Monday, February 28

Aishwarya Rai sparkles at Oscar Awards

Aishwarya Rai at Annual Academy AwardsBollywood beauty Aishwarya Rai added some Indian glamour to the Oscars with an on-trend shimmery number at the 83rd Academy Awards where sequins dominated the red carpet. The 37-year-old actress sparkled in a bronze Giorgio Armani Prive gown with rows of amber sequins and beaded detail at the waist, while husband Abhishek Bachchan stuck to a traditional black tuxedo. The actress teamed the shimmery gown with a Jimmy Choo clutch, vintage jewellery and smoky eyes. Like Abhishek, musician A R Rahman who walked the red carpet with wife Saira, too wore a tuxedo while his partner chose a flamboyant fusion ensemble consisting of a golden sherwani and cigarette pants. Like Saira and Ash, the shimmer trend was followed by Gwnyeth Paltrow, who wore a gold Calvin Klein number and Halle Berry who stole the show in a nude sparkling number by Marchesa.

Hilary Swank’s glistening silver Gucci column gave way to a romantic ostrich feather skirt, while the sparkling bodice of Mandy Moore’s romantic Monique L’Hullier dress appeared to have been sprayed on.

Shimmering nude was also an age-appropriate choice for 14-year-old Hailee Steinfeld, nominated for her role in ‘True Grit’, who won a Fifties-style dress by Marchesa.

While Celine Dion, wore a full-sleeved silver column dress, Amy Adams added a pop of colour to the red carpet with a sequinned navy gown by L’Wren Scott, which she teamed with green accesories.

Other than the sparkle, another major trend was the resurgence of the red carpet favourite, voluminous red gowns.

The bustled creations worn by Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Hudson, and Sandra Bullock, were in the same traffic-stopping hue of red. Penelope Cruz too showed off her post-pregnancy bod with a sequinned red gown by L’Wren Scott.

And while black remained a popular choice, with famously eccentric British star Helena Bonham Carter opting for it, there were some surprises from Cate Blanchett who wore an lavender Givenchy Haute Couture gown with yellow embellishment, and an unusual purple-burgundy hue seen on both Natalie Portman, in Rodarte, and Scarlett Johansson in Dolce and Gabbana.

Winners at the 83rd Annual Academy Award

Natalie Portman with her Best Actress, Annual Academy Award

Here goes the full list of the 83rd Annual Academy Award winners:

1. Best Picture: "The King’s Speech."

2. Actor: Colin Firth, "The King’s Speech."

3. Actress: Natalie Portman, "Black Swan."

4. Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, "The Fighter."

5. Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, "The Fighter."

6. Directing: Tom Hooper, "The King’s Speech."

7. Foreign Language Film: "In a Better World," Denmark.

8. Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, "The Social Network."

9. Original Screenplay: David Seidler, "The King’s Speech."

10. Animated Feature Film: "Toy Story 3."

11. Art Direction: "Alice in Wonderland."

12. Cinematography: "Inception."

13. Sound Mixing: "Inception."

14. Sound Editing: "Inception."

15. Original Score: "The Social Network," Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

16. Original Song: "We Belong Together" from "Toy Story 3," Randy Newman.

17. Costume Design: "Alice in Wonderland."

18. Documentary Feature: "Inside Job."

19. Documentary (short subject): "Strangers No More."

20. Film Editing: "The Social Network."

21. Makeup: "The Wolfman."

22. Animated Short Film: "The Lost Thing."

23. Live Action Short Film: "God of Love."

24. Visual Effects: "Inception."

Stars dazzle at the Oscar red carpet

Natalie PortmanStars from Natalie Portman to Mila Kunis all dazzled the red carpet in lovely gowns at the Oscars on Sunday. "Black Swan" graced the Oscars on Sunday night in several ways: Besides Natalie Portman in her Rodarte violet-colored draped gown in silk chiffon with Swarovski crystals, co-star Mila Kunis wore a very low-cut, lingerie-style Elie Saab gown in lavender with lace details. But other stars had a bit of a dancer vibe, including Mandy Moore in a gold-beaded, illusion gown by Monique Lhuillier and Hailee Steinfeld’s custom-made Marchesa. Steinfeld accessorized her crystal-covered, hand-embroidered, tea-length tulle dress in pale pink with a ballerina-style, diamond-and-platinum Fred Leighton headband. "Hailee Steinfeld made the perfect choice - in its endearingness and sincerity," said Susan Cernek, executive online fashion editor for Glamour. And, added Cernek, "Natalie Portman was as gorgeous and amazing as you'd think." The gown by Laura and Kate Mulleavy made skillful use of a delicate neckline to draw attention from the empire waist that is pretty standard for maternity dresses, she observed, and the Tiffany & Co. tassel earrings were a perfect complement.

There was some controversy ahead of the Academy Awards about "Black Swan" - and who should get the credit for its very influential looks. Rodarte did design some of the outfits, but Amy Westcott was the film’s official costume designer.

"Natalie Portman was making a personal choice. She calls the Rodarte designers ‘friends’," Cernek says.

Another big statement on the red carpet at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles was host Anne Hathaway in a big, attention-grabbing strapless red gown from the Valentino archives.
Mila Kunis
Gwyneth Paltrow’s metallic, embroidered sheath gown with a slit-style V neck by Calvin Klein’s Francisco Costa hit the trend of a more seductive, sophisticated Oscars look versus flashy, skin-baring styles.

"Mostly I think people looked really good. They went couture and body conscious, not overtly sexy," said Hal Rubenstein, fashion director of InStyle magazine. "There was a lot of sheer, a lot of high necks. ... There was no real clunker in the bunch."

The higher neckline of Amy Adams’ L’Wren Scott gown, covered in purple caviar beads with a back-hem slit, was contrasted by her chunky pendant necklace. "It was a 40s Shanghai nightclub - sexy but quite covered up," said Cernek.

"The one thing we’re seeing a consistent amount of is silhouettes fitted to their bodies, whether it’s romantic or structured," said stylist Cristina Ehrlich, who worked with Adams.

Melissa Leo’s Marc Bouwer gown, which had a collar-style neckline, was an atypical choice of this most classic and glamorous occasion of the awards-show season.

Reese Witherspoon channeled a bit of Brigitte Bardot in her black gown by Giorgio Armani Prive with a white band around the strapless bustline, and Hilary Swank’s strapless, gray Gucci had the unexpected twist of delicate feathers at the hemline.

Oscar.com fashion expert Tom Julian put Scarlett Johansson and her deep-magenta, stretch-lace gown by Dolce & Gabbana at the top of his list. He gave his best-tux prize to Tom Ford’s fitted suit on Justin Timberlake.

