstormed their dream narratives, and a wish list of fashion personalities. WWD commented on Anna Wintour’s palpable absence, writing: ‘Noticeably absent is one top American editor, but otherwise Lee said cooperation was forthcoming.’ Via DailyMail.
Front row fashionistas: Fashion blogger Bryanboy, The Herald Tribune’s Suzy Menkes and Lady Gaga watch a Disney-fied Lanvin fashion showDisney features: Vogue Paris editor-in-chief Emmanuelle Alt, Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani, and Sarah Jessica Parker watch from the front rowBarneys fierce four: Cathy Horyn, Daphne Guinness, Carine Roitfeld and Naomi Campbell front rowFashion how-to: Balenciaga’s Nicolas Ghesquière preps Mickey Mouse
Wayne Brady, daughter Maile and cousins attend ‘Sofia The First’ premiere…
Wayne Brady and his bunch attended ‘Sofia The First: Once Upon a Princess’ premiere on November 10, 2012. Maile,9, looked like a princess in her black and white outfit with grey shoes. Wayne matched his daughter with a grey suit and black shirt.
Brady along with Ariel Winter are featured voices of two of the movie’s greatest characters. Whereas Ariel portrays Sofia, Brady is the voice of the wise talking rabbit named Clover who gives the young princess advice.
Sofia moves from commoner to royalty when her mother marries the king of Enchancia in one of Disneys hilarious yet thought-provoking films. Although she must endure arduous training and adjust to a new life in the spotlight, Sofia has friends Clover and Baileywick to help her along the way.
‘Sofia The First: Once Upon a Princess’ will make its public debut on November 18, 2012. Maile is Wayne and ex-wife Mandie Taketa’s only child together. Via BCK.
Rachel Crow joins Nickeldeon cast for holiday album…
Fourteen year old Rachel Crow is joining other Nickelodeon fun favorites (Big Time Rush, SpongeBob Square Pants, the cast of How To Rock and more) for the new holiday album, “Merry Nickmas.”
On the album, Rachel sings her rendition of “Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town,” which she will also perform during the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade.
The X Factor alumni tweeted her excited about the album saying: “Xmas is almost here! @NickelodeonTV’s #MerryNickmas album will get you into the holiday spirit! Hope you like my song!”
The album is available for digital download and in Wal-Mart stores on November 19th. Congrats to Rachel! Via BCK.
Connor Cruise DJs on Live! with Kelly & Michael and debuts his acting skills in ‘Red Dawn’…
When you’re trying to launch a new career in an industry as competitive as DJing it can be hard to land those illusive first gigs. But Connor Cruise seems to have no trouble – even Djing on Monday’s episode of Live! with Kelly and Michael. Of course it helps having famous parents, and Connor is obviously finding that being the son of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman opens doors.
It also makes life easier, with the 17-year-old posting pictures on his Twitter page of himself taking his father’s private jet to New York to appear on the TV show, then hopping back on board to fly home.
On the show Connor was hardly taxed, playing music to the studio audience during the advert breaks and exchanging the occasional smile or inane pleasantry with the hosts.
At one stage Kelly Ripa asked him whether he was coping with the early start.
‘I know!’ he replied. ‘Its definitely not my normal schedule. I’m normally up pretty late.’
But no matter what help he has received from his famous last name, Connor is certainly working hard on his career. Despite his tender age he has just returned from a European tour, where he played in London, Switzerland Germany. Connor, who the New York Post claims earns up to $10,000 a show, has for some time used the DJ name C-Squared.
Connor Cruise also recently debuted his acting skill in the movie remake of “Red Dawn.” The film centers around a group of young people, named the “Wolverines,” who must defend their town after it becomes occupied by invading enemy forces.
Connor, son of all-star actor Tom Cruise, plays one of the “Wolverine” soldiers who fights back against the captors. Rounding out the super cast are Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Via DailyMail.
“Red Dawn” hits theaters November 21st.
Check out the movie trailer below:
Opening doors: Connor Cruise DJs on Live with Kelly & Michael on Monday morningForging a career: The young DJ played music during the advert breaks, and exchanged a few pleasantries with the hostsEmbarrassing: Kelly Ripa shows off her best mom dancing movesMakes life easier: Connor posted this picture of himself on-board his father Tom’s private jet after the appearance on Kelly And MichaelThe only way to travel: Connor, who lives in Los Angeles, hopped onboard his father’s jet to commute to New York for the show
Actress Kristin Davis talks daughter Gemma Rose’ creativity…
Kristin Davis is all about the arts. From soap opera Melrose Place, to HBO hit series Sex & The City, to big-screen romantic-comedies like Couple’s Retreat to her recent Broadway debut in The Best Man, Davis has dedicated decades to performing. And it’s a career for which she’s thankful.
“I am so lucky that I get to even have a job that’s creative at all,” Davis told Celebuzz at the P.S. Arts Express Yourself event at Santa Monica Airport’s Barker Hanger on Sunday. “It’s such a rare and wonderful thing.”
If she weren’t in showbiz, where would Davis be?
“Oh, who knows?” she admitted. “I think I would just be very, very depressed if that weren’t the case, let’s put it that way. I don’t know exactly where or what I’d be doing, but I would not be happy.”
After hitting the silver screen in Journey 2: The Mysterious Island earlier this year, Davis stepped onto the Broadway stage in Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, acting opposite John Stamos and James Early Jones in the star-packed political drama, which wrapped in early September. During the play revival’s run, Davis did her best to balance work and mommy duty to daughter Gemma Rose.
“I get to spend the day with her and then do the show,” Davis told Broadway.com. “It’s a great schedule when you have a little kid. Gemma’s asleep most of the time I’m at the theater, so it works out.”
But during her waking hours, Gemma — who Davis welcomed via domestic adoption in 2011 — is taking a cue from her artistic mother.
“She’s a little young,” Davis said at the P.S. Arts event, describing her daughter as creative. “We’re very into chalk. The crayons kind of elude her at this point, but we’re working on it.”
Tia Mowry-Hardrict talks how c-section taught her motherhood…
In her first blog for iVillage, Tia & Tamera star Tia Mowry reflects on how having her 16-month-old son Cree via C-section made her feel like less of a woman — and the lesson it taught her about motherhood.
“Cree Taylor Hardrict has been the best gift that has ever been given to me,” Tia writes. “Since my little prince has come into this world, I now feel that I have a new meaning and purpose of life.”
The actress goes on to talk about her birth story.
“While pregnant with Cree, it was told to me many times that when a woman has a child, their life will have a new meaning,” she writes. “So, I am a mom now, I have given birth, I am woman — hear me ROAR, right?”
She adds: “Not so fast. Why didn’t I feel like the lioness everyone said I would feel like once I had given birth? Maybe it was due to the fact that I had a Caesarean, and I needed to explore this feeling more.”
“Cree was breeched for my last two months of pregnancy, and didn’t turn around. I tried everything from acupuncture to hanging upside down, to shinning lights near the va-jay-jay! Why didn’t he turn? I remember crossing my fingers after every check-up hoping that he would turn.”
Tia shares her feelings about letting go of her dreams of having a natural birth.
“You see, I always thought like many other women that if you gave birth the natural way, that’s what made you a woman,” she shares. “Giving birth the natural way was a passage every woman should take in order to experience what being a woman was all about. I mean, I meet women all the time who are making it happen with no epidural and no drugs, just by breathing and pushing — all natural.” Visit iVillage to continue reading…
Spotted: Amber Rose and friends out and about…
Amber Rose was spotted out with friends in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Saturday (November 10). They had just finished a meal at The Cheesecake Factory. The mom-to-be wore a tight fitting outfit that showed off her round bump.
On Sunday she Tweeted: “Woke up feeling sick this morning… 25 weeks and still nauseous – but it’s so worth it for my Lil Monkey Monk.”
The video vixen is expecting a baby boy with fiance rapper Wiz Khalifa. Via CelebBabyScoop.
Spotted: Garcelle Beauvais and twins Jaid and Jax out and about…
Actress Garcelle Beauvais spent the opening weekend of her new movie ‘Flight’, a movie in which she stars as director/actor Denzel’s Washington’s wife, with her twin sons Jax and Jaid in L.A.
They enjoyed food and treats at the local farmer’s market. The actress recently tweeted that her contract on the show ‘Franklin & Bash’ was not renewed. Good news however, as the movie ‘Flight’ came in at #3 at the box office this weekend. Via TheYBF.
Sandra Bullock enjoys time with Louis, brother in-law and bodyguard…
Those waiting for Sandra Bullock to find love again after her horrid break-up with ratfink biker Jesse James, will have to wait a little bit longer. Hopes were raised on Sunday when she stepped out with her gorgeous son Louis, two, her longterm bodyguard and a mystery man in New Orleans, where she has a home.
But the Oscar-winning actress, 48, doesn’t let any old man carry her precious boy so it was unsurprising to discover that the burly hunk giving Louis a ride on his shoulders is a family member. He’s Louis’s Uncle Raymond, Us Weekly is reporting – Raymond Prado to be exact – the husband of Bullock’s sister, Gesine.
Bullock has remained low-key since her discovery that James was cheating on her with several different women shattered their six year marriage. The only man in her life, and the main focus, is little Louis; and for Halloween his mama dressed up as Toy Story’s cowgirl Jessie to his ‘Buzz Lightyear’.
