Saturday, April 30

Designers praise Kate’s classic wedding gown

Kate Middleton on her wedding dayThe world’s most high-profile fashion designers have praised Prince Williams bride Kate Middleton for her "classic" and "beautiful" wedding dress. The brunette beauty unveiled her highly-anticipated wedding gown to the world on her big day in London, putting an end to months of rumours over who had been given the task of designing the famous frock. Middleton chose Alexander McQueen designer Sarah Burton to make her wedding gown."She is very elegant. The dress is classic and goes very well in the Westminster decor. I love the modest veil with the Queen Mother’s Thirties scroll tiara and balanced volume of the whole gown. She’s radiant. She never was so beautiful,” said legendary designer Karl Lagerfeld.

Donatella Versace said, "Kate’s dress was beautiful. She looked very regal," while Hubert de Givenchy added, "The dress is very simple and very nice. The veil is a little flat, but because she has such a lovely face, she can afford to wear it this way. She is very pretty."

Thursday, April 28

Kelly Brook to design maternity clothes

Kelly BrookModel-actress Kelly Brook is set to design her own range of maternity clothes for British high street chain New Look.Brook, who is currently pregnant with her first child has got her own underwear and swimwear range with the popular store. "A few fun projects have come about because I am pregnant. New Look want me to do a maternity range for them to come out in June and I have been designing some rag dolls for a friend of mine who makes children’s toys."I still work with Reebok, who have been very supportive and are looking forward to seeing me get back in shape in September."

Wednesday, April 27

Angelina Jolie bags record £6.5mn ad deal

Angelina JolieIt has emerged that Angelina Jolie has signed a 6.45-million-pounds deal to become the new face of fashion label Louis Vuitton. The contract is believed to be a record for a single advertising campaign, beating the 3.2-million-pounds deal won by Catherine Zeta-Jones to promote T-Mobile. It dwarfs the 2.5-million-pounds Nicole Kidman was paid to be the face of Chanel perfume and 1.9-million-pounds Gwyneth Paltrow got from Estee Lauder. Reports in the US said, 35 year old, Hollywood babe Angelina is due to take part in a photo shoot with famed photographer Annie Leibowitz. The adverts for the French label will appear in newspapers and magazines later this year.

Gwyneth Paltrow becomes brand ambassador of Coach

Gwyneth Paltrow - brand ambassador of CoachOscar winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow is the new face of US luxury leather goods brand ‘Coach’. The 38-year-old actress, who was previously associated with brands like Estee Lauder and Christian Dior, was signed as the brand ambassador by the label to celebrate their 70th anniversary. "I grew up in New York City and I’ve always thought of Coach as the quintessential New York brand. I’ll never forget getting my first Coach bag," said Paltrow. The brand’s president and executive creative director Reed Krakoff praised Gywneth as "a natural choice" for the company saying, "She embodies the spirit, energy and elegance of the Coach brand."

The ‘Country Song’ star’s ad campaign will be featured in select markets in Asia and Europe, including France, Spain, the UK, Portugal, and China. Paltrow follows in the footsteps of actress Kate Bosworth who has previously appeared in campaigns for the brand with Coach’s creative director calling her "the epitome of distinctive American style and poise".

Cindy Crawford poses for Vogue Mexico cover

Cindy Crawford on Vogue Mexico coverCindy Crawford has set a spring trend on Vogue Mexico’s May issue by striking a mighty pose without her pants on. The 45-year-old supermodel is seen wearing a black bustier, a studded leather motorcycle jacket and a pair of black panties. According to Fashion Etc, the Burberry Prorsum biker jacket was reportedly from Crawford’s own closet.

Monday, April 25

Kelly Brook to launch maternity range

Kelly BrookModel Kelly Brook, who is pregnant with her first child, is planning to design a maternity range for clothing store ‘New Look’.The 31-year-old model and actress, who is expecting a baby girl with boyfriend Thom Evans, will come up with stylish and affordable clothing options for blooming mothers."Looking forward to getting back to work and putting the finishing touches to My New look maternity range for all you Mummy’s to be," Brook posted on Twitter.The ‘Piranha 3-D’ star, who announced her pregnancy last month, said that she prefers classic style."

I adore that whole 1950s glamour, a time when women made an effort with every element of their appearance. I try and do my hair and nails properly when I go out and I love wearing bright red lipstick - looking glamourous is very important to me," added Brook. Brook has earlier launched her line of swimwear and lingerie.

Paris Hilton to launch skin care products

Paris HiltonSocialite Paris Hilton is set to launch a range of skin care products and says she is using top-of-the-line technology to prepare it."We’re developing a skin care line. It’s a new product that we’re working on but it’s the top-of-the-line technology. I have been taking really good care of my skin, so I will have products that are amazing for your skin," said Hilton. Hilton, who has already established herself as a successful perfumer, will launch the range of creams and lotions soon.

Sunday, April 24

Riya Sen dating Sreesanth?

Riya SenBollywood actress Riya Sen has cleared the air about her link-up with Indian cricketer Sreesanth. "Guys please! I am not dating shreesanth! I just attended 3 matches for kochi and that’s that! It was work! So ... Rest ur imaginations ... (sic)," Riya posted on micro-blogging site Twitter.Riya, daughter of yesteryears’ actress Moon Moon Sen, was earlier in a relationship with Ashmit Patel.

Liz Hurley still close to Hugh Grant

Elizabeth HurleyActress and model Elizabeth Hurley has claimed she still regards ex-flame Hugh Grant as one of her family and she might end up living with him ultimately.The 45-year-old beauty, who dated the ‘Noting Hill’ star for 13 years until 2000, said though they quarrel all the time, she loves nothing more than spending time with Grant."Hugh and I met in 1987 on the set on a movie in Madrid and have been best friend ever since. I completely consider him one of my family and love spending time with him, even though we annoy each other at times."We rarely get through a day without fighting, but we always end up laughing," said Hurley, who is in the process of divorcing husband Arun Nayar.