"Glamorous reds, regal and rich purples, and modern metallics took over this year’s red carpet," Julian said.

Also in red were Penelope Cruz in a sequined L’Wren Scott and Sandra Bullock, wearing a sculptured, strapless Vera Wang.

Jennifer Lawrence surely raised her profile status in a slinky, scoopneck, fire-engine red Calvin Klein gown. It wasn’t the usual Oscar-glam look. She looked more like a ‘70s swimsuit pinup - except for the 42 carats of Chopard yellow diamonds on her wrist - but it worked for her.

Jennifer Hudson showed off her slimmed-down figure in a tangerine-orange halter gown by Versace. "It was a great way to say, ‘Guess what? I’m a star, I’ve got the power and I’m fierce," said style expert Suze Yalof Schwartz. "It was the ultimate makeover dress."

If her dress didn’t do it, then her jewels did. Jeweler Neil Lane valued her 20-carat ring, long, basket earrings, and bracelets at $1 million.

Cate Blanchett went the couture route in Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci. The pleated, pale-wisteria dress was embroidered with pearls, crystals covered in leather and a swath of yellow beads around the neck.

InStyle’s Rubenstein thinks Michelle Williams’ beaded Chanel Couture gown will end up the controversial choice in next-day conversations, but it doesn’t deserve it. "I think Michelle Williams’ dress doesn’t show up well in photos, but if you could see the iridescent beading, it’s an extraordinary piece of work. It photographs very, very simple, but it’s pretty sensational."

Another dress that needed to be seen in person to appreciated was Halle Berry’s champagne-colored Marchesa strapless gown with a pouf of tulle around the bottom.

"That dress was a movie-star dress," said Yalof Schwartz from her perch at the red carpet. "It fit her like it was melted onto her body."

More couture: Helen Mirren selected a one-of-a-kind Vivienne Westwood Couture gown in gunmetal satin with long sleeves. Marisa Tomei in a vintage, 1950s-era navy gown by Charles James from Lily et Cie paired with 1960 sapphire and diamond jewelry from Van Cleef & Arpels, and Nicole Kidman in a strapless, white Christian Dior gown with silver embroidery. If the buzz wasn’t going to be about her choice to wear Dior in the aftermath of the suspension of designer John Galliano, it would have been about her 19th-century, old-mine cut diamond necklace from Fred Leighton.

Ehrlich, who partnered with Victoria’s Secret, said, "There’s a lot of psychology involved in making the looks look as effortlessly as they do. It’s all very glamorous with a lot of different takes on it."

Helena Bonham Carter worked with costume designer Colleen Atwood for her black corset gown with cat-scratched sleeves. She told E! that she chose an outfit that would "celebrate film instead of fashion."

Rubenstein said he’s just so pleased there is so much to talk about instead of a sea of safe looks. "They didn’t do cookie-cutter stuff. I was delighted."

Aamir Khan to romance Katrina Kaif

Katrina Kaif - Aamir KhanActor Aamir Khan was asked a little while ago why he didn’t work with Katrina Kaif, to which he had quoted, "Katrina is a huge star. But no filmmaker has come forward with a proposal to cast us. But now the buzz is that a big banner wants to cast the two actors together for a film. The two were seen together on a magazine cover nearly a year ago. And fans went ecstatic to see the duo together as they stated that the two looked like the classic couple Guru Dutt and Waheeda Rehman. The chemistry between Aamir and Kat during the photo-shoot was scorching. However it was just one photograph, so it was not a big deal. But Aamir was aware when it comes to a film things are different. The filmmakers who offered the idea to Aamir said that initially he was a bit skeptical to work with Katrina because she was then Salman Khan’s girlfriend.

Apart from being Bollywood’s most established actor, Aamir is also great friends with Salman so he wasn’t too keen on the idea of romancing Kat onscreen.

A source says, "Now that Salman and Kat have split, Aamir may team up with the Bollywood diva." Filmmakers are very keen to bring the two together as they are bound to make a sizzling onscreen couple.

Rani Mukherji: The new MD of Yash Raj Films

Rani MukherjiBollywood’s latest blue-eyed boy Ranveer Singh might have won millions of heart with his happy-go-lucky Delhi-boy act in ‘Band Baaja Baraat’ but the actor is quite an amateur when it comes to improvisation. Apparently, while shooting for an episode with Anushka Sharma on KJo’s chat show ‘Koffee With Karan’, Ranveer accidentally referred to Rani Mukerji as ‘MD’ of YRF without taking her name. It seems Ranveer forgot that he has a three-film contract with Yash Raj Films. A source said, “The conversation on the show was between KJo and Anushka Sharma and Karan asked Anushka if she thought she could act better than all other actresses in the industry. Anushka said, “Yes, barring one. Before she could say who, Ranveer, who had been silent, blurted out the question, ‘MD?’ and before anyone else, KJo said, ‘Oh, let’s not go that path’.”

Interestingly, industry believes that Rani is the one calling shots at YRF, something which Ranveer accidentally confirmed. Though Anushka said that she was referring to Kareena Kapoor, the cat was finally out of the bag.

“It is known that ever since Rani has been dating Adi, the head honcho of YRF Films, she is one of the most feared people in Yash Raj Studios. She is believed to be one of the key decision makers in the YRF camp. Ranveer might have referred to Rani, hoping Anushka would name her and in turn impress Adi,” added the source.

Saturday, February 26

Vidya Balan to get engaged to UTV head honcho

Vidya BalanIf rumours are to be believed, then actress Vidya Balan is all set to get engaged to UTV’s Siddharth Roy Kapur soon. The head honcho of UTV has been good friends with the actress for a while and according to industry insiders, they have been going steady as a couple for long now. Said a source, "Vid and Sid are close. And in the past weeks they have been spotted spending quality time with each other on two occasions. The first time was when they reportedly stayed back after an awards night in Singapore and more recently when they were photographed in casual attire at a beach destination in India.'' In the past, Vidya has been linked to her co-actors Sanjay Dutt and Shahid Kapoor. In both the cases the rumours turned out to be false. But this time around, she has been spotted with Siddharth at numerous places having a good time. The actress, who is known for her stellar performances in films like ‘Paa’ and ‘Ishqiya’ may consider getting engaged to Sid soon.

Incidentally, the film corporation executive is still waiting for his divorce to come through and hence is not comfortable talking about his “friendship” with the actress just yet.

However, Vidya's secretary has rubbished all this news. He said, "Vidya has to first know Siddharth well enough to marry him. One doesn't necessarily marry people one is friendly to or has dinners with."

