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Elizabeth Taylor Birthday Celebration – What’s Hot and What’s Trending 28 February 2014

Elizabeth Taylor - eyes and cleavageElizabeth Taylor Birthday Celebration – a dinner and auction were held on Thursday (27 February) to mark what would have been Elizabeth Taylor’s 82nd birthday.

The event was held at Violet Grey’s Melrose Place store with a number of celebrity guests in attendance to help raise funds for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF).

There were a number of different works of art up for auction during the evening including pieces by Bruce Weber, Yul Brynner, Robert Mapplethorpe and also singer-songwriter Carole Bayer Sager who had a work called In The Spotlight which paid tribute to Taylor’s role in the classic movie Cleopatra.

Another piece by US photographer Firooz Zahedi is called Close Up and is a large black and white print of the actress which focuses on her face and in particular those stunning eyes of hers. She is said to be one of the few people ever to be born with violet eyes and in fact the venue for the dinner and auction is named in homage  to those famous eyes of hers. Read the rest of this entry »

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New Liz Taylor and Richard Burton Drama For BBC Four – What’s Hot and What’s Trending 13 February 2013

Elizabeth Taylor shows nipples in see-through bra in scene from 1974 movie The Driver's SeatNew Liz Taylor and Richard Burton Drama – the BBC has announced that it is to film a new drama based on the stormy relationship between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

The drama will star Helena Bonham-Carter (The King’s Speech, Les Miserables) as Liz Taylor and 43-year old Dominic West (The Wire, Appropriate Adult) as Richard Burton.

As we reported earlier here there has already been a recent version of the Burton/Taylor romance filmed as a tv movie for Lifetime in the US. The movie was called Liz and Dick and starred Lindsay Lohan as Taylor and Grant Bowler as Burton. It would be fair to say that Liz and Dick didn’t meet with totally positive reviews and some critics criticised the movie for failing to show the glamour and style of the couple’s stormy love affair.

The new Burton/Taylor drama is not intending to show the whole of the couple’s love affair but will instead just focus on their relationship during the time they worked together in 1983 in a production of Noel Coward’s play Private Lives. The timing of the piece places us 7 years after they had split from their 2nd marriage together and just a year before Burton’s death in 1984.

Although Burton and Taylor had acted together before in movies they had never appeared together before on stage. Unfortunately the theatre experience was not to prove a happy one for either of them with the play ending its Broadway run after just 63 performances.

Richard Burton looking broodingWhereas Lohan was not felt to have the necessary power to take on the Liz Taylor role it is thought that Bonham-Carter will be much better placed to bring the part to life.

For anyone not around during the 60’s and 70’s the Burton/Taylor on-again off-again romance was one of the biggest stories around and both actors were huge stars and huge personalities. If their relationship was being played out in the media today then we can be sure that not a day would go by without a story or a photo of one or both of them making it to the show business or celebrity pages.

Although Katie Price has received some criticism in recent weeks for her number of marriages she has a long way to go to catch up with Liz Taylor who had been married 8 times by the time she died in 2011.

The new 90 minute drama, which is to be called Burton and Taylor, will be directed by Richard Laxton and will air on BBC Four later this year.

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New Year Honours List, Top Noughties Music Track – What’s Hot and What’s Trending New Years Eve (31 December) 2011

New Year Honours List – as well as many charity workers, scientists and people from the world of politics and business the New Year Honours List includes a number of people from the worlds of show-business and sport.

Comedian Ronnie Corbett receives a CBE for his services to entertainment and charity. The award goes with the OBE he was awarded previously with his late Two Ronnies partner, Ronnie Barker. The comic’s wife Anne said that the family was delighted with the award. As well as his comedy work and charity fundraising work Ronnie is known for his interest in golf, fashion and is also something of a gourmet cook.

Helena Bonham-Carter can hope that the CBE she has received will help her get over not winning the Oscar this year for her role in The King’s Speech. She was thrilled by the award and said that she would dedicate it to her late father Raymond who spent the last 25 years of his life severely disabled after a routine operation went wrong.

Tv presenter Lorraine Kelly has been awarded an OBE for her services to charity and the armed forces. She said she was thrilled and deeply honoured by the award. As well as her television and charity work she is well-known for 2 other things! Lorraine has a website dedicated to her breasts and they also now seem to have their own Twitter account. They are clearly no less impressive in the flesh as when she interviewed Robert Downey Jr his opening words to her were “what a great pair of tits”.

Other showbiz awards include an OBE for the former It’s A Knockout star Stuart Hall and a CBE for Australian born writer and broadcaster Clive James. Record producer Steve Lillywhite, who has worked with The Rolling Stones and U2 amongst others, has been awarded a CBE. Nigel Mansell former Formula 1 world champion and already an OBE was awarded a CBE for his work as president of UK Youth, a charity working to help provide young people with new skills and improve their self-esteem.

