Queen Latifah's Political Side


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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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 second husband, Kid Rock, divorced last year after four months of marriage.



Las Vegas police this month cited Rock for suspicion of battery after a scuffle between him and Lee at the MTV Video Music Awards show.

Salomon was briefly married in 2002 to actress Shannen Doherty of the TV hit Beverly Hills, 90210, but their union was annulled.

He later dated Hilton in a relationship memorialized in an infamous "night-vision" sex tape that also gained wide Internet exposure before it was distributed as a porn film titled One Night in Paris.

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 paradise. It's not mainstream material, but Harry says she wasn't seeking mass-market approval.

One audience that has already responded enthusiastically has been dance music fans and DJs, who have propelled Harrry's first single, Two Times Blue, to No. 37 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart.

Harry is no stranger to dance clubs, with such Blondie songs as Atomic and Rapture nestled comfortably at the top of many DJs' playlists.

Harry also continues to perform with Blondie. In September, at a Tommy Hilfiger party at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the band played a number of its hits. Still, she wants to make a clear distinction between the work she does as a solo artist and her role in the band.

"If I tour for the new record, I won't play any Blondie songs," Harry says. "I don't want to step on any toes." She also admits that, as much as she loves the hits, "I do get tired of them after a certain point." But Blondie fans shouldn't lose hope just yet: US gigs and a new album, she says, are both likely soon.

Until then, Harry is focusing on a number of personal projects. Aside from Necessary Evil and a possible fall or winter tour, she's gearing up for the release of Elegy, a film based on a Philip Roth novel in which she has a role. She also continues to write and record new material.

After all these years, "I just really like to play," Harry says. "I never get sick of making music."

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



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 that Britney has done the drug more recently - and she's taken Ativan, an anti-anxiety medication, to help her come down because the Ecstasy was so intense. Lynne put down the phone and froze."

The 25-year-old singer could lose custody of two-year-old Sean Preston and one-year-old Jayden James after her former bodyguard gave evidence stating he had witnessed her taking drugs.

Meanwhile, former *NSYNC member Joey Fatone is the latest star to offer Britney a hideout.



"Britney, call me, come over to my house, come to Orlando, get away from it all, Joey told US TV channel Extra. "It's a good thing to get out of Los Angeles.

"I think she just needs some time, some time to really heal. If you're there, let me know. I'm here for you, sweetheart."

Meanwhile, Britney's pop comeback is looking up.

The singer - who was pictured this week leaving a recording studio clutching a margarita, a CD and wearing a huge diamond ring on her engagement finger - will be celebrating as her latest single Gimme More is currently at No. 3 in the iTunes singles chart and No. 1 in their ringtones chart.

An Insight Into Jodie Foster?


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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 specifically about what she loves about it and how that's disappearing.

But the New York portrayed in this movie is very different from the one experienced by those who live there. There's certainly plenty of crime, but we always hear how New York is the safest big city in the world.
It's true that she's a statistical anomaly, but go tell that to somebody who got their brains beat out. It doesn't mean it doesn't happen. I think there's something even more interesting about a story like this happening in a New York that everyone says has turned into a harmless Disneyland.



That's her fear in the beginning; are we ruining the character of New York by making it overly sanitised? But her attitude to New York changes when this spectre of violence enters her life. And once that fear has touched you, you realise it's been there all along, hiding beneath the surface of your everyday life. And she hates herself for it, because she knows it's not rational. She knows there isn't a bogeyman waiting behind every bush.

The character was a newspaper reporter first, but you changed it to a radio host.
Having a journalist who says, 'So, sir, what did you think about the crime?' - that's very different from someone who has this radio show that's like a tone poem, a moody soundscape. Putting her on the radio makes her more of an intellectual, but it makes her an internal intellectual. After this thing happens to her, though, she becomes this stealthy, dark figure who is only a voice in the night.

How do you feel about vigilante movies as a genre? Obviously you wanted The Brave One to go beyond that.
Well, not entirely. This is a genre film. It is a thriller. But she is wrong. She is someone who's descending into a kind of madness, and that's definitely the point of view of the film - she's getting sicker.

Did Taxi Driver cross your mind when you read this?
Oh, sure. When I first read the script, honestly, it didn't remind me enough of Taxi Driver - that was one of my issues with it. It was this Hollywood-ised idea of New York; crass, not very complicated. I don't see Taxi Driver as a vigilante movie at all. It's a great, anti-hero character profile. Hopefully that's what this movie is too. It's about a woman who was once a certain way, and now she's this other person.



