Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani has topped the latest Forbes’ India Rich List with a net worth of 27 billion dollars for the third consecutive time.
Steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal remains at No. 2 with a net worth of 26.1 billion dollars.
Moving up to third position this year is IT outsourcer Wipro’s Azim Premji. His wealth increased to 17.6 billion dollars from 14.9 billion dollars last year amid an improving outlook for the sector.
Premji moves up to third place, displacing younger Ambani sibling Anil Ambani, who dropped to No. 6.
India’s rising stock market and a booming economy that’s expanding by 8.5 percent have boosted the net worth of richest people.
The combined net worth of India’s 100 richest people is 300 billion dollars, up from 276 billion dollars last year. This year, there are 69 billionaires on the India Rich List, 17 more than last year.
Also improving on their previous ranking to No. 4 are brothers Shashi and Ravi Ruia with 15 billion dollars, more than their last year’s net worth of 13.6 billion dollars.
Naazneen Karmali, India Editor of Forbes Asia and Mumbai bureau manager of Forbes magazine, said: “As we had predicted, the huge correction in Indian wealth which occurred in 2008 is fast becoming a distant memory. This year’s list illustrates the vibrancy and resilience of India’s economy.”
Twenty-six of the 35 who returned to the top 40 from last year are wealthier now. The biggest gainer in percentage terms was media baron Kalanithi Maran, who made a splash with his purchase of a big stake in low-cost airline SpiceJet. His net worth rose 74 percent.
The top 10 richest in India are:
1) Mukesh Ambani; $27 billion
2) Lakshmi Mittal; $26.1 billion
3) Azim Premji; $17.6 billion
4) Shashi & Ravi Ruia; $15 billion
5) Savitri Jindal; $14.4 billion
6) Anil Ambani; $13.3 billion
7) Gautam Adani; $10.7 billion
8) Kushal Pal Singh; $9.2 billion
9) Sunil Mittal; $8.6 billion
10) Kumar Birla; $8.5 billion
Thursday, September 30
Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani has topped the latest Forbes’ India Rich List with a net worth of 27 billion dollars for the third consecutive time.
Wednesday, September 29
Actress Eva Longoria Parker has raised $568,440 in a celebrity Twitter auction for disabled children in Haiti.
Parker spearheaded the auction on the social networking site. The 35 year old offered to follow fans on Twitter and arrange one-of-a-kind meetings for the winning bidders who donated money throughout last week.
The funds raised from the auction event will go to ‘a home in haiti’ and will be used to rebuild The Miriam Center, which cares for children suffering from autism and cerebral palsy.
Gisele Bundchen’s Calvin Klein custom gown sold for a whopping 50,000 dollars in an auction for charity.
The dress went under the hammer at the Brazil Foundation gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Later, husband Tom Brady, Francisco Costa, Lorenzo Martone and ‘Gossip Girl’ actress Amanda Setton joined the Brazilian supermodel for dinner.
The group then rushed to the after-party at the Top of the Standard, where they buzzed about the non-Brazilians celebs in the house: Kevin Spacey, Jim Carrey, Anne Hathaway and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Kylie Minogue is on a career high as she has bagged two nominations at this year’s ARIA (Australian Record Industry Association) Awards.
The 42 year old has been nominated for best female artist category and best pop release for her latest album "Aphrodite".
Aussie rockers "The Temper Trap" have bagged five nominations, including Best group and most popular Australian album for conditions, while "Powderfinger" competes in four categories.
The ceremony will take place at the Sydney Opera House on November 7.
Leonardo Dicaprio has boosted his campaign to preserve the world’s tiger population by meeting with India’s Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh at a Coalition of Rainforest Nations event in New York.
The ‘Titanic’ star announced in May he has pledged his support to the World Wildlife Fund’s Save Tigers Now initiative, which aims to raise 13 million pound to help double the number of the species by 2022.
"The actor met the minister and has expressed his interest to play a crucial role in sensitising the global community to the cause of the Indian tiger. DiCaprio plans to come to India to be a part of the conservation efforts," said an Indian government official.
DiCaprio is not the only star backing the campaign. Earlier this year, Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan called for more work to preserve India’s dwindling tiger population.