Catherine Zeta Jones punched by a photographer

Catherine Zeta JonesHer day began with a knighting ceremony at the Buckhingham Palace but Hollywood beauty Catherine Zeta Jones was allegedly punched in the face by a paparazzo by the end of it. The actress and husband Michael Douglas (66), became embroiled in the scuffle as they headed back to their hotel after a dinner to celebrate the honour of Commander of the Order of the British Empire, bestowed on her by Prince Charles earlier that day. Trouble began when the stars exited their car at their hotel and had to struggle their way through a horde of snappers waiting at the entrance to their residence. In video footage of the brawl, Zeta-Jones can be heard shouting, "How dare you punch me!" at an overzealous paparazzo as they enter the hotel lobby.

"I want a police officer right now. He punched me! The guy coming in here, he punched me!" the actress is heard as saying in the footage.

Douglas rushed to his wife’s defence by grabbing the photographer and pushing him as hotel security rushed to separate the two men.

Friday, February 25

Abhishek-Aishwarya to attend Oscars

Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya RaiBollywood’s one of the most loved couple – Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai have been invited by the Academy to grace the glittering Oscars Award ceremony on Sunday. Buzz has it that the beautiful couple, Abhi and Ash, are busy shopping in Los Angeles these days for the duo wants to make a conspicuous red carpet show. Apparently, Jr Bachchan and his beautiful wife Aishwarya are one of the few Indian celebrities attending the prestigious awards this year. Amitabh Bachchan is ecstatic about the news of beta-bahu gracing the Oscars 2011. Big B posted on his blog, “Abhishek and Aishwarya have been invited by the Academy to attend the Oscars on Sunday.”

The Bollywood megastar also informed that Abhishek and Aishwarya will join American actor Warren Beatty, whom they met during their shopping spree at Los Angeles.

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Prince William planning bachelor party on a boat

Prince WilliamPrince William is set to enjoy a low-key bachelors party that will include a day of water sports on the south coast of England. "The water sports weekend is a perfect option. They can let their hair down without worrying about who is around," said a source. The report says, Prince Harry (26), has planned the day with a barbeque and a trip up a nearby estuary to visit a number of pubs and restaurants only accessible by boat. He has reportedly chosen a firm based on the south coast of Britain, with the whole event not expected to exceed 2,500 pounds.

William is tying the knot with long time girlfriend Kate Middleton April 29.

Kelly Osbourne new face of fashion line Material Girl

Kelly OsbourneKelly Osbourne has been unveiled as the new face of Madonna and her daughter Lourdes’ fashion line, Material Girl. While the 26-year-old reality star cum actress didn’t seem to be wearing much in the way of Material, she looked cute and edgy in a pair of black high-waisted shorts, a cropped denim shirt and a Madonna favourite - a funky bra. The ads were shot in Manhattan’s East Village neighborhood. With her many tattoos on show, the blonde starlet showed off the style that had the mom and daughter designers gushing when they announced she was set to front their new campaign. Osbourne hurriedly took over from Gossip Girl wildchild Taylor Momsen (17), who proved slightly too edgy after she described the range as similar in style to that of a “high-class hooker.” “Kelly represents a true Material Girl. She is edgy, cool and has a unique sense of style that Lola and I love,” Madge as said. “I take so much of my style from Madonna in the 80s,” said Osbourne. She also pointed out her favourite accessories.

“The shoes - there’s a pair of nude heels that I’m really obsessed with. There’s so much stuff in it that’s so me and what I wear. There’s a leopard dress that I get to wear next that I’m excited about. I love prints,” she said.

Jennifer Lopez to premiere new music video

Jennifer LopezPop diva and actress Jennifer Lopez is all set to premiere the video for her new single ‘On The Floor’ on an episode of ‘American Idol’. The ‘Waiting for Tonight’ hitmaker, who is also a judge on the US reality talent show alongside Randy Jackson and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, will appear in her ‘On The Floor’ video during the broadcast on March 3. The 41-year-old beauty said she is "wild and crazy" but "sexy and sweet too" in her latest pop offering. "I play one character where she kind of runs this party, acts like she’s kind of over it, but at the same time loves it and loves this kind of underground kind of party dance culture. So I got to be wild and crazy, and at the same time I got to be sexy and sweet too," she said. Lopez also explained what the song means to her, saying she loves it because it reminds her of her younger self striving for success.

“I really feel like, emotionally, I connected to it, but also because of how much I love to dance and how much that’s always been such a big part of who I am since I started. Since I was a little girl, I just totally connected with the idea of getting out there."

Thursday, February 24

Genelia D’Souza to learn martial arts

Genelia D’SouzaGenelia D’Souza is all set to debut in the Malayalam film industry. The girl next door will be playing a Portuguese princess in the much awaited film ‘Urumi’. For her role in the movie, she plans to look gorgeous as the princess, and at the same time, she also plans to surprise her fans with some awe-inspiring martial art stunts. Urumi is based on the attempted assassination of Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama, who arrived in Kappad near Calicut, in 1498. The sources reveal that the actress was initially a bit worried about doing action sequences where she had to perform Kalari which is the most ancient system of physical self-defense and martial technique. That’s when she remembered her friend and ‘Ready’ costar Ram.

The actress informed her director that Ram, who has trained in Kalari martial art, had helped her a lot and enlightened her about the art while practicing it.

Genelia will also go through a short training in martial arts to play her role better.

Kareena Kapoor voted Bollywood sexiest woman

Kareena KapoorBollywood actress Kareena Kapoor has been named the sexiest woman by Stardust magazine. Kareena beats actresses like Katrina Kaif, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra to win the title. The decision has been made on the basis of an extensive research and readers responses. The latest issue of Stardust magazine features the list of top 10 sexiest women.

Last year, it was Katrina who topped the list of sexiest women in Bollywood.

Playing poker at the comfort of home

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Katie Price does a Freddie Mercury for charity

Katie PriceGlamour model Katie Price sported a fake moustache and body hair to do an impersonation of rock legend Freddie Mercury to raise money for charity. The voluptuous model performed on the ‘Queen’ hit ‘I want to break free’, during an episode of ‘Lets Dance for Comic’ relief on BBC. The 32-year-old was dressed in a PVC outfit donning a black bouffant wig, stockings and fake body hair while performing on the hit number. Her kids Junior and Princess were present among the audience watching their mother perform the hilarious routine with three male dancers taking on the roles of Brian May and Roger Taylor. "I love you Katie Price that was just fearless. Now you can safely say you are as good at dancing as everything else you do young lady," panelist Graham Norton said after she completed her dance routine.

Price got a place in the finals but comedian Russell Kane received the most public votes for his comic performance on Beyonce Knowles’ 2003 hit ‘Crazy In Love’.