Northern Ireland golfers Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke were awarded an MBE and an OBE respectively. 22-year old McIlroy became the youngest person to win the US Open for almost 90 years earlier this year. Darren Clarke on the other hand overcame personal tragedy to win the British Open this year at the age of 42. From the world of cricket retired cricket umpire, writer and well-known Yorkshireman 78-year old Dickie Bird was awarded an OBE.

Top music track of the Noughties – a survey by the Performing Rights Society has seen Kylie emerge triumphant as winner of the top track of the first decade of the 21st century with her 2001 hit “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head”.

The track beat Britney Spear’s 2004 hit “Toxic” which was in second place and in third place was Robbie Williams song “Angels” which has been used in a huge number of funeral services over the last few years.

“These are all classic songs of the Noughties and Can’t Get You Out Of My Head is one of Kylie’s all-time greatest hits” said PRS For Music chairman Guy Fletcher. The Performing Rights Society is the organisation responsible for collecting royalties for composers and performers when their records are played on radio, tv or as part of a live concert.

Kylie’s song was written by songwriter Cathy Dennis and Sophie Ellis-Bextor and S Club 7 both turned the track down before it was offered to Kylie. As well as writing the top track Cathy Dennis also wrote Britney’s 2nd placed hit “Toxic”.

The track was a massive worldwide hit for Kylie and reached the Number One spot in over 40 countries. The song’s international appeal is demonstrated by the fact that within a week of being released the song became the most played track of all time on German radio.

A big part of the track’s success was the accompanying futuristic video which was directed by Dawn Shadforth.

Top People, Words and Phrases of 2010 – for details of the top trending words, phrases and people of the past year see our earlier post here.


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Katherine Jenkins, Robert Pattinson – What’s Hot and What’s Trending 30 December 2011

Katherine Jenkins – the Welsh songstress has today announced that she and long-term boyfriend Gethin Jones are splitting up.

The couple got engaged last February whilst on holiday in Mexico but had not publicly announced a wedding date. They both announced the news about their break-up at noon today using Twitter.

Katherine said: “Sorry for being quiet of late, its just that I have some very sad news. Geth & I have decided to go our separate ways. ‘We are both beyond broken hearted. All your hugs & support will be much appreciated xxx.”

Gethin said: “Hi everybody. I’m deeply sad to tell you that Kath and I have ended our relationship as a couple. We are both heart broken… Gx”

The couple first met when they appeared on an episode of Strictly Come Dancing back in 2007. They were seen as being an ideal couple both coming from Wales and both also used to being involved with the media.

Although Gethin has been involved in a number of tv projects it is Katherine’s busy work schedule that seems to have been keeping the couple apart this year. According to the latest Sunday Times Rich List the singer is worth around £30m and she has had a number of top-selling albums selling around 3m copies to date. She also has a busy performing schedule and is due to start her latest tour (entitled Daydream) in Oxford on the 7th January.

The couple shared a London home worth around £5m and it is unclear whether either will remain in the home. They are thought to have made the decision to part ways over the Christmas holidays when they spent time together and realised that they had been growing apart. Today’s news has been confirmed by Katherine’s management team. Katherine’s mother Susan has spoken from her home in Wales saying: “It is very sad for both of them. It is a difficult tIme and the family will be giving Katherine all the support we can.”

Robert Pattinson – the Twilight star has done it again, winning the E! Celeb of the Year for the second year running.

We doubt it will cause too much friction at home but the person he was up against in the final round was girlfriend and fellow Twilight star Kristen Stewart. As well as Kristen Robert beat Kate Middleton, Justin Bieber and comeback queen Britney Spears. The title doesn’t come with a gong but for winning the title Robert gets the chance to donate $25k to the charity of his choice.

He has plenty of things to play with anyway as he was bought 2 rare guitars, a 1959 Fender Jazzmaster and a 1947 K&F Lap Steel, by girlfriend Kristen for Christmas. Robert is something of a musician and is rumoured to be looking to record an album of his own music. As well as playing the guitar and composing he also plays the piano.

His recent award comes as no shock to those who have followed his rise to fame since taking on the role of Edward Cullen in the Twilight series. He was named back in 2010 as being among the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME magazine. It is certainly a long way from his first big role playing Cedric Diggory in the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire back in 2005.

This year he was said by Vanity Fair in the US to have made $27.5m during 2010 which placed him at Number 15 on the list of Hollywood’s top earners. We could run through the awards that Robert has won for the Twilight films but we fear that this would put a strain on our servers. Let it just be said that there a lot of gongs he has won for the Twilight films which cover everything from Best Actor to Best Kiss and also other titles such as Choice Vampire.