Tuesday, September 28
Actress Christina Applegate has co-designed a stylish new pendant necklace with jewelry designer Alex Woo to raise money for her Right Action for Women foundation in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
This piece reminds me so much of the roses I made out of ribbons for my friends and family while in the hospital,” said Christina.
“I am so grateful to Alex for creating such a beautiful piece to benefit Right Action for Women.
“Proceeds from the necklace will help women at high risk for breast cancer get the screenings and testing they need to beat this disease,” she said.
The tree and branches within the pendant - offered in both silver (198 dollars) and gold (998 dollars) – are designed to signify balance, peace, harmony and the curves of a woman.
The seven leaves represent each day of the week, reminding women to live everyday to the fullest.
Singer Kerry Katona is all set to launch her own fashion line.
Former Atomic Kitten band member is said to be designing her own clothing line in collaboration with High Street store New Look.
"She is ecstatic to be working on a clothing line. She never used to have any confidence in her dress sense and used to just throw outfits together. But she’s over the moon with her new sexy, sophisticated look and has really got into fashion," said a friend of Katona.
"She wants her collection to be very real. And although Kerry is pretty clued up about fashion, we all know it’s not always been that way. She’s hoping to design some comfy but trendy clobber for busy mums to wear on the school run."
Mariah Carey fell flat on her backside while performing in Singapore.
Carey tumbled while she was belting out "Make it happen" at the Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix, but she managed to get back on her feet with some assistance.
Despite the embarrassing moment, the pop star continued her performance and sang her other songs barefoot.
While going to her dressing room, she sai, "I did that on purpose".
Madonna will now expand her teen clothing range ‘Material Girl’ by including swimwear and lingerie.
The 52 year old singer launched the range some time back with her 13 year old daughter Lourdes.
"We’re focused on rolling Material Girl out into additional categories, including swim and intimates and expanding the dress assortments. We launched footwear with ballet flats this season but we’re going to expand into a full footwear collection going forward. It’s all under discussion," said a spokesperson.
The collection, which offers clothes, footwear, handbags, jewellery and accessories, modelled by Gossip Girl star Taylor Momsen, is available at US store Macy’s.
Saturday, September 25
Hollywood actress Lindsay Lohan has bared all for a scene in her new action movie ‘Machete’.
The movie, co-directed by Robert Rodriquez, features a number of controversial sequences, including a shower scene featuring Jessica Alba.
The 29 year old Alba recently came to the defence of co-star Lohan after it was revealed that the actress could go back to prison in light of her recent troubles.
"The fact that she can poke fun at herself – she’s a brilliant actress. ‘Mean Girls’ is a classic. It’s so good. How can you ever forget that? I think people should probably focus more on someone’s career and maybe less on someone’s personal circumstances. It’s nobody’s business. Everyone goes through their own thing," said Alba.
Lohan plays a kidnapped socialite in ‘Machete’.
Friday, September 24
Popstar and brand new ‘American Idol’ judge Jennifer Lopez has banned ex-husband Ojani Noa, an aspiring singer, from auditioning on the superhit talent show.
Earlier this week it was revealed that Noa, Lopez’s first husband, was planning to audition for the show.
The 38 year old said he would be queuing up alongside other hopefuls and planned on singing one of his ex-wife’s songs.
When the ‘Get It Right’ hitmaker, who reportedly signed a USD 12 million contract to be on the judging panel, found out about this, she got the channel to stop him from competiting.
"Jennifer told Fox to make sure that the screeners at the auditions would not let Ojani anywhere near the auditions. Fox made it clear he was not welcome and that he could be arrested if he showed up so he dropped the plan at the last minute," said a source.
"It was a shame because all he wanted to do was to showcase his voice and show people that he can really sing too," added the source.
Lopez has provided the security team with all kinds of information about her estranged ex-husband, including photos, detailed descriptions and even some recordings of him singing.
The 41 year old was married to the former Cuban waiter for just under a year between 1997 and 1998. The pair has been embroiled in bitter court battles ever since the singer tried to block him from releasing a film about his life because it reportedly contained raunchy footage of them together.
Thursday, September 23
Supermodel Kate Moss has revealed that her pals slap her to keep her grounded.
In a recent interview at London Fashion Week she said, her pals give her a wallop when she’s getting too big for her boots.