Sandra is currently enjoying some time off after filming her new comedy movie, The Heat, in Boston, Massachusetts. The film, from Bridesmaids and The Office director Paul Feig, follows FBI agent Bullock who teams up with police officer Melissa McCarthy to take down a Russian mobster.
While McCarthy has graced our screens for over a decade as ‘Sookie’ in ‘Gilmore Girls’, and the title character in Mike & Molly, it is her silver screen success with Bridesmaids which turned her into a household name. Visit DailyMail to continue reading…
Sandra and the chipmunks: Ms Bullock juggled a couple of cuddly toys as she walked through New Orleans with her bodyguard and a mystery man carrying son Louis on SundayWe are family: The group enjoyed a shopping trip in the historic city Family: Raymond with wife Gesine outside her shop Devoted mommy: Sandra carries a sleepy Louis home after his exciting Toy Story themed Halloween in Studio City, California
Heidi Klum looked casual at LAX after hosting MTV EMAs in Frankfurt, Germany…
She made an astounding six costume changes into a procession of revealing and sometimes crazy outfits the night before as she hosted the MTV Europe Music Awards in her native Germany.
So it is understandable that Heidi Klum wanted to keep it low-key as she traveled back home to Los Angeles on Monday. The make-up free 39-year-old wore an oversized grey knitted poncho, a pair of grey skinny jeans and black flat boots as she touched down at LAX airport.
The mother-of-four toted a large grey leather bag and covered her blonde hair with a fedora hat. While Heidi looked a little on the tired side, she smiled for the cameras as she made her way through the terminal.
The German supermodel was no doubt excited to get home and see her new bodyguard boyfriend Martin Kristen and her four children – Leni, eight, Henry, seven, Johan, five and Lou, three.
The brood all presumably stayed behind in Los Angeles while she was away, and Martin was seen stepping out with her son Henry and the family’s nanny over the weekend. Heidi hosted the MTV Europe Music Awards over the weekend and made an astonishing six costume changes during the ceremony. Visit DailyMail to continue reading…
That was exhausting! Heidi Klum kept it low-key as she touched down at LAX airport on Monday after slipping into an astonishing six outfits to host the MTV Europe Music Awards the night before No fuss but still stunning: The make-up free 39-year-old wore an oversized grey knitted poncho, a pair of grey skinny jeans and black flat boots as she touched down at LAX airportFamily time: The German supermodel was no doubt excited to get home and see her new bodyguard boyfriend Martin Kristen and her four children
Congrats! It’s a baby boy for Tamera Mowry-Housely and husband Adam Housely…
Tamera Mowry-Housley delivered a son, Aden John Tanner Housley, on Monday, Nov. 12 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, In Touch reports. ”We are so happy!” Tamera gushes…This is the first child for the Tia & Tamera star, 34, and her husband, FOX News correspondent Adam Housley.
Arriving two weeks after his due date of Oct. 30, Aden weighed in at 9 lbs., 5 oz. and is 21.5 inches long. The actress, who blogged her pregnancy for PEOPLE.com, was more than ready for her baby boy to make his arrival.
“If I have yet to learn patience, my son is in the process of teaching me now,” Mowry-Housley wrote. “I have learned that I am not in control and that he will decide when he comes.”
“Both mommy and baby are healthy and her whole family is thrilled,” Tamera’s rep states. “He is a big strong kid and he and mom are resting well with dad alongside.”
Mowry and Housley, 40, wed in May 2011 in Napa Valley.
Baby Aden enjoying his new environmentProud dad Adam holding Aden for the first timeHello baby Aden!
The Jolie-Pitts children mail their Christmas wishlist to Santa Claus…
It seems Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie‘s children are very well organised. For the the actress took their bumper brood of six to a sleepy rural England post office to drop off their letters to Santa Claus.
And given the extravagant wealth of their famous parents, no doubt Father Christmas will be able to find a way to meet their various demands. Angelina brought their children letters-in-hand to the post office in the heart of rural Kent.
Littlebourne post office assistant Fiona Lindsay told People: ‘It was so cute. All the children sent messages to Father Christmas and were absolutely beautifully behaved.
‘Just like any other kids in a sweet shop they were excited, but Angelina controlled them perfectly. ‘It was lovely. They were all very polite. They were just a bunch of gorgeous, happy kids.’
And she also revealed the whole family were on their best behavior during the visit.
Fiona said: ‘She was so polite and a really nice person. I was quite shocked at first but Angelina was so lovely I soon relaxed. The children bought a packet of sweets each, plus a few toys and some magazines, and we ended up having a general chat about how they all were and what they were going to eat that night.’
‘I suggested they pop over to the fish and chip shop across the road as it is a shame to come to England and not have some. I just hoped they liked them!’
No doubt Maddox, 11, Pax, 8, Zahara, 7, Shiloh, 6, and 4-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne will be excited to find out what happens when Christmas morning comes at the family mansion in the Hollywood Hills.
The family had been staying in Kent while he films the final scenes for zombie thriller World War Z. They set up a temporary camp in a luxury converted barn in the nearby village of Ickham called The Treasury.
Amazingly they managed to keep a low profile for their entire week-plus stay, despite visiting nearby Howletts Wild Animal Park and Waterstones bookshop in Canterbury.
Big reader Brad was also spotted visiting the Broadstairs, the home of iconic writer Charles Dickens, where he took action fan Maddox to see new Bond film Skyfall. Via DailyMail.
In need of a bigger sack: Santa will have his work cut out for him after Brangelina’s brood of six sent their Christmas letters at a rural English post officeHope they used Air Mail: Angelina and her giant brood mailed the letters at Littlebourne Post Office in Kent
Sofia Vergara gets helping hand from fiancé Nick Loeb…
They’re one of the most desirable designer shoes, but Sofia Vergara seems to struggle in her Louboutin heels. The Modern Family star, 40, stepped out of Madeo’s restaurant in Los Angeles on Monday wobbling on her sky-high red, lace and leopard print stilettos.
Luckily for the actress, future husband Nick Loeb was there to lend a helping hand as she tried to walk down the pavement. Her businessman fiancé, 37, was there to catch her fall as Sofia tried to make her way out of the restaurant in the dangerous footwear.
Grabbing a hold of her tiny waist tightly, he guided his wife-to-be to the car as she tiptoed her way off the pavement in the stilettos, which cost a whopping $2395.
But Sofia did cut a stylish figure in the expensive designer shoes, which did the trick and spiced up her outfit of simple black leggings and a bomber jacket.
And fiancé Nick didn’t seem to mind having to help his pretty girlfriend, sporting a smile from ear to ear as he accompanied her home after the romantic dinner.
The couple have been engaged since July, when Nick popped the question on a romantic holiday in Mexico to celebrate the Colombian actress’s 40th birthday. But despite the fact the pair seem smitten and are said to be currently planning their wedding, friends have recently spoken out about the relationship, claiming Sofia is ‘too trusting’ of the businessman:
‘He’s treating Sofia more like a bank cash machine than a bride-to-be. And Sofia is such a loving, trusting woman that she would never suspect that Nick is using her for her fortune,’ an insider claimed to the National Enquirer.
Meanwhile, the Modern Family star paints a different picture and has been gushing in interviews about her relationship with her future husband: ‘We are f*****g professionals at doing nothing,’ she said.‘We like to sit around on the beach and drink wine and talk s**t.’ Via DailyMail.
It happens to the best of us: Sofia Vergara struggles to walk in her luxurious designer shoesRomantic date night: Sofia stepped out in the expensive footwear with her beaming boyfriend in towSmitten? The couple looks happy together, but friends of Sofia have expressed their concern about the relationshipCash machine: Insiders have cast a harsh verdict on the couple’s relationship, but the pair seems happy together
How to holiday like Alexa! Ms. Chung shares intimate bikini snaps of her Bahamas vacation…
Ever one to share model Alexa Chung couldn’t just vanish away on holiday without updating everyone on exactly what she was doing. And just in case you thought she was lolling around the beach, sipping cocktails and reading a trashy novel, the 29-year-old, who is English and part Chinese, posted snaps of her meeting dolphins, wearing a leopard print bikini and fooling around on the beach.
Alexa, who is also a contributing editor for British Vogue, showed off her slim body and penchant for fun in the series of snaps. Instead of just lazing on a beach towel the former T4 presenter manages to make human pyramids and even takes breaks to play on slot machines.
In one picture Alexa is gazing serenely at the camera and her toned legs are draped over a sun lounger. Alexa is on her luxury break with American fashion writer Derek Blasberg, New York designer and DJs Leigh Lezark and Harley Newton.
Alexa also posted snaps of her on a gold throne and playing the slots. When she is not on a break Alexa can often be seen in the front rows of the fashion shows, taking in every detail. Her other passion is the current man in her life, The Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. They’ve been dating since May 2012.
Previously, Alexa dated Arctic Monkeys singer Alex Turner for four years until their break up in July 2011, and before that she lived with fashion photographer David Titlow, who was 20 years her senior. The pair split in 2006.
After carving out a career for herself as a TV presenter Alexa is now a respected expert on fashion. She recently said: ‘I normally shop from the catwalk, ‘So I don’t usually notice trends.’ Via DailyMail.
