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Queen Latifah's Political Side

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Queen Latifah, who has a new voice as a jazz singer, is taking blacks to task for not acting sooner against misogynist, violent and vulgar rap lyrics. "It's a little late to say: 'Stop saying nigger,"' she said. Asked about her transition from hip-hop star to singer, the Hollywood actress and entrepreneur said she also wanted to be a voice for young blacks.

"I've never been a political person, but I do care about what's going on in my world, who's making the decisions for me. I would like to see young people be involved and active and voice our opinions.

I believe what just happened in Jena, Louisiana, was one of the most exciting things in a long time and it just kind of showed how we really do have a voice and that voice should be used for positive means," she said.

African-Americans marched there last month after six black teenagers were charged with attempted murder in an assault on a white student. The case has not been resolved.

Pamela Anderson And Rick Salomon To Get Married

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Reuters

The stars of two of the most infamous celebrity sex videos to surface on the Internet may be headed for holy matrimony.

Onetime Baywatch beauty Pamela Anderson and Rick Salomon, a former boyfriend of Paris Hilton, applied for and were granted a marriage license in Las Vegas yesterday, the syndicated TV show Access Hollywood has reported.

Representatives for Anderson and Salomon were not immediately available for comment.

Earlier this month, Anderson, 40, said on the talk show hosted by comedian Ellen DeGeneres that she was engaged, but declined to identify her fiancee, other than to say he was a poker player, according to Access Hollywood.

It would be the third marriage for Anderson, who gained international stardom playing buxom lifeguard C.J. Parker on the TV show "Baywatch."

Anderson and her first husband, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, with whom she appeared in a widely circulated sex video, divorced in 1998 after three years of marriage and two children. She and her s…

Debbie Harry In Dance-Club Groove On Solo Album

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When she recalls that her last solo record was released 14 years ago, Debbie Harry has a note of incredulity in her voice. "I guess time flies, huh?' she says with a laugh.

The Blondie frontwoman, who didn't initially set out to record another album, describes the process behind Necessary Evil as "an evolution."

"I started working with (production team) Super Buddha whenever I had free time between other commitments," she says. "I was funding the project myself and didn't have a deal, but I really liked the team and wanted to work with them. When I had six or seven tracks done, I played it for my manager, who suggested that I keep going and record an entire album."

The result is a glossy record that veers from rock to girl-group harmonies to tribal beats. Topics range from the tabloid fascination with troubled celebrities like Lil' Kim to the internal monologue of a female suicide bomber about to end her life in pursuit of paradis…

Britney Spear Likely To Join Lindsay Lohan At The Rehab Clinic In Utah

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Britney Spears' friends and family are desperate for her to join Lindsay Lohan at Utah's Cirque Lodge rehabilitation clinic.

The singer - who was ordered to take regular drug tests last week by the judge overseeing her custody battle with ex-husband Kevin Federline for their two sons - has continued her wild partying and friends want her to seek help at Cirque Lodge.

"If Britney finally acknowledges that she must face her addictions, then that's the best place, a source told Life and Style Weekly magazine.

"It's working for Lindsay, and hopefully Britney will see that as inspiration."

The insider also revealed Britney's mother Lynne received an anonymous phone call last week, tipping her off about the singer's drug taking.
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The source revealed: "It was one of Britney's friends saying he'd seen Britney take four Ecstasy pills in the bedroom of a Hollywood Hills home during a party on August 11.

"Lynne was also told …

An Insight Into Jodie Foster?

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Devin Gordon

In her new film, Jodie Foster kills eight people. The two-time Oscar winner plays public-radio host Erica Bain, who survives a brutal attack in New York's Central Park during which her fiance is killed. After she heals, she slowly transforms into a vigilante and puts herself on a collision course with the thugs who attacked her.

Foster says the film, The Brave One - directed by Neil Jordan (The Crying Game) - appealed to her not only for its resonance with Taxi Driver, the nightmarish 1976 film that made the teen actress a star, but also for its exploration of living with fear in post-9/11 New York.