"I’ve got good friends, they give me a bit of a slap. They say ‘Stop being a diva!’, and then Slap," said Moss.
The catwalk queen, who attended the Longchamp party with mother Linda, credited the first time she worked for John Galliano as the most memorable moment of her career.
"My first John Galliano shoot was the most poignant," she said.
Nothing woos audiences better than item numbers and liplock scenes. And Zoya Akhtar is making sure that she adds them all in her new film, ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’.
The film that stars Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif, Abhay Deol, Farhan Akhtar and Kalki Koechlin will have a super hot liplock scene. And it will be Hrithik and Katrina who will share over a minute long kiss scene in the film.
Confirms a source, “Zoya had been planning a kiss sequence between Hrithik and Katrina for long. But since Katrina is averse to doing such scenes, she wanted to handle the situation delicately.”
There is an extended kissing scene between Hrithik and Katrina. The source said, “There’s an important sequence where Katrina realizes her love for Hrithik, who has just bid her goodbye and is going away and so she zooms in on her bike, overtakes Hrithik, parks the bike and stops him and simply kisses him and expresses her feelings and love.”
What’s interesting is that Zoya did not have much difficulty in convincing Katrina to enact the scene. And if all this happens to be true then this will be the longest kissing scene in Bollywood, beating the previous one by Aamir and Karisma in ‘Raja Hindustani’.
Wednesday, September 22
Angelina Jolie has become the only woman to have joined Hollywood hardmen Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Top 10 action hero list.
The Oscar-winning star of ‘Lara Croft: Tomb Raider’ and recent action spy thriller ‘Salt’ was ranked seven with only two percent votes in the survey conducted by online sports nutrition brand ‘myprotein’.
And it was tough guy Stallone, who topped the poll, in which almost 2,000 British men and women voted for their ultimate action hero.
The 64-year-old star of ‘Rocky’, ‘Rambo’ and ‘The Expendables’ scooped 31 per cent of the vote and beat ‘Terminator’ star Schwarzenegger, who came second with 24 per cent.
‘Die Hard’ star Bruce Willis, who made a cameo along with Schwarzenegger in Sly’s action movie homage ‘The Expendables’, was third with 15 per cent, and martial arts legend Bruce Lee was fourth.
Jean Claude Van Damme rounded off the top five.
Steven Seagal was voted into sixth place, while Chuck Norris, Will Smith and Jason Statham all finished behind Angelina in the poll, with less than one per cent of the vote each.
Amitabh Bachchan will now be seen voicing his concerns about disabled children, all thanks to Akshay Kumar, brand ambassador of Special Olympics, who requested him to propagate the cause.
"Akshay was shooting in the film city next door and messaged me that he would wish to meet me. He propagates the cause of the Special Olympics and desired that I do a small TV byte that stated how we must never refer to disabled children in their disability and call them retarded," Big B wrote on his blog. "
Instead, they needed to be treated and handled with care and understanding, teaching them to stand on their own feet and not be the cause for any kind of contrived sympathy. Felt good doing that."
The Special Olympics provide year-round athletics training to kids as well as adults with intellectual disabilities.
Shahid might not go on record to accept his romantic relationship with Priyanka Chopra but he is acting otherwise. The actor is behaving like a jilted lover and is reportedly peeved with his ladylove over her liplock with Ranbir Kapoor in their upcoming film ‘Anjaana Anjaani’.
So much is Shahid annoyed with Priyanka and Ranbir’s intimate scene that he has decided not to watch the film.
According to sources, Priyanka and Shahid were spotted watching ‘Dabangg’ together at a suburban multiplex. A source reveals that during the course of the film, the two were heard discussing ‘Anjaana Anjaani’.
"Shahid isn’t too happy with the liplock scene. He might not even watch the movie just to avoid watching PC puckering up to RK," adds a source.
The source further states that the kisses weren’t part of the original script but were added in much later during the US schedule.
"It was a spur-of-the-moment decision by director Siddharth Anand to incorporate the kisses to show the growing intimacy between Ranbir and Priyanka. The kisses were shot with only the cameraman, director and a lightman present. The rest of the crew was asked to leave the sets as the lead pair didn’t want to share the intimate moment with 15 people watching," adds the source.