Leopard print lady: Alexa Chung lets us know what she is up to on holiday, that’s the white sands of the Bahamas behind herMatching! Ever the model Alexa makes sure she coordinates with her palTop of the world: Alex and her clean living friends don’t just hang around lazing, the make beach pyramidsChic: Alexa relaxes with pals… on a gold throneCool new pal: Alexa cuddles up to a dolphin in AtlantisPlace you bets: Alexa tries her luck on the slot machinesSimply gorgeous: Alexa shares a pic of her and a male palThey even have matching towels! Alexa’s holiday theme was obviously yellow
Fashion at Haiti’s first ever Fashion Week!
World-class fashion has gone on display in impoverished Haiti. Nearly three dozen designers showed off their latest creations at Haiti Fashion Week, which ended Sunday.
Organizers say it is the first time such that a fashion show of this scale has taken place in the Caribbean country, which is still slowly rebuilding from the massive earthquake in 2010 that destroyed thousands of buildings and displaced more than a million people.
The European Union-backed fashion show was a rare forum for Haitian designers to bring wider attention to their long-overlooked work. Many of the garments on show reflected the country’s tropical climate, with swimwear, sunhats and light layers the order of the day.
Nothing allows a designer to show off their skills like evening wear though, so there were plenty of statement ballgowns and showstopping beaded jewelry. Dominican designer Socrates McKinney says Haiti has ‘a very strong culture, and that in some sense has to be reflected in the fashion.’
Visitors came from places as close as the neighboring Dominican Republic and as far as Japan.
It follows further strife caused by Hurricane Sandy, which brought several days of drenching rains, causing rivers to overrun their banks across much of southern Haiti. Officials say as much as 70 percent of crops were destroyed in some areas. Via DailyMail.
Hat’s magic: A straw headpiece by Haitian designer Gaelle Nerette during Fashion Week in Port-au-PrinceA dress to impress: An evening gown by Haitian label Verona has a dramatic painted skirtGlobal spotlight: Visitors came from places as close as the Dominican Republic and as far as Japan
Jordin Sparks launches ‘Ambition’ fragrance…
Biracial singer/actress Jordin Sparks is launching her second fragrance. In a chic new photoshoot, Jordin Sparks is pushing her newest fragrance called ‘Ambition’. And we’re sure her boyfriend singer Jason Derulo is a fan of it all.
The sexy 22-year-old is targeting a mid-November launch exclusively at the Bon-Ton family of stores. She created Ambition with fragrance designers–and if you want to smell like innocence, this one’s for you.
It’s a “special blend” of notes of white tea, bitter orange, sparkling lemon zest. And it mint leaf, sea moss, fresh cassis, wild raspberry, and precious woods, with base notes of Tahitian vanilla, resinous benzoin, white musk, and sandalwood.
Jordin kicks off in-store appearances later this month in Milwaukee.
Check out the promo pictures for the fragrance below via theYBF:
Cymphonique Miller is a humanitarian!
Sixteen-year-old biracial Cymphonique Miller recently joined forces with the Salvation Army and WJLB Coats For Kids 2012 to raise money to help Metro Detroit kids stay warm this winter.
This was the 30th annual Radiothon for WJLB benefiting the Salvation Army to help raise fund and outerwear for kids in need. Cymphonique, along with other artists, helped beat last year’s monetary donations and collect more than 980 coats for the charity.
Fans even got a chance to pose for photos with Cymphonique and more of their favorite celebrities. Also in attendance were Diggy, Jacob Latimore, Torion, and many many more. Via BCK.
Posing with fans: Cymphonique is growing into such an inspirational young womanFan-loving: Cymphonique, dad Percy Miller aka Master P and some Detroit fans strike a pose Daddy’s girl: Cymphonique poses with dad Master PLovely: It’s obvious she’s loved
Nick to Anderson Cooper: “Mariah hates changing diapers!” Is Mariah Carey a diva?
She has always had a reputation for being a diva. But it will surely reach a new height after Nick Cannon revealed wife Mariah Carey always tries to get out of changing their toddlers’ nappies.
The actor/television host says she usually finds a way to make sure he is the one left holding the dirty diapers after 18-month old twins Monroe and Moroccan.
Speaking on Anderson Live, Nick, 31, told the show’s host: ‘It’s a good time! Right now, the kids run the house. We are just running and chasing after them and then my wife is being the diva that she is. I am trying to keep up with them.’
When the newsman asked if the Glitter favorite was ‘a big diaper changer’ and ‘who changes the most?’ Nick’s response was perhaps no surprise. He gave a hearty laugh as he said: ‘Me,’ raising incredulous guffaws from Anderson’.
The America’s Got Talent host added: ‘I mean we all do it but for some reason I get that duty a little bit more. ‘I am not scared of it. I go in, I put the gloves on. Real men change diapers!’
While Anderson did not look too keen on the idea, his co-host Jane Velez-Mitchell gave a supportive grin. Later the radio host spoke about of his wife’s reported feud with fellow American Idol judge Nicki Minaj.
He said: ‘think it was what it was. A lot of theatrics and stuff. I guess I was a little disappointed in the producers because that’s not what American Idol is about. I felt like they fed off of it a little bit. You know, people are always going to have disagreements and stuff.’
‘Clearly you can see that they are a very intense judging panel but obviously everybody is interested in what the show is going to be about and my wife is the classiest and the strongest woman that I’ve ever met so she’s handling it the way she is supposed to handle it.’Via DailyMail.
Dishing the dirt: Nick Cannon has revealed wife Mariah Carey leaves him to change their children’s dirty nappiesThe rubber gloves are off: Mariah makes sure she does not have to put them on when her husband is aroundFlying fur: American Idol fans will see a clash of the divas when Mariah clashes with Nicki Minaj in the upcoming series
Former NFL player Jerramy Stevens arrested and released in domestic violence case involving girlfriend Olympic gold medalist Hope Solo…
Former Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens was arrested on suspicion of assaulting U.S. women’s soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo a day before their planned wedding day, according to police and court records.
A Kirkland Municipal Court judge released Stevens after a court appearance Tuesday, saying there was no evidence connecting Stevens to any assault, according to news reports. He was arrested early Monday for fourth-degree domestic violence assault but has not been charged.
The judge determined there was not enough to hold Stevens, but the case is still under investigation, Kirkland Police Lt. Mike Murray said Tuesday. Charges could be brought later if prosecutors and police find other evidence, he said.
Solo appeared in the courtroom Tuesday afternoon, but left without saying anything to reporters, according to KING-TV. A call to a number listed for Stevens in court documents rang unanswered. A message left at a listed number for Solo was not immediately returned.
Stevens, 33, and Solo, 31, applied for a marriage license Thursday, according to King County records.
The two, who have been in a relationship for two months, were set to get married Tuesday and argued over whether to live in Washington or Florida after their marriage, according to court documents.
Police in the Seattle suburb of Kirkland responded to a disturbance at a home around 3:45 a.m. Monday involving a physical altercation between eight people during a party, said Lt. Murray. Visit the Associated Press to continue reading…
Congrats! Hope Solo and Jerramy Stevens wed!!!
One day after former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens was arrested on suspicion of assaulting his fiancée, U.S. women’s soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo, the pair reportedly tied the knot.
“Confirmed,” Sportsradio 950 AM and 102.9 FM radio host Dave Mahler Tweeted on Tuesday. “Jerramy Stevens and Hope Solo were married tonight. Events of yesterday morning didn’t change plans.”
The pair, who had only been dating for about two months, applied for a marriage license last Thursday. According to court documents, the athletes were arguing over whether to wed in Florida or Washington State.
Stevens, 33, was reportedly released from custody by a Kirkland, Wash., Municipal Court judge on Tuesday after determining there wasn’t enough evidence to hold the former football star.
All of the former Dancing with the Stars contestant’s social media pages have gone silent since Nov. 6., and calls to her rep have not been returned. Via People.
Garcelle Beauvais talks books and baby dolls with her twin sons…
Jax: Mommy, why did you start writing children’s books?
Garcelle: I wrote I Am Mixed because I couldn’t find any books that had kids who looked like you or had hair like you or families that were like us–all different colors.
Jaid: So we made you want to write it?
Garcelle: You guys totally inspired me. We read so many books, but I wanted one from us.
Jaid: What books did you like when you were a kid?
Garcelle: I loved Snow White, because I loved her dresses.
Jax: Did you like hot rods?
Garcelle: I didn’t. I liked dolls, especially ones with long hair. And I cried for Cabbage Patch dolls! I wanted all of them.
Jax: Mommy, you were born in Haiti…
Garcelle: Yes, I was.
Jaid: What food did you like when you were little?
Garcelle: What do we fry up?
Jax: Plantains! Do you miss living in Haiti?
Garcelle: Los Angeles is our home. But I miss the mountains and the yummy food.
Jaid: I think your favorite places are the Long Beach aquarium and the beach.
Garcelle: I think those are your favorites, but I love them too!
I Am Mixed is downloadable now and in bookstores in December. Also, catch Garcelle with Denzel Washington in Flight, currently in theatres. Interview courtesy of Red Book Magazine.
It’s a girl for Charles Tillman! The Tillmans welcomed baby #4…
If Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt wasn’t having such a monster season, there’s no question that Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman would be the NFL’s midseason Defensive Player of the Year.
