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New Unseen Photos Of Marilyn Monroe In American Exhibition – What’s Hot and What’s Trending 26 May 2014

Sexy Marilyn Monroe photo showing cleavage - taken at Niagara 1952New Unseen Photos Of Marilyn Monroe In American Exhibition – a new US exhibition is opening next month which features some unreleased photos of Marilyn Monroe.

For a woman who died 51 years ago the actress still creates a huge amount of interest. Much like Princess Diana part of the mystique is a beautiful woman who because of her untimely death stays forever young in the public’s mind.

The Limited Runs exhibition is due to open in LA on 6 June at the Boulevard gallery and will move on to San Francisco’s Sarah Stocking Gallery a couple of weeks later before finally showing at the Whitespace gallery in New York from 22 July.

Many of the photos being exhibited have not been seen for over 60 years and there are also some previously unreleased images. Many of the pictures show Marilyn in a more relaxed pose than the usual staged photos. The image you can see here is taken by Allan ‘Whitey’ Snyder in 1952  whilst Marilyn was on location filming her first starring role in the movie Niagara.

Work by other photographers such as Milton Greene, Thomas ‘Doc’ Kaminski and Lani Carlson is also featured in the new exhibition and show her on set whilst filming other movies such as River Of No Return and Bus Stop. Read the rest of this entry »

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Naomi Watts at Diana Premiere – What’s Hot and What’s Trending 05 September 2013

Naomi Watts looks beautiful in stunning white dress at Diana premiereNaomi Watts at Diana Premiere – tonight saw the UK premiere of the new movie about the life and death of Princess Diana.

21 Grams star Naomi Watts has spent a lot of time over the last 2 years preparing for the role and must have been a little nervous tonight as she waited to see the audience and critics reaction to the film. Even so long after her death the public is still quite protective of Diana’s memory and feelings can get strong.

Naomi has already shown that she is a little sensitive about the movie as she earlier walked out of an interview on BBC 5 Live. She was on the Simon Mayo show together with film critic Mark Kermode when she walked out of the studio. Kermode was a little baffled by the whole affair as he said that he had not even offered a critical opinion of the new Diana movie.

Those involved with the new film have expressed their views that Watts puts in a very special performance as the late Princess and she is even quoted as a 10-1 prospect to lift the Best Actress Oscar next year for the role.

At tonight’s UK premiere held at London’s Odeon Leicester Square Naomi Watts looked every inch the star as she took to the red carpet in a beautiful long white dress with a cut-out panel to show some cleavage and a large split high up on her left thigh.

The movie’s producers and director Oliver Hirschbiegel were set on getting Naomi to play the lead role in Diana and although she initially turned the part down twice eventually got their girl.

In the movie still frames released a few weeks ago you can see there is a very strong resemblance between the look of the 44-year old actress and the late Princess.

Naomi herself shares one of Diana’s own charitable interests as she is the goodwill ambassador for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, which helps to raise awareness of AIDS related issues. Diana famously helped early on in the fight against the disease when she was seen holding the hands of AIDS patients whilst on a hospital visit.

Naomi and the Diana cast and team will not have long to wait to see the UK public’s reaction to their new movie as it is going on general release from 20 September.

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Naomi Watt Diana Photos – What’s Hot and What’s Trending 14 June 2013

Naomi Watts as Princess Diana in Vanity Fair photo from new biopic movieNaomi Watt Diana Photos – new movie stills photos have been released today showing actress Naomi Watts looking exactly like the late Princess Diana.

As well as the new still photos from the movie there has also been a 1 minute trailer released showing snippets from the upcoming film including scenes showing her battles with press photographers and also her relationship with Dr Hasnat Khan, who is played in the movie by Naveen Andrews.

The photos released show Naomi as Princess Di on the infamous Panorama programme where she talked about her marriage to Prince Charles. However the most striking photo is from a recreation of her photo session with Mario Testino for Vanity Fair. These photos were published just a few weeks before her death in a car crash in Paris in 1997. Read the rest of this entry »

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Princess Diana’s Night Out At Gay Club With Freddie Mercury – What’s Hot and What’s Trending 31 March 2013

Princess Diana by Mario TestinoPrincess Diana’s Night Out At Gay Club With Freddie Mercury – a new biography from Kenny Everett’s long time friend and collaborator Cleo Rocos has revealed that Princess Diana once dressed up as a man to join her, Kenny and Freddie Mercury for a night out at a well-known gay haunt.