Monday, September 20
Bollywood bombshell Mallika Sherawat lifted the spirits of the Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) by attending fashion designer Anita Dongre’s show as a guest.
When asked why she didn’t make Mallika her showstopper, Dongre said: "I just invited her as a friend to attend the show. In fact, my showstoppers were two Rajasthani dancers who came all the way from Jaipur and did a wonderful job."
The outfit Mallika was wearing was from Dongre’s summer collection, the designer revealed.
"She was wearing one of my designed outfits. She was wearing a yellow organic cotton federate dress from my summer 2011 collection," said Dongre.
In the collection, the embroidery was cleverly used on cuffs, necklines and yokes in glittering gold and silver. Drapes appeared on dresses with the greatest of ease as they innovatively moved all over the garments, while cowls were used with great ingenuity.
The silhouettes were figure-hugging and sexy and the highlights were a raglan-sleeved cowl-neck outfit, and a hooded one with a cowled yoke and a simple elegant printed sheath.
"It was Rajasthan inspired, I enjoyed designing it. Everyone was wearing bandni dresses which were again inspired by Rajasthan," said Dongre.
The designer also wanted to promote Rajasthan’s folk culture through her show.
"I really want to promote folk art. Rajasthani dancers were my way of saying India should treasure its folk artists and I think from now on in every show, I am going to get folk artistes from across the country. I will put them on the ramp as I think that they deserve to be recognised," said Dongre.
Apart from Mallika, Dongre’s show had a band of women celebrities cheering for her. They included Sunidhi Chauhan, Esha Koppikar, Diana Hayden, Dipannita Sharma, Gurinder Chadha, Tisca Chopra and Vidya Malvade.
Indian actress Freida Pinto, who is starring in new Woody Allen directed movie “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger”, has revealed her on set experience.
The 25 year old actress revealed that she was very comfortable working with Allen, 74, and that he gave her much leeway to improvise on the script.
“You cannot predict what will happen and what his style of directing will be like,” said Freida.
“Everyone told me that he was going to be very quiet and very elusive and that he was probably not going to talk to me. But that wasn’t the case at all.
“That’s the amazing thing about Woody Allen. He doesn’t want you to follow the script like it’s the Bible. He wants you to be flexible and bring your own flavour to a character.
Pinto was asked whether she has gained more confidence after working with Allen.
“This film pretty much marked the peak of my confidence. If I could work on a project with a legendary director like him, then I don’t think there’ll be any other challenges that come my way that I can’t handle!” she added.
Heidi Montag and her estranged husband Spencer Pratt have been spotted kissing each other, fuelling rumours of a reconciliation between the two.
The former couple, who are in the process of divorcing after just over a year of getting married, locked lips at the Santa Barbara Zoo.
Montag was also spotted wearing her wedding ring.
The duo has not confirmed their reunion, but Montag has hinted she wants to stop the proceedings of their divorce.
"As far as I’m concerned, the last thing in the world after everything we have just been through is to go through with this divorce. But we are just taking life second by second," said Montag.
The couple had recently gone to Costa Rica, and Pratt claimed the trip brought them closer.
"It was clear we’re soulmates. I don’t see any reason we can’t get back on track," she said.
Saturday, September 18
Indian actress Freida Pinto has posed in a short leather skirt, while sporting a sultry look during a photoshoot for GQ magazine.
The 25 year old actress had on a low cut beige vested top, complete with red nail varnish and tousled black hair, as she posed for the photoshoot for American GQ magazine.
The actress gave a sultry look as she cut up a blood red pomegranate, which she deseeded with a sharp knife.
The ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ star also posed in a series of provocative outfits for the photoshoot, which she had taken part in to promote her new film work.
Freida's GQ photos here
Friday, September 17
Hollywood celebrities Rihanna, Jessica Alba and Jennifer Aniston have been recognised for their fashion statement by People magazine in its annual best dressed list while Zoe Saldana has topped the list of best dressed women.
The ‘Umbrella’ hitmaker who is known for her eccentric dressing sense was awarded ‘The Daring Diva’.
However, Rihanna wasn’t the only star to be given a fashion nod by the magazine, with the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Alba and Gwen Stefani also picking up awards.