Tillman has covered every receiver he’s faced this season like human flypaper, and his four forced fumbles against the Tennessee Titans last Sunday proved his savvy and resourcefulness — not to mention his ability to play physically in an effective manner.
Chicago’s defense may be the NFL’s best this year, and Tillman has been a huge part of that success. But when Tillman’s Bears face Watt’s Texans this Sunday night, there’s a possibility that Tillman won’t suit up, and it’s not because of an injury.
Tillman’s wife Jackie is expecting the family’s fourth child on Monday, and Tillman has said that he’s wrestling with two very important commitments. Tillman’s daughter Tiana was born with a heart disease, which eventually required a transplant, and changed his thinking about the importance of family and being there for that most important event.
“At the end of the day, [family is] all that you have,” Tillman said on Wednesday, after his comments that he would possibly miss the game to be with his family. “This game is important to me, but after what we went through with my middle child Tiana, to me football is second … It’ll always be second or third in my life. That was a great lesson learned, to teach me that family — when I’m done playing football — my family will always be there for me.” Visit YahooNews to continue reading…
Sandra Bullock and Camila Alves-McConaughey take the kids out…
They had a short-lived relationship in the 1990s, but there are clearly no hard feelings between A-listers Sandra Bullock and Matthew McConaughey. The Oscar-winning actress proved that she was still good friends with her ex boyfriend as she hung out with his wife Camila in New Orleans on Tuesday.
The two mothers seemed more interested in their little ones than swapping notes on the Hollywood hunk as they watched the Warren Easton Charter High School band perform.
Their children might not be at high school age just yet, but the stars seemed happy to watch the performance with a group of other parents in the car park of a grocery store. The Crash actress helped the high school recover after it was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina and is clearly still intent on supporting it.
Looking as casual and relaxed as ever, Sandra wore a pair of baggy denim jeans and Warren Easton Charter High T-shirt. Looking like any other mother, she added a simple black cardigan to her outfit and a pair of simple, black Converse trainers.
With her trademark dark hair loose over her shoulders and a pair of aviator sunglasses covering her face, the make-up free star couldn’t have looked more dressed down. Sandra kept her two-year-old son Louis close, either carrying him or with her arms wrapped she couldn’t seem to get enough of the youngster.
Her adopted son looked well wrapped up against the cold in a green, hooded jacket and a pair of jeans and trainers. Camila McConaughey, who is heavily pregnant, looked about ready to pop as she carried her young son on her hip.
The 30-year-old, who is expecting her third child with Matthew is in New Orleans to support her husband who is in the middle of filming The Dallas Buyers Club. Visit DailyMail to continue reading…
Compairing notes? Sandra Bullock and Camila Alves McConaughey take their children to support a New Orleans high school on TuesdayNot awkward: Sandra used to date Camila’s husband in the 1990s but now the pair are friendsReady to pop: Camila is heavily pregnant with her third child with husband MatthewCatching up: Sandra and Camila seem completely at ease with each other as they protect the youngsters from the coldNormal mums: The pair both turn out to support the high school that was ravaged by Hurricane KatrinaHelping hand: Sandra picks up Camila and Matthew’s son while at the performanceHanging out: The two mothers look like good pals, despite Sandra’s relationship with Camila’s husband
Smitten! Eddie Murphy and his blonde girlfriend mirror each other’s body language while getting coffee…
Sometimes love can be a literal synchronized dance between two people.
It’s clear that Eddie Murphy and his Australian girlfriend, Paige Butcher, are in tune as the lovebirds mirrored each other’s body language while grabbing coffee in Beverly Hills Tuesday.
The 51-year-old funnyman has been dating the gorgeous 33-year-old model for two months and the new couple looked relaxed as they locked paws during their sunny stroll to the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. The Oscar-nominated actor was dressed in all black – a sporty Adidas T-shirt, jeans, flat cap, and canvas sneakers.
Meanwhile, Paige flaunted her ample cleavage in a sheer grey tank top, beige skinny jeans, and black flip-flops. The blonde bombshell spent the rest of her Tuesday afternoon charitably volunteering at the Los Angeles Food Bank where she tweeted a picture of herself on ‘potato duty’ to her 1,434 followers.
The Maxim beauty, who has two small dogs named Brooklyn and Jackson, is said to have dated hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and model Tyson Beckford before reportedly meeting Murphy on the set of Big Momma’s House 2.
Paige was also seen dutifully sitting beside the womanising funnyman earlier this month at Spike TV’s Eddie Murphy: One Night Only at the Saban Theatre.
The TV special, which airs Wednesday night, will feature Arsenio Hall, Stevie Wonder, Tracy Morgan, Adam Sandler and Russell Brand all paying tribute to the influential comedian. ‘I’m just a retired old song-and-dance man,’ Murphy revealed to the crowd. ‘That’s what you do when you’re retired: You come out every now and then and talk about the old days.’
Despite his self-proclaimed retirement, the Shrek star has three film projects in development – including Triplets with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito, and a fourth Beverly Hills Cop installment.
‘I’m excited to revisit Axel Foley again,’ the evergreen comic recently told Hal Lifson for the Chicago Tribune. ‘I feel that now that I am older and hopefully wiser, I can bring some worldliness to the character. Make him more of a veteran.’
Eddie previously dated 106 & Park host Rocsi Diaz after the couple were seen holidaying together in Hawaii with Eddie’s kids back in June. Visit DailyMail to continue reading…
Unconscious flirting: It’s clear that Eddie Murphy and his Australian girlfriend, Paige Butcher, are in tune as the lovebirds mirrored each other’s body language while grabbing coffee in Beverly Hills TuesdayMan in black: The Oscar-nominated actor was dressed in all black – a sporty Adidas t-shirt, jeans, flat cap, and canvas sneakersDog lover: The Maxim beauty is said to have dated hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and model Tyson Beckford before reportedly meeting Murphy on the set of Big Momma’s House 2Arm candy: Paige was also seen dutifully sitting beside the womanising funnyman earlier this month at Spike TV’s Eddie Murphy: One Night Only at the Saban Theatre
Spotted: Nicole Murphy and Michael Strahan at a Nets game…
Talk show host/retired football player Michael Strahan was spotted at a Brooklyn Nets game at the Barclays Center on Tuesday while sitting next to his un-amused fiancee, Nicole Murphy.
Ever since Michael snagged a new job co-hosting “Live With Kelly And Michael” after Regis Philbin retired,Nicole has had to split her time between a Tribeca pad in New York and her LA home where she continues to raise five kids from her previous marriage to Eddie Murphy.
Now that Michael has a new job and Hollywood Exes in which Nicole features as a personality has been renewed for a second season, Nicole is ready to start focusing on her wedding planning. She recently told the NY Daily News that she may have an island wedding, or better yet, she may just do the Vegas drive-through thing.
[Clearly, she was joking.] And although the last name Murphy holds a lot of weight in the business right now, she definitely has plans to change it after the wedding:
“Out of respect for my new husband, I would take his name,” she says, adding, “Why would I keep my ex’s name?” Visit Necole Bitchie to continue reading…
KolorBlind celebrity sightings at the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund Awards…
A handful of fashion insiders hit the town for last night’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards, a ceremony which acknowledges young design talent and gifts one lucky hopeful with a $300,000 prize and a yearlong mentorship with an industry veteran.
This year Greg Chait of Elder Statesman won the top prize, while Tabitha Simmons and Jennifer Meyer Maguire of Jennifer Meyer were runners-up winning $100,000 each. Via FashionBomb.
Biracial Rachel Roy opted for optic white in the winter, offsetting the bright tone with a leopard blouse and strappy sandals. Biracial Hannah Bronfman, socialite, model, and DJ looked perfectly pretty in a corseted tea length dress and black pumps. Simple and chic!
Paris Jackson enjoys Disneyland with brothers Prince and Blanket…
It’s no secret that she intends to follow in the footsteps of her father in the hopes to find stardom. And making all the right moves, Paris made sure she stood out from the crowd on Sunday as she enjoyed a day at Disneyland in California.
Joined by her two brothers Prince and Blanket, the 14-year-old was seen goofing around with some of her friends from high school as she sported a large blue furry hat. Paris, who has aspirations to become a singer and actress, wore her hair down underneath the quirky hat as she tied her denim jacket which was embellished with spikes around her waist.
Finishing her look with a printed white vest top, jeans and brown boots, Paris seemed eager to make the most of her day out with friends and family.
Likewise, Prince, 15, and Blanket, 10, appeared to be in good spirits as they took to the rides within the amusement park.
Making the most of their Veteran’s Day weekend at the resort the siblings had their hands up in the air as they braved rides including the Matterhorn Bobsleds, Splash Mountain and Jungle Cruise. The children of late singer, Michael Jackson, were accompanied by family members including cousins Genevieve, Jermajesty, Royal, and Tarryl.
T.J., who shares legal guardianship of the three children alongside their grandmother Katherine, was also in tow. To round off their day, the family then headed to California Adventure where 10-year-old Blanket apparently decided to give the Tower of Terror a miss due to fear.
