Meet Emeli Sande – The Scottish Aretha Franklin

On stage: Emeli Sande's Live At The Albert HallOne year ago this week, Emeli Sandé’s first album entered the charts at number one.  Twelve months on, Our Version Of Events is enjoying its 53rd consecutive week in the Top Ten – a record for a debut bettered only by The Beatles’ Please Please Me in 1963 – and the woman behind it is a household name.

The Scottish singer-songwriter crowned an exceptional year on Wednesday night by winning two Brits – best female and best album – while her debut was the only album to sell a million copies in Britain last year. She performed at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games, while next month’s UK tour is a complete sell-out. Strangest of all, the 25-year-old managed to achieve all this without exploiting her sexuality or getting embroiled in a celebrity scandal.

An old-fashioned pop star, she has kept her private life to herself.

With Sandé, it is all about the songs, a virtue emphasized by this week’s release of her first live album. Recorded last November, Live At The Royal Albert Hall is a CD and DVD double-pack that reiterates the qualities that have made the singer pop royalty. It features hits such as Heaven and Next To Me, and wraps her soulful, heart-stopping voice in atmospheric strings and seductive rhythms.Monochrome: Sande arriving at the ceremony on the red carpetWith intimate, piano-led songs her forte, the centerpieces are the ballads Clown and River, back-to-back tracks that are simultaneously sad and uplifting. On Clown, she admits to being a novice pianist, but her performance is still mesmerizing.

Other highlights include a haunting take on the Cup Final hymn Abide With Me (as sung at the Olympics opening ceremony) and a note-faithful cover of Nina Simone’s I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free.

‘From the age of eight, she’s been my inspiration,’ says Emeli.

As live albums go, it isn’t perfect. Emeli has the soulful voice and songwriting abilities of Simone, but she has yet to acquire the stagecraft that is a hallmark of her other great influence, Alicia Keys. While the New Yorker will fall back on her inner showgirl when she plays a big venue, the naturally reserved Sandé can seem overwhelmed by the occasion.

‘Wow, I’m playing the Royal Albert Hall,’ she says. ‘This is my wildest dream come true — and it’s all happened so quickly.’

Her fans, however, react warmly to her girl-next-door charm, especially when she touchingly dedicates songs to her watching mum, dad and sister Lucy. Trim figure: Emeli debuts her slimmer figure after slimming down before trying to crack the USIf the tender, reflective nature of Sandé’s material threatens to make this album slightly one-paced, the singer is inspired in her choices of collaborators, and guest appearances by rapper Professor Green (on Read All About It) and singer Labrinth (on Beneath Your Beautiful) ensure that the energy levels soar at the end of the evening.

Beyond her undoubted artistry, though, what has made Sandé such a star?

The thing that sticks out the most about the singer is how down to earth she still is. In an era of TV-created idols, she offers something different:

The daughter of a Zambian father, Joel, who moved to Britain on a scholarship and now teaches engineering, and an English mother, Diane, from Cumbria, she was raised in a small, conservative village in the Aberdeenshire countryside.

Dramatic weight loss: Singer Emeli Sandé cuts a slimmer figure on the red carpet at the pre-Grammy party on Saturday night, and seen right at the MOBO Awards last NovemberFrom there, she went not to stage school but the University of Glasgow, where she completed a medical degree, specialising in Clinical Neuroscience.
In the final year of her studies, she spent time in hospital wards meeting patients with spinal injuries and schizophrenia. Had she not taken up music, she would now be a qualified junior doctor.

‘My intention was always to become a doctor,’ she said ‘I specialized in neurology, and I found medicine a real challenge. ‘It was something that was going to stretch me, because I wasn’t just stuck in a research laboratory.’

‘I was in a hospital, and I got to see people at their most vulnerable. Ultimately, though, I wanted to try music.’

There is a touch of steel to Sandé, too, along with the strong work ethic that is a prerequisite for any modern pop star.  The singer concedes she was ‘headstrong’ as a child, and, in her teens, she declined a record deal after winning a Radio 1 talent contest, preferring to cut her musical teeth by writing hits for Cheryl Cole and Susan Boyle.

Her approach has won her the admiration of her peers. Jay-Z praised her ‘unique sound’, Rihanna asked her to write a song for her, and Dido, when I interviewed her recently, was quick to acknowledge a singer she sees as a kindred spirit, not least for the fact that Sandé, like Dido.

Even amidst the prying eyes of the paparazzi, she managed to get married to marine biologist Adam Gouraguine in a very private ceremony.

‘I think she’s brilliant,’ Dido told me. ‘It’s voices that resonate with me, and I love hers. She’s the most exciting female artist of the moment. She never gets boring, either, because I don’t know anything about her private life, which is great.’

Slim and healthy: A radiant looking Aretha Franklin attended the New York Knicks game last night at Madison Square GardensSandé herself is already looking ahead, with this live set previewing two songs from her forthcoming second album. The first, Enough, is a big, flowing piano ballad. The second, Pluto, looks more to the Massive Attack-style strings of her debut single Heaven. On the evidence of these, the stunning success of Our Version Of Events is no fluke.

‘You have a duty to be a positive role model, especially when some of your fans are young girls,’ she says. ‘You get 13- and 14-year-olds thinking they have to dress a certain way to get on.

But my inspirations were Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone. With them, the music always came first.’

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The charmer-in-chief: Obama gets flirty as he schmoozes with Thai prime minister on first stop of historic Asia visit…

All in the eyes: Prime Minister Shinawatra shoots Obama a seductive glance as the two meet on his arrival in Bangkok

All in the eyes: Prime Minister Shinawatra shoots Obama a seductive glance as the two meet on his arrival in Bangkok

President Obama is practicing a new brand of foreign relations, appearing to flirt with Thailand’s attractive prime minister on his first stop of his three-day tour of Southeast Asia.

The president and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra could be seen laughing together and exchanging playful glances throughout a state dinner at the Government House in Bangkok on Sunday night. They were joined by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who toasted to the U.S.-Thailand friendship with Shinawatra.

Obama will next visit Myanmar – also known as Burma – followed by Cambodia this week. He said it is ‘no accident’ that he planned his first foreign trip to Asia after winning re-election.

Speaking at a news conference on Sunday in Bangkok, Obama emphasized that the U.S. is a ‘Pacific nation.’ He said the Asia-Pacific region will be crucial for creating jobs in the U.S. and shaping its security and prosperity.

Obama’s praised Thailand for being a supporter of democracy in Myanmar, the once-pariah state that is rapidly reforming. The president’s visit made quite an impression on Thailand, and adoring crowds gathered around him and chanted ‘Obama, Obama’ as he visited the Temple of Reclining Buddha just after arriving in Bangkok.

The Temple of Reclining Buddha, formally known as Wat Pho, was the first stop on President Barack Obama’s Asian tour that will also take him to Myanmar and Cambodia. Observing traditional custom, Obama took off his shoes as a saffron-robed monk led him and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton through the 18th century temple’s stoned paved compound of multi-colored spires and chapels with hundreds of gilded Buddha images. Visit DailyMail to continue reading…

Why hello there: President Obama shakes hands with Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra as he arrives at the Government House in Bangkok, ThailandWhy hello there: President Obama shakes hands with Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra as he arrives at the Government House in Bangkok, ThailandGlances: Obama enjoys a joke with Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra during a state dinner in ThailandGlances: Obama enjoys a joke with Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra during a state dinner in ThailandWelcome tour: Thai Prime Minister Shinawatra, right, looks back at President Obama during a press conference in BangkokWelcome tour: Thai Prime Minister Shinawatra, right, looks back at President Obama during a press conference in BangkokForeign policy: The president and the prime minister could be seen laughing together and exchanging playful glances throughout a state dinner at the Government House in BangkokForeign policy: The president and the prime minister could be seen laughing together and exchanging playful glances throughout a state dinner at the Government House in BangkokFriendly: Obama and Shinawatra burst into laughter during the press conferenceFriendly: Obama and Shinawatra burst into laughter during the press conferenceGo East: Barack Obama and Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra review an honor guard during a welcoming ceremony at Government House in BangkokGo East: Barack Obama and Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra review an honor guard during a welcoming ceremony at Government House in Bangkok Quick trip: Obama and Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra arrive for a joint news conference during his three-day trip to AsiaQuick trip: Obama and Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra arrive for a joint news conference during his three-day trip to AsiaCheers! Clinton and the Thai PM toast at Government House in BangkokCheers! Clinton and the Thai PM toast at Government House in BangkokSpiritual: Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tour the Viharn of the Reclining Buddha with Chaokun Suthee ThammanuwatSpiritual: Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tour the Viharn of the Reclining Buddha with Chaokun Suthee ThammanuwatTime for reflection: Obama and Clinton admire a shrine during their monastery visitTime for reflection: Obama and Clinton admire a shrine during their monastery visitMeeting: Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej talking to Obama along with the Secretary of StateMeeting: Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej talking to Obama along with the Secretary of State On tour: Obama and Clinton at the Wat Pho Royal Monastery in BangkokOn tour: Obama and Clinton at the Wat Pho Royal Monastery in Bangkok Ceremony: Obama and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on the red carpet at Thai Government House in BangkokCeremony: Obama and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on the red carpet at Thai Government House in Bangkok

Obama and Clinton meet with activist Aung San Suu Kyi in historic Presidential visit to Myanmar…

President Obama this morning staged a historic meeting with Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi as he became the first American president to visit the controversial country. The warm reception that he received from Suu Kyi, who made headlines for being under house arrest for two decades because of her push for democracy in the country, is diplomatically important as it sends a clear signal the America supports her cause.

Adding to the friendliness between the leaders, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave the petite Kyi a giant hug, as the two have met a number of other times before.  The six-hour visit came before Obama headed to Cambodia – making him the first U.S. president to step foot in the country – to attend an East Asia Summit with other world leaders.

President Obama this morning staged a historic meeting with Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi as he became the first American president to visit the controversial country.

The warm reception that he received from Suu Kyi, who made headlines for being under house arrest for two decades because of her push for democracy in the country, is diplomatically important as it sends a clear signal the America supports her cause.

Adding to the friendliness between the leaders, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave the petite Kyi a giant hug, as the two have met a number of other times before. The six-hour visit came before Obama headed to Cambodia – making him the first U.S. president to step foot in the country – to attend an East Asia Summit with other world leaders.

The house is a light-grey stucco structure with a red-tiled roof. The lawn is ringed with roses. A lake where an American once swam across to visit Suu Kyi while she was under house arrest is not visible from the lawn, blocked by a wire-topped security fence and wind barrier. Visit DailyMail to continue reading…

Friendly reception: Hillary Clinton gives Aung San Suu Kai a big hug after arriving with President Obama at her residence in Yangon, Myanmar on MondayFriendly reception: Hillary Clinton gives Aung San Suu Kai a big hug after arriving with President Obama at her residence in Yangon, Myanmar on MondayWarm welcome: President Obama uses a traditional greeting to say hello to democratic activist KyiWarm welcome: President Obama uses a traditional greeting to say hello to democratic activist KyiPolitical handshake: Kyi is a controversial character in her country as she opposes the military junta that controls the majority of the country but has been embraced by the international communityPolitical handshake: Kyi is a controversial character in her country as she opposes the military junta that controls the majority of the country but has been embraced by the international communityArrival: Obama waves upon arriving at the residence of the Myanmar democracy activistArrival: Obama waves upon arriving at the residence of the Myanmar democracy activist World stage: Obama and Aung San Suu Kyi speak to the media at her residence in YangonWorld stage: Obama and Aung San Suu Kyi speak to the media at her residence in YangonFriendly: Obama kisses Suu Kyi as he visited the country to encourage dramatic political reformsFriendly: Obama kisses Suu Kyi as he visited the country to encourage dramatic political reforms Affection: Obama kisses Aung San Suu Kyi at her residence – in another example of his hands-on diplomacyAffection: Obama kisses Aung San Suu Kyi at her residence - in another example of his hands-on diplomacyAffectionate: Obama and Suu Kyi shake hands after speaking at her residence in YangonAffectionate: Obama and Suu Kyi shake hands after speaking at her residence in YangonClose: Obama and Suu Kyi smile at the residence where she was held under house arrest for two decadesClose: Obama and Suu Kyi smile at the residence where she was held under house arrest for two decadesBoth sides: The President also met with Myanmar’s President Thein Sein during the six-hour tripClose: Obama and Suu Kyi smile at the residence where she was held under house arrest for two decadesMaking a point: The President said that while the country has grown in recent years, there is still a lot of work that needs to be doneBoth sides: The President also met with Myanmar's President Thein Sein during the six-hour tripBoth sides: The President also met with Myanmar’s President Thein Sein during the six-hour tripMaking a point: The President said that while the country has grown in recent years, there is still a lot of work that needs to be doneAffection: The visit to Myanmar came after Obama met Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in BangkokAffection: The visit to Myanmar came after Obama met Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in BangkokQuite the crowd: Throngs of supporters lined the street as the presidential motorcade drove through YangonQuite the crowd: Throngs of supporters lined the street as the presidential motorcade drove through YangonActing like a local: President Obama visited the Shwedagon pagoda as part of the whirl-wind tripActing like a local: President Obama visited the Shwedagon pagoda as part of the whirl-wind tripPaying respects: The visit is of great symbolic significance as Obama is the first American president to ever visitPaying respects: The visit is of great symbolic significance as Obama is the first American president to ever visitTour: President Obama and Clinton walk through the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar on MondayTour: President Obama and Clinton walk through the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar on MondayOpulent: Obama tours the Shwedagon Pagoda in a U.S. president’s first visit to the countryOpulent: Obama tours the Shwedagon Pagoda in a U.S. president's first visit to the countryIn waiting: Obama’s motorcade is parked outside the Shwedagon Pagoda as he takes a tourWaiting: Obama's motorcade is parked outside the Shwedagon Pagoda as he takes a tourTogether: Clinton and Suu Kyi sit together as Obama speaks at University of YangonTogether: Clinton and Suu Kyi sit together as Obama speaks at University of YangonReady: Obama arrives to speak at Yangon University in Yangon, Myanmar during the six-hour tripReady: Obama arrives to speak at Yangon University in Yangon, Myanmar during the six-hour tripUnited: In his speech, he showered praise on the country for its reforms towards democracyUnited: In his speech, he showered praise on the country for its reforms towards democracyNext stop: Obama receives a floral tribute upon his arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport in CambodiaNext stop: Obama receives a floral tribute upon his arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport in CambodiaWelcome: Obama with Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen before the ASEAN-U.S. leaders meetingWelcome: Obama with Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen before the ASEAN-U.S. leaders meetingBusiness: Obama, fourth from left, is in Cambodia for the ASEAN-U.S. leaders’ meeting at the Peace PalaceBusiness: Obama, fourth from left, is in Cambodia for the ASEAN-U.S. leaders' meeting at the Peace PalaceTogether: With Obama are (left to right) Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen and Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal BolkiahTogether: With Obama are (left to right) Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen and Brunei's Sultan Hassanal BolkiahGetting to work: Obama walks to his seat during the East Asia Summit at the Peace Palace in Phnom PenhGetting to work: Obama walks to his seat during the East Asia Summit at the Peace Palace in Phnom PenhNew frontiers: President Obama arrived in Myanmar with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday morningNew frontiers: President Obama arrived in Myanmar with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday morning Greetings: Myanmar, also known as Burma, was rife with human rights violations but has been becoming more democratic under the new governmentGreetings: Myanmar, also known as Burma, was rife with human rights violations but has been becoming more democratic under the new governmentEmbracing: A young girl in traditional dress hands the President a bouquet at his arrivalEmbracing: A young girl in traditional dress hands the President a bouquet at his arrivalWelcoming: Students lined the streets for Obama’s arrival, and he is expected to meet with the nation’s prime minister and democracy advocates, and close with a speech at the University of YangonWelcoming: Students lined the streets for Obama's arrival, and he is expected to meet with the nation's prime minister and democracy advocates, and close with a speech at the University of YangonUnusual pairing: Obama’s visit was to last just six hours, but it carries significant symbolism, reflecting a remarkable turnaround in the countries’ relationshipUnusual pairing: Obama's visit was to last just six hours, but it carries significant symbolism, reflecting a remarkable turnaround in the countries' relationshipExpectations: Obama will meet separately in Myanmar with Prime Minister Thein Sein, who has orchestrated much of his country’s recent reformsExpectations: Obama will meet separately in Myanmar with Prime Minister Thein Sein, who has orchestrated much of his country's recent reformsTaking it all in: The president walks off the plane after being greeted by a local officialTaking it all in: The president walks off the plane after being greeted by a local officialSaluting the welcomers: Clinton waves to fans after driving off in the motorcadeSaluting the welcomers: Clinton waves to fans after driving off in the motorcadeHappy Hillary: Myanmar is close to Clinton’s heart as she has met repeatedly with Suu KyiHappy Hillary: Myanmar is close to Clinton's heart as she has met repeatedly with Suu Kyi

Time to party! Obama dons traditional silk clothing for Cambodian dinner just moments after ‘tense’ talks with prime minister…

Obama, right, shares a laugh with New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key

Obama shares a laugh with New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key

Just moments earlier, President Obama had been in ‘tense’ talks with the Cambodian leader over his poor democratic leadership model and the country’s worsening human rights abuses.

Yet, a costume change later and with a wine glass in hand, the president was all smiles with Prime Minister Hun Sen as they settled down to dinner together at the East Asia Summit in Phnom Penh.

President Obama donned a traditional silk shirt as he posed with other world leaders during his final stop of his historic East Asia tour.

What a trip: Obama shares a laugh with New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key as he walks to the summit's dinner during his visit to Cambodia - the first ever by a U.S. president

What a trip: Obama shares a laugh with New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key

He has made history twice within hours this morning, becoming the first U.S. president to set foot in Myanmar – known more commonly as Burma – and Cambodia.

Unlike the visit to Myanmar, where he met with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and praised the country’s progress, Obama made it clear he is only in Cambodia to attend the summit. He said the trip should not be seen as an endorsement of Hun Sen and the government he has led since the 1980s, when Ronald Reagan was in power in the White House.

During the visit, Obama urged Hun Sen to hold fair elections and release political prisoners as he took a firm line on human rights abuses that activists say have worsened. ‘He highlighted a set of issues that he’s concerned about within Cambodia,’ Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser to the president, told Reuters. Visit DailyMail to continue reading…

Welcome: President Obama, wearing a traditional silk shirt, returns a greeting to Bun Rany, wife of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, who stands centre, before a dinner in Phnom Penh, CambodiaWelcome: President Obama, wearing a traditional silk shirt, returns a greeting to Bun Rany, wife of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, who stands centre, before a dinner in Phnom Penh, CambodiaAll smiles: Obama joins (from left) Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen and China’s Prime Minister Wen JiabaoAll smiles: Obama joins (from left) Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen and China's Prime Minister Wen JiabaoMaking friends: Obama speaks with the Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah as leaders pose for a photoMaking friends: Obama speaks with the Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah as leaders take their places for a photoAt ease: Obama toasts with Hun Sen at the East Asia Summit Dinner despite their ‘tense’ talksAt ease: Obama toasts with Hun Sen at the East Asia Summit Dinner despite their 'tense' talksBusiness: Obama doesn’t look in the party mood as Hun Sen toasts with Australian Prime Minister Julia GillardBusiness: Obama doesn't look in the party mood as Hun Sen toasts with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard

President Obama completes historic Asia trip…

All smiles: Obama joins (from left) Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen and China's Prime Minister Wen JiabaoFor all the attention wrenched elsewhere in recent days — on new violence in the Middle East, the “fiscal cliff” back home — President Barack Obama’s speedy trip to Southeast Asia achieved a major goal: It was clearly seen in the region as a validation of Asia’s strategic importance as the U.S. refocuses its foreign policy to counter China’s clout.

It wasn’t easy. Even in a Buddhist monastery in Thailand, Obama could not escape the budget woes waiting for him back home. And his historic visit to Myanmar was all but drowned out by the rocket fire and missile strikes between Israel and Gaza. He went half a world away to promote U.S.-style democracy but couldn’t leave his troubles behind.

Even as Obama traipsed in stocking feet through a temple in the heart of Bangkok, a monk wished him luck negotiating the deficit-reduction challenge awaiting him in Washington. And the bloodshed in the Middle East, exploding as he toured Southeast Asia for three days, illustrated the limits of U.S. foreign policy even as he tried to display its influence and reach.

But he came away from his trip to this corner of the world — a place once defined by a cloistered and shunned nation like Myanmar or by Khmer Rouge “killing fields” or by Chinese power —with at least the hope that the example of U.S. democracy can effect change and strengthen America’s hand.

He made his case clearly during a Bangkok news conference:

“It’s worked for us for over 200 years now, and I think it’s going to work for Thailand and it’s going to work for this entire region,” he said. “And the alternative, I think, is a false hope that, over time, I think erodes and collapses under the weight of people whose aspirations are not being met.”

Establishing a bigger, more influential presence in the Asia-Pacific region has long been an Obama objective, a goal driven by 21st century geopolitical considerations and by the Hawaiian-born president’s own self-identity as the first Pacific president. Visit theGrio to continue reading…

Obama Education Agenda in 2nd term driven by loose ends…

Obama on education 2nd termLoose ends and thorny partisan issues that have long dogged attempts to move forward on education await the next Congress as President Barack Obama‘s second term begins.

Soaring campaign-year aspirations to close the achievement gap and boost college graduation rates to the highest in the world may have to fall back to earth – at least temporarily – as lawmakers and Obama tackle a number of gritty funding-related issues that just can’t wait.

First up is sequestration, the automatic, government-wide spending cuts set to knock out 8.2 percent of the funding to almost all of the Education Department’s programs – unless Congress acts before the end of the year to avert the cuts.

Programs intended to reduce educational inequities will take a hit of $1.3 billion, according to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget. Special education, already funded far below the levels Congress originally promised, will be slashed by more than $1 billion.

Most of the reductions won’t take effect until next fall, when the 2013-14 school year starts, but Impact Aid, which helps districts that lose revenue due to local tax-exempt federal property, would be cut immediately. Visit HuffingtonPost to continue reading…

Democrats push to redeploy Obama’s voter database…

Obama campaigningIf you voted this election season, President Obama almost certainly has a file on you. His vast campaign database includes information on voters’ magazine subscriptions, car registrations, housing values and hunting licenses, along with scores estimating how likely they were to cast ballots for his reelection.

And though the election is over, Obama’s database is just getting started.

Democrats are now pressing to expand and redeploy the most sophisticated voter list in American political history, beginning with next year’s gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey and extending to campaigns for years to come. The prospect already has some Republicans worried.

“It’s always hard to play catch-up,” said Peter Pasi, a Republican direct marketer who worked on Rick Santorum’s primary challenge to Romney. “It can be done by 2016. I’m much more doubtful it can happen by 2014.”

The database consists of voting records and political donation histories bolstered by vast amounts of personal but publicly available consumer data, say campaign officials and others familiar with the operation, which was capable of recording hundreds of fields for each voter.

Campaign workers added far more detail through a broad range of voter contacts — in person, on the phone, over e-mail or through visits to the campaign’s Web site. Those who used its Facebook app, for example, had their files updated with lists of their Facebook friends along with scores measuring the intensity of those relationships and whether they lived in swing states.

If their last names seemed Hispanic, a key target group for the campaign, the database recorded that, too. Visit the Washington Post to continue reading…

What is comprehensive immigration reform?

dream actFor immigrants and immigrant rights advocates, the post-election news that many Republicans understand that comprehensive immigration reform has to be tackled and that key Senate leaders such as Charles Schumer and Lindsey Graham already are working on a blueprint is splendid. The challenge will be in determining just what should go into that comprehensive package?

In many quarters, the debate over immigration reform boils down to a tug-of-war between those who want more enforcement and those who want legalization (a path to citizenship) for 11 million undocumented immigrants. But comprehensive reform requires addressing far more than these two issues.

Most comprehensive proposals in that past several years would have increased border enforcement, instituted verification requirements for employers to ensure they are not hiring unauthorized workers, increased visas for high-skilled workers, and provided legalization for the undocumented immigrants here now.

Over the years, narrower legalization proposals have focused on the DREAM Act for undocumented students, AgJobs for farmworkers, and a massive guest worker program that was promoted by President Bush.

While I am opposed to enhanced employment verification requirements for employers because the effectiveness of employer sanctions is questionable, and I question the wisdom of a guest worker program given the exploitative circumstances under which those workers would have to operate, I understand why negotiators would want those issues on the table.

However, for many immigrants, their relatives, and their supporters, comprehensive reform entails much more. Consider the family immigration categories. The waitlist for many relative categories, particularly for those from Mexico and the Philippines, can be 10 to 20 years. Visit HuffingtPost to continue reading…

Owners of Applebees, Denny’s, and Papa John’s are whining about Obamacare. Don’t take them seriously!

The No. 1 consequence of Obama’s re-election is that it essentially guarantees his signature health care law will be implemented. And not everyone is happy about it. Zane Tankel owns about 40 Applebees franchises.

He says that as a result of the law’s penalties on employers who don’t offer health insurance to their workforce “we won’t build more restaurants, we won’t hire more people.” John Metz owns about 40 Denny’s outlets, several Dairy Queens, and is the brains behind the Hurricane Grill & Wings chain is even blunter.

He says he’ll be tacking a 5 percent surcharge onto customers’ bills in order to defray the costs of Obamacare. If you’re not happy about that surcharge, he’s got an answer for you. Cranky customers “can reduce the amount of tip they give to the server, who is the primary beneficiary of Obamacare.”

These guys are being jerks, but they’re helpfully bringing to light what was obscured during the original debate over the health care bill—rich businessmen don’t like it because it raises their taxes. The Republican Party is very sensitive to the views of rich businessmen, and so they didn’t like the health care bill.

The debate, unfortunately, got bogged down in a lot of nonsense about death panels and socialism rather than focusing on the brass tacks stuff that matters. Low-income workers—the kind of people likely to be working as servers at Denny’s—really will see huge benefits from the law. And the kind of people who own dozens of chain restaurant franchises really will suffer, at least a bit. Visit Slate to continue reading…

Cheer up, Papa John’s. Obamacare gave you a good deal.

Papa Johns Royal Wedding Pizza

Papa John’s Royal Wedding Pizza

The health-care law’s treatment of larger employers is almost laughably complicated. If you’ve got fewer than 50 employees, nothing is asked of you, and if you’re willing to provide insurance for your employees, you get a giant tax credit, at least for awhile.

But if you’re a business with more than 50 full-time employees, matters become considerably more complex.  If you’ve got more than 50 full-time employees and you already offer them health insurance, you can stop reading now. You’re in the clear.

If you’ve got more than 50 full-time employees and you don’t offer them coverage and you don’t pay them enough to buy coverage on their own without using subsidies, then you have to pay $2,000 for each employee, except for your first 30 employees.

If you’ve got more than 50 full-time employees and you offer some of them coverage but others have to apply for federal subsidies and buy coverage themselves, then you pay the lesser of $3,000 for each employee receiving insurance subsidies or $2,000 for each full-time employee, once again excluding the first 30 employees.

Weird, right? But the complexities of this policy obscure a huge win for employers. In 1974, President Richard Nixon’s health-care plan proposed forcing employers to pay 75 percent of the cost of basic health insurance for their employees, though there would be some assistance for smaller businesses. Visit the Washington Post to continue reading…

Sasha and Malia join father Obama in choosing National Thanksgiving Turkey…

The American people have spoken and Cobbler has been voted the 2012 National Thanksgiving Turkey. The moment of truth in Thanksgiving Decision 2012 came on Wednesday at the White House National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation, as President Barack Obama announced that Cobbler was victorious over his competitor, Gobbler, though both are winners as neither will face the chopping block.

They competed for the coveted role in a massive social media campaign with Americans invited to cast their ballots to decide which animal should receive the title. Even though Gobbler failed to nab the top prize, he will serve as an alternate in case the official bird cannot fulfill his duties.

President Obama was joined by the first daughters, Malia and Sasha, to announce the winner. ‘They say that life is all about second chances,’ President Obama told a crowd of Thanksgiving revelers and reporters at the White House Rose Garden on Wednesday.

‘This November, I couldn’t agree more,’ he said, adding that ‘once again Nate Silver completely nailed it,’ referencing the New York Times blogger and celebrity numbers whiz who was spot-on in his election prediction on November 6. ‘The American people have spoken…and these birds are moving forward.’ Visit DailyMail to continue reading…

Spared: President Barack Obama gestures to officially pardon Cobbler, who was named the 2012 National Thanksgiving Turkey. The President was joined by his daughters Sasha and Malia (right)SparedSweet victory: President Obama (with daughters Malia, right, and Sasha) announced that Cobbler was the 2012 National Thanksgiving Turkey. Sasha was eager to pet the winner while Malia wanted to keep her distanceSweet victoryWhat a turkey: The Obamas share a laugh while Cobbler, the 2012 National Thanksgiving Turkey, gobbles away in delightWhat a turkey:Settle down: Cobbler was a little excitable before the crowd at The White House. National Turkey Federation Chairman Steve Willardsen (second left) and handler Bob Evans (left) hold the turkey as President Obama approachedSettle downLaughing matter: The first daughters laughed with their dad as Cobbler gobbled away in front of the crowd at the ceremony in the White House Rose Garden on WednesdayLaughing matter:Take two: US President Barack Obama said life is all about second chance, referencing his own reelection, in his speech before he pardoned Cobbler with his daughters Sasha and Malia (left)Take two:Those who serve: US President Barack Obama greets members of the armed services, who gathered to watch the annual turkey pardoning at the Rose Garden of the White House on WednesdayHeroesLike father, like daughter: Malia Obama and her sister Sasha (pictured behind) follow in their father’s footsteps to welcomes guests to the ceremony on the day before ThanksgivingLike father, like daughter:Family time: US President Barack Obama puts his arms around his daughters Sasha (right) and Malia (left) as he exits the Rose Garden after the ceremonyFamily time: Victorious: The 2012 National Thanksgiving Turkey, Cobbler, stands tall as he is presented before the American public on WednesdayVictoriousDestined for greatness: The two candidates for the 2012 National Thanksgiving turkey are presented by National Turkey Federation Chairman Steve Willardsen at a press conference on November 20Destined for greatnessWinning: Cobbler earned the most votes as part of the online campaign. He enjoys strutting and eating cranberriesContender: Cobbler is one of the turkeys up to be this year's official turkey, and enjoys strutting and eating cranberriesCompetition: Gobbler was also in the running but just wasn’t as popular with the votersCompetition: Gobbler is also in the running and enjoys fiddle music and cornTasty treat? In 2010, Mr Obama pardoned Apple while his daughters Sasha and Malia look onPardoning: Obama pardons Courage the National Thanksgiving Turkey in 2009Tasty treat? In 2010, Mr Obama pardoned Apple while his daughters Sasha and Malia look onLiberty and justice for all: Last year, a 45-pound bird named Liberty was the lucky turkey to get a presidential pardonJoin the feast: Dwight D. Eisenhower received a 43-pound turkey from the National Turkey Federation (pictured November 14, 1954) but Ike feasted on the birdJoin the feast:Yum: Harry S Truman received a Thanksgiving turkey (on November 16, 1949) and joked that the large turkey would help feed his 25 relativesYumThanksgiving tradition: President John F. Kennedy (pictured in the Rose Garden in November 19, 1963) was the first U.S. President to offer mercy to the national turkey, an annual gift from the National Turkey FederationThanksgiving traditionMercy: Ronald Reagan (pictured in the Rose Garden in November 18, 1981) carried on the tradition of letting the national turkey live out his years in peaceMercyPardoning: Obama pardons Courage the National Thanksgiving Turkey in 2009Tasty treat? In 2010, Mr Obama pardoned Apple while his daughters Sasha and Malia look on; he joked in 2009 that they were the reason he didn't eat the pardoned bird

Sasha and Malia join their parents to hand out treats and and White house M&Ms to the needy!

President Barack Obama distributes food

President Barack Obama distributes food

Many American families celebrate Thanksgiving by volunteering their time and helping the less fortunate, and the Obamas are not an exception. After sparing the life of Cobbler the turkey and his alternate Wednesday, President Barack Obama, first Lady Michelle and their two daughters, Sasha and Malia, headed off to a food bank in Washington DC, where they spent an hour distributing groceries to needy families.

The first family were joined at the Capital Area Food Bank by Oregon state basketball coach Craig Robinson, Michelle Obama’s brother, and members of his team. A smiling president, dressed in a casual ensemble consisting of a checkered button-down with the sleeves rolled up and khakis asked each person who received an orange bag of food how they were doing, according to UPI.

A White House aide said that the bags contained carrots, apples, and season-appropriate sweet potatoes, including one that elicited an exclamation from Obama about how large it was. People who arrived at the food bank Wednesday were also treated to special White House boxes of M&Ms.

During the annual turkey pardoning ceremony earlier in the day, Obama said that he and his family will be taking two less fortunate gobblers to the charitable establishment where the first family have been helping out since moving to the capital four years ago.

‘The First Family will continue their annual Thanksgiving tradition and participate in a service project at the Capital Area Food Bank. They will be joined by family and friends including members of the Oregon State men’s basketball team.

‘The First Family will pack and distribute bags of food to children and seniors served by the Food Bank,’ the White House said in a statement cited by Politico.

In his remarks at the rose Garden, Obama encouraged other Americans to follow his example.

‘I’d like to ask every American to do what they can to help families who are in need of a real Thanksgiving this year,’he said. Via DailyMail.

Volunteer-in-chief: President Barack Obama, right, next to daughter Sasha and first lady Michelle Obama, holds a huge sweet potato at the Capital Area Food BankVolunteer-in-chief: President Barack Obama, right, next to daughter Sasha and first lady Michelle Obama, holds a huge sweet potato at the Capital Area Food BankDay of service: The first family spent an hour distributing food at the DC food bankDay of service: The first family spent an hour distributing food at the DC food bankClose encounters: Smiling President Obama shook hands with visitors and asked everyone how they were doingClose encounters: Smiling President Obama shook hands with visitors and asked everyone how they were doing Family tradition: The Obamas have been volunteering at the DC food bank since 2008Family tradition: The Obamas have been volunteering at the DC food bank since 2008 In good company: The first family were joined by Michelle Obama’s mother, Marian Robinson (far left), her brother Craig (far right), and his basketball team at Oregon State UniversityIn good company: The first family were joined by Michelle Obama's mother, Marian Robinson (far left), her brother Craig (far right), and his basketball team at Oregon State UniversityHoliday treats: The bags of food contained carrots, apples, sweet potatoes and special White House boxes of M&MsHoliday treats: The bags of food contained carrots, apples, sweet potatoes and special White House boxes of M&MsFowl play: Following the annual presidential turkey pardon, the first family took two less fortunate birds with them to the food bankFowl play: Following the annual presidential turkey pardon, the first family took two less fortunate birds with them to the food bank

Newspaper copy editor disciplined after adding ‘allegedly’ to sentence stating Obama was born in Hawaii…

No affiliation: In a letter to the paper's editor, a retired AP staffer criticized the report as misleading readers to believe the AP support so-called Birther's claims backed by Donald Trump, picturedA newspaper copy editor who added the word ‘allegedly’ to a report stating Obama was born in Hawaii has been disciplined after the report generated searing attack from readers.

Appearing in the Montana Independent on Sunday, the edit to an Associated Press report covering the president’s visit to Asia was said by the paper to have been an error in judgement, wrongly meant as a joke.

The AP’s line was changed to read: ‘The Asia trip underscores Obama’s efforts to establish the United states as an Asia-Pacific power, a worldview defined by 21st century geopolitics but also by Obama’s personal identity as America’s first Pacific president. Obama was allegedly born in Hawaii.’

Writing a berating letter to the paper’s editor on Tuesday, one of at least two seen, retired AP staffer Tom Laceky called the edit an ‘unjustified ridicule.’
‘”Allegedly born in Hawaii?” As if there is any doubt? That right-wing notion has been so thoroughly discredited that only Donald Trump and assorted other loonies still cling to it.

‘Neither the AP nor – I hope – The Independent Record belongs in their company,’ wrote Mr Laceky who noted having served his last 28 years in the Helena bureau. Responding to the two letters with an apology, the newspaper called it an isolated ‘error in judgement’ in an attached editor’s note.

‘One of the copy editors inserted the term “allegedly” born in Hawaii in the story thinking the other copy editor would catch it, he didn’t,’ the note states.
‘It was a poor attempt at humor and a poor decision, but was not intended to be printed in the paper. Those responsible have been disciplined,’ it concludes. Visit the Associated Press to continue reading…

Criticism: Seen arriving in Myanmar on Monday, a report capturing President Obama’s Asian trip was edited by a Montana copy editor to read ‘allegedly’ when mentioning him having been born in HawaiiCriticism: Seen arriving in Myanmar on Monday, a report capturing President Obama's Asian trip was edited by a Montana copy editor to read 'allegedly' when mentioning him having been born in HawaiiNo affiliation: In a letter to the paper’s editor, a retired AP staffer criticized the report as misleading readers to believe the AP support so-called Birther’s claims backed by Donald Trump, picturedNo affiliation: In a letter to the paper's editor, a retired AP staffer criticized the report as misleading readers to believe the AP support so-called Birther's claims backed by Donald Trump, pictured

Susan Rice defends remarks following Benghazi attack…

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, defended on Wednesday her remarks after a September attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to the North African nation.

‘When discussing the attacks against our facilities in Benghazi I relied solely and squarely on the information provided to me by the intelligence community,’ Rice told reporters at the United Nations.

‘I made clear that the information provided to me was preliminary and that our investigations would give us the definitive answers,’ said Rice, who is seen as a possible nominee to replace U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

In the immediate aftermath of the attacks, Rice had described the violence as a protest against an anti-Islam video that spontaneously turned violent, despite evidence that the attacks were planned by terrorists and linked to al Qaeda.
Lawmakers have called on Rice to testify before Congress on her remarks.

At least two influential Senate Republicans, John McCain and Lindsey Graham, have vowed to oppose any attempt by President Barack Obama to put Rice into a Cabinet position that would require Senate confirmation.

‘She has a lot of explaining to do. I am curious why she has not repudiated these remarks,’ McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services committee, said on CBS’s ‘Face the Nation’ program. Obama has warned Republicans that if they had a problem with the U.S. handling of the Benghazi attack in Libya to ‘go after me’ rather than picking on Rice.

Administration officials have defended the portrayal of the attack as relying on the best information available at the time that didn’t compromise classified intelligence. Democrats say CIA and other intelligence officials signed off on the final talking points.

Republicans have alleged a Watergate-like cover up, accusing White House aides of hiding the terrorism link in the run-up to the November 6 presidential election so voters wouldn’t question Obama’s claim that al Qaeda’s power had diminished. Via DailyMail.

Self-defense: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice defended on Wednesday her remarks after a terrorist attack against the U.S. Consulate in BenghaziSelf-defense: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice defended on Wednesday her remarks after a terrorist attack against the U.S. Consulate in BenghaziIntelligence: Rice says her remarks on the attack were based on preliminary intelligence. She is pictured speaking to a diplomat at a UN Security Council meetingIntelligence: Rice says her remarks on the attack were based on preliminary intelligence. She is pictured speaking to a diplomat at a UN Security Council meeting

Developing countries to receive over $400 billion in remittances in 2012, says World Bank report…

World Bank and Developing CountriesRemittance flows to the developing world are expected to exceed earlier estimates and total $406 billion this year, an increase of 6.5 percent over the previous year, according to a new World Bank brief on global migration and remittances.

Remittances to developing countries are projected to grow by 7.9 percent in 2013, 10.1 percent in 2014 and 10.7 percent in 2015 to reach $534 billion in 2015.

Worldwide remittances, including those to high-income countries, are expected to total $534 billion in 2012, and projected to grow to $685 billion in 2015, according to the latest issue of the Bank’s Migration and Development Brief, released today.

However, despite the growth in remittance flows overall to developing countries, the continuing global economic crisis is dampening remittance flows to some regions, with Europe and Central Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa especially affected, while South Asia and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are expected to fare much better than previously estimated.

The top recipients of officially recorded remittances for 2012 are India ($70 billion), China ($66 billion), the Philippines and Mexico ($24 billion each), and Nigeria ($21 billion). Other large recipients include Egypt, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Vietnam, and Lebanon.

As a percentage of GDP, the top recipients of remittances, in 2011, were Tajikistan (47 percent), Liberia (31 percent), Kyrgyz Republic (29 percent), Lesotho (27 percent), Moldova (23 percent), Nepal (22 percent), and Samoa (21 percent). Visit the World Bank to continue reading…

Rupert Murdoch has a question for the ‘Jewish Owned Press’…

Ruper murdoch on jewish pressAs the violence between Israel and Palestine headed into its fifth day last night, owner of various awful news properties Rupert Murdoch asked a very thought-provoking and interesting question about the media’s coverage of the conflict.In another tweet which caused some political commentators to scratch their heads - Murdoch asked why the Jewish-owned press does not back Israel You know, just something to get your brain churning as you slipped into bed.

The way that the American press covers issues between Israel and other countries in the Middle East is a discussion that’s always bubbling under the surface of the Israel-Palestine conflict, but this Tweet probably isn’t the question that’s going to get that conversation started on a wider level.

Powerful, old cranks: Get off Twitter! You have plenty of gilded rooms where nobody can hear you say dumb things. Via Gawker.

Rupert Murdoch apologizes for snipe at ‘Jewish-owned press’ during Twitter rant over Gaza conflict…

Rupert Murdoch has apologized for criticizing the ‘Jewish-owned press’ in series of incendiary tweets about the current fighting in the Middle East.
The controversial billionaire media mogul did not back down completely, however, insisting he did not understand why his critics were so outraged by his messages accusing the media of anti-Israel bias.

He tweeted on Sunday: ‘”Jewish owned press” have been sternly criticized  suggesting link to Jewish reporters. Don’t see this, but apologize  unreservedly.’

The apology came a day after the 81-year-old questioned: ‘Why is Jewish-owned press so consistently anti-Israel in every crisis?’, and asked if President Obama’s ‘friends in Egypt’ could stop the shelling of Israel.

Israeli women take cover next to a car in Yad Mardechay in southern Israel as sirens wail

Israeli women take cover next to a car in Yad Mardechay in southern Israel as sirens wail

The avowed supporter of Israel also took to Twitter to call the coverage of events in Gaza by CNN and the AP biased to the point of ’embarrassment.’

Reaction to the tweets was swift with BuzzFeed political reporter Andrew Kaczynski saying he wanted whatever ‘Rupert Murdoch is smoking’ and New Yorker political reporter Ryan Lizza tweeted simply ‘wow’.

Murdoch’s controversial tweets came as the White House on Saturday said that Israel had the right to defend itself against attack and decide how to respond to rocket fire from the Gaza Strip. The White House is blaming the ruling Islamic militant Hamas group for starting the conflict.

‘We believe Israel has a right to defend itself, and they’ll make their own decisions about the tactics they use in that regard,’ deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes told reporters during the president’s flight on Air Force One to Asia.

Israel on Saturday hit Gaza with nearly 200 airstrikes, expanding an aerial assault to include the prime minister’s headquarters, a police compound and a vast network of smuggling tunnels. Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are in agreement that a de-escalation of the violence is preferred, provided that Hamas stops sending rocket into Israel, Rhodes said.

Palestinians inspect the rubble of a destroyed house after an Israeli airstrike in the Jebaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip

Palestinians inspect the rubble of a destroyed house after an Israeli airstrike in the Jebaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip

The Israeli government has called up thousands of reservists and massed troops, tanks and other armored vehicles along the border with Gaza, signalling a ground invasion could be imminent.

Israel launched the offensive on Wednesday by assassinating Hamas’ military commander, but Rhodes said the U.S. believes ‘the precipitating factor for the conflict was the rocket fire coming out of Gaza.’

He added: ‘These rockets have been fired into Israeli civilian areas and territory for some time now. So Israelis have endured far too much of a threat from these rockets for far too long, and that is what led the Israelis to take the action that they did in Gaza.’

Obama has spoken with President Mohammed Morsi of Egypt and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey about the situation.

‘They have the ability to play a constructive role in engaging Hamas and encouraging a process of de-escalation,’ Rhodes said. ‘We wouldn’t comment on specific targeting choices by the Israelis other than to say that we of course always underscore the importance of avoiding civilian casualties,’ Rhodes said.

‘But the Israelis again will make judgments about their military operations,’ he added.

Forty-two Palestinians, including 13 civilians, and three Israelis have been killed in this past week’s fighting. Via DailyMail.

News Corp Chairman Rupert Murdoch has taken to his Twitter feed to question the ‘bias’ he feels that certain U.S. media organisations are displaying towards the fresh conflict in Gaza and IsraelNews Corp Chairman Rupert Murdoch has taken to his Twitter feed to question the 'bias' he feels that certain U.S. media organisations are displaying towards the fresh conflict in Gaza and Israel

Climbdown: The mogul apologised on Sunday for his inflammatory comments about the media

In another tweet which caused some political commentators to scratch their heads - Murdoch asked why the Jewish-owned press does not back Israel

In one tweet, the News Corp chief pointed an accusatory finger at CNN and the AP Under fire: A Palestinian youth takes cover behind a makeshift barrier (right) during clashes with Israeli soldiers at the Qalandia checkpoint, in the occupied West BankA Palestinian youth takes cover behind a makeshift barrier (right) during clashes with Israeli soldiers at the Qalandia checkpoint, in the occupied West BankIsraeli defense: soldiers fire tear gas towards stone throwers in occupied West BankIsraeli soldiers fire tear gas towards strone throwers in occupied West Bank

Cheryl Cole joins Girls Aloud as they cement their reunion and perform on ‘Children In Need‘…

Getting into the groove: Cheryl Cole and Sarah Harding threw themselves into their performance

Getting into the groove: Cheryl Cole throws herself into the performance

It’s been over three years since they last performed together as a group. And on Friday night, all five members of Girls Aloud reunited to sing their new tracks Something New and Beautiful ‘Cause You Love Me on Children In Need.