Actress Alba won ‘The Mix Master’ title for her ability to look fashion-forward both on and off the red carpet, while Stefani who is mother of two sons was awarded ‘The Hip Mom’ and Aniston was named ‘The American Classic’.
Prince William’s girlfriend Kate Middleton won over judges for "always looking chic and refined", and was awarded "The Princess in Waiting" accolade.
People Magazine’s 2010 Best Dressed awards list:
1) Zoe Saldana - The Red Carpet Queen
2) Gwen Stefani - The Hip Mom
3) Rihanna - The Daring Diva
4) Diane Kruger - The Runway Renegade
5) Lea Michele - The Newbie
6) Olivia Palermo - The Uptown Girl
7) Jessica Alba - The Mix Master
8) Jennifer Aniston - The American Classic
9) Rachel Bilson - The Denim Darling
10) Kate Middleton - The Princess in Waiting
Asin Thottumkal has joined the likes of Aishwarya Rai, Priyanka Chopra and Katrina Kaif as the new brand ambassador of Lux soap.
She has been signed as the face of the soap’s new variant Lux Sandal & Cream.
"It’s a beauty accolade to be associated with the legendary beauty brand Lux, which has celebrated beauty and glamour over the decades. It gives me immense pride to endorse the new natural variant Lux Sandal & Cream, as I truly believe in being beautiful the natural way," said Asin.
"The credit of rooting the right beauty mantra goes to my mom, who being a doctor, has always entrusted the beauty of my skin to sandalwood, due to its magical cleansing, toning and moisturising attributes," she added.
Asin has featured in commercials for Mirinda, Big Bazaar, Sure - Anti perspirant, Tata Sky, Clinic All Clear and Fairever Fairness cream.
Reality TV star Kim Kardashian forked out a whopping 64,000 pounds on handbags in Paris.
The boutique staff of posh Hermes store was stunned to see Kim’s wild expenditure on handbags in a single visit.
She and mum Kris Jenner, 54, reportedly bought six exclusive Birkin bags, costing 6,400 pounds each.
Kim also bought a rare crocodile-skin bag worth 19,200 pounds and the bill was topped up by France’s skyrocketing sales tax.
The hand-made Birkins, named after actress Jane Birkin, are a huge hit with celebs.
Thursday, September 16
Bollywood hotie, Priyanka Chopra is flying high these days. The actress, who has won applauds for her fearless act in ‘Khatron Ke Khiladi’ season 3, is bombarded with top notch assignments for next year. Believe it or not, but Piggy Chops has as many as nine valuable offers lined up for next year, making her the most sought-after A-list actress in the industry.
Says a source, “Actually Priyanka has been offered a lot more projects. The nine that she is considering are the short-listed ones”.
The source further added, “The number of assignments she is doing has peaked with every passing year. In 2010, they were quite a handful. But for 2011 they have exceeded all limits. In the past one year she has already said no to plum assignments ranging from Prakash Jha’s ‘Raajneeti’ to Abbas-Mustan’s ‘The Italian Job’ because she devoted more than normal time to projects like ‘What’s Your Raashee?’ and ‘Saat Khoon Maaf’.”
And doing so many films is also taking a toll on her health. Talking about her projects, Priyanka said, “Doing the seven roles in ‘Saat Khoon Maaf’ was like doing seven different films. Then I rushed off for ‘Fear Factor’, which was again physically very exhausting. Ideally, I’d have liked to take time off before going into my next film. But there is no time. I leave for Berlin in two weeks after vigorously promoting ‘Anjaana Anjaani’ in Mumbai.”
“There is just that much work I can do. I am not the kind of person who does things half-heartedly. Whether it’s a fun film like Don 2 or an intense study of feminine postures in Saat Khoon Maaf, I am 100 per cent all there. So yes, I’ve to regretfully say no to a lot of films in the coming year,” adds the actress.
Saturday, September 11
Halle Berry and her ‘Dark Tide’ co-star Olivier Martinez have been photographed hitting the streets of London hand-in-hand, fuelling rumours that the two are dating.
Reports circulated earlier this week that she is now romancing the French actor after the pair was spotted enjoying an intimate dinner in Paris.
Now, Berry has further fuelled the speculation by taking a romantic stroll with Martinez in London while clutching his hand.