"I think we might have seen the greatest dance routine on British television," fellow judge Greg Davies, star of ‘The Inbetweeners’ said.

Wednesday, February 23

Liz Hurley and Shane Warne: True love or what?

Elizabeth HurleyIt’s been some time now, but Elizabeth Hurley and Shane Warne’s ‘very public’ love story doesn’t seem to leave the spotlight or the front pages even for a moment – but some are left wondering – is it true love or just a cheap publicity gimmick? Warne and Hurley have been very vocal about their mutual affection for each other on Twitter, for the rest of the world to see. "That’s what was so extraordinary about it - just how open they were in their tweeting," said Fiona McIntosh, the founding editor of Grazia. McIntosh added that Warne and Hurley seemed to be completely unaffected by with the ongoing phone-tapping scandal – where some stars jealously guard their privacy, these two don’t seem to care at all. "Maybe they were carried away in the first flash of love. That’s what I’m not sure about - if it was a strategy or not,” she said.

Then mid-December saw a complete silence over Twitter but when Hurley got her new parrot Ping-Pong, Warne tweeted, "I’m getting jealous of ping pong! Think it’s time you left ping pong alone for a while & come visit me in Australia."

And when she did, the media world was abuzz with activity yet again. It seemed that what had begun as something quite ambiguous and haphazard was now being formalized as a media strategy.

Surprisingly, Hurley has been very private about her life – whether it was ex boyfriend Hugh Grant’s encounter with Divine Brown or her court case for picture agencies who snapped her, Grant and new husband Arun Nayar while they were on holiday.

"It’s a way of beating journalists at their own game. By tweeting, you’re taking power from the journalist. The biggest bugbear to celebrities are stories which are damaging and possibly false. But this way, you eliminate that,” says publicist Max Clifford.

Sam Delaney - Heat’s editor until last year – gives another reason.

When celebrities reveal intimate details on Twitter, a la Warne and Hurley, you think: ‘This is amazing. We’re getting insights into all the dirty laundry our readers want to know about. Oh, but so are our readers.’

As a result, he says, "you’re left being an amalgam of stuff that is already out there. Rather like The Week magazine, but for celebrity news."

But he argues, saying, “People will always enjoy seeing a story printed bigger, and delivered with humour and a bit of editorial comment.”

But the micro-blogging site seems to have worked wonders for the couple.

Hurley’s Twitter following has almost doubled - from 50,000 in December to over 90,000 now - while the new account she set up last week for her pet Ping Pong has already attracted over 3500 subscribers.

Sadly, her relationship with Warne hasn’t been so successful. ‘Happy Valentine’s Day!’ Hurley tweeted at the end of what turned out to be a disastrous trip to Australia. "Remember, love is like a rollercoaster ride - sometimes it’s exhilarating but sometimes u feel sick and want to get off."

Understanding Universe and The Mind Body System

You might have heard about a very promising and contemporary artist based in New York City. He is Marko Stout. Through his works he has tried his best to explain the human conditions and ever existing mind body system. By means of his dynamic paintings, he has tried to reach the masses and explain them about the co-relation between the universe and the humans. For this purpose he has organized exhibitions for his art work from time to time.

His above extraordinary exhibitions are called, ‘The Cave’. And once again the autumn of 2011 is going to witness just another exhibition from the artist.

Through his concept called, ‘The Cave’, the artist tries to explain the difference between ‘what is for real and what is for illusion’. His paintings and exhibitions jointly promote the idea of an unlimited boundary in this universe. Our human experiences are said to be limited within a physical body. So, we try to understand the nature of the universe using some myths and other methodology based on or derived from science or religion. In this way, we put a limitation, a certain kind of boundary while trying to understand the universe.

This New York City artist has attempted to explain that the nature of the universe through his paintings. According to him, we should never put any limitation while understanding the universe.

Jessica Simpson’s fashion line to fetch $1bn this year

Jessica SimpsonJessica Simpson may not be doing too well in her music and acting careers, but her fashion line has been better. According to an article in New York Magazine, the pop singer’s fashion empire raked in 750 million dollars last year, and it’s expected to push to a jaw-dropping 1 billion dollars this year as she expands her collection. And if the sales do indeed hit the 1 billion mark, the range will be become the first ever celebrity fashion line to do so. That means Simpson’s volume of sales would rival fashion titan Michael Kors.

"I never thought I’d be some fashion mogul," said the 30-year-old, who will add a full ready-to-wear collection and a career separates line later this year.

Japanese designers to showcase at Lakme Fashion Week

designs from JapanThe upcoming Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) will witness eight designers from Japan. The designers will participate in LFW’s summer-resort 2011 event. LFW has collaborated with Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan as part of their cross-cultural initiative – ‘Tokyoeye’. The government-aided project aims to create enterprising relationships and provide access to international collections to buyers from India as well as other parts of the world. The five-day fashion fete begins March 11-15 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Santacruz, Mumbai. As per the tie up, out of the eight, three designers will showcase their collections on the ramp. Renowned brands like Somarta by designer Tamae Hirokawa, Motonari Ono by designer Motonari Ono and Araisara by designer Sara Arai will display their creations on the ramp.

"We are extremely pleased to announce this association with METI, Japan. This further solidifies our mission of integrating India into the Global Fashion World and also opens a new market, closer to home, amongst the Asian countries," said Anil Chopra, CEO, Lakme Lever in a press release.

"This will also give an opportunity for Indian audience and trade to witness inspiring and creative Japanese fashion designers," he added.

A rich fan gifts necklace to Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay LohanTroubled star Lindsay Lohan has been gifted a necklace by a rich fan which is apparently similar to the one she was accused of stealing from a California store recently. The Judith Ripka Evil Eye design, an 18 karat gold and diamond necklace has been sent to Lohan by a fan called Eric Freiberg. "I felt it was the right thing to do. Everyone takes any chance they can to pile on to her. The accusation that she stole a necklace is totally ridiculous. It was an easy decision for me to send her the necklace. "It’s particularly appropriate because it is an Evil Eye, which will hopefully ward off any bad spirits coming Lindsay’s way," Freiberg said.

The 24-year-old ‘Mean Girls’ star was accused of stealing a high end jewellery and necklace worth USD 5000 from a California store after she was photographed wearing the jewellery that had gone missing.

Kellan Lutz turns designer for jeans brand denim

Kellan Lutz‘Twilight’ star Kellan Lutz is designing a new sub-brand line of jeans alongside denim label Dylan George. The 25-year-old actor will front the Los Angeles based label’s new men’s line when it launches later this year and will design for the brand in collaboration with its founder Daniel Guez. "How cool will that be to create my own line? I grew up wanting to be an inventor. I went to school for chemical engineering. I love to create. I’ve always wanted to get into fashion. I’ve always liked drawing, not Space Age stuff but high fashion," said Lutz, who plays vampire Emmet Cullen in the ‘Twilight’ franchise.