How does the fact that it's a woman in the central role change things?
My character is a statistical anomaly as a woman, as well. Because women don't kill people. They kill themselves. They kill their children. They drink themselves to death. But they don't do this. It was fascinating to play a woman you can't even begin to understand. She's small. She's anonymous. She's the last person you'd ever expect. There's a moment she has at the end of the movie where you finally get to see rage from her. And it comes as a surprise, because you never see it in the rest of the movie. Women really aren't taught how to be angry. So it's interesting to me to watch a woman's anger translate into something so extreme.

Listening to you describe the part, it seems like you got a charge out of playing her. Was it fun?
Fun? Oh, I don't know if there was anything fun about this. It was hard to live through that trauma every time. There's no glee in anything she does. What caught my eye about this film is how it acknowledges that, yes, there is something we don't want to talk about when it comes to violence, a shameful, primal secret we all have: the guy who did this to me - what would happen if I shot him in the head? All of my problems would be over, right?

It seems like you're attracted to parts like this.
When I saw Flightplan I thought: 10 years ago, they would've put Harrison Ford in that movie. It was a male character at first. And you know what? The movie was really bad with a guy. I guess, to me, there's something exciting about watching a woman survive by fighting back, and I'm sure there's a part of my personality that's attracted to those parts. I'm also good at it. (Laughs).

I'm 5ft 3in (1.6m) but for some reason, this is what people seem to want me to do.

LOWDOWN

Who: Jodie Foster
Born: 19 November 1962, Los Angeles
Key roles: Taxi Driver (1976), Bugsy Malone (1976), The Hotel New Hampshire (1984), The Accused (1988), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Little Man Tate (1991), Sommersby (1993), Maverick (1994), Nell (1994), Contact (1997), Anna and the King (1999), Panic Room (2002), Flightplan (2005)
Latest: The Brave One opens 11 October

Michelle Rodriguez Likely Going Back To Jail

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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 she performed 30 days of community service and said "a clerical error" caused the discrepancy in the paperwork.



Superior Court Judge Daviann L. Mitchell granted Beale's request to call two county sheriff's supervisors who signed off on her community service forms to testify. The judge set a hearing for Oct. 12 and ordered Rodriguez to spend 30 days doing road maintenance work after finding that she did not complete an alcohol education program.

He also admonished Rodriguez to take her probation more seriously.

"I'm not impressed with your completion schedule," Mitchell said. "There were 55 people here in court today and all but very few have completed their responsibilities. They work on much less flexible schedules than you do."

Rodriguez was placed on three years' probation after she pleaded no contest to hit-and-run, driving on a suspended license and drunken driving in connection with two incidents that occurred in Hollywood in 2003.

She was found to have violated terms of her probation after she was arrested in Hawaii on a drunken driving charge.

When she returned to Los Angeles, Rodriguez was ordered to spend 60 days in jail, but she served less than a day because of jail overcrowding. She was then ordered to perform community service and remain on probation until June 2009.

Rodriguez appeared in one season of ABC's "Lost." Her film credits include "The Fast and The Furious," "Blue Crush" and "Girlfight."

Oprah Winfrey, The Distinctive Highest-Paid TV Celebrity


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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 your shows, like Oprah.

That notion becomes abundantly clear in the No. 2 slot, where Jerry Seinfeld sits with US$60 million earned mostly from reruns of his co-owned 1990's sitcom Seinfeld.



Despite the fact that prime-time TV shows win awards and critical acclaim, Forbes Senior Editor Lea Goldman noted that daytime TV and news is where stars rake in the dough.

"Daytime personalities dominate our list of TV's top earners, with most competition among morning and afternoon talk show hosts," said Goldman.

Barbara Walters, another star who owns and co-produces her daytime show The View, landed at No. 18 with US$12 million.

The remaining top 20 is as follows;

6. Jay Leno, US$32 million
7. Dr. Phil McGraw, US$30 million
8. "Judge" Judy Sheindlin, US$30 million
9. George Lopez, US$26 million
10. Kiefer Sutherland, US$22 million
11. Regis Philbin, US$21 million
12. Tyra Banks, US$18 million
13. Rachael Ray, US$16 million,
14. Katie Couric, US$15 million
15. Ellen DeGeneres, US$15 million
16. Ryan Seacrest, US$14 million
17. Matt Lauer, US$13 million
18, Barbara Walters, US$12 million
19. Diane Sawyer, US$12 million
20. Meredith Vieira, US$10 million

Britney Spears Portraits Dominates Hollywood Art Gallery


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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 added. "The show reflects that whole spectrum."