"It’s early days but they are very keen on each other," said a source.
Wednesday, September 8
British Actress Gemma Arterton has been declared woman of the year at the GQ Men of the Year Awards, which was held at the Royal Opera House in London.
The Kinks star Ray Davis received the outstanding achievement prize, while Damon Albarn’s cartoon group Gorillaz were named best band.
Former Oasis star Noel Gallagher was at the ceremony, and admitted Damon - who was historically his bitter rival due to Oasis’ feud with Blur in the 90s - was worthy of the recognition.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron received the best politician award, and took the opportunity to joke with the crowd. He poked fun at England soccer player Wayne Rooney, who took to the pitch for his country last night amid allegations he cheated on his wife with a prostitute while she was pregnant.
"I can bring you the news that Wayne Rooney has scored - this time it was on the pitch, in the opposition’s goal and actually playing for his country," David said.
Other winners included Mad Men actor Jon Hamm who was named best international man, Giorgio Armani who received the designer prize and Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick who got the breakthrough talent accolade.
GQ Men of the Year Awards 2010 winners list:
International Man - Jon Hamm
Alfred Dunhill Cultural Icon - Anish Kapoor
Outstanding Achievement - Ray Davies
Woman - Gemma Arterton
Band - Gorillaz
Sportsman - Ryan Giggs
Politician - David Cameron
Designer - Giorgio Armani
Actor - Matt Smith
Solo Artist - Dizzee Rascal
Breakthrough Talent - Ed Westwick
Writer - Martin Amis
Newspaper Editor - Simon Kelner
Comedian - James Corden
Chef - Heston Blumenthal
Entrepreneur - Nick Jones
Editor's Special - Jason Statham
Smirnoff Black Most Stylish Man - Aaron Johnson.
Celebrity couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have bought a 40-million-dollar mansion in Italy - the couple’s third home.
They own a luxurious Los Angeles mansion and a 3.5 million dollar French-style home in New Orleans.
Situated in the Northern Italian hills of Valpolicella, the property boasts 18,000 square feet and 15 bedrooms, seven baths, a movie theater, two swimming pools, a gym and several Jacuzzis.
The property also has stables and a vineyard.
Jolie apparently fell in love with Italy after filming ‘The Tourist’ there earlier this year.
Jolie and Brad intend to use the Italian property as a vacation home and continue to use their Loz Feliz house as their main base.
Supermodel Heidi Klum has teamed up with sports firm New Balance to launch her own range of activewear.
"I definitely know what it means to be on the go: four kids, school drop-offs, playdates, sports activities, the park, it goes on and on. As much as I love the gowns and sparkly clothes, what I turn to most in my closet are active clothes that look stylish but are comfortable and work for all of my activities. That is exactly what my line for New Balance is all about,” said Heidi.
The advertising campaign was shot by Rankin with the help of Amazon’s clothing creative director Jan Dikkers.
"I am all about action and so is my line for New Balance; so for our first campaign, I envisioned myself on the trampoline - a fun symbol of energy and activity."
The collection which features tunics, woven tops, leggings and outerwear will be available from Oct 7.
Earlier this year, Heidi also released two maternity ranges as she wanted expectant mothers to still be stylish.
Tuesday, September 7
After Amitabh Bachchan made his love for privacy very public by commenting on Mumbai Metro line in his blog, it’s his daughter-in- law Aishwarya who has followed suit.
The sassy beauty has reportedly refused a million dollar deal from a renowned Hollywood studio since it required her to share her personal space and shoot at her home.
Aishwarya was offered a personal documentary on the lines of one made on Shah Rukh Khan. The deal was proposed by a known foreign studio that had been chasing Aishwarya for over months now. Though Ash had initially decided to give it a thought, it is stated that she declined the offer after she was told that the documentary would require her to do a shoot at home.
A source said, “Despite the team courting her for months, Ash didn’t budge and maintained her stand. Ash politely declined the deal saying she would never let anyone shoot her at home.”
Well, the Queen of Bollywood surely knows how to keep her personal life private.
Baywatch beauty Pamela Anderson is offering to shoot intimate scenes with the lucky winner of a new online contest.