The line will be a sub-brand called Abbot & Main by Dylan George and will also feature men’s T-shirts and cashmere knits as well as jeans.

As a clue to the type of designs which Lutz will be coming up with, the actor said he doesn’t like overly embellished back pockets or baggy jeans as "girls don’t like sagging jeans".

Tuesday, February 22

British women spend £133K for looking beautiful

Looking BeautifulAccording to a recent poll, British women are still spending more money on their looks despite the strains on family budgets. TV shopping channel QVC, which conducted the poll found that British women spends 2,056 pounds every year on their appearance. That adds up to 133,640 pounds during their lifetime. For women trips to the hairdresser for costly cuts and colour average out at 405 pounds a year – 26,325 pounds over a lifetime. And maintaining that perfect body adds up to even more – at 717 pounds a year or 46,605 pounds. Keeping hands in tip-top condition is also a priority. Women rack up a bill of 143 pounds a year on nail polish, creams and manicures. Pedicures and beauty products for feet tots up to 201 pounds a year, while creams and make-up to keep eyes looking SDHpfabulous costs 171 pounds a year.

Those who desire actress Angelina Jolie-style pouting lips are willing to part with 8,450 pounds during their lifetime – or 130 pounds of their hard-earned cash every year on lipstick, gloss and pout-plumping treatments.

Sofia Vergara digitally slimmed for Pepsi ad

Sofia VergaraIt appears curvy actress Sofia Vergara has been digitally slimmed in a new Pepsi ad for a diet soda in a “skinny” can. In the ad, the 38 year old, Vergara, appears un-recognisable and it looks like her famous assets have been altered. “Vergara’s positioned so you can’t see most of her face and body, and her arm is whittled by an oddly placed shadow,” said Jezebel’s Margaret Hartmann from Fox News. The women’s fashion and news web site has long been a critic of advertisers, magazine publishers and video producers for digitally slimming down female celebrities. Pepsi also faced criticism from AdRANTs, an advertising industry blog, for their questionable marketing direction. “Why did Pepsi feel necessary to basically eliminate any hint of Vergara’s true body shape from the ad?” AdRANTs’ Steve Hall asked. “Oh wait. Because women with big boobs are stupid and God forbid Pepsi lead us to believe stupid people drink their products,” he stated.

Even the National Eating Disorders Association criticised the ad, calling Pepsi “thoughtless and irresponsible”.

But Pepsi CMO Jill Beraud has defended their new product. “Our slim, attractive new can is the perfect complement to today’s most stylish looks, and we’re excited to throw its coming-out party during the biggest celebration of innovative design in the world,” he stated.

Janet Jackson misses wardrobe malfunction

Janet JacksonJanet Jackson, who made headlines in 2004 for her unfortunate ‘wardrobe malfunction’ at the Super Bowl half time show, narrowly avoided another during a concert in Taiwan. The singer wore a skin tight, extremely low cut rubber cat suit as she performed alongside an array of exotically clad dancers. The futuristic shiny suit bought back memories of 2004 when the star infamously suffered a wardrobe malfunction.

While singing alongside Justin Timberlake, she accidentally revealed her assets to 90 million viewers. A spokesman for the star later explained that the incident was ‘not intentional’.

Kate Moss to turn wedding into art exhibition

Kate MossSupermodel Kate Moss’ wedding is set to look like an art exhibition because the model has invited British artist Tracey Emin to put her wacky works of art on display during the big day. The 37-year-old supermodel and fiance Jamie Hince have reportedly told pal Tracey Emin, known for her controversial installations, to display her work at the reception to celebrate their nuptials. "Kate has agreed that Tracey will put her unusual artistic stamp all over the wedding - with no holds barred," said a source.

"She’s given Tracey permission to put her artwork up wherever she sees fit. So let’s hope the guests are watching the bride rather than some of the limelight-stealing pieces that will be displayed," he added.

Oksana Grigorieva rejects $15million peace deal

Oksana GrigorievaMel Gibson’s ex Oksana Grigorieva turned down a 15-million-dollar peace deal, emails reveal. The 40-year-old Russian singer agreed to the 9.2million dollars settlement with the ‘Braveheart’ actor last year – but later pulled out. An email to Grigorieva’s lawyer explaining her decision was leaked online. She said she’d only accept if Gibson was stripped of custodial rights to Lucia, one. If not, she wrote: "I WILL go to court, see where the chips might fall."

LA’s District Attorney will decide in days whether to charge Gibson over alleged domestic violence and Oksana with extortion.

Cheryl Cole dating her hair technician

Cheryl ColeSinger Cheryl Cole is believed to be dating her hair extension technician after being spotted on a low-key date near her home in North London. The "Promise This" hit-maker who divorced England and Chelsea soccer player Ashley Cole last September enjoyed a low-key date with the mystery man at the Thai 18 eatery near her rented home in Hadley Wood, North London. "They have a very special bond. Cheryl loves being around him and there is a definite connection there," said a source.

Meanwhile, staff at the restaurant admitted the new couple looked "very happy" together, with the 27-year-old beauty spending the evening "roaring with laughter".

Monday, February 21

Sonakshi Sinha to romance Kamal Haasan

Sonakshi SinhaSonakshi Sinha has definitely made a big splash in Bollywood and impressed one and all. And the lass with the 'Mast Mast Do Nain' has even grabbed veteran actor Kamal Haasan’s attention. The star kid has conveniently managed to sweep the legendry actor off his feet with her impressive debut with Salman Khan’s ‘Dabangg’. Buzz has it that Kamal Haasan would like to romance the hottie in his upcoming flick. The film is inspired by Sir Anthony Hopkins’ ‘Hannibal’. And Kamal wants to cast Sonakshi to play the female lead, originally played by Julianne Moore. A source close to the multi-talented personality said, “Kamal Sir is doing a film that is reportedly inspired by Sir Anthony Hopkins’ ‘Hannibal’. Since Sonakshi’s acting talents in ‘Dabangg’ have been applauded, Kamal is keen to have her in the role essayed by Julianne Moore."

The ‘Dabangg’ beauty is presently shooting with Akshay Kumar for Shirish Kunder’s Joker in Punjab’s capital. And filmmaker Selvamurugan, who will be directing Kamal’s next project, is believed to be giving Sonakshi a narration of the film very soon.

And after conquering Bollywood producers, Sonakshi’s beauty and talent have cast a spell down South as well.

