Saturday, October 16, 2010




Finally, "The Hobbit" is all set to go into production. A joint statement from New Line, Warner Brothers and MGM announce that they have given a green light for the two parts of the movie, which will be shot back to back and in 3-D.

Production will start in February 2011 under the direction of Peter Jackson, who also serves as producer and screenwriter. "There is no human being on the planet as qualified as Peter Jackson to direct these films. Peter is incredibly talented and has the creative vision and experience to bring this beloved property to live in a way that no other filmmaker could".

"The Hobbit" will be shot in 3-D but where the filming will take place is still a question mark since a dispute with SAG, New Zealand Actors' Equity and several other international unions banning the movie shoot in New Zealand, has not been resolved. Peter has threatened to move the production if an agreement could not be reached.

"The Hobbit" will re-create the scenes of the novel, with additional events that make an impact to "The Lords of the Rings". The first part of the upcoming adventure movie is planned to arrive in December 2012 while "The Hobbit 2" is expected to come out a year later.



Michael Caine

Michael Caine is set to turn novelist when he completes the next "Batman" film - because he's sick of lawyers telling him what he can and can't write about in his memoirs. The movie star has just released his second autobiography, The Elephant to Hollywood, and he's telling fans his next book will be a work of fiction.

He tells Entertainment Weekly magazine, "I love writing so much that once I'm finished with Batman, I'm going to write fiction. When I was writing my first book, I talked with Kirk Douglas, who had written one of his own. I told him that the lawyers were always saying, 'You can't say that or you'll get sued'. He said to me, 'Write fiction, Michael. You can tell the truth.' Isn't that a great line?"




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Despite her gruelling schedule over her music and movie career, not to mention her clothing line, Selena Gomez still spent her time to help others. The 18-year-old beauty, who is dubbed UNICEF ambassador, auctioned off one of her special dresses.

Hoping to raise money for the organization to help providing food and healthcare to disadvantaged children across the globe, Selena put her glamorous Catherine Dean gown that she wore in her "A Year Without Rain" music video under the hammer.

"It's a beautiful dress. It was obviously a very important part of the video," Selena said of her chiffon gray halter gown to People. "We wanted it to be very beautiful and very flowy and I got so many great comments on it so I thought it would be awesome to give it to charity."

Beside the beautiful dress, Selena also auctioned off a chance of meet and greet at her first-ever acoustic concert at The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood on October 26. One lucky fan will be allowed to take his/her five friends to meet the star during the 60th anniversary of Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign.

"To be able to see what they do with what they have done - it's amazing and it's really inspiring," Selena told the site. The auction for the dress and the meet and greet itself has been opened since October 1 and will end on November 10, via online auction site Charitybuss.

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Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa Hudgens is about to take "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island". The 21-year-old actress is currently in final negotiations to play the female lead in this follow-up to "Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D", The Hollywood Reporter (THR) has just reported.

The sequel has Josh Hutcherson reprising his role as Sean who this time will force his mother's boyfriend, portrayed by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, to join him on a trip to a mythical and monstrous island to find his missing grandfather. According to THR, Hudgens will portray a Pacific Islander who gets swept into the adventure and end up falling for Sean.



Anjelica Huston

I've always thought with relationships, that it's more about what you bring to the table than what you're going to get from it. It's very nice if you sit down and the cake appears. But if you go to the table expecting cake, then it's not so good.

- Anjelica Huston




A British study found that the average woman spends $13,441 on make-up in her lifetime.

From the age of 16, a woman will shop for mascara, foundation and lipstick at least five times a year, spending at least $39 each time.

The research also found that 70 percent of women never leave the house without applying some form of cosmetics, and that a fifth of the nation’s boyfriends have never seen their partners without make-up — even in bed.

Sixty-eight per cent of the 3,000 women polled said they feel more confident in full make-up, and rarely let people see them without it.

Half said they wear make up all the time and 41 percent said they would be mortified if a colleague saw them without it.




In reality, another ship, a Cunard liner named Slavonia, first broadcast the SOS signal on June 10, 1909, a full 3 years before the Titanic.

The SOS became the official distress signal in 1906, replacing the old CQD code.



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Singer Michael Bolton has become a first-time grandfather. The Grammy Award winner's daughter Taryn, 31, has given birth to a daughter. A thrilled Bolton, 56, tells, "A profound and indescribable joy has been delivered to my heart and to our entire family."

This is the first grandchild for Bolton, 56, who has three daughters from a previous marriage. And he admits he's still getting used to the idea of being called 'Grandpa'. "It's so weird," he shares. "I'm going to have to figure out how to own that."



Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg will be playing Santa Claus at the U.S. box office next Christmas - he's releasing two movies on the same day over the festive season. World War I drama "War Horse" and "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn" - both directed by Spielberg - will hit movie theatres in the U.S. on December 28, 2011 and battle it out for big buck at the box office over the holiday season.

"War Horse", starring David Thewlis and Emily Watson, was scheduled for release next summer, August 2011 but studio bosses at Dreamworks have pushed it back after screening footage in London last week.

War Horse was scheduled for an Australian release on 11 August 2011. "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn" is scheduled for 26 December 2011 in Australia.

Friday, October 15, 2010




Cirque du Soleil® returns with Saltimbanco™, the show which started Australia’s love affair with the celebrated company when it first toured here in 1999.

Saltimbanco – from the Italian “saltare in banco” (to jump on a bench) – features an international cast of over 50 performers and musicians from more than 20 different countries. Presented in premium ‘intimate-mode’ arena venues, this is classic Cirque at its best - a thrilling, kaleidoscopic celebration of awe-inspiring artistry and agility.

Set inside an imaginary metropolis of colourful inhabitants, Saltimbanco will enthral with the seemingly impossible balancing, jumping and spinning of the Chinese Poles and Russian Swing, the gravity-defying Bungees and Trapeze, and the crowd-pleasing Juggling, Acrobatic Bicycle and Clowns. Breathtaking acrobatics and extravagant design are mixed with spectacular costumes, amazing lighting, humour, enchanting live music and magic.


Perth, Challenge Stadium
Opens 21 April, 2011

Adelaide, Entertainment Centre
Opens 12 May, 2011

Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena
Opens 25 May, 2011

Hobart, Derwent Entertainment Centre
Opens 15 June, 2011

Brisbane, Entertainment Centre
Opens 8 July, 2011

Newcastle, Entertainment Centre
Opens 20 July, 2011

Sydney, Acer Arena
Opens 27 July, 2011

Wollongong, WIN Entertainment Centre
Opens 17 August, 2011




According to research the average woman dates 24 men and spends more than $3,000 before finding Mr. Right.

A spokesman for, which polled 2,173 of its members, said: “Although you cannot put the price on true love, it seems you can certainly put a price on finding it.

Although men traditionally still foot the bill, women pay for hair, clothing, accessories, etc. The study also showed that seven percent of women have been on between 41 and 60 dates before finally finding someone to share their life with.




New research has supposedly proven that age does bring wisdom — social wisdom.

Researchers at the University of Michigan found that older people were more likely than younger or middle-aged ones to recognize that values differ, to acknowledge uncertainties, to accept that things change over time and to acknowledge others’ points of view.

He said, “In modern America, older people generally don’t have greater knowledge about computers and other technology, but our results do indicate that the elderly have some advantages for analysis of social problems. I hope our results will encourage people to assume that older people may have something to contribute for thinking about social problems.”




The White House, in Washington DC, was originally gray, the colour of the sandstone it was built out of.

After the War of 1812, during which it had been burned by Canadian troops, the outside walls were painted white to hide the smoke stains.




Simply wearing the colour red makes a man more attractive and sexually desirable to women.

The colour’s power lies in its ability to make men appear more powerful.

A professor of psychology at the University of Rochester saying ‘We found that women view men in red as higher in status, more likely to make money and more likely to climb the social ladder. And it’s this high-status judgment that leads to the attraction.”

The scientists believe the effect is due to a combination of culture and biology. Red has always been used to denote people rich and powerful throughout history, an association which may have an impact on the subconscious.

Thursday, October 14, 2010




Singer Bette Midler has signed on as a producer of the stage version of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, which opened in previews Tuesday in Toronto.

Midler has made a sizable investment in the Broadway-bound show and has earned billing as producer.

She is also reported to be ready to take a hands-on role in rehearsals for the show, which plays until Jan. 2 at Toronto's Princess of Wales theatre.

The stage version of the hit movie had its world premiere in Australia in 2006 before going on to London. Its official North American premiere is set for Oct. 26 in Toronto.

The play follows the adventures of three drag queen friends travelling the Australian outback in a battered bus. Olivier Award nominee Tony Sheldon, Tony Award nominee Will Swenson and Nick Adams star in the musical.

It heads to Broadway for previews in February, with the official opening on March 20.




Tommie Smith, the Olympic gold medallist who along with teammate John Carlos sent a shockwave through the 1968 Mexico City Olympics by giving a black-power signal during the medal ceremony, is now selling the gold medal he won for winning the 200-meter run.