Although Hurley thinks the idea of her ever being romantically involved with Grant again is "preposterous", she imagines they could end up living like a married couple."It makes us laugh as the idea is sort of preposterous. We’ve often said though, if all else fails, we’ll end up living together again."

The pair are so close the 50-year-old actor is even godfather to Hurley’s son Damian and has a close relationship to the nine-year-old boy."Damian adores his godfather and Hugh is great with him."

Cameron Diaz to marry Alex Rodriguez

Cameron DiazCameron Diaz who has been dating baseball star Alex Rodriguez for around a year is reportedly set to marry him. The sportsman is now ready to make things official after being introduced to Diaz’s mother, Billie."Alex is very loving toward Cameron and protective of her. She loves that he’s such a family man," said a source.According to America’s InTouch magazine, Rodriguez has been shopping for an engagement ring at an upmarket New York jewellers.

Christina Aguilera's divorce finalised

Christina AguileraSinger Christina Aguilera divorce with music executive Jordan Bratman has been finalised on April 15. The divorce was finalized April 15 after the six-month waiting period required in California finally came to an end.The 30-year-old singer announced her separation with husband of five years from Jordan in October last year. Since her separation Aguilera has been dating Matthew Rutler, who has been an assisstant on the sets of her new film "Burlesque". The singer and her boyfriend have reportedly paid a visit to his hometown of Newport, Rhode Island recently.

Halle Berry back to normal terms with ex-boyfriend

Halle BerryOscar-winning actress Halle Berry, who was involved in a bitter custody battle with her ex-boyfriend, seems to be back on normal terms with Gabriel Aubry.The former couple have decided to put their differences behind for the sake of their three-year-old daughter Nahla. "When there’s a child involved, it’s a relief when you can resolve things in a good way," the 44-year-old actress said.Berry, who is now dating French actor Olivier Martinez, said the court proceedings have gone well. "Our issues were never about fighting for her. We both know a child needs both her parents. But what I want to say about it is sometimes, as a couple, you reach an impasse. We needed a court and a judge to help us work out some of the delicate issues, and I’m so happy we’ve arrived at that place because for her sake, this is the best way. We both love her more than life," the actress added.

The couple split last April and then Aubry, a French-Canadian model, filed court papers on December 30 seeking formal recognition as Nahla’s father and joint legal and physical custody.In January, Berry’s rep issued a statement saying, "Halle has serious concerns for her daughter's well-being while in the care of her father for any extended period of time."

A representative for Aubrey (34), responded. "The fact is that Gabriel is a caring father who shares custody of Nahla," the statement read.

Saturday, April 23

Angelina Jolie to endorse Louis Vuitton

Angelina JolieHollywood beauty Angelina Jolie has reportedly signed a worldwide endorsement deal with Louis Vuitton. Sources close to the agreement told E! Online that the Oscar-winning actress will be paid close to 10 million dollars for lending her famous face to the brand. The "Tourist" actress who raises six children Maddox, nine, Pax, seven, Zahara, six, Shiloh, four, and two-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne with actor Brad Pitt - has signed a high-profile, print-only deal with the French brand. The international print ad campaign is scheduled to launch this summer with photographer Annie Leibowitz at the helm. According to E! News, the deal would see Jolie earn "close to 66 million pounds ($9.90 million) for the modelling contract."The 35-year-old beauty, who has recently launched a jewellery line, would be following in the footsteps of Madonna and Jennifer Lopez, who have both modelled for Louis Vuitton in the past.

Gwyneth Paltrow scared of singing career

Gwyneth PaltrowOscar winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow is terrified of launching her own solo music career.The 38-year-old actress, who was earlier rumoured to have signed a record deal, says that she is scared of plunging into the new field. "Well, I haven’t signed anything but I’m thinking about it. It’s hard to think of switching because all the singing I’ve been doing has been coming out of ‘Country Song’ or ‘Glee’. So I think, how would I do that? Just a record by myself feels a little scary to me," the actress said on the US talk show ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’.The ‘Shakespeare in Love’ star, who plays the role of an alcoholic country singer in her upcoming film ‘Country Song’, has already showcased her vocal talent on the hit TV musical ‘Glee’.Paltrow had also performed live at events including the recent Academy Awards and the Grammys.

"I like all kinds of music. I don’t think it would be a real poppy record. Britney Spears has cornered that market," said Paltrow. She has also denied reports of signing a deal with Atlantic Records but says she is open to such offers.

Friday, April 22

Aishwarya, Sonam, Frieda to dazzle at Cannes

Aishwarya RaiThree Indian actresses - Aishwarya Rai, Sonam Kapoor and Freida Pinto - will walk the red carpet at Cannes this year on different ocassions. Aishwarya, a regular at the prestigious gala for last 10 years, feels with "both beautiful women" India will have a "stronger presence". "Several countries have always had more than one L’Oreal Paris spokeswoman at Cannes and I'm glad India is finally getting the same recognition. I am happy that with Sonam and Freida, both beautiful women, being invited to the festival this year, India will have a stronger presence, which is a clear sign of the growing importance of the country," said Aishwarya.

Aishwarya, who celebrates a decade of representing L’Oreal Paris at Cannes, will walk the red carpet at the opening ceremony of 64th Cannes International Film Festival May 11. She will also attend the opening gala cocktail and dinner. She is scheduled to attend various events the next day.

"Being at Cannes for L’Oreal Paris has been an absolute pleasure and to experience this for the 10th consecutive year has been quite overwhelming," she said.

The three Indian beauties will represet India for cosmetic brand L’Oreal Paris at Cannes and for the first time the brand is taking three spokeswomen representing India to the event.

L’Oreal Paris has been the official make-up artist of the festival for 14 years and this is the first year Freida and Sonam will represent it at Cannes.

Sonam, who will walk the red carpet May 15, said: "It has always been my dream to walk the red carpet at Cannes and it is soon going to be a reality thanks to L’Oreal Paris. I look forward to meeting actors and filmmakers from the world over and attending screenings of some interesting films. But what excites me the most is meeting the L’Oreal Paris international dream team of make-up artistes and seeing how they transform me for one of the most glamorous red carpets in the world."

