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
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, 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 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 conferenceGo East: Barack Obama and Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra review an honor guard during a welcoming ceremony at Government House in BangkokQuick 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 BangkokSpiritual: 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 visitMeeting: Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej talking to Obama along with the Secretary of StateOn tour: Obama and Clinton at the Wat Pho Royal Monastery 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 MondayWarm 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 communityArrival: Obama waves upon arriving at the residence of the Myanmar democracy activistWorld 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 reformsAffection: 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 YangonClose: 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 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 doneBoth sides: The President also met with Myanmar’s President Thein Sein during the six-hour tripAffection: 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 YangonActing 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 visitTour: 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 countryIn waiting: 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 YangonReady: 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 democracyNext 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 meetingBusiness: 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 BolkiahGetting 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 morningGreetings: 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 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 YangonUnusual 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 reformsTaking 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 motorcadeHappy 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 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
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, 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 JiabaoMaking friends: Obama speaks with the Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah as leaders pose for a photoAt 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 Gillard
For 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…
Loose 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…
If 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?
For 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 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)Sweet 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 distanceWhat a turkey: The Obamas share a laugh while Cobbler, the 2012 National Thanksgiving Turkey, gobbles away in delightSettle 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 approachedLaughing 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 WednesdayTake 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)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 WednesdayLike 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 ThanksgivingFamily time: US President Barack Obama puts his arms around his daughters Sasha (right) and Malia (left) as he exits the Rose Garden after the ceremonyVictorious: The 2012 National Thanksgiving Turkey, Cobbler, stands tall as he is presented before the American public on WednesdayDestined 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 20Winning: Cobbler earned the most votes as part of the online campaign. He enjoys strutting and eating cranberriesCompetition: Gobbler was also in the running but just wasn’t as popular with the votersTasty treat? In 2010, Mr Obama pardoned Apple while his daughters Sasha and Malia look onTasty treat? In 2010, Mr Obama pardoned Apple while his daughters Sasha and Malia look onJoin the feast: Dwight D. Eisenhower received a 43-pound turkey from the National Turkey Federation (pictured November 14, 1954) but Ike feasted on the birdYum: Harry S Truman received a Thanksgiving turkey (on November 16, 1949) and joked that the large turkey would help feed his 25 relativesThanksgiving 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 FederationMercy: 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 peacePardoning: Obama pardons Courage the National Thanksgiving Turkey in 2009
Sasha and Malia join their parents to hand out treats and and White house M&Ms to the needy!
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 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 doingFamily tradition: The Obamas have been volunteering at the DC food bank since 2008In 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&MsFowl 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…
A 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 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, 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 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 meeting
Developing countries to receive over $400 billion in remittances in 2012, says World Bank report…
Remittance 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’…
As 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.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
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
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 Israel
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 BankIsraeli defense: soldiers fire tear gas towards stone throwers in occupied West Bank
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 NeedSlowing 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 groupThey’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 pointingUnited front: Kimberley and Sarah held hands during the second performanceTwitter 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 againGiddy: 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 performanceShake 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 bearNervous: 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…
Promise 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…
Pain 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:
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.
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
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
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 1996Rehearsals: 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 staffCostly: 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 brothersGolden 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 financesHeyday: 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…
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.
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 showBattle 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 looksReady for her close-up: Nicole let the strapless dress do all the talking as she kept her beauty look naturalWicked Witch? Tulisa’s elaborate black attire wasn’t a hit with the viewers at home
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.’
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.Not exactly Royal: Models show off the Kardashian Kollection during the London launch party last weekCan 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
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 SaturdayCheer 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 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
Wardrobe Malfunction: Jennifer Tilly cleavage spills out of low-cut dress at charity gala…
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 dressShocking: 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
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, QatarMaking 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 2009Hollywood legend: The star was dressed down for the eventAnother 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 ceremonyHer 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 bagNutritious: The 31-year-old star seemed to be clutching a healthy drink as she emerged from the gymTime 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 complimentStill 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‘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 Sweet tooth: 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
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 AreasIntimate: 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 TreRomantic: 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 tourThe highs and lows: Cheryl admitted she feels ‘vulnerable’ when she takes to the stage without her Girls Aloud bandmates
Sounds 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 SaturdayFancy 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 ThomassNo 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 insideBreak 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 bagDressed down: Rihanna wore a colourful coat to stay warm in the French capital cityAlways 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 herMeet and greet: The pair chatted with fans waiting at the arrivals loungeBlinging: 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 capitalDapper: P Diddy looked smart as usual in his grey suit pants and long coat, with a fur lined collar to keep out the coldWild 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 cameraNo more cameras: Cassie is shielding her face from the camera Take my hand: Rita’s boots prove a little unsteady as she grabs a helpers palm to lead the way as she leaves NobuAnd 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 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’Girls night out: The band have recently been out in force to 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 complimentStill friends: The two laughed off the little spat, but not before Tulisa set the record straight. Walsh is said to ‘adore’ Tulisa
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.