The San Jose Mercury News is reporting that Smith's gold medal and cherry-red Puma running shoes are on the auction block with M.I.T. Memorabilia. The starting bid is $250,000; the auction will close Nov. 4. Smith and his family are not commenting on the sale, but an M.I.T. representative said:

"Of course the medal is important to him, but the memory of winning the race is far more important," [Gary] Zimet said of Smith's then-world-record time of 19.83 seconds. "He is doing it for the money, but not because he is desperate. If someone is willing to pay his price, he'll sell."

The famous black glove that Smith donned when giving the black-power salute was not included in the auction because it is missing. Smith said he lost it over the course of his moves.

In the midst of the Civil Rights era, Smith and Carlos' gesture was a sign of solidarity with black Americans. For it, they were suspended from the U.S. team and thrown out of the Olympic Village by International Olympic Committee president Avery Brundage.

Though it's odd to think of an Olympian giving up the gold medal he had trained and fought for, Smith had a slightly different experience than the average Olympian. Having the medal in his hand won't change the fact that he won the gold, or that he was treated so terribly afterwards.




The Hollywood sign was first erected in 1923. Conceived as a real estate ad, it originally read Hollywoodland. The sign stands 50 feet tall, stretches 450 feet across, weighs 450,000 pounds.




As many as 83 percent of people admit feeling depressed about returning to work from their vacation.

There’s that despair as you realize all those problems you promised yourself you’d deal with ‘after the holiday’ are there waiting for you — along with a large credit-card bill.

76 percent of workers say their stress levels are back to preholiday levels within a week of returning to the office.

One in nine actually phones in sick because they just can’t face it.

How to beat the post-vacation blue?

Book another one!

According to a study published in the Applied Research In Quality Of Life journal, people gain a bigger happiness boost during the eight weeks prior to their holiday than from the holiday itself.




Car alarms have been voted the most irritating piece of technology ever invented. A spokesman for cell phone recycling site, who conducted the poll, said: ”Car alarms can be the bane of many people’s lives –waking them up, or stopping them from nodding off at night.

The top ten irritating technological inventions according to the site’s survey are below:

1. Car alarms
2. Egg timer appearing on computer screen
3. Computer crashing
4. Speed cameras
5. Automated phone systems
6. Novelty doorbells
7. Skipping CD
8. The ‘bong’ sound in Windows when you can’t do something
9. Uncomfortable headphones
10. Printers



No matter where we go, we shall always see things
that are cool
that make us smile
that make us cry
that make us laugh
that make us recall our earlier days
that amaze us


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I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to.

- Elvis Presley

Wednesday, October 13, 2010




After Madonna, Lady GaGa and, most recently, Britney Spears inspired entire episodes of Glee through their music, the cult classic tunes and fashions of The Rocky Horror Picture Show will hit Prospect High School for homage to the transvestite fueled musical. The episode doesn’t hit the air until October 26th, but we have our first look at the episode including several cast members in full wardrobe.

The pictures feature Finn (Cory Monteith) as Brad, Quinn (Dianna Agron) as a Time Warp dancer and Kurt (Chris Colfer) as Riff Raff. In addition there’s also a couple pictures of Sam (Chord Overstreet) as Rocky and Dr. Carl (John Stamos) clad in black leather as Eddie. Looks like it’s going to one fantastic episode for the week leading up to Halloween, but who plays Dr. Frank-N-Furter, the role spectacularly played by Tim Curry back in 1975?





Liu Wei, a 23-year-old man who lost both of his arms when he was 10, has won China’s Got Talent!

Liu was in an electrocution accident but still pursued his dream of being a concert pianist.

He captivated CGT judges when he auditioned by playing Richard Clayderman’s “Marriage D’Amour” with his toes!!!

Last weekend, Liu was crowned the show’s winner at Shanghai Stadium, where he performed James Blunt’s famous ballad “You’re Beautiful.”

Check out his amazing story and performance!




The nominations for the 2010 American Music Awards are here!

Eminem and Lady Antebellum lead the way with five nominations each, while Justin Bieber followed with four and B.o.B, Katy Perry, Ke$ha and Usher each took three.

The ceremony, which takes place on November 21 on ABC, will honor winners selected by online voting! Show support for your favorites by voting at!