Wearing the same orange off-the-shoulder tulip dresses from the Something New video, the girl group strutted about on stage with a troupe of hunky male dancers in suits.

They then changed into slinky pink and gold floor-length gowns for the ballad Beautiful ‘Cause You Love Me, which they debuted on radio earlier this week.

Cheryl Cole kicked off the first performance as the backdrop parted to reveal the five-piece following a montage of them on the big screens. All members sang live, with Nadine Coyle showing she was still the one with the strongest vocals in the group as she belted out some big notes.

Following their performance, the excited group chatted to Children In Need hosts Terry Wogan and Tess Daly.

When asked how to felt to perform together, Kimberley Walsh said: ‘It’s great. It’s so special.’

When asked about how it felt having their song selected as the official Children In Need single, Cheryl replied: ‘It’s just been a very special thing to be a pat of it. We feel very fortunate to be a part of it.’

Reflecting on their reunion, Nadine enthused: ‘It was really great. We couldn’t wait to get back to back together.’ Visit DailyMail to continue reading…

Amber alert: Reunited girl group Girls Aloud perform their new single Something New on Children In NeedAmber alert: Reunited girl group Girls Aloud perform their new single Something New on Children In NeedSlowing things down: The group then changed into gold and baby pink numbers for their new ballad Beautiful ‘Cause You Love MeSlowing things down: The group then changed into gold and baby pink numbers for their new ballad Beautiful 'Cause You Love MePowerful: Nadine Coyle proved she’s still the strongest vocalist in the groupPowerful: Nadine Coyle proved she's still the strongest vocalist in the groupThey’re back: The girls were performing their new song, which is the official Children In Need singleThey're back: The girls were performing their new song, which is the official Children In Need singleMove in time: Their dance moves involved strutting around and pointingMove in time: Their dance moves involved strutting around and pointingUnited front: Kimberley and Sarah held hands during the second performanceUnited front: Kimberley and Sarah held hands during the second performanceTwitter hit: Nicola received a lot of praise on Twitter for her vocals during the balladTwitter hit: Nicola received a lot of praise on Twitter for her vocals during the balladSharing the spotlight: After years as a solo singer, Cheryl is a regular bandmember againSharing the spotlight: After years as a solo singer, Cheryl is a regular bandmember againGiddy: The five-piece looked genuinely excited to be performing together as they chatted to Tess Daly and Terry WoganGiddy: The five-piece looked genuinely excited to be performing together as they chatted to Tess Daly and Terry WoganChat: The girl group had another chat with Tess and Terry after their second performanceChat: The girl group had another chat with Tess and Terry after their second performanceShake what your mama gave you: The group were joined by a troupe of hunky male dancers in suitsShake what your mama gave you: The group were joined by a troupe of hunky male dancers in suitsLook who we found backstage: Nadine and Nicola pucker up with Pudsey the bearLook who we found backstage: Nadine and Nicola pucker up with Pudsey the bearNervous: A candid backstage photo of the girls waiting to go on, taken by Cheryl’s PA Lily EnglandNervous: A candid backstage photo of the girls waiting to go on, taken by Cheryl's PA Lily England

Matt Damon on Fame and the ‘Bourne’ Franchise…

"Contagion" photocall in VenicePromise Land star Matt Damon reveals why he turned down the most recent installment of the Bourne franchise and what it was like when going through a period without work.

“It was sobering. It didn’t really feel like a rough ride at the time. I did have a couple of movies that didn’t work and some of them had big enough budgets that people cared and so basically my phone just stopped ringing” said the Academy Award-winning actor.

He also wants to steer his daughters away from acting. The actor recently took part in a Hollywood Reporter roundtable discussion when he talked about Alexia, 14, Isabella, 6,Gia, 4, and Stella, 23 months.

He said: ”I would try to steer my daughters away from acting. Women are in a different business than we are. It is just brutal for women. For men, the roles get really good at 40 and beyond. And that’s when you really start doing your best work.” View the video on Hollywood Reporter…

Khloe Kardashian on X-Factor hosting: “My mom gives me hosting notes after X Factor shows!

Three weeks into her gig as X Factor’s new co-host, Khloe Kardashian is slowly getting the hang of live TV, with an assist from mom Kris Jenner. Making quite the impression during her Oct. 31 debut alongside Mario Lopez on FOX’s reality hit, unknowingly flashing her nipple through her sheer blouse to an audience of millions, Kardasahian now gets progress reports from Jenner after every episode.

“She’ll just say little tweaks. In rehearsals [the first week], she was telling me to say my goodbye better,” Kardashian, 28, told Us Weekly backstage at a recent taping. “[Producers are] like, ‘you have two seconds!’ So I’m like, ‘Oh, goodbye!’ Then they tell you, literally, ‘Shut up!’ I think that’s always going to be a challenge.”

As she gets used to appearing on live TV, Kardashian welcomes and appreciates her manager mom’s critiques. “It doesn’t make me more nervous,” says Kardashian of the 56-year-old Kardashian-Jenner family matriarch’s input. “I think my mom is hysterical.”

Kardashian’s husband, NBA star Lamar Odom, is a bit more candid with his commentary. “The only tip he gave me was ‘don’t show your nipples anymore,'” Kardashian recounted to Us, referencing her infamous Oct. 31 wardrobe malfunction, which prompted judge Simon Cowell to wonder if the studio’s “air conditioning was on high.”

Kidding aside, Kardashian knows she’s up against a learning curve, but looks forward to the X Factor field narrowing so she can show off her newly acquired hosting skills.

“I’m still learning, trying to get better and better every week,” she admits. “I just don’t have time to just talk and be myself yet. Right now, it’s so technical. When more people [are eliminated], there’s going to be more time to fill. That’s where I can kind of do my thing.”

Keyshia cole talks music career, influence by Beyonce and more in the lastest issue of Rolling Out Magazine…

Keyshia Cole Rolling Out magazine 2Pain and heartbreak were often key motivators early on in Keyshia Cole’s music career. The pain of disappointment and lost love was apparent on songs like “I Should Have Cheated,” “I Remember” and “Shoulda Let You Go.”

Cole’s art imitated her troubled life and her fans appreciated her for expressing those stories through music. Personally, the storm is over for Cole and a new day has inspired a new attitude. She’s put most of the issues she had with her mother and sister to rest. Motherhood and becoming the wife of NBA player Daniel Gibson furthered her maturation.

Much of the pain that caused personal difficulties has dissipated, but her knack for expressing heartfelt songs has not waned.

“This album is not anything new,” Cole admits while discussing her new album, Woman to Woman. “A lot of the songs are not reflecting on my life right now. It’s an album for my fans. They were there when I came from Oakland, [Calif.], and they could relate to me and what I was going though.”

“I wanted to get back to that. This is my fifth album and I now understand what translates to the fans and what doesn’t. This is what they want.”

The songs “Enough of Love” and “Trust and Believe” from Woman to Woman prove that Cole has not distanced herself from the formula that made her music relatable to women around the world. Cole has made love work from a personal standpoint, but her voice remains strong for those fighting to capture its elusive bliss.

In an exclusive interview with rolling out, Cole takes us on her journey to womanhood, reveals the day she knew Daniel was the one she would love forever, and discusses her respect for Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s relationship.

Check out the interview on Rolling Out magazine and check out photographs from the photoshoot below:Keyshia Cole Rolling Out magazine front cover

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Spotted: Devon Aoki & Hunter grabbing drinks on the go…

Pregnant biracial model and actress Devon Aoki was spotted with her 17-month-old son Hunter and a friend in Brentwood, Calif. on Friday (November 16). Devon and her husband James Bailey recently announced she is expecting a girl in January.

The two secretly wed in May, reportedly at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. Devon’s late father was the founder of the Benihana restaurant chain.

The 30-year-old rose to fame posing for top fashion houses like Chanel, YSL and Fendi. She then became an actress before landing roles in 2 Fast 2 Furious and Sin City. Via CelebBabyScoop.*EXCLUSIVE* Devon Aoki shows off her baby bump in Brentwood

*EXCLUSIVE* Devon Aoki shows off her baby bump in Brentwood

*EXCLUSIVE* Devon Aoki shows off her baby bump in Brentwood

*EXCLUSIVE* Devon Aoki shows off her baby bump in Brentwood

*EXCLUSIVE* Devon Aoki shows off her baby bump in Brentwood

Stacey Dash visits ‘the View’, talks Romney and being a republican…

Actress Stacey Dash made an appearance on “The View” last week Friday to chat with the ladies about receiving serious backlash for being a “Fiscal Republican” and defending Mitt Romney. Check out the video to hear her view on being a ‘black republican’.

Revealed: Michael Jackson‘s shopping addiction…

Head case: Michael Jackson covers his face on a shopping trip in Melrose, Los Angeles, California

Head case: Michael Jackson covers his face on a shopping trip in Melrose

Michael Jackson had seemingly secured his future by 1991 when, in the wake of his Dangerous album, he signed the most lucrative recording contract in the history of the entertainment industry.  According to his record company Sony, that one deal alone could eventually have been worth $1 billion to the singer.

At the age of 33, Michael Jackson was wealthy almost beyond imagining. He was watching his fortune grow, keeping a constant eye on cash flow, and paying close attention to accounting statements.

He had shrewdly acquired a catalog of songs, including the music of The Beatles as well as his own hits, and that catalog was doubling in value annually, spinning off millions in earnings.

Legacy: Michael Jackson, on staged uring the Dangerous Tour, left his children everything

Legacy: Michael Jackson, on staged uring the Dangerous Tour

Beneath the breathy voice and halting manner, he was as good a businessman as any artist who had ever lived. ‘Part of him may be a ten-year-old, with all the enthusiasm that implies,’ his lawyer John Branca once said. ‘But the other part is a 60-year-old genius.’

Yet the Michael Jackson who existed after August 1993 was a different man. That same year, he had begun to use pills and injections to fight his insomnia after he paid more than $18 million to settle claims of child sexual molestation brought by the family of Jordan Chandler. And in the years following, shopping and spending became as addictive for Michael as any opiate.

By the mid-Nineties, his net worth was estimated to be as high as $1 billion. Millions were still pouring in each year – but now even more was pouring out. Those who worked for him described seeing Jackson leaf through a magazine and order every single product advertised in it. Visit DailyMail to continue reading…

Don’t stop ’til you get enough: Michael Jackson shopping at Hamleys toy store in London in 1996Don't stop 'til you get enough: Michael Jackson shopping at Hamleys toy store in London in 1996 Rehearsals: Michael Jackson rehearsing at the Staples Center in LA for his planned shows at the O2 in LondonRehearsals: Michael Jackson rehearsing at the Staples Center in LA for his planned shows at the O2 in LondonHome sweet home: Michael Jackson hoped to save his Californian Neverland Ranch which was costing him $4million a year just for the staffHome sweet home: Michael Jackson hoped to save his Californian Neverland Ranch with the money from the concerts Costly: Pop star Michael Jackson sits before Judge Rodney Melville before being acquitted of child molestation charges at Santa Barbara County Superior Court in Santa Maria in 2005Costly: Pop star Michael Jackson sits before Judge Rodney Melville before being acquitted of child molestation charges at Santa Barbara County Superior Court in Santa Maria in 2005Child star: Michael Jackson when he was still part of The Jackson 5 pop group with his brothersChild star: Michael Jackson when he was still part of The Jackson 5 pop group with his brothers Golden 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 talentGolden 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 talentBusinessman: Michael Jackson pictured with his Chimpanzee Bubbles in 1991 when he still kept a sharp eye on his financesBusinessman: Michael Jackson pictured with his Chimpanzee Bubbles in 1991 when he still kept a sharp eye on his finances Heyday: Jackson, pictured performing during his ‘Dangerous’ tour in Bangkok in 1993, began to use pills and drugs to fight his insomnia the same yearHeyday: Jackson, pictured performing during his 'Dangerous' tour in Bangkok in 1993, began to use pills and drugs to fight his insomnia the same year

X-Factor UK Fashion Update: Nicole Scherzinger wears white origami style dress as Tulisa Contostavlos opts for dramatic black gown…

Black or white? Stepping out onto the X Factor stage on Saturday Nicole opted for a white mini-dress as Tulisa went for a dramatic black gown

Nicole stepping out onto the X Factor stage on Saturday

Nicole Scherzinger and Tulisa Contostavlos‘s sartorial choices have been a hot topic of conversation amongst X Factor fans. And it seems the style battle between the two mentors is still in full swing as they stepped out in completely different looks on Saturday’s show.

While Nicole sported an angelic look and showed off her incredible Pussycat Doll figure in a white mini-dress, Tulisa opted for a dramatic black lace floor length gown.

The two brunette’s seemed to have opted for opposite outfits on Saturday’s X Factor live show. This week’s theme was guilty pleasures, which may explain both judges style choiced as they clearly opted for outspoken outfits.

Mentor of the boys, Nicole, put her slim physique in the spotlight in a mini-dress that showed off her toned pins by Australian fashion brand Sass & Bide.

Black or white? Stepping out onto the X Factor stage on Saturday Nicole opted for a white mini-dress as Tulisa went for a dramatic black gown

Tulisa opted for all black

The elaborate white dress’s fabric seemed a little like a complicated origami work, as she broke up the white ensemble with an electric blue pair of stilettos by Nicholas Kirkwood.

The former Pussycat Doll wore her hair swept back and kept her make-up simple and natural as she let the white dress do all the talking.

Meanwhile, Tulisa sported a more dramatic look as she stepped onto the stage in an extravagant black evening gown. The dress by Forever Unique featured sequined, mesh and lace embellishments all the way down to the bottom, which ended in a mermaid silhouette.

The high neck, sleeveless dress hugged the N Dubz singer in all the right places and showed off her enviable curves. Keeping up with the theatrical look, Tulisa opted to wear her hair in a half up-do and accentuated her brown eyes with a smoky-eye make-up look. Visit DailyMail to continue reading…

Opposites attract: Nicole and Tulisa opted for completely different looks on Saturday’s live showOpposites attract: Nicole and Tulisa opted for completely different looks on Saturday's live showBattle of the babes: The two mentors style choices have been a hot topic among viewersBattle of the babes: The two mentors style choices have been a hot topic among viewersWho’s got the X Factor? Gary and Louis both looked dapper in their suits, but the girls stole the spotlight in their outspoken looksWho's got the X Factor? Gary and Louis both looked dapper in their suits, but the girls stole the spotlight in their outspoken looksReady for her close-up: Nicole let the strapless dress do all the talking as she kept her beauty look naturalReady for her close-up: Nicole let the strapless dress do all the talking as she kept her beauty look natural Wicked Witch? Tulisa’s elaborate black attire wasn’t a hit with the viewers at homeWicked Witch? Tulisa's elaborate black attire wasn't a hit with the viewers at home

Duchess Kate snubs Kim Kardashian

'She can wear it with one of her hats!': Kim recently spoke out about her love of the Duchess's style and how she'd love it if Kate would wear one of her signature leopard print bodycon mini-dresses

Duchess Kate sporting her signature accessory: a hat

Kate Middleton is admired for her impeccable style, and designers all over the world line up to dress the royal brunette. So it’s no suprise that during her recent trip to London, Kim Kardashian wanted to get a piece of the action.

The reality star and her famous sisters recently launched a fashion collection at Dorothy Perkins, and reportedly send the Duchess a load of free clothing, only to get them send straight back.

According to The Examiner, Kate politely declined to accept any of the free clothing received from the famous reality star. The Kardashian Kollection features a lot of figure-hugging silhouettes, with leopard print and studs – not exactly appropriate for a member of the Royal family.

A palace insider told the magazine: ‘Kate is hardly going to turn up for an event with the queen in a cheap leopard-print miniskirt or gold sequined jacket.’

Thanks, but no thanks: Kim Kardashian send Kate Middleton a load of free clothes from her Kardashian Kollection at Dorothy Perkins, but the Duchess kindly declined

Kim Kardashian in a figure hugging dress at the launch of Kardashian Kollection in London

The source also said Kim invited Kate over for tea, in an attempt to get a new royal best friend out of her recent trip to London. But once again, the Duchess politely declined the offer.

A friend close to Miss Kardashian denied the claims and told MailOnline: ‘Kim never asked Kate to lunch. She was there (in England) working for a few days.’

And another insider explained to the Daily Star earlier this week why Kim is so keen on getting closer to Kate.

‘She hoped Kate might be seen wearing one of the designs out in public, which would give their fashion credentials a huge boost,’ the source explained.

And a link with the Royal family would have given them the stepping stone they wanted to be big in the UK, the insider continued: ‘The Kardashians want to be as big in the UK as they are in America, and think associating themselves with the Royals, especially Kate, will help them achieve that.’

Speaking in a recent interview with Now magazine, Kim Kardashian gushed about how much she love’s the Duchess’s fashions style: ‘Kate seems like a really sweet person and she’s a princess. We love her sense of fashion. She could wear our looks and team it with one of her hats.’

A representative of Kate Middleton told MailOnline: ‘In general terms, the policy of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is not to accept any unsolicited gifts unless the sender is known personally to His or Her Royal Highness. Any such gifts are returned to the sender with thanks and an explanation of Their Royal Highnesses’ policy.’

A spokesperson for Kim Kardashian was not available for comment. Via DailyMail.Leopard print everything: The Kardashian sisters in their own designs for their latest range at Dorothy PerkinsNot exactly Royal: Models show off the Kardashian Kollection during the London launch party last weekNot exactly Royal: Models show off the Kardashian Kollection during the London launch party last week Can you see Kate in this? Kourtney, Kim and Khloe recently took over London to promote their latest fashion venture, but couldn’t convince the Duchess to get on boardCan you see Kate in this? Kourtney, Kim and Khloe recently took over London to promote their latest fashion venture, but couldn't convince the Duchess to get on board

Rain, hail or shine, model mom Heidi Klum is a soccer mom!

Furry defense: Klum seeks some shelter from the rain under her red fur-lined camouflage jacket

Furry defense: Klum seeks some shelter from the rain under her red fur-lined camouflage jacket

A dressed down Heidi Klum endured cold wind and rain to watch her young son play flag football in Brentwood, California on Saturday. Despite donning a camouflage jacket there was no mistaking the statuesque blonde German model as she stood on the sidelines of her seven-year-old son Henry’s match.

Even without make-up, the ex-Victoria’s Secret Angel did not look like you average soccer mom. Wearing an outfit that would make most women look frumpy, the 39-year-old still managed to look cool.

To protect herself against Los Angeles’ cold wind and rain, the ex-wife of singer Seal, wore an over-sized hooded jacket with red trim, ripped tight black jeans, grey high-top sneakers and a black scarf with a blue tribal motif. Making sure her son performed at his best, Heidi packed sports drinks and even gave him a little sideline pep talk.

The mother of four – Leni, eight, who she had with the managing director of Renault’s Formula One team, Flavio Briatore, and her three children with ex Seal, Henry, Johan Riley, five, and three-year-old Lou – made sure to chat with other children’s mums as the rain came pelting down.

This week Wendy Williams branded Heidi’s relationship ‘disgusting’. On her show Wendy said: ‘[Kirsten has] worked for Heidi in the family for four years. Seal, you know what that means – and not just when you were out of town. I don’t think this is a new relationship, do you?’

‘It pains me to report stories like this when the woman, in my mind, is clearly in the wrong.’

Williams then encouraged the singer to make a grab for his former wife’s money: ‘You don’t let the finances go with this divorce. I don’t know how much you’re worth, but she’s worth more. You need half.’ Via DailyMail.

No blending in: The always stunning Heidi Klum fails to blend in on the sidelines of her son’s football match in Brentwood, California, on SaturdayNo blending in: The always stunning Heidi Klum fails to blend in on the sidelines of her son's football match in Brentwood, CA, on SaturdayCheer squad of one: The model gives her gorgeous son a pep talk while he refuels during his flag NFL gameCheer squad of one: The model gives her gorgeous son a pep talk while he refuels during his flag NFL gameJust one of the soccer mums: The ex-Victoria secret model chats to another mum as their children playJust one of the soccer mums: The ex-Victoria secret model chats to another mum as their children play‘Disgusting’: Talk show host Wendy Williams has slammed the 39-year-old’s relationship with her bodyguard, Martin Kristen, claiming it started while the model was still with ex-husband Seal'Disgusting': Talk show host Wendy Williams has slammed the 39-year-old's relationship with her bodyguard, Martin Kristen, claiming it started while the model was still with ex-husband Seal

Wardrobe Malfunction: Jennifer Tilly cleavage spills out of low-cut dress at charity gala…

Passion for fashion: She teamed the number with a black handbag as well as funky boots

Fleshy passion for fashion: She teamed the number with a black handbag

When you’re attending the same event as Katy Perry, there are not many ways you can upstage the campy pop star.

But multiracial actress Jennifer Tilly knew just how to make sure all eyes were on her last Friday evening as she arrived at the Celebration of Dreams bash.

The 54-year-old posed up a storm on the red carpet as she showed off her extreme cleavage in a low-cut dress. The brunette squeezed her curves into the black number which fell just above the knees and featured sheer arms.

Jennifer embellished the outfit with gold brooches, ensuring plenty of focus around the chest area. She teamed the piece with a round handbag featuring a jeweled handle as well as some funky shoes.

The high peep toe footwear sparkled with an extravagant design on the front, perfectly matching the eccentric actress’ personality. Jennifer put on an array of attention-grabbing expressions and poses as she had her pictures taken.

There’s no doubt she flashed the most flesh on the red carpet of the Dream Foundation’s 11th annual gathering which took place at The Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, California.

The Bride of Chuckie star can look forward to three movie releases in 2013.
She appears in Renaissance Girl as Martha, The Secret Lives of Dorks as Ms. Stewart and Return To Babylon as Clara Bow. Via DailyMail.

She’s got some front: Jennifer Tilly arrived at The Dream Foundation’s 11th Annual Celebration of Dreams Gala wearing a daring dressShe's got some front: Jennifer Tilly arrived at The Dream Foundation's 11th Annual Celebration of Dreams Gala wearing a daring dressShocking: Jennifer made fun of the reaction to her dress by making gasping actionsShocking: Jennifer made fun of the reaction to her dress by making gasping actions

Robert De Niro commands red carpet in Qatar as he extends Tribeca Film Festival to Doha for fourth year…

Due diligence: De Niro posed for photographers with his lips pursed

Due diligence: De Niro posed for photographers with his lips pursed

He’s been celebrated the last ten years for reinvigorating Lower Manhattan in the wake of September 11 with the Tribeca Film Festival. On Saturday, co-founder Robert De Niro once again brought the event overseas, to Doha, Qatar, where the revered actor rubbed shoulders with local filmmakers.

Three years after kickstarting the Doha Tribeca Film Festival, De Niro has made good on his promise to expand the event internationally, lending his celebrity to the opening night ceremony and gala screening of Mira Nair thriller The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

De Niro, who co-founded the Tribeca Film Festival in 2002 with Jane Rosenthal, brought the event to Doha in 2009. Dressed down on the red carpet in faded jeans, loafers, a collared cotton T-shirt and blazer, the actor did due diligence and posed for photographers before heading into the Al Mirqab Hotel for the screening.

The fourth Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) also featured a screening of David O Russell’s Silver Lingings Playbook, in which De Niro co-stars with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.  The dramatic comedy follow a former teacher who moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife after a stint in a mental institution.

The focus of Saturday’s event, however, was on Nair. Her thriller, starring Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland and Liev Schreiber and Riz Ahmed, follows a young Pakistani man chasing corporate success on Wall Street who ‘finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family’s homeland,’ according to the film’s official description. Visit DailyMail to continue reading…

On the red carpet: Robert De Niro attends the opening night ceremony and gala screening of The Reluctant Fundamentalist during the 2012 Doha Tribeca Film Festival in Doha, QatarOn the red carpet: Robert De Niro attends the opening night ceremony and gala screening of The Reluctant Fundamentalist during the 2012 Doha Tribeca Film Festival in Doha, QatarMaking waves: De Niro co-founded the Tribeca Film Festival in 2002Making waves: De Niro co-founded the Tribeca Film Festival in 2002Lending support: Ten years later, the star is pushing for international expansion, with the Doha Tribeca Film Festival launching in 2009Lending support: Ten years later, the star is pushing for international expansion, with the Doha Tribeca Film Festival launching in 2009Hollywood legend: The star was dressed down for the eventHollywood legend: The star was dressed down for the eventAnother interview: De Niro politely answered questions on the red carpet, swarmed with members of the pressAnother interview: De Niro politely answered questions on the red carpet, swarmed with members of the pressTheir night: Guest, Abu Muhammad, director Mira Nair, Fariduddin Ayaz, screenwriter Ami Boghani and novellist Mohsin Hamid attend the opening night ceremonyTheir night: Guest, Abu Muhammad, director Mira Nair, Fariduddin Ayaz, screenwriter Ami Boghani and novellist Mohsin Hamid attend the opening night ceremonyHer moment: Director Mira Nair attends the opening night ceremony and gala screening of her film The Reluctant FundamentalistHer moment: Director Mira Nair attends the opening night ceremony and gala screening of her film The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Nicole Richie is a fitness fashionista in gym clothing!

She boasts a wardrobe to make most women sick with envy, has her own jewelry line and has a whole host of designers just itching to dress her.
And Nicole Richie proved she doesn’t even let her style credentials slip when she goes to the gym as she headed out in Studio City, California, on Friday.

Despite the fact that she was coming back from a workout, the 31-year-old fashionista still looked effortlessly chic as she made her way to her car. Nicole spruced up her simple black Lycra leggings and loose-fitting top with a stylish leopard print shopper bag and a leather jacket draped casually over her shoulders.

The mother-of-two completed her dressed-down gym look with a black beanie hat and dark shades to shelter her eyes from the California sun. And although she’d no doubt just endured a somewhat grueling workout, the Fashion Star mentor didn’t seem to be at all flustered as she made her way home with a healthy drink in her hand.

t was a rare day off for Nicole, who has been busy promoting her latest fashion line in recent weeks. And while the socialite admitted she has always dreamed of working in fashion, she said it can sometimes be difficult having to balance life as a working mother to Harlow, four, and Sparrow, three.

Nicole said: ‘Being in fashion is something that I have been dreaming about my whole life. I started out with jewelry because it was a smaller project and it’s closest to my heart. Visit DailyMail to continue reading…

She’s even stylish at the gym: Nicole spruced up her exercise gear with a chic leather jacket and leopardprint shopper bagShe's even stylish at the gym: Nicole spruced up her exercise gear with a chic leather jacket and leopardprint shopper bagNutritious: The 31-year-old star seemed to be clutching a healthy drink as she emerged from the gymNutritious: The 31-year-old star seemed to be clutching a healthy drink as she emerged from the gym Time out: It was a rare day off for the mother-of-two, who has been promoting her latest fashion line in recent weeksTime out: It was a rare day off for the mother-of-two, who has been promoting her latest fashion line in recent weeks

Tulisa Contostavlos to Louis Walsh: “Don’t call me a WAG!”

She’s been flaunting her new love with football star Danny Simpson all week, so it’s no wonder Louis Walsh called Tulisa Contostavlos a WAG on Saturday’s X Factor. Giving the mentor a compliment on her song choice for her only remaining act Ella Henderson, Louis also called the N Dubz singer out on her new status as a WAG.

With the theme being guilty pleasures this week, Ella performed a toned-down version of Grease’s popular love song, You’re The One That I Want.

After the performance, Louis tried to give Tulisa a compliment and said: ‘And you, Mrs WAG! You picked a great song for her.’

Of course, Tulisa immediately responded, asking the boy band mentor to repeat what he’d just said, after which he called her the term one more time.

‘Excuse me? You mean I’m a WAF!’ she retaliated, explaining: ‘It means: “Was Already Famous”.’

Luckily, the two mentors quickly laughed off the little spat and returned to judging Ella on her performance. And Tulisa, 24, certainly had the look of love in her eyes as she and Danny, 25, stopped by Tesco in Newcastle on Friday to collect some goodies, as his ex-girlfriend was proved to be unfounded in her claims that Tulisa was a ‘homewrecker’.

As the multiracial couple left the shop it seemed extremely clear that Tulisa was completely infatuated with the Newcastle footballer. The N-Dubz band member was staring or rather looking lovingly up at Danny in awe and amazement.

Tulisa was dressed casually in a pink jumper with a pair of slim fit jeans and white trainers as she carried her handbag. Danny was a true gentleman and made sure he had all the carrier bags on his arms so his girlfriend was free to admire him. Visit DailyMail to continue reading…

‘What did you just call me?’ Louis Walsh brands Tulisa a WAG on X Factor after he tries to give her a compliment'What did you just call me?' Louis Walsh brands Tulisa a WAG on X Factor after he tries to give her a complimentStill friends: The two laughed off the little spat, but not before Tulisa set the record straightStill friends: The two laughed off the little spat, but not before Tulisa set the record straight‘Excuse, I was already famous!’: Tulisa fights back after Louis calls her a WAG on X Factor'Excuse, I was already famous!': Tulisa fights back after Louis calls her a WAG on X Factor‘Mrs WAG’: Louis Walsh called Tulisa on her relationship with Danny Simpson during the live show'Mrs WAG': Louis Walsh called Tulisa on her relationship with Danny Simpson during the live showThe look of love: Tulisa looked completely smitten as she gazed at Danny Simpson when leaving a Tesco in Newcastle on Wednesday evening The look of love: Tulisa looked completely smitten as she gazed at Danny Simpson when leaving a Tesco in Newcastle on Wednesday eveningSweet tooth: The couple were seen stocking up on snacks and goodies as they left the storeEvery little helps: The couple were seen stocking up on snacks and goodies as they left the store

Interracial Love! Cheryl Cole on boyfriend Tre Holloway: “There’s a strong connection and chemistry”…

Sexy: Cheryl has suffered more than her fair share of relationship woes, with her marriage to Ashley Cole ending in divorce

Sexy: Cheryl has suffered more than her fair share of relationship woes, with her marriage to Ashley Cole ending in divorce

She’s kept the details of her new romance with dancer Tre Holloway under wraps until now. But Cheryl Cole has finally lifted the lid on the couple’s relationship in revealing new documentary for ITV2, Cheryl: Access All Areas.

Intimate behind-the-scenes shots of the duo on the 29-year-old singer’s recent UK tour see the pair up close and personal for the first time, with Cheryl and Tre cosying up on a romantic night in, feeding each other sweets and kissing for all to see. And the Geordie beauty opened up on what first attracted her to the backing dancer, admitting they share a ‘rare’ and ‘special’ relationship.

The Daily Mirror newspaper quotes Cheryl as saying: ‘There is a stronger connection and a chemistry you wouldn’t have with any other dancer. ‘To have that relationship is rare, to be able to have it with you and share those moments is pretty special actually.’

And despite selling out arenas all over the UK with her A Million Lights Tour, the Girls Aloud singer admitted there are times when she feels ‘vulnerable’ while up on stage without her bandmates there for support.

But it wasn’t just handsome Tre who Cheryl opened up about, with the star also explaining she prefers to surround herself with close friends and family than people she has only just met. Visit DailyMail to continue reading…

Cheryl Cole opens up about her romance with boyfriend Tre Holloway in new documentary, Cheryl: Access All AreasLifting the lid: Cheryl Cole opens up about her romance with boyfriend Tre Holloway in new documentary, Cheryl: Access All AreasIntimate: The behind-the-scenes show sees the loved-up couple as they’ve never been seen beforeIntimate: The behind-the-scenes show sees the loved-up couple as they've never been seen before‘Rare and special’: Cheryl admitted she has a strong connection and chemistry with hunky Tre'Rare and special': Cheryl admitted she has a strong connection and chemistry with hunky TreRomantic: Cheryl is seen feeding Tre sweets as she opens up on what first attracted her to the dancerRomantic: Cheryl is seen feeding Tre sweets as she opens up on what first attracted her to the dancerRehearsing: The documentary sees Cheryl prepare to embark on her first solo arena tourRehearsing: The documentary sees Cheryl prepare to embark on her first solo arena tour The highs and lows: Cheryl admitted she feels ‘vulnerable’ when she takes to the stage without her Girls Aloud bandmatesThe highs and lows: Cheryl admitted she feels 'vulnerable' when she takes to the stage without her Girls Aloud bandmates

Sarah Michelle Geller and Freddie Prinze, Jr. name son Rocky James!

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze JrSounds like Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. have a little fighter on their hands. Since welcoming their second child together, a son, in September, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum, 35, and the actor, 36, have managed to keep their baby boy’s name a secret.

But now, the couple is ready to reveal the moniker they chose: Rocky James, Gellar’s rep tells Us Weekly. (Married for ten years, Gellar and Prinze are already parents to Charlotte Grace, 3.)

In addition to being the name of two of the most famous boxers of all time (Marciano and the fictional Balboa), Rocky is a name of English origin, meaning “stony” or “craggy.” Occasionally, it’s used as a nickname for the Italian “Rocco” (after the 14th-century saint.) James, meanwhile, is dad Prinze’s middle name.

Interracial Double Date: Eddie Murphy with Paige Butcher and rapper Tyga with Blac Chyna…

Basketball has a way of appealing to all, and rapper Tyga and his girlfriend Blac Chyna and Eddie Murphy and his girlfriend Paige Butcher were no exception.

Tyga and his girlfriend, who just delivered the couple’s first child – a son, were taking time out for themselves at the Clippers vs. Miami Heat game at the Staples Center, while comedian Eddie Murphy and his Australian girlfriend were spotted cheering on the Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns while occasionally taking time out to snuggle.

Rihanna bumps into Cassie and Diddy in Paris…

She might be playing seven different concerts over seven nights but Rihanna still has time for a spot of shopping. The singer took advantage of a rare moment of downtime on Saturday as she stopped by at a lingerie store in Paris.

After landing at Charles de Gaulle Airport in the French capital, she quickly took advantage of the duty-free shopping and visited boutiques including La Perla and Chantal Thomass.

The 24-year-old kept her sunglasses firmly attached to her face as she perused the items on offer in the stores. Treating herself before she played Le Trianon venue, store staff presented her with a large retail bag once her spree was complete.

Despite buying sexy underwear, she was rather dressed down as she travelled around the City Of Lights. Rihanna wore loose jeans, high top trainers and a large padded coat with red, black and green blocks.

She teamed it with a beanie hat and wore her hood up at times. Although she was covering up and not looking as glamorous as usual, the star did not shy away from greeting admirers. She was more than happy to pose for photos with fans and even spent time greeting one famous onlooker of her 777 tour spectacle.

Among the madness, rapper Diddy and girlfriend Cassie showed up and made a beeline for the singer who posed beside him for photographs, much to fans’ delight. The musician – whose real name is Sean Combs – has been wearing his most stylish pieces around the city as shared one on Instagram.

Speaking about his trendy look which included a camel colour mac coat with ebony arms, he wrote alongside the picture: ‘I woke up this morning feeling like PDiddy. LIVE from Paris!’ Via DailyMail.

Quick stop: Rihanna was spotted arriving at Charles de Guilles airport for the 777 tour in Paris on SaturdayQuick stop: Rihanna was spotted arriving at Charles de Guilles airport for the 777 tour in Paris on SaturdayFancy seeing you here: She posed for photographs with rapper Diddy as he entered Paris tooFancy seeing you here: She posed for photographs with rapper Diddy as he entered Paris tooRetail spree: The 24-year-old was seen checking out sexy underwear at La Perla and Chantal ThomassRetail spree: The 24-year-old was seen checking out sexy underwear at La PerlaNo diva: She carried around her many jackets inside the storeNo diva: She carried around her many jackets inside the storeInstantly recognisable: Rihanna showed off her hairstyle and covered up her eyes with sunglasses despite being insideInstantly recognisable: Rihanna showed off her undercut hairstyle and covered up her eyes with sunglasses despite being insideBreak time: At one point Rihanna sat down to rest during the shopping tripBreak time: At one point Rihanna sat down to rest during the shopping tripStocking up: The star was also at the Chantal Thomass store and left toting a huge bagStocking up: The star was also at the Chantal Thomas store and left toting a huge bagDressed down: Rihanna wore a colourful coat to stay warm in the French capital cityDressed down: Rihanna wore a colourful coat to stay warm in the French capital city Always time to shop: She was treating herself before playing a gig at Le TrianonAlways time to shop: She was treating herself before playing a gig at Le TrianonCreative stuff: She was impressed with a drawing one fan had made of herCreative stuff: She was impressed with a drawing one fan had made of herMeet and greet: The pair chatted with fans waiting at the arrivals loungeMeet and greet: The pair chatted with fans waiting at the arrivals loungeBlinging: Diddy donned a warm coat with jewel-encrusted pinky ring and necklaceBlinging: Diddy donned a warm coat with jewel-encrusted pinky ring and necklace‘Live from Paris!’: Diddy posted a picture of himself looking trendy in the style capital'Live from Paris!': Diddy posted a picture of himself looking trendy in the style capitalDapper: P Diddy looked smart as usual in his grey suit pants and long coat, with a fur lined collar to keep out the coldDapper: P Diddy looked smart as usual in his grey suit trousers and long coat, with a fur lined collar to keep out the cold Wild One: The London party followed a night out in the VIP room in Paris, where Diddy was joined by Rihanna, Cassie and AkonWild One: The London party followed a night out in the VIP room in Paris, where Diddy was joined by Rihanna, Cassie and AkonParty time: Cassie, Rihanna, Diddy and Akon pose for the cameraRihanna in Paris 1No more cameras: Cassie is shielding her face from the camera Rihanna in Paris 2Take my hand: Rita’s boots prove a little unsteady as she grabs a helpers palm to lead the way as she leaves NobuTake my hand: Rita's boots prove a little unsteady as she grabs a helpers palm to lead the way as she leaves Nobu And she’s off again: Rihanna is escorted by the French police to the airport ahead of her flight to BerlinAnd she's off again: Rihanna is escorted by the French police to the airport ahead of her flight to BerlinMe and my posse: Rihanna dressed down in a denim jacket and jeans as she walked through the airportMe and my posse: Rihanna dressed down in a denim jacket and jeans as she walked through the airport

Louis Walsh: “‘Nadine could have been big star too, if she married a footballer!”

He is no stranger to controversy. And it looks like outspoken X Factor judge Louis Walsh could have landed himself in hot water again after taking a catty swipe at former judge and protege Cheryl Cole.

The Irishman seemed to suggest the Girls Aloud and solo pop star owed her success to the fact she married a famous footballer during an interview with the Guardian.

In it he said Nadine Coyle was the best singer by ‘a mile’ and added: ‘But she didn’t marry a footballer. If she’d married a footballer she’d have been a big star.’

But Walsh had nothing but praise for his current X Factor co star, Tulisa. Despite once labeling her a ‘chav in a tracksuit’ saying she was hard working and honest and that they bonded ‘from day one’.

Asked who he would less like to meet down a dark alley, self styled tough girl Tulisa or Cheryl, he replied ‘Oh Cheryl.’

He summed up his opinion of his former colleague by saying: ‘Cheryl is all about Cheryl.’

Walsh has never been shy about saying what he really thinks about his fellow celebrities and co stars.

When Danni Mingoue joined the show in 2009 he admitted he had repeatedly ribbed her for not having as ‘many hits as her sister’ and he said he had much preferred working with boy bands than with girls because they were ‘too needy’.

Despite what could have been a rocky start to his relationship with Tulisa Contostavlos, after he famously called her a chav, the pair are said now to ‘adore’ each other.  But that did not stop the mischievous Irishman take a dig at his fellow mentor for her new relationship with football star Danny Simpson. Visit DailyMail to continue reading…

The better singer?Nadine Coyle and Cheryl Cole live on stage during BBC Children In Need. Walsh said Coyle was a ‘miles better singer’ and ‘could have been famous if she had married a footballer’Nadine Coyle and Cheryl Cole live on stage during BBC Children In Need. Walsh said Coyle 'could have been famous if she had married a footballer'Girls night out: The band have recently been out in force to prove that they’ve put any differences they had asideGirls night out: The band prove that they've put any differences they had aside ‘What did you just call me?’ Louis Walsh brands Tulisa a WAG on X Factor after he tries to give her a compliment'What did you just call me?' Louis Walsh brands Tulisa a WAG on X Factor after he tries to give her a complimentStill friends: The two laughed off the little spat, but not before Tulisa set the record straight. Walsh is said to ‘adore’ TulisaStill friends: The two laughed off the little spat, but not before Tulisa set the record straight

Kim Kardashian goes paddling…

Surf's up: Kim enjoyed the sunny weather while paddling around the beach in Miami

Surf’s up: Kim enjoyed the sunny weather while paddling

She may have been wearing a wet suit, but that didn’t stop Kim Kardashian from showing off her generous cleavage. The reality star peeled off the top her black wet suit while paddle boarding in Miami, to reveal a tiny leopard print bikini top underneath.

The 32-year-old was enjoying the sun, surf and sand with a group of friends last week in Florida.

She wore her long hair pulled back into a ponytail and sunglasses over her eyes, while a camera crew from her series Kourtney & Kim Take Miami captured all of the action from a nearby boat.

Kim smiled throughout her adventure and appeared to be having a great time as she knelt down on the paddle board and later stood up after getting her footing just right.

Surf's up: Kim enjoyed the sunny weather while paddling around the beach in MiamiThe jet setting television personality was joined by a male and female friend.

It’s been a busy past two weeks for the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star, who jetted off to London with her family to launch a fashion collection at Dorothy Perkins, and then flew to North Carolina to attend the Marine Corps Ball.

Kim is believed to have been so anxious to attend the HQ Battery 10th Marine Birthday Ball that she rearranged her incredibly busy schedule to ensure she could be there.

A source told E! News: ‘She was invited by one of the Marines who is a part of the planning committee for the event to attend as a special guest. ‘She’s in production now, but was able to move things around and make the trip for this. She’s really looking forward to it.’ Via DailyMail.

Wild on Miami: Kim Kardashian flaunted her figure on a wetsuit and animal print bikini top on Wednesday in South FloridaWild on Miami: Kim Kardashian flaunted her figure on a wetsuit and animal print bikini top on Wednesday in South FloridaGetting the hang of it: Kim knelt down her paddle board until she gained her balanceGetting the hang of it: Kim knelt down her paddle board until she gained her balanceAlmost got it: Kim appeared to be struggling to stand up on her paddle boardAlmost got it: Kim appeared to be struggling to stand up on her paddle boardIn unison: One of Kim’s friends paddled around next to herIn unison: One of Kim's friends paddled around next to herClose call: Kim and her friend almost collided as they paddled aroundClose call: Kim and her friend almost collided as they paddled aroundReady for her closeup: A camera crew from Kourtney & Kim Take Miami captured all of the action from a boatReady for her closeup: A camera crew from Kourtney & Kim Take Miami captured all of the action from a nearby boat Having a blast: Kim couldn’t stop smiling during her outdoor adventureHaving a blast: Kim couldn't stop smiling during her outdoor adventure

She’s on fire! Alicia Keys heats up the X Factor results show in curvaceous little black dress!

Full throttle: Alicia sings her heart out on the X Factor stage

Full throttle: Alicia sings her heart out on the X Factor stage

She had us fallin’ in and out of love back in 2001. But now Alicia Keys raised the music temperature on The X Factor Results Show with her new single Girl On Fire.

The R&B singer performed on Sunday night’s results show, and gave a warming performance in a sexy strapless dress fitted to her curvaceous figure. The 31-year-old Grammy winner oozed sex appeal and body confidence in her fitted pencil skirt dress, proving size really doesn’t matter when it comes to beauty and talent.

A pitch perfect vocal, that any of the X Factor contestants would hope to replicate, Alicia’s gorgeous voice was surrounded by oriental staging and choreography. As she descended from her throne to the center of the stage, Alica was surrounded by ninja dancers and dragon puppetry.

Girl On Fire is her fifth studio album and is a welcome return for the singer, who since having a baby, has been enjoying motherhood out of the limelight.

Enjoyable: Alicia basks in the sea of applause from a more than receptive audience

Enjoyable: Alicia basks in the sea of applause from a more than receptive audience

Talking of the album, Alicia says she wants the album to ‘liberate’ and ’empower’ fans. The single is out now but the LP will not be available until November 27th.

Speaking to Dermot, she said: “I can’t wait to come back to the UK for an incredible show.”

After the US singer left the stage, Xtra Factor presenter Olly Murs took her place to perform his new single, Troublemaker. And after the votes were counted, Ella Henderson and James Arthur were forced to battle it out to stay in the competition.

Fittingly, James Arthur chose the U.S. singer’s most famous song Fallin’ to sing for survival. However, as the Judges’ took it to Deadlock, it was the 24-year old’s original performance of Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Frankie Valli that secured his place in next week’s show. Via DailyMail.