Freida will represent L’Oreal at the amfAR (The American Foundation for AIDS Research) dinner and after-party May 19. The event, co-sponsored by the brand, aims at raising money for the fight against AIDS.

"It is every actor’s dream to attend this festival but I am especially privileged as I also get to lend my support to an important cause by attending the amfAR dinner when I’m there," said Frieda.

L’Oreal will introduce its first dream team of three renowned make-up artists - Karim Rahman, Billy B and Rie Omoto - who will design exclusive make-up looks for all the spokeswomen, jury members and actresses.

Other L’Oreal spokespeople attending Cannes this year are Cheryl Cole, Eva Longoria, Gwen Stefani, Claudia Schiffer, Patrick Dempsey, Diane Kruger, Jane Fonda, Milla Jovovich, Aimee Mullins, Laetitia Casta, Paz Vega, Fan Binging, Ximena Navarrete, Zhang Zilin, Ines de la Fressange, Gong Li, Doutzen Kroes and Li Bing Bing.

Thursday, April 21

Raquel Welch voted top beach bikini beauty of all time

Raquel WelchAmerican actress Raquel Welch has been voted the top beach bikini beauty of all time. Welch (70), was up against socialite Kim Kardashian (30), but she took the number one spot for the appeal she first displayed in the 1960s and 70s. Debenhams fashion store said its poll showed that curvy bodies were back in vogue over super-skinny figures. “Despite a 40-year age gap, the voluptuous shape that Raquel and Kim have in common is coveted by women,” said swimwear buyer Sasha Nagalingam. “And it shows as our sales of gel-filled bust-boosting bikini tops have increased by 430 percent from last year already,” Nagalingam added.

Ursula Andress (75), and Helen Mirren (65), showed age is no barrier to sex appeal by also making the top 10. Others in the top 10 are Halle Berry, Beyonce Knowles, Cindy Crawford, Tyra Banks, Denise Richards and Brook Shields.

Erin O’Connor not following fashion trends

Erin O’ConnorBritish model Erin O’Connor has revealed that she doesn’t like to follow fashion trends because they bring out people’s insecurities. The 33-year-old model prefers to stick to clothes that she knows suit her rather than wearing the latest styles. "I have a default style. Ironically, I have never coped with trends very well. I am much more of a classic dresser. I have always felt trends bring out all sorts of insecurities," she said. "I feel once you know your body shape, it is best that you continue to dress with what suits you and what you feel good in," she added.

Tuesday, April 19

Miranda Kerr shows post-baby bikini body

Miranda KerrVictoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr has flaunted her post pregnancy body posing in a bikini in a photo shoot for the lingerie brand. Looking rosy cheeked, trim and baring a flawlessly flat tummy, the Australian beauty posed in the skimpy black two-piece, just three months after giving birth to son Flynn. The 27-year-old model gave birth to her first child with husband Orlando Bloom on January 6.Kerr’s perfect figure doesn’t come as a shock as she was spotted wearing a figure-hugging Herve Leger by Max Azria zip front dress a few weeks ago when she attended an event in Los Angeles.

Miss India Kanishtha Dhankar wants to work for rural masses

Kanishtha DhankarShe is a Haryana native, she studied in Mumbai and her mother lives in Delhi. As Kanishtha Dhankar sets out for the world to face some tough competition as the new Miss India, she says she would like to use her title to work for the rural masses like her grandfather.


"I can feel the power that the Miss India title has. It’s been just a few days and I can already think of so many things that I can do with this platform," said the 22-year-old, who hails from Kasni, Haryana.


"My granddad has been actively involved in a lot of social work and I want to do the same like educating the rural masses, getting funds for a village’s development or spreading HIV awareness," she said.


Kanishtha, Ankita Shorey and Hasleen Kaur won the Pantaloons Femina Miss India (PFMI)-World 2011, Miss India International and Miss India Earth respectively at the grand finale held at Mehboob Studios in Mumbai last Thursday.


Kanishtha, who did her post-graduate diploma in advertising and public relations from H.R. College, Mumbai, believes the competition was healthy.


"All the contestants were really nice. Even though all girls were fighting for the same crown, it was a very, very healthy competition. The journey was special and that is why the crown is special to me.


"And, of course, in a competition like this you have to be confident and keep imagining yourself as a winner because you are in a competition and you have to win it; so I never let my focus go side-track."


Just before the big announcement, Kanishtha says, her mind went blank.


"There were no thoughts in my mind. I went completely blank. I was standing there holding hands with the others. However, my mind was calm. And just as they announced my name, I was super happy that all my hard work has been rewarded. I was blowing kisses to the judges and the audience," she said.


The trained model, who walked for the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) and Lakme Fashion Week (LFW), admits that experience in the fashion world helped her a lot.


"I think having an experience is a good thing. One year of modelling definitely gave me exposure and it worked for me. I was fortunate enough to get selected for modelling by some top notch designers. The experience helped me in building my confidence and eventually winning the crown," she told.


So will this be an end to fashion weeks and ramp shows?


"Not at all, but the difference will be that now people will consider me as a showstopper, not a regular model. I love walking the ramp, I love wearing designer clothes and getting attention," she said. She will represent India at the Miss World contest to be held in September this year.


Kanishtha says by winning the crown she gave her parents the best anniversary gift as the Miss India contest coincided with their marriage day.


"My biggest dream came true. After going through so many rigorous exercises, now, when I have won the title, it all seems worthwhile. It was my parents’ wedding anniversary when I was competing with other contestants and there could be no better gift than this," she said.


Her father Raj Singh Dhankar is in the Indian Navy and her mother, Kusum Dhankar, teaches in a school in the capital. Her mother was associated with the Naval Wives Welfare Association while in Mumbai.


Kanishtha says support from friends and family worked for her.


"The experience was amazing and I felt so happy and special on the D-day. I am feeling blessed receiving support and love from family and friends. It’s the presence of people who love and care for me that acted as my lucky mascot at the grand finale," she said.


She is open to Bollywood offers. "Of course, I would love to be a part of Bollywood if given amazing scripts. However, the Miss World crown is my main focus."