Favorite Male Artist, Pop or Rock
Justin Bieber

Favorite Female Artist, Pop or Rock
Lady Gaga
Katy Perry

Favorite Band, Duo or Group, Pop or Rock
The Black Eyed Peas
Lady Antebellum

Favorite Album, Pop or Rock
Justin Bieber - My World 2.0
Eminem - Recovery
Katy Perry - Teenage Dream

Favorite Male Artist, Country
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Brad Paisley

Favorite Female Artist, Country
Miranda Lambert
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Favorite Band, Duo or Group, Country
Zac Brown Band
Lady Antebellum
Rascal Flatts

Favorite Album, Country
Jason Aldean - Wide Open
Lady Antebellum - Need You Now
Carrie Underwood - Play On

Favorite Male Artist, Rap/Hip-Hop

Favorite Album, Rap/Hip-Hop
B.o.B. - B.o.B. Presents
Drake - Thank Me Later
Eminem - Recovery

Favorite Male Artist - Soul/R&B
Chris Brown
Trey Songz

Favorite Female Artist - Soul/R&B
Alicia Keys

Favorite Album, Soul/R&B
Alicia Keys - The Element of Freedom
Sade - Soldier of Love
Usher - Raymond v. Raymond

Favorite Album, Soundtracks
AC/DC - Iron Man 2
Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Favorite Artist, Alternative Rock Music
Vampire Weekend

Favorite Artist, Adult Contemporary Music
Michael Bublé
Lady Antebellum

Favorite Artist, Latin Music
Daddy Yankee
Enrique Iglesias

Favorite Artist, Contemporary Inspirational
Casting Crowns

Artist of the Year
Justin Bieber
Lady Gaga
Katy Perry

T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist Nominations
Justin Bieber
Taio Cruz
Jason Derülo
Lady Antebellum
Travie McCoy




Having been seen by over 100 million people worldwide, Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is widely regarded as the most successful piece of entertainment in history.

Now, the story of the Phantom continues in a brand new musical production, LOVE NEVER DIES, premiering at Melbourne's Regent Theatre in May 2011.

This will be the first new Australian production of an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical in almost 20 years, and Melbourne will be only the 2nd city in the world to host LOVE NEVER DIES. Directed by Simon Phillips (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), LOVE NEVER DIES features one of Andrew Lloyd Webber's finest musical scores to date.

The year is 1907. It is 10 years after the Phantom's disappearance from the Paris Opera House and he has escaped to a new life in New York where he lives amongst the screaming joy rides and freak-shows of Coney Island.

In this new electrically-charged world, he has finally found a place for his music to soar. All that is missing is his love, Christine Daaé.

In a final bid to win back her love, the Phantom lures Christine to the glittering world of Coney Island with her husband, Raoul and their young son Gustave... unbeknownst of what is in store for her...




With penetration at almost 40%, the digital video recorder is starting to change the way people watch television and, more important, don't watch advertising.

For the television industry, TiVos and DVRs are a mixed blessing. On the one hand, the devices allow viewers to catch shows they might have otherwise missed. On the other hand, often when viewers use the machines to watch shows, they skip over commercials, much to the chagrin of the advertisers, which pay big bucks for those spots, and the networks, which need the money to make shows.

The networks are wary of this and ultimately are looking to video-on-demand to replace the DVR. In other words, picture a day when instead of recording that episode of "Two and a Half Men" on your DVR, you order it on video-on-demand. The only difference would be that on VOD the ads would be there and you wouldn't be able to skip them.

"I call DVRs a transitional technology," said David Poltrack, the chief research officer of CBS. In an interview, Poltrack said the DVR will be supplanted by streaming and VOD that will "give the consumer the ability to watch shows any way they want to and to do so in a way that is much more advertiser-friendly."

Will the consumer feel that way? Poltrack notes that as VOD becomes more widespread, it could allow cable subscribers to drop their DVRs and knock $10 bucks or so a month off their cable bills. He said CBS has done research that showed 90% of the several thousand people the network surveyed would accept watching commercials in return for not shelling out money for a DVR. Of course, some people might be willing to shell out the $10 a month to not watch commercials.

What about the cable and satellite companies that make money off of DVR subscribers? It would seem natural for them to be resistant to this. Poltrack said the bigger VOD becomes, the easier it will be for distributors to sell high-end digital cable packages as well as possibly sell advertising in or around video-on-demand offerings.

Those who would prefer to keep their DVRs won't escape ads either. Sooner or later the distributors will just make it impossible to skip commercials on shows recorded with DVRs.



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For almost sixty years she has been a screen siren and even now at 77 is still the picture of youthful glamour. But in a scathing attack on modern stars Joan Collins has warned that the age of the classic Hollywood beauty is over. The Dynasty actress said now the public were ‘starved of gorgeous people’ compared to the golden age of film which was dominated by beauties such as Audrey Hepburn, Ava Gardner and Grace Kelly.