Hot stuff: Alicia Keys performs her debut single Girl on Fire on The X Factor Results ShowHot stuff: Alicia Keys performs her debut single Girl on Fire on The X Factor Results ShowEclipse: The multi-award winning singer definitely kept the contestants in her shadow after her stand out performanceEclipse: The multi-award winning singer definitely kept the contestants in her shadow after her stand out performanceEastern delight: Whilst performing Girl On Fire, Alicia was surrounded by ninjas and Chinese ceremonial decorations and activitiesEastern delight: Whilst performing Girl On Fire, Alicia was surrounded by ninjas and Chinese ceremonial decorations and activitiesLine up: After Alicia performed, Xtra Factor host Olly Murs took to the stage to perform his new single TroublemakerLine up: After Alicia performed, Xtra Factor host Olly Murs took to the stage to perform his new single TroublemakerPower: Alicia hopes the album will ‘liberate’ and ’empower’ her fansPower: Alicia hopes the album will 'liberate' and 'empower' her fansStanding ovation: The X Factor Judge can’t hide their joy after Alicia’s stellar performanceStanding ovation: The X Factor Judge can't hide their joy after Alicia's stellar performanceGirl on Fire: Alicia Keys performed her new single on The X Factor Result Show, the first time she had appeared on the UK talent programGirl on Fire: Alicia Keys performed her new single on The X Factor Result Show, the first time she had appeared on the UK talent programmeTroublemaker: Olly Murs performed his new single after AliciaTroublemaker: Olly Murs performed his new single after AliciaNo. 3: Troublemaker is the lead single from singer-songwriter Olly Murs’ third studio album, Right Place Right Time.No. 3: Troublemaker is the lead single from singer-songwriter Olly Murs' third studio album, Right Place Right Time.Warm welcome: As a former contestant and now Xtra Factor presenter, Olly was at home on the stageWarm welcome: As a former contestant and now Xtra Factor presenter, Olly was at home on the stage

Salma Hayek gets passionate during French football match with husband Francois-Henri Pinault..

Sport fans: Salma is a far cry from her red carpet persona during the football match

Sport fans: Salma is a far cry from her red carpet persona during the football match

She’s not the first person you’d expect to see shouting at the referee during a football match. But Salma Hayek proved her love of the game as she got into the spirit of things during Saturday’s match between Stade Rennais and Paris Saint-Germain in the French capital.

The Mexican actress was there to support husband Francois-Henri Pinault, who owns Stade Rennais, and seemed to be taking the match very seriously. The star, who is better known for her acting skills and fashion sense, is clearly an avid football fan and seemed to be on top of the world when her husband’s team beat the Paris side.

Instead of acting nonchalant, the couple clearly felt the need to express their frustrations and excitements throughout the match, despite their star status, and regularly jumped to their feet.

Getting into it: Salma gets passionate during the match as she shouts down at the pitch

Getting into it: Salma gets passionate during the match as she shouts down at the pitch

Clearly enjoying the match, the 46-year-old, cuddled up to her businessman husband and seemed over the moon to be spending the day with him. The Desperado star looked perfect for the intense match, wearing a thick grey and leather coat over wide-legged black pants and a roll-neck jumper.

The actress left her dark hair loose over her shoulders and went fresh-faced, wearing minimal make-up. Her husband, who she married three years ago, also wrapped up in a navy coat and grey scarf.

The high-profile couple didn’t try and hide their emotions during the match as at one point Salma jumped up and started screaming down at the pitch. After their team’s success the couple rejoiced, hugging each other and later going down onto the pitch to meet the players.

Speaking after the match, she said: “I am happy, not only because we won, but because it was heroic. PSG is a great team, it’s a little like David against Goliath.” Via DailyMail.

Ecstatic: Salma Hayek and husband Francois-Henri Pinault look overjoyed on Saturday when their team win in ParisEcstatic: Salma Hayek and husband Francois-Henri Pinault look overjoyed on Saturday when their team win in ParisWinners: The couple are delighted when their team win the matchWinners: The couple are delighted when their team win the match Football fans: The loved up pair seem to be having a great day watching Stade Rennes and Paris Saint-Germain FCFootball fans: The loved up pair seem to be having a great day watching Stade Rennes and Paris Saint-Germain FCTense moment: Salma looks worried during a difficult moment on SaturdayTense moment: Salma looks worried during a difficult moment on SaturdayIn the spirit: Salma and her husband get into the spirit of things when their team scores a goalIn the spirit: Salma and her husband get into the spirit of things when their team scores a goalEdge of their seats: The couple can’t seem to take their eyes of the pitchEdge of their seats: The couple can't seem to take their eyes of the pitchVictory: The couple go down onto the pitch to chat to the players after the matchVictory: The couple go down onto the pitch to chat to the players after the matchOn the pitch: Salma and her husband go down on to the pitch after the matchOn the pitch: Salma and her husband go down on to the pitch after the match

Bleeding love! Leona Lewis ‘shares dressing room’ with One Direction’s Liam Payne for one hour after ‘Children In Need’ performance!

Blossoming relationship: Liam and Leona are yet to speak out about their rumoured relationshipThey’re yet to speak out about their rumored new romance. But things between pop stars Leona Lewis and One Direction’s Liam Payne could be heating up after an alleged dressing-room tryst following Friday night’s Children In Need.

According to Daily Star Sunday, the former X Factor contestants took the opportunity to spend an undisturbed one hour session together after the live charity show.

They’re yet to speak out about their rumored new romance. But things between pop stars Leona Lewis and One Direction’s Liam Payne could be heating up after an alleged dressing-room tryst following Friday night’s Children In Need.

According to Daily Star Sunday, the former X Factor contestants took the opportunity to spend an undisturbed one hour session together after the live charity show.

Blossoming relationship: Liam and Leona are yet to speak out about their rumoured relationship

‘Liam and Leona shared a dressing room on Friday night,’ a TV source told the newspaper. ‘Crew were told in no uncertain terms they should not be disturbed for a full hour after the performance,’ they continued.

Both Leona and One Direction performed their new singles on the BBC program and then, according to reports, took the opportunity to spend some alone time together.

Romance rumors have been circulating since Liam split from long term girlfriend Danielle Peazer last month, and although the pair are yet to confirm the relationship, both have dropped hints.

A couple of weeks ago, the 27-year-old Trouble singer opened up about Liam, saying:  ‘We’re friends. We see each other whenever we can, but he’s really busy and so am I. ‘We’ve got a shared bond because of The X Factor. I always forget they were even on the show!’she continued. Via DailyMail.

Rumoured romance: Leona Lewis allegedly spent an hour in her dressing room with Liam Payne after Children in Need on FridayRumoured romance: Leona Lewis allegedly spent an hour in her dressing room with Liam Payne after Children in Need on FridayAfter-show live-in: Liam performed with One Direction on Friday night before allegedly meeting up with LeonaAfter-show live-in: Liam performed with One Direction on Friday night before allegedly meeting up with LeonaCharity performance: The boys performed Live While We’re Young on Friday while Leona sang FirefliesCharity performance: The boys performed Live While We're Young on Friday while Leona sang FirefliesGood spirits: Liam seemed in a great mood as he chatted to presenter Fearne Cotton during the showGood spirits: Liam seemed in a great mood as he chatted to presenter Fearne Cotton during the show

X-Factor UK fashion faceoff: Nicole Scherzinger vs. Tulisa Contostavlos

Thigh's the limit: Nicole Scherzinger shows off her long legs in a daring Osman Yousefzada dress, while Tulisa goes girlie in a Suzanne Neville creation on the X Factor results show

Thigh’s the limit: Nicole Scherzinger shows off her long legs in a daring Osman Yousefzada dress

On Saturday’s X Factor, Nicole Scherzinger looked positively angelic a white mini dress. But for Sunday’s results show, the American singer went to the dark side in a risque cut-out leather dress.

The 34-year-old outdid her fellow judge Tulisa Contostavlos, 24, in the sexy stakes as she strode on stage in the revealing black number. Nicole gave a flash of thigh in the leather and twisted jersey dress from the Spring/Summer 2013 Osman Yousefzada collection.

She completed her outfit with her hair styled poker-straight and a pair of Charlotte Olympia heels. In contrast, Tulisa, 24, looked girlie in the black beaded lace over a silver blue satin Suzanne Neville creation with a fitted corset and cap sleeves.

Thigh's the limit: Nicole Scherzinger shows off her long legs in a daring Osman Yousefzada dress, while Tulisa goes girlie in a Suzanne Neville creation on the X Factor results show

Tulisa opted for a girlie look in a Suzanne Neville creation

She teamed the mini-dress with a pair of Kurt Geiger high-heels and Michael Kors earrings. However, their outfits were far from the big talking point on the show following the shock exit of Tulisa’s talented act Ella Henderson.

The furious judge blasted the public for not voting for the 16-year-old after Ella’s sing-off with Nicole’s act James Arthur:

She fumed: ‘This is exactly when people are voting for the wrong people. These people should be finalists. This is ridiculous. My decision is James, even though I love him to death. I shouldn’t have to make this decision tonight.’

Meanwhile, on Saturday’s show, Nicole showed off her legs in a white origami-style Sass & Bide mini-dress and blue high heels. Meanwhile, Tulisa went for a dramatic Gothic look in a floor-length sequinned, mesh and lace gown by Forever Unique. Via DailyMail.

Leggy lady: Nicole shows some skin as as cuddles up to her acts James Arthur and Jahmene DouglasLeggy lady: Nicole shows some skin as as cuddles up to her acts James Arthur and Jahmene DouglasAll blacks: It appeared all four judges had done for black outfits for Sunday’s results showAll blacks: It appeared all four judges had done for black outfits for Sunday's results show

X Factor judges Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh step out for dinner after Ella Henderson’s shock departure…

Stunning: Despite her downcast appearance, Nicole looked showstopping as she flaunted her killer curves in a form-fitting printed dress

Stunning: Despite her downcast appearance, Nicole looked showstopping as she flaunted her killer curves in a form-fitting printed dress

They were left devastated earlier in the evening when show favorite Ella Henderson was eliminated from The X Factor following a shock sing-off with James Arthur.

But Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh seemed keen to put their traumatic night behind them as they stepped out for dinner together on Sunday.  While Louis appeared to be in relatively good spirits as he grinned alongside his blonde companion, Nicole looked as though she had the weight of the world on her shoulders as she arrived at C Restaurant in London’s Mayfair.

Looking utterly downcast as she headed into the eatery, the 34-year-old singer still seemed devastated at the shocking events of the evening.

Despite her glum appearance, the Poison hitmaker looked stunning for her dinner date with her X Factor co-judge, showing off her incredible curves in a form-fitting high-necked patterned dress that cost just £30 from ASOS.com.

Nicole added height to her frame in a pair of towering dusky pink platform heels, while she wore her raven locks long and loose around her shoulders.

The former Pussycat Dolls singer was extremely emotional during Sunday night’s X Factor, describing the fact that her act James Arthur was facing teen singer Ella Henderson in a shock sing-off as a ‘great tragedy’.

Voting to save James from elimination, she said: ‘No matter what happens, tonight is a great tragedy for this show. You two are the most talented to grace this stage. Ella I have no worries about you, but I have to stick with my boy.’
Louis seemed equally shocked to see to of the favorites in the bottom two. Visit DailyMail to continue reading.

Glum: Nicole Scherzinger still seeemed to be utterly devastated at the shocking events of Sunday night’s X Factor as she stepped out for dinner at Mayfair’s C Restaurant with co-judge Louis WalshGlum: Nicole Scherzinger still seeemed to be utterly devastated at the shocking events of Sunday night's X Factor as she stepped out for dinner at Mayfair's C Restaurant with co-judge Louis WalshMoving on: Louis Walsh seemed to be in better spirits than Nicole as he headed out for dinner with a blonde female companionMoving on: Louis Walsh seemed to be in better spirits than Nicole as he headed out for dinner with a blonde female companion Dramatic: All four X Factor judges, (L-R) Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger, Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh, were shocked to see Ella Henderson and James Arthur in the bottom twoDramatic: All four X Factor judges, (L-R) Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger, Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh, were shocked to see Ella Henderson and James Arthur in the bottom twoA true professional: Ella, 16, took her exit from the competition graciouslyA true professional: Ella, 16, took her exit from the competition graciously

Jody Latham: “I felt like an idiot after Tulisa dumped me”…

Whether it’s on stage with singing wannabes or off stage living her life, Tulisa Contostavlos can’t seem to help but attract controversy. Following her new romance with Danny Simpson, the X Factor judge is now also being labelled a heart breaker by Shameless actor Jody Latham.

Friends of the 30-year old actor have spoken out about how the N-Dubz singer has left him feeling ‘like an idiot’ after their relationship – which lasted a few weeks – cooled.

One friend told The Sun: ‘He would have done anything for her, but then she just turned cold on him. From getting 30 text messages a day from her, he suddenly only started to get a couple.’

The friend also described the entire experience of dating the Young singer had left him feeling ‘like an idiot’, after her initial talk of settling down and raising a family was proved to be unfounded. They revealed that away from the cameras,

Jody found the star to be vulnerable , and after a week bolted away in her London home talking about future plans, he was hopeful they could go the distance:

‘She said she wanted to get married and have children in the near future. They spent a week together in secret in her flat in London and barely left each other’s sides.’

The pair met on the set of Tulisa’s new video, Sight Of You, on October 9, after she personally selected him to play her love interest in the clip. They were seen out together on Halloween, when Tulisa turned heads as a sexy vampire.
However, it wasn’t long before she was sinking her teeth in to a new relationship with footballer Danny Simpson.

Ironically, Jody suspects that the pair met through a mutual friend he shares with Danny.

Since then, the N-Dubz singer has been spotted out and about with the Newcastle ace, and has even had to defend their blossoming union against the wrath of his ex-girlfriend, who claims to be pregnant with the footballer’s second child. Visit DailyMail to continue reading…

Fangs for the memories: Jody Latham and Tulisa Contostavlos in happier times last monthFangs for the memories: Jody Latham and Tulisa Contostavlos in happier times last monthNot bothered: Tulisa looked carefree and radiant when she performed at G-A-Y on Saturday nightNot bothered: Tulisa looked carefree and radiant when she performed at G-A-Y on Saturday night Getting close: Tulisa told Twitter that she is ‘happy with her man’ Danny SimpsonGetting close: Tulisa told Twitter that she is 'happy with her man' Danny Simpson

Danny Simpson on Tulisa: “‘I think we can make it work”…

Loved-up: Danny arrived in London in time to see Tulisa's G-A-Y performance, with onlookers saying the couple were kissing and cuddling at the side of the stage for all to see

Tulisa during her G-A-Y performance

Their romance hasn’t got off to the best of starts, with his ex-girlfriend claiming to be pregnant with his second child.

But Danny Simpson, the biracial footballer of British Caucasian and Jamaican ancestry, has vowed to make his relationship with Tulisa Contostavlos work, and has told friends he hopes the new couple will be together ‘long-term’.

Last week, the 25-year-old footballer’s former flame, Stephanie Ward, made a series of explosive claims and branded the X Factor judge a ‘homewrecker’.

However, the Newcastle United star showed his commitment to Tulisa by travelling 300 miles down to London to see her perform at the capital’s G-A-Y nightclub on Saturday night.

Maintaining that he and Stephanie broke up weeks ago, the father-of-one has told friends he is confident that he can make his relationship with Tulisa go the distance.

The Daily Mirror newspaper quotes him as saying: ‘I think I could be with Tulisa long-term. I am going to keep seeing her. I think we can make it work.’

After travelling down to London following his match on Saturday, Danny arrived in the capital in time to see the 24-year-old singer take to the stage.
And the pair were said to have put on an amorous display, before being pictured smiling happily as they made their way home in the back of a taxi. Visit DailyMail to continue reading…

Happy couple: Danny Simpson, pictured with Tulisa on Saturday night, has vowed to make his new romance go the distanceHappy couple: Danny Simpson, pictured with Tulisa on Saturday night, has vowed to make his new romance go the distance Busy bee: Tulisa headed to G-A-Y straight after her appearance on Saturday night’s X FactorBusy bee: Tulisa headed to G-A-Y straight after her appearance on Saturday night's X Factor<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
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Madonna’s kids David & Mercy are pool pals…

Madonna’s children David, 7, and Mercy, 6, enjoyed time at the pool at their hotel in Miami, Fl. on Sunday (November 18). The kids are currently on tour with mom.

David and Mercy are Madonna’s adopted children. Both were adopted a year apart in 2008 and 2009 from Malawi.

Later that night Madonna was spotted with 25-year-old boyfriend Brahim Zaibat on the boardwalk. The two had just finished dinner at Soho Beach House. The 54-year-old did not want to be seen and covered her head.

Earlier this year she said in an interview: “We all have our challenges. To be a single mother of four and to work as much as I do, since I live my life in a metaphorical fishbowl, it’s pretty challenging. So far I’ve survived with sanity and humor intact.” Via CelebBabyScoop.

Madonna's Children Enjoying A Day At The Pool

Madonna's Children Enjoying A Day At The Pool

Madonna's Children Enjoying A Day At The Pool

Madonna's Children Enjoying A Day At The Pool

Madonna's Children Enjoying A Day At The Pool

Madonna's Children Enjoying A Day At The Pool

Madonna's Children Enjoying A Day At The Pool

Madonna's Children Enjoying A Day At The Pool

Madonna covers face like the Elephant Man during romantic date with boyfriend…

She’s been known for using shock tactics throughout her career and left audience members aghast with her lewd on-stage antics last week. But it seems Madonna is more happy to shy away from attention in her free time.

The singer, 54, covered her face while out on the boardwalk with boyfriend Brahim Zaibat, 25, after dining at Soho Beach House in Miami Beach, Florida, on Sunday.

The Material Girl wore a black and white scarf over her face and head in the style of the Elephant Man Joseph Merrick who used to disguise his disfigured face with a hat and mask in the 1800s. She covered her arms and shoulders with a long black cardigan which came down to her knees.

Underneath, the pop star wore a navy blue top which she paired with similarly colored pair of pants. Madonna completed the look with a pair of with gold studs which matched the large pendant which hung around her neck.

The singer, who is mother to daughter Lourdes, son Rocco and adopted children David and Mercy, stepped out with boyfriend Brahim, who at 25 is 29 years her junior. He looked smart but casual in a blue shirt and denim jeans while he hung a black jumper over his shoulders with the arms tied at the front.

Madonna seemed much more shy and conservative than she did last night when she cavorted on stage and performed suggestive dance moves while wearing a miniscule black buster which left little to the imagination.

The singer shocked audience members by climbing onto a piano and straddled the musician playing it and pushed her private parts straight into his face. Madonna then appeared to grope herself for all to see and later caused further controversy by licking a silver gun before holding it to her head.

And it seems the star may have decided to dress more conservatively for the meal in Miami after she received criticism for the raunchy antics during her performance. Visit DailyMail to continue reading…

We can still see you! Madonna covers her face like Elephant Man Joseph Merrick but boyfriend Brahim Zaibat gives her identity away by walking with his arm around the starWe can still see you! Madonna covers her face like Elephant Man Joseph Merrick but boyfriend Brahim Zaibat gives her identity away by walking with his arm around the starMaterial Girl in disguise: Madonna covered her face with a scarf while on her date with Brahim in Miami on SundayMaterial Girl in disguise: Madonna covered her face with a scarf while on her date with Brahim in Miami on SundayHidden from view: Brahim was happy to leave himself uncovered but Madonna chose to hide away on their night outHidden from view: Brahim was happy to leave himself uncovered but Madonna chose to hide away on their night outNot afraid to shock: The singer pushed her private parts into the face of a pianist during a concert in New York last weekNot afraid to shock: The singer pushed her private parts into the face of a pianist during a concert in New York last weekExposing herself: Madonna wore a costume which left little to the imagination during the show at Madison Square GardensExposing herself: Madonna wore a costume which left little to the imagination during the show at Madison Square Gardens

Mariska Hargitay on teaching her kids kindness…

Mariska Agitay and childrenFor 14 seasons, Mariska Hargitay has played Olivia Benson, the tough-as-nails police detective on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Off-screen, the award-winning actress is a big softie when it comes to her three children: August, 6; Amaya, 1; Andrew, 8 months. When Parents.com spoke with Hargitay at Safe Horizon’s Manhattan Child Advocacy Center, she told us why it’s criminal to be anything but nice in her household.

Your organization, Joyful Heart Foundation, is teaming up with Do the KIND Thing for a good cause. Tell us more about this collaboration.

Do the Kind Thing has been on our radar because its philosophy is to inspire people to do kind acts for others, and it aligns with my own personal philosophy of being nice and compassionate. We are assembling healing kits for abused children across the country. Our ultimate public challenge is to get millions of people to do a small act of kindness so the movement of caring for others continues to build.

Is the topic of giving back a conversation you have a lot with your family? How do you teach your oldest son, August, to do the kind thing?

I try to model it for him every day. I teach him what it means to be kind, such as sharing, helping his sister pick up toys, and letting her choose first what she wants to do. I continue to build on it so it becomes a child’s mind-set to be considerate. My dad always taught me that being kind is the way to live your life. He always said, if you take care of the little things, the big things will take care of themselves. Just smiling at someone walking down the street can make the person’s day. It’s all about paying it forward. Visit Parents.com to continue reading the interview…

Alfonso Ribeiro aka ‘Cousin Carlton’s star-studded wedding revealed…

On Oct. 13, Alfonso Ribeiro, 41, wed Angela Unkrich, 31, at the Lakeside Golf Club in Burbank, Calif. Now, the newlyweds are sharing their wedding photos exclusively in the new issue of In Touch, on newsstands now.

“I had a permanent smile on my face the whole night,” Alfonso, who played Will Smith’s snobby but lovable cousin Carlton Banks on the ’90s hit The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, tells In Touch.

Angela, who wore a strapless Rivini gown and Judith Ripka Brides jewels and Alfonso said ‘I do” in front of their 175 guests including pals like singer Joey Fatone, Alfonso’s Silver Spoons co-star Ricky Schroder and Fresh Prince’s Tatyana Ali.

“It was just beautiful,” Alfonso tells In Touch.

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Alfonso Ribeiro aka ‘Cousin Carlton’s honeymoon..

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Alfonso Ribeiro and his newly minted bride, Angela, give In Touch an inside look at their romantic 10-day honeymoon at the exotic Turtle Island resort in Fiji.

We couldn’t have chosen a better place,” Alfonso tells In Touch. “It was truly unforgettable.”

During the escape, the newlyweds enjoyed private boat rides, sunset dinners on the beach and lots of alone time as husband and wife:

“For me, the honeymoon was all about spending time with Angela,” Alfonso tells In Touch. “No tension, no outside distractions — just us together laying on the beach sipping on a drink with an umbrella in it.”

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Happy 3rd birthday Heavenly Joy!

Heavenly Joy is a little touch of Heaven. The tot was recently photographed with dad music producer Rodney Jerkins on her birthday (November 17) looking adorable as ever in her purple jacket and glasses.

“Me and my daughter Heavenly Joy celebrating her birthday today!! My beautiful 3 yr old,” tweeted Jerkins. “Happy Birthday Heavenly!”

Miss Jerkins was recently blessed with a baby sister after her mom, Joy Enriquez, gave birth to her and Rodney’s third child together. Hannah Joy was born a healthy 7lbs, 9oz at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on October 19, 2012.

Rodney was sure to share the excitement of having another child with his Twitter fans saying: “This morning @OfficialJoy and I had our 3rd child. Another beautiful baby girl! Thanks to all who kept us in your prayers.”

Rodney and Joy are also parents to Rodney II,4. The couple wed in 2004. Via BCK.

Olivia Munn is a swimming delight for Vanity Fair’s December 2012 issue…

Vanity Fair states: “When we first met Olivia Munn, at Comic-Con in San Diego, in whose convention halls the fanboys bow down to her as queen, she was still smarting about a scolding article on the feminist Web site Jezebel that accused Comedy Central’s Daily Show of hiring her as a female correspondent largely because of her rocking bod and racy mouth.”

Multiracial Munn proved to be the surprise spinal column, the sole island of calm and composure, in Season One of Aaron Sorkin’s HBO series The Newsroom. Her oval-faced, dark-haired, self-contained beauty was often the stable moon in an overly bustling pressure cooker where the other female characters seemed incapable of speaking without sputtering—flapping their wrists and shaking their heads like revival-meeting converts.

A deadpan comedian with a wood-shaving vocal undertone, Munn also appeared in Steven Soderbergh’s sweaty summer hit, Magic Mike, and has been cast for a multi-episode arc on Fox’s winsome sitcom New Girl, where her classic sex appeal will contend for airspace with Zooey Deschanel’s gamine adorkability.

Asked whether she preferred working on a sitcom or a heavy-wordage drama such as The Newsroom, Munn answered: “I think most actors just want the opportunity to do great work.”

“And when you get that chance with people like Sorkin, Soderbergh, Stewart, it doesn’t matter if it’s a comedy or a drama, you just bust your ass and do everything you can to try to do their work justice, never, ever forgetting how lucky you are.” Visit VanityFair to continue reading…

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Kimora Lee-Simmons: “Djimon and I have been separated for some time!”

Kimora Lee Simmons and Djimon Hounsou

Kimora Lee Simmons and Djimon Hounsou have split after more than five years together. The Life In The Fab Lane star, 37, and the Amistad actor, 48, have a son, Kenzo Lee Hounsou.

‘Djimon Hounsou and Kimora Lee Simmons have officially separated after 5 and a half years,’ the actor’s spokesperson told People.

In a message to fans on her Twitter page, the former model said the pair had been apart for ‘some time. She wrote: “There have been quite a few hurtful rumors circulating. ‘The truth is Djimon + I have been separated for some time. We have remained happy, loving, co-parenting friends + family.”

‘We all have much to be thankful for.’ She signed off: ‘#HappyThanksgiving’

Rumors of a split between the pair first emerged back in June his year.
According to the New York Daily News, Honsou walked out on Simmons after ‘a big fight over money’.

Reports also claimed Simmons’ former husband, hip-hop mogul Russel Simmons, decided to stop funding the pair’s lifestyle. The Trulia Luxe Living blog reported that Kimora was selling her Beverly Hills home at a $1.2m loss.

Representatives for both Honsou and Simmons at the time were keeping quiet about the alleged split. Honsou’s agents told nydailynews.com the actor has been working in Vancouver for the past few months, and Simmons’ people responded only that ‘Kimora has a beautiful family life’.

Simmons also denied she was facing financial difficulty on Twitter, saying: “Wow, I put 1 of several properties I own (+ DONT live in) on the market & now apparently my whole life is fallin apart?!” adding, “Rumors, Rumors …”

The pair met in 2007 following her split from husband Russell Simmons. Kimora, a former model who now runs a shoes and handbags website JustFab, also has two daughters from her marriage to the hip hop mogul; Ming Lee, 12, and Aoki Lee, 10.

Split: Djimon Hounsou and Kimora Lee Simmons, pictured in 2009, have ended their relationship after five yearsSplit: Djimon Hounsou and Kimora Lee Simmons, pictured in 2009, have ended their relationship after five years In happier times: The couple pose with Kimora’s daughters from her first marriage to Russell Simmons, Ming Lee and Aoki Lee in October 2009In happier times: The couple pose with Kimora's daughters from her first marriage to Russell Simmons, Ming Lee and Aoki Lee in October 2009Family man: Djimon is pictured with Kimora’s girls Ming Lee Simmons and Aoki Lee Simmons and his son Kenzo Lee back in September this yearFamily man: Djimon is pictured with Kimora's girls Ming Lee Simmons and Aoki Lee Simmons and his son Kenzo Lee back in September this year Life was a beach: The couple are seen with Kenzo during Christmas Day 2011 in St. BartsLife was a beach: The couple are seen with Kenzo during Christmas Day 2011 in St. Barts Loved up: The pair met in 2007 following Kimora’s split from husband Russell SimmonsLoved up: The pair met in 2007 following Kimora's split from husband Russell Simmons

Pregnant Camila Alves visits husband Matthew McConaughey on set…

Camila Alves was not letting the fact she is more than seven months pregnant stand in the way of looking gorgeous when she visited husband Matthew McConaughey on set in New Orleans on Monday. Her stunning daughter Vida also came along to say hello to her famous daddy and proved the good looking apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Wearing comfortable loose tracksuit pants and a simple grey long sleeved t-shirt stretch over her ever expanding belly, the Brazilian model protectively watched on as her two-year old played on the Dallas Buyers Club set.

With brown cowboy boots like her mother’s, Vida bought some baby style to the day, wearing a cute floral dress over pale dusty pink leggings.

While the 30-year-old mother of two bought a red squishy ball for Vida to play with there was no need, as the toddler amused herself by busily picking up and examining the large pebbles around her father’s trailer. Visit DailyMail to continue reading…

Pregnant pause: A very pregnant Camila Alves stops by the set of the Dallas Buyers Club on Monday to visit husband Matthew McConaugheyPregnant pause: A very pregnant Camila Alves stops by the set of the Dallas Buyers Club on Monday to visit husband Matthew McConaugheyCowboy kiddy: Little Vida McConaughey ran around the New Orleans location in some baby cowboy bootsCowboy kiddy: Little Vida McConaughey ran around the New Orleans location in some baby cowboy bootsAnd baby makes five: The heavily pregnant 30-year-old announced that she was expecting her third child in July, just a month after her weddingAnd baby makes five: The heavily pregnant 30-year-old announced that she was expecting her third child in July, just a month after her weddingWaiting on a new brother or sister: The couple, who also have a son Levi, have yet to reveal the sex of the babyWaiting on a new brother or sister: The couple, who also have a son Levi, have yet to reveal the sex of the babyThe incredible shrinking man: McConaughey is so committed to his role that he has dropped 38 poundsThe incredible shrinking man: McConaughey is so committed to his role that he has dropped 38 pounds

Alicia Keys reunited with estranged dad after grandmother’s death…

Alicia KeysGrammy-award winning biracial singer ALICIA KEYS has decided to mend her relationship with her estranged father after her grandmother fell terminally ill in 2006. The Fallin’ hitmaker was raised by her single mom Teresa after her dad Craig Cook left the family when Keys was just two years old, and she spent years resenting him.

But the star, who is now a mom to two-year-old son Egypt, had a change of heart when her beloved grandma died, and felt compelled to reach out to Cook to start afresh.

She tells Britain’s You magazine: “My father and I are fine now. I would say in the process of growing up you realize you’ve been holding on to anger. I was angry then and am sure I had the right to be angry, but if you hold on to all this anger the only person you’re hurting is you.”

“The process started when my (paternal) grandmother became ill. You realize what’s important when you see a person you love dearly and you’re not going to have them for long. It was important to her. And I saw (my father’s) love for her. I realized he wasn’t an evil person so I said, ‘Can we start from this point on? Can we be friends? I can start to understand you and you can start to understand me.'” Via 10News.

Hope Solo marries Jerramy Stevens and all we can say is: Why?

Hope Solo and Jeremy Stevens weddingAn inevitable part of being sports fan is reckoning with players who behave badly. That reckoning was more difficult than usual last week as Hope Solo, the Olympic gold medal goalkeeper for the American women’s soccer team, married Jerramy Stevens, a former National Football League tight end with a history of violence.

And not just a history: Solo married Stevens just one day after he was booked on domestic violence charges against her stemming from a multi-person argument that apparently began with a dispute about where they’d make their marital home and escalated into stun-gun usage.

This is hardly the only time Stevens has been in trouble. In addition to numerous drunk-driving charges, Stevens was arrested for sexual assault in 2000 during his tenure as a tight end at the University of Washington—which overlapped with Solo’s time there—but never charged. (The prosecutor who declined to charge Stevens had a reputation for bending over backwards for UW football players.)

Stevens later settled a civil suit with the woman who alleged the assault, reportedly paying her $300,000. Visit Slate to continue reading…

Sgt. Martin Gardner: “Kim Kardashian was my only choice for the Marine Corps Ball!”

Sgt. Martin Gardner, the man who was escorted to the Marine Corps Ball by Kim Kardashian, says the reality TV star was his “only choice” when it came to picking a date for the Nov. 15 event in Greenville, North Carolina.

“Kim was my only choice,” Gardner told Celebuzz. “I love her show. She always turns a negative into a positive, and I respect all that she’s done.”

The idea to bring Kardashian to the Ball was first concocted by Gardner, who says he contacted her publicist earlier this year on a whim.

“I needed to somehow prove to myself that anything is possible,” he said. I left on deployment in June for a humanitarian mission in Guatemala, and in September I got an email that Kim was going to come,” he added. “I couldn’t believe [she] showed up.” 

Kardashian made a splash when she arrived to the 10th annual Ball in a hip-hugging red dress, and earned major point from Gardner for sticking around throughout the night.

“She’s such a cool person,” he said of Kardashian. ”And despite what reports said, Kim was there the entire time — through the ceremony, guest speaker and dinner. And any Marine who asked for a photo, she did it.”

At the event, Gardner said the conversation he had with Kardashian was effortless: “We talked about everything from our personal lives to our professional lives,” he said. “Talking with her was like talking to one of my friends. She was so cool and laid back.”

What did Kardashian reveal to him?

“We talked about her and [boyfriend] Kanye [West]. She really loves that guy,” he said. “She said people think he’s an a-hole, but he’s a really sweet guy. She feels very protected and safe around him. She also really loves her family and [nephew] Mason.”Visit Celebuzz to continue reading…

Kim Kardashian poses with Sgt. Martin Gardner and friends at the Marine Corps Ball 2012 in Greenville, North Carolina Nov. 15Kim Kardashian poses with Sgt. Martin Gardner and friends at the Marine Corps Ball 2012 in Greenville, North Carolina Nov. 15Kim Kardashian poses with Sgt. Martin Gardner and friends at the Marine Corps Ball 2012 in Greenville, North Carolina Nov. 15Kim Kardashian poses with Sgt. Martin Gardner and friends at the Marine Corps Ball 2012 in Greenville, North Carolina Nov. 15Kim Kardashian poses with Sgt. Martin Gardner and friends at the Marine Corps Ball 2012 in Greenville, North Carolina Nov. 15Kim Kardashian poses with Sgt. Martin Gardner and friends at the Marine Corps Ball 2012 in Greenville, North Carolina Nov. 15

Diabetes Awareness Month: Interview with interracial couple Shannon and Ray Allen on their story…

The Allens

Ray Allen and family

With nearly 26 million children and adults having diabetes, and 79 million being on the path to developing the disease it’s no wonder that medical professionals are encouraging healthy living everyday.

November is recognized as American Diabetes month, and celebrities everywhere are partnering with the American Diabetes Association to spread awareness about the disease. Ray Allen along with wife Shannon recently participated in the shared their experience of having a son with diabetes who requires healthy snacks and insulin injections at special times of the day.

Check out what the Allens, more specifically Shannon Allen, had to say via CBS Miami:

Walker Allen is five years old, and just like his father, he loves basketball. He’s constantly in motion, barely sitting still long enough to check his blood sugar level, something he needs to do. Walker has Type 1 Diabetes which means his body doesn’t produce insulin.

The nightmare began during the 2008 NBA Finals. Ray’s Boston Celtics were facing the Los Angeles Lakers. Walker, just 17 months old, was very sick. So his mother Shannon took him to a hospital in Los Angeles for a blood test. She said that typically a person’s blood sugar level is between 70 and 120. Walkers was 639. The doctor told Shannon that Walker’s blood sugar was literally poisoning him to death.

“It was like the rug was pulled out from under us,” Shannon said. The doctor said that if Walker didn’t get insulin soon, he would die.

Fortunately Walker got that insulin. And three days later was well enough to celebrate the NBA Championship with his father.

“This is the first time I’ve ever seen him (Ray) terrified,” Shannon said. She said that Ray, who is a shooting guard for the Miami Heats, was grateful it was something that could be treated.

Shannon has worked hard to educate herself and those around her about diabetes. It’s come at a cost – especially to her sleep schedule. They have three other boys and a daughter at college, but still Shannon gets up every two hours every single night to make sure that Walker’s blood sugar level is where it needs to be and that he’s okay. She also stays with him at school to administer his insulin shots. He gets between five to seven a day.

She also carefully watches what Walker, and the rest of the family, eats: “We’re so diligent about everything we put in our mouths.” Visit CBS Miami to continue reading…

Happy 4th birthday to Jhene Aiko‘s daughter Nami Love!

Nami Love celebrated her fourth birthday yesterday (November 19) with family and friends. The preschooler was joined by both mom, Jhene Aiko, and dad, Sonnie O’Ryan, who were ecstatic to be a part of their daughter’s special day.

“Four years ago at 12:50am on November 19th, I gave birth to this beautiful piece of art. Four years flew by so fast!! The best thing I’ve ever done was give birth to this amazing little girl. #Happy4thBirthdayNamik,” tweeted Jhene.

Sonnie also shared his love on Twitter saying: “Four years ago I took on the responsibility of becoming something I’ve never seen, & with a love I shared this experience that changed my life. Seeing my child come out the [womb], to waking her up and getting her ready for school. Happy Birthday, Namiko! Papa loves you.”

Aiko gave birth to Nami in 2008 after deciding to take a break from the music industry. She has since returned from her hiatus and plans to release her album Souled Out in 2013. Nami is Jhene and Sonnie Oryan’s only child together and also shares a multiracial ancestry like her mother. Via BCK.

Birthday Girl: Nami Love

Birthday Girl: Nami Love

Birthday Girl: Nami Love

Lenny Kravitz cast as Marvin Gaye in upcoming biopic…

Lenny Kravitz performs on stage during Rock in Rio Madrid 2012 on June 30, 2012 in Arganda del Rey, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)Rock star Lenny Kravitz has been rapidly building up his filmography with high-profile supporting turns in 2009′s Precious and this year’s The Hunger Games. Yet his next major role may propel him to the next level as an actor.

The singer has been cast as the legendary Marvin Gaye in an upcoming biopic according to London’s Evening StandardThe film, which is slated to be directed by acclaimed British filmmaker Julian Temple, is supposed to focus on Gaye’s late career when he lived in the United Kingdom and was battling financial difficulty and alcoholism.

Marvin Gaye biopics have been rumored for years, with actors as diverse as Jesse L. Martin and rapperCommon expressing interest in the lead role. However, none of these projects appear to have advanced past the stages of early development.

No title or start date for the Temple-Kravitz film has been announced yet. Via theGrio.

Mo Farrah wants you to do ‘the Mobot’ for charity.

Olympic champion Mo Farrah is conducting a ‘Mobot’ contest. The winner of the ‘Mobot’ will be featured in the official ‘Do The Mobot’ music video benefiting charity.

Watch the video clip above to learn how to ‘Mobot’ and submit your dance in aid of the Mo Farah Foundation! Visit the link here http://bit.ly/DoTheMobot to submit your video. For every video submitted, Virgin Media will donate ₤2 to the Mo Farrah Foundation.

Kim Kardashian wants to learn more about the Middle East crisis!

Kim Kardashian goes to the Middle EastKim Kardashian is about to embark on a whirlwind trip to Kuwait and Bahrain and TMZ has learned she’s hoping to educate herself on the Middle East crisis while she’s in town. Sources close to Kim tell TMZ she initially agreed to the trip to make appearances at some Millions of Milkshakes shops opening in the two countries.

But after her recent Twitter controversy centered around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Kim is telling friends she’s determined to use the trip to educate herself about the political situation in the region.

As one source puts it: “Kim wants to be as informed as possible so she can use her celebrity to help those in need and raise awareness about important issues in the area.”

We’re told Kim, who will be under the constant protection of a private security squad, has already set up meetings in both countries with local leaders.

Jordin Sparks: I want to make a movie with Emma Stone…

After making her big-screen debut opposite the late, great Whitney Houston in the summer musical Sparkle, singer-actress Jordin Sparks says she’s ready to keep working with Hollywood’s finest.

On her list of dream co-stars: Emma Stone.

“We actually did community theater together back in Phoenix when we were younger,” Sparks, 22, told Celebuzz in a recent interview. “Now that we’re both in our respective fields, I would love to do something with her. She’s so funny. Her comedic timing is impeccable. She’s an amazing actress.”

“I got to see her earlier this year, at an Essence Luncheon,” the former American Idol winner continued. “All the Oscar buzz was happening for The Help, and she had this gorgeous white dress on. I was so excited to see her there. We hugged and I was like, ‘Congratulations!’ And she said the same thing.”

“Hopefully I’ll get a chance to see her again and we can exchange information, because I’m still missing that.”

In the meantime, Sparks says she wants to continue acting in movies regardless — and she’s got the scripts to prove it: “I’ve definitely gotten a vast array of scripts [since Sparkle],” she told Celebuzz.

“I was nervous that after Sparkle I would be pigeon-holed into just movie-musicals,” she continued. “So far, it’s been pretty wide-spread. I got a romantic comedy script that came in, I got a drama [script] that came in. There was this other one that came in the other day that was kind of like action, sci-fi amazingness. [Laughs]” Visit Celebuzz to continue reading Jordin Spark’s interview…

Madonna goes topless for ‘Truth Or Dare Naked’ fragrance ad…

Sexiest Celebrity AdsMadonna, the 54-year-old singer, stripped down in the latest ad for her personal fragrance, Truth of Dare Naked. In the racy poster, the Material Girl is seen topless — with the name of her new scent strategically covering up her bare breasts.

Of course, this wasn’t the first of Madge’s many sexy ads to raise eyebrows. In March, ABC execs ordered Madonna’s perfume commercial — which was set to air on the Disney-owned network — to be stripped of its sexual images, with producers told to digitally cover up the “Like a Virgin” crooner’s cleavage and bottom. Via Celebuzz.

FBI investigate ‘suspicious white powder sent to Khloe Kardashian at X Factor studio’…

A letter containing a suspicious white powder and addressed to Khloe Kardashian has been intercepted at the CBS studios where The X Factor is filmed in Hollywood. Sources told TMZ that the letter arrived to the studio this morning ‘and the FBI soon arrived to inspect the mystery substance.’

According to the entertainment website, the substance was found to be harmless. A letter was also included; the contents of which have not been divulged.

Two letters were sent to Bristol Palin at the same studio, and just as in this case the white substance turned out to be harmless talcum powder. The X Factor and Fox declined to comment.

Shock: A letter addressed to Khloe Kardashian containing suspicious white powder is said to have been sent to the CBC studios where she is preparing to film The X FactorShock: A letter addressed to Khloe Kardashian containing suspicious white powder is said to have been sent to the CBC studios where she is preparing to film The X Factor Getting back to work: Khloe landed at LAX to return to her presenting role at CBSWhat would your sister say? Khloe's Hermes bag was the only nod to Kardashian style Working lady: Khloe is doing thriving in the live role despite her opening night slip upWorking lady: Khloe no longer just has to 'be' because she has a job The night job: Khloe glams it up for The X Factor live shows each week where she presents with Mario LopezThe night job: Khloe glams it up for The X Factor live shows each week where she presents with Mario Lopez Owning it: Khloe is more careful with her choice of blouse nowOwning it: Khloe is more careful with her choice of blouse now

Halle Berry is that your bra showing?

Split: Halle and her ex, Gabriel Aubrey Split: Halle and her ex, Gabriel Aubrey

After a weekend of pouring rain, Los Angeles were quick to embrace the warm summer days that returned… and Halle Berry was no different. The 46-year-old beauty, who wanted to move to France where the l’Automne isn’t quite so gentle, decided to enjoy an al fresco lunch at Cafe Med in West Hollywood.

Given the sultry day, Halle opted for a sheer elegant grey blouse that showed off her womanly form. It seemed the Academy Award winner was wearing a paper-thin bra, resulting in Halle revealing perhaps just a little more than she bargained for. The actress seemed cheerier than she’s been since losing her fight to move four-year-old daughter Nahla to France.

Halle and Nahla’s father Gabriel Aubry attended court on November 9 where the judge made the ruling that the four-year-old will stay in the US, according to TMZ.

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 model 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. Visit DailyMail to continue reading…

Dressed for comfort: Halle Berry wore a sheer, lightweight blouse to attend a lunch at Cafe Med in West Hollywood on MondayDressed for comfort: Halle Berry wore a sheer, lightweight blouse to attend a lunch at Cafe Med in West Hollywood on Monday Family: Halle with Nahla and Olivier Martinez leaving the Westfield Mall in Century City last weekFamily: Halle with Nahla and Olivier Martinez leaving the Westfield Mall in Century City last week

Supermum to the rescue! Sandra Bullock calms cute son Louis after he bursts into tears on walk…

As a Hollywood actress and a doting mother she must have many tasks to juggle. But Sandra Bullock, 48, still manages to make time for her number one man. The actress enjoyed a stroll with her son Louis in Los Angeles on Tuesday and she quickly helped to calm the cute tot after he became unsettled during their trip out.

The star dressed casually for the occasion in a black top and a pair of three-quarter length pants. She wore a long beige coat over the top and had a pair of comfortable black boots on her feet. Sandra’s adopted son Louis wore a brown jumper with a green and blue shield on the front. He was dressed in a pair of blue denim jeans and his cute look was finished off with a brown flat cap which he wore on his head.

Little Louis burst into tears during their walk but his famous mother was on hand to help him get settled. She picked up the tot and held him in her arms as she walked and he soon seemed to calm down and his mood appeared to life.
The actress adopted her child in January 2010.

She began the process of taking him into her home when she was married to ex-husband Jesse James. However, the couple divorced in June 2010 and she continued to care for him as a single parent. On adopting Louis, she recently told Extra: ‘If you let a child into your life, you get a second chance at a childhood and you do things you thought were long past.