Monday, April 18

Yana Gupta replaces Mallika Sherawat

Yana GuptaSassy Yana Gupta has been offered to do an item number by Vishesh Films in ‘Murder 2’. It was reported earlier that Mallika Sherawat was the first choice to do the dance number in the film, but it appears Yana now is the number one contender in the industry for sizzling item songs. The Czech beauty made a mark in the tinsel town with her hit item number ‘Babuji Zara Dheere Chalo’, following which she was flooded with offers to appear on various reality shows on TV. Yana won many praises from judges on the show called ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa’, Season 4. Given her amazing dancing prowess, Yana was approached by the makers of ‘Chalo Delhi’ to dance on the tunes of the popular ‘Laila’ remix which has already created a rage in the town. As of now Yana’s enjoying accolades pouring in from all quarters for her sensational ‘Laila’ number and even before the film has been released, the dainty beauty is being preferred for future dance numbers. No doubt, Yana Gupta is a brilliant dancer and we would love to see her sizzle on an item song in ‘Murder 2’.

Barbara Mori signs Fever for Rs13 crore

Barbara MoriMexican actress Barbara Mori, who played Hrithik Roshan’s love interest in ‘Kites’, has been signed for a whopping $300,000 (over Rs.13 crore) for ‘Fever’, in which she will team up with Rajeev Khandelwal. The Hindi film will be directed by Rajeev Jhaveri and Ravi Agrawal is producing it. The actress is being paid $300,000 for the film, in which she will play a linguist who is a second generation Briton. "Barbara decided to do this film because she fell in love with the story. When the script was narrated to her, she loved the material and is quite excited to do the film because of the character. The tone of the film is completely different from ‘Kites’," said a source. ’Fever’ is to be shot in Cornwall in England in June-July and will feature another Indian heroine whose name is yet to be announced.

Deepika’s mini skirt to be auctioned

Deepika PadukoneActress Deepika Padukone who is looking hot in the ‘Dum Maaro Dum’ title track in a tiny mini skirt is being used to raise charity funds for Salman Khan’s charity. DP’s skirt will go in an online auction and the funds gathered from its sale will be forwarded to Salman Khan’s NGO Being Human. Said a source, "Producer-director Rohan Sippy came up with the idea of auctioning the skirt online, through the film’s official website with support being provided by a portal that auctions film memorabilia. The beneficiary was discussed and the choice was unanimous - Being Human. They feel it has been involved in some exceptional charity work." But why Deepika’s skirt as the choice for auction? "While on a nationwide tour, the DMD team is discovering that while the track itself is being criticised, there is great excitement over the costume that Deepika wears in the music video. There is a huge demand for it," reveals the source. Rohan Sippy says, "We are all surprised by the reaction to Deepika’s look in the track. We decided to auction it for charity." Anushka Manchanda has crooned for the DMD title track Mit Jaaye Gham song that Pritam Chakraborthy composed.

Sunday, April 17

Aishwarya Rai to go solo at Cannes Festival

Aishwarya RaiAfter four years of marriage and an equal number of headline grabbing appearances on the French Riviera, Aishwarya Rai will be going solo at the Cannes red carpet this time. The Bollywood beauty won’t have Abhishek on her arm this time around as he will be busy shooting in Russia. "I can’t go this year to Cannes with Aishwarya. We were there together last year to promote ‘Raavan’ but this year I will be shooting in Russia that time," said Abhishek. This will be the actress’ tenth consecutive Cannes outing and Abhishek is proud of the achievement. "I am very proud of her. I think she is the only Indian actress to have that," said the 35-year-old actor. The couple made their debut at the coveted film festival in 2007, while Aishwarya’s first appearance was in 2002 with her ‘Devdas’ co-star Shah Rukh Khan.

Saturday, April 16

Scarlett Johansson leaving with Sean Penn

Scarlett JohanssonActress Scarlett Johansson has reportedly moved into Sean Penn’s $3.8 million home. The couple have only been dating since February - two months after "Iron Man 2" star Johansson split with ex-husband Ryan Reynolds, but sources say she has already started living at Sean’s Malibu home. "Scarlett has moved in over the last few weeks. They just stay home, rather than be seen in public," said a source. The couple are said to enjoy working out together, eating in and spending time with Sean’s children, daughter Dylan (20), and son Hopper (17), from his marriage to Robin Wright. Johansson (26), first struck up a friendship with Penn (50), when she was considering flying to Haiti to help people affected by the two earthquakes in January 2010.

Friday, April 15

Liz Hurley to live with ex Hugh Grant

Elizabeth HurleyElizabeth Hurley has revealed that she will move in to live with ex Hugh Grant as friends if she can’t find love again. "If all else fails, we’ll end up living together like Darby and Joan," said Hurley. The couple ended their 13-year relationship in 2000 but has stayed remarkably close friends. "We are currently taking cooking, Italian and guitar lessons and argue ferociously over who is more ahead in cooking, slightly less cack-handed at the guitar but grudgingly agree his Italian is a whisper better," said Hurley. "We rarely get through a day without fighting, but we always end up laughing," she said. And while she admitted they may annoy each other at times, "I consider him one of my family." Grant is even godfather to Hurley’s son Damien with American producer Steve Bing. "Damian adores his godfather and Hugh is great with him," the actress said. She, however, said any plans for a romantic reunion were strictly out of the question and called the idea "preposterous."

Jennifer Aniston re-kindling romance with Bradley Cooper

Jennifer AnistonJennifer Aniston and Bradley Cooper have reportedly rekindled their romance, just weeks after the actor split from Renee Zellweger. The couple who first got together in 2009 are said to have decided to give their relationship another go and have been spending lots of time together in Los Angeles. "Jen and Bradley have been spending more and more time together. It’s still the beginning of them rekindling their romance, but she’s excited about it. They started seeing each other in New York, and they’re definitely planning on hanging out more now that they’re both on the West Coast," said a source. The news comes after it was revealed Bradley had ended his romance with Renee Zellweger following claims he was too busy with his career.