Jennifer Lopez to judge Indian version of X-Factor

Jennifer LopezLooks like Hollywood celebrities are all set to rule on Indian television. After ‘Baywatch’ star Pamela Anderson scorched the screen on ‘Big Boss 4’, Jennifer Lopez may star as a guest judge on the music reality show ‘X-Factor’. ‘X-Factor’ is a musical reality show in the UK, and the desi version is all set to hit the Indian screens as well. Speculations are rife that Jennifer Lopez would be judging the desi version of ‘X-Factor’.

With the ever-rising popularity of reality shows in India, it’s highly possible that the pop star makes an appearance on the show. Hottie Pamela Anderson has shown the way, JLO can follow suit!

Madhuri Dixit denies Rajinikanth's Rana

Madhuri DixitEver since ‘dhak dhak’ girl Madhuri Dixit landed in India, Bollywood fell an instant prey to her charms, who flew in from the US to judge ‘Jhalak Dikhla Jaa’. Apparently, the Khans and Kapoors are dying to work with the lady and the latest entrant to the list of Madhuri lovers in none other than Tamil megastar Rajinikanth. Rumour zone suggest that Rajinikanth recently called up Madhuri to be a part of his upcoming project ‘Rana’, which the actress politely turned down. Said a source, “Besides casting Deepika Padukone and Sonu Sood from Mumbai, Rajni Sir was also keen to have Madhuri Dixit in ‘Rana’. However she turned down the offer. She excused herself saying that she was missing her sons Arin and Raayan too much and wanted to fly back to the United States.”

In ‘Rana’, Rajinikanth will be seen in a triple role. Madhuri was about to be cast opposite one of the older characters that Rajinikanth is playing; while Deepika will be romancing a much younger character.

Madhuri Dixit and Rajinikanth were last seen in ‘Uttar Dakshin’ (1987).

Sunday, February 20

Paris Hilton shopping for engagement rings

Paris HiltonIt looks like Paris Hilton and beau Cy Waits are planning to get married soon. The two were spotted shopping for engagement rings at Jacob and Co., where they examined an array of baubles, including a 30-carat rare blue diamond. The couple couldn’t decide on a ring, but Paris bought one anyway. She walked out sporting a black diamond-encrusted ring worth 25,000 dollars for her 30th birthday. Hilton celebrated with Charlie Sheen’s ex, Denise Richards, at Asellina on Thursday.

Later at Lavo, Paris said that she looks forward to being engaged. “We’ve talked about it,” she said. "This is once in a lifetime. I want to be with him forever.”

Lady Gaga named Highest Earning Pop Star of 2010

Lady GagaFollowing her Grammy success, pop diva Lady Gaga has another reason to celebrate as she has been named the highest-earning pop star of 2010. The ‘Poker Face’ hitmaker topped Billboard’s money makers list, raking in USD 30.5 million last year. Rockers Bon Jovi regained second slot with USD 30.4 million and Pink Floyd star Roger Waters clinched third slot with USD 24.4 million. Teen sensation Justin Bieber rounded the top five with USD 22.4 million. "Lady Gaga was inescapable in 2010. The pop singer, only a few years removed from her original hair colour and shows at small downtown New York venues, so thoroughly dominated the last year that it seemed almost a foregone conclusion that she would top the Money Makers list," a Billboard spokesman said.

Other celebrities to make it to the top 10 included Country star Taylor Swift earning USD 20.7 million, Michael Buble USD 19.8 million, Eagles USD 18.3 million, Black Eyed Peas USD 16.8 million and Sir Paul MCCartney with USD 14.1 million.

Kylie Minogue kicks off world tour in Denmark

Kylie MinogueKylie Minogue embarked on her ‘Aphrodite: Les Folies’ world tour in Denmark. The 42-year-old singer embraced Greek mythology as her theme as she performed her newest singles and her classic hits from across the years to a sell-out crowd in the central Danish city of Herning. Just like Aphrodite was depicted perched on a shell in Sandro Botticelli’s iconic painting ‘The Birth Of Venus’, so was Kylie was she emerged from a golden shell on stage at the Jyske Bank Boxen arena. White and gold were everywhere, with Kylie wearing several outfits inspired by the Greek mythology. She was joined on stage by her large troupe of dancers, including some scantily clad hunky males to lift the pint-sized pop star in the air.

She wrote on her Twitter page after her first show, “It was fantastic amazing incredible I am overwhelmed.”

Saturday, February 19

The Kardashians Made $65 Million in 2010

Kim KardashianAccording to a report by ‘The Hollywood Reporter’, the Kardashian sisters could probably buy the entire Silly Bandz bracelet empire with the profit they made in 2010: $65 million. Between their multiple reality TV shows, brand endorsements, product lines, public appearance fees and more, it makes sense this power family raked in so much cash. And many attribute the family's success to Mama Manager Kris Jenner's business savy outlook. "Look at Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg...Two guys that didn't finish college ended up billionaires. Sometimes just raw energy and intelligence wins out," said Kris's friend Scott Sassa. Khloe Kardashian chimes in: "My mother has just always been this 'Let's make water into wine' person. She knows how to take one small talent or ability and grow it into something huge." Kris Jenner says she had enough confidence in her daughters' appeal to encourage them to just let their true personalities shine on the reality TV series Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

"Not only do we not have filters running through our brains, we don't edit ourselves...The scene where Kourtney's boyfriend, Scott Disick is shoving money down the waiter's throat, that was hard to watch. But I said: 'Leave it alone. Just show it. It'll be fine.' I've said that every single time. And it's served me well from a business point of view," she said.

Although some say the Kardashians are successful for no reason or maybe it's for too many reasons, Kris put it bluntly: "My job was trying to take my kids' 15 minutes and turn it into 30."

Holy Madison happy with new boyfriend

Holly MadisonModel Holly Madison says she has never been happier than she is with her boyfriend and guitarist Jack Barakat because he loves her for who she is. "He’s a really down to earth guy. I feel like he’s really real and he knows me for who I am. I can say whatever in front of him and he’s cool with it," said Madison.

The couple began dating last year after they met on micro blogging site Twitter. Previously, the 31-year-old model dated Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner.

Christina Aguilera finalizes divorce

Christina AguileraAccording to Court records, Christina Aguilera and music executive Jordan Bratman have finalized their divorce. Most of the details of the couple’s breakup were not filed with the court, but the judgment will not become official until April 15. Aguilera filed for divorce in October, just days after she and Bratman announced they had separated. It takes six months in California for a divorce to become official.

They have a 3-year-old son and have said he remains their top priority.