‘I’m seeing things we have to do and have to see, so we can remember and take a picture and say, “Oh my gosh! Look at this!” – when normally I’d just blow past it. It’s a while different time when you do it for the kids.’ Visit DailyMail to continue reading…

No need to cry baby: Sandra Bullock is on hand to cheer son Louis up after he bursts into tears during a trip outNo need to cry baby: Sandra Bullock is on hand to cheer son Louis up after he bursts into tears during a trip outCome on now baby: Louis is cheered up by his Hollywood actress mother after becoming disturbed by something during their walkCome on now baby: Louis is cheered up by his Hollywood actress mother after becoming disturbed by something during their walkGetting there: Baby Louis soon started to calm down and seemed more comfortable once he was carried by his motherGetting there: Baby Louis soon started to calm down and seemed more comfortable once he was carried by his motherLift me up: Louis appeared more cheerful once he was held close to his mother and appeared to become distracted from his blue mood by his surroundingsLift me up: Louis appeared more cheerful once he was held close to his mother and appeared to become distracted from his blue mood by his surroundingsTime for a pep talk: Doting mother Sandra gave her child a pep talk when he burst into tears againTime for a pep talk: Doting mother Sandra gave her child a pep talk when he burst into tears againGive mummy a kiss: Sandra puckers her lips perhaps before giving her son a kiss on the cheek before putting him safely in the car for their journey homeHome comforts: Sandra and Louis get into the car before returning to their house to continue their quality time together

Spotted: Nicole Scherzinger doing some late night shopping…

She’s certainly won in the X Factor style stakes against fellow judge Tulisa.
But singer Nicole Scherzinger proved that there’s more to her look than just all-out glamour, as she stepped out in an eccentric outfit on Tuesday night. She might be better known for her figure-hugging evening dresses, but Nicole proved that she could pull off any style as she indulged in a late night shopping session.

Matching a knee-length, checked skirt with a black roll-neck jumper, the star was clearly embracing her more conservative side.

She then added a thick, tan coat and a sturdy-looking grey bobble hat, which covered her sleek black hair. Clearly forgetting to bring a pair of gloves, the former Pussycat Doll pulled her black top down over her hands to keep out the cold.

Although she was clearly wrapping up against the cold, Nicole decided to go bare legged as she made her way to the Superdry store on Regent Street. She matched the casual outfit with a pair of towering, black ankle boots, and had to be helped to walk down the street because of their height.

The 34-year-old was joined by a group of friends as she headed into the fashion store after hours and perused the rails of clothes. Visit DailyMail to continue reading…

Retail therapy: Nicole heads to Regent Street after hours as she shops in an eccentric ensembleRetail therapy: Nicole heads to Regent Street after hours as she shops in an eccentric ensembleGranny style: Nicole wears a bobble hat and a checked, knee-length skirt as she browsesGranny style: Nicole wears a bobble hat and a checked, knee-length skirt as she browsesGather round: Nicole and her friends stop shopping to check out something on her phoneGather round: Nicole and her friends stop shopping to check out something on her phoneSomething wrong? Nicole looks stoney-faced as she reads something on her iPhoneSomething wrong? Nicole looks stoney-faced as she reads something on her iPhoneHeading home: It doesn’t look like Nicole’s late night shopping trip cheered her upHeading home: It doesn't look like Nicole's late night shopping trip cheered her up

Holiday Glamour: Tulisa Contostavlos shows her model side for Bank Fashion…

 Working hard: Desspite the issues with her personal life, she was back to work promoting her music and The X Factor at Key 103 Radio Station in Manchester on TuesdayShe’s the self-styled Female Boss and even gave her debut solo album the same name. And Tulisa was clearly keen to reiterate her point as she posed sitting on a throne while modelling festive clothes.

The singer unveiled a new winter wardrobe, some of which is rather skimpy, for Bank Fashion, modelling alongside various festively themed sets. In fact in each of the outfits modeled by the 24-year-old her legs are out and tight-less – luckily fake snow was used in the shoot otherwise she’d catch her death.

While sitting on a large cream thrown, flanked by two female models, Tulsa wears a smirk on her face. In terms of clothing, she’s wearing a short black and white skirt, with a white shirt and black blazer.

Her long dark hair has been styled into sleek curls which are falling around her shoulders. In another image, the X Factor judge wears a figure-hugging black dress with one sleeve. The N Dubz singer is posing in such a way to accentuate her curves

She’s also wearing a parker coat but again the outfit is completed with a just a pair of denim hot-pants.

Following her photo-shoot Tulisa said: ‘ I can’t wait for Christmas this year. I absolutely love a game of Scrabble after I’ve cooked the Christmas dinner.’Visit DailyMail to continue reading…

The boss: Tulisa showed who’s boss as she sat on a large cream throne while modelling for Bank fashionThe boss: Tulisa showed who's boss as she sat on a large cream throne while modelling for Bank fashion Curve appeal: Tulisa showed off her figure in a range of outfits during the shoot, in particular in the one-sleeved figure-hugging black dressCurve appeal: Tulisa showed off her figure in a range of outfits during the shoot, in particular in the one-sleeved figure-hugging black dressAll white: Tulisa payed homage to The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe as she stepped out of a cream wardrobe in a skimpy playsuitAll white: Tulisa payed homage to The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe as she stepped out of a cream wardrobe in a skimpy playsuitCheesy: Tulisa really gets into the Christmas spirit wearing a wooly jumper with a reindeer on itCheesy: Tulisa really gets into the Christmas spirit wearing a wooly jumper with a reindeer on it

Alicia Keys‘ collaboration with singer Maxwell is leaded! New song ‘The Fire We Make’…

Alicia Keys has made fans of singer Maxwell happy by featuring him on one of her songs on the upcoming album ‘Girl On Fire’. It’s been three years since Maxwell released new music and the wait was well worth it.

Unfortunately, the new single with Maxwell  ‘The Fire We Make’ was leaked on the internet.  On the single, Alicia sets the scene by cooing a seductive first verse (sometimes using a falsetto that’s similar to Marsha Ambrosius’), while Maxwell sounds sexier than ever as he sings the second verse. Via NecoleBitchie.

Follow the song below by singing along the lyrics:

Hi baby, won’t you tell me the truth
You wanna be the one, you can’t stay away
Oh, hey darling, don’t you make no excuse
We can chase this on and burn the hole inside you
From the fire we make, it’s getting hotter and hotter
Like a moth to a flame, I can’t stay away
With the fire we make it’s getting higher and higher
Like the night to the day
I can’t stay, I can’t stay away

Tia Mowry-Hardrict: “My son co-sleeps with us!”

Tia Mowry and Cree silly facesDoting mama Tia Mowry-Hardrict talks co-sleeping in her latest iVillage blog, admitting that she and her husband Cory Hardrict still share a bed with their 16-month-old son Cree.

“Okay, I’m gonna admit it! And I am not afraid to admit it: Cree still sleeps with Mom and Dad,” she writes. “There, I said it! But let’s be honest — I was not always confident with such a statement.”

Tia says that she felt plenty of pressure from other moms not to co-sleep, but she feels that in the end it turned out to be the best option for her family.

As a busy working mom, she writes: “sleeping with Cree helped me feel more connected and created even more of a bond.”

She does admit that there are a couple of complications, though, like lack of sleep and “alone time” with her husband.

When it comes to the latter, Tia says that she’s learned to “be creative,” writing: “Hey, I’ve always wanted to have whoopie in other areas of the house, right? Here’s our excuse to explore! The closet now does not seem so bad!”

Despite all of the advice to skip the family bed, Tia says it works well for them: “At the end of the day, you have to do what’s best for you and your family. Every family is different with different desires and needs. It’s not the end of the world if you decide to co-sleep and it’s okay to not co-sleep.” Visit Tia Mowry-Hardrict’s iVillage blog to continue reading…

Rachel Crow debuts new music video “Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town”…

Rachel Crow is spreading some holiday cheer for all of her fans this Christmas with her festive “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” rendition from Nickelodeon’s new holiday album called “Merry Nickmas.”

The 14-year-old songbird also recently released a new video to go along with her new song. In the video, Rachel trims the tree and has some holiday fun.

Look for Rachel to perform the new song at Macy’s Annual Thanksgiving Parade. In the meantime, check out Rachel in “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”.

The new album, “Merry Nickmas” is currently available for digital download and in Wal-Mart stores nationwide. Via BCK.

Essence Atkins and son Varro visit Santa Claus…

Essence Atkins took her little boy Varro to meet Santa Claus at the Jayneoni Holiday House in Los Angeles, Calif. on Sunday (November 18). No doubt this Christmas Varro will be getting extra presents.

The Are We There Yet? actress and her husband Jaime Mendez welcomed their son on Christmas day last year. Via CelebBabyScoop.Essence Atkins and son Varro 1

Essence Atkins and son Varro 2

Essence Atkins talks juggling motherhood…

Essence AtkinsThe TBS series Are We There Yet? recently launched in syndication on Sept. 17, which means viewers can now catch the show five days a week. Essence Atkins, who plays mother Suzanne Kingston-Persons on the show, is a new mom herself.

So she can appreciate the challenges her character deals with as a working mom trying to “do it all.” We had an opportunity to talk to Atkins about motherhood, “me time” and her relationships with the kids on the show.

On finding a balance, the new mom says:
“Like many moms, Atkins is striving to find a balance between motherhood and her career. She says that the key is not to be so hard on yourself all the time.”

“I’m a type-A person, and I think a lot of career women are,” Atkins explains. “We have great expectations for our careers and for our children. And anytime anything falls short, we have a tendency to blame ourselves if we think we can do things at a greater capacity. We need to give ourselves permission to go with the ebbs and flows of life as there are always going to be mitigating circumstances. Not everything has to be perfect. We just have to do our best — sometimes that bar is higher than others.”

Advice for new moms
Though she plays a mom of two teens on Are We There Yet?, Atkins is actually a new mom in “real life.” Her son, Varro Blair Mendez, was born on Christmas morning 2011. Atkins had an emergency C-section after 40 hours of labor.

Atkins talks about the importance of “me time” as well as making time for your partner after you’ve had a baby.

“If you’re pulling from a vacuum… that doesn’t do anything for anyone. ”
“If you’re pulling from a vacuum — from something that’s void — that doesn’t do anything for anyone. You must recharge yourself and your relationship so you can be of great value to your children. In the beginning, right after your baby is born, it can be a high stress time to a relationship. A lot of times your relationship can take a backseat. However, it’s critical for your happiness to give time to the relationship as you give time to your child.” Visit She Knows to continue reading…

KolorBlind Celeb Fashion: Aisha Tyler‘s Topshop lace collar playsuit…

Aisha Tyler looked extremely youthful at Variety’s 3rd Annual Power of Comedy Event in Hollywood. For the event, she wore a $96 Topshop Lace Collar Jumpsuit. Via FashionBomb.

Spotted: Amber Rose in figure hugging dress and pilot cap!

Spot on: The model looked lovely in a form-fitting navy dress with white polka dots

Spot on: The model looked lovely in a form-fitting navy dress with white polka dots

She has a unique sense of style and that certainly hasn’t changed since Amber Rose found out she is pregnant. If anything, a baby on the way has given the model even more opportunity to experiment with her outfits.

The 29-year-old showed off her growing bump in a figure-hugging navy dress with white polka dots on a food run on Tuesday. And she had an unusual accessory to complete her look in the form of a pilot’s cap. Amber added some casual touches to her pretty dress with the help of a denim waistcoat and Converse trainers.

She was seen picking up some lunch with her mother in Sherman Oaks, California. It seems Amber is having some pregnancy cravings and appeared to be indulging them as she toted a carrier bag from The Cheesecake Factory. Pregnancy is agreeing well with the star and she looked glowing as she strolled in the sunshine with a smile on her face.

It seems all is going well for Amber and the fiancée of Wiz Khalifa had the excitement of a 3D ultrasound the day before. She tweeted on the weekend: ‘Yay! I have my 3D Ultrasound on Monday 🙂 We get to see what our Lil chicken nugget looks like! I’m so excited :-)’

The star has regularly been updating her 1.5 million followers on the micro-blogging site with details of her pregnancy.

Last Thursday she posted: ‘My baby is doin the Harlem shake in my belly I swear he’s a funny Lil dude already :-)’ Via DailyMail.

On cloud nine: Amber Rose looked glowing in a pilot’s cap as she picked up some lunch in Sherman Oaks on TuesdayOn cloud nine: Amber Rose looked glowing in a pilot's cap as she picked up some lunch in Sherman Oaks on TuesdayQuality time: Amber picked up lunch from The Cheesecake Factory with her motherQuality time: Amber picked up lunch from The Cheesecake Factory with her motherBumping along nicely: It appears all was going well with the star’s pregnancy following her ultrasound the day beforeBumping along nicely: It appears all was going well with the star's pregnancy following her ultrasound the day beforeCravings: Perhaps Amber was indulging her sweet tooth with a slice of cheesecakeCravings: Perhaps Amber was indulging her sweet tooth with a slice of cheesecake

Lenny Kravitz talks football, food and more…

Lenny Kravitz footballThese days, our knowledge of celebrities too often originates with paparazzi images and snarky quotes by anonymous “insiders.” After a while, it’s easy to forget that stars are real people. That’s why HuffPost Celebrity decided to launch its all-new #nofilter quick-fire question and answer series. Because how well do you know someone until they’ve shared their guiltiest pleasures?

We already knew that Lenny Kravitz was a Grammy-winning rock star, with acting credits in films such as “The Hunger Games” and “Precious” (and he just signed on to play Marvin Gaye in an upcoming biopic). But the genre-defying music icon is also a lifelong football fan, and was thus tapped to participate in Pepsi’s NFL Anthems program, penning a song for the New York Jets that he’ll perform during halftime at Thursday’s Jets-Patriots game (in the meantime, click here to download it).

We caught up with Kravitz to find out how his interest in the sport began and what else is on his pop-culture radar.

How long have you been a New York Jets fan?
I wouldn’t say I’m the most sporty person. I follow when I can, when I have time. I grew up in New York City, went to public school in New York, where sports are pretty big among the kids. And I was fortunate enough to live across the street from Joe Namath on 82nd Street, directly looking into his window. I actually got to play catch with him once in front of the building.

Tell me about the song you’re going to perform Thursday?
It’s called “Like a Jet” — it’s not about the football team. It’s about somebody coming full speed ahead and being unapologetic.

Aerosmith penned the New England Patriots’ song for Thursday’s game. Did you feel competitive to come up with the better anthem?
No –as an artist I just do whatever it is that I do. They’re good friends of mine. Visit Huffington Post to continue reading…

X-Factor USA Kardashian invasion!

She has been hosting the X Factor USA live shows for three weeks now. But since she began her very first stint on the reality TV contest, surprisingly her famous family have been noticeably absent in the audience. That is until now.

The entire Kardashian clan came out in full force on Wednesday night to watch the statuesque 28-year-old take the stage with co-host Mario Lopez. Sisters Kim, Kourtney, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, mother Kris, step-father Bruce and even Kim’s boyfriend Kanye appeared to support Khloe.

Kim instagrammed a snap of herself and her two younger sisters Kendall and Kylie sitting in the audience.  ‘XFactor were in the building!!!! @kyliejenner @kendalljenner,’she captioned the picture.

The reality TV star also posted a photo of her sister Khloe onstage, proudly writing: ‘Khloe looks stunning tonight on X Factor! So proud of you @khloekardashian!!! You were born to do this!’

Just before she went onstage, Khloe posted her very first Keek video of herself backstage.

Dressed in a fitted white mini dress and her hair coiffed to perfection, she said in the short clip: ‘Ooh this is my first keek or keegle as I like to call it. I am backstage at the X Factor and I am about to go on!’

In addition, Simon Cowell went beetroot red when midway through The X Factor USA live show on Wednesday night when host Khloe Kardashian sat provocatively on his lap. The 28-year-old reality star got the famous TV mogul all hot under the collar when she decided to perch herself on him at the judge’s table.

‘I was told by Mr Seacrest that if I sit on your lap it would make you very excited,’ said Khloe, as she folded herself onto the 53-year-old’s lap. ‘Are you too excited to introduce the next act?’ she asked.

‘I’m kind of getting there yeah,’ said Cowell. ‘Why are you so red?’ asked fellow judge Demi Lovato, laughing.

‘I’m finding this quite difficult but I’m enjoying it,’ admitted the British judge. This isn’t the first time the pair have exchanged flirty banter.

During the first live show, Khloe referred to Cowell as ‘Mr Sexy’. The British star also made note of the reality star’s now infamous wardrobe malfunction, when she exposed her nipple in a sheer blouse. Visit DailyMail to continue reading…

The Kardashians invade X Factor: Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West arrived to watch Khloe host the X Factor USA live show on Wednesday nightThe Kardashians invade X Factor: Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West arrived to watch Khloe host the X Factor USA live show on Wednesday nightScarlet woman: Once again the Keeping Up With The Kardashian star wore her favourite leather, slipping her curves into a scarlet pencil skirt and a low-cut and sheer black blouseScarlet woman: Once again the Keeping Up With The Kardashian star wore her favourite leather, slipping her curves into a scarlet pencil skirt and a low-cut and sheer black blouse Oops! Before they headed into the studios, Kendall helped her sister Kim, who appeared to be suffering from a wardrobe malfunctionOops! Before they headed into the studios, Kendall helped her sister Kim, who appeared to be suffering from a wardrobe malfunctionProud and confident: Kim, who has spoken out in the past about suffering from the skin condition psoriasis, wasn’t worried about her patchy legs being on showProud and confident: Kim, who has spoken out in the past about suffering from the skin condition psoriasis, wasn't worried about her patchy legs being on showKeeping close: Kanye stayed close to his ladylove, who smiled for the camerasKeeping close: Kanye stayed close to his ladylove, who smiled for the cameras Bored much? Kanye didn’t appear to be as excited as Kim and her sistersBored much? Kanye didn't appear to be as excited as Kim and her sisters Chatty: Kim was chatting away with her entourage as she arrived for the big eventChatty: Kim was chatting away with her entourage as she arrived for the big event Arriving in style: The reality star arrived in a matte black Mercedes 4WDArriving in style: The reality star arrived in a matte black Mercedes 4WD Excited: The clan could be seen jumping up from their seats as Khloe took to the stageExcited: The clan could be seen jumping up from their seats as Khloe took to the stage Kardashians invade X Factor! Kim Kardashian and her sisters Kylie and Kendall Jenner turned up to the X Factor USA Live show on Wednesday night to watch sister Khloe hostKardashians invade X Factor! Kim Kardashian and her sisters Kylie and Kendall Jenner turned up to the X Factor USA Live show on Wednesday night to watch sister Khloe host Me and my man: Kim posted a snap of her and Kanye in the audienceMe and my man: Kim posted a snap of her and Kanye in the audience Happy couple: Kim tweeted constantly throughout the night, including this picture of her mother Kris Jenner sitting on her step-father Bruce’s kneeHappy couple: Kim tweeted constantly throughout the night, including this picture of her mother Kris Jenner sitting on her step-father Bruce's knee Backstage: Just before she went onstage, Khloe posted her very first Keek video of herself backstageBackstage: Just before she went onstage, Khloe posted her very first Keek video of herself backstage Raring to go: Dressed in a fitted white mini dress and her hair coiffed to perfection, Khloe was ready for week four of the live showsRaring to go: Dressed in a fitted white mini dress and her hair coiffed to perfection, Khloe was ready for week four of the live shows Proud: Kim also tweeted a picture of her sister onstage alongside co-host Mario LopezGlam Squad: Khloe posted a snap of herself posing with her glam squad, who perfect her on air looks each weekGlam Squad: Khloe posted a snap of herself posing with her glam squad, who perfect her on air looks each weekFlirt factor: Khloe Kardashian made Simon Cowell turn a shade of bright red when she sat on his lap during the live X Factor USA show on Wednesday nightFlirt factor: Khloe Kardashian made Simon Cowell turn a shade of bright red when she sat on his lap during the live X Factor USA show on Wednesday night Is it getting hot in here? The 28-year-old reality star got the famous TV mogul all hot under the collar when she decided to perch herself on him at the judge’s tableIs it getting hot in here? The 28-year-old reality star got the famous TV mogul all hot under the collar when she decided to perch herself on him at the judge's table Shocked: Fellow judge Demi Lovato made fun of the British judge as Britney Spears looked shocked and L.A. Reid laughedShocked: Fellow judge Demi Lovato made fun of the British judge as Britney Spears looked shocked and L.A Reid laughed Blushing: Co-host Mario Lopez even looked embarrassed about the brazen moveBlushing: Co-host Mario Lopez even looked embarrassed about the brazen move Next stop L.A.: Khloe also sat on L.A. Reid’s lap backstageNext stop L.A.: Khloe also sat on L.A. Reid's lap backstage White hot: Khloe looked great in a fitted white long-sleeve mini dress as she took to the stage with LopezWhite hot: Khloe looked great in a fitted white long-sleeve mini dress as she took to the stage with LopezScare: A letter containing a suspicious white powder and addressed to Khloe was intercepted at the CBS studios where The X Factor is filmed in Hollywood on TuesdayScare: A letter containing a suspicious white powder and addressed to Khloe was intercepted at the CBS studios where The X Factor is filmed in Hollywood on Tuesday

KimYe engage in PDA post X-Factor USA outing!

They’ve been inseparable for the last few months, but it seems that they’re still in the honeymoon period. LA’s most talked about couple Kim Kardashian and Kanye West couldn’t resist slipping off for a sneaky kiss when they took Kylie and Kendall Jenner out for dinner on Tuesday.

After a family trip to watch the The X Factor, Kim treated her sisters to a meal at Crustacean Restaurant in Beverley Hills, but couldn’t see to tear herself away from her musician boyfriend.

The reality star, who’d sat in the audience to watch sister Khloe present the talent show earlier in the evening, clearly felt the need to spend some time with her two younger sisters, as well as her boyfriend.

Proving that she was still a doting girlfriend, she took Kanye outside during dinner and gave him an intimate kiss up against the wall. The couple, who seem to be dressing more and more alike as their relationship progresses, both stepped out in leather outfits. Kim showed off her world-famous curves in a figure-hugging, knee-length red skirt, paired with a sheer, black blouse.

Her rapper boyfriend was also leather-clad, wearing a pair of black leather pants and a black blazer jacket. Kendall showed off her super slim figure in a pair of high-waisted short and a loose-fitting black top, while Kylie went for an edgier look with skin-tight leather pants and a t-shirt.

Kanye, who sat with Kris and Bruce Jenner and Kim’s little sisters during the X Factor filming, seemed completely relaxed with the high-profile family. Kim’s mother Kris, who’s never been shy to admit how she feels about her daughters’ partners, recently spoke out about the relationship on Jay Leno:

‘He’s a really great guy. He’s really great, he’s great with Kim. They’re really happy, and when your kids are happy you’re happy. I think they’re good together,’she said.

The 57-year-old also commented about the recent divorce rumors that have been circulating her and husband Bruce: ‘That is the most ridiculous … we’ve been married almost 22 years. We fight all the time. Everybody fights after 21 years, but he kind of stays away, gets to the golf course and tries to stay out of my way,’she said. Via DailyMail.

Pucker up: Kim Kardashian gives boyfriend Kanye West a sneaky kiss in a Beverly Hills restaurant on TuesdayPucker up: Kim Kardashian gives boyfriend Kanye West a sneaky kiss in a Beverly Hills restaurant on TuesdayPDA: Kim and Kanye slip outside for an intimate moment during dinner with her young sistersPDA: Kim and Kanye slip outside for an intimate moment during dinner with her young sistersDressed to impress: The couple look in-sync with their styles, both wearing leatherDressed to impress: The couple look in-sync with their styles, both wearing leatherCan’t get enough: Kanye sat with Kim’s family during the showCan't get enough: Kanye sat with Kim's family during the showPart of the family: Kanye seems relaxed and happy to hang out with his girlfriend’s familyPart of the family: Kanye seems relaxed and happy to hang out with his girlfriend's familyFamily man: Kanye watches Khloe present the show with Kim and the rest of the Kardashian clanFamily man: Kanye watches Khloe present the show with Kim and the rest of the Kardashian clan

‘You made me cry!’ Mariah Carey is reduced to tears by hopeful’s talent in emotional new American Idol promo…

Mariah Carey can’t help getting emotional when she sees promising talent.
A new TV promo for American Idol shows just that Mariah is so passionate about her new venture, she can’t help but cry when judging the contestants on the singing competition.

The Vision of Love songstress was so moved by one young man’s voice that she was reduced to tears. The diva was seen wiping her eyes after the floodgates opened – being careful not to smudge her perfect make-up.

‘I felt every single word you sang,‘ she told the contestant in a wobbly voice.

Wearing a clingy fuschia frock, Mariah, 42, is seen describing the joy she feels when she spots raw talent, later on in the promo.

‘I always sang, and I always wrote. It’s just about having that ambition,’ Mariah said. ‘When I see that, (I think) that person has it. You really can’t let go of your dreams.’

Mariah joins country singer Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj and returning judge Randy Jackson for the show’s 12th season, which premieres in the US on January 16. Not only is Mariah sure to make fans want to grab their hankies, her rumoured friction with 29-year-old Nicki is certain to prove entertaining as well.

The flamboyant Moment for Life singer reportedly threatened to ‘knock out’ Mariah during one judging session, according to footage that found its way onto the internet in October.

Mariah need not worry – she has husband Nick Cannon, 32, defending her all the way.

‘I mean, yeah, 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,’ Nick said in a recent interview with Anderson Cooper.

‘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.’

And even Nicki admits that their feud provides a great spark to the fiery judging panel.

‘The chemistry of the judges, I feel it while I’m there,’ Nicki said. ‘I think it’s really different from anything we’ve seen before on Idol and people are going to like it.’ Via DailyMail.

Weepy: A new TV promo for American Idol shows Mariah Carey breaking down in tears after hearing a young male contestant singWeepy: A new TV promo for American Idol shows Mariah Carey breaking down in tears after hearing a young male contestant sing‘It’s all about ambition’: Mariah said when she sees that on the show, she knows that person has talent'It's all about ambition': Mariah said when she sees that on the show, she knows that person has talentMentor: Mariah enjoys shaping the lives of new raw talent, even though it makes her cry sometimesMentor: Mariah enjoys shaping the lives of new raw talent, even though it makes her cry sometimesGreat chemistry: Mariah’s friction with fellow judge Nicki Minaj is set to provide plenty of entertainment for viewersGreat chemistry: Mariah's friction with fellow judge Nicki Minaj is set to provide plenty of entertainment for viewersDreamer: Mariah said she wrote and sang her way to success, adding: ‘You really can’t let go of your dreams’Dreamer: Mariah said she wrote and sang her way to success, adding: 'You really can't let go of your dreams' Hubby’s got her back: Nick Cannon, pictured with Mariah at the HALO Awards last weekend, says his wife is a strong woman who can handle anything the show throws at herHubby's got her back: Nick Cannon, pictured with Mariah at the HALO Awards last weekend, says his wife is a strong woman who can handle anything the show throws at her

Heidi Klum prepares for first Thanksgiving without Seal as she takes her brood shopping with bodyguard boyfriend…

Hands on: Martin took care of Leni while at the popular shopping spot, while Heidi held the boys' hands

Hands on: Heidi and kids at the popular shopping spot

She has spent the last couple of weeks jetting between Europe and Los Angeles to attend the American and European Music Awards. But Heidi Klum was home for the holidays and back on mommy duty on Wednesday.

The Project Runway host was spotted out with her large brood indulging in some pre-Thanksgiving retail therapy at The Grove shopping centre in West Hollywood.

Wearing an eclectic ensemble consisting of a smock blouse, ripped jeans and a pair of studded wedge booties, the mum-of-four looked happy to have some time off.

The usually glamorous supermodel kept her hair tucked up under a grey felt hat and her make-up free face hidden behind a pair of tinted glasses.

Accompanying Heidi, 39, and her children Leni, Henry, Johan and Lou, was her new love, and longtime bodyguard, Martin Kristen.

The former Victoria’s Secret Angel recently confirmed to Katie Couric that she is having a relationship with her bodyguard, Martin Kirsten, following her split from former husband Seal in January.

She told the talk show host: ‘I trust him with my children’s life. He’s a great man, you know, and we just got to know each other from a completely different side.’

Just do it: The group visited the Nike store in WarsawHeidi denied she had started the relationship with her bodyguard while still with Seal, despite Martin working for the couple for four years. But another talk show host wasn’t letting the model get off so easy.

This week Wendy Williams branded Heidi’s relationship ‘disgusting’.

On her show Wendy said: ‘[Kirsten has] worked for Heidi in the family for four years. Seal, you know what that means – and not just when you were out of town. I don’t think this is a new relationship, do you?’

‘It pains me to report stories like this when the woman, in my mind, is clearly in the wrong.’

Williams then encouraged the singer to make a grab for his former wife’s money. ‘You don’t let the finances go with this divorce. I don’t know how much you’re worth, but she’s worth more. You need half.’

Meanwhile, estranged husband Seal was also out shopping – 2000 miles away.
The Kiss From a Rose singer who is currently in Europe on tour was spotted shopping with friends in Warsaw, Poland.

Seal has kept a relatively low profile since publicly accusing his ex of having an affair with ‘the help’.boyfriend. Via DailyMail.

She’s no turkey: After a busy week award shows in LA and Germany, Heidi Klum took some time off to treat her kids to a shopping trip at The GroveShe's no turkey: After a busy week award shows in LA and Germany, Heidi Klum took some time off to treat her kids to a shopping trip at The Grove The bodyguard: Heidi was accompanied by her bodyguard/boyfriend Martin KristenThe bodyguard: Heidi was accompanied by her bodyguard/boyfriend Martin Kristen Moving on: Heidi has confirmed she is in a relationship with the South African minderMoving on: Heidi has confirmed she is in a relationship with the South African minder Wait for me!: Youngest daughter Lou tagged behind with a nannyWait for me!: Youngest daughter Lou tagged behind with a nanny On tour: Meanwhile estranged husband Seal spent time shopping at Zlote Tarasy Shopping Center in PolandOn tour: Meanwhile estranged husband Seal spent time shopping at Zlote Tarasy Shopping Center in PolandLow profile: While Heidi has been speaking out about her new relationship, Seal has been overseasLow profile: While Heidi has been speaking out about her new relationship, Seal has been overseas

A black family’s racist experience in Orange County!!!

racism in orange county

A photograph the Republican party circulated via email

One African-American family is coming forward about the racist acts that drove them out of Orange County, Calif. Unfortunately, their experience is not an unfamiliar one for the predominantly white area.

The family, whose names are not being revealed for safety reasons, moved to Yorba Linda in May 2011 because they thought it was a safe neighborhood. But as soon as they got there, they were targeted.

First, they were awakened in the middle of the night as rocks shattered the windows of their house, the OC Weekly reports. Then, they found all eight tires on their two cards had been slashed.

They filed a police report and assumed juveniles randomly targeted them, CBS reports. Soon after, their six-year-old son related a story of classmates who said he couldn’t play with them because he was black. He also said a kid told others that they could not talk to the boy because he was black.

A year after they moved in, their young adult son revealed that people would often shout the “N-word” racial slur as he rode his bicycle to work. Finally, in October, as the father was pulling his car into the driveway, he said someone directed pellets of acid at him, damaging his car. Visit HuffingtonPost to continue reading…

Cheryl Cole looks stunning in tight leather dress at Kimberley Walsh’s birthday party…

Leggy lady: Cheryl looked amazing as she celebrated bandmate Kimberley Walsh’s birthday

Inviting Cheryl Cole to your birthday party almost certainly means you risk being upstaged. And Wednesday was no exception with Cheryl going hell for leather in a butter colored dress for bandmate Kimberley Walsh’s 31st birthday dinner at upmarket Zuma.

The solo singer, 29, looked ravishing in the tight leather number which she accessorized with lashings of scarlet lipstick and her brunette locks hanging loose over her shoulders.

Despite temperatures almost at freezing point in the capital Cheryl didn’t bother with a coat and kept her toned legs bare for the bash. The Fight For This Love hitmaker opted for nude stilettos which looked a little small for her feet as she made her way into the restaurant.

Cheryl, whose fly-on-the-wall documentary Access All Areas aired this week, was not accompanied by her US dancer boyfriend Tre Holloway on her rare evening out.

Instead it was a girl night and from the sound of it Cheryl, Kimberley and bandmate Nicola Roberts had a great evening. Bandmates Nadine Coyle and Sarah Harding were missing from the Girls Aloud dinner.

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Cheryl Cole’s look is similar to one Beyonce posed in a few days ago

Cheryl later tweeted: ‘Almost ate myself to death with the girls @KimberleyJWalsh @NicolaRoberts why did we do the desserts?’

She then posed a shot of her looking incredibly gorgeous while Nicola responded: ‘I can’t even think about it! I feel sick! Help me pls!’ and birthday girl Kimberley later wrote: ‘Asking myself the same question! Time to undo the leather pants I think.’ Visit DailyMail to continue reading…

Butter wouldn’t melt: Cheryl looks simply stunning in the tight leather dressButter wouldn't melt: Cheryl looks simply stunning in the tight leather dress Cheryl’s nude leather look was bound to upstage the birthday girlBirthday girl: Cheryl's nude leather look was bound to upstage the birthday girl Let me though! Cheryl Cole looks determined to get into the bashLet me though! Cheryl Cole looks determined to get into the bash Dancing queen! Kimberley Walsh looked amazing in leatherDancing queen! Kimberley Walsh looked amazing in leather Picture perfect: Cheryl’s make-up is flawless as she steps out for dinner, down to her immaculate bronzerXPOSUREPHOTOS.COMCome off it! Cheryl claims to have eaten too much at dinner, while looking amazingCome off it! Cheryl claims to have eaten too much at dinner, while looking amazingToo much information! Kimberley gets a bit too personal on TwitterToo much information! Kimberley gets a bit too personal on Twitter ‘Almost ate myself to death’: Cheryl doesn’t look to bad for someone who ate their body weight in desserts'Almost ate myself to death': Cheryl doesn't look to bad for someone who ate their body weight in dessertsSimply gorgeous: Cheryl looked amazing in her butter leather dress with daring scarlett lipstickSimply gorgeous: Cheryl looked amazing in her butter leather dress with daring scarlett lipstick Birthday girl: Cheryl’s nude leather look was bound to upstage the birthday girlBirthday girl: Cheryl's nude leather look was bound to upstage the birthday girl

Halle Berry, Olivier Martinez, Nahla and ex-Gabriel Aubry all attend a Thanksgiving party!

Family time: Halle picks up her daughter from school before the Thanksgiving party

Family time: Halle picks up her daughter from school before the Thanksgiving party

The holidays are always a tricky time for parents embroiled in a bitter break up. And just days after Halle Berry lost her court battle with ex Gabriel Aubry to move their daughter Nahla to Paris, where she hoped to join new love Olivier Martinez, all the players in the drama spent the afternoon together at an early Thanksgiving party in Los Angeles.

The Oscar winning actress looked strained as she left the event carrying a feathered headpiece and jacket belonging to her daughter, but not the child.

Dressed casually in a pair of baggy exercise pants, long sleeved T-shirt and flip flops, the 46-year-old held on tightly to the French actor’s hand. The couple – who announced their engagement in January – seemed determined not to let the court’s ruling affect their relationship, but the pair must be having to make adjustments now that Halle will not be relocating to Europe as she hoped.

Nahla’s father Gabriel Aubry won a case blocking the move, claiming it would make it difficult for him to sustain his close relationship with the four-year-old. While Halle and Olivier picked up Nahla from school and took her to the party, her father took her home with him.

Earlier the couple, who have been dating since they met on the set of Dark Tide, due for release this year, enjoyed a romantic lunch at one of their favorite Italian restaurants Osteria Angelini. Halle claimed 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. Visit DailyMail to continue reading…

Partied out: Halle Berry and fiance Olivier Martinez leave a Thanksgiving party in L.A. holding handsPartied out: Halle Berry and fiance Olivier Martinez leave a Thanksgiving party in L.A. holding handsNot so happy families: Gabriel Aubry was at the same party as Halle on WednesdayNot so happy families: Gabriel Aubry was at the same party as Halle on WednesdayMaking the best of it: Halle and Olivier head to the party with Nahla, but she leaves with GabrielMaking the best of it: Halle and Olivier head to the party with Nahla, but she leaves with GabrielPriorities: Both Gabriel and Halle put their differences aside for the sake of their daughterPriorities: Both Gabriel and Halle put their differences aside for the sake of their daughterCasual meal: Halle looked like she was dressed for a yoga lesson rather than a romantic lunchCasual meal: Halle looked like she was dressed for a yoga lesson rather than a romantic lunch Lunch date: Earlier the pair enjoyed a meal at Italian restaurant Angelini OsteriaLunch date: Earlier the pair enjoyed a meal at Angelini Osteria Doting dad: Gabriel Aubry is seen carrying Nahla after attending a children’s costume party in October this yearDoting dad: Gabriel Aubry is seen carrying Nahla after attending a children's costume party in October this year

Sweating in style: Nicole Richie leaves the star-studded Tracey Anderson workout studio in a bright yellow designer jacket…

For some a daily workout might involve a 30 minute run on a treadmill in the garage wearing an old T-shirt and shorts. But for Hollywood royalty Nicole Richie it means a $200 personal training session at the Tracy Anderson studio, whose acolytes include Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow, and a designer outfit.

The reality TV star made sure she was suitably kitted out in a $2600 yellow leather Balenciaga biker jacket and coordinating $1600 Arena bag as she left the Studio City gym on Wednesday.

Nicole, who did not appear to have broken into a sweat during the much publicized dance-inspired work-out, finished off her stylish look with a printed cashmere scarf. The petite fashion designer had her hair tied up in a bun and kept her face hidden behind a pair of huge sunglasses as she made her way to her car.

The mum-of-two was doubtless squeezing in a final calorie burning session before Thanksgiving tomorrow. But while Nicole may have pricey designer tastes herself, she designs a more affordable line of clothing and accessories for television shopping network QVC.

The line, Richie’s second budget line joining her affordable Macy’s Impulse line. The line ’embodies the designer’s personal style with maxi dresses, kimono jackets, flowy printed shirts and hobo bags — all which range from $75 to $257 in price’ according to the QVC website.

Nicole told WWD that she designs her budget ranges with her customers in mind, gleaning direct feedback from Facebook and Twitter.

‘I draw inspiration from various parts of my life and I absolutely would never design anything that I wouldn’t wear myself,’ she told the paper. ‘But for me, the most important thing is to listen to my customers and get their feedback – I design for them.’ Via DailyMail.

Work out chic: Nicole sported a Balenciaga biker jacket and handbag as she left the Tracy Anderson studioWork out chic: Nicole sported a Balenciaga biker jacket and handbag as she left the Tracy Anderson studio Black and yellow: The petite reality TV star is a fan of Tracy Anderson and her dance inspired work-outsBlack and yellow: The petite reality TV star is a fan of Tracy Anderson and her dance inspired work-outsNot putting her money where her mouth is: Nicole is designing a cut price range for QVC but has more expensive tastes herselfNot putting her money where her mouth is: Nicole is designing a cut price range for QVC but has more expensive tastes herself

Girls on Fire: Alicia Keys shows a bit too much cleavage in risque top with deep plunging neckline during TV interview!

Making the most of her assets: Alicia Keys showed off her figure by wearing a low slung top and a tight-fitting pencil skirt which perfectly accentuated her curves

Making the most of her assets: Alicia Keys showed off her figure by wearing a low slung top and a tight-fitting pencil skirt which perfectly accentuated her curves

She’s been in show business for years and is usually clued up on what to wear on television. But Alicia Keys, 31, almost suffered a mammoth wardrobe malfunction during an appearance on U.S. show Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday.

The singer’s incredibly low neckline left very little to the imagination as it slipped down to reveal a bit too much cleavage.

The star, who is currently promoting her fifth studio album Girl on Fire, wore a skimpy purple cropped top and revealed her chest as she leaned over to chat to the host. She teamed the top with a bright red pencil skirt and wore a pair of high-heeled shoes.

And the Empire State of Mind completed her look by wearing her hair up on her hair and she painted her lips a dark red while wearing a silver ring on her finger.

And she's live: Alicia performed on The X Factor during the Sunday night results show earlier this month

And she’s live: Alicia performed on The X Factor during the Sunday night results show earlier this month

Alicia avoided embarrassment as her top did not slip all the way down to unveil her breasts before she headed over to the stage to sing with her band.
The musician is currently working hard at promoting her new album and has being doing the rounds on various TV and radio shows.

And the singer has credited her son Egypt with making her a better songwriter after giving birth in 2010.

She told Google+ Hangout: ‘I think having a son now, I found a place I never knew before.  ‘I feel like I have a centre I didn’t have before, an openness I didn’t have before.’

And the star, who married husband Swizz Beatz the same year she gave birth, has happily settled into family life.

She told Stylist magazine: ‘My husband was the first person who really said to me: “You’re not going to dinner after that big awards show? Why?” It wasn’t even part of my thinking to be like: “Wow, this is awesome. Look what we did.”

That wasn’t the culture I was brought up in. I was working really hard and I don’t know if I expected anything. When I began to know my husband, it would be little fun things he would do for me, or his friends. I never knew how he could know so many people.”

And while the singer is enjoying life at home, she will soon embark on a tour of the U.K. and will visit cities including Liverpool, Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham and London between 18 and 30 May 2013. Visit DailyMail to continue reading…

Here come the girls: Alicia Keys almost suffered an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction during an appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday after her top slipped down to expose a bit too much cleavageHere come the girls: Alicia Keys almost suffered an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction during an appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday after her top slipped down to expose a bit too much cleavageGirls on tour: Alicia is currently making appearances on a number of television shows in a bid to promote her fifth studio albumGirls on tour: Alicia is currently making appearances on a number of television shows in a bid to promote her fifth studio albumMaking a show of herself: Alicia wore a revealing outfit on the show before taking her place on the stage to performMaking a show of herself: Alicia wore a revealing outfit on the show before taking her place on the stage to performEnjoying family life: Alicia has has said she feels content since marrying husband Swizz Beatz and giving birth to son Egypt in 2010Enjoying family life: Alicia has has said she feels content since marrying husband Swizz Beatz and giving birth to son Egypt in 2010Music maestro: Alicia performed on the show and she was backed by her band and dancersMusic maestro: Alicia performed on the show and she was backed by her band and dancersOne hell of a voice: Alicia showed off her talents on the show when she took her place on the stage to performOne hell of a voice: Alicia showed off her talents on the show when she took her place on the stage to perform

Click, click! Madonna, Brahim Zaibat and family hang out…

Au naturel: The 54-year-old singer looked happy and relaxed as she chatted away to her longtime pal Ingrid Casares

Au naturel: The 54-year-old singer looked happy and relaxed as she chatted away to her longtime pal Ingrid Casares

She’s bagged herself a hot toyboy in the form of hunky French dancer Brahim Zaibat. And Madonna was evidently keen to sit back and enjoy the view of her 25-year-old beau against the picturesque backdrop of Miami Beach, Florida, on Wednesday.

As Zaibat preened and posed on the balcony while showing off his buff body in all its glory, the 54-year-old singer looked on lovingly as she casually chatted with her long-time pal Ingrid Casares.

The music legend was clearly comfortable in the company of her man and went make-up free as she kicked back in the Miami sunshine. Madonna completed her laid-back look with her blonde locks scraped into a low ponytail, and wore a simple printed T-shirt and black jogging bottoms.

Hunk: The 25-year-old dancer pulled his top of to reveal his ripped physique

Hunky: The 25-year-old dancer pulled his top of to reveal his ripped physique

The star looked happy and relaxed she she soaked up the view from her balcony, and spent some quality time with not only her man, but also her children.

It was a real family affair for the group with Madonna joined by her kids, Lourdes, 16, Rocco, 12, David, seven, and Mercy, six. Fashionista Lourdes looked her typically effortlessly chic self in a black and white polka-dot top and grey jersey shorts, while her dark brunette locks flowed around her shoulders.

And the teen seems to have struck up quite a friendship with her mother’s toyboy lover, with the pair seeming to be laughing and joking as they chatted on the balcony together. Visit DailyMail to continue reading…

Make-up free: Madonna went for the natural look as she took in the view from her balcony in Miami Beach, FloridaMake-up free: Madonna went for the natural look as she took in the view from her balcony in Miami Beach, FloridaA pleasant view: Madonna was taking in the view of her toyboy boyfriend Brahim Zaibat, who wasted no time preening and posing on the balconyA pleasant view: Madonna was taking in the view of her toyboy boyfriend Brahim Zaibat, who wasted no time preening and posing on the balcony Hunky: The 25-year-old dancer pulled his top of to reveal his ripped physiqueFamily affair: Madonna was joined in Miami by her four children, Lourdes, 16, Rocco, 12, David, seven, and Mercy, sixFamily affair: Madonna was joined in Miami by her four children, Lourdes, 16, Rocco, 12, David, seven, and Mercy, sixKicking back: Madonna can now look forward to a few days off after wrapping the North American leg of her MDNA tourKicking back: Madonna can now look forward to a few days off after wrapping the North American leg of her MDNA tourJokes: Lourdes and Brahim seemed to be laughing and chatting away as they chilled together on the balcony Jokes: Lourdes and Brahim seemed to be laughing and chatting away as they chilled together on the balconyFashionista: Lourdes looked effortlessly chic in a black and white polka-dot top and grey jersey shortsWork experience: Lourdes had a summer job working in the wardrobe department on the MDNA tourWork experience: Lourdes had a summer job working in the wardrobe department on the MDNA tour

Happy 6th birthday Johan Riley Fyodor Taiwo Samuel!

Heidi Klum and boyfried/bodyguard Martin Kristen take the kids to Chuck E Cheese's in Los AngelesJohan Riley Fyodor Taiwo Samuel is the son of former model/TV personality/Host Heidi Klum and singer Seal. The birthday boy turned 6 years old on November 22, 2006 (Thanksgiving day).

Nadine Coyle misses out on Kimberley Walsh’s 31st birthday celebrations!