Nandita Das to receive French honour

Nandita DasActor-director Nandita Das will be conferred with the French honour Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters for her contribution to the development of Indo-French cooperation in the field of cinema. French Ambassador Jerôme Bonnafont will confer the distinction on Nandita who is known for her critically acclaimed performances in films like ‘Fire’, ‘Earth’ and ‘Bawander’. After staying in front of the camera and proving her mettle as an actress, Nandita went behind the camera in 2008 to direct ‘Firaaq’, a political thriller about aftermath of 2002 Gujarat violence. Nandita also received recognition at the film festivals of Santa Monica (2001), Cairo (2002), and Madrid (2007). In 2005, she served as a jury member at the Cannes Film Festival. The French honour is conferred on persons who have distinguished themselves by their creativity in the field of art, culture and literature or for their contribution to the influence of arts in France and throughout the world. It has previously been conferred to actor Shah Rukh Khan, photographer Raghu Rai, the late theatre actor Habib Tanveer and Bengali author Upamanyu Chatterjee.

Shabana Azmi gets Dadasaheb Phalke Award

Shabana AzmiAcclaimed actress Shabana Azmi was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award yesterday. The talented actress tweeted, ‘‘Am receiving the Dadasaheb Phalke Award today. Am grateful and humbled.” Azmi, had made her debut in Shyam Benegal’s ‘Ankur’ in 1974 for which she got her first National Award (Best Actress). She has won 5 National Awards so far and along with Bengali screen legend Kanan Devi is the youngest recipient of Dadasaheb Phalke Award at the age of 60. In 4 decades of her career, Shabana has enthralled the audience with her powerful and captivating performances. She was awarded the Padma Shri in 1988 at the age of 38.

Kanishtha Dhankhar crowned Miss India World 2011

Kanishtha Dhankhar - Miss India World 2011Kanishtha Dhankhar (22) from Mumbai won the Pantaloons Miss India World 2011 title at a glittering function in Mumbai Thursday night. She had earlier won the Pantaloons Femina Miss Body Beautiful. Hasleen Kaur from New Delhi won the Pantaloons Femina Miss India Earth 2011, while Ankita Shorey from Mumbai won the Pantaloons Femina Miss India International 2011. Miss India 2010 winners Manasvi Mamgai, Nicole Faria and Neha Hinge crowned the 2011 winners. Kanishtha Dhankhar is a model by profession. She will represent India at the global pageant later this year. Her favourite actor is Leonardo DiCaprio and she rates Sachin Tendulkar as her most favourite sportsperson. Ankita Mohapatra from Bhubaneswar won the Bollywood Diva Title. She will act in a forthcoming film under Nadiadwala Grandsons Entertainment banner. Rakul Preet Singh, who was one of the top 5 finalists, won the Miss India Online Poll 2011. She was the first choice of the online audience. The judges of the show included Kangna Ranaut, Fardeen Khan, Urmila Matondkar, Ritu Kumar, Shiamak Davar, Leander Paes, Tarun Mansukhani, Sajid Nadiadwala and Prachi Desai. Tarun Mansukhani, was the first to break the news, when he tweeted, "Judges unanimous winner of the miss india crown is.... Kanishtha Dhankar!!" Miss India 2011 The event saw scintillating performances by Anushka Sharma, Malaika Arora Khan, Hard Kaur and Sonakshi Sinha, music band SQS and television actors Gaurav Kapoor, Sushant Singh Rajput, Harshad Chopra and Gaurav Chopra. Last year, Sushmita Sen’s production company Tantra Entertainment had been awarded the India franchise to select participant for the Miss Universe contest and the winner - Ushoshi Sengupta had represented India at the international pageant. Other than the crowning of Miss India, Nadiadwala also announced Ankita Mohapatra as the winner of the Bollywood Diva title, who will be cast in a forthcoming film under Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment banner.

Thursday, April 14

Jennifer Lopez named World’s Most Beautiful Woman

Pop diva Jennifer Lopez has beaten off competition from younger beauties like Beyonce Knowles and Anne Hathaway to be named the world’s most beautiful woman by People magazine.

The 41-year-old singer-actress said that she was ‘honoured’ by the title and was proud that she has won it at her age.

"I feel happy and proud. Proud that I’m not 25," said the mother-of-two.

Lopez, who is a judge on ‘American Idol’, said that she felt her best while at home with her family of husband Marc Anthony and 3-year-old twins Max and Emme.

"Just being able to touch my face and rub my eyes and put my fingers in my hair and not having to worry about messing it up. It’s so much better," said Lopez.

The Bronx native has built a tremendous empire since appearing as an extra in the 90’s comedy show ‘In Living Colour’. As well as her albums and films she has expanded her brand into fragrances, clothing line and her own production company.

Lopez is joined on the honour roll by Halle Berry, Jennifer Garner, Sandra Bullock, Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Simpson and Jennifer Hudson among others.

The men in the Most Beautiful list include Zac Efron, Kellan Lutz, Ryan Reynolds and Johnny Depp.

Wednesday, April 13

Taylor Swift uncomfortable about shedding clothes

Taylor SwiftSinger Taylor Swift has admitted she feels uncomfortable posing for sexy photographs and refrains from shedding her clothes. The 21-year-old singer, who has curved her own wholesome image, wants to maintain her clean-cut reputation and has no intentions to shed clothes to sell records. "I like wearing pretty dresses and I like trying out new styles, but I don’t feel comfortable taking my clothes off. "I wouldn’t wear tiny amounts of clothing in my real life, so I don’t think it’s necessary to wear that stuff in photoshoots," said Swift. The ‘Love Story’ hitmaker insisted her firm decision has prevented magazine editors from asking her to dress provocatively. When asked whether she is asked to wear such clothes, Swift said, "Not anymore, no." She also hinted that the job of titillating audiences should be left to the Katy Perrys and Rihannas instead.