Pieces range from a portrait of the 25-year-old singer, "Gum Blond XLVIII" by Jason Kronenwald, made of chewed bubble gum, to the 1.8 by 3m "Snake Charmer" by Jamie Boling, based on a paparazzi photo of Britney exiting a car with her skirt hiked up and no panties on.

Spears rose to fame as a child star on the Disney Channel and a member of the New Mickey Mouse Club. As a teenager, she released chart-topping pop tunes like Baby One More Time and Oops!...I Did It Again.

But as a young adult, Spears has been through two marriages and is in a custody battle over the two children she had with ex-husband Kevin Federline.



She has dealt with substance abuse, fired her staff, shaved her head and shed clothes for an ocean dip in front of paparazzi. Her performance of a new song, Gimme More, while dressed as a stripper at the MTV awards, earned harsh criticism.

"She personifies our obsession with celebrity culture, and it's an obsession that won't die down no matter how far far she goes off the rail," Corfe said. "We love to put people up on a pillar and we love even more to shoot them down."

"Just Britney" runs through early October at Bailey's and Barbatos' World of Wonder art gallery in Hollywood.

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

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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 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame museum in Cleveland, Ohio.

Madonna, 49, made her debut in 1982 and her first album Madonna included hits such as Holiday, Borderline and Lucky Star which helped her become one of the best-selling pop artists, with more then 200 million albums sold worldwide.

Daily Alcohol Intake Increases Risk Of Breast Cancer

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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 in 1.2 million people globally this year and will kill 500,000.



Other studies have shown that light- to moderate alcohol use can protect against heart attacks, though Klatsky said other mechanisms were probably at work.

The heart protection likely comes from alcohol-induced "good" cholesterol, reduced blood clotting and decreased diabetes risk.

But for breast cancer, the ethyl alcohol found in all booze likely ups the risk, the researchers said.

The researchers looked at the drinking habits of more than 70,000 women from a variety of ethnic backgrounds who supplied information during health examinations between 1978 and 1985.

By 2004, nearly 3,000 of the women were diagnosed with breast cancer.

Among women who drank, the team examined a preference for a type of alcohol and how much of each drink people consumed.

They also compared the total amount consumed and compared it to women who drank less than one drink a day.



Women who drank between one and two alcoholic drinks a day increased their risk of breast cancer by 10 per cent compared with people who consumed less than one drink each day, the study found.

The risk of breast cancer jumped by 30 per cent in women who drank more than three drinks a day.

The results were also similar in different age and ethnic groups, the researchers said.

Britney Spears' MTV Performance Bags Most Embarrassing Dance



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 California.

Princess Diana's twirl around the White House dance floor with John Travolta was picked in the channel's survey as the most memorable dance routine of all time.



Diana, a keen ballerina in her childhood, sparked a media frenzy in 1985 when displaying some spontaneous fancy footwork in Washington with Travolta during an official visit to the United States.

Travolta filled three places in the top 10 – he was also hailed for his hip-swivelling gyrations in Saturday Night Fever and Grease.

Diana also landed a second entry – for dancing a duet with ballet star Wayne Sleep at the Royal Opera House to celebrate the birthday of Prince Charles.

But nostalgia did get a look-in among fans with long memories.

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers took fourth place for their classic celluloid dance routines in the Thirties while Gene Kelly landed sixth place for the 1952 classic Singin' in the Rain.

Action Movies Are Milla Jovovich's Favourite



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 a great and amazing part of my life.

How has your character Alice evolved throughout the films?

She definitely started out much more innocent to everything. We were finding out as she found out what was going on in the story. Through time she’s gained much experience and met people she really cares about.

In the third movie she grows a lot, because she has to sacrifice herself to make sure the people she loves don’t get hurt. It’s a big change from the first film. She’s also changed with me. I’ve grown seven years through this whole process. I think if you grow, your character grows too.

Have you taken a different approach to her as you’ve gotten more intimate with the character?

Definitely. Each time I’ve played her there’s been small changes, away from script changes, but in the way she is and the way she communicates with people. I always try to change it up a little bit each film.