No-show: Nadine spent her evening at Home House in Portland Square, not a million miles away from her bandmates choice of destination in Knightsbridge

No-show: Nadine spent her evening at Home House in Portland Square

Just days ago they were waxing lyrical about how they ‘couldn’t wait’ to get back together following their three-year hiatus from the music industry.

But Nadine Coyle was notably absent as Kimberley Walsh celebrated her 31st birthday alongside Girls Aloud bandmates Cheryl Cole and Nicola Roberts on Wednesday night.

As the trio hit London’s exclusive Zuma restaurant for a slap-up meal, Nadine was doing her own thing just a few minutes cab ride down the road. The 27-year-old singer spent the evening at Home House in Portland Square, by no means a million miles away from her bandmates’ choice of destination in Knightsbridge.

Nadine wrapped up against the winter cold in a chic black trench coat, which she teamed with burgundy suede knee-high boots and a bright aqua handbag, with her light brunette locks tumbling around her shoulders.

The Northern Irish beauty hugged a male pal as she prepared to depart the venue, before jumping in to a nearby car.

And Nadine wasn’t the only Girls Aloud member notably absent from the celebrations, with Sarah Harding also seemingly nowhere to be seen. But Kimberley, Cheryl and Nicola certainly didn’t let their bandmates’ no-show get them down, with the girls treating themselves to a decadent three-course meal and by the sounds of things having an all-round great evening.

Cheryl wrote on her Twitter page: ‘Almost ate myself to death with the girls @KimberleyJWalsh @NicolaRoberts why did we do the desserts?’ Visit DailyMail to continue reading…

Doing her own thing: Nadine Coyle seemed to have snubbed Kimberley Walsh’s birthday dinner as she stepped out in London on Wednesday nightDoing her own thing: Nadine Coyle seemed to have snubbed Kimberley Walsh's birthday dinner as she stepped out in London on Wednesday night Companion: Nadine hugged a male pal before disappearing into the nightCompanion: Nadine hugged a male pal before disappearing into the night Hell for leather: Cheryl Cole looked incredible in a form-fitting tan leather dress as she attended Kimberley’s birthday celebrations at upmarket Zuma restaurantHell for leather: Cheryl Cole looked incredible in a form-fitting tan leather dress as she attended Kimberley's birthday celebrations at upmarket Zuma restaurant Close chums: On Saturday evening, Kimberley Walsh, Nicola Roberts, Sarah Harding, Cheryl Cole and Nadine Coyle enjoyed a night out at London’s St Martins Lane HotelClose chums: On Saturday evening, Kimberley Walsh, Nicola Roberts, Sarah Harding, Cheryl Cole and Nadine Coyle enjoyed a night out at London's St Martins Lane HotelReunited: The girls seemed to be having a whale of a time as they laughed and joked togetherReunited: The girls seemed to be having a whale of a time as they laughed and joked together

Rochelle Wiseman and husband Marvin Humes are expecting their first child!

The Saturdays biracial singer Rochelle Humes, who is of Sierra Leonean and British ancestry, is pregnant with her first child. The pop star, 23, and her JLS bandmember biracial husband Marvin, 27, who is of Jamaican and Anglo-Scottish descent, announced they were expecting in mid-2013 on their respective Twitter pages.

Their baby news comes just four months after they tied the knot in a lavish ceremony at Blenheim Palace.

In a lengthy statement, the excited mother-to-be wrote: ‘I wanted to be the first to tell you…we have some exciting news to share! ‘Marvin and I could NOT be more thrilled to announce that we are expecting our first child mid next year.’ 

‘We have always dreamt of being parents and the news is the best early Christmas present we could have asked for. I know Marvin is going to be a great dad and we’re so excited to start a family. Thanks for all of your support and lots of love, Rochelle x.’

In a simultaneous announcement on JLS’s official Twitter, Marvin wrote: ‘Rochelle and I are SOOOOO excited to tell everyone that we are expecting our first baby!!! Its absolutely amazing! Baby is due middle of next year and all is great!! We want to say thank you to everyone for their love and support… it means so much to us!! We are over the moon! Love Marv x.’

Their pregnancy news comes after they have spent most of their marriage apart due to their busy schedules and conflicting geography. The couple were only reunited two weeks ago after spending most of their marriage thousands of miles apart with The Saturdays jetting off to Los Angeles just a fortnight after they tied the knot.

They were briefly reunited in New York for a long weekend in September. The young couple’s wedding on July 27 comes after a two year courtship. They started dating in March 2010 and quickly moved in together, but split eight months later.

However, just three months later they were back together, with Marvin proposing in the Maldives last Christmas. Following their ceremony, the couple had a ‘mini-moon’ in Portugal, but plan to have a proper honeymoon over Christmas.

Rochelle’s pregnancy means she is the second Saturday to become a mother. Visit DailyMail to continue reading…

Starting a family: Rochelle and Marvin Humes, pictured in May, are expecting their first child togetherStarting a family: Rochelle and Marvin Humes are expecting their first child togetherAnnouncement: Rochelle Humes revealed she was pregnant with her first childAnnouncement: Rochelle Humes revealed she was pregnant with her first childI'm going to be a father! Marvin also posted a statement on JLS's official TwitterBaby on the way: Rochelle at Los Angeles’ LAX airport on November 7 as she was preparing to reunite with her husbandBaby on the way: Rochelle at Los Angeles' LAX airport on November 7 as she was preparing to reunite with her husbandCheers to the baby! (L-R) Rochelle’s bandmates Mollie King, Una Healy, Vanessa White and Frankie Sandford toast her pregnancyCheers to the baby! (L-R) Rochelle's bandmates Mollie King, Una Healy, Vanessa White and Frankie Sandford toast her pregnancyLoved up: The couple spent a romantic weekend together in New York in SeptemberLoved up: The couple spent a romantic weekend together in New York in SeptemberWe’re so excited: After Marvin’s announcement on JLS’s official Twitter page, he was congratulated by his bandmatesWe're so excited: After Marvin's announcement on JLS's official Twitter page, he was congratulated by his bandmatesHappy: Rochelle was congratulated by her bandmates and close friend Myleene KlassHappy: Rochelle was congratulated by her bandmates and close friend Myleene KlassDapper: Marvin and his JLS bandmates (L-R) Aston Merrygold, Ortise Williams and JB Gill last monthDapper: Marvin and his JLS bandmates (L-R) Aston Merrygold, Ortise Williams and JB GillPop star: Rochelle with her Saturdays bandmates (L-R) Frankie Sandford, Una Healy, Vanessa White and Mollie King Pop star: Rochelle with her Saturdays bandmates (L-R) Frankie Sandford, Una Healy, Vanessa White and Mollie King

KolorBlind Fashion Alert: Malia’s style archive…

xLooking every bit as poised and elegant as her mother, the long-limbed first daughter has taken the awkward out of adolescence with ease.

In the weeks since election night, the emerging styles of the Obama daughters, and especially Malia, has taken center stage – the 14-year-old blossoming from the President’s wide-eyed ‘baby’ into a self-assured young woman who has inherited her mother’s confidence, bold fashion sense and looks.

Wearing a shiny blue full skirt from ASOS with a neon pink Zara belt, and J. Crew flats, Malia proved she has inherited her mother’s classic but bold sensibility on election night – seamlessly following in her well-heeled footsteps.

‘The torch has been passed,’ said the designer Gregory Parkinson, who sent out a press release after a recent sighting of the White House’s resident teenager.

Lucky magazine’s executive fashion director, Alexis Bryan Morgan, told USA Today: ‘I’m hard pressed to think of anyone, period, who had such great style potential at 14. She has all the elements that make a great fashionista. It’s really exceptional.’

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Colour co-ordination: Malia seamlessly follows in Michelle’s bold footsteps

Malia, standing nearly as tall as her 5-foot-11 mother, now carries herself with confidence, striding alongside her mother like two-peas-in-a-poised-pod. Unlike many teens unused to their new height, she shows no trace of awkwardness or embarrassment, instead, she embraces her lean figure with smart, yet bang-on-trend, wardrobe choices.

Seventeen fashion director Gina Kelly explained: ‘How her mother dresses is obviously rubbing off on Malia. It’s very pretty and feminine. It’s a little bit preppy-classic, but it’s never boring.’

And recent appearances throughout Washington D.C. have proven she can certainly hold her own in the style stakes, mixing and matching bold colors and layers like a pro.

Lucky’s Ms Morgan added: ‘She’s smart in that she seems to be aware so many eyes are on her. [But] her style seems very genuine. It doesn’t look like somebody just put something on her on election night. She’s adding her own twist and having fun. You can’t really have style unless you’re being true to herself.’

Since turning 14 on Independence Day, she has slowly started to tick off some age-appropriate milestones – like her first mobile phone. Mrs Obama admitted in June that she ‘scared the heck’ out of Malia with ‘days of lectures’ on the dangers of talking to strangers before handing the device over. Visit DailyMail to continue reading…

Perfect pair: Looking every bit as poised and elegant as her mother, Malia Obama has taken the awkward out of adolescence with easePerfect pair: Looking every bit as poised and elegant as her mother, Malia Obama has taken the awkward out of adolescence with easeLook-a-likes: Malia, standing nearly as tall as her 5-foot-11 mother, now carries herself with confidence, striding alongside her mother like two-peas-in-a-poised-podLook-a-likes: Malia, standing nearly as tall as her 5-foot-11 mother, now carries herself with confidence, striding alongside her mother like two-peas-in-a-poised-pod

Halle Berry’s ex Gabriel Aubry ‘arrested after brutal brawl with her new fiancé Olivier Martinez which left both in hospital’..

Fight: Gabriel, pictured taking Nahla home on Wednesday, was injured in the brawl

Fight: Gabriel, pictured taking Nahla home on Wednesday, was injured in the brawl

Gabriel Aubry has been arrested for battery following a ‘brutal’ Thanksgiving Day brawl with Olivier Martinez. The model – who is the father of Halle Berry’s four-year-old daughter Nahla – reportedly attacked the actress’ French fiance Olivier on Thursday morning when he was dropping the child back at Halle’s house – but came off worse in the fight.

Police were called to the home and Gabriel was taken to hospital for his injuries after suffering a broken rib, bruises to the face and a possible more serious head injury, TMZ reports. Olivier has a possible broken hand and neck injuries. He arrived at the same Los Angeles hospital for treatment as Gabriel around an hour after him, according to the website.

The drama went down inside Halle’s home at around 10am after Gabriel dropped off their daughter Nahla in a custodial handover. Martinez apparently approached Aubry and said: ‘We have to move on,’ – a reference to the recent custody battle which blocked Halle from moving to France with Nahla.

Losing battle: Halle had wanted to move her child to France to be away from the paparazzi

Losing battle: Halle had wanted to move her child to France to be away from the paparazzi

But Aubry responded by allegedly pushing Martinez and throwing a punch at his face. Sources told TMZ the fight was ‘brutal’ with the website describing a blow-by-blow account of the melee:

‘Olivier blocked [Gabriel’s punch] and the punch struck him in the shoulder instead… Gabriel then pushed Olivier to the ground, a struggle ensued, ending when Olivier pinned Gabriel to the ground.’

In another twist, a judge has just issued an emergency protective order – meaning Gabriel has to stay 100 yards away from Halle, Olivier and Nahla. Martinez, who has apparently become increasingly bitter during the custody battle, is said to be keen to press charges, TMZ reports.

Protective: Gabriel was concerned his relationship with his daughter would be damaged if she moved to France. A source told gossip website TMZ: ‘Gabriel went nuts,’ in front of Halle and other witnesses. It is not clear whether Nahla witnessed the fight.

However, details about the argument are unclear because both men were speaking in French. Gabriel, a French-Canadian model who lives and works in Los Angeles, had petitioned the court to stop Halle’s plans to move to France.

He argued it would give him limited access to his daughter, while the Cloud Atlas actress countered the privacy laws are stronger in France and would keep Nahla safe from the paparazzi. Visit DailyMail to continue reading…

Painful: Olivier Martinez was sporting a swollen hand and a painful-looking bruise on his facePainful: Olivier Martinez was sporting a swollen hand and a painful-looking bruise on his faceBooking sheet: Gabriel Aubry was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of battery and bail was set at $20,000Booking sheet: Gabriel Aubry was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of battery and bail was set at $20,000Strained: The family head home, with Nahla in the back seatStrained: The family head home, with Nahla in the back seatDowncast: After their Thanksgiving plans were thrown into disarray Halle and her daughter and fiancé visited a friend’s house for dinnerDowncast: After their Thanksgiving plans were thrown into disarray Halle and her daughter and fiancé visited a friend's house for dinnerInjured: Olivier is understood to be considering pressing chargesInjured: Olivier is understood to be considering pressing charges Injured: Olivier’s swollen hand and bruised scuffed knuckle can be seenInjured: Olivier's swollen hand and bruised scuffed knuckle can be seenEventful: Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez looked furious as they headed home from hospital after the brawl on ThursdayEventful: Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez looked furious as they headed home from hospital after the brawl on ThursdayThanksgiving drama: Gabriel Aubry, pictured here attending the same party as Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez in LA on Wednesday, was arrested after a ‘brutal’ brawl on ThursdayThanksgiving drama: Gabriel Aubry, pictured here attending the same party as Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez in LA on Wednesday, was arrested after a 'brutal' brawl on ThursdayTense: Halle and Olivier, also pictured on Wednesday, recently lost a custody battle to take Nahla to his native FranceTense: Halle and Olivier, also pictured on Wednesday, recently lost a custody battle to take Nahla to his native FranceHe’s back: Oliver returns back to Halle’s house after receiving medical treatment at the emergency roomHe's back: Oliver returns back to Halle's house after receiving medical treatment at the emergency roomHappier times: Halle, Gabriel and Nahla seen in a cute beach snap in Miami back in 2009Happier times: Halle, Gabriel and Nahla seen in a cute beach snap in Miami back in 2009

Wild Thing: Heidi Klum is a grey head for Italian magazine Amica…

Wild thing: Heidi Klum sports grey and matted hair extension as she poses on the front cover of Italian magazine Amica She is known for her polished and poker straight Bavarian blonde locks. But Heidi Klum’s tresses have turned grey and wild in a new photo shoot for Italian magazine Amica.

The 39-year-old supermodel is seen on the front cover of the magazine with crazy long and matted hair extensions which are a shade of silver.

Appearing to be channelling a cavewoman, Heidi’s frosted hair appears is teased to the maximum as she poses in front of a Nordic ice-cave backdrop. The former Victoria’s Secret angel displays her slender figure in a cream knitted mini dress and matching cropped wool jacket.

The German star’s outfit is jazzed up with some with some heavy metal jewelry, including numerous finger cuffs. In the magazine spread, Heidi is shot by photographer Ruven Afanador and she slips into an array of outfits, including a sequined Giorgio Armani mini dress, a black & gold Salvatore Ferragamo chiffon number with sheer sleeves, a two-toned print gown by Roberto Cavalli, and a black tulle Gucci dress.

Heidi has been a busy woman of late and spent the last couple of weeks jetting between Europe and Los Angeles to attend the American and European Music Awards. But this week she was home for the holidays and back on mommy duty on Wednesday. Via DailyMail.

Salma Hayek is a vision in plunging black and gold gown at Germany’s Bambi Awards…

Keeping it coordinated: The actress matched her handbag and jewellery to the gown

Keeping it coordinated: The actress matched her handbag and jewelry to the gown

It is an annual awards ceremony to celebrate excellence in media and television. And the plunging dress Salma Hayek wore to the Bambis in Germany on Thursday will certainly ensure she makes the headlines.

The actress was stunning in a black gown with shimmering gold detailing, which put her curves on display thanks to a deep low cut. The Mexican star looked younger than her 46 years as she walked the red carpet, coordinating her accessories to her outfit with a black and gold handbag and plenty of gold bangles on each wrist.

She took home an award during the ceremony, kissing her gong delightedly. Salma is currently preparing for the July 2013 release of Grown-Ups 2, the sequel to the 2010 comedy film. She also stars in the recently released Here Comes The Boom alongside Kevin James, although the film has been something of a disappointment at the box office.

The awards bash took place in Dusseldorf and saw a mixed bag of performances, with Celine Dion and One Direction both taking the stage.

Naughty and nice: Barbara Becker (L) wore a racy red feather while Dutch TV host Sylvie van der Vaart opted for a princess style gown

Naughty and nice: Barbara Becker wore a racy red feather

She arrived in a stone grey off-the-shoulder gown with a bow detail at the waist and a slight train. She was joined at the event by her husband Rene Angelil and the pair posed with their arms wrapped around each other on the red carpet.

The singing sensation sported a total of three glamorous outfits during the evening. She was every inch the disco diva in a short fringed gold frock for her performance. The star then changed into a fitted floor-length metallic sequined dress just in time to take to the stage and accept her award for entertainment.

She later posed proudly with her trophy – a gold statuette of a fawn – for the cameras.

Meanwhile, the One Direction boys arrived in matching black skinny jeans with blazers and waistcoats in a neutral color palette. They slipped into something more comfortable for their performance, sporting casual jeans and jumpers. Via DailyMail.

Taking the plunge: Salma Hayek was a vision in black and gold at the Bambi Awards in Germany on ThursdayTaking the plunge: Salma Hayek was a vision in black and gold at the Bambi Awards in Germany on ThursdayA worthy winner: Salma happily kissed her fawn trophy for the camerasA worthy winner: Salma happily kissed her fawn trophy for the camerasCurves on display: Salma was a sight for sore eyes with a deep low cut on her elegant dressCurves on display: Salma was a sight for sore eyes with a deep low cut on her elegant dressBest supporting husband: Celine was joined on the red carpet by her other half Rene AngelilBest supporting husband: Celine was joined on the red carpet by her other half Rene AngelilAcceptance speech: Celine changed into a shimmering dress to collect her award during the Dusseldorf ceremonyAcceptance speech: Celine changed into a shimmering dress to collect her award during the Dusseldorf ceremonyAcceptance speech: Celine changed into a shimmering dress to collect her award during the Dusseldorf ceremonyAcceptance speech: Celine changed into a shimmering dress to collect her award during the Dusseldorf ceremonyMixed bag: There was something for everyone when it came to the performances as popstrels One Direction also took to the stageMixed bag: There was something for everyone when it came to the performances as popstrels One Direction also took to the stageA perfect match: The boyband arrived on the red carpet in skinny jeans, blazers and waistcoatsA perfect match: The boyband arrived on the red carpet in skinny jeans, blazers and waistcoatsRocketman: Austrian space jumper Felix Baumgartner posed up with his gorgeous girlfriend Nicole OettRocketman: Austrian space jumper Felix Baumgartner posed up with his gorgeous girlfriend Nicole Oett

Spotted: Alesha Dixon at Empowering Women Awards!

Alesha Dixon, the beautiful biracial singer arrived at the Empowering Women Awards on Thursday night, a London ceremony hosted by Avon Cosmetics and Women’s Aid at Claridge’s Hotel, to support/mark the bravery and achievements of women survivors of domestic violence.

Looking chic in a pair of leather-look pants, cream blouse and black blazer, the subject is close to Alesha’s heart after she witnessed her own mother suffer as a resultt of domestic abuse.

In a BBC documentary two years ago, Alesha recalled: ‘When you’re young and you see your mum being abused, you feel weak and useless, like you can’t do anything. You have to stand there and allow it to happen and, not being old enough or mentally mature enough to handle it, that’s frustrating.’

Following the ceremony, Alesha tweeted Jahmene: ‘@JahmeneDouglas Lovely seeing you and your adorable mum today. Good luck on Saturday! Sing Strawberries! Haha :).’ Via DailyMail.

Skin-tight: Alesha Dixon wore a pair of leather-look trousers, cream blouse and black blazer to the ceremonySkin-tight: Alesha Dixon wore a pair of leather-look trousers, cream blouse and black blazer to the ceremonyNew friends: Jahmene was thrilled to meet the gorgeous Alesha at the eventNew friends: Jahmene was thrilled to meet the gorgeous Alesha at the event

Leona Lewis fails to flatter in bizarre baggy outfit on ‘Daybreak’!

Sack the stylist: Leona looks bigger than she is in her shapeless dress

Fire the stylist: Leona looks bigger than she is in her shapeless dress

Pulling off a peplum is hard work if you are no size 6, but you have to hand it to Leona Lewis, she gave it her best shot. But as if it wasn’t unflattering enough on its own, teaming the oversize white garment with a baggy shiny silver space top and some blue heels wasn’t a number 1 idea from the slim star.

Luckily pop princess Leona was performing her latest single Lovebird on the early morning show so viewers could allow themselves to be distracted by her sultry tones, and not the extra shine on her blouse.

Former X Factor singer Leona, 27, who is rumored to be dating One Direction’s Liam Payne, 19, kept her legs covered in the white peplum, which looked like it was a couple of sizes to big for her slim figure. The Bleeding Love singer has revealed a hidden fiery side, especially behind the wheel.]

She told The Metro: ‘Most people think I’m really quiet and placid but I can be fiery. I got road rage today. I can’t drive because I cuss people out. The last real outburst was a few days ago. This man called my friend, who was driving, a bitch and he got the wrath of everything that happened in my life that month.’

Sack the stylist: Leona looks bigger than she is in her shapeless dress She went on: ‘I wound down the window and shouted and screamed. I don’t think he knew who I was but looked shocked someone was being so crazy. I have to try to use calming techniques when I drive.’

The ‘Bleeding Love’ star was linked to Liam just after his break up with back-up dancer Danielle Peazer.

Speaking to LOOK magazine, she said: ‘If you have a bond with someone it (age) doesn’t come into it. I’d date someone younger or older, age doesn’t matter to me. Or looks, really – it’s all about maturity.’

And speaking about spending time with the boy band heartthrob she refused to comment on how many dates they had been on but said: ‘I’m having fun and enjoying myself.’

The pair, who reportedly spent an hour locked in a dressing room together during last Friday night’s Children in Need show, have been friends for years. Via DailyMail.

There is a problem with your peplum: Luckily Leona managed to distract audiences on Daybreak with her new single ‘Lovebird’There is a problem with your peplum: Luckily Leona managed to distract audiences on Daybreak with her new single Lovebird Singing her heart out: Leona Lewis’ hair was in loose curls on DaybreakSinging her heart out: Leona Lewis' hair was in loose curls on Daybreak

Happy 4th birthday Naleigh Kelley!

Naleigh Kelley 4th birthdayHappy birthday to Naleigh who turned 4 years old on November 23, 2012. Naleigh is the adopted siter of Katherine Heigl and singer Josh Kelley.

Kim Kardashian for Italian Vogue!

Wardrobe change: Kim wore a short wig and a number of different outfits

Wardrobe change: Kim wore a short wig and a number of different outfits

Kim Kardashian made her debut modelling for Vogue earlier this year when she featured in a cover shoot for the Italian edition of the fashion bible.

And if you couldn’t get enough of the pictures of the reality TV star smoldering in revealing black dresses, now you can watch a behind-the-scenes video of the shoot.

You can view a segment of the footage below while the full video is currently available on the Vogue Italia website.

The clip shows the 31-year-old lying on the floor in a racy animal skin dress, while in another shot, she wears a black sleeveless Mark Zunino Couture gown that showcases her famous curves.

Wardrobe change: Kim wore a short wig and a number of different outfitsThe shoot was filmed on the streets of Los Angeles in May by photographer Francesco Carrozzini and styled by contributing fashion editor Rushka Bergman. Playing on Kim’s reputation as one of the world’s most photographed women, the story of the shoot involves her being pursued by a mob of paparazzi.

In the magazine’s accompanying interview, Kim admitted that she does find the ‘lack of privacy’ in her life difficult.

‘Everyone is always watching me, I’m under constant observation, everywhere I go there’s a camera following me, in the gym, when I do the shopping, and if I decide to go out without make-up it makes news throughout the world,’ she said.

But Kim seemed to enjoy the artistic reconstruction of her life for the Vogue shoot, tweeting at the time that it had been ‘amazing’ and thanking the team for their ‘creative genius’. Since the Vogue edition has been published, Kim, who is dating singer Kanye West, has cemented her fashionista status further by launching her own fashion range with her sisters for Dorthy Perkins. Via DailyMail.

Sultry: The reality TV star can be seen during the shoot in L.A. in a new video clipSultry: The reality TV star can be seen during the shoot in L.A. in a new video clipCover girl: Kim Kardashian made her debut modelling for Vogue earlier this year in this snake print dressCover girl: Kim Kardashian made her debut modelling for Vogue earlier this year in this snake print dressItalian job: Kim wore this black sleeveless Mark Zunino Couture gown that showcases her famous curves for the Vogue Italia shootItalian job: Kim wore this black sleeveless Mark Zunino Couture gown that showcases her famous curves for the Vogue Italia shoot Art imitating life: The video shows Kim being pursued by photographersArt imitating life: The video shows Kim being pursued by photographersFashionista: Since the Vogue shoot, Kim has launched her own range for Dorothy Perkins with her sistersFashionista: Since the Vogue shoot, Kim has launched her own range for Dorothy Perkins with her sisters

Are Gloria and Matt Barnes too ‘hot’ for Urban Ink?

A recent photoshoot of Basketball Wives LA reality TV Gloria Govan and her husband NBA player Matt Barnes has been deemed too provocative for media consumption.

The behind-the-scenes of the photoshoot for Urban Ink were leaked online however the final approved photoshoot was never published in the magazine due to its risqué nature.  Take a look at the above image to judge for yourself.

However risqué the photoshoot was, Matt and Gloria are both looking sexier than ever. Via Necole Bitchie.

“I’m A Celeb”: David Haye reveals a Japanese algae is behind his incredible physique…

A MERE glimpse of his bare bottom under a waterfall shower sent a rumble through the jungle.  And now the secret to boxer David Haye’s rippled physique is out.

The retired heavyweight champion, who is of Jamaican and Caucasian British ancestry, has attributed his admirable muscles to some green algae from Japan. The I’m a Celebrity contestant’s shower shenanigans earlier this week showed off his years in the gym training for boxing bouts, trumping female contenders Ashley Roberts and Helen Flanagan who have been flaunting their figures in itsy bitsy bikinis.

But Haye has claimed his incredible muscle tone is all down to a bizarre Japanese supplement made from microscopic freshwater algae. Haye has claimed: ‘My team work hard at making sure I get the world’s finest fighting fuel, that includes Japanese whole food Sun Chlorella.

‘Nutrition is fundamental to getting the most out of all my training and help deliver the knock-out punch.’

The former champion is thought to have been introduced to the supplement by his coach Ruben Tabares who claims the amino acids, chlorophyll, iron and B vitamins in the nutritional supplement boost energy before workouts and CGF (Chlorella Growth Factor) nucleic acids helps with muscle repair and inflammation afterwards.

The product has been big in Japan for some time while it has built up a cult following in the UK. Visit DailyMail to continue reading…

Cheeky: David Haye has become a hit on I’m A Celeb after flashing his bottomCheeky: David Haye has become a hit on I'm A Celeb after flashing his bottom Japanese: David Haye claims that his physique is down to a bizarre Japanese supplementJapanese: David Haye claims that his physique is down to a bizarre Japanese supplementUp high: David takes part in Scare Plane which will air on Friday’s showUp high: David takes part in Scare Plane which will air on Friday's showStar collecting: David Haye must collect stars while bugs fall on himStar collecting: David Haye must collect stars while bugs fall on himCalm: David remains unflustered while he carries out the task despite dangling in the airCalm: David remains unflustered while he carries out the task despite dangling in the airStunt: David has to climb on to the wing of the plane to continue doing the taskStunt: David has to climb on to the wing of the plane to continue doing the task

Thanksgiving in Afghanistan: 66,000 troops celebrate with traditional turkey dinner and for 10 lucky soldiers… a surprise call from President Obama!

Millions of miles from their loved ones but with a job still to do, 66,000 American troops celebrated Thanksgiving today in Afghanistan. The holiday season is a tough time for troops serving their patriotic duty overseas when they would prefer to spend the day with their families. The army does however do all it can to keep spirits up and provide everyone with at least a taste of what they’re missing at home.

At army bases throughout Afghanistan a traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner was served, while some soldiers also celebrated with football tournaments. Ten specially selected members of the armed services also got something they’re unlikely to forget in a hurry, a call from the president wishing them a happy holiday and thanking them for their hard work.

The president, who celebrated Thanksgiving quietly at the White House with his family, friends and some White House staff members, kept up his holiday tradition of phoning 10 members of the U.S. armed services in Afghanistan.

‘The president thanked each of them for their service and sacrifice and wished them and their families a happy Thanksgiving,’ the White House said.

The scene at one military base in the Afghan capital was a snapshot of what was taking place throughout the country. For Army Sgt. Keith Wells, it was his first Thanksgiving Day away from his family and despite the cornucopia of food provided for the troops, his taste buds were craving his wife’s macaroni and cheese back home.

‘My wife’s a foodie – you know, the Food Network, cooking shows. Everything she makes is golden,’ said Wells of Charlotte, N.C.

The dining hall served up mac-and-cheese along with traditional Thanksgiving Day fixings. Wells was thankful for the good food, but he still missed his wife’s home-cooking. Visit DailyMail to continue reading…

U.S. soldiers pray before eating a Thanksgiving meal at a dining hall in Kabul, AfghanistanU.S. soldiers pray before eating a Thanksgiving meal at a dining hall in Kabul, Afghanistan U.S. soldiers sit down to enjoy their Thanksgiving meal in KabulU.S. soldiers sit down to enjoy their Thanksgiving meal in KabulThe works: Soldiers have a selection of all their Thanksgiving Day favorites to choose fromThe works: Soldiers have a selection of all their Thanksgiving Day favorites to choose fromSoldiers throughout Afghanistan celebrate Thanksgiving Day however best they canSoldiers throughout Afghanistan celebrate Thanksgiving Day however best they canPresident Obama, pictured at a Washington food bank, called 10 members of the armed services in AfghanistanPresident Obama, pictured at a Washington food bank, called 10 members of the armed services in AfghanistanUS soldiers wait in line for their Thanksgiving Day meal at their base in KabulUS soldiers wait in line for their Thanksgiving Day meal at their base in KabulU.S. soldiers and NATO service members stand in line for mac-and-cheese and other traditional Thanksgiving Day fixingsU.S. soldiers and NATO service members stand in line for mac-and-cheese and other traditional Thanksgiving Day fixingsA feast for the forces: A dining facility worker, left, serves meat to soldiers and civilians for their Thanksgiving meal in KabulA feast for the forces: A dining facility worker, left, serves meat to soldiers and civilians for their Thanksgiving meal in Kabul

A White House Christmas: Michelle Obama welcomes tree with help from Sasha and Malia (and Bo too!)

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The Obama women and Bo

It may still be November, but it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the White House.

First Lady Michelle Obama has kicked off the holiday season by welcoming the White House Christmas Tree to her home – a 19-foot Fraser fir from Peak Farms in Jefferson, North Carolina.

Her daughters, Malia and Sasha, and the first dog Bo were also in attendance for the presentation of the giant tree, which arrived on a horse-drawn carriage on Friday morning.

As the carriage, driven by two men in dapper top hats and red bow ties, pulled up outside 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as the Marine Band played ‘Oh Christmas Tree’.

With her daughters smiling and petting Bo, Mrs Obama gave the ‘thumbs up’ after inspecting the tree, which she called ‘perfect’. ‘I think we’ll take it!’ the first lady laughed. ‘We can have Christmas now.’

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Mrs. Obama and Bo

Yet the inspection was merely a formality as the tree was selected by White House staffers in early October and harvested this month.

It will be placed on display in the Blue Room, where it will become the centerpiece of the White House Christmas decorations.

The tree came from Rusty and Beau Estes, this year’s grand champion winners of the National Christmas Tree Association, which has provided the White House tree each year since 1966.

The couple were also at the White House for the arrival of the tree.

Trees from Cool Springs Nursery in Banner Elk, North Carolina were chosen for the vice president’s home.

‘This is the first time the White House tree and vice president’s tree have come from the same state,’ said North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. ‘It speaks volumes about the quality of trees available in North Carolina.’

The state ranks second in the nation in Christmas tree production, after Oregon, and more than 5 million trees are harvested there each year. Last year’s White House tree, an 18-and-a-half-ft balsam fir, came from Neshkoro, Wis. The official Christmas tree for the Capitol will arrive on Monday and will be lit by House Speaker John A. Boehner on December 4.

The 65-foot Engelmann spruce is stopping in 28 different communities on its journey across the country from the White River National Forest in Colorado to Washington. It will be decorated with around 5,000 ornaments handcrafted by Coloradans to celebrate this year’s theme, ‘Celebrating Our Great Outdoors’. Via DailyMail.

Inspection: Sasha and Malia Obama inspect a 19-ft fir tree from North Carolina that will become their Christmas tree at the White House, as their mother and Bo the dog look onInspection: Sasha and Malia Obama inspect a 19-ft fir tree from North Carolina that will become their Christmas tree at the White House, as their mother and Bo the dog look onChristmas cheer: The Obama ladies walk outside the house with Bo to inspect their Christmas TreeChristmas cheer: The Obama ladies walk outside the house with Bo to inspect their Christmas Tree‘We can have Christmas now!’ Mrs Obama spoke of her delight at the tree’s arrival'We can have Christmas now!' Mrs Obama spoke of her delight at the tree's arrivalHere it comes! The Christmas Tree arrived at the White House on Friday morning on a horse-dawn carriageHere it comes! The Christmas Tree arrived at the White House on Friday morning on a horse-dawn carriageWelcome: The tree is presented to the Obamas after its journey from Peak Farms in North CarolinaWelcome: The tree is presented to the Obamas after its journey from Peak Farms in North CarolinaWelcome: The tree is presented to the Obamas after its journey from Peak Farms in North CarolinaA closer look: Michelle Obama smells the tree, which was grown and harvested in Jefferson, North CarolinaImpressed: Malia points at the tree as they accept it from the champion farm in North CarolinaImpressed: Malia points at the tree as they accept it from the champion farm in North Carolina‘We’ll take it!’: Mrs Obama gives a thumbs up to the tree, which was picked out last month'We'll take it!': Mrs Obama gives a thumbs up to the tree, which was picked out last monthFestive: The family smiles as they look at the tree, which will be placed in the Blue Room of the White HouseFestive: The family smiles as they look at the tree, which will be placed in the Blue Room of the White HouseHome: Press gather outside the White House to welcome the 19-ft tall Christmas Tree on FridayHome: Press gather outside the White House to welcome the 19-ft tall Christmas Tree on Friday

Roger Ebert reviews ‘Lincoln’ the movie…

Lincoln movie posterI’ve rarely been more aware than during Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” that Abraham Lincoln was a plain-spoken, practical, down-to-earth man from the farmlands of Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois. He had less than a year of formal education and taught himself through his hungry reading of great books.

I still recall from a childhood book the image of him taking a piece of charcoal and working out mathematics by writing on the back of a shovel. Lincoln lacked social polish but he had great intelligence and knowledge of human nature.

The hallmark of the man, performed so powerfully by Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln,” is calm self-confidence, patience and a willingness to play politics in a realistic way. The film focuses on the final months of Lincoln’s life, including the passage of the 13th Amendment ending slavery, the surrender of the Confederacy and his assassination. Rarely has a film attended more carefully to the details of politics.

Lincoln believed slavery was immoral, but he also considered the 13th Amendment a masterstroke in cutting away the financial foundations of the Confederacy. In the film, the passage of the amendment is guided by William Seward (David Strathairn), his secretary of state, and by Rep. Thaddeus Stevens (Tommy Lee Jones), the most powerful abolitionist in the House. Click here to continue reading Roger Ebert’s review…

Breaking Dawn — part 2 earns $141.3 million, tops weekend box office!

Breaking Dawn box officeNo surprise here: this weekend, Twilight was tops. Breaking Dawn — Part 2 raked in approximately $141.3 million at the box office, according to numbers released Sunday, Nov. 18, by Box Office Mojo. (Overseas, the saga’s fifth and final film — which stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner — brought in an additional $199.6 million!)

The latest James Bond feature, Skyfall, grossed a respectable $41.5 million in its second weekend in theaters, bringing that movie’s total earnings to $161.34 million.

Rounding out the top five? Steven Spielberg’s Civil War-era drama, Lincoln (starring Daniel Day-Lewis as America’s 16th president), which earned an estimated $21 million this weekend, as well as Disney’s animated Wreck-It Ralph, which made $18.3 million.

Meanwhile, Denzel Washington’s Flight brought in approximately $8,615,000, making it this weekend’s fifth highest-earning flick. Via US Magazine.

100th Royal Variety Performance

All that glistens: Heather Headley went for red as she took her turn to sing

There was royalty in the audience so Girls Aloud of course ensured they were dressed in their glamorous best at the Royal Variety Performance on Monday evening.

Cheryl Cole led the girls on stage and unlike their usual skimpy get-ups they dressed appropriately for the high caliber crowd as they all covered up in floor-length gowns.

They stepped on stage at the lavish Royal Albert Hall to give it their all in one of their first live performances since reuniting again. And now wonder they saved themselves for the best as they helped the Queen celebrate the 100th variety show.

Belting it out: Alicia Keys wore all black

Cheryl, Nadine, Nicole, Kimberley and Sarah wore matching black frocks with a tulip cut and lashings of gold embellishment down their fronts.

The Biology hitmakers stunned in the strapless numbers as they stood in perfect unison in a straight line singing into their microphones.

Showing off their perfect physiques, glamorous hair and singing skills, the girls ensured they were a hit as the Queen, along with the Duke of Edinburgh, sat in their seats to be entertained by the star-studded variety acts for the lavish evening.

But it wasn’t only Girls Aloud who graced the stage to make it a night to remember. Among the glamorous ladies leading the pack was Katherine Jenkins and Amanda Holden. The Britain’s Got Talent judge shimmered in a silver gown as she took the mic onstage during the evening. Visit DailyMail to continue reading…

Fit for the Queen: Cheryl Cole displays her curves and vocals as she takes to the stage at the Royal Variety Performance to entertain Queen Elizabeth II

Fit for the Queen: Cheryl Cole displays her curves and vocals as she takes to the stage at the Royal Variety Performance to entertain Queen Elizabeth IIStunning the crowd: The girls performed one of their first reunion gigs in their stunning matching gowns with gold embellishment detailingStunning the crowd: The girls performed one of their first reunion gigs in their stunning matching gowns with gold embellishment detailingGiving it her all: Cheryl stood in the middle as they gave their best efforts on the nightGiving it her all: Cheryl stood in the middle as they gave their best efforts on the nightLavish set: The girls performed an impressive set in the spectacular venueLavish set: The girls performed an impressive set in the spectacular venuePerfect formation: Cheryl took centre stage as the girls performed their mirror-image movesPerfect formation: Cheryl took centre stage as the girls performed their mirror-image movesHaving a chin wag: The Queen greeted the girls after the show to thank them for their effortsHaving a chin wag: The Queen greeted the girls after the show to thank them for their effortsMaking their entrance: One Direction were also among the headliners and appeared through the audienceMaking their entrance: One Direction were also among the headliners and appeared through the audienceTaking their places: Liam, Louis, Zayn, Niall and Harry sat on lit up stools as they sang their hearts outTaking their places: Liam, Louis, Zayn, Niall and Harry sat on lit up stools as they sang their hearts outConcentrating: Harry Styles showed the Queen what all the fuss was about as he joined his One Direction bandmates at the Royal Albert HallConcentrating: Harry Styles showed the Queen what all the fuss was about as he joined his One Direction bandmates at the Royal Albert HallSomething funny? The boys broke down in giggles as they were joined on stage by funnyman David Walliams, who was host for the eveningSomething funny? The boys broke down in giggles as they were joined on stage by funnyman David Walliams, who was host for the eveningGathering together: The boys looked dapper as they happily completed their setGathering together: The boys looked dapper as they happily completed their setAll eyes on them: Despite it being a slightly older clientele at the show, the boys did themselves proud as they showed off their talentsAll eyes on them: Despite it being a slightly older clientele at the show, the boys did themselves proud as they showed off their talentsStand out: Welsh opera singer Katherine Jenkins wowed in a pink satin strapless gown as she took to the micStand out: Welsh opera singer Katherine Jenkins wowed in a pink satin strapless gown as she took to the micCostume change: She transformed into a similar purple number as she showed off her vocal skills alongside Placido DomingoCostume change: She transformed into a similar purple number as she showed off her vocal skills alongside Placido DomingoCelebrations: Amanda was just one of the stars taking part in the 100th Royal Variety ShowCelebrations: Amanda was just one of the stars taking part in the 100th Royal Variety ShowGolden girl: Kylie Minogue was also a favourite as she glistened in her side split gold dressGolden girl: Kylie Minogue was also a favourite as she glistened in her side split gold dressFlashing the flesh: She wore her hair in an up ‘do while emphasising her petite figure in the sequin gownFlashing the flesh: She wore her hair in an up 'do while emphasising her petite figure in the sequin gownSpecial guest: Even Alicia keys was over from America to perform at the show among the other acts of the nightSpecial guest: Even Alicia keys was over from America to perform at the show among the other acts of the nightTribute: Heather Headley made a memorable performance with her tribute to late singer Whitney HoustonTribute: Heather Headley made a memorable performance with her tribute to late singer Whitney HoustonTaking her seat: The Queen took her place next to the Duke of Edinburgh as they watched the show unfoldTaking her seat: The Queen took her place next to the Duke of Edinburgh as they watched the show unfoldRoyal seal of approval: The British monarch dressed in her finest as she glittered her way into the venue on the red carpetRoyal seal of approval: The British monarch dressed in her finest as she glittered her way into the venue on the red carpetVariety is the spice of life: Rod Stewart returned to singing duties as he performed his classicsVariety is the spice of life: Rod Stewart returned to singing duties as he performed his classics…And even crooner Neil Diamond was among the stars providing the range of entertainment...And even crooner Neil Diamond was among the stars providing the range of entertainmentWhat a night: Soldiers set the scene as they graced the stage in full dress up gearWhat a night: Soldiers set the scene as they graced the stage in full dress up gear

Meeting Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II…

Following Monday night’s Royal Variety Performance, performers found themselves face-to-face with the Queen. After taking to the stage at London’s Royal Albert hall for a flawless live showcase, the ‘Girls Aloud’, the girlband, were introduced to Her Majesty among other performers, beaming from ear-to-ear as they took it in turns to politely shake her hand.

And Cheryl Cole proved to be a particular fan of the 86-year-old monarch, somewhat bizarrely comparing her hair to ‘candy floss’ and praising her ‘tiny little dancing shoes’.

Writing on her Twitter page, Cheryl wrote: ‘The Queen is so delicate. She has hair like candy floss and tiny little dancing style shoes .. Awww #theroyalvariety2012.’

It would seem Her Majesty was equally enamoured with the Geordie beauty, smiling widely as she chatted briefly to the 29-year-old singer.

The rest of Girls Aloud seemed to be just as overcome with pride as Cheryl, expressing their excitement at meeting the monarch and the Duke of Edinburgh on their various Twitter pages.

Nadine Coyle wrote: ‘I met the Queen of England tonight & the Duke. The royal Albert hall was jumping with faces. A celeb spotters dream! Xxx hahaah great day!’

Kimberley Walsh added: ‘Cannot believe I just met the Queen! What an amazing night! #royalvariety2012.’

And Nicola Roberts praised the group’s ‘amazing weekend’, which has seen them not only perform at the Royal Variety Show, but also appear on Children In Need and Strictly Come Dancing with their upcoming single, Something New.

She said: ‘I’m so excited I’ve just met the Queen. I’ve always wanted too meet her. She was sparkling from head to toe #royalvariety2012. Weve had an amazing weekend #ChildrenInNeed #SCD #royalvariety2012.’

And while the rest of the girls seemed thrilled to be in the presence of royalty, Sarah Harding appeared to be a little distracted by comedian David Walliams, and was seen giggling away at him as the Queen made her approach.

Although Girls Aloud toned down their usually skimpy stage costumes in favour of elegant and demure fishtail dresses to cater to their high-calibre crowd, not every performer was so mindful of their audience.

Comedian Alan Carr greeted the Queen in a leopard-print cave-woman costume, while Britain’s Got Talent winner Ashleigh Butler had to meet Her Majesty wearing a bright pink bodysuit.

The Queen was also introduced to boyband One Direction, opera singer Katherine Jenkins, and the likes of Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams and Alicia Keys.

Keys said: ‘To be part of something that’s been happening for 100 years is amazing. I’ve got instructions about meeting the Queen. I’ve got to bow to the audience and the royal box.’

In addition to praising her meeting with the monarch, Cheryl Cole also tweeted her love for both Kylie and Alicia following their respective performances. She said: ‘Gotta love a bit of Kylie #looksamazing.’ Before adding: ‘Another highlight of my night was @aliciakeys such an incredibly talented and down to earth woman.’

Of course, Cheryl is no stranger to royalty, after working alongside Prince Charles with her charity, The Cheryl Cole Foundation.

The show will be broadcast on ITV1 on December 3 at 7.30pm.