Rachel Weisz confused about make-up

Rachel WeiszBritish actress Rachel Weisz has revealed she has no idea how to blow-dry her hair and only gets manicures and pedicures if she is attending a red-carpet event. The brunette beauty admits she makes a minimal effort with her locks, and insists she doesn’t care if her tresses look less-than-perfect when she leaves the house. "I’m a bit of a wash-and-go kind of girl. I don’t know how to blow-dry my hair, so I never do. I have naturally big, frizzy hair, so I normally have at least two or three hairbands on my wrist," she said. "I don’t mind not having the blow-dried look - I like a little frizz - and it’s back in fashion, thanks God," she added. As well as admitting to being clueless about her hair, Weisz also struggles to maintain having nice finger or toenails, unless she can get expert help. "I’m not really a manicure person either. That’s just not part of my life," said.

Tuesday, April 12

Irina Shayk sizzles in Luli Fama’s swimwear campaign

Irina ShaykIrina Shayk, who was crowned the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimwear Edition cover girl, captivated eyes in a new swimsuit campaign. Christiano Ronaldo’s girlfriend poured her stunning figure into some swimsuits as the face of Miami designer Luli Fama’s 2011 collection. The 25-year-old gazed seductively at the camera wearing a bright purple string bikini with her brunette curls tumbling down her back. In another shot, Shayk modelled a black cutaway one-piece as she strikes a fierce pose by the pool. The Russian beauty said her trim physique is down to a love of exercise and not starving herself. “I never really diet. I think that a person can eat what she likes and do some exercises to be in shape- doesn’t matter if it’s going to be gym or swimming or walking in a park or pilates,” said Irina. “It should be a pleasure as positive emotions always make you beautiful! I personally love going to the gym,” she added.

Liz Hurley still enjoys Arun Nayar’s company

Elizabeth HurleyShe filed for divorce citing his "unreasonable behaviour" but Elizabeth Hurley has said that she is still friends with her estranged husband Arun Nayar and spends a lot of time with him. The actress-and-model, who filed for divorce from the Indian textile heir earlier this month after four years of marriage, insisted their separation doesn’t mean they are on bad terms with one another. "Arun and I decided to separate last October. We still get on really well though, and spend lots of time together," said Hurley. The 45-year-old beauty’s nine-year-old son Damian, her child with former lover Steve Bing, is coping well with the split and has managed to stay close to Nayar. "Arun plays a major role in my son Damian’s life and is taking him to India for a week in the Easter holidays. Damian has coped with the changes really well. He’s a very loving, well-adjusted little boy and both Arun and I are really proud of him," said Hurley. The ‘Wonder Woman’ star, who reportedly dated Australian cricketer Shane Warne briefly after splitting from Nayar last year, said she is still friends with him. "I’m still very good friends with Shane. He’s a very hands-on dad and his children are adorable," said Hurley.

Scarlett Johansson campaigns for women’s health care

Scarlett JohanssonHollywood beauty Scarlett Johansson is campaigning against the US government’s decision to eliminate USD 300 million of federal funding for women’s health care centers. The 26-year-old actress has teamed up with the organisation Planned Parenthood to film a new public service advertisement urging women to sign a petition opposing the new legislation. "The House passed a bill to eliminate our country’s family planning program and to stop Planned Parenthood health centres from receiving any federal money to provide life-saving preventative care," the ‘Iron Man 2’ star says in the advertisement. "That means no money for cervical cancer screenings and breast exams. No money for testing and treatment of STDs, not even testing for HIV. No money for birth control," added the actress. Johansson, who is now dating actor Sean Penn (50), after separating from ‘The Proposal’ star Ryan Reynolds last year, called the government’s plan "disastrous."

Monday, April 11

Halle Berry voted Hollywood’s Hottest Mum

Halle Berry: Hottest MumActress Halle Berry has been voted the hottest mother in Hollywood in a new poll. The Oscar winner, who has three-year-old daughter Nahla with ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry, topped the Hollywood’s hottest mum poll with 24 percent votes. The second place, with 20 percent votes, went to actress Angelina Jolie who raises six kids with partner Brad Pitt. She was followed by Britney Spears at the third spot with 15 percent votes. Actress Salma Hayek and Jessica Alba wrapped up the top five. The top 10 Hollywood hottest moms are: 1) Halle Berry - 24 percent, 2) Angelina Jolie - 20 percent, 3) Britney Spears - 15 percent, 4) Salma Hayek - 12 percent, 5) Jessica Alba - 9 percent, 6) Jennifer Lopez - 6 percent, 7) Kate Beckinsale - 5 percent, 8) Christina Aguilera - 4 percent, 9) Teri Hatcher - 3 percent, 10) Monica Bellucci - 2 percent.

Bipasha Basu is single again!

Bipasha BasuBipasha Basu’s sms spook last week confirmed she is single back again and has parted ways with the long term beau John Abraham. There are no rumours that are doing rounds but conform news. The Bong beauty is back enjoying her singlehood again. The dusky hottie is acting like a complete rocker and has been hanging out with the hottest of men making her new found single status all the more enviable. Basu was reportedly seen cozying up with her ‘Singularity’ co-star and Hollywood hunk Josh Hartnett. A source revealed, "Bipasha has been getting rather friendly with lead actor Josh. On Saturday night, at a get-together, in Orchha, Madhya Pradesh, she was getting a bit too close to him." The source adds, "They also stay at the same hotel, while the rest of the crew put up at another." This has given Bipasha and the ‘Pearl Harbor ‘star a chance to spend even more time together after the shoots. After her break up she was initially seen hanging out with Rana Dugabatti her co-star from ‘Dum Maaro Dum’. However, recently she has moved her interest to Hollywood it seems.

Michelle Obama invites Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson Singer Jessica Simpson has been invited by US First Lady Michelle Obama to sing for military families in Denver, Colorado, April 13. And the singer says she’s thrilled to have been given the opportunity. "The First Lady asked me to sing for the troops. That’s a huge honour for me. Just to be there and show my support and say thank you," said Simpson. Simpson’s performance is a part of is part of an initiative by Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, wife of US Vice President Joe Biden, to honour US’s service members. During the national two-day tour, the women will travel to Camp Lejeune (North Carolina), San Antonio (Texas), Denver (Colorado) and Columbus (Ohio) to "highlight the work of Americans who have answered the call to serve our military families to showcase ways all Americans can serve them, from teachers and business leaders, to neighbours and volunteers," said a statement.