In what way have the movies benefited from working with different directors?

It really makes the franchise more interesting, because each film has its own world and its own feeling. That makes it its own kind of count, rather than each film looking the same and feeling the same. You’ve got three different points of viewing the world, of the characters, of the game. It makes it fresh and different for the audience.

How would you describe Russell as a director?

Russell for me was a real joy to be around, especially because he’s got so much energy. He’s such a kid when he’s on set, always running around with so much enthusiasm.

When you’re working in such difficult conditions like we were on this film, it’s really important to have somebody there to motivate you to do your best and he really was that great motivational factor because he was working harder than anybody. He even ended up going to the hospital for dehydration because we were filming in the desert in 145 degree weather. He really made us want to do our best because he was trying to do his best.

What do you like about the horror/thriller genre?

First of all I love doing crazy things, especially in controlled environments where it’s 95 per cent safe. I wouldn’t dare to run down buildings or jump off high places, be on wires anywhere else.

To be able to work with such incredible trainers, to learn to use new weapons, practice martial arts, which I love, it’s a real plus for me. I get a chance to work with the best people in the industry and it’s challenging. It keeps me in shape and I get to go into this other world. I get to be a superhero, which of course would be fun for anybody.

There are great special effects in this movie. Did that interfere with your acting at all?

Not really. Of course it takes a stretch of the imagination to be able to see what everything is going to be, because when we’re shooting we don’t actually get to see what’s going on. At the same time it’s acting and a lot of times actors have to put themselves in situations in their own minds that don’t really exist.

In what way do you relate to the character of Alice?

I really have a lot of respect for Alice, because she embodies a lot of things that I personally would love to have in my own personality. She’s strong. She’s decisive.

She really takes action when she feels something and I think a lot of times in our own lives its difficult to really go for it. I can be, especially in my own personal life, very indecisive even when it comes to deciding what restaurant to go to or business decisions. It’s so hard for me. I think about it so much, to actually be able to go out and help people the way she does. And of course I hope in my own life to implement some of her hands on ability to fix problems, whether it’s making my house greener, trying to help the environment around me, even in the smallest ways possible.

What type of emotions is Alice experiencing when she meets up with the convoy of survivors?

What is happening in the film is Alice has been tracking the convoy to make sure that if anything happens to them she can help, but to stay far enough away from them that her superpowers get out of control she doesn’t hurt anybody. She’s very scared that everybody could be dead, because she sees these strange crows flying and she feels that something’s wrong. There’s also a major fear that while trying to help them she will hurt them. There’s a major battle going on inside of her whether she should stay or not, whether she should help or not.

How did your modelling career evolve into an acting career?

My mom was an actress in Russia, where I was born. It was something I always knew I wanted to do, to follow in her footsteps. I started acting when I was very young, when I was nine-years-old. I did my first movie at eleven and that kind of fawned my modelling career because in some sense I needed to get new acting headshots done and the photographer had them put make-up on me at the end of the shoot and was really shocked that I looked so “grown up” in pictures.

Then I was taken by an agency and started working as a model. Acting’s always been my first love. Everything’s benefited everything else.

You are a true entrepreneur, model, actress, musician, fashion designer. How do you decide what project to work on next?

It’s all very organic. It really depends on how I’m feeling and what is interesting to me in the moment. I find it doesn’t take much of a thought process. You just do what you’re naturally interested in. If an interesting job comes along, I’ll do it, whether it’s a movie or a modelling job.

My fashion line is something that I started a few years ago and it pretty much includes my love for style and my love for clothing as a woman. Also, I’m an artist. I love to draw and I get to draw the designs... It’s all things I enjoy doing on my own, which thankfully translates into a great career.

What upcoming projects do you have?

I’m actually going at the end of the month to do a small cameo in my friend’s film, actually the godfather of my child, Wim Wenders. I’m going to be playing a pregnant superhero for him in his new movie. I was supposed to do a movie this year, but because of my pregnancy I had to cancel it, but maybe we’re going to do it in the spring called The Winter Queen. It’s based on a novel by a famous Russian author named Boris Akunin. I’m having a baby in November so that’s about it.

Halle Berry recieves Racist Threats To Her Unborn Baby



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 while shooting a Versace advert in November 2005 - also said he was pampering the mom-to-be.

He revealed: "She loves foot massages. I do all of that stuff."