From one member of royalty to another: Queen Elizabeth II met pop royalty in the form of Cheryl Cole and Girls Aloud following the Royal Variety Performance on Monday nightFrom one member of royalty to another: Queen Elizabeth II met pop royalty in the form of Cheryl Cole and Girls Aloud following the Royal Variety Performance on Monday nightRoyal fan: Cheryl somewhat bizarrely compared the Queen’s hair to ‘candy floss’ and praised her ‘tiny little dancing shoes’Royal fan: Cheryl somewhat bizarrely compared the Queen's hair to 'candy floss' and praised her 'tiny little dancing shoes'Honored: Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts, Cheryl Cole, Kimberley Walsh and Sarah Harding took it in turns to meet the QueenHonoured: Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts, Cheryl Cole, Kimberley Walsh and Sarah Harding took it in turns to meet the Queen New pals: Her Majesty seemed to be enjoying a particularly long chat with CherylNew pals: Her Majesty seemed to be enjoying a particularly long chat with Cheryl Proud: The girls beamed from ear-to-ear as the monarch passed by, before taking to their Twitter pages to express their excitement at being in the presence of royaltyProud: The girls beamed from ear-to-ear as the monarch passed by, before taking to their Twitter pages to express their excitement at being in the presence of royalty Funnyman: After meeting Girls Aloud, the Queen moved on to comedian David WalliamsFunnyman: After meeting Girls Aloud, the Queen moved on to comedian David Walliams Eclectic mix: Queen Elizabeth met with all the acts who took to the stage at the 2012 Royal Variety PerformanceEclectic mix: Queen Elizabeth met with all the acts who took to the stage at the 2012 Royal Variety PerformanceA new Directioner: The One Direction boys looked a little nervous as they shook hands with the monarchA new Directioner: The One Direction boys looked a little nervous as they shook hands with the monarch Is that appropriate attire: Alan Carr was dressed in a leopardprint cave-woman costume as he received his royal introduction, while Ashleigh Butler was wearing a hot pink bodysuitIs that appropriate attire: Alan Carr was dressed in a leopardprint cave-woman costume as he received his royal introduction, while Ashleigh Butler was wearing a hot pink bodysuitPop princess: Kylie Minogue, wearing a gold Julien Macdonald dress, looked positively thrilled as she shook the hand of the 86-year-old monarchPop princess: Kylie Minogue looked positively thrilled as she shook the hand of the 86-year-old monarch Music icons: Robbie Williams looked on as the Queen met US singer Alicia KeysMusic icons: Robbie Williams looked on as the Queen met US singer Alicia KeysCharmer: Alicia Keys smiled as she watched Placido Domingo kiss the Queen’s white glove on her right handCharmer: Alicia Keys smiled as she watched Placido Domingo kiss the Queen's white glove on her right handWelsh wonder: Opera singer Katherine Jenkins was dressed demurely in a dark pink satin strapless gownWelsh wonder: Opera singer Katherine Jenkins was dressed demurely in a dark pink satin strapless gown Pleased to meet you: Rod Stewart bowed as he shook hands with Her MajestyPleased to meet you: Rod Stewart bowed as he shook hands with Her Majesty Charmed: Amanda Holden performed a segment from Thoroughly Modern Millie on the showCharmed: Amanda Holden performed a segment from Thoroughly Modern Millie on the show Hello, Yiour Majesty: The Queen greeted performers from the musical adaptation of MatildaHello, Yiour Majesty: The Queen greeted performers from the musical adaptation of MatildaNew chums? The Duke of Edinburgh seemed to be enjoying chatting to Girls Aloud’s Nadine CoyleNew chums? The Duke of Edinburgh seemed to be enjoying chatting to Girls Aloud's Nadine Coyle Furry friend: Prince Philip seemed particularly enamoured by the talented Pudsey the DogFurry friend: Prince Philip seemed particularly enamoured by the talented Pudsey the DogJokes all round: Prince Philip and Kylie Minogue seemed to be somewhat tickled as they chatted awayJokes all round: Prince Philip and Kylie Minogue seemed to be somewhat tickled as they chatted awayLong night: The Queen wrapped up with a blue blanket as she made her way home from the Royal Albert HallLong night: The Queen wrapped up with a blue blanket as she made her way home from the Royal Albert Hall

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Obama‘s biggest advantage: Incumbency…

obama-romneyForget the polls, forget the turnout models — even forget the issues for a moment.

There is one basic, fundamental reason that President Obama has a good chance at re-election — the same reason that Mitt Romney faces a basic, fundamental challenge.

Obama is an incumbent. Since George Washington took the first oath of office in 1789, a total of 31 sitting presidents have participated in national elections — and 21 have won.

For you baseball fans out there, that’s a winning percentage of .677. For whatever reason — the ability to divert federal dollars, the opportunity to dictate the news cycle, or the desire of voters not to switch horses in midstream — being an incumbent has been a big advantage in presidential elections.

Sitting presidents have an even better batting average in the 20th and 21st centuries. Click here to continue reading…

Three reasons why the race is so close; nine reasons why Obama will win…

As Election Day grows closer, some pundits seem almost breathless in their prediction that the Presidential election will be close. Well, of course it will be close. It has been obvious from the campaign’s first day that it would be close. But there is overwhelming evidence that President Obama will win.

Why is the race so close?

1). First and foremost, the Republicans’ trickledown, let-Wall-Street-run-wild policies sent the economy into a catastrophic recession just as Obama took office. This was not your run of the mill business cycle recession. It was caused by a financial collapse the likes of which America had not seen since the Great Depression.

The historic evidence is very clear that whenever there is a recession induced by a financial collapse, it take years for an economy to recover. American did not fully recover from the Great Depression itself until World War II — almost twelve years after the stock market collapsed.

Had the Republicans remained in office and responded as Republican President Hoover did in 1929, the same fate could have awaited America once again. But instead, the Obama Administration moved immediately to stimulate the economy and shore up the financial system — and especially to rescue the auto industry — using policies that in most cases the GOP opposed.

Those policies have set the economy on a path toward sustained growth. But the Republicans have been hell-bent on stalling growth with the expressed purpose of defeating Obama this fall. They have sabotaged the economy by preventing even a vote on the Americans Jobs Act that most economists believe would create another 1.7 million jobs and would have prevented massive layoffs in state and local governments. Click here to continue reading the nine reasons why Obama will win…

President Obama about the Carters: “Beyonce could not be sweeter to Michelle and the girls”…

While campaigning in the swing state of Ohio, President Obama stopped by Cleveland’s hip hop station Z107.9 to sway a few listeners his way. During the interview, he talked about becoming friends with The Carters (who raised $4M for his campaign last month).

“I’ve gotten to know these guys over the first several years. They’re good people. Beyonce could not be sweeter to Michelle and the girls. So they’re good friends. We talk about the same things I talk about with all my friends.”

The President is also a fan of the couple’s music. When asked about his favorite Jay-Z song he said: “You know, I gotta say I go with some other stuff like ‘My 1st Song,’ which just kinda keeps me steady. It’s a great song. It reminds you that you always have to stay hungry.”

He also offered Jay-Z some advice about being father to Blue Ivy: “I made sure that Jay-Z was helping Beyonce out [with the baby], and not leaving it all with Beyonce and the mother-in-law.”

And for voters who are still undecided on who they’d like to run the country, President Obama drove home his accomplishments to the listeners:

“Think about all the things we’ve already gotten done. We saved an auto industry, saved a million jobs throughout Ohio and Michigan, we’ve gotten health care reform, we have made sure that we expanded student loan programs and Pell Grant programs; so a lot of stuff has gotten done, but we have a lot more to do.

“My hope is we have a decisive victory in this election, that Republicans, who spent a lot of time worry about trying to beat me, will start focusing on trying to improve the country.” Via TheYBF.

Whoopi Goldberg faces Twitter hate after Ann Romney ‘View’ interview…

Whoopi Goldberg faced a barrage of angry and insulting tweets from Mitt Romney supporters following a segment on “The View” featuring Ann Romney and one of the five Romney sons.

On the Thursday episode of the weekday talk show, Goldberg asked Ann Romney why none of the Romney men, including her husband and sons, have never served in the military, inquiring whether the reason for Romney’s lack of service during the Vietnam was due to a religious deferment based on his Mormon faith.

“Now, I believe that your religion doesn’t allow you to go fight,” Goldberg said.

“No, that’s not correct,” Romney responded. “We have many, many members of our faith that are serving in armed services.”

“OK, um, well I say that because when I read about your husband, what I had read, and maybe you can correct this, is that the reason that he didn’t serve in Vietnam was because it was against the religion,” Goldberg asked. “That’s what I read, I’m sorry.”

“No, that’s not correct,” Romney said. “He was serving his mission. My five sons have also served their mission.” Romney later added, “I sent them away as boys and they came back men.”

The “mission” Mrs. Romney was referring to was a Mormon mission, which Mitt Romney and his sons have participated in under the auspices of their church. Click here to continue reading…The View

Cheryl Cole‘s mic fails as she opens ‘Stand Up To Cancer‘… with viewers accusing her of ‘miming’…

It had been a week of triumphs, with her solo tour drawing to a close and Girls Aloud announcing their long-awaited comeback.  But Cheryl Cole suffered the ultimate embarrassment as she took to the stage during the Stand Up To Cancer charity telethon on Channel 4 on Friday night.

Although there’s no doubt the 29-year-old singer looked stunning as she opened the show, she experienced an epic fail when it came to her sound. As she took to the stage ready to perform her heart out for the good cause, it would appear that only the backing track to Call My Name was playing.

While the cause of the apparent mic failure is unknown, fans were left baffled as Cheryl appeared to be whispering along to her track for the entire first half of the track. It was clear the pop princess was aware of the gaffe, as she looked a far cry from her usual sparky self – and seemed to be hiding beneath her hair extensions for most of the performance. Click here to continue reading and to watch a clip of the performance on video…What happened? Cheryl Cole's mic appeared to fail as she took to the stage to open Stand Up To Cancer

Cringe: The singer looked visibly embarrassed as she realised she couldn't be heard over her backing track

Live TV: Some viewers accused Cheryl of miming

Reassuring: Host Davina McCall attempted to make Cheryl feel better about the awkward situation Reassuring: Host Davina McCall attempted to make Cheryl feel better about the awkward situationConcerned: Cheryl's usually dazzling smile was nowhere to be seen

A monthly look at Style.com ‘Face of the month’: Sade Adu

Sade Adu StyleIf Sade‘s sultry vocals didn’t hook you, her lacquered red lips, tight, braided ponytail, and oversized gold hoops likely did. The Nigerian-born, British-bred crooner was a knockout, and she’s still bowling people over decades after her last big hit.

Jean Paul Gaultier sent Sade look-alikes down his Spring runway, and Olivier Rousteing borrowed her signature hoops and shoulder pads for his Balmain collection. As it turns out, fashion has played no small role in the life of Helen Folasade Adu.

After studying at Central Saint Martins, Sade modeled and launched a menswear line before joining the band Pride. With influences including Nina Simone and Billie Holiday, she quickly outshined the ensemble—and climbed the charts as a solo act.

Sade was the only African-born artist to appear at Live Aid in 1985, and she went on to release four platinum-selling albums and earn four Grammy nominations by the early nineties.

Her worldwide success has made her the biggest-selling British female artist of all time in the U.S.—not even Adele has her beat. Smooth operator, indeed. And designers aren’t the only ones taking style notes. The up-and-coming British soul star Jessie Ware owes everything to Sade, down to her painted lips and single braid. Click here to view photo gallery of Sade Adu…

Spotted: Halle Berry and daughter Nahla Aubry…

Monster’s Ball actress Halle Berry and her 4-year old daughter Nahla were photographed together on Friday (October 19) in Los Angeles, Calif. It looked like the curly haired cutie wanted some consoling from her mom. Via CelebBabyScoop.
Halle Berry and Daughter Nahla Out in LA

Halle Berry and Daughter Nahla Out in LA

Halle Berry and Daughter Nahla Out in LA

Halle Berry and Daughter Nahla Out in LA

Halle Berry and Daughter Nahla Out in LA

X-Factor UK Fashion face-off: Nicole Scherzinger vs. Tulisa Contostavlos

'I don't know either': The X Factor mentor looked a little confused by her style choice herselfIt has been a tough battle week to week with Nicole Scherzinger and Tulisa Contostavlos fighting to be crowned the most stylish X Factor judge. And while Nicole might have been conquering Tulisa over the past few live shows, it was the former N-Dubz star’s time to shine on Saturday night’s program.

Nicole appeared to have channeled her Men In Black 3 character with her high plaited ponytail, and did little to impress her fans in a girly high-necked, long-sleeved red minidress. Nicole called upon one of Britain’s most popular designers for this week’s outfit.

Meanwhile, Tulisa ditched her usual urban outfits for something more sophisticated in a corseted dress, featuring a patterned top and high-waisted black skirt detail. She left her brunette hair loose in tumbling curls for the occasion.

The two judges have been in a fashion show off since the beginning of the live shows, as both try to impress their fans with their extreme style choices. But despite their varying fashion sense, the two appeared to have been getting along fine on the show.

Nicole mentors the boys this time, while Tulisa mentors the girls category. Click here to continue reading…

The X-Factor UK judgesComing out: Gary. Nicole, Tulisa and Louis stepped out onto the stage in their chose outfits as they geared up to judge the X Factor contestantsTulisa Contostavlos10 points: Tulisa leaves her previous bad choices behind and looks like a lady in sophisticated dressNicole ScherzingerLosing out: Nicole channeled her Men in Black 3 character when it came to her hairstyle, sporting a futuristic ponytail

Kofi Annan: “Paul Ryan was dead wrong on Syria”…

Former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan is warning that military intervention in Syria by the major powers won’t work.

In comments to be aired Sunday on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” Annan says the situation in Syria is more complex than in Libya, and that military intervention could make things worse.

Annan was the special envoy to Syria until August, when he resigned after his peace plan failed. That led Republican Paul Ryan to say in the vice presidential debate that the U.S. shouldn’t have waited for Annan to develop an agreement and that the delay had bought Syrian President Bashar Assad more time.

Annan says Ryan is, quote, “dead wrong.” He says raising the hopes of the Syrian people while other countries are still reluctant to intervene complicates the situation. Click here to watch the video…Kofi Annan

Mitt Romney Squirms from ‘Romnesia’ Sting…

Oh, Romnesia stings. It got under Mitt Romney’s skin. If you have been living under a rock the past couple of days, here’s the quick and dirty on Romnesia: the President, campaigning in Viriginia on Friday, introduced a new term for Mitt Romney’s condition of abandoning his own policy positions at the speed of light: Romnesia.

Apparently, the sting was a little too much for Mr. Entitled:
“The Obama campaign has become the incredible shrinking campaign,” Romney said at an oceanside rally here with his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan. “This is a big country with big opportunities and big challenges. And they keep talking about smaller and smaller things.”

He thinks the president is being “petty.” Here’s a news flash, Mitt. If what the President said didn’t have a way of cutting to the bottom of the problem with your incredible dancing candidacy, you would never have spared a thought on it. The fact of the matter is, this campaign is about big things. Here are just a few big things the President pointed out in describing your Romnesia:

  • You are openly lying about your own tax and spending plan that will immediately add $8 trillion to the debt and all you have offered to close the gap was defunding Planned Parenthood and killing Big Bird.
  • The country is still waiting to hear whether you would have signed the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.
  • You are for really big government – government big enough to monitor every pregnancy in the country, and you are for letting employers block women’s access to contraception.
  • You are running on the promise of taking health care away from 32 million people, letting insurance companies run the table by denying people based on pre-existing conditions and dropping them when they need insurance the most. Click here to continue reading…

Steven Spielberg gives $1 million to Obama Campaign

Spielberg Gives $1 Million to ObamaPresident Obama’s super PAC Priorities USA had its biggest haul yet last month, with the help of entertainment kings Steven Spielberg and Jeffery Katzenberg.

The director and DreamWorks CEO donated $1 million each, along with attorney David Boies Jr., who fought to overturn California’s Proposition 8. Priorities USA raised a total of $15.25 million this month, and the young PAC has been attracting big-name donors like Morgan Freeman and Bill Maher, who donated $1 million, along with Chicago media mogul Fred Horwich Eychaner, who gave $3 million. Maybe this is why Obama has been leading Romney in cash intake and spending. Via TheDailyBeast.

Obama v Romney: Children weigh in on the 2012 election

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Barack Obama rules against eating blueberries in a cartoon written by a second-grader and narrated by 30 Rock’s Kristen Schaal. Photograph: Screengrab.

They may be powerless in this election, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have opinions.

On the campaign trail, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are wooing the women, courting the Latinos and pursuing the working class. As the candidates pander to the multitudes of demographics in the hopes of securing a seat in the Oval Office, one demographic remains ignored – children.

While the under-18s may be powerless in the 2012 election, they are the group who will be most affected by the actions of the next president, and the internet is filled with their interpretations of the electoral process.

New York non-profit Story Pirates adapted eight-year-old Julia Isabel Padro’s understanding of the political system into an animated story voiced by 30 Rock’s Kristen Schaal.

“We take stories written by elementary schoolers and we adapt them into a show,” Story Pirates creative director Drew Callander told the Guardian. “What adapting means is that it can be a stage show, where we do a sort musical sketch comedy show, music videos or cartoons.”Click here to continue reading…

Obama wins by a landslide in kids’ online election…

It’s a landslide for President Barack Obama — at least among people too young to vote.

Nickelodeon’s Linda Ellerbee said Monday that the president captured 65 percent of the vote to beat Republican Mitt Romney in the network’s “Kids Pick the President” vote. More than 520,000 people cast online ballots through the children’s network’s website over one week earlier this month.

Since it began in 1988, the kids have presaged the adults’ vote all but once, when more youngsters voted for John Kerry over George W. Bush in 2004.

Obama answered questions submitted by Nickelodeon viewers for a special earlier this month. Romney didn’t participate. Via TheGrio.This Oct. 19, 2012 file photo shows President Barack Obama waving to members of the media as he walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Nickelodeon’s Linda Ellerbee said Monday, Oct. 22, that the president captured 65 percent of the vote to beat Republican Mitt Romney in the network’s “Kids Pick the President” vote. More than 520,000 people cast online ballots through the children’s network’s website over one week earlier this month. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, file)

Hawaii, the State that doesn’t vote!

Elle Cochran grew up far too enchanted by Maui’s rocky coastline and beach-bum lifestyle to care a thing about politics and voting.

“You get up, work, go to the beach, sleep — and do it again,” she said of life on this Hawaiian island, which, of course, is known for its surf. “It’s just this routine.”

But after a real estate project was proposed on Honolua Bay — a cliff-lined cove near her home that’s known for its ruler-straight waves — she decided to do something that’s bizarre for a non-voter. She ran for county council.

“I never voted until I ran for office,” she said.

In other words: The first ballot she cast was for herself. In what state but Hawaii would that even be possible?

I came to the Aloha State not for the beaches, volcanoes and helicopter tours but because Hawaii has the lowest voter turnout rate in the nation. In the 2008 presidential race, when Barack Obama — Hawaii’s body-surfing, shaka-throwing native son — was at the top of the ticket, fewer than half of eligible Hawaii residents voted.

One Hawaii resident said the combativeness of politics just doesn’t ‘flow’ in a state this beautiful. Compare that with the No. 1 civic-minded state, Minnesota, where 78% cast ballots. We can all agree that’s a problem, right? Click here to continue reading…One Hawaii resident said the combativeness of politics just doesn't 'flow' in a state this beautiful.

Kid Rock‘s son launches rap career…

Robert James Ritchie Jr., son of the famed Kid Rock, is launching his rap career with his first gig as forerunner for famed Alabama rapper Yelawolf.

The young adult recently shared his excitement with Facebook saying: “I want to thank everyone who has supported my music. Because of you and the hard work that I have been putting in is slowly paying off. I am ecstatic to announce that I will be Opening up for ‘Yelawolf” shady records artist that I have been heavily influenced on. I got to him and he put me on the bill.”

Robert Jr. will be showing his rhyme skills on October 27, 2012 at the EMU Pease Auditorium in Michigan. RITZ and DJ VAJRA will also be featured as special guests. Via BCK.

Happy 32nd birthday Kim Kardashian

Thanks to the constantly churning PR machine known as Kris Jenner, there isn’t an hour that passes by where we don’t know what’s going on with the Kardashians.

And now that her camera-loving daughter Kim is dating rapper-turned-designer Kanye West, the reality star’s spotlight is only getting brighter. Here’s wishing you many more.

Friends and family have each taken to Twitter to wish the reality star a happy birthday.

Kourtney writes:

Kim Kardashian Birthday“Happy Birthday to my beautiful sister on her 32nd birthday! I hope that today brings you lots of laughter, fun and joy. It is crazy to think with everything we have been through in our lives, that all of that has happened in just 32 years. You are one of my favorite people in the world… play on playa! I love you madly.”

Khloe celebrated Kim’s birthday on Twitter as well, writing:

“Wishing so much birthday love to my beautiful big sister on her special day! Happy birthday, Kimmie! I love you more than anything and hope your day is perfect. You deserve to be smiling!!! Shine bright like a diamond baby! Can’t wait to celebrate when you get back KiKi xoxoxo.”

Kim and Khloe as little girlskim kardashian birthdayClick here to view a gallery of Kim’s style evolution…

Naomi Campbell interviews Zaha Hadid for Interview Magazine Germany…

In a role we’re not used to seeing, model Naomi Campbell steps forward to interview Zaha Hadid, the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize for Architecture in its 26 year history, ZAHA HADID (1950-) has defined a radically new approach to architecture by creating buildings, such as the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati, with multiple perspective points and fragmented geometry to evoke the chaos of modern life. Read more about Zaha Hadid here and continue on to read the interview…

NAOMI CAMPBELL: Hello Zaha. We are short of time, and I have many questions, so let’s get started. In your interviews you speak a lot about experimental nature of early avant-garde. Is that what your book is about?

ZAHA HADID: The book is based on the show about Russian suprematism that we did two years ago in Gallery Gmurzynska in Zurich. We installed my works imitating suprematism among the gallery’s collection of Russian suprematists.

Russians were obsessed with the thing during the whole of the XX century: all these sputniks, dogs in space, the monument next to the park of Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy, exhibition centers with things that would look like hovering planets. It was just like everything was flying, the whole thing. They even had bottle openers shaped as rockets, I used to have a lot, don’t know where they are.

NAOMI: If I’m not mistaken, even your school project was called Malevich’s Tektonik.

HADID: Yes, that was my fourth year project. I was a student of Rem Koolhaas. Once we were assigned to come up with a new scale for objects by locating them somewhere. I placed mine on the bridge over the Thames. This was meant to show that works of such suprematists as Malevich and Lissitzky are only seen as art objects because they have no scale to be compared to. But the minute you put scale they become architecture. Click here to read the full interview…

Halle Berry poses for Interview Magazine, Russia’s November 2012 issue…

Oscar award-winning actress Halle Berry posed for Interview Magazine Russia‘s November 2012 issue looking every inch of fierce. Via FashionBomb.

Halle Berry poses for Interview Magazine Germany November 2012 issue…

Interview Magazine is obviously a big fan of the biracial actress and to have her cover two European editions in one month. Halle Berry looks beautiful as is expected and doesn’t seem to be aging. The Germany issue is reminiscent of the 70s. Via FashionBomb.

Kris Humphries mom is moving into the same building as her son…

Kris Humphries‘ recently-divorced mother is getting a brand new condo IN THE SAME FANCY BUILDING as her NBA player son! Sources close to Kris tell TMZ that following his parents’ divorce, his mom moved out of her house in Minnesota and started crashing at Kris’ pad in NJ.

Kris recently moved into a luxurious $8k/ month condo in NYC when the Nets moved to Brooklyn and now his mom is following suit. We’re told Kris is footing the bill on the rental (which is NOT on the same floor as his) but Mama Humphries DOES have a key to his apt and likes to show up unannounced sometimes.

Sources close to Kris tell TMZ his mom always wanted to move to the Big Apple and Kris couldn’t tell her no, and he likes having her around.1021_humphris_mom_compostie

Spotted: Lala Anthony filming for ‘Full Life Court’…

The wife of NY Knicks star basketball player Carmelo Anthony, was spotting filming for her reality TV series ‘Full Life Court’. Lala Anthony embraced her summery brights and whites sporting a neon green crop top, white skinny jeans, and her favorite Christian Louboutin Un Bout Pumps. Image via FashionBomb.

Brazilian artist unveils Humane wall portrait…

Brazilian artist Angelica Dass, who unveiled the ‘Humane’ project a few months ago has added a rather interesting and beautiful wall art. A few months ago, she made headlines when she compared human skin tones to Pantone paint chart colors.

Que ilusion! Humanae en ArtBo, Bogota 😉Que ilusion! Humanae en ArtBo, Bogota ;)

Pope names first Native American saint…

Sunday was a big day for Catholics in North America. Thousands of miles away in Rome, Pope Benedict XVI named 17th century Mohawk Kateri Tekakwitha the first Native American saint.

Another newly named saint is Marianne Cope, a German-born woman who emigrated to the United States as a child, became a nun and went on to devote 30 years of her life helping lepers in Hawaii.

Their canonization, along with that of five other saints, was celebrated at a special Mass in St. Peter’s Square Sunday morning:

“This is a great weekend for America in the Vatican, and it’s really a great weekend for Native Americans. Sainthood is the guarantee that this person is close to God,” said Vatican senior communications adviser Greg Burke.

“There’s a vast history of people the Catholic Church has made saints over the centuries. Holiness is absolutely a matter of equal opportunity, but this certainly is special because it marks the first time a Native American becomes a saint.”Click here to continue reading…

The tapestry of the new saint Giovanni Battista Piamarta hangs on St. Peter's Basilica on Sunday.

Pope Benedict XVI named seven new saints at Mass on Sunday, October 21, at St. Peter's Square in Vatican City. The seven new saints are Kateri Tekakwitha and Marianne Cope of the United States, Jacques Berthieu of France, Pedro Calungsod of the Philippines, Anna Schaeffer of Germany, Giovanni Battista Piamarta of Italy and Maria del Carmen of Spain.

Pope Benedict XVI looks on at Sunday's special Mass.

A spectator wearing a Native American headress stands in St. Peter's Square on Sunday.

House of Dereon releases two new looks to their Fall 2012 collection…

A few weeks ago, House of Dereon released the look book for their Fall 2012 collection, they recently added two new looks. Courtesy FashionBomb.

Congrats! NFL Star Patrick Willis proposes to his girlfriend Shenae Saifi!

Ballerwives recently reported that NFL San Francisco 49ers star Patrick Willis, proposed to his girlfriend Shenae Saifi. Shenae Saifi, who attended San Jose State University and majored in Business, is of Pakistani descent. patrick willis fiancee girlfriend shenae Saifi patrick willis fiancee girlfriend nfl girlfriends featured post

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Click, click! It’s a beautiful ethnically diverse family named ‘the Beckers‘…

The Beckers are such a beautiful and ethnically diverse family, it’s never gets boring looking at them. Pictured are Lilly, Noah and Amadeus Becker.The Beckers an ethnically diverse family

Tamera Mowry-Housely reveals more baby shower pictures…

On August 12, 2012, Tamera Mowry-Housley and hubby Adam held a coed baby shower at their home in Napa, Calif., which also doubled as Adam’s birthday celebration. The theme was vintage baseball, a nod to Baby Housley’s papa, who used to play for the Montreal Expos.

Take a look at the beautiful photographs below, and click here to view the full photo gallery…

Parents-to-be

Jerome’s in the house! Always the gentleman, Jerome helped his “Princess” put on her shoes before her baby shower got underway.Sift, which makes Tamera and Adam’s favorite cupcakes in Napa, provided baseball-themed desserts.The cupcakes were custom decorated. Some featured onesies emblazoned with the logo of Adam’s favorite baseball team and Pepperdine Univeristy, which is where the couple met.Tia, who stayed cool and chic in an ivory peplum skirt suit, hosted the soiree. Here she is walking to the festivities with her sis and son Cree.Even the packaging of the many gifts were cheerfully adorable!The mom-to-be also received gifts from Snugli

Tamera looked like a Grecian goddess in her mint green strapless dress, layered gold necklaces and jewel-adorned updo.Tahj, the twin’s brother was also there to celebrateSister, sister!Joy and laughter with CreeLove is picture perfect!

Tamera Mowry‘s husband Adam Housely, talks becoming a dad…

In his first-ever myStyle interview, Tamera Mowry-Housley‘s handsome hubby, Adam, dishes about the importance of family and how he’s feeling this very moment with fatherhood just around the corner.

What was your first thought when you found out Tamera was expecting?
My heart hit the floor. It truly took my breath away. It’s one of those moments in time that is truly life-changing. You always hear and think about it, but you just don’t know the feeling until it happens to you. It’s a mix of excitement, happiness, fear and about 50 other emotions that hit you all at once.

Have you always wanted to be a dad?
Absolutely! I have always wanted to be a father. I have always loved being with kids. From a very young age, my parents had my brother and I around other kids.

I have held babies in my arms since I was little and watched many of these kids grow up through the years, so I feel comfortable around kids. Also, my parents and grandparents were such amazing examples of how much fun it is being a parent and also how it’s the most important job you’ll ever handle.

How many children do you eventually want to have?
Two of our own, if we are so blessed and maybe adopt an older child who doesn’t have a home or family.

How’s home life been since Tamera became pregnant?
Actually, it hasn’t been that much different than before. Tamera has been a great mom already. We have always eaten healthy, been active and on-the-go, and that has continued. Obviously, we didn’t travel much the last few months here in the end.

Normally, we would try and visit our friends in London, and we haven’t. We missed a few friends’ weddings on the East Coast because Tamera can’t fly and I won’t go without her…we’re a team. Tamera does miss having a glass or two of wine each week though. Click here to continue reading the interview…

Tia Mowry-Hardrict celebrates son’s 1st birthday…

Tia Mowry-Hardrict and husband recently celebrated their son Cree’s 1st birthday. It was a lavish party with all the bells and whistles. On the topic of her son’s birthday, the reality star said:

“Tia Says It’s OK to Go All Out for Your Child’s Birthday. You can never be over-the-top when it comes to your child’s first birthday. It’s a celebration of life. However big you want it, then so be it. I wouldn’t judge anybody who throws a big birthday party for any of their children. Children are a blessing; children are miracles. To celebrate their birthdays is very, very special to me.”

“I absolutely loved how’s Cree’s first birthday party turned out! I had so much fun; he had a lot of fun; the guests had a lot of fun. It was just a really, really nice event for everyone. At first, I was afraid that no one would show up since I tried to be environmentally friendly by sending Evites, which backfired on me because they all went to everyone’s spam.”

“I really wanted everyone to come together because I’m usually so busy and I don’t have time to interact with my friends and family too much. It was just very important for everyone to show up and have a great time—and they did!”

“The entertainment, Mr. Silly, was also well-received. I was shocked when Cree reacted negatively to the clowns and princess that auditioned for the party. I was really, really nervous for Cree because I had never ever seen him react that way. But Mr. Silly turned out great. He interacted well with the kids.” Images provided by MyStyle.

Take a look at the birthday photographs below:

Tia pulled out all the stops for her baby boy’s 1st birthday.It’s the birthday boy enjoying his gluten-free Elmo cake with his mama and auntie!Cree Cree gets to hang with Elmo, his favorite!There was a petting zoo for all the kiddies.Check out all the cute farm animals!There were also lots of vibrant orange balloons.Bouncy fun!Cree’s Uncle Adam LOVES kids!Go home, Roger! Just kidding! The girls’ Sister, Sister costar showed up to celebrate Cree Cree’s 1st birthday party.Andrea hung out with friend Talitha and her precious daughters.Mr. Silly entertained the young ones.Auntie Tamera helped out with the party favors.Time for (gluten-free) cake!Cree couldn’t wait to get his hands on his birthday cake.Poor Elmo!Cree was surrounded by lots of friends and family on his big day, including Adam, Tamera and Milano.

Spotted: Roselyn Sanchez at Mexican Music Billboard Awards…

‘Without A Trace’ actress Roselyn Sanchez was a presenter at the  2012 Billboard Mexican Music Awards Presented by State Farm at The Shrine Auditorium on October 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California looking beyond beautiful in a stunning incredibly low-cut, animal print gown.

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The X-Factor UK Fashion face-off continues…and Tulisa Contostavlos wins!

Daring to bare: Nicole flashes some flesh through the sheer side panels of her futuristic dressShe started off on the wrong foot when it came to her X Factor look, but Tulisa seems to have made a style turnaround. The London-born judge, who was overshadowed by Nicole Scherzinger in the first few weeks of the live shows, seems to have found her fashion footing as she wowed in another winning outfit on Sunday’s live results show.

She impressed on Saturday night’s show with a sophisticated bustier and pencil skirt, and now Tulisa has done it again in a black patent prom dress. Cinched in at the waist with a stylish gold, chain belt, Tulisa paired the Milly by Michelle Smith dress with her favorite black mesh shoes.

The 24-year-old, who looked over the moon when all of her girls made it through on the live show, wore her long dark hair wavy and over one shoulder.
With natural make-up and and chunky jewelry, Tulisa looked worlds away from some of her earlier looks.

Nicole opted for a futuristic style Alpana & Neeraj dress, complete with black plastic panels and a sheer top. The judge, who saw all of her boys go through, despite a mixed reaction to Rylan Clark’s performance on Saturday night, paired the tiny dress with towering black heels.

She wore her dark hair half up in a pony tail and again invoked Cheryl Cole, giving a salute as she came out on stage. Click here to continue reading…

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A vision in white! Kim Kardashian wears romantic bridal-inspired dress as Kanye West buys her a red rose in Venice for her birthday!

Bella Donna: Kim looked as glamorous as ever, albeit slightly overdressed for the relaxed evening walkShe’s been dreading turning 32, but things seem to be looking up after boyfriend Kanye West whisked her off to Venice for her birthday. And the rapper, 35, showed even more of his romantic side, buying her a red rose as the couple strolled through the one of the city’s iconic squares on Sunday.

The birthday girl dressed up for the occasion by wearing a white little number that resembled a wedding dress. The busy dress featured lace all over and seemed slightly inappropriate and overdressed for the relaxed evening stroll through the city.

Kim teamed up the wedding-like gown with black fringed boots and a small red handbag. Following the monochrome trend, the stylish couple seemed to have coordinated their outfits as Kanye stepped out in all-black to compliment Kim’s black and white attire.

The smitten pair have been in Venice since Friday to celebrate Kim’s dreaded birthday, which took place on Monday. And like most women, the famous Kardashian wasn’t into the idea of turning another year older.

Speaking to E! News in the run-up to her 32nd, Kim revealed: ‘I’m not so into a 32nd birthday. Doesn’t do it for me, so I don’t really care.’

But she seemed to have changed her mind after her romantic boyfriend decided to turn the dreaded event into a big Italian celebration. And it worked, as Kim took to Twitter on Friday to tell her fans of the amazing time she’s having:

‘Italy is so beautiful! Best birthday ever!!!’ Click here to continue reading…

Roses are red ...: Kanye West treats birthday girl Kim Kardashian to a rose in Venice on Sunday

Taking in the sights: Kim and Kanye took a romantic stroll through the Italian city on Sunday evening

Birthday fun: The rapper took his girlfriend to Venice for her 32nd birthday

Like regular tourists: The birthday girl and her boyfriend took in the iconic Italian scenery

Like regular tourists: The birthday girl and her boyfriend took in the iconic Italian scenery

A rare smile: Kanye finally cracks a smile as he looks adoringly at Kim

Like a bride! Kim was dressed to impress during the afternoon stroll

Kim Kardashian continues Italian birthday trip with Kanye West… but they skip galleries for yet more shopping!

Curves on show: She showed off her famous figure as she walked around the city browsing the various stores on offerShe was treated to a surprise birthday trip, jetting across the pond to Italy to tour the likes of romantic Italian cities Rome, Venice and Florence. So you’d think Kim Kardashian couldn’t wait to get her fix of culture and visit the many museums and art galleries on offer as she took to Florence during her latest excursion.

But that wasn’t the case as she decided to ignore the cultural venues dotting the city to instead indulge in yet more shopping with her beau Kanye West. You’d think that she would have had enough of shopping as that’s what she spends a vast majority of her time doing in the States.

But the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star was spotted heading into a shoe store as she walked around the region. Although that wasn’t the only thing that raised eyebrows about her latest outing.

Kim also drew attention for her outfit choice she wore during the uncultured day. She stepped out in an unflattering grey woolen frock which clung in all the wrong places, particularly around her large derriere, which seemed even bigger than usual.

The dress was cut with her back on show, while the high neck looked uncomfortable as it hugged her skin. Click here to continue reading…Aren't you bored of that? Kim Kardashian and Kanye West may be in the art renaissance capital of the world but they decided to indulge in yet more shopping rather than visit the many galleriesHeading to the shops: The couple visited Florence as part of Kim’s continued birthday trip but were more interested in buying more clothesHeading to the shops: The couple visited Florence as part of Kim's continued birthday trip but were more interested in buying more clothes

What to buy? Kardashian showed off her large derriere in an unflattering grey dress as she opted to spend her time doing her usual past time

You can do that back home: The reality TV star skipped the museums and cultural venues in the city for the nearest shoe shop

Birthday treat: Kim showed off her figure to the max during their latest Italian outing, while Kanye opted for leather trousers and a white kaftan-style shirt

Backless: Kardashian wore an unflattering grey dress with her back on show, while the material clung to her curvy frame

What have you got there? The rapper seemed delighted as he found more shoes he liked in the shop

Stepping out: The pair only had time for some shopping before leaving Florence once more

Jhene Aiko‘s sells out show at SOBs, NYC…

Jhene Aiko, the beautiful multiracial/multitalented soulful singer sold out SOB’s in New York City this past Friday for an intimate show that was opened by RocNation’s ‘Bridget Kelly’. Shortly after midnight, Jhene was spotted making her way through the crowd with tea in one hand and Henny in the other, as she prepared to hit the stage as part of CMJ’s annual music festival.

Her brief set included a few popular tracks from her ‘Sailing Souls‘ mixtape like, ‘Space Jam’, ‘Stranger’, and ‘Do Better Blues’. She also performed Tupac’s ‘Keep Your Head Up’ and a brand new joint, off of her upcoming ‘Souled Out’ album, titled ‘What A Life’.

The place was filled wall-to-wall with die hard fans who almost over-sang her on every track that she performed. Jhene, meanwhile, continued to show her gratitude by saying:

‘You guys are going to make me cry singing all of the words’. Via Necole Bitchie.

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Jhene Aiko at SOBs

Jhene performs ‘What A Life’ [New Track] 

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Spotted: Damon Dash on daddy duty with daughters Ava and Tallulah…

Dame Dash was spotted on daddy duty this weekend as he took his two daughters Ava and Tallulah out in NYC. Ava and Tallulah are his daughters with fashion designer Rachel Roy.

The big hair is back: Cheryl Cole shows off her voluptuous hairstyle…

Simon Cowell once told her to get rid of the big hair as he didn’t like it one bit.
But, Cheryl Cole has showed that she truly doesn’t care what the X Factor supremo thinks as she has brought back the big hair with a bang. With a pearly white smile on her face, Cheryl, 29, whipped her hair into a large voluptuous style with added volume as she worked it for the camera.

The pop star was sporting the colossal look as she shot scenes for a L’Oreal Paris campaign, for which she is a spokesmodel. Looking absolutely stunning with her brown locks taking center stage, Cheryl explained that she is feeling better than ever.

Speaking to Hello! she said: ‘I’ve grown as a person and as an artist, you can hear that in my music. I feel brand new.’ 

Having just completed her The Million Lights tour and feeling on cloud nine with new boyfriend Tre Holloway, it’s no wonder Cheryl is feeling so good.
Talking about her work with the beauty brand she said:

“The Elnett Heat Protect Styling Sprays are a god-send to me because I get my hair styled so often, it is just part of the job.”

‘I am constantly using heat on my hair; from tongs to hair dryers, so my hair is prone to getting damaged. ‘It is a blessing for me to have a product that protects my hair from the heat daily, while providing style’. Click here to continue reading…

Whip it back and forth: Cheryl Cole brings back her big hairstyle as she does a photoshoot for L’OrealWhip it back and forth: Cheryl Cole brings back her big hairtsyle as she does a photoshoot for L'OrealShe is worth it: Cheryl showed off a sleeker style too as she glowed radiantly for the cameraShe is worth it: Cheryl showed off a sleeker style too as she glowed radiantly for the cameraMoving on up: Cheryl explained how she has grown as a person and that change is evident in her musicMoving on up: Cheryl explained how she has grown as a person and that change is evident in her musicBack in the day: Cheryl was scolded for her similar big hair style by Simon Cowell when she filmed X Factor USABack in the day: Cheryl was scolded for her similar big hair style by Simon Cowell when she filmed X Factor USA

Tia Mowry-Hardrict and son Cree attend clothing launch…

“Like mother like son!” Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Cree,1, are two of a kind. The toddler and proud mom recently attended Tori Spelling’s ‘Little Maven’ clothing line launch for kids in Beverly Hills, and Cree had loads of fun. The little one hung out at the fishing station, fascinated by the different shapes and colors floating in the water.

Tia also had a blast telling Twitter fans: “Had a great time at @torianddean‘s party for her baby clothing line little maven!”

This past weekend Tia and Cree were also spotted at a pumpkin patch in Los Angeles where the two picked out the perfect pumpkin in preparation for harvest. Cree showed off his boxing glove to other patch attendees while scrolling through the pumpkins with his mom.

This year marks the first time that Tia has taken her son to a patch. Cree is Tia and husband Cory Hardrict’s first child together. Via BCK.Tia and son 1

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Spotted: Heidi Klum & her busy brood…

Model/mom Heidi Klum was photographed with her four kids – Leni, 8, Henry, 7, Johan, nearly 6, and Lou, 3 – in Los Angeles, Calif. on Sunday (October 21). The group were joined by the nanny and Heidi’s new bodyguard beau, Martin Kirsten.

They spent the morning running errands, then stopping for lunch at Cecconi’s Italian restaurant for a quick bite to eat. Heidi and her entourage were later seen at gymnastics class and a local park for some outdoor fun.

And not to mention Heidi’s shirt that read: “When we have each other we have everything.” Was that a message for someone?”Via CelebBabyScoop.

Heidi Klum is a happy mother

Heidi Klum is a happy mother

Heidi Klum and Family : When We Have Each Other We Have Everything - Part 2

Heidi Klum sends her message - Part 2

Heidi Klum Takes Her Kids Out To Lunch At Cecconi's

Heidi and the kids go to lunch

Heidi Klum reveals a personal message as she spends the afternoon with the kids and boyfriend/bodyguard Martin Kristen at a museum day in Los Angeles

Heidi Klum makes Christmas plans post split from husband…

64th Primetime Emmy Awards - ArrivalsThis Christmas will be a very different one for Heidi Klum and her kids.

The model mama, who has kids Leni, Henry, Johan and Lou, is already thinking about how she’ll be spending the first holiday season since she and her ex-husband Seal split.

“We’re going to stay [in LA] possibly,” the 39-year-old Project Runway host reveals. “We’re going to get a big Christmas tree and we might go to Disneyland. We go all over the place.”

Wherever they end up, it sounds like the most important thing is that they’re together: “My children are everything for me,” Heidi gushes. “I’ve always wanted to have a big family. And I’m fortunate enough to have four.”

Heidi’s holiday plans will likely also include her longtime bodyguard-turned-boyfriend Martin Kirsten. Via CelebBabyScoop.

Obama trying to hold off Romney with women voters…

President Barack Obama has been wearing a pink wristband in recognition of breast cancer awareness month and his challenger, Mitt Romney, donned a pink ribbon on his shirt during a factory stop in Ohio.

The symbolic gestures are part of a determined competition in the campaign’s closing weeks for suburban and working women who could help determine the winner in a series of toss-up states.

Women have emerged as the pivotal voting bloc in the aftermath of the second presidential debate, where Obama and Romney sparred over contraceptives and pay inequality and Romney spoke about reviewing “binders full of women” as governor when he sought to diversify his Massachusetts administration.

Some national polls suggest Obama’s longstanding edge with female voters is narrowing, prompting both sides to make an all-out blitz for women.

At the heart of the debate, which is playing out in the suburbs of northern Virginia and in several swing states, is this question: What will most motivate women in the 2012 election?

Romney’s pitch is heavily focused on economic issues — his campaign contends that the vast majority of women will respond to pocketbook issues like paying for gasoline or groceries, the need for more take-home pay and how the federal debt might affect their children. Click here to continue reading…

Actress Ashley Judd, center, gives a pep talk to volunteers for the Obama for President campaign at the Fredericksburg, Va. office on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/The Free Lance-Star, Robert A. Martin)Actress Ashley Judd, center, gives a pep talk to volunteers for the Obama for President campaign at the Fredericksburg, Va. office on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/The Free Lance-Star, Robert A. Martin)

South African photographer who depicted apartheid dies…

Alfred Kumalo, a South African photographer whose work chronicled the brutalities of apartheid and the rise of Nelson Mandela, died of renal failure in a Johannesburg hospital on Sunday night, the ruling party said Monday.

The African National Congress described Kumalo as a “rare and significant talent that was pivotal in raising social consciousness and exposing the brutality of the apartheid administration.”

He was 82.

“South Africa has lost a self-taught giant in the media field who still bears the scars of torture and mental scars of continuous detentions by the apartheid security forces,” the ANC said. “The (ANC) bows its head in honor of a singularly brave and daring South African who bequeathed our country and future generations historic moments captured in his camera.”

Kumalo, whose work graces museum walls across South Africa, was perhaps best known for his photos of Nelson and Winnie Mandela as a young couple. The photographer’s career “mirrored the rise in Mr. Mandela’s political career,” said the Nelson Mandela Center of Memory. The center said Kumalo captured “many of the historic events in which (Mandela) played a key role.”

The opposition Democratic Alliance similarly praised Kumalo, saying his work inspired South Africans with a message of hard work and integrity.