Having thoroughly enjoyed the day out, Paris was quick to take to her Twitter account to tell her followers all. Visit DailyMail to continue reading…
Daddy’s girl: Paris Jackson wore a large furry hat as she enjoyed a day at Disneyland in California on Sunday with her brothers Prince and BlanketDoing it her way: Paris held her ayes shut as she braved a ride in the amusement park with some friends from her high schoolMaking the most of Veteran’s Day weekend: Blanket, 10, wore a pair of tracksuit bottoms, trainers, a hoodie and a red T-shirt paying homage to his late father Michael as he journeyed alongFamily day out: Prince, 15, and Blanket seemed relaxed as they went on the popular attraction Jungle CruiseThrows your hands in the air and wave them around like you just don’t care: The 15-year-old brought his girlfriend Niki Berger to the resortFamily affair: The Dirty Diana singer’s children were accompanied to the amusement park by close friends and family members including cousins Genevieve, Jermajesty, Royal, Tarryl, and T.J.Thriller! As Paris and Prince sat back and enjoyed the Radiator Springs Racers ride their 10-year-old brother looked petrified‘Soooo much fun’: On Sunday Paris took to her Twitter page to let her followers about her amazing day
Tulisa Contostavlos has a new boyfriend! Tulisa dating Newcastle United footballer Danny Simpson…
She was seen with her ex-boyfriend Fazer following an awards bash earlier this month and the rumor mill went into overdrive speculating over whether the pair were back together.
But it has now been claimed that Tulisa Contostavlos has bagged herself a new man, Newcastle United star Danny Simpson, according to reports.
The 24-year-old X Factor judge is said to have met the Premiership player through mutual friends and went on a date in Manchester recently, The Mirror reports.
A source told the paper: ‘It went well it’s early days.’ Pictures of the pair inside a Manchester hotel have been published in the paper and show Tulisa smiling at Danny as they stand at the reception desk.
And to add fuel to the fire, the Young hitmaker was spotted arriving back at London’s Heathrow Airport off a domestic flight from Newcastle on Thursday.
Dressed casually in a white hooded jumper and jeans, the star didn’t seem keen to give away any hint of her rumored new romance.
The footballer, who follows Tulisa on Twitter, posted a message of support to the social networking site after Gary Barlow slammed her back in October.
He tweeted: ‘Wow Gary going in on Tulisa, that’s below the belt for live tv lol.’
Twitter user @f1_michael claims to have seen the pair at a Tesco in Newcastle on Wednesday night.
He uploaded a picture to the social networking site which appeared to show the pair holding hands as they left the shop. Tulisa has had her fair share of heartache in recent years. Visit DailyMail to continue reading…
New romance? Tulisa and footballer Danny Simpson were pictured picking up some groceries together at their local supermarketShowing his support: Danny tweeted that Gary Barlow had been laying into Tulisa too much on the X Factor showHeartache: Tulisa and Fazer seen at the Music Industry Trusts Awards held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in earlier this monthAll over: Tulisa was said to be seeing Jody Latham and the pair were seen at a Halloween party together
Sofia Vergara is ready to pop for her character on ‘Modern Family’…
Her character Gloria Delgado-Pritchet has been pregnant for months now as Sofia Vergara films the hit comedy series, Modern Family. And the actress’s prosthetic baby bump was certainly prominent on the set of the show on Wednesday.
The 40-year-old star showed off the huge fake belly in a sparkling tunic and black miniskirt as she filmed scenes in Long Beach, California. The actress was also seen tottering around in sky-high black platform heels, which she paired with black opaque tights.
And playing the part of an expecting mother certainly appears to be hungry work, as Sofia was seen snacking on some cereal in-between takes. The actress was accompanied by a heavily tattooed security guard as she made her way around the set.
Also spotted on the Long Beach location was actor Ed O’Neill, who plays Jay Pritchett, Gloria’s husband. In real-life Sofia is rather engaged to her fiance Nick Loeb. The couple have been engaged since July, when Nick popped the question on a romantic holiday in Mexico to celebrate the Colombian actress’s 40th birthday. Visit DailyMail to continue reading…
Ready to pop! Sofia Vergara showed off her huge prosthetic baby bump as she filmed scenes for her hit comedy Modern Family in Long Beach, California on WednesdayHungry work: Playing the part of an expectant mother certainly appears to be hungry work, as Sofia was seen snacking on some cereal in-between takesGuarded: The actress was accompanied by a heavily tattooed security guard as she made her way around the setCo-star: Also spotted on the Long Beach location was actor Ed O’Neill, who plays Jay Pritchett, Gloria’s husband
Cymphonique Miller debuts new video ‘Nobody Like You’ feat. Jacob Latimore…
Biracial actress/singer Cymphonique Miller is back with her brand new video for her recently latest song, “Nobody Like You” ft. Jabob Latimore. In the fun, new video, Cymphonique shows off dance moves along side Jacob as they sing about teenage romance.
Cymphonique also recently premiered her track “Uh Uh” and showed off her cool swag. Via BCK.
Watch the video below:
How do you teach slavery in school without being insensitive?
For the second time this month, a highly controversial homework assignment involving slavery has led to stunned outrage, this time just outside of Detroit. The assignment asked sixth grade students at Strong Middle School to pretend that they were slaves as apart of a black history lesson.
Jessica Gibson, 27, said that her 11-year-old son Taylan brought the assignment home from school, which read: “Pretend that you are a slave in the southern United States. Write a journal/diary memoir about your life.”
The assignment also had a five-question short answer portion and a video portion that asked the kids to describe what the life of a slave was like.
“He’s never had a master nor will he ever have a master, so why should he have to pretend to have a master,” Gibson told the Detroit Free Press. “That really disturbed me. For him to pretend to be something he’s never been or never will be, that’s going too far.”
Taylan Gibson said that the assignment made him “embarrassed to be black.” His mother told him not to do the assignment and has met with the school’s principal who told her that the school has no plans of changing the assignment.
This is not the first controversial story involving slavery and a school assignment. Last month in Norcross, Ga., just outside of Atlanta, a teacher at Beaver Ridge Elementary School gave a slavery-themed math assignment to her students.
The math assignment, which was used in four different classrooms, used references of beatings and cotton picking as an attempt to connect a lesson about Frederick Douglass to math.
One of questions read: “If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in one week?” Visit theGrio to continue reading…
Spotted: gloomy Halle Berry stocks up on supplies for a Thanksgiving bash with Olivier Martinez…
From the glum look on her face Halle Berry is in no mood to party.
She’d better cheer up – judging by the amount of supplies she purchased on Wednesday she is about to throw a huge bash. The actress was spotted stocking up on large bundles of napkins, cups and paper platesand rolls of coloured paper in Beverly Hills on Wednesday.
From the turkey motif they featured it seems likely that the actress is hosting a Thanksgiving bash for her friends and family. Halle dressed down for her shopping trip in jeans and a sweater with leather boots. She was accompanied by her boyfriend Olivier Martinez, who she has been dating for two years.
Perhaps Halle’s reason for her low mood was her failed bid to move to France.
The Monster’s Ball actress wanted to move her daughter Nahla to Paris to live with her and her Frenchman fiance Martinez.
But Nahla’s father Gabriel Aubry won a court case blocking the move, claiming it would make it difficult for him to sustain his close relationship with the four-year-old. Halle was arguing that Los Angeles was not the ideal place for her daughter to grow up, due to the glare of the paparazzi.
She has insisted that it was not an attempt to keep Nahla’s model father away from her. Halle spoke out about the situation in a recent interview, where she claimed the move would be in Nahla’s best interests.
‘It’s the appeal of privacy and a greater sense of safety for Nahla,’ she told InStyle magazine. ‘Because we are followed all the time, she is starting to feel like she is somehow special, and of course she is, but I want her to understand that she’s special because of who she is, not because she was born into this celebrity blender.’
Halle also made a rare comment about her custody battle with Gabriel. ‘There is turbulence, but this too shall pass,’ she said.
Halle and Gabriel split in April 2010 after more than four years of dating, and she soon began a relationship with actor Olivier. They confirmed their engagement in March. Via DailyMail.
No mood to party: Glum Halle Berry stocks up on Thanksgiving supplies in Beverly Hills on WednesdayHelping hand: Halle’s boyfriend Olivier Martinez was there to carry some of the bags of napkins, cups and paperNot moving: Halle had hoped to live in France with her fiance, but her attempts were blocked by her daughter’s father, who argued it would ruin his relationship with their child
Baby Alert: It’s going to be a boy! Harold Perrineau and wife are expecting a baby boy…
Baby Alert! Harold Perrineau and wife Brittany are expecting a baby boy in March of next year. He will join big sisters Wynter,4, and Aurora,18, at home.
Harold recently secured a gig in the new TBS comedy series ‘Wedding Band,’ which is set to premiere this Saturday (November 17).Perrineau will take on the role as ‘Stevie,’ a seasoned guitarist who has rubbed elbows with all of the music industry greats from the ’80′s.
When asked about his journey as a career actor by Bend Bulletin, Harold said: “Acting was the thing I wanted to do, I just didn’t know how to get there. I started using [dancing] thinking it would get me into the door to be an actor, but it only got me in to be a dancer. You have to be naive to believe I can do this and still be an actor.”
“For the first year or so I got in trouble from the head of the dance school because I was always going to auditions. But I still wanted to be an actor, so I stopped dancing. And I was waiting tables and bartending and went back to acting school. I was 28, but I looked 14. It was a lucky break.”
Harold has portrayed roles on television and Broadway since beginning his acting career several years ago. He is better known for his roles on ‘Lost’ and ‘Oz.’ Via BCK.