Sunday, April 10

Katrina Bowden wins Esquire’s Sexiest Women Alive Madness tournament

Katrina BowdenStar of ‘30 Rock’ Katrina Bowden has been named as the winner of Esquire’s Sexiest Women Alive Madness tournament. The 22 year old, Bowden, beat out 63 other competitors, including second-place finisher (and reigning champ) Brooklyn Decker, Megan Fox, Kim Kardashian, Emmy Rossum and others. “If you say my name and then say Megan Fox’s name, most people know who she is but, well, a small percent will know who I am,” said Bowden, as she reflected on her win. “I think a lot of the fans of ‘30 Rock’ kind of went crazy with it,” she said. The actress, who also admitted she voted for herself, celebrated with an intimate photo shoot in her own home, trying out a new wardrobe, lacy underwear included, in front of the camera. “I’ve never done more skimpy photos ever,” she told Esquire. The TV star also celebrated her win on Twitter, thanking “the amazing fans who voted” for her.

Salman Khan to kiss Asin Thottumkal

Asin ThottumkalSalman Khan has finally agreed to kiss on screen for the first time in his 22-year-old career. The superstar, who has resolutely avoided locking lips to maintain a family image so far, will be seen smooching co-star Asin Thottumkal in Anees Bazmee's upcoming film, Ready. "It is not yet decided if it will be a long, passionate kiss or a short peck, but director Bazmee has managed to convince Salman that the scene is important to the script. Salman had initially refused to give the shot and it took some talking on Bazmee's part to convince him," said a source. Salman has all along maintained that he is "not too comfortable kissing on screen". Despite giving several blockbusters such as Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, Maine Pyar Kiya and Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya as a romantic hero, he has largely refrained from kissing on screen.Naturally, when Bazmee threw up the idea, the superstar was reluctant. Salman apart, the kissing scene is also bound to arouse interest because of Asin. An established superstar in Tamil cinema, Asin has all along maintained a traditional image as an actress down South, as also in Ghajini and London Dreams, the two Bollywood films she has done so far.Lately however, having struggled in Bollywood after London Dreams flopped, Asin is gunning for a glamorous image makeover. Reports have already suggested that she is willing to don a bikini in Sajid Khan's Housefull 2. Meanwhile, the first look of Ready was launched recently in Mumbai. Initial snapshots of the film feature Salman sporting fashionable shades and a short cropped hairdo, and striking a few whacky poses, in sync with the film's slapstick flavour.Ever since shooting started for the film, Ready has been in the news for various reasons. Recently, there were rumours that Salman and Bazmee had a spat during an outdoor shooting in Bangkok after the director returned to Mumbai midway. Bazmee later denied any rift with Salman.

Christina Hendricks loves high heels

Christina HendricksActress Christina Hendricks has revealed she loves high heels or going barefoot, but doesn’t wear flat shoes. The "Mad Men" actress, who is famed for her curvaceous figure, revealed she is a huge fan of high heels. "I’m either barefoot or in high heels. I’ve fallen madly in love with some Charlotte Olympia heels - they’ve got a big bow on them. If I find a pair that’s comfy and high then I pick them up," she said. Christina is not just passionate about shoes, she has very specific tastes when it comes to clothes and prefers to wear eclectic items that show off her waist where possible.

Jennifer Lopez empowered by motherhood

Jennifer LopezSinger Jennifer Lopez believes that giving birth to her three-year-old twins Max and Emme is the most empowering thing she has ever done. The 41-year-old star was also inspired to launch her own charitable organisation The Maribel Foundation, named after husband Marc Anthony’s sister who died from a brain tumour, after becoming a mother. "What’s the most empowering thing I’ve ever done? God. Probably giving birth. And as a direct result of that, setting up a charity with my sister Lynda," said the actress. "It was a dream we had for a long time. Once we had babies, we were ready to say, ‘Let’s do it’. We’re not claiming to change the world in one day, we’re just going to do our little part. "We always said we’d help women and children’s health and education and now it’s happening," she said.

Saturday, April 9

Eva Longoria reveals her heartbreak over divorce

Eva Longoria Actress Eva Longoria was recently reduced to tears as she talked publicly for the first time about her failed marriage to basketball player Tony Parker. The ‘Desperate Housewives’ star and Parker’s four-year marriage came to an end in January. Speaking on the Piers Morgan Tonight show, the 36-year-old said she wished the sportsman nothing but the best in his life. But she conceded it had been a humiliating experience, especially as it has been played out so publicly. “So many people want me to hate him and destroy him, but I don’t want to. I want him to be happy. He’s not a bad person,” said Eva. “I do believe in forgiving and forgetting. There was a reason we were together. I just want to hold on to the good times,” she added. She confessed the split was “heartbreaking” saying one of the hardest things was trying to discover her new identity after the break-up. “I had such an identity in being Mrs Parker and when that’s taken away from you it’s hard,” she added. As Morgan probed her on the matter, she became tearful and immediately started to apologise, saying: “This is the first time I’ve spoken about this publicly.” Asked if she had any regrets, she said: “I do not regret getting married nor do I regret getting divorced.”

Katherine Heigl to star in a TV movie

Katherine HeiglKatherine Heigl is returning to television with HBO’s adaptation of ‘The Knitting Circle’. The former “Grey’s Anatomy” star will produce and act in the tele-film. Based on the best-seller from Ann Hood, the story revolves around a married woman (Heigl) struggling to overcome the death of her young daughter who finds solace in a knitting circle. Heigl will produce the telepic with her mother and producing partner, Nancy Heigl, via their Abishag banner along with Pine Street Pictures. Her recent credits include the feature ‘Life As We Know It’, which she starred in and executive produced. She’ll next be seen in New Line’s comedy “New Year’s Eve”.