To me, the lead character in this movie is New York. Was it always set there?
Originally, it was set in Anytown USA, meaning, wherever it would be cheap to make - Toronto or something. But I just felt you couldn't do this movie without talking about New York and how that has changed. We all love New York, but sometimes you hate it, too. Erica's somebody whose show is s…

Michelle Rodriguez Likely Going Back To Jail

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RAQUEL MARIA DILLON
Following Michelle Rodriguez's court appearance yesterday, it is evident that she might go to jail for violating a probation in a drunken driving case again by failing to complete her community service and not following the an alcohol education program.

She was in court to answer to the latest claims by the city attorney's office, which said the former "Lost" actress submitted a document stating she performed community service on Sept. 25, 2006, but later admitted she was actually in New York City that day.

The document was required as part of the 30 days of community service Rodriguez was ordered to serve for violating probation in a 2003 drunken driving case, according to court papers filed Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

If she is found to have violated terms of her probation, Rodriguez could face between 477 to 537 days in county jail and a $2,000 fine.

Rodriguez, 29, kept quiet in court as her attorney, Richard Beale, argued that sh…

Oprah Winfrey, The Distinctive Highest-Paid TV Celebrity

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REUTERS/Nielsen

When it comes to what pays on US television, talk doesn't come cheap - nor apparently does a loud mouth.

Financial magazine Forbes has published a list of the highest-paid TV celebrities, with daytime talk show host Oprah Winfrey leading the way by earning US$260 million between June 2006 and June 2007. Nobody else came close.

Second in the list was Jerry Seinfeld earning US$60 million.

Winfrey was joined at the top of the list by another talk show host, David Letterman, who landed at No. 4 by raking in US$40 million in the same period from his Late Show with David Letterman.

Simon Cowell, the arrogant and harshly critical judge on top-rated talent show American Idol earned US$45 million to land at No. 3, and Donald Trump, whose boisterous exclamation "You're Fired" from reality show The Apprentice became part of the pop culture lexicon, was No. 5 with US$32 million.

The list shows that in the media arena, it pays to own and produce either all or part of yo…

Britney Spears Portraits Dominates Hollywood Art Gallery

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Reuter

Fallen pop princess Britney Spears has been called many things this year as she has bounced in and out of rehab, attacked paparazzi with an umbrella and shaken her stuff on MTV's Video Music Awards.

No doubt, Spears has been a real piece of work. Now, she is more than 50 pieces of art at a Hollywood gallery.

Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbatos - makers of the documentary "The Eyes of Tammy Faye" about former televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker Messner as well as other films exploring fame - gathered paintings, sculpture and other work for "Just Britney," which opened at their gallery on Friday.

"We reached out to a number of artists and found Britney is such a polarising character these days," said Steven Corfe, a co-curator of the show with Thairin Smothers.

"People absolutely adored her and wanted to celebrate her bubblegum, pop princess years. Or, they thought she was an irresponsible mother or wanted to play up the drug side of things," Corfe…

Madonna, John Mellencamp,... Nominated For The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

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Reuter

Madonna and disco queen Donna Summer are among nine acts nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the hall embraces more musical genres.

Other nominees include US rock singer John Mellencamp, Canadian poet-singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, 1960s English band The Dave Clark Five and instrumental rock band The Ventures.

Also nominated are New York-based funk group Chic, rap pioneer Afrika Bambaataa and hip-hop group The Beastie Boys, reflecting the Hall of Fame's willingness to accept a diversity of genres.

Five-hundred music industry professionals will choose five of the nominees to be inducted at a ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel next March.

Last year, rap group Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five were the first hip-hop artists to be inducted.



Chic, the Dave Clark Five and Mellencamp have been nominated previously.

Artists become eligible for Hall of Fame induction 25 years after the release of their first record and are represented at a permanent exhibition at the …

Daily Alcohol Intake Increases Risk Of Breast Cancer

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Reuter

Three or more drinks a day, whether beer, wine or spirits, boost a woman's risk of breast cancer as much as smoking a pack of cigarettes, US researchers say.

The relationship between alcohol and breast cancer is known but there has been little data on whether the choice of drink made a difference, they told a European cancer conference in Barcelona.

