Empire’s sexiest men in 2009 Thursday, Nov 5 2009 

1 Johnny Depp

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Why is he right on top? Well, he's the one star who's got everything. Lean, sinewy body, attractive shoulders, a dashing smile isn't all. He's goofy, loopy, with a hint of androgyny. And his talents are numerous. And he makes no show about it ever. That's enough to have us hook, line and sinker.

2 Robert Pattinson

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He came. We Saw. He conquered. We fell like nine pins when we laid eyes on him as the incredibly good-looking but doomed Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire. And with Twilight, we surrendered without a whimper.

3 Robert Downey Jr

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This man has been waltzing in and out of hearts and transient minds thanks to rehab. But we're glad he's back with Iron Man. Now stay put, Downey Jr, and we'll show you the love of a life time!

4 Brad Pitt

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The 'Bra' from Brangelina makes it into the top 5. Yes, we're still unhappy that he keeps a low profile. Why deny us of the visual pleasure, Pitt. Yes, Jolie is hot. But we like you too. And his most recent appearance in Inglorious Basterds is no salve. That handlebar moustache just doesn't fly. We'll wait for him to show up in all his glory. In the mean time, the reruns of the Oceans series will have to suffice. Sigh!

5 Christian Bale

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The middle spot is taken up by the one star we feel safe ogling at from a distance. Why the distance? Well, he even made the character in American Psycho oddly attractive. Now that can't be good. We've got a feeling if we get any closer to this hunk, things could get fatal. It's bad enough we're breathless every time we lay eyes on him.

6 Hugh Jackman

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He's hands down the nicest star in Hollywood. He's so nice we can't even get ourselves to grudge his wife. We bet no star has an easy time envying his numerous skills ranging from singing to dancing as he's just too darn endearing!

7 George Cloney

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His half-smirk is to die for! He may have had a pot-bellied pig for pet, he may fancy waitresses, but he's still George Clooney, the most eligible bachelor in tinsel town. Give him a bat mobile or give him some chips for poker, he'll still have us sighing over his quizzical frown. Yes, we attempted verse. That's how much we adore him!

8 Alan Rickman

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Professor Snape from the Harry Potter franchise certainly isn't the hottest man around. And that's what makes him so desirable! Take a hint, boys. Women don't always go for chiseled abs and muscular arms. Sarcasm and a great voice work great too!

9 James McAvoy

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would've thought the carrot top in The Last King of Scotland would make Forest Whitaker's skills take a back seat. This scrawny actor is just so incredibly irresistible with those soulful blue eyes. He's got us so hooked that we'll even swallow his lame role in Wanted.

10 Gerard Butler

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With little less than a metre of cloth, a sword and shield, this Scott stormed his way into our heart in the Spartan action flick 300. We

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Obama Warns Karzai to Focus on Tackling Corruption Tuesday, Nov 3 2009 

WASHINGTON — President Obama on Monday admonished President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan that he must take on what American officials have said he avoided during his first term: the rampant corruption and drug trade that have fueled the resurgence of the Taliban.

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President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday, at a greeting ceremony for the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon.

As Mr. Karzai was officially declared the winner of the much-disputed presidential election, Mr. Obama placed a congratulatory call in which he asked for a new chapter in the legitimacy of the Afghan government.

What he is seeking, Mr. Obama told reporters afterward, is a sense on the part of President Karzai that, after some difficult years in which there has been some drift, that in fact hes going to move boldly and forcefully forward and take advantage of the international community interest in his country to initiate reforms internally. That has to be one of our highest priorities.

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President Obama spoke to reporters on Monday after his telephone conversation with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan.

The corruption problem has surfaced repeatedly as Mr. Obama has been holding meetings to review his Afghanistan strategy, administration officials said.

Global premiere for Jackson movie Wednesday, Oct 28 2009 

Michael Jackson’s family and fans have attended the worldwide premiere of his concert documentary, This Is It.The movie was pieced together from 100 hours of footage shot at rehearsals for the star’s ill-fated comeback shows.

Jackson’s brothers Jermaine, Marlon, Tito and Randy, attended a star-studded screening in Los Angeles. Simultaneous premieres were held in 18 other cities.

Introducing the film, director Kenny Ortega described it as the last sacred document of our leader and friend.

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Fans around the world are attending the first screenings of Michael Jackson's This Is It, which documents the star rehearsing for his ill-fated comeback gigs. In New York, a dance tribute took place outside the Regal E-Walk cinema.