Aguilera performed at Grammy Awards in a tribute medley to singer Aretha Franklin, and also sang the national anthem at this year’s Super Bowl. The performances weren’t without glitches - she botched a line in the national anthem and took a spill on the Grammys stage.

Kourtney Kardashian denies engagement rumours

Kourtney KardashianKourtney Kardashian is not engaged to boyfriend Scott Disick”, said a publicist for her reality show. Kardashian and Disick, who have a one-year-old son together, were rumoured to have gotten engaged with the proposal featured on the final episode of the show “Kourtney and Kim Take New York”. But the reports have been dismissed by the publicist for Kourtney’s reality show.

“It’s not true,” E! spokesman said about Life and Style magazine’s reportedly exclusive story on her engagement.

“WOW!! Where do the mags come up with this stuff? And claiming exclusives? Come on now,” Kourtney tweeted about the rumours after the news broke.

Warne’s rollercoaster love making Hurley sick

Elizabeth HurleyIt seems cricket star Shane Warne’s ‘rollercoaster love’ is making new lover Elizabeth Hurley feel ‘sick’. The 45 year old, Hurley, took to social networking website Twitter to indicate her feelings about Valentine’s Day, reports the Daily Mail. She wrote: “Happy Valentine’s Day! Remember, love is like a rollercoaster ride- sometimes it’s exhilarating but sometimes u (sic) feel sick and want to get off.”

The tweet comes amid allegations that Warne bedded a star while romancing Hurley. It is the second setback in their short romance.

In December, the couple briefly split after the 41-year-old cricketer admitted to sending over 100 saucy texts to another woman.

Irina Shayk : 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover girl

Irina Shayk: 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover girlRussian supermodel Irina Shayk, girlfriend of soccer ace Cristiano Ronaldo, is this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover girl. Irina Shayk, Cristiano Ronaldo’s girlfriend, wept with delight when she was revealed as the 2011 covergirl for Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue. Shayk cried tears of joy as the cover was revealed on The Late Show with David Letterman. She was accompanied on the show by a group of other swimsuit models, but only one could nab the coveted spot. Shayk was pictured laughing and wiping away her tears after the TV host made the shocking announcement.

“To be on the cover of Sports Illustrated is a dream come true. We Russians, you know, we know all the secrets, but I didn’t know I was landing on the cover of Sports Illustrated, and it was so surprising to me. I was in shock; I was crying,” she said.

Shayk beat heavy favourite Brooklyn Decker to the coveted covergirl spot.

Friday, February 18

Mila Kunis poses for W magazine

Mila Kunis poses for W magazineMila Kunis, the talented American actress graces the cover of W Magazine’s March 2011 issue. “Black Swan” star Mila Kunis is photographed by Craig McDean for this dazzling photo shoot. 27-year-old Hollywood actress is donning silk tulle organza coat with feather collar and sleeves by Chanel, styled with Eres’s pink lace bra. She is sporting smokey eyes, flawless makeup and tied her dark hair back. The gorgeous diva is styled by Alex White, and wearing lots of beautiful dresses for this dreamy photshoot of W magazine. She is looking amazing wearing a short white dress. Mila is clad in a low-cut ruffle dress and is looking smoking hot. The pic in which she is hiding her eye with a rose is beyond amazing. Sexy babe, Mila Kunis also poses in a deep-plunging black color sheer romper with black shoes. She is looking sultry wearing a strapless ruffle purple dress.

In all of the artful shots, Kunis’ sense of poise and grace – two traits she had to master while portraying a ballerina in the Oscar-nominated film – are strikingly evident.

Here are some excerpts from Mila Kunis’ W Magazine March 2011 Issue interview:
On dance training for film: “I had never danced in my life. I trained for four months, seven days a week, five hours a day. I had one day off on my birthday. I lost 20 pounds. I tore a ligament. I dislocated my shoulder. I have two scars on my back. And it was worth every minute. But I will never dance again… I was like, Well—I wear heels; I can do this. I was wrong: Christian Louboutins are uncomfortable, but I screamed the first time I put on a pointe shoe.”

On watching herself in movie ‘Black Swan’: “Before I started, I couldn’t even lift my arm properly. I literally had no posture, so, yeah, the first time I saw the movie, my jaw dropped. I was like, Oh, my God—I don’t suck. And it’s great that the performance has been captured on film, because I will never put on those pointe shoes again.”

On one of her first roles: “I was on Baywatch twice. The second time, I played a blind girl who’s lost in the forest next to the beach and needs to be saved. It was absurd: There’s a fire, I get saved, and then I go boogie-boarding. I remember thinking, Well, if I’m blind, how am I boogie-boarding? No one ever gave me an answer.”

Diane Kruger poses for hot photo shoot

Diane Kruger poses for GQ photo shootGerman born actress Diane Kruger has stripped off and used just a fur throw to cover up her modesty in a steamy photo shoot for men’s magazine GQ. The 34 year old, Kruger, appears with a pair of furry boots and a carefully placed fur blanket only. In the photos, the actress looks completely at ease as she lounges on a bed wrapped only in the fur throw, with her hair tousled and looking fresh faced with barely-there make up.

Kruger actually started her career as a high fashion model in her native Germany before moving to Paris to when her career took off.

Thursday, February 17

Kourtney Kardashian engaged to Scott Disick

Kourtney KardashianReality star Kourtney Kardashian and long time boyfriend Scott Disick have got engaged secretly. Disick popped the question to the 31-year-old star recently and she said, "yes!". The romantic moment was all caught on tape for the season finale of their reality show ‘Kourtney and Kim Take New York’. "The season finale, which has already been filmed, ends with Scott proposing and Kourtney accepting," said an insider, confirming that the once rocky couple is officially engaged. "It’s been really hard for them to keep it quiet. She’s so excited for the finale to air this April so she can finally go out in public with her ring on. She wears it at home all the time."

The couple have a son Mason, who was born in December 2009. "The family is really happy about Scott and Kourtney’s engagement but they’re trying to keep it a secret so it’s a huge surprise on the show," said another source.

Friday, February 11

Liz Hurley and Shane Warne at a lunch date

Elizabeth HurleyAfter tweeting that he was looking for suggestions on where to take his famous flame for a ‘sexy’ lunch, Shane Warne finally drove Elizabeth Hurley to an exclusive golf club owned by former Crown Casino boss Lloyd Williams. The couple left Warne’s Brighton love bunker on Wednesday in a black Mercedes with tinted windows, with a convoy of media cars in hot pursuit and helicopters overhead. The Peter Thomson-designed course in Melbourne’s southeast is a luxurious destination that has hosted celebrities including Tiger Woods, who played practice rounds there ahead of the Australian Masters the past two years. The highly secure club features a sumptuous clubhouse with views of the meticulous grounds and curious bird life.