Angelina Jolie and William Hague unite as Foreign Secretary announces Britain will send team to help those raped in war zones…
He’s a Foreign Secretary used to verbally sparring with the opposition in the House of Commons. She is an UNHCR Special Envoy known for juggling trips to war zones with walking down the red carpet.
Together, Foreign Secretary Wiliam Hague and Hollywood actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie might make an odd couple, but yesterday they united as he announced what Britain will do to help tackle rape and sexual violence overseas.
Hague delivered the keynote speech on the final afternoon of a Wilton Park Conference on ‘Preventing sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict situations’. In May, Mr Hague promised that Britain would create a team of experts that could be deployed to conflict areas to support UN missions and investigate allegations of sexual violence, gather evidence and help other nations to deal with the atrocities.
Yesterday he declared that the 70-strong specialist team of police, lawyers, psychologists, doctors and forensic experts is ready to head overseas to help survivors and witnesses. Jolie, Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said she was ‘delighted’ to be working with Hague.
She said it was imperative that the horrific use of sexual violence as a weapon in conflict was halted and fight for justice for survivors of attacks: ‘In many conflicts, sexual violence is used as a tactic of war, intended to hurt not only a single individual, but their family, their community, their ethnic group,’ she said.
Foreign Secretary William Hague, with UNHCR special envoy Angelina Jolie, said that Britain would fight against those who use rape as a weapon of warMeeting of minds: The pair looked relaxed as they spoke about Britain’s plan to help those who are victim of sexual violenceMr Hague has been praised for his staunch support for victims of sexual violence overseas, and Ms Jolie said she was ‘delighted’ to work with himThe pair spoke of the imperative need to act for those who are raped in war zones, and support the communities who are torn apart by the atrocious crimesDeep in thought: An unflagging defender of human rights, Angelina Jolie attended the conference to hear what Mr Hague had to say
Robert De Niro scolds ‘rude’ Jay-Z!
Robert De Niro and Jay-Z got into a tense beef at Leonardo DiCaprio’s birthday bash the other night, when De Niro called the rapper disrespectful, Page Six can exclusively reveal. Spies say “Godfather II” and “Taxi Driver” star De Niro gave Jay a dressing-down in a roomful of celebs including Martin Scorsese because the rap mogul had refused to return De Niro’s calls.
Sources add that Jay tried to joke his way out of the situation, and even his wife, Beyoncé, tried to intervene, but De Niro wouldn’t back down: “Bob was sitting at a table, and when Jay-Z went over to say hello, De Niro told Jay that he never called him back,” a source says.
A spy then overheard De Niro complaining to the rapper, a fellow TriBeCa resident, about a song Jay-Z agreed to record for the Tribeca Film Festival. De Niro had reached out to discuss further details, but Jay never returned his calls.
“Bob wasn’t in any mood to make polite conversation,” the spy says. “He told Jay that if somebody calls you six times, you call them back. It doesn’t matter who you are, that is just rude.”
When Jay-Z tried to make a joke of it, saying he is terrible on the phone, a source says: “De Niro kept telling him that he thinks he’s the man, but that he was disrespectful.’ ”
“Beyoncé came over, but that didn’t calm Bob down,” the source said, adding that afterward, “It was the talk of the party. Everyone was saying there’s only one star in New York bigger and badder than Jay-Z, and that’s Robert De Niro. He can be quite scary when he’s angry.”
But a source close to De Niro told us: “It was a low-key private conversation between two people that was apparently overheard. It was not a heated discussion.”
Ironically, Jay-Z paid homage to the Oscar winner in the second line of his 2009 hit “Empire State of Mind.” (“Yea I’m out that Brooklyn, now I’m down in Tribeca/Right next to De Niro, but I’ll be hood forever.”)
The Darby bash, which sources say ended at 5 a.m. with a tab of nearly $3 million, much of which went to the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, drew Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx, Chris Rock, Jonah Hill, Edward Norton, Mark Ruffalo and Emma Watson.
Padma Lakshmi to Playboy: “I’m like a truck driver” trapped inside a model’s body…
LAKSHMI: I’m lucky. I have a fast metabolism, I’m tall, and my digestive tract is ironclad and can really take a beating. Having been a model for 15 years, I also know a thing or two about how to dress if I’ve put on a few pounds. And I usually gain between 10 and 15 pounds over six weeks each season. Then I spend 12 weeks working it off. But it’s worth it. When the timer goes off and the food is ready, I’m really excited to eat.
PLAYBOY: How is the show different this season?
LAKSHMI: Of all the seasons, this one was the easiest and most relaxed for me. The people of the Pacific Northwest were very welcoming. The terrain around us was lush, and the seafood was amazing. Seattle has some talented young chefs. Top Chef continues to surprise me as far as being a phenomenon. I lucked out.
PLAYBOY: Has the show made you a better cook?
LAKSHMI: Absolutely not. I can cook, but I’m not a chef and I don’t want to be. I never aspired to run a restaurant. What I am is an excellent taster. I have an incredibly sensitive palate, which is why I can do what I do. If you saw me chop an onion, you would be highly unimpressed. But if I taste a dish, I can usually replicate the ingredients. And if I kissed you, I could probably tell what you had for lunch.
PLAYBOY: You temptress! Your contestants must fall in love with you constantly.
LAKSHMI: Well, you know, everyone has a little crush on their fourth-grade teacher. It fades. But because this is a game show, the chefs are not allowed to talk to me unless it’s on camera. It’s an FCC thing. Honestly, I don’t know a thing about these chefs while we’re shooting. I don’t know their last names. I don’t know if they’re married or gay. I don’t care. But if an innocent chef tries to chat me up, a producer will walk up and say, “Please step away from the judge.” Where’s that guy in my daily life?
PLAYBOY: Do you get hit on a lot?
LAKSHMI: I guess so. I don’t even realize it most of the time. A lot of men get frustrated with me, actually, because I am like a guy. Honestly, I’m like a truck driver trapped in this body. I don’t want to be your best friend. I don’t expect you to give me a birthday card or send me flowers. I don’t need fancy trips. You could take me across the street. Don’t get me wrong. That stuff’s nice, but I am a physical and sensual person. I love to be held. I love massages. I’m just not a Hallmark kind of gal. Visit Playboy to continue reading the interview…
Alicia Keys covers Complex Magazine’s December 2012/January 2013 issue…
The first thing you see when the elevator doors open at the Oven recording studios is Alicia Keys’ face, painted floor to ceiling, next to a rendering of the Empire State Building. Her portrait is part of a mural—a kind of musical Mount Rushmore commemorating great New York artists.
It’s fitting for a recording studio located on Manhattan’s far west side—not far from the Hell’s Kitchen apartment on 43rd and 10th where Alicia grew up with her mother. To the right are Lennon in his NYC period, Kool Herc, and Jay-Z dressed in his Reasonable Doubt finery. To the left are the O.G.s—Sinatra, Ellington, Gillespie, and Billie Holiday.
Alicia will tell you the mural wasn’t her doing, that it was commissioned by her engineer, Ann Mincieli, with whom she rebuilt the studio over the past couple of years. She doesn’t like to seem immodest. These artists are legendary. Then again, so is she.
When Alicia made her debut at age 19 she talked about how she would study the greats: Marvin Gaye, Roberta Flack, Nina Simone. “My dream is to be that good someday,” she said in 2001, and she’s still as focused as ever. “I’m competitive with myself in the sense that I want to get better,” she says now. “It’s not that I’m obsessively dissecting myself, but there’s a critique that happens. I am very driven. I’m not comparing myself to other people. I don’t wanna be like her or him. I want to be my best.”
The Oven used to be out in Glen Cove, Long Island. It was established by Alicia and her longtime creative and business partner, Kerry “Krucial” Brothers, with whom she co-founded the Krucial Keys production company.
He was an underground hip-hop producer who met her in Washington Square Park in the mid ’90s. “We both liked Wu-Tang; we both liked Stevie Wonder,” he recalls. Visit Complex Magazine to continue reading the interview and view photographs from the photoshoot below:
Alicia Keys is Jet’s latest beauty for December 2012!
When Alicia Augello Cook, aka Alicia Keys, opens her mouth, the world listens. But that wasn’t always the case. At the turn of the century, Keys, who hails from the Hell’s Kitchen section of New York City, was focused on getting out of the inferno. And she did just that when her debut album, Songs in A Minor (2001), sold more than 12 million copies worldwide, and morphed her from a cute around-the-way girl survivor in braids into a thriving woman with an eight-figure brand.
Four hit albums later, the 31-year- old is scorching everything she touches in a way that rings true to her spirit. And it’s reflected in her latest effort, Girl on Fire (out Nov. 27). According to the now married mom (her husband is producer Swizz Beatz), the project was meant to wreak havoc on mediocrity. In a candid interview with JET, Keys talks about why burning up the charts is only a part of her purpose. Nowadays, it’s all about focusing on the future.
JET: In recent interviews you’ve shared that being “on fire” changed everything about you. How has this philosophy influenced your career?
KEYS: When I finally identified how I’d like to participate in the business world, it really opened up for me. I started my company AK Worldwide and our guiding light is that we’re in the business of inspiration. For so many years I’d been approached with different deals but sometimes it was like doing things because it was a check— that didn’t resonate.