The 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 FloridaGetting 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 boardIn unison: One of Kim’s friends paddled around next to herClose 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 boatHaving 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
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
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 ShowEclipse: 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 activitiesLine 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 fansStanding 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 programTroublemaker: 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.Warm 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
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
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 ParisWinners: The couple are delighted when their team win the matchFootball 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 SaturdayIn 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 pitchVictory: 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 match
Bleeding love! Leona Lewis ‘shares dressing room’ with One Direction’s Liam Payne for one hour after ‘Children In Need’ performance!
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.
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.
‘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 FridayAfter-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 FirefliesGood spirits: Liam seemed in a great mood as he chatted to presenter Fearne Cotton during the 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.
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 DouglasAll 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
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 WalshMoving on: Louis Walsh seemed to be in better spirits than Nicole as he headed out for dinner with a blonde female companionDramatic: 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 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 monthNot bothered: Tulisa looked carefree and radiant when she performed at G-A-Y on Saturday nightGetting close: Tulisa told Twitter that she is ‘happy with her man’ Danny Simpson
Danny Simpson on Tulisa: “‘I think we can make it work”…
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 distanceBusy bee: Tulisa headed to G-A-Y straight after her appearance on Saturday night’s X FactorExplosive claims: Stephanie Ward, the mother of Danny’s three-year-old daughter, has claimed she is pregnant with his second childNew couple: Tulisa jetted to Newcastle to stay with Danny last week
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 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 starMaterial 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 outNot 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 Gardens
For 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.
For all the photos from Alfonso and Angela’s wedding day, pick up this week’s issue of In Touch, on newsstands now!
Alfonso Ribeiro and his daughter from a previous marriage
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.”
For more on Alfonso’s Fiji getaway, pick up this week’s issue of In Touch on newsstands now.
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…
Kimora Lee-Simmons: “Djimon and I have been separated for some time!”
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 yearsIn 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 yearLife was a beach: The couple are seen with Kenzo during Christmas Day 2011 in St. BartsLoved 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 McConaugheyCowboy 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 weddingWaiting 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 pounds
Alicia Keys reunited with estranged dad after grandmother’s death…
Grammy-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?
An 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…
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.
Lenny Kravitz cast as Marvin Gaye in upcoming biopic…
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 Standard. The 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 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…
Madonna, 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 FactorGetting back to work: Khloe landed at LAX to return to her presenting role at CBSWorking lady: Khloe is doing thriving in the live role despite her opening night slip upThe night job: Khloe glams it up for The X Factor live shows each week where she presents with Mario LopezOwning 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
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 MondayFamily: 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 outCome 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 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 surroundingsTime 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 home
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 ensembleGranny 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 phoneSomething 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 up
Holiday Glamour: Tulisa Contostavlos shows her model side for Bank Fashion…
She’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 fashionCurve 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 playsuitCheesy: 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
Doting 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.