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Most Anticipated Movie of 2012, Sinead O’Connor – What’s Hot and What’s Trending 29 December 2011

Most Anticipated Movie of 2012 – a poll for MTV has seen “The Hunger Games” win out as the most anticipated movie next year.

The Hunger Games is an action thriller and stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson as a pair of teens who fight to the death in the futuristic state of Panem, which has replaced the ruins of North America. The film is based on a novel by Suzanne Collins and is due to open in at the cinema on 23 March 2012. As well as Lawrence and Hutcherson the film also stars Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Lenny Kravitz and Donald Sutherland.

The fact that Breaking Dawn Part 2, the last part of the Twilight franchise, only managed to gain 2nd place in the poll has made a number of people think that the Twilight saga is losing its magic at the box office. Having said that the film still managed to obtain 45% of the votes.  The films are all based on the best-selling books by Stephenie Meyer and have proved hugely popular in the US.

These 2 movies practically had a clean sweep in the poll of most anticipated 2012 movie as with The Hunger Games getting 51% of the vote and Breaking Dawn Part 2 getting 45% the joint third place films, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Avengers, only managed to get 2% of the vote each.

As well as releasing details of next year’s most anticipated movies they released details of a poll showing the favourite films of moviegoers during 2011. This was won by Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 which ended up 4% ahead of the second placed film Twilight Saga’s Breaking Dawn Part 1.

Sinead O’Connor – the Irish singer has gone the way of many a singer before her and managed to have a marriage that has lasted less long than the wedding cake.

Having married Barry Herridge a therapist and drug counsellor from Dublin in Las Vegas on the 8th December it appears that the marriage was in trouble just 3 hours after they said “I do”.

Not an ideal start for the marriage when Sinead took Barry on a drive round some of the less pleasant areas of Las Vegas in a hunt for drugs on their wedding night. As well as this Sinead says that the other factor in the quick breakdown of the marriage was the groom’s family who it appears were not best thrilled at the choice of bride.

In a post on her blog Sinead said: “Within 3 hours of the ceremony being over the marriage was kyboshed by the behaviour of certain people in my husband’s life. And also by a bit of a wild ride i took us on looking for a bit of a smoke of weed for me wedding night as I don’t drink. My husband was enormously wounded and very badly effected by that experience and also by the attitude of those close to him toward our marriage. It became apparent to me that if he were to stay with me he would be losing too much to bear. And that being with me was not going to serve him positively , career wise or any other wise. I saw his life leave him because of how people close to him reacted. And I can’t take anyone’s life. And a woman wants to be a joy to her husband. So.. U love someone? Set them free.”

Sinead’s Vegas marriage almost seems like a long-term job compared to Britney Spear’s Vegas marriage to Jason Alexander which was annulled inside 3 days. On the plus side we are sure that Sinead has pleased Kim Kardashian who received a load of stick when her marriage was announced as being over after just 72 days.

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Celebrity Hair of the Year, Captain Scott – What’s Hot and What’s Trending 28 December 2011

Celebrity Hair of the Year – newly crowned Strictly champ Harry Judd has won the title of best celebrity hair of the year.

He was closely followed in the poll by Prince Harry in 2nd place and Peter Andre in 3rd place with last year’s winner of the title, Harry Styles of One Direction, coming in a distant 8th.

As well as the title of best celebrity hair there was also a category for worst celebrity hair and this was won (if that is the right word!) by disgraced X Factor contestant Frankie Cocozza. Also appearing on the worst hair list were Wayne Rooney and another hair transplant recipient Louis Walsh. Joining them are Simon Cowell, Robbie Savage, Prime Minister David Cameron and the Duke of Cambridge. The second worst celebrity hair went to pop duo Jedward.

The results come from a survey of 3000 people commissioned by hair-care company Brylcreem to tie in with Brylcreem National Men’s Hair Week. A Brylcreem spokesman said: “It’s another eclectic and mixed bunch of celebrities in this year’s poll, showing the importance of hair in the popularity and style stakes.”

Today’s news comes just after Cheryl Cole was voted top in a survey to find Britain’s top hair icon of 2011. The survey by hair loss treatment company MediGro had 5000 women vote for their favourite celebrity hair icon.

Coming just after Cheryl were Rihanna, Beyonce, Kate Winslet and the Duchess of Cambridge. As well as voting for a celebrity hair icon the women were surveyed about their own hair styling and it was found that a quarter of the nation have dyed their hair lighter this year, while 21 per cent have opted for a darker style. One third of the UK’s women regularly use straighteners and 26 per cent now use dry shampoo to maintain their look.The survey also found that women spend as much as 45 minutes styling their hair daily, equating to 273 hours a year.