As well as playing a round of golf, Hurley will be able to enjoy Australian fauna including emus and wallabies in the club’s wildlife sanctuary.

The couple will be relaxing in what the website describes as a ‘convivial, comfortable and relaxed’ atmosphere at the clubhouse, which features ‘sun-drenched flagstone patios" and ‘vine-shaded pergolas’.

“Where is the sexiest place to take Elizabeth for lunch? Suggestions please? Chapel St? Crown? And no - not for spaghetti on toast!!!” Warne had tweeted on Wednesday morning.

He was met with a bevy of responses suggesting inner Melbourne eateries and destinations such as the Dandenong Ranges, and Yarra Valley wineries.

Carey Mulligan not interested in fashion

Carey MulliganCarey Mulligan says she doesn’t take an active interest in fashion so doesn’t really follow it. The "Never Let Me Go" star says she loves wearing stunning outfits on the red carpet but doesn’t take interest in designers so doesn’t really know what’s on trend and just dresses in what she feels comfortable in. "I love clothes. In a way I have a much better understanding of the artistry involved in designing than I did two year ago but I don’t follow fashion all the time. I don’t take an active interest and go to fashion shows or anything," she said.

"Not because I don’t think they are all brilliant at what they do, but I really don’t mind what I wear as long as it’s sort of knee-length," she added.

Vidya Balan not to (ex)pose for MF Hussain

Vidya BalanVidya Balan has not agreed to expose for a painting for acclaimed artist M.F. Hussain, says a close friend of the actress. "The story is fabricated to damage her reputation and it hasn’t gone down well with the actress who has always maintained a dignified stance both in her personal and professional life," said the friend. Hussain finds Vidya’s persona especially her face very sensual and cultured and a newspaper reported that she will bare all for his painting. But Vidya, who will feature in Ekta Kapoor’s "Dirty Pictures", has always maintained she would take up projects only with an aesthetic sense.

"The news is absolutely hysterical. We are in the month of February and not April. Vidya has always maintained a dignified image and is one of the most respected stars in the industry. The reports are fabricated by parties with vested interests and if ever Vidya does decide to get a painting done, it will strictly be her face. Hope this puts an end to the speculation," said the friend.

Thursday, February 10

Nicole Scherzinger to join The X Factor

Nicole ScherzingerSinger Nicole Scherzinger is set to join the judges’ panel of the US version of "The X Factor". Music mogul Simon Cowell was impressed by former Pussycat Dolls star during her guest appearance in the British version of talent hunt show and now wants to get her on board. Singer Cheryl Cole is also rumoured to join the Cowell. However, talks of Scherzinger’s possible arrival has apparently got Cole worried as she will be eclipsed by her if they do work together on the series.

"Cheryl’s been straight with Simon but suddenly people aren’t returning her calls. She doesn’t want to get into a put-up scrap with Nicole with Simon playing the puppet master."

Angelina Jolie to adopt fourth child from Haiti

Angelina JolieActress Angelina Jolie is reportedly set to adopt a four-year-old orphaned girl from Caribbean nation Haiti. Jolie who already has three adopted children, and naturally conceived Shiloh, four, and two-year-old twins, first met the child in February 2010, a month after the natural disaster. "Angelina’s lawyers are in the process of getting an authorisation so Leah can spend some time with her in America. That’s standard procedure, basically they need to make sure Leah will adapt well," said a source. "A lot of observers from groups such as the Red Cross are ensuring that Angelina is treated like anybody else and not fast tracked, which would be viewed insidiously," the source added.

There are worries that the adoption authorities may not be able to cope with the massive interest in Angelina’s plans, but the 35-year-old screen star determined to get through the "final steps" to adopt Leah.

"There is also a concern about the Haitian authorities not being able to deal with such international pressure. But for now, Angelina is almost reaching the final steps of the gruelling adoption process," the source added.

Lara Bingle eyeing Sports Illustrated centrefold

Lara BingleAustralian fashion model Lara Bingle is eyeing a spot on the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. The Aussie it-girl was overheard chatting about the US magazine over lunch at The Flying Fish Cafe with a pal recently and sources close to the model say a spot in the annual flesh-fest is at the top of her New Year’s wish-list. A representative for Bingle has earlier denied talks were under way with the international sports magazine but confirmed she is keen to appear in the annual swimwear issue. "It’s definitely something she has talked about in the past and something that is a bit of a dream of hers," said Bingle’s manager Titus Day. "I think it would be a matter of developing her international profile a bit more first and the magazine is known for picking women from all over the world.

"It may happen. But at this stage it’s not something we are actively pursuing. She is looking to move more into the fashion/stylist side of things with a bit of modeling here and there," Day added.

Ashlee Simpson files for divorce

Ashlee SimpsonSinger and actress Ashlee Simpson has filed for divorce from her rock star husband Pete Wentz after less than three years of marriage. The 26 years old, younger sister of Jessica Simpson and a former actress on TV show "Melrose Place", cited irreconcilable differences for the split with Wentz (31), a musician in the U.S. band Fall Out Boy. The couple married in May 2008 and have a two year-old son Bronx Mowgli. However, no date of their separation was given in documents filed with Los Angeles Superior Court. Simpson had hits in 2004 with "Pieces of Me" and her debut album "Autobiography" and appeared in the Broadway musical "Chicago" in 2010.

Wentz and his Fall Out Boy band members put the band on hiatus in 2009 and Wentz has since formed a new project called Black Cards.

Lindsay Lohan sued by a tanning company

Lindsay LohanLindsay Lohan has been sued by a tanning company for over 41,000 dollars in allegedly unpaid bills. The company has claimed that they bronzed the ‘Mean Girls’ star up from 2007 to 2009. Lorit Simon has claimed Lohan hired her Nevada-based company, Tanning Vegas – and the job required interstate travel when Lohan was craving a colour change. In the lawsuit filed last week in Nevada, Simon has claimed Lohan racked up 41,031.60 dollars in unpaid charges and even now, she refuses to settle her debt.

Simon wants Lohan to fork over the money plus attorney’s fees and interest.

Kirsten Dunst named face of Bulgari

Kirsten DunstActress Kirsten Dunst has been named the new face of Bulgari’s new women’s fragrance. The "Marie Antoinette" star will make a guest appearance at the launch of the Mon Jasmin Noir perfume at a Mediterranean Eden themed party during Milan Fashion Week later this month. In addition to launching the perfume, the party will also preview the Italian fashion house’s new collection of 2011-2012 accessories.

The 28 year old, Kirsten, previously appeared as the face of the Italian range Miu Miu.

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