Renee Zellweger creates bags for charity

Renee ZellwegerRenee Zellweger has teamed up with Tommy Hilfiger to create bags for charity. The Oscar-winning actress has created a range of light-brown suede bag which will sell for $299, with $100 from each going to the Fund For Living campaign to support women battling breast cancer. "This is one of the best things about this initiative, and I love that Tommy Hilfiger has supported it for five years. It’s very real, very direct, helping women in their personal struggles, buying a wig or allowing them to hire a babysitter or to take a taxi when they don’t feel like they can ride the bus," said Zellweger.

Friday, April 8

Eva Longoria pops out of her jacket

Eva LongoriaEva Longoria appeared on David Letterman’s ‘Late Show’ to promote her new cookbook, but she ended up revealing a lot more than her recipes when her low-cut jacket popped open. The actress came to the show in a tuxedo-type jacket, without anything underneath, and hot pants. “That’s only part of a tuxedo”, said Letterman as saying to Longoria. Later the ‘Desperate Housewives’ actress left the talk host almost speechless when her jacket button popped open, almost revealing her modesty. The 36-year-old star talked about her book, titled ‘Eva’s Kitchen: Cooking With Love For Family & Friends’.

Fergie launches 2nd fragrance with Avon

FergieFergie, whose debut fragrance broke sales records for Avon last year, is set to launch her second perfume ‘Outspoken Intense’. The Black Eyed Peas singer announced plans to launch her second fragrance at an event to celebrate Avon’s 125th anniversary. The 36-year-old said that Outspoken Intense was inspired by “that moment of adrenaline and being fearless” before she goes on stage. The six-time Grammy winner also stars in a television commercial to promote the fragrance. It shows her spritzing herself with the fragrance ahead of a performance. She took to the stage at New York’s Madison Square Garden in an orange Diane von Furstenberg dress ahead of the debut screening. “It’s about that intense feeling I get before going on stage. That moment of adrenaline and being fearless,” said Fergie. She added that she played a large role in developing the scent. “I had so much fun developing and launching my first fragrance with Avon, so for my second fragrance, I really wanted to add a little more edge. “Outspoken Intense is a provocative blend of sexy confidence and daring femininity that captures the thrill and excitement of being centre stage. “You feel an instant electrifying rush - a feeling like no other,” she added. Avon’s Jason King added: “We are thrilled to be working with Fergie again as she is a true representation of female empowerment.”

Thursday, April 7

Katy Perry proud of her meaningful work

Katy PerryKaty Perry feels proud to have penned meaningful and substantial lyrics in her career, such as ‘Firework’ and ‘Teenage Dream’. "I feel really happy I took that time to not write about DJs and fame, the materialistic world, which is great because I love those glitz-and-glamour bells and whistles, but I know people connect to more substantial lyrics," said Perry. "I started writing songs like ‘Firework’ and ‘Teenage Dream’ and songs that I think now are anthems for people." "When I’m playing ‘Firework’, the whole arena literally moves up and down. It’s the song that people are holding onto and inspired by. I always want to be completely honest and, for this record in particular, I knew from the outside world, a lot had changed," she said.

Wednesday, April 6

Rani Mukherji endorses Shiksha campaign

Rani MukherjiAfter playing various roles on big screen, Bollywood actress Rani Mukherji is set for a new role in real life - she endorses ‘Shiksha’ programme and urges everyone to contribute to help educate as many people as possible. A global company has tied up with the NGO Child Rights and You (CRY) for Shiksha programme and under this some part of the proceeds generated from the sale of products like detergent powders and cosmetics will go for children’s education in the country. "School is as important as drinking water and education is as important as the air we breathe. So, I feel that initiatives like Shiksha that support the cause of education are incredible, and I feel we should all contribute even if it’s a little bit because if we do that India will have 100 per cent literacy rate one day," said Rani. "It’s my dream too that every child in India is educated because the way India is growing I don’t think without education, we can see a very bright future. So if we want a bright future for our country, I think education is foremost," she added. Rani, who described herself as "not such a studious student in school", also recommended that education should be made more interesting. "It’s very important to make education interesting and enjoyable so that students don’t drop out. Also, focus should not be only on academics. Alternate interests like painting, music, etc., should also be encouraged," she said. Also present at the event was Sharat Verma, marketing manager, of the company’s Indian wing. "Shiksha is not just an initiative, but a passion that we as an organisation strongly believe in. After touching the lives of 150,000 children, we are now helping build the future of India’s children by building 20 schools this year and aim to build another 20 in the coming year," he said. The company has tied up with other NGOs to spread this campaign. Shiksha has been successful in impacting 150,000 children thus far, in association with leading NGOs Round Table India (RTI), Child Rights and You (CRY), Navy Wives Welfare Association (NWWA), Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) among others.

Tuesday, April 5

Reese Witherspoon on Elle cover

Reese WitherspoonShe may be a new bride but Reese Witherspoon is definitely not blushing as the actress has posed for her most risque shoot ever. The ‘Legally Blonde’ star is dressed in a black leotard on the may cover of Elle magazine. The 35-year-old actress who walked down the aisle for a second time with agent Jim Toth in a traditional ceremony last week, is the daring covergirl of the fashion magazine. On a special cover of Elle UK for the magazine's May issue, featuring adorable and candid Reese Witherspoon who flaunts a smoking hot look. Photographed by Ben Hassett and styled by Heathermary Jackson at Chateau Marmont, Reese wears Emporio Armani, Hermes leather cuffs, and make-up by Avon. Inside the magazine, in an editorial called "Reese Is The Word", the beautiful actress, who married Hollywood agent Jim Toth at a ceremony in California last month, says that she was completely thrilled when Jim proposed to her. The mother-of-two who is seen reclining on a duvet on the cover of the magazine which refers to her as ‘Miss Witherspoon’. The "Water for Elephants" star believes she was too young when she married her first husband Ryan Phillippe. The two met at Witherspoon's 21st-birthday party. Then, two years later he proposed and they married in June 1999. They have daughter Ava, 11, and seven-year-old son Deacon together. They got divorced in 2007, after they both admitted openly that they have to work on their marriage. Reese Witherspoon began dating 40-year-old Jim Toth in January 2010. In the cover story for Elle UK, the actress admits she feels "lucky" and "happy" to have found Jim.

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