Centenary of Captain Scott’s Expedition – one hundred years ago Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his team were on their fateful last expedition to the South Pole.

Their journey is to be celebrated in an exhibition at the National History Museum which is due to open on 20th January next year which is 3 days after the centenary of the team reaching their target. For the first time in 100 years items such as clothes, sledges and pickaxes used by the expedition team will be reunited with the scientific specimens they and their colleagues collected on the Terra Nova Expedition.

The NHM exhibition is to concentrate on the scientific side of Captain Scott’s team. They went to the South Pole to study the weather conditions, zoology and also the new scientific discipline of glaciology. The exhibition will also show how the team ate during their time in the freezing conditions. “They had china and metal forks and it was basically what you would expect on a ship,” says Elin Simonsson of the NHM. “They were eating quite well. Every day the team’s cook Clissold would cook them a three-course meal and often they had penguin or seal meat and they would make different stews.” The base camp’s stores were filled with tons of jams, cheeses and tinned vegetables. “They also had alcohol with them so they could have a glass of wine or champagne every now and then,” says Simonsson.

The trip did of course have a tragic end as Scott and his team failed in their quest to become the first expedition to reach the South Pole.

Captain Scott wrote his last diary entry on 29 March 1912, on his way back from the South Pole after the terrible realisation that the rival team led by Roald Amundsen had reached the pole first. At that stage, his team was only 20km from a depot that contained the food and fuel they so desperately needed to survive. When Scott’s party did not return to base camp by the time the Antarctic winter had set in, the remainder of the Terra Nova expedition knew that they must have perished.

“When spring returned, they went out to look for them and in November 1912 found them alongside their letters and diaries, and they felt the best thing to do would be to leave them there in the Antarctic wilderness,” said Simonsson. “And they’re still there today, in the ice, slowly floating towards the sea.”

There are currently 2 teams of British Army officers recreating the famous race to the South Pole. Warrant Officer Mark Landridge is leading a team that is following the route Captain Scott took while another team, led by Lieutenant Colonel Henry Worsley, is taking the same path as the Norwegian explorer in the race, which is raising money for the Royal British Legion.

The photo above shows Herbert Ponting, Scott’s official photographer from the expedition, posing with his photographic equipment on a dog-cart being pulled by his 2 dogs Miss Johnson and Lassie. The photo was taken 100 years ago on Christmas Eve.

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Kauto Star, Katy Perry – What’s Hot and What’s Trending 27 December 2011

Kauto Star – the 11-year old racehorse created horse racing history on Boxing Day when he became the first horse to win a 5th victory in the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park.

Kauto Star was bred in France and is 16.3 hands high and weighs in at around 82 stone. One of his other claims to horse racing fame is that he was the first horse to win over £2m in prize money from racing over the jumps.

In all of his 7 year UK racing career Kauto Star has never once finished out of the first 3 in any race he has been in. His latest victory comes at a time when many people felt that he was past his best and heading towards retirement. After his Boxing Day victory in the King George VI it is now seeming quite likely that Kauto Star will make a final attempt to win a further Cheltenham Gold Cup next year.

Kauto Star is owned by Clive Smith and trained at the Paul Nicholls stable. The main event for steeplechase fans is the Cheltenham Festival and it is there that Kauto Star has been a real star in his career. In 2009 Kauto Star became the first horse in history to regain the Cheltenham Gold Cup having lost out in 2008 to his big rival Denman.

Although there has been no confirmation yet that Kauto Star will run in next year’s Gold Cup we don’t think that many people would bet against the horse adding to his tally of victories at Cheltenham.

Katy Perry – the rumours about troubles in her marriage to Russell Brand will only be strengthened by pictures of her on a beach in Kauai, Hawaii on Christmas Day thousands of miles away from him in Cornwall.

She was also seen not wearing her wedding ring, never a good sign as Demi Moore and Ryan Giggs wife will testify.

Katy spent the day on the beach with a group of friends while Russell was seen in a pub in Cornwall prior to taking part in David Baddiel’s charity swim.

There does appear to be a lot of spin surrounding the couple’s relationship as it was reported in the US magazine People that Brand had accompanied her and looked happy when stepping off the plane. Not easy if you are the other side of the planet!

At the same time as the US mag was reporting they were both in Hawaii, The Sun here was reporting they were  both here in Cornwall and they quoted a source as saying they wanted a quiet place to get away to for Christmas.

They have been dogged by rumours about their marriage from the start and Katy has previously taken to Twitter to deny any problems in the relationship with Russell also denying any problem when he was recently on the Ellen De Generes Show in the US. The couple have been married since October 2010.

Katy is due to appear in concert in Jakarta on 19 January 2012 and has another concert in Manila on the 22nd.


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