To continue reading the interview, pick up Jets December issue which is currently available in stores.
Alicia Keys talks about son Egypt’s rhythm…
Egypt Dean may be the next great musician with the help of his mom, Alicia Keys, and dad, Swizz Beatz. Alicia recently revealed that her tot plays both the piano and drums at just 2 years-old.
“He plays [the piano],” said Keys. “Egypt has a stark sense of rhythm. He also plays the drums already. He likes that most. The kid’s making noise all day long. He’s adorable. Soon Egypt will come on tour with me, and then he’ll get a taste of that world.”
Although thrilled to have a son taking interest in music, Alicia is not planning to push Egypt into the industry if he later decides to pursue other career paths.
“I want him to do everything he does with passion, whatever that may be,” said the singer.
Keys’ newest album, ‘Girl On Fire,’ will be released on November 27, 2012. She will go on tour in 2013. Via BCK.
Kim Kardashian stuns in red at Marine Corps Ball…
Kim Kardashian made good on a patriotic promise on Thursday night and did it with so much va va voom her date was left wondering where to look. Answering the call to attend the Marine Corps Ball in North Carolina, the Keeping Up With the Kardashian star jetted in late Thursday afternoon to attend HQ Battery 10th Marine Birthday Ball with Sgt Gardiner.
Dressed in a stunning skin tight gown, his celebrity date was almost too much for the marine to handle with Sgt Gardiner unable to keep his eyes off Kim’s famous Kardashian kurves.
The reality star rearranged her schedule after being asked to attend as a special guest. And, it seems she, and her Roland Mouret mermaid style dress with a plunging neckline, was a hit. The 32-year-old stunner shared dinner with her marine date before – no doubt much to his disappointment and boyfriend Kanye West’s delight – heading back to her hotel solo.
While the marines were thankful Kim was able to attend, Kim was equally grateful for the invite, taking to Twitter as soon as the ball had finished: ‘Just left the Marine Corps Ball. Thanks to all of the marines I had the opportunity to meet tonight! Thank you for all that you do!’ the celeb tweeted.
‘@I_AM_DOT_HOLLA thanks so much for the invite tonight!!!’ Kim tweeted Sgt Gardiner.
Kim had jetted in from Miami, Florida, earlier that day in order to attend the ball following a very busy week. The patriotic celebrity returned to America earlier this week after a whirlwind trip to London with her sisters Kourtney and Khloe to promote the Kardashian Kollection.
She’s not the first celebrity to attend a Marine Corps Ball, as both Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake attended Marine balls last year. Via DailyMail.
Eyes up marine: Kim Kardashian was asked to attend the Marine Corps Ball by Sgt Gardiner, who was wowed by his dates stunning dressWearing her patriotism: Kim shone in an American flag red dress by Roland MouretThank you: Kardashian thanked the marines for inviting her and their service to the country, ‘Thank you for all that you do’Busy girl: The reality star flew in from Miami to North Carolina to fulfill her promise to be at the event
Pregnant girlfriend of Newcastle football star Danny Simpson: “Tulisa is a homewrecker!”
Tulisa Contostavlos has been branded a ‘homewrecker’ for romancing Newcastle ace Danny Simpson by his pregnant girlfriend. The 24-year-old singer is believed to have been on a string of dates with the footballer.
However, Stephanie Ward, 25, who is three months pregnant with Simpson’s second child said she has been dating him on and off for seven years, and alleged the footballer has gone behind her back with the X Factor judge.
She told The Sun newspaper: ‘We’ve been off-and-on for the last seven years – but absolutely solid for the last two.’
The pretty brunette is the mother of Danny’s baby daughter Skye-Lorena and is three months pregnant with their second child.
She told The Sun: ‘As far as I’m concerned he has cheated on me because we hadn’t broken up or anything.’
Stephanie continued: ‘She’s a homewrecker and has destroyed my family.’
It is not clear whether Tulisa was aware of Danny’s alleged relationship status. Tulisa and Danny were recently pictured inside the lobby of a hotel, and Stephanie admits she was left numb after discovering the pictures.
They were also seen pictured together picking up some groceries at a supermarket on Wednesday night. The X Factor judge was spotted on Thursday arriving back at London’s Heathrow Airport after she took a domestic flight from Newcastle.
And on Friday, the singer seemed keen to shy away from the cameras as she arrived at X Factor rehearsals at Fountain Studios in Wembley, North London, hiding her face away under a dark green hooded jumper as she turned out in support of her remaining contestant, Ella Henderson.
It’s believed she met the football player through mutual friends, before enjoying a date together. Her fans will have been hoping the singer is finally having some good luck in the romance stakes after a series of heartbreaks in recent years.
She split from her bandmate and boyfriend of two years Fazer earlier this year.
A video of the singer and her ex-boyfriend Justin Edwards also emerged on the internet. Tulisa filed a lawsuit against her ex and it was settled in July – with Edwards subsequently apologising for releasing the tape.
Tulisa also dated skins star Jack O’Connell, but their romance eventually fizzled out. Representatives have not responded to Mail Online’s requests for comment. Via DailyMail.
Lashing out: Tulisa Contostavlos has been branded a ‘homewrecker’ for reportedly romancing Newcastle ace Danny SimpsonHappy family: Danny has a baby daughter, Skye-Lorena, with his on-off girlfriend of seven years, Stephanie WardCosy night in? The rumoured couple were spotted picking up some groceries together at their local supermarket
Business as usual: Halle Berry is back to her old self!
It’s business as usual for mother Halle Berry after losing her fraught court battle to move daughter Nahla to Paris. The actress, 46, was spotted picking up her four-year-old up and then taking her to a nearby cinema in their hometown of LA.
And it was a family day out as Berry’s Frenchman fiance Olivier Martinez joined the pair, but it was the Monster’s Ball actress who was left holding the baby. Berry looked glum as she took Nahla out for the evening after school, keeping her shades on as her daughter looked cute in braids and a checked jacket.
Possibly she is still reeling from the court’s decision not to allow her to move her daughter across the world. But Berry is making the most of her little girl and decided to take her to the movies on a school night.
Wearing ripped jeans and a casual white top Berry looked casual as Martinez joined her in the relaxed look stakes. Nahla’s father Gabriel Aubry won a court case blocking the move, claiming it would make it difficult for him to sustain his close relationship with the four-year-old.
Halle was arguing that Los Angeles was not the ideal place for her daughter to grow up, due to the glare of the paparazzi. She has insisted that it was not an attempt to keep Nahla’s model father away from her.
Halle spoke out about the situation in a recent interview, where she claimed the move would be in Nahla’s best interests.
‘It’s the appeal of privacy and a greater sense of safety for Nahla,’ she told InStyle magazine. ‘Because we are followed all the time, she is starting to feel like she is somehow special, and of course she is, but I want her to understand that she’s special because of who she is, not because she was born into this celebrity blender.’ Visit DailyMail to continue reading…
All grown up: Nahla looks cute in her braids as mum Halle can’t raise a smile as she picks up her four-year-old from schoolHardworking: Halle takes Nahla’s pink lunchbox and some school work to her waiting carSleepyhead: Halle Berry carries a rather dozy Nahla to the movies… let’s hope she woke up for the featureGoodies: Halle carried a pink bag of presents as she carried Nahla to the movies, her daughter was sporting some very funky shoesProtective: Nahla keeps her head burrowed firmly in her mother’s neck as they walk to the movies
Nicole Scherzinger reveals her Gary Barlow cushion…
Nicole Scherzinger has revealed one of the secrets to her serene smile… a Gary Barlow cushion. The X Factor judge revealed her new tool after she headed out for dinner track after arriving back in London following her trip to Los Angeles for her grandmother’s funeral earlier in the week.
Although she didn’t exactly seem in the mood to party, she looked her usual stylish self as she stepped out for dinner in the capital on Thursday night.
She wore all black as she jetted out of London with boyfriend Lewis Hamilton in tow on Monday, but the singer opted for a simple white outfit for her night out at Tamarind restaurant in Mayfair. She looked her usual sultry self, but the star exuded a simple elegance in her knee-length strapless dress, which made the most of her ample assets.
Nicole wore her jet black hair tied up in a simple knot and kept her jewelry minimal, with just a delicate pair of gold hoop earrings. The X Factor mentor added a pair of bright red stilettos to the look, to give the outfit a splash of color.
Wearing slightly more natural make-up than usual, the former Pussycat Doll wore a touch of pink lipstick and a flick of black eyeliner. She added a demure black and white jacket as she jumped into her waiting car after what seemed to be a rather quiet and somber night. Visit DailyMail to continue reading…
Still on good form: Nicole still has her quirky sense of humour despite her difficult week as she holds up a cushion with Gary Barlow’s face on itAll white: Nicole Scherzinger exudes sultry elegance in a simple white dress as she head out for dinner in London on ThursdayQuiet night: Nicole jumps into her car after eating out in Mayfair but seems to have had a quiet eveningGetting ready: Nicole posts a picture of herself getting ready for her night out
Khloe Kardashian‘s X-Factor fashion and Thanksgiving plans…
Khloe Kardashian has been making bold fashion statements ever since she began co-hosting the X-Factor USA. On the last episode of the X-Factor, the reality starlet dazzled in a sequin long-sleeve mini dress with a plunging v-neckline from Mac Duggal and a pair of $1,095 Charlotte Olympia Ursula Metallic Strappy Platform Sandals. Her sandals are the latest in must-have footwear from Charlotte Olympia, featuring metallic leather straps, a peep-toe silhouette and sky-high 5 3/4″ heels.