Jackson, who died on June 25 aged 50, had spent the previous four months rehearsing in Los Angeles.

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Jackson's brothers Jermaine (left), Randy, Tito and Marlon are attending a screening in Los Angeles. Their mother, Katherine, declines the invitation, saying it would be too

More than 800,000 tickets had been sold for the concerts, with organisers promising one of the “most expensive and technically advanced” live shows ever.

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Hollywood stars Jennifer Lopez and Will Smith were also among the first to see the movie.

He was just two weeks away from the opening night at the time of his death, which authorities in Los Angeles ruled a homicide.

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Other celebrities at the Los Angeles premiere included (l-r) Motown boss Berry Gordy, High School Musical star Ashley Tisdale, musicians Adam Lambert and Katy Perry and film director Kenny Ortega

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Even those too young to remember the star in his heyday dressed up to see his final farewell

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Michael Jackson’s family and fans have attended the worldwide premiere of his concert documentary, This Is It.

The movie was pieced together from 100 hours of footage shot at rehearsals for the star’s ill-fated comeback shows.Jackson’s brothers Jermaine, Marlon, Tito and Randy, attended a star-studded screening in Los Angeles. Simultaneous premieres were held in 18 other cities.Introducing the film, director Kenny Ortega described it as “the last sacred document of our leader and friend”.

But some fans protested outside the screenings, saying the film covers up Jackson’s declining health.The dedicated fans, who have set up a campaign called This Is Not It, are accusing concert promoter AEG Live of putting too much pressure on the star during the build up to his 50-date run at London’s O2 Arena.

Jackson, who died on June 25 aged 50, had spent the previous four months rehearsing in Los Angeles.More than 800,000 tickets had been sold for the concerts, with organisers promising one of the “most expensive and technically advanced” live shows ever.He was just two weeks away from the opening night at the time of his death, which authorities in Los Angeles ruled a homicide.

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Playboy want naked Winslet Wednesday, Jul 8 2009 

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IF an Oscar, two Golden Globes and a Bafta aren’t enough for KATE WINSLET – she’s now been bestowed with another honour. HUGH HEFNER has offered the British actress a spot on the cover of Playboy with a nude spread inside.
If Kate takes Hugh up on his offer she would follow in the footsteps of MARILYN MONROE, SHARON STONE, PAMELA ANDERSON and fellow Oscar winner CHARLIZE THERON.

The 82-year-old Playboy boss told a newspaper: “There’s no question we would be interested in Kate. “It’s a competitive market, more than it used to be, so she would be a most welcome addition in our pages.” Kate has been filmed topless in many of her movies, including Academy Award victors The Reader and Titanic. But she has vowed to never again appear naked on screen again, for fears of being typecast.She said: “I don’t want to be known as that actress who gets her kit off.”

Madonna Nude in London Tuesday, Jun 30 2009 


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In 1979 an unknown twenty year old dancer Madonna Ciccone posed nude for just $30.

The snap was taken of the Like A Virgin star when she was trying to ply a trade as a model prior to her pop days.Thirty years later, the pic is going on display in London as part of Impure Art’s Madonna Nudes exhibition.

In 1979 the as yet unknown Madonna posed nude for New York Photographer, Martin Schreiber, for only $30. Years later, when she was a pop icon, the shots appeared in Playboy catapulting him to fame. The original photographs are now available in the UK, exclusively from the Impure Art Gallery, along with copies of the original Playboy magazine, books, postcards and posters of the show.The original photos are now on sale in the UK from Impure Art in Brighton until 28th June and from 2-19th July at 19 Earlham Street, London, WC2.

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Pop Legend Michael Jackson Dead at 50 Friday, Jun 26 2009 

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‘Michael Joseph Jackson August 29, 1958 was an American recording artist, entertainer, and businessman. The seventh child of the Jackson family, he debuted on the professional music scene at the age of 11 as a member of The Jackson 5 and began a solo career in 1977

Pop icon Michael Jackson has died of cardiac arrest, according to media reports. Jackson, 50, suffered a cardiac arrest at his Holmby Hills home and paramedics were unable to revive him, entertainment website TMZ.com reported. The website reported that the pop star suffered cardiac arrest just after 12:00 pm (0030 IST). Los Angeles Times, quoting city and law enforcement sources, confirmed his death.