The actress, who became a household name after she appeared in TV soap as lifeguard CJ Parker, has agreed to be filmed frolicking in bed with the winner of phone firm Nokia’s latest competition.
The short movie ‘The Commuter’, is to be shot in high definition on the company’s N8 mobile handset and premiered in London next month.
Another cameo role opposite Gossip Girl actor Ed Westwick, to be shot in an elevator, is up for grabs in the contest.
Pop star Lady Gaga has reportedly gifted R&B singer Beyonce Knowles a custom-made diamond whip and matching underwear set for her 29th birthday.
The ‘Poker Face’ hitmaker splashed out thousands of dollars on the raunchy gifts, which she presented to her while singing ‘Happy Birthday.
Gaga wanted to give her something special. The whip was made out of hundreds of diamonds and leather. When Beyonce received it she squealed with excitement.
Gaga handed over the saucy gifts backstage at Beyonce’s husband Jay-Z’s concert in Detroit, with the rapper also making an effort to celebrate his spouse’s birthday.
Gaga’s eccentric present is apparently inspired from her prison-themed music video for single ‘Telephone’ which starred Beyonce.
The duo dressed in sexy leather and studded outfits for the shoot, with Gaga wearing metal chains and Beyonce sporting a tight black jumpsuit and chauffeur’s hat.
When the first screening of Salman Khan starrer ‘Dabangg’ took place for its cast and crew, Katrina Kaif was shooting right in front of the theatre and was invited in. But the babe couldn’t go.
This comes amid much speculation over Salman and Katrina’s relationship.
As Salman’s brothers and the rest of the family walked into the theatre in Film City, they were in the mood to invite Katrina and the rest of the crew too of ‘Tees Maar Khan’ to watch ‘Dabangg’. Apparently Salman wanted the team to join them.
"Sure enough, Salman’s sister Alvira walked out from the theatre to where Katrina, Farah Khan and the gang were shooting. Alvira personally invited Farah’s team to watch ‘Dabangg’ with them. Unfortunately, it was not possible as Farah’s shooting went on till late”..
Katrina and Alvira bonded like really close buddies, said a source.
Actor Sonu Sood says, "It’s true Farah Khan and her crew were shooting nearby. But they couldn’t join us."
Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha and his wife were also conspicuous by their absence at the screening as ‘Dabangg’ is their daughter Sonakshi’s debut film.
Monday, September 6
Just two days after divorcing her cheating husband Ashley Cole, British babe Cheryl is said to be planning a fresh start in the US with boyfriend Derek Hough.
She is also being lined up as a judge on the brand new American X Factor alongside close pal Simon Cowell.
This means that the freshly divorced beauty is also planning to quit British ‘X Factor’ at the end of this series.
"This is Cheryl Cole phase two. She’s not changing her name but she’s changing every other aspect of her life,” said a source.
The source added: "She wouldn’t have the time to do both of the X Factors plus release new songs - and she’s got her heart set on America where Derek lives."
Cowell has already started hinting that Girls Aloud singer Cheryl will join him on the US show when it begins next September.
He believes she will be a huge star in the States.
Sunday, September 5
‘Fantastic Four’ star Jessica Alba was spotted wearing a see-through top that left her black bra exposed at LAX Airport.
The 29 year old, Alba, was on her way back from Venice Film Festival where she attended the screening of her new film 'Machete'.
She wore faded roll-up jeans, cream cropped jacket and a beige see-through top, which showed her black bra underneath.
The actress also revealed that she did not go totally unclothed when filming nude scenes in ‘Machete’.
Saturday, September 4
Katie Price Jordan has been accused of an i-pod rip off, for she’s charging almost double the normal Apple price on some of her personalised iPod products.
Katie’s iPod models are customised with her own designs and some even contain her KP crest.
The range, which she launched wearing a silver catsuit last month, are for sale via her two websites, meaning that she can charge any price she likes.
The average top-of-the-range Apple iPod Touch retails for around 270 pounds but Katie is charging 125 pounds more for a customised version at 395 pounds.
It has no extra music features and is simply decorated with her own designs and colour schemes.
The iPod Shuffle normally sells via Apple and other stores for 45 pounds but Kate is selling her own version for 81pounds. And a Kate Price 16GB iPod Nano sells for 208 pounds while the Apple original is just 159 pounds.