She added: "When I was young, everybody on screen was gorgeous. I have to say, there aren’t that many good looking actresses around today. I mean, there’s Angelina Jolie and there’s... Angelina Jolie. Jennifer Aniston is cute, but I wouldn’t call her beautiful. She’s no Ava [Gardner] or Lana [Turner]."

Miss Collins also suggested that part of Cheryl Cole’s success and transformation into the nation’s sweetheart is down to the fact she is beautiful. "I think that is why Cheryl Cole is so popular, because she is just so pretty and the public are starved of gorgeous people," she told Hello magazine.

Miss Collins said that in her youth stars also made more effort with their appearance and looked far more glamorous and stylish than the modern crop of actresses.

She said recently: "Perhaps actresses of today, in their desire to be “taken seriously”, feel that being groomed and well put together detracts from their ability. Yes, I know fashions change and everyone attempts to look up-to-date but the movie-star styles of the Twenties, Thirties, Forties and Fifties changed radically each decade. What didn’t change, however, was their individual style; they were all one-offs."

Miss Collins, who renewed her vows to fifth husband – 44 year old Percy Gibson last year – is usually held up as an example of how to grow old gracefully.

She has always insisted she would never resort to cosmetic surgery to maintain her looks, preferring to grow old as gracefully as possible and has criticized many of her Hollywood contemporaries who have gone under the knife.

She said: "Women who turn to cosmetic procedures look ghastly. They don’t look like themselves. I quite like the way I look, I’m quite happy with the way I look and I really don’t want to change it. In front of the camera my skin probably isn’t nearly as good as it used to be. But, I mean, what the hell, everybody’s got to get older. I think there’s something rather terrifying about people who are in their 50s or 60s trying to look 30 or 40."

She added that the secret to maintaining her slim size 10-12 figure is ‘portion control’.

"People eat far too much these days and I’m very aware of the penalties of putting on weight," she explained. "If you eat junk, you look like junk. People say, “It’s not my fault, it’s my glands”. It’s not, it is greed."



Try these:


Odour Tester: Think your job stinks? Try being an odour tester. These employees test the efficacy of deodorants and antiperspirants by sniffing subjects’ armpits. Thanks to all of their nosing around, we’re spared the results of faulty products.

IMAX Screen Cleaner: The magnificent, larger-than-life images on IMAX screens wouldn’t be quite as powerful if they were cloaked in a layer of dirt and dust. Luckily, there are companies dedicated to keeping your viewing experience crystal clear. According to Michael Quaranto, cofounder of IMAX screen cleaning company 1570 Cinema Services, the biggest challenge to keeping the screens clean is making sure they’re dust-free (they are so dusty, cleaners usually have to empty their vacuum two or three times per screen).

Professional Whistler: Believe it or not, you can make a living off whistling while you work. Just ask Henry Brady, a 58-year-old Welsh whistling performer. “A whistler is an artist just like an actor or musician,” he told FOX News. “My profession has taken me across the world and allowed me to touch people’s hearts.” To be a professional whistler, not only do you need talent, Brady also stresses the importance of self-promotion.

Furniture Tester: If anyone’s ever called you a couch potato before, he may have inadvertently been giving you career advice. Loungers actually get paid to test furniture for companies by sitting on it. Well, sitting and moving. They have to wriggle around, rock, lean back, lean forward and assess the overall level of comfort. Some positions even require furniture testers to try out 200 different pieces in a single day. So they can’t get too comfortable.

Pet Food Taster: If pets could talk, people wouldn’t have to taste-test cat and dog food. To make sure the flavours are just right, a group of adventurous eaters chow down on pet food, remarking on everything from texture to tartness. But they only go so far: Simon Allison, a senior food technologist for Marks & Spencer, admits to spitting out the pet food after tasting it and keeping a glass of water on hand to rinse with.

Golf Ball Diver: When golf balls are accidentally pitched into a course’s water hazards, they’re usually considered goners. But to people who salvage sunken golf balls for a living, those deep-sixed balls have dollar signs on them. There’s a whole industry devoted to rescuing submerged golf balls and selling them “used” to golf courses. The golf courses like the discounted goods and SCUBA enthusiasts can rake in the dough — sometimes six figures, depending on where they’re based.



No matter where we go, we shall always see things
that are cool
that make us smile
that make us cry
that make us laugh
that make us recall our earlier days
that amaze us


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If Monaco's ruling house of Grimaldi should ever be without an heir (male or female), the country will cease to be a sovereign state.