As most Americans sit down for Thanksgiving dinner, he’ll be on the court with the Los Angeles Clippers in New York and she’ll be on the stage in Los Angeles. But even if Khloé Kardashian, 28, and her basketball star husband Lamar Odom, 33, won’t be together this year for the family holiday, they remain connected and supportive as both continue their busy careers.
“Honestly, I’m fine with it, because I’m obsessed with my husband – in a healthy way – but he’s on the road. He has a game in Brooklyn, so I don’t feel guilty, like, ‘I’m not going to be able to cook for him!’ “ Kardashian told PEOPLE from the set of The X Factor on Thursday.
“So, he’ll be on the road. He’ll be working anyway. So, I feel better about that, and my sister Kim will be here. And I think my mom will come here that night, too. Thanksgiving at The X Factor!”
Wherever her husband may be, Kardashian says Odom lovingly takes time to watch her show, even if it’s a replay on YouTube, where he often makes fun of her voice. Odom, she adds, has also given her other advice, chiding her for being a bit … overexposed.
“The only tip he gave me was don’t show your nipples anymore,” Kardashian joked. He said, “Please do not have your [breasts] out.” I said, ‘Oh, good tip.’ ”
As she gets emotionally invested in the show‘s talented contestants and in watching their gut-wrenching departures, Kardashian says she is also trying to improve her own skills co-hosting the show with Mario Lopez. Her famous siblings have been supportive thus far, offering their own tips.
“I’m still learning. I’m still just trying to get better, and better every week,” she said of her new role. “I like constructive criticism, but still it’s only a one or two-hour show, and there’s still so many people. I just don’t have time to just talk, and be myself yet.”
“And right now, it’s so technical. I feel like, when more people go, there’s going to be more time to fill. And I feel like that’s where I can kind of do my thing.”
Kobe Bryant: “I want to get rid of homelessness!”
In the 4 part video series, TakePart TV follows Kobe Bryant as he documents an honest and unfiltered account of challenges facing residents of Skid Row. Through Bryant’s personal and candid conversations with residents of The Los Angeles Mission, a nonprofit organization that cares for homeless people in the area by providing emergency services such as shelter, food, clothing, as well as professional medical and dental services.
In addition, the Los Angeles Mission also offers long-term residential rehabilitation programs including education, job training/placement, transitional housing and counseling.
The mini documentary below consists of 4 parts:
Part 1: Kobe Bryant talks to Anthony, a resident of the LA Mission, about growing up in an abusive household and recovering from homelessness.
Part 2: Kobe Bryant talks to Dennis, a resident of the LA Mission, about how he ended up on Skid Row and escaped gang life.
Part 3: Kobe Bryant visits LA Mission resident Kenneth to examine homelessness on Skid Row. Kenneth had planned to become a world-class sports trainer but was waylaid by drug addiction.
Part 4: Kobe Bryant speaks to Reggie, a resident of the LA Mission, about how he became homeless and how he’s striving to change his life.
The Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of youth and families in need, particularly in Los Angeles County. By providing financial resources and developing unique programs, the Foundation strives to strengthen communities and collaborate with local partners to support the most vulnerable citizens. Visit: http://www.kvbff.org
The Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of youth and families in need, both domestically and globally. By providing financial resources and developing unique programs, the Foundation strives to strengthen communities through educational and cultural enrichment opportunities.
Mummy’s little Black Swan: Nicole Richie takes Harlow to ballerina practice…
It seems Nicole Richie‘s children have acquired a penchant for dressing up, often being seen in an array of outfits from princess dresses to pirate get-ups.
But one ensemble which her four-year-old daughter Harlow has taken a particular shine to is her ballerina costume.
Looking like a mini Black Swan in her black tutu and leotard, Harlow was spotted running along in her pink ballerina slippers as Nicole took her to her weekly practice session on Thursday.
Harlow looked cute as she wore a pink hairband on her head, while her curly hair was tied up into a ponytail. She was obviously eager to get to her dance class as she trotted along ahead of her mother. And she even showed off some of her moves as she stretched up to put her hand on a railing.
Nicole was similarly dressed in a dark ensemble, albeit not quite as pretty.
The reality TV star-turned-designer opted for some skinny black jeans and a studded leather jacket which she wore with matching ankle boots. Richie completed her look with a beanie hat on her head as she carried a healthy drink in her hands.
Her husband Joel Madden was missing from the trip as Nicole came armed with a girl pal by her side to keep her company while Harlow underwent the lesson.
It was a rare day off for Richie, who has been busy recently promoting her latest fashion line. Visit DailyMail to continue reading…
Heading tutu dance class: Nicole Richie takes her daughter Harlow to her weekly ballerina lesson in Los Angeles on ThursdayShowing off her moves: Harlow stretched up in her black leotard and tutu as she eagerly made her way to classMini Black Swan: Richie wore a matching black ensemble to her daughter, who put a pink headband on and matching ballerina slippers on her feetHurry up Mummy! Nicole brought a girl pal along with her while husband Joel Madden had a morning off from daddy duties
Movie Review: ‘The Heat’ and interview with director Paul Feig on Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy…
A by-the-book Federal agent. A take-no-prisoners Boston detective. Forced to work together to bust a drug ring. It’s the tried and true buddy-cop formula from movies like Lethal Weapon, 48 HRS., and The Other Guys, but director Paul Feig is hoping to prove once again that the ladies can do anything as well as the guys can. In 2011, Feig helped a party of Bridesmaids led by Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy crash the box office to the tune of $169 million, trashing the notion that you need a Y-chromosome to score R-rated hilarity. In The Heat, out in April, Feig and McCarthy are raising the stakes even higher, recruiting Sandra Bullock to bust some crooks in an R-rated action-comedy.
In the new trailer, posted on Apple’s website, McCarthy and Bullock’s characters get off on the wrong foot, but pity the perp who crosses them — especially if he weighs more than they can lift. Feig tells EW about reuniting with McCarthy, what ’80s buddy-cop movie was The Heat‘s real inspiration, and how the movie will showcase another side to America’s Sweetheart Sandra Bullock.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Nice trailer. Now which one was Cagney and which was Lacey?
PAUL FEIG: Exactly. It’s a whole new twist, my friend. No, I’m really proud of it because the irony is doing a green-band trailer is kinda hard. We’re definitely a good R-rated movie. But the first trailer definitely gives you a feel for these characters and the chemistry between them. These two actresses are just so funny together. Now they’re like best friends in real life, so the chemistry just comes through.
I assume you and Melissa hit it off during Bridesmaids since you’ve re-teamed again so quickly.
She was off doing Identity Theft [with Jason Bateman] down in Atlanta and I was sad that I wasn’t going to be able to do a film with her this summer, and then this just popped up. As I was reading the script, I was like Oh my God, this is just a home run for Melissa. She read it and just fell in love with it, too. We did one little workshop reading down in Atlanta when she was shooting and Sandra came down for that. They just immediately were funny together. I’m so happy she did this one because she’s playing such a strong, confident, cool character and that’s when I think she’s so funny, when she’s this uncompromising person. Visit Entertainment Weekly to continue reading the interview…
Box Office News: Skyfall earns $30.8 million on opening day!
After 23 movies, the James Bond franchise is still growing, and Skyfall is on pace to clobber the domestic opening weekend record for the spy series.
On Friday, Skyfall rocketed away with $30.8 million (that’s not including the $2.2 million earned in Thursday night previews), which is the highest Friday gross ever for a Bond film. The previous franchise record was set by Quantum of Solace, which earned $27 million on Friday on the way to its $67.5 million opening weekend (also a franchise high). After one day, Skyfall is outperforming Quantum by 14 percent.
If it maintains that pace over Saturday and Sunday, the Daniel Craig feature will finish the weekend with a tremendous $77 million. Positive word-of-mouth could help the movie hold up better than expected, and a debut weekend above $80 million is not out of the question. Either way, Skyfall‘s debut will be the fourth best opening weekend in 2012 behind The Avengers ($207.4 million), The Dark Knight Rises ($160.9 million), and The Hunger Games($152.5 million). More importantly, it will be the best in James Bond history.
In second place, Disney’s animated Wreck-It Ralph climbed to $7.8 million on its second Friday. The well-reviewed videogame comedy earned 42 percent less than it did on its opening day, but thanks to family-fueled Saturday and Sunday grosses it should stabilize and finish the weekend with a hefty $30 million.
In third, Flight descended by 48 percent from its first Friday to $4.3 million yesterday. The Denzel Washington vehicle may finish the weekend with about $14-15 million and $47 million total.
In limited release, the Steven Spielberg-directed Oscar contender Lincoln got off to an impressive start, earning $268,000 from 11 theaters. The historical drama scored a one-day per theater average of $24,368, which will likely climb to about $75,000 by Sunday evening, giving it an $800,000 weekend. The film moves into wide release next weekend. Via EW.com
- Skyfall – $30.8 million
- Wreck-It Ralph – $7.8 million
- Flight – $4.3 million
- Argo – $1.8 million
- Taken 2 – $1.2 million
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