Earlier, Jackson was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA medical centre here by the fire department paramedics.Fire Capt. Steve Ruda was quoted as saying by Los Angeles Times that paramedics responded to a call by Jackson’s home at 12.26 pm (local time). The paramedics performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation and took him to the hospital, Ruda said.

Jackson is survived by three children — Michael Joseph Jackson Jr, Paris Michael Katherine Jackson and Prince “Blanket” Michael Jackson II.The ‘king of pop’ was born on August 29, 1958 and debuted on the professional music scene at the age of 11 as a member of ‘The Jackson 5’, and began a solo career in 1971.The singer was accused of child sexual abuse in 1993 but he could not be charged due to lack of evidence. In 2005, Jackson was tried and acquitted of further sexual abuse allegations and several other charges.

Actress Farrah Fawcett Gallery and Biography Thursday, Jun 25 2009 


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‘Farrah Leni Fawcett born on February 2, 1947 was an American actress. A multiple Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee


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‘Fawcett was also a pop culture figure whose hairstyle was emulated by millions of young women and whose poster sales broke records, making her an international sex symbol in the 1970s and 1980s.

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elder sister Diane Fawcett Walls, died from lung cancer on October 16, 2001.

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‘She was nominated for Golden Globe awards for roles as Beate Klarsfeld in Nazi Hunter.

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‘Fawcett was married to Lee Majors, though the two separated in 1979.From 1982 until her death, Fawcett was involved romantically with actor Ryan O

Farrah Fawcett succumbs to cancer at 62 Thursday, Jun 25 2009 


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‘Charlie’s Angels’ star helped redefine sex appeal in the 1970s.

Farrah Fawcett, whose luxurious tresses and blinding smile helped redefine sex appeal in the 1970s as one of TV’s “Charlie’s Angels,” died Thursday after battling cancer. She was 62.The pop icon, who in the 1980s set aside the fantasy girl image to tackle serious roles, died Thursday shortly before 9:30 a.m. PDT in a Santa Monica hospital, spokesman Paul Bloch said. She burst on the scene in 1976 as one-third of the crime-fighting trio in TV’s “Charlie’s Angels.” A poster of her in a clingy swimsuit sold in the millions.

Fawcett’s death was confirmed by Paul Bloch, one of her representatives at Rogers and Cowan, an entertainment public relations firm. Fawcett, who checked into a Los Angeles, California, hospital in early April, had been battling anal cancer on and off for three years. Ryan O’Neal, Fawcett’s romantic partner since the mid-1980s, recently told People magazine that the sex symbol was declining.”She stays in bed now. The doctors see that she is comfortable. Farrah is on IVs, but some of that is for nourishment. The treatment has pretty much ended,” he said in a story posted May 7.

Fawcett’s cancer journey has been documented in a television special partly shot by the actress. Fawcett began shooting “Farrah’s Story,” by taking a camera to a doctor’s appointment. Eventually, the film expanded to include trips overseas in hopes of treating the cancer

Shiney Ahuja sent to police custody till June 18 Monday, Jun 15 2009 

Bollywood actor Shiney Ahuja, who was arrested on Sunday for raping his maid, has been sent to police custody till June 18. The actor has been charged under Indian Penal Code (IPC) section 376 with rape, along with wrongful restraint and intimidation. Ahuja was taken to be produced in the Andheri court in Mumbai by the police.

The actor’s domestic help had lodged a complaint on Sunday after which a medical test was conducted on her. She’s been working in his house for the last month and a half. In her police complaint, the maid has alleged, “In the afternoon when I was alone in the house, Shiney came and forced himself on me. I tried to push him away but he gagged and raped me. He also threatened me of dire consequences and told me not to inform anybody. I confided to my family only later in the evening when my private parts began hurting. My uncle took me to the police station to lodge a complaint.”

The actor who made his debut in the critically acclaimed Hazaaron khwayishe Aisi was arrested on Sunday night. Ahuja, who hails from Delhi, has worked in several successful Bollywood films such as Bhool Bhulaiya, Gangster and Life in a Metro. The case has left the Bollywood fraternity shell-shocked. Many like filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt have said that while the incident is shameful, the actor’s version should be heard. Bollywood director Mohit Suri also expressed shock over the incident. “I was clearly in shock and I wanted to know whether it was one of those cases against celebrities that come up every now and then, or was it really true. This looked a little more serious more so because he confessed to consensual sex with the maid,” said Suri.

Reacting to the incident, Shiney’s family has said that the actor has been framed. Shiney Ahuja is married to Anu Ahuja, who works in the United States and the couple has a two-year-old daughter. Reacting on the incident, Anu said Shiney is a man of character.