In what the researchers said was one of the largest studies to investigate links between breast cancer and alcohol - found that alcohol itself and the amount a person consumed were key rather than the type of drink.

"Studies have consistently linked drinking alcohol to an increased risk of female breast cancer, but until now there has been little data, most of it conflicting, about an independent role played by the choice of beverage type," Arthur Klatsky of Kaiser Permanente in California and one of the researchers said.

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer killer of women, after lung cancer. It will be diagnosed…

Britney Spears' MTV Performance Bags Most Embarrassing Dance

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Britney Spears' much maligned comeback at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards has been picked as the most embarrassing dance sequence of all time in a new survey.

Spears, whose performance was condemned as "a crime against choreography," topped the UKTV Gold poll after fighting off some tough competition from British comedian Ricky Gervais in The Office and actor Hugh Grant in Love Actually.

The singer, who shot to stardom in the late 1990s as a pop princess, has been plagued by personal crises that have proved irresistible fodder for tabloids around the globe.

In July, she was derided for lip-syncing songs while performing at nightclubs in southern California.

Critics then poured scorn on her earlier this month at the MTV Awards when she dressed as a stripper and mimed her new song Gimme More.

She is locked in a bitter custody battle with ex-husband Kevin Federline over their two sons.

In her latest mishap, she was charged with hit and run and driving without a valid licence in C…

Action Movies Are Milla Jovovich's Favourite

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Best known for her bandaged costume in The Fifth Element, apart from her adrenaline-pumping action sequences in the Resident Evil series, Milla Jovovich is back once again.

This time she reprises her role as Alice in the third series of Resident Evil: Extinction. An actress, a model, a fashion designer and a musician, she’s all this and more. BT catches up with the star for an exclusive interview. Here she talks about her work, life and impending motherhood.

How did you originally become a part of this project?

My younger brother was a big fan of the game and we used to play all the time together. I thought it would be fun to be in these movies that were his favourite game so I asked my agent if they were making Resident Evil films and found out they were so I went and auditioned.

Why do you keep coming back to this character?

I love action films and I’ve always loved sci-fi. I never thought that it would end up being this many films, but at the same time it’s fun for me. I think it’s been…

Halle Berry recieves Racist Threats To Her Unborn Baby

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Halle Berry has received racist death threats to her unborn baby. The Oscar-winning beauty - who recently announced she was expecting her first child with boyfriend Gabriel Aubry - has been forced to hire security guards after allegedly receiving several disturbing letters from an anonymous writer.

One note warned she and her child would be "cut into hundreds of pieces".

A source close to the actress told Britain's Daily Mirror: "Halle does not normally use security but she has taken on a couple of guys to make sure."

In 2002, Halle became the first woman of American African descent to win a best actress Oscar for her role in Monster's Ball.

Despite the upsetting threats, Halle is enjoying her pregnancy, and her boyfriend Gabriel has revealed she is craving pickles and bread.

The 32-year-old model told People magazine: "She does crave pickles. And any bread. Doesn't matter, as long as it's salt and pickles."

Gabriel - who met 41-year-old Halle w…

Sexual Secrets Only A Woman Can Tell You

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Beauty salon owner Ann May has shattered the female code of silence into a hundred pieces. Ann has revealed the simple steps you must take to meet, attract, date and bed stunning women in record time. Never before has a woman dared to expose these secrets and in such detail the contents should be triple x-rated.

Listen, the simple fact is: women are just not like us guys. They think different, look different, sound different, have a different aroma and handle their relationships different. And you love 'em for it right...? Errr... well, most of the time...

...But have you ever tried to understand a woman or get her to tell you what she wants when she gets upset with you? It's tough, right? She expects you to read her mind and just "know". Have you ever found that with women? And if you cannot read her mind, have you noticed how she likes to be upset for a long, long time? Yes? Have you sometimes wondered if women are a different species?

The simple truth is this; only w…

Is Lindsay Lohan Ready For Life Outside Rehab?

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Lindsay Lohan is set to leave rehab this weekend, it has been reported. The troubled star - who entered Utah's Cirque Lodge in August after being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence - is nearing the end of her treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, according to a friend.