Sexual Secrets Only A Woman Can Tell You



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 women can ever understand another woman. So they only ever say what they REALLY want from guys to other women. And they make certain there are no guys around, listening in.

But this is where Ann May has a unique advantage that will give you the killer edge with every woman you meet from this day forward. For the last six years Ann has owned and run a women only beauty salon.

Day after day, week after week, hundreds of women pass through Ann's salon in this female only environment. And what do you think is their favorite topic of conversation? Yes you guessed it "us guys" - what we've done, what we haven't done, what we did right, what we said, how we said it, how we performed and many more things too hot for you to hear, until later.... More

Is Lindsay Lohan Ready For Life Outside Rehab?



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 tasks such as washing up.



Lindsay entered the rehab centre following her arrest on July 24 after she crashed her car following a high-speed car chase in Santa Monica. She was in possession of cocaine when she was taken into custody.

It was her third stint in rehab. She previously stayed at the Wonderland and Promises facilities in Los Angeles.

Howerver in a related development, Lindsay Lohan's mother has denied reports that the troubled actress is set to check out of a rehabilitation center later this week, it was reported Thursday.

Dina Lohan told the Access Hollywood television show in an email that the 21-year-old would stay in the exclusive Utah facility where she has been undergoing treatment for drug and alcohol addiction.

"Not true," Lohan told Access Hollywood in an e-mailed response to reports that her daughter was leaving rehab soon, insisting she was "staying in Utah."



A source close to Lohan meanwhile told People magazine: "Lindsay is not leaving Cirque Lodge in Utah any time soon. She has a few more weeks to grow and develop, and she is doing great."

Lohan was checked into the facility in early August. It followed two separate incidents earlier this year where she was arrested for drink-driving.

Indian Conman Allegedly Duped 40 Girls In Web Porn Scam


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 movies he made.

Police are asking for him to be moved from judicial custody to police custody, so that they can interrogate him further.



As of yet, the police are still unsure whether he used to lure girls from matrimonial websites for making these pornographic films, but they are certain that he was not he only one involved, and are continuing their investigations.

Paris Hilton Plans A Trip To Rwanda

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, based on a stage musical, is set in a plague-ravaged future where people can purchase new organs on the installment plan from a corporation called Geneco.



The catch is that if the payments stop, the organs are repossessed.

Hilton also says she is planning to add eco-friendly touches to her new home in Beverly Hills, California.

"I just bought the house and haven't been able to work on it yet," she says. "But I intend to."

Who Is Kate Moss' Buddy?


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 added: "No one thinks they are actually going to walk down the aisle any time soon - they know it was Kate's way of saying she's serious about him.

"Everyone knows it's a message to Pete too, telling him she's moved on and is happy with her new man."

Who Is Britney Spears' Worst Enemy?


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 through Today show host Matt Lauer's questions about his former employer.

Barretto said he was coming forward with claims about Spears' erratic and shocking behaviour only to protect her two children.

But why does he care so much?

The quiet-spoken guard and California native has two kids of his own, and his own mom gave birth to him when she was only 16, leaving him with a soft spot for young mothers in peril.

After only a couple of months with Spears, the period immediately after she completed a stint in the Promises rehab center, Barretto feared she had reached a point where she would either harm herself or her children. His revelations, now in court documents, could publicly push Spears back into rehab and save the kids from Mommie Dearest.

Barretto said Spears' reckless daily behaviour could endanger the children.



"She'd put the kids at risk by driving on the wrong side of the road into oncoming traffic for no reason at all, along windy roads up in the hills. I was in the car behind, going, 'Oh my God!' The kids were in the backseat. She ended up making illegal U-turns, going through red lights. She almost got hit twice on the wrong side of the road," Barretto said.

Legally, Spears shouldn't even have been behind the wheel. She was charged last week with two misdemeanour counts of hit and run and driving without a license after an incident last fall, but couldn't pass the driver's test.

"We took her to the DMV (transport department). They took her to a private room, but she didn't pass. She failed the written test horribly. She got only three answers correct out of 35. She was too intimidated to take the test again," he remembers. But that didn't stop her from getting behind the wheel again and again.

Barretto was also a witness to her drug use. He said he watched as Spears snorted a white powdery substance in the Teddy's nightclub last April and guarded the door on her long trips to the bathroom to allegedly do drugs. Once the singer even asked her bodyguard to hold a curtain around her head as she snorted white powder from her hand with a straw.