Top 10 highest earning actors of Hollywood Monday, Jun 15 2009 

No. 10: JONNY DEPP

The actor earned £18.6 million in the last 12 months (June 2008-June 2009).

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No. 9: BRAD PITT

The actor has earned £18.6 million in the last 12 months (June 2008-June 2009).

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No. 8: JIM CARRY

The actor earned £18.6 million in the last 12 months (June 2008-June 2009).
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No. 7: TOM CRUISE

The actor earned £20 million in the last 12 months (June 2008-June 2009).
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No. 6: TOM HANKS

The actor earned £23.3 million in the last 12 months (June 2008-June 2009).
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No. 5: NICOLAS CAGE

The actor earned £26.6 million in the last 12 months (June 2008-June 2009).
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No. 4: EDDIE MURPHY

The actor has earned £26.6 million in the last 12 months (June 2008-June 2009).
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No. 3: WILL SMITH

The actor earned £30 million in the last 12 months (June 2008-June 2009).
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No. 2: ADAM SANDLER

The actor earned £36.6 million in the last 12 months (June 2008-June 2009).
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No. 1: HARISSON FORD

The actor tops the list with an earning of £43.3 million in the last 12 months (June 2008-June 2009).
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Top 10 Celebrities Wednesday, Jun 10 2009 

1 Angelina Jolie
2 Oprah Winfrey
3 Madonna
4 Beyonce Knowles
5 Tiger Woods
6 Bruce Springsteen
7 Steven Spielberg
8 Jennifer Aniston
9 Brad Pitt
10 Kobe Bryant

Clooney, Beckham and Craig join ‘Free Suu Kyi’ chant Thursday, May 28 2009 

London: Hollywood actors George Clooney, Daniel Craig and soccer star David Beckham have joined forces with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in lending support to Myanmar’s pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi. The A-listers were approached by campaign group ‘Not on Our Watch’ to pen messages of support for Suu Kyi, who has been fighting for democracy in the Asian country.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner has spent the past decade under house arrest and the celebrities have been asked to write 64-word messages of support which will be delivered to Suu Kyi on her upcoming 64th birthday on June 19, British newspaper the Mirror reported online.

Stephen Fry, Kevin Spacey and Sarah Brown have also been asked to write messages for 63-year-old Suu Kyi. The message written by Bond star Daniel Craig says, “Nineteen years ago, the Burmese people chose Aung San Suu Kyi as their next leader. For most of those 19 years she has been kept under house arrest by the military junta that runs the country. We must not stand by as she is silenced again. Now is the time for the international community to speak with one voice: Free Aung San Suu Kyi.”

The leader has been held under house arrest for 13 of the past 19 years, and currently stands accused of breaking the terms of her confinement. The launch of the website 64forSuu.org is timed to coincide with the date her imprisonment should have stopped.

Best Scene of The Year 2008″ – Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi Thursday, May 28 2009 

Another ‘Slumdog’ Child Star’s Home Torn Down Wednesday, May 20 2009 

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MUMBAI, India  —  The shanty home of another “Slumdog Millionairechild star was torn down by Mumbai authorities Wednesday as they demolished part of city’s slum where she lived.

Munni Qureshi, the stepmother of 9-year-old Rubina Ali who played the film’s heroine Latika in the Oscar-winning film, said her husband was beaten by police who were supervising the demolition. She said he was taken to a hospital with minor injuries. “Slumdog Millionaire” won eight Oscars and brought in more than $326 million, but it has done little so far to improve the lives of the film’s two impoverished child stars, Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail and Rubina.

Last week bulldozers demolished Azhar’s home in a similar cleanup drive. He lived in a different part of the same slum. Rubina and Azhar were discovered on the Mumbai streets by the filmmakers. The film’s adult stars, Dev Patel and Freida Pinto, have since shot to international fame. The lives of the two poor child stars — who live in the slum called Garib Nagar, or the “city of the poor” — haven’t changed much.

“I’m feeling bad,” Rubina told The Associated Press. “My house had been demolished. I’m thinking about where to sleep.” Dozens of police with bamboo batons walked around the alley where Rubina’s house is located. “How can the police barge in any time without giving us notice,” Qureshi said, as she wept holding her forehead. Neighbors poured water over her to keep her cool as she sat in the scorching summer sun with Rubina.

The classic Tuesday, May 12 2009 

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