Supermodel Claudia Schiffer truly has a taste for grandeur. She has decided to store the valuable designer goods she has accumulated over her modelling carer of two decades, in a converted helicopter hangar for a wardrobe.
The German supermodel has converted the huge warehouse beside her 5million pound home in Suffolk into a climate controlled closet for her expensive couture. The store is climate-controlled to preserve the fabrics and has separate closets for clothes by different designers.
The 38-year-old model had to create the enormous wardrobe when her husband, film director Matthew Vaughn, asked her to clear-out the excessive clothes from their home. But Schiffer did not want to give away anything as she wants to pass on the collection to her four-year-old daughter Clementine, say reports. That sure isn’t a pla(ne)in idea!
The much talked about Viagra has assumed a destroyer status. It has been reported that Viagra has landed 109 people in their graves. According to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, the anti-impotence drug had triggered 44 fatal heart attacks, along with perpetrating 29 other sudden deaths.
In an incident about seven people allegedly lost their sight and two became deaf after taking the drug. Newspaper reports also mention that two more men held the drug responsible for leaving them with bent penises. While the news may adversely affect Viagra sales, there have been no major drops so far.
Even as the Slumdog Millionaire team recovers from its Oscar headrush, its stars are moving right along. Dev Patel has already signed a movie with Manoj Night Shyamalan, replacing actor Jesse McCartney for the villain’s role in The Last Airbender.
And now Freida Pinto, the film’s leading lady who has so far been wowing the world on the red carpet and across television interviews lining up to the Slumdog’s Oscar glory, has gone one better and signed up a film with director Woody Allen.
The 24-year-old Mumbai girl, who dumped her fiancé has landed with a spectacular breakthrough. Allen was thanked profusely by Penelope Cruz in her Best Supporting actress acceptance speech, for not just for giving her an award-winning role in his most recent, Vicky Christina Barcelona, but for ‘having written over all these years some of the greatest characters for women.’
Allen, a three-time Oscar winner (and a 17-time nominee) has frequently seen actresses go on to Oscar glory, most recently Cruz. Before her, Mira Sorvino won for Mighty Aphrodite, Dianne Wiest won for Hannah And Her Sisters and Bullets Over Broadway, and, of course, Diane Keaton won for Allen’s crown jewel, the magnificent 1977 picture, Annie Hall.
The glittery glove famously worn by former pop idol Michael Jackson in his 1983 video for the hit song ‘Billie Jean’ is up for sale. Sources say that the glove will be auctioned off in April, together with more than 2,000 items from the ‘Neverland Ranch,’ Jackson’s home for over 15 years, until he abandoned in the aftermath of his 2005 acquittal on charges that he molested a young male visitor there.
According to celebrity memorabilia specialist Julien’s Auctions, which announced the auction Wednesday, the sale will also include the entry gates to Neverland Ranch as well many of the amusement and arcade devices that Jackson installed at Neverland to make his own private amusement park. In addition to the collection of memorabilia from Jackson’s own career the auction will also feature numerous fine art pieces and other pop culture memorabilia.
The auction came just weeks after the financially-troubled Jackson sold Neverland to a company that owned the mortgage on the property and which now plans to redevelop the 1,100 hectare ranch. Jackson’s possessions will be on display from February onwards in a highlights tour that according to Julien’s will visit major cities worldwide.
Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo could be in line for another major honor after being short-listed for the FIFA World Player of the Year award. The Portugal and Manchester United winger has been nominated alongside Barcelona duo Lionel Messi and Xavi, AC Milan playmaker Kaka and Liverpool striker Fernando Torres.
Reports say that Ronaldo was third in last year’s FIFA vote behind Brazilian winner Kaka and Argentinian Messi but is the overwhelming favourite to see off those two to take the award for 2008, which is presented in Zurich Jan 12. The Portuguese in the meanwhile have achieved phenomenal success individually and as part of a team last season, winning the Premier League and Champions League with United while scoring 42 goals.
The 38-year-old singer who wed 28-year-old Nick Cannon last April is planning a lavish ceremony for their first anniversary, and one every year after that. She reportedly said that she was bombarded with calls on the day she got married. Most callers wondered whether her marriage was a rumor or was it for real. She stated that she wanted a bigger wedding on her first anniversary.
She’s also toying with the idea of having a wedding every year. Sources reveal that there were only eight people attended Mariah and Nick’s low-key ceremony in the Bahamas, and the singer known for her love of luxury and excess insists it was perfect. Mariah who was previously married to record executive Tommy Mottola — added that she wanted the opposite of what went wrong the first time as her wedding to Nick she affirms was the most beautiful day of her life.
Slumdog Millionaire consolidated its Oscar nomination chances last week winning a slew of key awards and by being nominated in four Golden Globes categories including best film, best director (Danny Boyle), best adapted screenplay (Simon Beaufoy) and best original score (A R Rahman). Widely televised worldwide, the Globes are given by Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Last week, the $15 million movie which has grossed nearly $6 million in North America in limited release in four weeks, was honored with two awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association including best direction and music, one from the New York Film Critics’ Circle, as well as six nominations for the Critics Choice Awards including best picture. It has been declared the year’s best by the National Board of Review. In London, where Slumdog also won best film at the British Independent Film Awards, also became a sentimental winner. ‘We are thrilled that we can hopefully bring some positive light to what has happened over there (the terrorist attacks in Mumbai) by honoring this film,’ board President Annie Schulhof said at the awards.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s former girlfriend Leitizia Filippi has stripped to the bare nothing in a new calendar. The Italian beauty who briefly dated the winker in July has stripped naked for a series of shots. Ronaldo bombarded Letizia with texts after meeting her at a party on a yacht while he was with his then girlfriend, Spanish model Nereida Gallardo.
However the affair quickly fizzled out when Ronaldo spent a lengthy spell in Los Angeles recovering from ankle surgery. Despite reports Ronaldo is now dating Ukranian beauty Alyona Haynes, a friend has revealed Letizia is keen to rekindle her romance with the Portuguese star.
The writer of one of the most beloved children’s books series – Harry Potter, JK Rowling had stated clearly that she will not kowtow to international pressure and write another book about Harry, his friends and Hogwarts ever again. With the recently released Tales of Beedle The Bard, Rowling sticks, though barely by the skin of her teeth, to her determined statement.
Rowling has provided an interesting blend of unusual story-lines and a folky flavour to these tales and makes it a point to retain the most essential feature of folk tales – a moral – which is overwhelming in some stories (‘The Wizard And The Hopping Pot’). This is presented in unique ways in others. True to the style she had adopted toward the end of her Harry Potter career, she makes at least one of these stories absolutely brutal.
Actress Kate Hudson insists on total honesty in her relationships. Katie, who was once married to Black Crowes rocker Chris Robinson also date cyclist Lance Armstrong and actor Owen Wilson. She told the media that she couldn’t be romantically involved with someone who kept secrets. Meanwhile, the 29-year-old mother of a four year old son also revealed she will be cutting back on spending this Christmas and is planning to make many of her own gifts.
She agreed that the recession had taken out the celebration mood and believed that everyone was feeling gloomy. She said that this season she was big time into knitting, something that she did not want to reveal much about. Well, that’s one crafty lady for sure!