“Mr. Kumalo was a photographer who had the courage to honestly reflect the reality of South African life,” the DA said. “His photos provide a visual history of South Africa’s struggle against the brutal apartheid regime and remind us of the importance of an independent media in exposing the excesses of the state.” Click here to continue reading…

South African photographer, Alf Kumalo, stands outside court in Johannesburg. Kumalo, whose work chronicled the brutalities of apartheid, died of renal failure in Johannesburg, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012. He was 82. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)

Soledad O’Brien and former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani argued on live TV…

Soledad O’Brien welcomed former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on her CNN show Starting Point this morning. The conversation was about Libya at first, until it was about Rudy Giuliani’s weird spin room denial answers.

O’Brien asked Giuliani to respond to a clip she played of Matthew Dowd—who used to work for President Bush—speaking on ABC’s This Week. Dowd stated that in his experience it often takes weeks, if not months, to get a the full story when it comes to intelligence gathering.

Dowd had said that he would not be surprised if the White House had received false information before and/or after the attack in Benghazi, Libya that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens. When Giuliani accused her of blaming the Benghazi attack on President Bush, O’Brien dismantled the one-time presidential candidate.

“You’ve got to stop putting words in my mouth, Sir. Seriously? Hang on, let me finish. Every time I ask you a question you like to push back as if somehow the question that’s being posed to you is unfair. It’s not. I’m a journalist, you said some things, I’m trying to get some accurate responses from you. You are welcome to answer.”

The two continued to spar over O’Brien’s determination to do her job (report the facts) and Giuliani’s to do his (spin the truth). Via Gawker.

Spotted: Prince and Paris Jackson getting into the Halloween spirit…

Famous siblings Prince, 15, and 14-year-old Paris Jackson were photographed enjoying The Universal Studios Halloween Nights in Universal City, Calif. with some pals on Saturday (October 20). Little Brother Blanket, 10, seemed to have stayed home from the evening’s festivities.

Michael Jackson‘s eldest children recently rocked the red carpet together at the Mr. Pink’s Ginseng Drink event at the Regent Beverly Wilshire and commented on their relief that the Jackson family drama has come to an end.

“Oh yeah,” Paris tells E! News about the welcome demise of her family’s famous feud.

Prince nodded his head in agreement. Via CelebBabyScoop.*EXCLUSIVE* Paris and Prince Jackson enjoy The Universal Studios Halloween Nights

*EXCLUSIVE* Paris and Prince Jackson enjoy The Universal Studios Halloween Nights

*EXCLUSIVE* Paris and Prince Jackson enjoy The Universal Studios Halloween Nights

*EXCLUSIVE* Paris and Prince Jackson enjoy The Universal Studios Halloween Nights

*EXCLUSIVE* Paris and Prince Jackson enjoy The Universal Studios Halloween Nights

*EXCLUSIVE* Paris and Prince Jackson enjoy The Universal Studios Halloween Nights

Spotted: Jordin Sparks and boyfriend Jason Derulo…

Biracial Sparkle actress Jordin Sparks was spotted with her boyfriend singer Jason Derulo shopping at The Grove and going to a movie theater to watch a movie.  They’re such a cute couple.

Spotted: Naya Rivera at ‘Young Storytellers Foundation Gala’…

Multiracial Glee actress Naya Rivera was spotted at the Young Storytellers Foundation’s Annual Gala in Culver City, California. Looking exceptionally bright, she wore a neon pink suit from Diane von Furstenberg. Via FashionBomb.

Shoe Lust: Nicholas Kirkwood Spring 2013…

Nicholas Kirkwood has released images of his Spring 2013 collection. A collection full of brights, cutout detailing, and dazzling prints, the designs are right in line with the brand’s signature aesthetic. Click here to view full 2013 collection…

Crayons and Croissants chats with Chudney Ross

Crayons and Croissants, a blog about guides to the best in family-friendly travel, mom-approved finds and eco-conscious products, recently sat down to talk to Chudney Ross, writer, teacher, TV host and owner of Books and Cookies.

The new mom, who is biracial daughter of legendary Motown singer Diana Ross, shared her thoughts about books, babies and favorite things to do in Los Angeles. Read the interview below:

C and C: What inspired you to create Books and Cookies?
CR: I came up with the idea for Books and Cookies with my friend Mary Guiliani, who is an event planner in New York. The original idea was to fuse her love of food and my love of children’s literature. It grew by leaps and bounds from the original idea as I sat at coffee shops writing and saw families hanging out with their children for hours on end with nothing really for the kids to do.

I wanted to create a space that parents felt comfortable, but kids were able to grow and learn. I feel fortunate to have found this beautiful location here on Main Street and I am very proud of the creative and fun learning space that Books and Cookies has become.

C and C: I loved reading your debut book, Lone Bean. Do you have another book planned in the Beans Books series?
CR: I always loved reading growing up. I loved that I could get lost in the pages of a book and be who ever I wanted to be. When I began writing, I knew I wanted to create a fun and relatable character and a story that had a positive message told in a light way. Writing this book was a challenge for me and took many years, but I think I achieved what I had hoped for with Lone Bean.

I feel very blessed to have gotten positive reviews from the people who are most important… the children! The plan has always been to write a series of Bean’s Books, but the past couple of years have been so busy with the opening of Books and Cookies, the release of Lone Bean and the birth of my first baby that I haven’t had a chance to sit and focus on writing. Hopefully, soon I will get back to writing and book two will not be far off. Click here to continue reading the interview…

Chudney Ross with mother Diana Ross

Heidi Klum for ‘The Hunger Magazine’s ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ photoshoot…

Heidi Klum is not your average model. She can also ‘act’. Take a look at a shoot done by Rankin for ‘The Hunger Magazine‘s Bonnie & Clyde shoot. Heidi Klum 1

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The Third Presidential Debate in Gifs…

Another night, another POTUS hopeful face-off. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney met for the third and final presidential debate of the 2012 election season Monday night. With the serious topic of foreign policy on the agenda and no audience, the GIF opportunities might have seemed limited.

Luckily, Tumblr and the rest of the Interwebz tapped into their finest GIFing talents to offer an animated summary of the evening’s political smack-down.

So, if you missed all the horses, bayonets and other GIFable moments, we put together a handy wrap-up for your viewing pleasure. Via Mashable.

How Romney avoided a real foreign policy debate…

He knew he was in over his head. So he decided not to play. Mitt Romney had a clear three-point plan for Monday night’s foreign-policy debate.

First, agree with President Obama’s most popular national-security decisions (ending the Iraq war, pulling out of Afghanistan by 2014, imposing sanctions on Iran, and sending drones after terrorists) while at the same time hammering repeatedly, though vaguely, on the need to restore American “strength” and “leadership.”

Second, spin those Etch-a-Sketch knobs toward the middle with ferocious energy. Hence Romney’s emphasis on peace, his pledge of no-more-Iraqs, and his endorsement of a “comprehensive strategy” to help the Muslim world build civil societies (while offering no specifics, or even general propositions, on what this strategy would involve).

You’d never know that his top foreign-policy advisers are neo-conservative holdovers. On Benhazi, Romney backed off completely, said nothing. Even on Syria, the one issue where he has gone after Obama with some substantive backing, he eased up, saying that he would not support a no-fly zone against Bashar Assad’s forces or engage in any sort of U.S. military intervention—leaving open the question of what he would do that Obama hasn’t.*

Third, veer the discussion to domestic policy, especially the persistently high unemployment rate, at every opportunity.

In sum, Gov. Romney seemed in over his head, as he has every time he’s spoken out on foreign policy (hence his determination to speak on other things as much as possible), and, perhaps knowing he would be, he adjusted his debate strategy accordingly.

And yet, while President Obama came off as thoughtful and decisive by comparison, and made frequent note of Romney’s flip-flopping (“you’re all over the map” was a favorite phrase of the night), he, too, engaged in long spells of evasion.

The clearest takeaway from the night—nothing new, but still sad—is that it’s probably impossible for American politicians to have an honest discussion about foreign policy, especially in an election year.

The moderator, Bob Schieffer, asked good probing questions of Obama and Romney: What would you do about Syria? How do we influence Pakistan? How do you pressure China on things like currency manipulation without sparking a trade war? What deal would you accept with Iran in negotiations on its nuclear program? If you regard an attack on Israel as an attack on the United States, wouldn’t that policy deter even a nuclear Iran from aggression, as it deterred the Soviet Union for several decades? Click here to continue reading…154585649

Final presidential debate exposes the real Mitt Romney…

Throughout much of the campaign season, political analysts have asked variations on the question, “who is Mitt Romney?”

Is he the Massachusetts moderate or the “severe conservative”? The guy whose campaign torched fellow Republicans during the primary and ran “welfare queens” TV ads against Obama in the general to rile up economically insecure white voters, or the conciliator who, gosh darn it, just wants to work with Democrats in Washington to create jobs?

Would the monocled, ice cold capitalist who “extracts profits” from U.S. companies and ships their jobs to China show up at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on January 20, 2012, or the kindly Mormon minister?

During last night’s third and final presidential debate, which was as tonally different, at least on Romney’s part, from the first debate as night is from day, I think we found out. Mitt Romney is exactly who he has always said he is: a businessman. Before now, we just didn’t know what business he was in. Now we do, and it’s door-to-door sales.

And since his the product he’s currently hawking in America’s neighborhoods is President Romney — a product with few defining features other than tremendous wealth and invisible tax returns — Mitt is engaged in a rather cynical, but also very simple, marketing campaign. Click here to continue reading…

Watch the debate below:

On his signature set of issues, Obama puts Romney on defensive…

The final side-by-side between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama was at times not really a debate. On U.S. policy involving Egypt, Iran, Libya, and Pakistan, terrorism and Osama Bin Laden, Romney largely agreed with President Obama’s policies.

The result was a marked contrast between the first two presidential debates. Obama was clearly more well-versed and fluent on the issues, bragging about his success in killing Osama Bin Laden and winding down wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Romney aides had signaled before the debate the view that their candidate would be less effective than in the first two sessions, which were mostly about the economy. He was.

Romney’s strategy seemed to be to agree with Obama on the broader policy, suggest he would execute it slightly better if in office, and then shift attention to the economy, stronger ground for the ex-governor. He was less eager to talk and interrupt Obama and the moderator than in the first two debates.

Obama dominated in terms of cutting, attacking lines, unlike the more even first two debates. He mocked Romney for holding a campaign fundraiser on his trip to Israel over the summer, blasted his rival as having been “all over the map” on the Middle East, and referring to Romney’s recent highlighting of Russia as a security threat said, “you seem to want to import the foreign policies of the 1980′s, just like the social policies of the 1950′s and the economic policies of the 1920′s.” Click here to continue reading…

Review: FLOTUS Michelle Obama‘s debate dress…

First Lady Michelle Obama made a big hit at the third presidential debate last night in Boca Raton, Florida. Donning a Thom Browne dress that she first wore on the second night of the Democratic National Convention, Mrs. O accented the frock the second time around with a brooch and a black belt, giving the familiar piece a dressier air.

“It was serious, yet playful. Dark, but not maudlin,” opines the Philadelphia Enquirer about her choice.

“She looked absolutely lovely,” adds Rebecca Adams of The Huffington Post about the look, going with the mantra, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” about Michelle repeating the same dress in such a short period of time.

Ann Romney’s floral ombre Oscar de la Renta look with a pleated skirt did not receive similar rave reviews. While both women selected subdued-toned garments with feminine silhouettes, Romney’s ensemble was not as well-composed.

The Daily Beast called it “not as fashion-forward as Obama’s choice, and with a big, pleated floral skirt, it was a little frumpy.”

The outlet also theorizes that Michelle Obama chose to do a repeated look as an expression of camaraderie during a time when many Americans are struggling financially. She might have an extensive designer wardrobe, but like the rest of us, also has limited resources. Perhaps, “it was a symbol of restraint, an appeal to all Americans: really, I’m just like you,” the Beast muses. Click here to continue reading…

President Barack Obama (R) waves on stage with first lady Michelle Obama after the debate at the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University on October 22, 2012 in Boca Raton, Florida. The focus for the final presidential debate before Election Day on November 6 is foreign policy. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images).President Barack Obama (R) waves on stage with first lady Michelle ObamaPresident Barack Obama greets first lady Michelle Obama on stage after the debate at the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University on October 22, 2012 in Boca Raton, Florida. The focus for the final presidential debate before Election Day on November 6 is foreign policy. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images).President Barack Obama greets first lady Michelle ObamaPresident Barack Obama hugs first lady Michelle Obama after the debate at the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University on October 22, 2012 in Boca Raton, Florida. The focus for the final presidential debate before Election Day on November 6 is foreign policy. (Photo by Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images).President Barack Obama hugs first lady Michelle ObamaPresident Barack Obama greets first lady Michelle Obama on stage after the debate at the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University on October 22, 2012 in Boca Raton, Florida. The focus for the final presidential debate before Election Day on November 6 is foreign policy. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images).President Barack Obama greets first lady Michelle ObamaPresident Barack Obama greets first lady Michelle Obama on stage after the debate at the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University on October 22, 2012 in Boca Raton, Florida. The focus for the final presidential debate before Election Day on November 6 is foreign policy. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images).President Barack Obama greets first lady Michelle Obama

Obama-Romney: Whom do you trust?

obama-romneyPresident Obama is playing the trust card against Mitt Romney — the Romney forces call it a desperation deal.

In blasting what he calls “Romnesia” — his opponent’s habit of changing positions — Obama told backers Tuesday in Ohio: “Now, we joke about Governor Romney being all over the map, but it speaks to something important — it speaks of trust.

“There’s no more serious issue in a presidential campaign than trust,” Obama said during a rally in Dayton. “Trust matters. You want to know that the person who’s applying to be your President and Commander-in-Chief is trustworthy, that he means what he says, that he’s not just making stuff up depending on whether it’s convenient or not.”

Obama said Romney has changed or is hiding details on such issues as tax cuts that would benefit the wealthy, education assistance,and his opposition to the auto bailout.

Romney aides said voters trusted Obama four years ago, and he let them down. Click here to continue reading…

Ann Coulter calls President Barack Obama a ‘retard’…

During last nights’ third and final presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, conservative media personality Ann Coulter took to Twitter to express her assessment of how the two candidates were performing, and proceeded to call the president a “retard.”

Coulter’s tweet, which read: “I highly approve of Romney’s decision to be kind and gentle to the retard,” was met with some heavy criticism, as people on Twitter called it “offensive and disrespectful” and asked her, “Are you out of your f**king mind?”according to the Huffington Post.

The conservative commentator is no stranger to controversial and discourteous statements towards the president, especially since the beginning of the presidential debates in October.

While speaking with Fox News’s Fox and Friends after the first debate, Coulter had said, “You could see, at the end of that debate, he knew — anniversary or not — Michelle wanted to go home with Mitt.”

Last night’s debate seemed to have favored Obama, as pundits and polls alike said that the president won the debate in a performance that had Romney agreeing with a majority of the president’s foreign policy positions.

Conservative author and pundit Ann Coulter delivers remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Marriott Wardman Park February 10, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images).Conservative author and pundit Ann Coulter delivers remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Marriott Wardman Park February 10, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Romney’s son apologizes to Obama for ‘swing’ remark…

Tagg Romney, Mitt Romney’s oldest son, apologized to President Barack Obama Monday for saying he wanted to “take a swing” at him during contentious presidential debates.

Obama and Tagg Romney were seen speaking on the stage after Monday’s final presidential debate, held at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. Two Obama aides said the conversation included an apology for the remark, made last week during a radio interview.

Asked in that interview what it’s like “to hear the President of the United States call your dad a liar,” Tagg Romney joked about his fantasy response.

“Jump out of your seat and you want to rush down to the debate stage and take a swing at him,” he said. “But you know you can’t do that because, well, first because there’s a lot of Secret Service between you and him, but also because that’s the nature of the process. You know they’re going to try to do anything they can do to make my dad into something he’s not.”

“We signed up for it, we’ve got to kind of sit there and take our punches, and send them the other way,” he continued.

One of Tagg Romney’s brothers, Josh, downplayed the comments in an interview on ABC’s “The View.” Click here to continue reading…

Katy Perry, Will Smith, Salma Hayek: stars give Obama final push ahead of Election Day…

Tuesday kicks off the two-week countdown to Election Day. As the presidential candidates ramp up events on the campaign trial, celebrities are throwing their A-list weight behind President Barack Obama during the home stretch.

Sarah Jessica Parker hit the battleground state of Ohio on Saturday, stumping for the Commander-in-Chief with his senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. “You’re doing the real work,” said the Sex and the City star, who hosted an Obama fund-raising dinner at her downtown New York City brownstone in June. “I’m just here to say thank you — and to say that we must win Ohio!”

And this week brings more star support for the democratic ticket. On Wednesday, Katy Perry will lend her voice to an “America Forward” rally in Las Vegas, headlining Obama’s multi-state campaign swing.

And this isn’t the first time Perry performed on behalf of the POTUS. Earlier this month, she joined Jennifer Hudson, Jon Bon Jovi, Earth, Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder at the “30 Days to Victory” concert fundraiser at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre.

On Thursday, Michelle Obama headed to Los Angeles for another star-studded re-election event. Hollywood power couple Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith also opened their Calabasas, Calif., home to the First Lady for a lunch co-hosted by Salma Hayek. Via Celebuzz.

Katy Perry wears a ballot dress for Obama rally concert in Las Vegas…

Some people like to wear their votes on their sleeves. Others choose to show their political allegiance through jewelry or giant pins. But leave it to Katy Perry to go big or go home: at last night’s Obama campaign rally in Las Vegas, Perry dressed up as a literal ballot.

Performing for a crowd of 13,000 Obama supporters at Las Vegas’ Doolittle Park, Perry showed her support for the president in a tight white dress with black writing. At the top it read “President of the United States” with each nominee and his running mate listed below. The Obama/Biden ticket was checked off, of course.

This is Perry’s second Obama performance this month, having appeared at the “30 Days to Victory” concert on October 7 with the likes of Bon Jovi and Stevie Wonder. But this one took the cake for the wardrobe choice alone — never before have we seen political style taken so literally.

Also, that pleathery dress looks really, um, warm. How is she not shvitzing? Way to take one for the Obama-Biden Team, Perry.

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Voting machines in Ohio with business ties to Romney raise alarm…

With just two weeks until the presidential election the race for the White House is still remarkably close.

Recent polls show President Barack Obama and his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, in a neck-and-neck race. For instance, according to a new nationwide NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, the two candidates are tied.

Indeed, it’s widely agreed among political analysts that every single vote counts in this election, especially in key battleground states like Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania.

In fact, with the incredibly close race comes a growing fear that Republicans are trying to steal the election with a dirty tactics to intimidate voters and manipulate the electoral process.

Democrats argue the push for voter ID laws, shortened early voting time frames or the spreading of rumors that voters will be chastised on Election Day, are all moves to disenfranchise without legitimate justification.

Now, the integrity of electronic voting machines is back in the spotlight. Reports are circulating there are “dubious links” between the voting machines in some counties [Hamilton and William] in Ohio and Governor Romney.

The machines are supplied by Hart Intercivic, a national e-voting company. The Austin-based firm is partially owned by H.I.G Capital, an investment company that has business ties to Solamere Capital, Tagg Romney’s [Mitt’s oldest son] equity firm. Click here to continue reading…

Manuel Sanders, 59 of Wilson, North Carolina, casts his vote at the Board of Elections early voting site on October 18, 2012 in Wilson, North Carolina. Today is the last day to register and the first day to vote for the election in North Carolina. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images).Manuel Sanders, 59 of Wilson, North Carolina, casts his vote at the Board of Elections early voting site on October 18, 2012 in Wilson, North Carolina. Today is the last day to register and the first day to vote for the election in North Carolina. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)

Happy 6th Anniversary to Crystal and Paul Wall

On October 23, 2006, rapper Paul Wall married his girlfriend and heartthrob. Happy anniversary to the Walls. Wishing you all of eternity together.

Lamar Odom addresses divorce rumor…

Yesterday, NBA star Lamar Odom took out a little time to address rumors about him and his wife Khloe Kardashian going through a $67 million dollar divorce.

Responding to a recent story in “Star Magazine,” Lamar tweeted this picture and said:

“Im clearin this up, This isnt true. Me & Khloé are perfectly happy and arent gettin’ divorced anytime soon.”

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Spotted: Mariah Carey and daughter Monroe…

Monroe Cannon is a diva in the making. The 1-year-old was spotted out and about this week in New York City rocking pink glasses and a white outfit that screamed “little princess.” Proud mom Mariah Carey was looking fabulous as always with a form-fitting black outfit and sunglasses that matched the look. Monroe clutched her bunny rabbit as mom carried her through the city.

Nick Cannon recently revealed that he would like his daughter to be big on athletics in the coming years. The ‘America’s Got Talent’ host was apparently a track star himself and would love for his daughter to take after him in running track or doing the high jump.

Monroe may be the next great Olympian someday, but for now she’ll settle for being mommy’s little princess. Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon have two children, Monroe and Moroccan, together. Images via Zimbio.Mariah Carey carries her baby daughter Monroe while out and about in Tribeca, NYC. Baby Monroe, looking adorable in a pair of pink glasses and carrying a stuffed bunny, has a twin brother names Moroccan and the pair are reportedly nicknamed "Roc and Roe" by Carey.

Mariah Carey carries her baby daughter Monroe while out and about in Tribeca, NYC. Baby Monroe, looking adorable in a pair of pink glasses and carrying a stuffed bunny, has a twin brother names Moroccan and the pair are reportedly nicknamed "Roc and Roe" by Carey.

Mariah Carey carries her baby daughter Monroe while out and about in Tribeca, NYC. Baby Monroe, looking adorable in a pair of pink glasses and carrying a stuffed bunny, has a twin brother names Moroccan and the pair are reportedly nicknamed 'Roc and Roe' by Carey.

Mariah Carey carries her baby daughter Monroe while out and about in Tribeca, NYC. Baby Monroe, looking adorable in a pair of pink glasses and carrying a stuffed bunny, has a twin brother names Moroccan and the pair are reportedly nicknamed "Roc and Roe" by Carey.

Angelina Jolie costars with 3 of her kids…

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt‘s children have caught the acting bug!

Two months after a rep for Walt Disney Studios confirmed that the couple’s 4-year-old daughter Vivienne will appear in Angelina’s new movie Maleficent, Us Weekly reports that son Pax, 8, and daughter Zahara, 7, will also appear in mom’s fantasy flick.

“They have smaller parts,” says a source, who adds that Pax and Zahara do not have speaking roles. “Shiloh was supposed to be in it, too, but she was bored and not in the mood during the day her part was supposed to happen, so she ended up not being in the film.”

(Note: The couple’s 6-year-old daughter Shiloh had a brief role in Pitt’s 2008 film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.)

Maleficent pulls from the classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty, told from the villainess’ perspective. The film is set to hit theaters in March 2014.

“It’s a really great script, and I’m having a lot of fun. I’ve already got my horns fitted,” Jolie said in March, three months before shooting began. “My kids are very happy.” Via CelebBabyScoop.

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Lookbook: Narciso Rodriguez for Kohl’s DesigNation…

Narciso Rodriguez, the Cuban-American fashion phenom, took to the streets of Istanbul for inspiration and the influence is evident in the collection’s vibrant shades, mixed textures, and East-meets-West silhouettes. Take a look below and click here to view the full lookbook…

Spotted: Halle Berry on Jay Leno…

When Halle Berry dropped by “The Tonight Show” to talk about her work on the upcoming film “Cloud Atlas,” Jay Leno wanted to know if a moment in the film was perhaps inspired by a moment in her real life. Or maybe she channeled a real experience for her acting performance?

He was just asking if she’d ever smoked pot, as her character does in the film with co-star Tom Hanks. Berry insisted she was “not a pot smoker,” but Leno wasn’t so quick to let it go.

“Have you smoked pot with Tom Hanks?” he asked, trying a new angle.

“I smoked pot with Tom Hanks in this movie,” Berry responded plainly.

The ambitious “Cloud Atlas” chronicles a story across five centuries, set in six distinct timelines. Berry and Hanks play different characters in each setting, while the stories find innovative ways to connect. It is based on the 2004 book of the same name by David Mitchell. The film opens nationwide on Friday, October 26, 2012.

Tune in to “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC. Images via FashionBomb.

Spotted: Kat Graham out and about…

Kat Graham, the beautiful biracial actress, model and singer who is of Afro-American extract (of Americo-Liberian descent) andJewish (of Russian and Polish origin) did what any stylish woman would do on her downtime: buy some magazines! For her day out, she wore a printed bomber jacket, studded bustier, pencil skirt, and a pair of $90 JCD Clinic Wedges. Image via FashionBomb.

Harold Perrineau and family enjoy a park date…

Sons of Anarchy star Harold Perrineau was spotted enjoying a day in the park with his expecting wife Brittany and their adorable 4-year-old daughter Wynter in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Sunday (October 21).

The former ‘Lost’ actor – who is also father to daughter Aurora, 18 – has been one busy guy in 2012! In addition to starring in Sons of Anarchy, the 49-year-old father has also been busy on the feature front with roles in the films Seeking Justice, Transit and Sunset Stories.

According to Variety, Harold is also set to join the cast of Ten – David Ayer’s adaptation of the classic Agatha Christie story Ten Little Indians. He will be acting alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Mireille Enos and Olivia Williams. Via CelebBabyScoop.*EXCLUSIVE* Harold Perrineau Jr. : Sunday Family Picnic Day

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Garcelle Beauvais celebrates twins’ 5th birthday…

Jax and Jaid celebrate five years of fun living with mom, Garcelle Beauvais, at the park. Garcelle along with family and friends had a birthday party in the twins’ honor which consisted of potato sack races and an inflatable bouncer. Jax and Jaid turned five on a school day (October 18, 2012), so they celebrated with classmates in breaking cake together.

The weekend’s celebration was sort of an after party to the festivities that took place on the Kindergarteners’ birthdays. Garcelle recently expressed what a day of R&R is like with the twins:

“The kids don’t have to go to school, so they come into my bed until it gets a little too rough and then I want outta there. We’ll have breakfast and then we get in the pool. Sometimes we’re in the pool at 8:30 a.m.! And then just having a really great day with no ‘have to’s.’”

“We don’t have to go to a birthday party, we don’t have to go to karate. We’re so scheduled these days that we just forget to sometimes stay in our pajamas and do nothing. We need downtime,” explained the actress.

Jax and Jaid are Garcelle and ex-husband Mike Nilon’s only children together. Garcelle also has a son named Oliver by ex-husband Daniel Saunders. Photos: Instagram.The Nixon Twins

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Nicole Richie is spokesperson for QVC FFANY….

Every year, fashion industry icons, footwear designers, and celebrities gather for our QVC FFANY Shoes on Sale fundraising event.  The 19th Annual QVC Presents “FFANY Shoes On Sale” gala event held October 22, 2012 at the Waldorf Astoria to benefit breast cancer research, education and awareness was a fantastic success.

Nicole Richie, fashion designer and style icon joined the fight against breast cancer as the 2012 PSA spokesperson.  The charitable shoe sale will air on QVC on October 24, 2012 from 5-8 pm Eastern Time.

More than 120,000 pairs of shoes from over 90 brands will be offered at HALF the manufacturer’s suggested retail price. Shop the “Shoe of the Day” on QVC and contribute to the cause during the month of October.

To date, over 1 million pairs of shoes have been sold and FFCF (Fashion Footwear Charitable Foundation) has donated over $38 million for breast cancer research and education. Visit their website for more information.Nicole Richie QVC 1

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Keke Wyatt collaborates with singer Avant in new video…

Multiracial R&B singer Keke Wyatt is collaborating with fellow R&B singer Avant on a new single ‘You & I”. They released a behind-the-scenes of the video a few days ago.

Nicole Kidman in pretty in floral dress as she channels Grace Kelly…

Nicole Kidman was the model of elegance as stepped on set in Menton, France, wearing a vintage floral dress for her upcoming biopic Grace of Monaco. The 45-year-old star was costumed as the late actress-turned-princess in the colourful design as she arrived to film her scenes on Tuesday.

Stylists had accessorised the Oscar winner’s look with a large hat, long white gloves and flat shoes. They styled Kidman’s cropped blonde hair in loose curls which were tucked under the hat.

The superstar was spotted carrying a basket of bread during her scenes as she walked across a bridge. The crew also filmed her on a sprawling yacht that had been docked in Nice, France a day earlier.

Last week the actress was spotted shooting in Monaco as she plays Kelly who was considered one of the most beautiful and stylish women in the world. She has been making every effort to emulate the regal Princess of Monaco, and was even pictured riding a horse during a shoot last week. Click here to continue reading…Turning back the clock: Nicole Kidman was costumed in a vintage floral dress on Tuesday as she film scenes for her upcoming film Grace o Monaco in Menton, FranceHollywood classic: Rear Window co-starred James Stewart and was nominated for four OscarsHollywood classic: Rear Window co-starred James Stewart and was nominated for four OscarsReady to sail: Kidman also filmed scenes on a yacht docked in Nice’s harbor in France on Monday eveningSetting sail: Kidman also filmed scenes on a yacht docked in Nice's harbor in France on Monday eveningReady to roll: The cast and crew prepare for what appears to be a party sceneReady to roll: The cast and crew prepare for what appears to be a party scene

Stacey Dash voted early!

The former “Single Ladies” star, Stacey Dash, opted to vote early to avoid long lines in California on Tuesday, October 23. She tweeted pictures of her right to vote and tweeted:

“That’s Right!” to a fan who said “Romney 2012!”

Meanwhile, fellow Hollywood actress in Hollywood Vivica Fox had a few words for Ms. Dash. Fox told The Grio this week while doing promo for her Lifetime show:

“I don’t know why she [Stacey Dash] had to do a photo shoot in a Baywatch red swimsuit with the boobs and the whole flag behind her. And she doesn’t have a job or something to promote right now. I just didn’t get it.”

Fox who is currently the host of Lifetime’s “Prank My Mom” and also stars in the upcoming sitcom “Mr. Box Office” continued:

“She’s entitled to her own opinion but it was just surprising that first of all she was a Republican, and that she did it the way that she did. Most politicians when you support them, you try to support them with class, you don’t need to do a swimsuit shoot.” Via TheYBF.

PRONOVIAS 2013 Wedding Dress collection revealed…

View the complete wedding dress image gallery of Pronovias 2013 gowns, along with more stunning pieces. Click here to view full gallery…Pronovias Barcelona 2013

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Soledad O’Brien and Brad Raymond Foundation…

CNN journalist Soledad O’Brien is more than ‘all talk’ on CNN, she and her husband Brad Raymond have a foundation (The Soledad O’Brien and Brad Raymond Foundation) that supports hardworking young women in their educational pursuits. They provide young women with a bridge between obstacles and opportunity, by giving them the resources to overcome barriers and reach their highest potential.

She was recently spotted with her children, Sophia 12, Cecilia 10, twins Charlie and Jackson 8, at a New York Women’s Foundation event – where her foundation was honored!

Daya Vaidya works on lines in front of twins…

Daya Vaidya, the ‘Unforgettable’ actress who welcomed twin sons Jai Blue and Dev Eshaan in July of this year tweeted:

“I’m workin on my lines n my twins r the funniest audience! They look at me like, ‘What the hell r u talking bout Mama!?’

Denise Vasi loves her some Anthony Mandler!

The ‘Single Ladies‘ actress loves her husband to-be. She tweeted the following photograph with the caption:

“This is going to sound crazy, but… from the moment I first set eyes on you I haven’t been able to stop thinking about you.” Until this very moment @amandler”

The Full Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Collection…

Excited about H&M’s collaboration with Maison Martin Margiela? The fast fashion retailer recently released over 100 images, giving you a full view of what you can expect come November 15th. Click here to view the full collection…

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Accessories Lust: The Jimmy Choo x Rob Pruitt capsule collection…

Add a bit of jazz and pinache to your winter wardrobe with hypercolored shoes and purses from Jimmy Choo‘s recent collaboration with contemporary pop artist Rob Pruitt. Click here to view full collection gallery…

Happy 26th birthday Drake!

The biracial rapper, whose real name is Aubrey Drake Graham, is of Jewish Caucasian and African-American descent. The ‘Young Money – Thank Me Later’ rapper turned 26 on October 24, 2012. Here’s wishing you many more in good health, fame and success.Drake

Michelle Obama: “Go out and Vote!”

As the music of Stevie Wonder pulsated through Racine Memorial Hall, Michelle Obama bounded onto the stage.

“You know what this room feels like? It feels like four more years in here!” the first lady exclaimed as the crowd of 2,500 roared its approval. The audience, including some who had waited overnight to see her, thundered again after Mrs. Obama noted that Racine is just 80 miles north of her hometown.

Until the election, she said, “coming here to Racine is the closest thing I’m going to get to be at home in Chicago.”

Her husband’s campaign is dispatching her to critical battleground states, high-profile appearances and big-money fundraisers. Her stepped-up schedule, packed with mostly campaign events these days, is a sign of the tight race between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney and the Obama campaign’s belief that the first lady is a valuable asset.

Mrs. Obama, whose favorability ratings are higher than her husband’s, can make the case for his re-election in a way no one else can, said Anita McBride, who served as Laura Bush’s chief of staff in the White House.

“The first lady is always good for a couple of important things,” McBride said. “One is the human side of the president, seeing who they are personally through the lens of the spouse, which is always unique.”

First ladies also can champion the idea that “my husband is fighting for you” in a way that even the president and vice president cannot, McBride said. Click here to continue reading…President Barack Obama, left, gives a thumbs-up as he is joined on stage by first lady Michelle Obama, right, at the end of the last debate against Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at Lynn University, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Boca Raton, Fla. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Michelle Obama encourages early voting on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live…

While President Barack Obama embarked on his 48-hour campaign marathon extravaganza, First Lady Michelle Obama visited the late shows to support her husband.

The First Lady stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live Thursday night to chat about a range of topics, from Malia and Sasha’s Halloween costumes to what she would do if she had an hour to herself as a civilian. The answer to that particular question may surprise you.

“I would walk out of the door of the White House like a regular person…go to CVS, go in there, go shop,” she said. “I’d buy my toiletries. I’d pay money, I’d get a receipt. And then I’d go sit on a park bench and just watch people.”

Obama also urged viewers to vote early. During a pre-recorded skit, the First Lady wakes Kimmel up with a bullhorn to ensure he doesn’t oversleep on voting day. Via Celebuzz.Michelle Obama on Jimmy Kimmel 1

How Bill Clinton may have hurt the Obama campaign…

When the histories of the 2012 campaign are written, much will be made of Bill Clinton’s re-emergence. His convention speech may well have marked the finest moment of President Obama’s re-election campaign, and his ads on the president’s behalf were memorable.

But there is one crucial way in which the 42nd president may not have served the 44th quite as well. In these final weeks before the election, Mr. Clinton’s expert advice about how to beat Mitt Romney is starting to look suspect.

You may recall that last spring, just after Mr. Romney locked up the Republican nomination, Mr. Obama’s team abruptly switched its strategy for how to define him. Up to then, the White House had been portraying Mr. Romney much as George W. Bush had gone after John Kerry in 2004 – as inauthentic and inconstant, a soulless climber who would say anything to get the job.

But it was Mr. Clinton who forcefully argued to Mr. Obama’s aides that the campaign had it wrong. The best way to go after Mr. Romney, the former president said, was to publicly grant that he was the “severe conservative” he claimed to be, and then hang that unpopular ideology around his neck. Click here to continue reading…President Obama with Bill Clinton at the Democratic convention last month.

Donald Trump makes President Obama $5 million offer for passport, college info…

As promised, Donald Trump made his “big announcement” this afternoon at 12 p.m. The business mogul revived the birther conspiracies by offering President Barack Obama $5 million to release his college application and passport records.

Trump starts off the less than 3 minute video by calling President Obama “the least transparent president in the history of this country.”

“I have a deal for the president. A deal that I don’t believe that he can refuse and I hope he doesn’t,” said Trump. “If Barack Obama opens up and gives his college records and applications, and if he gives his passport applications and records, I will give to a charity of his choice.”

He named off choices like inner city children in Chicago, the American Cancer Society and AIDS research, promising to write a check within an hour of the president releasing documents “to my satisfaction.” He’s given the President the deadline of October 31st at 5 p.m..

“A lot of people will be very, very happy to see this happen,” Trump continued. “Frankly, it’s a check that I very much want to write. I absolutely would be the most happy of all if I did, in fact, make this contribution through the president to these charities.”

Trump first appeared on Fox & Friends Monday morning to share that he would be making a big announcement regarding President Obama.

He told the hosts: “It’s very big. Bigger than anybody would know.” Click here to continue reading and watch the announcement below:

Twitter Users Donate Five Million LOLs to Donald Trump’s Announcement…

Donald Trump offered Barack Obama a $5 million check to any charity of choice in exchange for the public release of his college records and passport application.

Trump’s big announcement has been running the online rumor mill since Monday, when he alluded to “very big news” on Fox and Friends regarding President Obama. The reveal was scheduled to happen on Twitter, where users joked about what Trump’s big bombshell could be. The businessman tweeted a video Wednesday, asserting that all the predictions regarding his announcement have been totally incorrect.

“If he releases these records, it will end the question, and indeed the anger, of many Americans,” Trump stated in the press release.

Naturally, Twitter users responded to the announcement in parody. Many offered their own bargains to Trump, and others compared the video to a villainous scene out of a movie. Even Trump’s hair had something to say.

Witstream is also capturing the reactions of comedians in real time. Click here to continue reading…Donald Trumps 5 million LOL 1

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President Obama talks Donald Trump, debates, baseball on ‘Tonight Show with Jay Leno’…

What’s real estate mogul Donald Trump got against President Barack Obama? The president says it’s an old grudge that goes back — way, way back — to their childhood days in Kenya.

“We had constant run-ins on the soccer fields,” Obama told “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno during a tongue-in-cheek knock on Trump Wednesday night. “He wasn’t very good and resented it. When we finally moved to America, I thought it would be over.”

Trump became a leading voice in the “birther” movement, the discredited but very much alive conspiracy theory that Obama was actually born outside of the U.S. and isn’t constitutionally eligible to be president. Earlier Wednesday, Trump offered to donate $5 million to the president’s charity of choice if he would release his college and passport records.

Wisecracks aside, Obama told Leno that he has never actually met Trump.

When Leno asked Obama if he was glad the presidential debates are over, the president responded, “You know, I was sort of getting the hang of it.” Obama, whose performance in the first debate was widely panned, said he didn’t do an effective job of energetically outlining the contrast of visions between him and Republican Mitt Romney.

Part of the problem with a debate, Obama said, is that it’s not a natural way of communicating — having an argument with someone as you sit next to him.

“Well,” Leno said, “you’re married.”

Obama shot back: “But the difference is, with Michelle, I just concede every point.”Click here to continue reading…

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Barbara Walters calls out Trump on birtherism: ‘You’re making a fool of yourself’

The View‘s Barbara Walters is a longtime friend of business tycoon and reality star Donald Trump, but she is fed up with his “birther” crusade against President Barack Obama.

During a panel discussion on her talk show, Walters criticized Trump’s widely panned offer of $5 million to the president to turn over his college application and passport materials, ostensibly to prove his U.S. citizenship.

Walters, directly addressing the camera, said: “Donald, you and I have known each other for many years and you know that I am your friend and I think you are a brilliant businessman and you are great on television and you have a fascinating personality. Donald, you’re making a fool of yourself. You’re not hurting Obama, you’re hurting Donald and that hurts me because you’re a decent man. Stop it. Get off it, Donald.”

Never one to not get the last word, Trump fired back at Walters via Twitter.

“Barbara, unfortunately you’ve missed the entire point of my announcement–you just don’t get it!” he tweeted.

He later said: “Walters will apologize to me just like she did when I was right about @Rosie. Besides, I get great ratings on The View.” Via TheGrio.

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Colin Powell endorses Barack Obama again for president…

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a longtime Republican, is sticking with President Barack Obama in this year’s election.

He tells “CBS This Morning” he respects Mitt Romney but thinks he’s been vague on many issues.

Speaking of Obama, Powell said the president got the United States out of Iraq and has laid out a plan for leaving Afghanistan “and didn’t get us into any new wars.”

He praises Obama’s economic performance, saying that while difficult choices are ahead on taxes, spending and budgetary policies:

“steadily, I think we’ve begun to come out of the dive and we’re gaining altitude.” Powell, a retired general, also formerly was a White House chief of staff and chairman of the military’s Joint Chief of Staffs.

Powell says that he’s still a Republican. Via TheGrio.

McCain slams Colin Powell for Obama endorsement: ‘You disappoint us’…

Colin Powell has left John McCain embittered and angry with him for the second election in a row. In 2008, the former Secretary of State and decorated general surprised many pundits when he endorsed Barack Obama for the presidency instead of his old friend and fellow Republican, McCain.

This morning Powell reaffirmed his allegiance to the president, citing his leadership on issues of foreign policy and the fact that he “didn’t get us into any new wars.”

Just like four years ago, Republicans are far from pleased with Powell. McCain, while appearing on Brian Kilmeade’s radio program, said:

“General Powell, you disappoint us and you have harmed your legacy even further by defending what is clearly the most feckless foreign policy in my lifetime.”

Powell, on the other hand, feels uncomfortable with McCain’s candidate Mitt Romney:

“I’m not quite sure which Gov. Romney we would be getting with respect to foreign policy,” Powell said on CBS This Morning. “My concern … is that sometimes I don’t sense that he has thought through these issues as thoroughly as he should have.” Via TheGrio.

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Romney surrogate John Sununu: ‘Colin Powell only endorsed Obama because he’s black!’

Mitt Romney surrogate John Sununu is dismissing former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s endorsement of Barack Obama over Mitt Romney as being all about race.

The former New Hamshire governor, who during the campaign has called the president “lazy,” following the first presidential debate, and said Obama needs to “learn how to be an American,” was asked by CNN’s Piers Morgan on Thursday to comment on the Powell endorsement, which was a repeat of the general’s stance in 2008, and whether it’s time for the four-star general to leave the Republican Party.

After praising “Powell’s former boss” George H.W. Bush for “endorsing Mitt Romney all along,” Sununu said:

“… frankly, when you take a look at Collin Powell, you have to wonder whether that’s an endorsement based on issues, or whether he’s got a slightly different reason for endorsing president Obama.”

Morgan asked what that reason might be, to which Sununu added: “Well, I think when you have somebody of your own race that you’re proud of being President of the United States, I applaud Colin for standing with him.”

Morgan did not take the opportunity to follow up, and ended the interview there. Via TheGrio.Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets former New Hampshire Governor John Sununu (R) outside the New Hampshire Statehouse after filing the necessary paperwork to be on the New Hampshire primary ballot October 24, 2011 at in Concord, New Hampshire. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

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President Barack Obama returns to Chicago for historic ballot casting…

President Barack Obama on Thursday became the first U.S. president to cast an early vote in person. He also became the first president (that we know of) to hear the words: “I need an I.D..”

The president flew home to Chicago’s Kenwood neighborhood to cast his early ballot. Democrats are encouraging their supporters to vote early, to avoid the long lines and potential voter I.D. hang-ups on Election Day.

From the Chicago Sun Times:

“I very much appreciate everybody here,” the president said at the early voting site. “It’s good to be home back in the neighborhood.”

But the most famous man in the world still had to prove who he was.

An early voting official looked at the president and smiled: “I need an I.D.”

That was met with laughter, including from Obama, who then joked about his license photo. Read the rest of the story at the Chicago Sun Times.Barack Obama voting 1

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Celebs unite for Music Video in support of President Obama

Ne-Yo, Natasha Bedingfield and other well known artists have come together to move this country forward. The singers have produced a song and video in support of re-electing President Obama.

Though the video is not sponsored by the official campaign, it still mirrors the incumbent’s 2012 campaign slogan — Forward. It’s a sequel to 2008′s celebrity-driven, “Yes We Can.” Like “Yes We Can,” “Forward” is executive produced by Fred Goldring,

“I have never been more hopeful about America,” Obama says.

The video shows everyday people, teachers, teenagers, businessmen, kids and grandmothers, coming together and rallying for Obama. They hold hands, cheer and fill the streets in belief that “we’re half way there.”

In 2008, Will.i.am, John Legend Scarlet Johanson and other notable celebrities produced a song, “Yes We Can,” raising support for the Democratic candidate and the video garnered more than 24 million views on YouTube. “Forward” takes a slightly different tone from “Yes We Can,” recognizing that the hardships still facing the country.

“You can’t give up on hope…We’re on a long hard road but we’ll travel it together,” Ne-Yo sings.

Watch the video clip below. What do you think of the video? Via Mashable.

How do you view Interracial Dating?

A young comedian by the name David Young sent me his YouTube video a few days ago. In the 5 minute video he takes on Interracial Dating in a comedic way. Watch below. The video is also posted on our homepage in the sidebar.

Lookbook: Derek Lam for Kohl’s DesigNation…

Right on the heels of delving into Narciso Rodriguez’s collection for Kohl’s DesigNation comes the second collaboration for the brand with designer Derek Lam. Lam took to the streets of Rio for inspiration and created designs that perfectly embody the city’s urban yet tropical vibe. Click here to view full collection…

Spotted: Heidi Klum in the halloween spirit.

Heidi Klum is known for her incredible, over-the-top Halloween costumes, and the get-up she plans to wear this Oct. 31 won’t disappoint: the supermodel is dressing up as one very sexy Cleopatra.