The 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
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 TuesdayQuality 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 beforeCravings: Perhaps Amber was indulging her sweet tooth with a slice of cheesecake
Lenny Kravitz talks football, food and more…
These 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 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 blouseOops! 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 showKeeping close: Kanye stayed close to his ladylove, who smiled for the camerasBored much? Kanye didn’t appear to be as excited as Kim and her sistersChatty: Kim was chatting away with her entourage as she arrived for the big eventArriving in style: The reality star arrived in a matte black Mercedes 4WDExcited: The clan could be seen jumping up from their seats as Khloe took to the stageKardashians 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 hostMe and my man: Kim posted a snap of her and Kanye in the audienceHappy couple: Kim tweeted constantly throughout the night, including this picture of her mother Kris Jenner sitting on her step-father Bruce’s kneeBackstage: Just before she went onstage, Khloe posted her very first Keek video of herself backstageRaring to go: Dressed in a fitted white mini dress and her hair coiffed to perfection, Khloe was ready for week four of the live showsProud: 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 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 nightIs 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 tableShocked: Fellow judge Demi Lovato made fun of the British judge as Britney Spears looked shocked and L.A. Reid laughedBlushing: Co-host Mario Lopez even looked embarrassed about the brazen moveNext stop L.A.: Khloe also sat on L.A. Reid’s lap backstageWhite 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 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 TuesdayPDA: 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 leatherCan’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 familyFamily 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 sing‘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 sometimesGreat 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’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 her
Heidi Klum prepares for first Thanksgiving without Seal as she takes her brood shopping with bodyguard boyfriend…
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.’
Heidi 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 GroveThe bodyguard: Heidi was accompanied by her bodyguard/boyfriend Martin KristenMoving on: Heidi has confirmed she is in a relationship with the South African minderWait for me!: Youngest daughter Lou tagged behind with a nannyOn 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 overseas
A black family’s racist experience 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.
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 dressCheryl’s nude leather look was bound to upstage the birthday girlLet me though! Cheryl Cole looks determined to get into the bashDancing queen! Kimberley Walsh looked amazing in leatherPicture perfect: Cheryl’s make-up is flawless as she steps out for dinner, down to her immaculate bronzerCome off it! Cheryl claims to have eaten too much at dinner, while looking amazingToo 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 dessertsSimply gorgeous: Cheryl looked amazing in her butter leather dress with daring scarlett lipstickBirthday 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
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 handsNot 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 GabrielPriorities: 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 lunchLunch date: Earlier the pair enjoyed a meal at Italian restaurant Angelini OsteriaDoting 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 studioBlack 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 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
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
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 cleavageGirls 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 performEnjoying 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 dancersOne 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
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.
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, FloridaA pleasant view: Madonna was taking in the view of her toyboy boyfriend Brahim Zaibat, who wasted no time preening and posing on the balconyHunky: 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, sixKicking 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 balconyWork experience: Lourdes had a summer job working in the wardrobe department on the MDNA tour
Johan 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
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 nightCompanion: Nadine hugged a male pal before disappearing into the nightHell for leather: Cheryl Cole looked incredible in a form-fitting tan leather dress as she attended Kimberley’s birthday celebrations at upmarket Zuma restaurantClose 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 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 togetherAnnouncement: Rochelle Humes revealed she was pregnant with her first childBaby 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 pregnancyLoved 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 bandmatesHappy: 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 monthPop star: Rochelle with her Saturdays bandmates (L-R) Frankie Sandford, Una Healy, Vanessa White and Mollie King
KolorBlind Fashion Alert: Malia’s style archive…
Looking 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.’
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 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-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
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
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 faceBooking 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 seatDowncast: 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’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 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 FranceHe’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 2009
Wild Thing: Heidi Klum is a grey head for 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 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 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 ThursdayA 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 dressBest 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 ceremonyMixed 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 waistcoatsRocketman: 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 ceremonyNew friends: Jahmene was thrilled to meet the gorgeous Alesha at the event
Leona Lewis fails to flatter in bizarre baggy outfit on ‘Daybreak’!
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.’
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’Singing her heart out: Leona Lewis’ hair was in loose curls on Daybreak
Happy 4th birthday Naleigh Kelley!
Happy 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
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.
The 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 clipCover 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 shootArt 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 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 bottomJapanese: 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 showStar collecting: David Haye must collect stars while bugs fall on himCalm: 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 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 sit down to enjoy their Thanksgiving meal in KabulThe works: Soldiers have a selection of all their Thanksgiving Day favorites to choose fromSoldiers throughout Afghanistan celebrate Thanksgiving Day however best they canPresident 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 KabulU.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 Kabul
A White House Christmas: Michelle Obama welcomes tree with help from Sasha and Malia (and Bo too!)
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.’
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 onChristmas 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 arrivalHere 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 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 monthFestive: 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 Friday
Roger Ebert reviews ‘Lincoln’ the movie…
I’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!
No 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.