When asked where Lindsay, 21, was planning to go after her release, the friend told the New York Daily News newspaper: "I don't think she knows yet."

During her lengthy stay at the facility, Lindsay has been allowed out for day release to go shopping, hit the gym and even get her hair and nails done.

But according to reports, the Mean Girls star has not been a model patient, with stories of her being caught taking drugs and warned to stay clean or face being thrown out of the centre.

She was also believed to have been found having sex in a toilet cubicle with a male patient, as well as being reprimanded for being frequently late to meetings and refusing to do any chores or menial task…

Indian Conman Allegedly Duped 40 Girls In Web Porn Scam

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Aarti Nagraj

Chennai - A Chennai-based man, Liaqat Ali, who was arrested on Tuesday by the Chennai police on charges of cheating, is now facing more serious allegations.

Liaqat had allegedly duped around 40 girls from across the country by posing as an IAS officer looking for an alliance - he had even married four girls.

However, the Chennai police now claim that that wasn't the worst he did. Police say they have retrieved some deleted files from his laptop, which prove that he also made and acted in pornographic films- featuring minor boys and girls.

Says Joint Commissioner Chennai Police, M Ravi, "We have found that he drugged the girls and in the semi-conscious state, he forced them to do such activities."

Liaqat Ali had been arrested in Trichy last November on charges of making porn films, but was released on bail due lack of evidence.

Police now say he was guilty, and continued making the films after he got out of jail. Liaqat is also alleged to have sold DVDs of the movi…

Paris Hilton Plans A Trip To Rwanda

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Paris Hilton plans to visit Rwanda as part of her post-jail commitment to use her celebrity status to bring attention to social causes.

"I'll be going in November, after I get back from filming my movie," she teld E! Online in a story posted on the website.

"There's so much need in that area, and I feel like if I go, it will bring more attention to what people can do to help," Hilton says.

The 26-year-old US hotel heiress-actress vowed to use her fame to bring attention to social causes after serving a 23 day jail sentence earlier this year for violating probation in an alcohol-related reckless driving case.

"I want to visit more countries where poverty and children's issues are a big concern," she said. "I know there's a lot of good I can do just by getting involved and bringing attention to these issues."

Hilton co-stars with Paul Sorvino and Alexa Vega in Repo! The Genetic Opera, a movie about organ harvesting.

The horror rock opera…

Who Is Kate Moss' Buddy?

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Supermodel Kate Moss is said to be engaged, but not to whom you may suspect.

Since her latest bust-up with Babyshambles frontman and serial drug offender Pete Doherty, Moss has been seen out with another rock star. He is The Kills guitarist Jamie Hince.

London's Daily Mirror newspaper has reported that the model recently announced to friends: "I'm in love and I'm engaged."

But Moss's engagement is "unofficial" and is partly intended to warn Doherty that she has moved on.



The statement came after the couple attended a friend's wedding and afterwards spent the night together.

A source told the newspaper: "Kate and Jamie had been together all night and day until 5pm and, when they surfaced, Kate told her friends that she and Jamie were engaged.

"They had spent the night making love and Kate asked him during that.

"He was overjoyed because that's what he wanted, too. They're clearly totally in love with each other."

The source a…

Who Is Britney Spears' Worst Enemy?

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If Britney Spears' former bodyguard Tony Barretto can be taken at his word, the embattled popster is nearing her expiration date, and not for her career - for her life.

Barretto, 28, a former bounty hunter turned professional muscle, viewed his job guarding the singer as on the level of Secret Service duty.

The gentle giant, who could just be the guardian angel Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1, have been silently begging for, claims he would have taken a bullet for his charges.

But the big guy said more often than not he was baby-sitting the slurry singer and her children to protect all of them from her unpredictable madness.

Now off the Spears' payroll for neglecting to pick up one of her wayward fedoras, Barretto is making the media rounds, airing all Spears' dirty laundry for any media outlet willing to listen, and perhaps pay.



His lawyer, bulldog attorney Gloria Allred, has been standing diligently at his side, as she did yesterday morning when Barretto carefully waded …