She claims her range boasts an “intricate design which is laser cut into the body of the products”.
This apparently means that the design will never “fade, distort or rub off”.
“Katie Price is going to milk that for every penny because she’s greedy but that’s not right,” said Dr Adrian Rogers, from campaign group Family Focus.
A spokesman for Katie said, “Katie’s team are very aware that this is a premium product and have kept the prices as low as possible.”
“We do not expect or put pressure on anyone to buy her products,” the spokesman added.
Celine Dion has revealed that her new fragrance is inspired by her pregnancy.
The "Think Twice" singer, who already has a nine year old son Rene Charles and will give birth to twin boys later this year, admitted she bases her fragrances on what is going on in her personal life as it gives her the inspiration she needs.
"Probably because I’m carrying babies and I’ve been on vacation and I’m breathing great beach air and I’m with my family, I’s all about vacation and life," said Dion. The singer will release her eighth fragrance Pure Brilliance this month.
Friday, September 3
Soundarya had got engaged to Ashwin at a grand ceremony in Chennai in February 2010. Theire engagement was attended by Chief Minister M Karunanidhi and many VVIPs including Kamal Hassan, Ajith Kumar, businessmen and politicians.
Latest Bollywood buzz reveals that Aishwarya Rai has denied being the brand ambassador for French dairy brand Danone.
Danone has a joint venture (JV) with Yakult in India, for which Kajol is the brand ambassador. Rumours were rife that besides the JV, Danone was also planning to go independent and Aishwarya was roped in as the face for it. The actress’ publicist has denied the reports.
"Media reportage on Aishwarya Rai signed on as the brand ambassador for Danone products is entirely untrue. This kind of vicarious publicity shows unprofessionalism on part of the brand and their agency," said a statement from her publicist.
"We would again like to reiterate that there is no truth to these rumours and would request the media in future to cross-check facts with us before reporting such false and untrue stories," it further stated.
‘Mad Men’ star Christina Hendricks has slammed designers who refuse to dress her because she doesn’t fit into their sample sizes.
The curvaceous actress, who is a US Size 10, says labels don’t make sample dresses in her size, leaving her with few options for events.
"They only lend out a size 0 or 2. So I’m still struggling for someone to give me a darn dress. People have been saying some nice, wonderful things about me. Yet not one designer in town will loan me a dress," said Hendricks.
Despite being bigger than the average Hollywood star, Hendricks, who was voted Sexiest Woman Alive by female readers of Esquire, insists she has never felt under pressure to lose weight.
"This has always been my size. I’ve worked on other shows with this same size but ‘Mad Men’ celebrates it and that is nice," she said.
Former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham has been shortlisted for the British Fashion Council’s (BFC) Designer Brand of the Year.
Victoria launched her own label in 2008 and now her hard work has paid off as she’s been shortlisted for the BFC’s Designer Brand of the Year award, taking on fashion heavyweights such as Mulberry, Burberry and Pringle.
Victoria showcases her yearly collections twice at New York Fashion Week, however, the brand is designed and made in London.
Phoebe Philo who has transformed French fashion house Celine into one of the industry’s most sought-after labels has also been shortlisted for the designer of the year alongside Erdem and Christopher Kane, while Lara Stone is nominated for Model of the Year.
Harold Tillman, chairman of the BFC, said that the diverse nominees reflected the "incredible vision and breadth of talent that British designers offer".
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Dec 7.
Thursday, September 2
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio’s supermodel girlfriend Bar Refaeli has said that she feels sad to see skinny models walking the runways looking all shaky and hungry.
The Israeli beauty has been modelling since she was a child and landed her first major fashion campaign when she was just 15 years old.
However, the 25 year old fears for the future of the modelling industry as young stars succumb to pressure to lose weight and slim down to frightening proportions.
"I get so sad when I see 15 year old pale extremely skinny models at the agency looking all shaky and hungry... when will it end?!?!?" said Refaeli.
Refaeli also condemns cosmetic surgery and urges fans to follow her example by living healthily instead.
"Seriously... Plastic surgery is not helping your impact on young women or your looks!... Some people are addicted to drugs and others addicted to alcohol. Me? I’m addicted to pomegranate juice," she added.
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