The intricate ensemble boasts a crystal-covered headpiece, a racy, cleavage-baring gold gown and a feathered cape. And amazingly, the designer promises it won’t even be all that heavy — which is good since she’ll be dancing the night away at the 13th annual Halloween party in New York. What a fabulous costume! Image via Getty.

Nicole Kidman covers Harper’s Bazaar November 2012 issue, talks Tom Cruise and Keith Urban…

Throughout her glamorous career, Nicole Kidman has showed off her long stems countless times on the red carpet, at fashion events and on award show stages. Most recently, the 45-year-old Australian actress celebrated her gorgeous legs for a Terry Richardson photo shoot for Harper’s Bazaar.

From the race car-themed photoset to her interview with the magazine, Kidman held nothing back in the November issue, out on newsstands now.

“I don’t really celebrate fame because I get enough attention,” the actress, who lives in Nashville these days, told the magazine. “I’m willing to step aside. And when I work, I work. Wholeheartedly.”

Kidman also dished on what it was really like to be married to Tom Cruise, a period she now calls “fame by association.” “It was like, ‘I’m here and I’m clutching onto your arm, and it all feels a little overwhelming and really strange’ . . . and I was shy. Deeply shy. I didn’t feel comfortable at all. But I felt very comfortable at home,” she revealed to Harper’s Bazaar.

As for the current love of Kidman’s life, Keith Urban, the actress said he gave her a new lease on life. The two have been married for six years and are parents to Sunday Rose, 4, and Faith Margaret, almost 2.

“He just gave me confidence . . . through just being very kind to me and understanding me, opening me up to trying new things, my sexuality, those sorts of things,” she said, adding that her country superstar husband is “more like an ocean; he took me out.” Click here to continue reading…nicole kidman harper's bazaar terry richardson

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nicole kidman harper's bazaar terry richardson

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Alicia Keys launches storytelling app for kids…

Alicia Keys is launching a storytelling app for kids.

“The Journals of Mama Mae and LeeLee” is about a young New York City girl’s relationship with her wise grandmother. It will be released Thursday for $3.99 and is inspired by Keys’ relationship with her grandmother.

The interactive app is centered in LeeLee’s bedroom. It allows users to read books, play music and write in a journal.

Keys said after giving birth to her son two years ago she wanted to create learning tools for children.

She said in an interview Wednesday raising her son was part of the app’s inspiration because she has been introducing him to children’s TV shows and DVDs. The 14-time Grammy Award winner says she thought of creating a TV show or film but making an app for kids is “limitless.” Via TheGrio.Alicia Keys arrives at Stand Up To Cancer at The Shrine Auditorium on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)Alicia Keys with a staff of Parents Magazine

Alicia Keys debuts ‘Unlock Yourself’…

Alicia Keys has released a new song called “Unlock Yourself,” which is also the theme song for her new storytelling app for kids. Listen to the song inside and see the cover art for Solange’s upcoming EP.

Singer Alicia Keys has unveiled an inspirational song named “Unlock Yourself.” The track is the theme for her new storytelling iPhone/iPad app for kids ‘The Journals of Mama Mae and LeeLee’. On the track, she reminds kids to be true to themselves.

Keys is photographed below at an Apple store in the SoHo district of New York City where she discussed the launch and another song she wrote for the app called “Follow the Moon.”Alicia Keys at apple store

Bruno Mars debuts ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’ album cover on Instagram…

Singer-songwriter Bruno Mars, who is of Puerto Rican and Filipino descent, posted his first Instagram photo Wednesday, using the photo-sharing service to debut the cover art for his forthcoming Unorthodox Jukebox album.
The cover, of course, quickly made its way onto other social platforms, but the artwork premiered on Instagram.

“Just like the music video for ‘Locked Out of Heaven’ it’s been his approach to go directly to his fans,” Thanh Nguyen, digital marketer at Mars’s label, Atlantic Records, tells Mashable. “There’s definitely a charm with spontaneity and as he mentioned in a recent interview, the Internet gives you that luxury.”

Other musicians have been finding fun ways to leverage Instagram, whether it be for crowdsourced contests or music videos. For example Bob Dylan, Rufus Wainwright, Ellie Goulding, Jason Mraz and Alicia Keys have all asked fans this year to submit Instagram photos for inclusion in their lyric videos.

“Locked Out of Heaven” (watch below) is the first single from his upcoming album, which drops Dec. 11. Via Mashable.

Bruno Mars‘ sisters feud with X-Factor USA…

An all-girl singing group featured on “X Factor” is scrambling to change their name all because they were threatened by Bruno Mars‘ sisters, TMZ has learned.

Bruno’s 4 female siblings make up the girl band, The Lylas, an R&B singing group that also happens to have a major modeling deal in the Philippines. Translation: they’re super hot. The problem is, there’s another girl group calling themselves The Lylas, and they’re currently kicking ass on the “X Factor.” In fact, Simon recently chose them to compete on his team.

When Bruno’s sisters found out about the other band of Lylas, they were upset and trashed the “X Factor” Lylas all over the web, claiming the new Lylas hijacked their name.

Sources connected to “X Factor” tell TMZ the contestants were shocked by the accusations and insist they weren’t trying to hijack the name. They simply didn’t realize someone else had already laid claim to it.

Now, TMZ is told the “X Factor” girls are getting ready to wave the white flag with one source saying they’re already brainstorming ideas for a new name.10224-lylas-twitter-xfactor-3

Kimberly Locke talks American Idol and judges…

Former American Idol contestant Kimberley Locke, who is of Caucasian and African-American descent, broke out in 2003 during the FOX series’ second season — and she says the only reason why had been so successful was strictly due to the judges at the time: Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson.

“That panel of judges — they were perfect. Hands down!” Locke gushed to Celebuzz during an exclusive interview in our Hollywood studio. “They were the best!”

“That chemistry comes around ever so often once in a lifetime and you can’t recreate it,” she continued. “You just can’t”

Since Locke’s season, the Idol panel has seen many changes. As of late, pop diva Mariah Carey, rapper Nicki Minaj and country crooner Keith Urban have joined Jackson as the singing competition’s latest judges.

What does Locke think about the change? ”American Idol is celebrity-driven,” she said of the revamp. “This is just part of the hype.”

“This is the American Idol formula and they do it so well,” Locke continued to explain, referring to the recent news that Carey and Minaj have been feuding offscreen. Click here to continue reading…

Nicole Murphy loses father!

The jewelry designer and former model lost her father on October 24, 2012. She tweeted a photograph of her parents with the following caption:

“Today I lost a man who was dear to my heart.. Now I have gained a beautiful angel who will be protecting my family & me. RIP Dad love u”

Nicole Murphy‘s father was interracially married until his death.  RIP and condolences to the family.

‘The Face’ teasers show Naomi Campbell, Coco Rocha & Karolina Kurkova engaging in ‘drama’…

Naomi Campbell 'the face'Not a fan of the “America’s Next Top Model” revamp, but still looking to get your model-themed reality television fix? No worries, the premiere of “The Face” is just around the corner. Well, not really — the show doesn’t actually premiere until February, but Oxygen has just released some teasers to hold you over.

If you’re not familiar with the forthcoming series, the premise of the show is very similar to “The Voice” except, instead of famous musicians coaching rival singing teams, iconic fashion models will handpick teams of aspiring models, coach them and pit them against models on the other teams until one is chosen as “the face.”

(We really hope they were able to factor in spinning chairs and oversized, flashing buttons as seamlessly as the music version did.) The team leaders are Naomi Campbell, Karolina Kurkova and Coco Rocha, so we figure at least two of them will play nice.

As far as we can tell from the minute-long teaser, the drama doesn’t seem entirely — what’s the word we’re looking for? — organic. In one scene, Naomi traipses over to Karolina and declares, “I’m very disappointed in your choice, Karolina. All I’m going to tell you is that it’s game on from now on.” We’ll leave it up to you to decide if the brouhaha is convincing though. Click here to continue reading and watch the video below…

Mo Farrah‘s PE teacher wins award for inspiring him…

Congratulations to PE teacher Alan Watkinson who has won a Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Award for inspiring Olympic Gold Champion Mo Farrah as an athlete.

Spotted: Mo Farrah with twin brother and baby…

Olympic gold medalist Mo Farrah recently tweeted the following photo with the caption:

“October 25, 2012Farah twins shopping in Nike Town!! Thanks for being in the picture @paulajradcliffe Shabba!!”

In the photograph he is seen with one of his twin daughters.

AdColor Awards 2012: Soledad O’Brien, Boris Kodjoe, advertising execs honored…

Biracial actor Boris Kodjoe and biracial CNN journalist Soledad O’Brien along with rapper David Banner were among the celebrities who helped founder Tiffany R. Warren celebrate the sixth annual AdColor Awards and Industry Conference, an elaborate soiree that illuminated advertising excellence in the minority community.

Located inside the ostentatious Bellegio Casino and Resort on Vegas’ famous Strip, the AdColor Awards and Industry Conference was created to “celebrate and champion diversity in the advertising, marketing, media and public relations industries,” says Warren. “AdColor strives to create a network of outstanding diverse professionals and champions of diversity and inclusion by honoring their accomplishments and leveraging their stories as a road map for others to follow.”

Soledad O’Brien, the host of CNN’s “Starting Point” who has hosted the AdColor Awards during its first five years when the celebrations were held in places like South Beach, Phoenix and Beverly Hills, was honored with the The CATALYST presented by Draftfcb.

Boris Kodjoe, a conscious actor, philanthropist and entrepreneur was honored with the 2012 ADCOLOR All-Star Award presented by Omnicom Group.

Past All-Star Award recipients include influential members in multicultural society like: Actor-comedian George Lopez, television host Cristina Saralegui, activist, entrepreneur and “Father of Hip-Hop,” Russell Simmons, businessman and former NBA champion Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Queen Latifah, multiplatinum recording artist and award-winning actress. Click here to view full photo gallery of 6th Annual AdColor Awards…

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In Rehearsal for THE BODYGUARD With Heather Headley, Lloyd Owen and More!

Joining Heather Headley and Lloyd Owen in new musical The Bodyguard, directed by Thea Sharrock, are Debbie Kurup, Mark Letheren, Ray Shell, Nicolas Colicos, Mark McKerracher, Sean Chapman, David Page and Oliver Le Sueur. They are joined by Luis Buddy, Caius Duncombe, Jayden Fowora Knight, Kwame Kandekore, Taylor Lockhart and Malakai Paul who will share the role of Fletcher, Rachel Marron’s young son.

Ensemble members are Nigel Barber, Jordan Darrell, Yasmin Harrison, Shanay Holmes, Holly James, Robert Jezek, Melissa Keyes, Gil Kolirin, Janet Kumah, Nicholas Maude, Richard Murphy, Gloria Onitiri, Ashley J Packer, Dharmesh Patel, Lucinda Shaw, Paul Smethurst, Charlotte Watts and James Wooldridge.

Based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 Warner Bros. film, this brand new musical of The Bodyguard, with book by Alex Dinelaris will open at the Adelphi Theatre in Autumn 2012. Previews begin on 6 November 2012, twenty years after the release of the Oscar nominated film.

With designs by Tim Hatley, lighting by Mark Henderson, sound by Richard Brooker and video designs by Duncan McLean. Choreography is by Arthur Pita, orchestrations by Chris Egan with musical supervision by Mike Dixon. The Bodyguard is produced by Michael Harrison andDavid Ian. Photo Credit: Paul Coltas.

View the cast in rehearsal below!

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Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber relationship trouble?

Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber have been dating for more than a year, but there’s reportedly trouble in paradise for the teen power couple. According to RadarOnline, the couple are on the verge of breaking up all the time, as “jealousy is killing the relationship.”

A source tells the website that both stars have jealous tendencies that cause many petty arguments. Despite the fighting, Bieber is still head over heels for Gomez, 20, as she’s his first love and “he can’t even imagine being without her.”

In fact, Bieber has been opening up about his love for Gomez more than ever before.

“I never make [Selena] separate from me because I don’t want her to ever feel like I’m ashamed of her. Because I feel like a lot of guys do that, especially in the business. They don’t want to be seen with the girl, so they’ll make them ride in separate cars. They’ll do that ‘get away’ stuff. [Selena and I] get away where … you know … getting away together,” he explained to Oprah Winfrey in a preview of his “Oprah’s Next Chapter” interview.

The same can’t be said for Gomez. RadarOnline’s sources claim the former “Wizards of Waverly Place” star is now staying with Bieber only because he is “good for her brand.”

According to the website’s insider source, staying in the relationship is a calculated career move for Gomez, who is being encouraged by her team to stay with Bieber

“Selena and Justin’s relationship isn’t the fairytale romance they’d like their fans to believe it is,” a friend of the couple told the website. “Justin’s heart is with Selena because she’s his first true love, but Selena is pretty much just riding out the relationship because she knows he’s good for her image.”Click here to continue reading…

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Spotted: Doutzen Kroes and husband DJ Sunnery James…

Victoria Secret model Doutzen Kroes was spotted in attendance with her husband DJ Sunnery James at an all star-studded Versace SoHo Store Opening in NYC a few day ago.

Spotted: Bridget Kelly at ‘Decide To Be Beautiful’ book launch…

Biracial singer Bridget Kelly was spotted in attendance at  Keith Campbell’s ‘Decide To Be Beautiful’ book launch party in NYC. Via FashionBomb.

Kim Kardashian spotted at ‘Subway’…

Kim Kardashian Eats Fresh At SubwayKim Kardashian is just like us: She eats Subway, too!

Wearing a leather peplum top, gray jeans and heels, the reality star stopped by the sandwich chain in Miami with her bodyguard. But if you think she received speedy service just because she’s famous, think again. Kardashian stood in line, like everyone else (as you can see in the gallery, above), waiting for her six-inch sub.

Kardashian, 32, is currently in Miami filming the second season of E!’s Kim and Kourtney Take Miami. Meanwhile, her beau Kanye West is currently in New York. The rapper was spotted at the Samsung Galaxy Note II launch party Wednesday night.

The pair recently celebrated Kardashian’s 32nd birthday in Europe. Upon the couple’s return to the States, Kardashian was seen sporting a brand new diamond sparkler on her pinky finger, sparking engagement rumors.

“We started in Rome, saw the Colosseum, went to the Vatican and saw the Sistine Chaple,” Kardashian wrote on her blog. “So breathtaking! Then we went to Florence and stayed in this incredible castle, saw Michelangelo’s David, and shopped around town. We saw all the sights, visited some beautiful churches and all the famous monuments.”

“The last stop on the trip was Venice, where I spent my birthday. What a romantic weekend! One I’ll never forget,” she concluded. Via Celebuzz.

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Kim Kardashian Eats Fresh At Subway

Kim Kardashian sports another unique outfit as she stops off for a quick lunch at Subway with her bodyguard in Miami in a leather top and stiletto heels

Kim Kardashian Eats Fresh At Subway

Kim Kardashian Eats Fresh At Subway

Kim Kardashian Eats Fresh At Subway

Kim Kardashian sports another unique outfit as she stops off for a quick lunch at Subway with her bodyguard in Miami in a leather top and stiletto heels

Kim Kardashian Eats Fresh At Subway

Spotted: Sofia Vergara looking stunning in barely-there minidress…

Sofia Vergara turned every head in the crowd Wednesday night at an event for artist Domingo Zapata’s collection preview, where she showed up in a curve-hugging, barely-there minidress.

Though the dress was super-tiny, Vergara, 40, still managed to leave a little imagination to the eye by covering up in black tights and sheer sleeves. Muy caliente, indeed.

Vergara’s red carpet look was a stark contrast to the looks she’s been wearing for Modern Family, on which her character, Gloria, is very pregnant. It was also one of her sexiest looks to date, adding to her seemingly never-ending collection of red-hot ensembles. Via Celebuzz.

Mariah Carey joins other judges for American Idol photoshoot…

Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj posed with the rest of the “American Idol” cast in a new promo pic. American Idol host Ryan Seacrest is nested between the two women as they pose for a new “American Idol” ad with Randy Jackson and Keith Urban.

The hit musical competition show returns to the airwaves with Season 12 on January 16 on FOX.

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon recently created a their own Wonka Candy Room in their Los Angeles mansion. Nick actually calls that part of the house Cannon Land where he can eat as much as he wants.

He told Us Weekly, “I always dreamed of having a candy room. Sugar is my first love!” And he isn’t the only one. He talked about Monroe and Moroccan saying, “They go crazy for lollipops!”

He also told the mag his favorites are ‘Nerds’ and Carey loves ‘SweeTarts’. Via TheYBF.

Ice-T defends wife Coco: ‘I think she’s a great role model’…

Ice T and CocoLast night Law & Order SVU celebrated a major milestone, airing their 300th episode. Since 2000, Ice-T has been a cast member of the crime drama, starring as NYPD detective Odafin ‘Fin’ Tutuola.

Ice-T says the reasons his character has lasted 13 seasons on the show is because “Detective Fin is the guy with a different type of sensibility.”

The 54-year-old rapper actor also said he not worried about losing his “street credibility,” after appearing as a TV cop for so many years. “Street credibility comes when your like 18 to 25,” he said during an interview with theGrio‘s Chris Witherspoon.

“You either get your stripes or you don’t. You can’t ever lose it, you dig what I’m saying? My credibility transferred over to me being a success. At some point you have to evolve. You have to say ‘okay I’ve proven that I can be the toughest guy on the block now let me show you I can be the toughest guy in the world.’”

Ice-T is also the star of E!’s reality show Ice Loves Coco, which follows he and his wife Coco as navigate Hollywood life. Season 3 premieres October 28.

Coco is is often heavily scrutinized by the media for risqué photos of her that often surface. However Ice-T stands by his wife, and says he thinks she’s a great role model.

“She’s [Coco] 33, still sexy, swimsuit model, but she’s married. So see, there’s another dynamic here. It’s not like she’s not the model that’s running from athlete to athlete, jumpin around doin thangs. She’s been married for 12 years, and still got that sexy thang goin.”

“I think she’s a great role model, not just because she is a great business woman, and making moves, but because she’s got a man and she’s keepin her man, and i’m not an easy dude. I’m not a pushover.”

Coco Austin goes for some Las Vegas style in a VERY tight patterned dress ahead of Peepshow debut…

She’s getting ready for a temporary relocation to Las Vegas ahead of her debut in adult dance production Peepshow. But while Coco Austin has yet to kick off the show, the 33-year-old is sure to fit in in Sin City thanks to her fashion choices.

Ice-T’s wife showed off her curvaceous figure in a patterned long-sleeved dress which enhanced her world-famous assets as she left the NBC studios in New York. The brown, white and black dress clung in all the right places, with the scoop neck drawing attention to her cleavage, with Coco happily posing for photographers as she headed home from the interview.

The blonde star will be making her debut as Bo Peep, a role previously filled by a now pregnant Holly Madison, in Peepshow from December 3rd.

And in a recent interview, Coco said she’s more than excited about kicking things off, as well as her relocation to Vegas. She said:

“I am over my head with excitement. I didn’t know at first if I wanted to change my New York lifestyle to Vegas lifestyle, but I’m, like, what the heck, life is too short.”

“This is actually what I have been building up to my entire life. I have been a dancer my whole childhood, and I’m also a performer, so I think this is the next stage in my life.”

And while the role does involve some nudity, Coco said she didn’t find any hesitation from her husband, rapper Ice-T.

She added to the Las Vegas Sun: ‘He was the first supporter. Without his support, I wouldn’t have gone to Vegas at all because I was kind of iffy in the beginning.” 

He said: “If I was offered a Vegas show, I would do it. This is right up your alley. You love to show off your body, you like to perform, and you like to dance. You need to go for it.” And then after that, he gave me a kiss.”

As well as her upcoming role in Peepshow, Coco is also gearing up for the premiere of season 3 of her reality show, Ice Loves Coco. The new series kicks off in America on October 28th on E!. Via DailyMail.

Vegas style: Coco Austin showed off her curves in a patterned dress as she left the NBC studios in New York following an interview In character: Coco will be taking over from Holly Madison in the role of Bo Peep in Peepshow

Naomi Campbell‘s Russian billionaire boyfriend builds her a futuristic house that looks like a spaceship…

Naomi Campbell‘s Russian billionaire boyfriend is so keen to have his loved one close to him, that he has built her a house in Moscow. And not just any house. The building located just outside the Russian city features a futuristic style, and many believe it looks like a spaceship.

The unusual house, which is dubbed Capital Hill, looks like it could be a tool to take over the universe, both on the exterior and the interior. Russian entrepreneur Vladislav Doronin has been dating the British supermodel since 2008, and reportedly plans to live in the mansion after they get married.

With an estimated £1.5billion fortune, 46-year-old property tycoon has a penchant for high-living and beautiful women that has earned him the nickname of Moscow’s Donald Trump.

According to Gizmodo, the new futuristic house is designed by renowned architect Zaha Hadid, who specialises in ecostyle buildings and was also the brains behind famous buildings including the opera house in Guangzhou and the Olympics Aquatics Center in London.

It features gigantic glass panels, smooth curves and extremely tall ceilings. The 2,650 square meter house will have many luxuries, including a Finnish spa in the basement, a Turkish bath and a Russian bath where the 42-year-old supermodel can pamper herself.

Of course, it also has its own gym and indoor swimming pool that can reportedly turn into a dance floor should the couple want to entertain guests in the evenings. Two large white towers are situated on top of the building, about 20 meters above the ground, which are said to be the couple’s bedroom.

The house that resembles something out of TV’s Star Trek is surrounded by a pine forest, so the lovebirds will be ensured some privacy. It’s not the first time Campbell’s lover has built her a house. Last year, he bought her a vacation house in Turkey which looked just as unusual as the new mansion.

And Doronin clearly has a penchant for odd looking buildings. The vacation home is situated on one of Turkish islands, has 25 rooms and is shaped like an Egyptian eye. Click here to continue reading…Taking over the universe together: Naomi Campbell's new house in Moscow, build by her billionaire boyfriend Vladislav Doronin, is definitely one of a kindTaking over the universe together: Naomi Campbell’s new house in Moscow, built by her billionaire boyfriend Vladislav Doronin, is definitely one of a kindCampbell Enterprises: The house is shaped like a spaceship from TV's Star TrekCozy night in. Campbell Enterprises: The home features a futuristic style both inside and outside. The house is shaped like a spaceship from TV’s Star TrekIn a galaxy far, far away: The house looks just a quirky on the insideIn a galaxy far, far away: The house looks just a quirky on the insideE.T. phone home? It looks like a set for a new sci-fi movie, but it really is Naomie Campbell's new homeE.T. phone home? It looks like a set for a new sci-fi movie, but it really is Naomi Campbell’s new homeSmooth curves: Zaha Hadid is the brains behind the futuristic mansionSmooth curves: Zaha Hadid is the brains behind the futuristic mansionInside the spaceship: The house is said to have its own gym, pool and spaSomething out of a science fiction movie: Architect Zaha Hadid is known for her quirky style. Out of this world: The creation looks like it could have been a spaceship in Star Trek, pictured here, as opposed to a lavish new homeReady for lift-off: The house features dynamic views overlooking the forestFamily home: The couple have been together for four years and are rumored to be tying the knot soonBond style: The private couple enjoyed a night out at the Skyfall premiere in London earlier this week

Is Kim Kardashian wearing an engagement ring?

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend! Just ask Kim Kardashian.

The reality TV star was spotted wearing a huge sparkler on her pinky finger while filming her reality TV show in Miami on Wednesday. While eager observers speculated that it might be a secret engagement ring, sources tell E! News that the pair are not engaged.

Of course, there has been plenty of talk about West, 35, popping the question, thanks to Ryan Seacrest.

The Keeping Up With The Kardashians producer has hinted Kim might be getting more than she bargained for when Kanye whisked her off to Rome on a romantic break with the intent of celebrating her 32nd birthday on Sunday.

Discussing whether there is any truth to the rumors that Kim is ‘demanding an engagement ring’ on his KIIS radio show last week, Ryan told his co-host Ellen K:

‘I think we could definitely see an update on this story on Monday.’

But there was no announcement from the pair and insiders insist he hasn’t proposed just yet.

Twice-married Kim – who is still in the process of divorcing Kris Humphries – has made no secret of wanting to settle down and start a family, and recently confessed she had finally found her match in Kanye. View additional photos here...Is this an engagement ring?

Spotted: Rick Fox and Eliza Dushku at Samsung Mobile launch party in L.A.,…

Rick Fox and his fiance Eliza Dushku were among attendees at Samsung Mobile’s launch party for the new Samsung Galaxy Note II in Beverly Hills, California on October 25, 2012.Rick Fox and Eliza Dushku

Snapshot: Sofia Vergara poses for Glamour Magazine UK…

The sizzling Latina posed for Glamour magazine UK’s November 2012 issue. The shots were captured by Walter Chin.

Johan Jackson is a cool pre-schooler!

Johan Jackson is a pretty cool pre-schooler. The four-year-old student started Pre-K this week in style. Dressed in khaki pants, denim jacket, a navy blue V-neck sweater, and some sunglasses, Johan looked ready to start off his day.

Former “Love & Hip-Hop” star Emily Bustamante a.k.a Emily B was a proud mama as she tweeted to her fans on Monday.” #PrinceJoso”, a nickname that Johan’s dad, rapper Fabolous, gave to the tot when he was born.

Emily later shared that both of her children(she has one son with Fabolous and a daughter from a previous relationship) had “just started high school, the other Pre-K. You know what that means? Its time to…. cook dinner. Lol. They hungry,” Emily B joked on Twitter. Via BCK.

Johan and his big sister Taina

Doutzen Kroes is an angel…well Victoria Secret angel that is!

Bombshells Doutzen Kroes and Candice Swanepoel pranced around in their skivvies and cleavage-baring push-up bras to promote the 2012 VS Holiday collection during in behind-the-scenes video.

Sporting girly prints and bright colors, Miranda Kerr and Behati Prinsloo also joined the fun — maybe a little too much — as they flirtatiously hit each other with feathery pillows on a big, fluffy bed.

Aside from showing off Victoria’s Secret’s newest under garments, the Angels have been spending much of their precious time getting prepped and ready for the big VS fashion show that’s just around the corner.

On Friday, Victoria’s Secret left a message hinting at their annual big shot on their Twitter, reading:

“Rumors that Miranda Kerr go open the show this year. — Victorias Secret(@theangelsvs) October 26, 2012″

Kerr may be opening the show, but Brazilian model Alessandra Ambrosio is the lucky lady who is going to to be flaunting her assets in the famous $2.5 million dollar fantasy bra.

Ambrosio recently gushed about the opportunity in a behind-the-scenes video, saying:  “It’s such an honor. I’ve been working with Victoria’s Secret for 11 years and this is the first time they chose me to wear this bra!” Click here to view full photo gallery…

Victoria's Secret Angels Strip Down for Pajama Party

Victoria's Secret Angels Strip Down for Pajama Party

Victoria's Secret Angels Strip Down for Pajama Party

Victoria's Secret Angels Strip Down for Pajama Party

Zoe Saldana transforms into Nina Simone…

The folks behind the upcoming Nina Simone biopic, Nina, are moving forward with their leading lady pick, despite the controversy surrounding their choice.

On Friday, onlookers got a glimpse at the film’s star, Zoe Saldana, who debuted her big screen makeover during some downtime on set in Los Angeles. Though she had yet to change into costume, Saldana, 34, channeled the late singer with a little help from some facial prosthetics, fake teeth and an afro wig. Zoe Saldana

 

Zoe Saldana as Nina SimoneWriter/director Cynthia Mort’s decision to cast Saldana as Simone has been a point of contention for pop culture critics ever since it was announced this summer.Zoe Saldana and Nina SimoneA number of bloggers have slammed the filmmaker’s pick, asserting that Saldana is too light-skinned for the part, and that the casting choice is another example of Hollywood’s tendency to whitewash African American history.

“When is it going to be O.K. to not be the delicate looking ideal of what the media considers blackness to be?” blogger Tiffani Jones of Coffee Rhetoric wrote (via The New York Times), linking to a petition on Change.org, whose mission is to convince filmmakers to “replace Zoe Saldana with an actress who actually looks like Nina Simone. Via USMagazine.

Roger Ebert‘s review of ‘Cloud Atlas’…

Roger EbertEven as I was watching “Cloud Atlas” the first time, I knew I would need to see it again. Now that I’ve seen it the second time, I know I’d like to see it a third time — but I no longer believe repeated viewings will solve anything. To borrow Churchill’s description of Russia, “it is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.” It fascinates in the moment. It’s getting from one moment to the next that is tricky.

Surely this is one of the most ambitious films ever made. The little world of film criticism has been alive with interpretations of it, which propose to explain something that lies outside explanation. Any explanation of a work of art must be found in it, not taken to it.

As a film teacher, I was always being told by students that a film by David Lynch, say, or Warner Herzog, was “a retelling of the life of Christ, say, or ‘Moby Dick.’ ” My standard reply was: Maybe it’s simply the telling of itself.

Yet “Cloud Atlas” cries out for an explanation, and surely you’ve noticed that I’ve been tap-dancing around one. I could tell you that it relates six stories taking place between the years 1849 and 2346. I could tell you that the same actors appear in different roles, playing characters of different races, genders and ages.

Some are not even human, but fabricants. I could tell you that the acting and makeup are so effective that often I had no idea if I was looking at Tom Hanks, Halle Berry or Jim Broadbent. I could tell you that, and what help is it? Click here to continue reading…

Halle Berry delights in her multi-racial roles in ‘Cloud Atlas’

Showing off her curves: The bodice strapless frock displayed the 46-year-old's ample cleavage as she pouted for photographersFew people exude beauty and talent quite like Halle Berry, an actress who has surpassed most cultural barriers in contemporary society through her work.

Yet in her latest big screen project, Cloud Atlas, the actress goes beyond the norm in a gender-bending, race-defying performance that imagines her as both man and woman – black, white and brown – in a dramatic interpretation of the cycles of humanity.

In the film, hitting theaters Friday, Berry embodies six different characters of multiple ethnicities to depict the story of eternal life throughout the ages. For the Academy Award-winning actress, it was a chance to break anew; to show the range of her façade; and to tackle roles she’s never been able to play in the past, most significantly that of a Jewish white woman named Jocasta Ayrs.

“To tell you the story, I was in a costume fitting with [director] Tom Tykwer trying to bring Jocasta to life, and he was bringing out one costume after the next to try them on,”the 46-year-old tells theGrio at a press junket in Los Angeles.

“He was like, ‘Oh, you look so beautiful, you must have worn dresses like this from 1932 before.’ And I just looked at him and I said, ‘You think I have, really? You think so? As an actor, you think I’ve done this before?’”

She continues, “All the sudden, he goes, ‘Oh you’re black; you’re not really white. You wouldn’t have been this kind of woman in 1935 ever, right?’” Visit TheGrio to continue reading…Halle Berry as Jocasta Ayrs in the epic drama Cloud Atlas, distributed domestically by Warner Bros. Pictures and in select international territories. (Photo by Reiner Bajo)

Cloud Atlas L.A. Premiere…

Cloud Atlas may span 500 years, but it took a trip to present-day at the premiere which took place  on October 24, 2012 at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre  in Los Angeles.

Stars including Halle Berry, Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon, Jim Broadbent and Jim Sturgess premiered the epic film (based on the best-selling novel by David Mitchell) at Grauman’s Chinese theater.

Budgeted at an estimated $100 million dollars, the ambitious film emphasizes how relationships continue over hundreds of years, starting in 1849 and flinging forward to the 24th century. The movie is one of the most expensive independent films ever to be made and features an impressive all-star cast.

Leading lady Halle Berry sizzled in a silver dress as she took to the red carpet at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.Berry, who brought fiance Olivier Martinez as her date, told reporters the film has stayed with her:

“I think the theme of it is something I think is really poignant. I think it’s something that we’ve all thought about it and this gives us a forum to talk about it.” Click here to view more images from the premiere.

The official trailer

Halle BerrySilver siren: Halle Berry stole the spotlight in a shimmering silver dress at the Cloud Atlas premiere in Hollywood on WednesdayThe short metallic lace bodice frock clung to the actress’ every curve and showed off her ample cleavage as well as her slender legs. She teamed the figure-hugging dress with a pair of neutral platform shoes and stunning drop earrings.Showing off her curves: The bodice strapless frock displayed the 46-year-old's ample cleavage as she pouted for photographersThe biracial actress was joined by her fiancé Olivier Martinez for the evening and the 46-year-old sweetly wrapped her arms around her French actor beau.Best supporting fiance: Halle was joined by her French actor beau Olivier Martinez on the red carpetTom Hanks brought his wife Rita WilsonHappy couple: Tom arrived with wife Rita Wilson on his arm to promote the hotly anticipated movieAll-star cast: Halle posed up with her co-stars Tom Hanks and Susan Sarandon at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Susan was feeling all white in a crisp dress which she teamed with a silky cream pashmina. All-star cast: Halle posed up with her co-stars Tom Hanks and Susan Sarandon at the Grauman's Chinese TheatreMeanwhile Keanu Reeves almost managed to scrub up well but just fell short. While the actor sported a suave suit, he paired it with some very scruffy brown loafers.Scruffy: Keanu Reeves almost scrubbed up well but fell short thanks to his battered loafersDream team: Sibling directors Andy and Lana Wachowski of Matrix fame, and Tom TykwerDream team: Sibling directors Andy and Lana Wachowski of Matrix fame, and Tom TykwerEffortless elegance: Fresh-faced actress Xun Zhou looked lovely in grey as she rocked up at the bashEffortless elegance: Fresh-faced actress Xun Zhou looked lovely in grey as she rocked up at the bashPricey: Cloud Atlas is one of the most expensive independent films ever madePricey: Cloud Atlas is one of the most expensive independent films ever made

‘This Must Be The Place’ movie screening…

Eve Hewson, Bono’s beautiful daughter, shines at the screening of ‘This Must Be The Place’ – a movie she stars in. With her daddy fronting one of the world’s most successful rock bands, Eve Hewson must know a bit about fame… thought her subtle demeanour doesn’t betray this.

The absolutely stunning 21-year-old has been quietly building a reputation in the acting world; without shouting from the rooftops that she’s the second daughter of U2 star, Bono.

Born Memphis Eve in Dublin, the blue-eyed brunette now lives quietly in Brooklyn with her boyfriend… but all that could be about to change thanks to her star turn in the hotly anticipated, This Must Be the Place.

Eve has an older sister, Jordan, 23, and two younger brothers Elijah, 13, and 11-year-old John. Bono, real name Paul Hewson, now 52, met Eve’s mother Ali when they were at school together.

The film will be released on November 2. Via DailyMail.

Watch the official trailer below:

Eve Hewson plays MaryRock progeny: Eve Hewson, the beautiful daughter of U2 frontman Bono, attended the screening of her new film, This Must Be the Place in New York tonight She was joined by another Celt; but this time from Scotland as Gerard Butler supported the crew at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York City. In her own right: Eve downplays her father's status in the world's biggest rock 'n' roll band Swarthy: The 42-year-old Gerard Butler looked handsome as he arrived to check out the screening.  Swarthy: Gerard Butler looked handsome as he arrived to check out the screening Blondie star Debbie Harry was flanked by a semi-naked Judah Friedlander and Rob Roth. Autumnal angels: Karoline Kurkova kept it casualCheck her out: Karoline looked lovely in tartan Living legend: Bono and his childhood sweetheart Alison, Eve is their second childHer big break: Eve in the movie, it’s her first significant role. Eve Hewson plays Mary, a key support to Sean Penn’s retired rocker Cheyenne who goes on a mission from Dublin to the US to track down the SS officer who tortured his father in Auschwitz.Her big break: Eve in the movie, it's her first significant role Rocker: Sean Penn plays Cheyenne, who must take a trip to discover who he isRocker: Penn plays Cheyenne, who must take a trip to discover who he is

Flight Movie Premiere, L.A.,…

The Flight premiere took place in L.A. at ArcLight Cinemas on October 23, 2012 in Hollywood, California. The movie is Robert Zemeckis’ first live-action film since Cast Away

Whitaker is flying a route from Orlando to Atlanta. But a mid-air malfunction – and miraculous landing – leads to an investigation that reveals a disturbing truth about his character.

While an investigation is underway, the pilot meets heroin addict Nicole Maggen (Reilly) in hospital, and the pair begin their romance. Kelly Reilly plays a heroin addict opposite Denzel Washington.

John Goodman, Don Cheadle, Bruce Greenwood, Melissa Leo, Garcelle Beauvais, Tamara Tunie and Brian Geraghty lead the ensemble cast while the story unfolds; or rather, for Whitaker, unravels. Click here to view more photos from the premiere…

Official Trailer

Robert Zemeckis and Leslie HarterKelly Reilly could not have looked more angelic at the Los Angeles premiere of the new film.

Kelly Reilly 2Man of the evening: Denzel Washington stars in the Robert Zemeckis film as commercial airline pilot Whip WhitakerMan of the evening: Denzel Washington stars in the Robert Zemeckis film as commercial airline pilot Whip Whitaker

Denzel WashingtonDenzel Washington and Justin MartinBruce GreenwoodGarcelle BeauvaisGarcelle Beauvais

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Denise VelazquezHollywood glamour: Nadine, who plays one of Denzel Washington's love interests in the film, wore a figure-hugging black dressTurbulence ahead: The actor’s character is called into question when he makes an emergency landingTurbulence ahead: The actor's character is called into question when he makes an emergency landingBig laughs: Denzel enjoyed some banter while filming The Tonight Show with Jay Leno a few day earlierBig laughs: Denzel enjoyed some banter while filming The Tonight Show with Jay Leno earlier in the day

Skyfall Movie London Premiere: 007 action…

The cast of the Royal World Premiere of ‘Skyfall’ held at the Royal Albert Hall.UK looked every bit glamorous including other celebrities who attended the premiere.

The Royal World Premiere of Skyfall:

Daniel Craig (Bond 007) declared the red carpet launch of Skyfall his greatest 007 premiere.

Daniel Craig - Skyfall - Royal World Premiere - ArrivalsSecret agent: Daniel Craig signed autographs for fans as he attends the Parisian premiere of the latest Bond movieSecret agent: Daniel Craig signed autographs for fans as he attends the Parisian premiere of the latest Bond movie

Naomie Harris stars as a Bond Girl in the latest 007 film Skyfall. Credit: PA Wire He was joined by fellow stars Javier Bardem, who plays Bond’s nemesis Silva, Ben Whishaw, who stars as Q, Bond Girls Naomie Harris and Berenice Marlohe, and Dame Judi Dench who returns once again as secret service boss M.

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My turn! Fellow Bond Girl Naomie Harris jumped in to pose alongside the leading man

Struggling? Harris made sure she didn't walk on her sheer gown in her high heels as she made her way across the red carpetDame Judi Dench returns once again as secret service boss M. Credit: PA Wire Oscar-winning American Beauty film-maker Sam Mendes was brought on board for the latest film, after Craig boldly invited him to work on it.Elegant: Dame Judi Dench looked graceful in an ice blue floor-length gown as she attended the world premiere of Skyfall on Tuesday nightElegant: Dame Judi Dench looked graceful in an ice blue floor-length gown as she attended the world premiere of Skyfall on Tuesday night Royal company: The star rubbed shoulders with Prince Charles at the glittering event, with him no doubt complimenting her on her unusual neck accessoryRoyal company: The star rubbed shoulders with Prince Charles at the glittering event, with him no doubt complimenting her on her unusual neck accessoryJames Bond star Daniel Craig with Bond Girl Berenice Marlohe. Credit: PA Wire Craig, wearing a Tom Ford suit, said he was “incredibly proud” to once more be playing the suave hero created by Ian Fleming, who first appeared on the big screen in Dr No in 1962.

Red hot: The star was joined by co-star Berenice MarlohePrince Charles, Prince of Wales (R) and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (2nd R) meet James Bond actors Daniel Craig (L) and Dame Judi Dench as they arrive for the Royal World Premiere of the James Bond film “Skyfall” at the Royal Albert Hall on October 23, 2012 in London, England.Daniel Craig - Skyfall - Royal World Premiere - Inside ArrivalsBond actresses have been hailed for centuries for their beauty, grace and glamour, and new girl Berenice Marlohe is keeping up the good name. After wearing not one, but two glamorous gowns during Tuesday night’s Skyfall premiere in London, the actress showed off her style credentials once again at the Parisian red carpet.

In a dazzling, sequined figure-hugging dress on Wednesday evening, the stunning actress, 33, made sure all eyes were on her as she enjoyed another night of classic Bond fun.Keeping up the good name: Berenice Marlohe shows off why she's the new Bond Girl on the red carpet for the Paris Skyfall premiereThe brunette beauty easily outshines her co-stars Javier Bardem and Mister Bond himself, Daniel Craig. Berenice turned heads in her sizzling and sparkly silver gown, which accentuated her small waist and enviable curves to perfection.Happy colleagues: The actress was joined by her two male co-stars, Javier Bardem and Daniel CraigThe French star, who plays new Bond girl Severine in the 23rd instalment of the mega franchise, wore her wavy hair in a loose up-do, and emphasised her eyes with dramatic smokey make-up.Star of the show: The French actress easily outshined her male co-starsBond’s newest girls also showed up to see the new film, including Casino Royale’s Caterina Murino, who starred opposite Daniel Craig in 2006. The Italian actress wore an eye-catching floor-length black gown, with her hair swept into a sophisticated bun.

The current Bond girls also went all out for the premiere at the Royal Opera House, not to be outdone by their predecessors. Berenice wore a show-stopping ruffled red Vivienne Westwood gown while Naomie Harris looked stylish in a Marios Schwab dress.Recent Bond girl: Caterina Murino, who starred opposite Daniel Craig in the 2006 film Casino Royale showed up to see the filmVery glam: Helen McCrory, who plays Clair Dowar in the movie, also showed off her stunning gown as she floated across the carpetVery glam: Helen McCrory, who plays Clair Dowar in the movie, also showed off her stunning gown as she floated across the carpetTamara Ecclestone at the World Premiere of the newest installment of the James Bond series, “Skyfall”Tamara Ecclestone - Celebs at the Premiere of 'Skyfall'

Tamara EcclestoneAnother Lady In red: Newlywed Holly Valance wore a tight fitting scarlet frock with a cape as she joined husband Nick Candy at the screeningAnother Lady In red: Newlywed Holly Valance wore a tight fitting scarlet frock with a cape as she joined husband Nick Candy at the screening“X Factor” U.K. judge Tulisa Contostavlos with the three remaining finalists whom she is mentoring this year in the Girls category: Jade Ellis, Ella Henderson and Lucy Spraggan at premiereStepping out in style: X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos and her contestants Ella Henderson, Jade Ellis and Lucy Spraggan took to the red carpet on Tuesday evening at the Royal Premiere of Skyfall in London

Tulisa Contostavlos

Also in attendance: Former X Factor contestants JLS showed off their matching suitsAlso in attendance: Former X Factor contestants JLS showed off their matching suitsAlso in attendance: Former X Factor contestants JLS showed off their matching suitsBoris Becker and wife Lilly BeckerBoris Becker - Skyfall - Royal World Premiere - Arrivals

Boris Becker - Helen McCrory arrives for Royal World Premiere of 'Skyfall' held at London's Royal Albert HallNaomi CampbellNaomi Campbell and Vlad Doronin

New York Premiere

(L-R) Producer Michael Wilson, director Sam Mendes, actors Naomie Harris, Daniel Craig, Bernice Marlohe, Javier Bardem and producer Barbara Broccoli attend “Skyfall” Cast Photo Call at Crosby Street Hotel on October 15, 2012 in New York City.Daniel Craig - "Skyfall" Cast Photo CallA tale of two outfits: Naomie Harris showed off her perfect pins in a black minidress, while co-star Bérénice Marlohe covered up in a military-inspired coatBond girls: Naomie Harris and Bérénice Marlohe opted for very different looks as they attended a photocall for upcoming 007 movie Skyfall in New York City on Monday

Licence to thrill: The leading ladies were joined at the event by James Bond himself, Daniel Craig (C), and 007 villain Javier Bardem (R)Sexy: Marlohe looked a far cry from her sultry Bond alter-ego Sévérine as she walked the red carpetSexy: Marlohe looked a far cry from her sultry Bond alter-ego Sévérine as she walked the red carpet in New YorkThe name’s Bond: Daniel Craig will make his third appearance as the crime-fighting double agent in Skyfall, which hit UK cinemas on October 26.The name's Bond: Daniel Craig will make his third appearance as the crime-fighting double agent in Skyfall, which hits UK cinemas on October 26

Weekend Box Office Openings: ‘Cloud Atlas’ and ‘Fun Size’…

The Wachowskis’ Oscar contender Cloud Atlas and Halloween flick Fun Size hit theaters on Friday and both have massive star-power to draw fans to the box office.

Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas movie poster

Starring Academy Award winners Tom Hanks and Halle Berry, Cloud Atlas is a sweeping action-adventure epic that centers around six different story lines, with the actors playing multiple roles in each vignette.

The movie is based on the 2004 David Mitchell novel of the same name, and is the most expensive independent movie to date. Though the movie has received mixed reviews from critics, the Cloud Atlas premiere at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival received a 10-minute standing ovation when it was shown to a packed crowd.Cloud atlas movie

Fun Size

fun size movie posterDirector Josh Schwartz has a funny star-studded movie packaged for Halloween. Starring Nickelodeon darling Victoria Justice in her break out role onto the silver screen, and featuring Chelsea Handler, Josh Pence,  Jane Levy and Thomas Mann, this Halloween comedy is guaranteed to receive lots of laughs.

The movie is centered around a teen who is forced to take her little brother trick-or-treating on Halloween. When he goes missing, she recruits her friends to help track him down before her mother finds out.Fun size movie