In Cleo Rocos’s new book The Power of Positive Drinking she tells the tale of how one night she was at Kenny Everett’s London penthouse flat with Queen frontman Freddie Mercury and Princess Diana when they talked about going out to the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, a very well-known gay bar in Lambeth.

Princess Di apparently decided that she would like to join then despite Everett warning her that the place was not for her as it was “full of hairy gay men”. Despite this she was still keen to join them and as she was at the time possibly the most recognised person on the planet some sort of disguise was obviously in order. Between them all they worked out that they might just get away with the Princess joining them if she was dressed up as a male model. Read the rest of this entry »

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Princess Diana,10 Of Her Most Famous Dresses To Be Sold – What’s Hot and What’s Trending 16 March 2013

Princess Diana, 10 Of Her Most Famous Dresses To Be Sold – this Tuesday 10 of the late Princess Diana’s most famous dresses are to go under the hammer.

The dresses are being sold by specialist fashion auctioneer Kerry Taylor Auctions, who in 2010 auctioned the black taffeta dress that DIana wore for her first official engagement with her then fiance the Prince of Wales. That particular dress was sold in the end for £192k and ended up in the Museo de la Moda fashion museum in Santiago, Chile.

The auction this time includes 6 Catherine Walker dresses, as well as gowns by Victor Edelstein and Bruce Oldfield. All 10 dresses were originally sold on the Princess’s instructions in a New York charity auction in June 1997, just 2 months before she died following a car crash in the Pont Del’Alma tunnel in Paris. In fact Diana auctioned a total of 79 different dresses at this time through auctioneers Christies, with many of them going into the hands of private collectors as well as museums.

The 10 dresses for sale on Tuesday were originally bought by Florida businesswoman Maureen Rorech Dunkel as an investment and they spent some years travelling the world on exhibition. Unfortunately she now has to sell her collection as she has run into financial difficulties.

Amongst the collection is the midnight blue, off-the-shoulder Victor Edelstein dress that Diana wore to a state dinner at the White House in 1985. This is what she was wearing when she danced with John Travolta to a medley of songs from his movies. Not surprisingly pictures of the pair dancing made their way all around the world. This dress alone has a guide price of £300k although some think it could make much more than this. Read the rest of this entry »

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Naomi Watts as Princess Diana, BET Awards 2012

Naomi Watts as Princess Diana – the first pictures are now available of Naomi Watts playing the part of Princess Diana in new movie Caught In Flight.

The 43-year old Australian actress certainly looks the part as she is seen on location in London with Diana style hair and clothes.

Caught In Flight is being directed by German director Oliver Hirschbiegel who is best known for Downfall, his critically acclaimed movie about the last days of Hitler. The new movie also focuses on the last days of a very public figure but there the similarity ends.

The new movie is thought to show her relationship with heart and lung surgeon Dr Hasnat Khan, a British Pakistani who formerly worked at Harefield Hospital. Many of Diana’s friends have said that she thought of Khan as the love of her life and often described him as “Mr Wonderful.”

Some people have talked of Di’s romance with Dodi Al Fayed as her way of trying to make Khan jealous and win him back. Khan is on record as saying that he hated all of the media attention that went with the late Princess. She may have been the darling of the world’s press but he was unwilling to take on such a public role and preferred to work out of the limelight.

Dr Khan is to be played by Naveen Andrews in the new movie and the part is likely to bring him to a much wider audience. He has been seen before in The English Patient, where he played the part of Kip and he was also seen as Sayid Jarrah in cult tv series Lost. Naveen will also be seen playing the part of Lord Akbari in new Sky adventure series Sinbad which starts this week.

Naomi started her career in some light television parts such as her appearances on Australian soap Home and Away. She later moved on to much more challenging roles in movies such as David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive ( a brilliant but somewhat confusing film) and also 21 Grams where she won an Academy Award nomination for her role as grief-stricken mother Cristina Peck.

Watts has said of the role of Diana that she found the thought absolutely terrifying. “She is a part of our history, an incredible woman and fascinating but a tragic ending.”

“The film-makers came to me and it’s a good script and it’s very scary and I kind of wanted to say ‘no’ but I couldn’t.”

The actress is keen to get the feel of what it was to have lived the Princess’s life and even moved to Kensington prior to shooting so she could visit many of Diana’s regular haunts such as the designer shops at Beauchamp Place and The Harbour Club gym in Chelsea which was also used by Kate Middleton prior to her marriage to Diana’s son Prince William.

There is no news yet on any other ‘royals” who might be portrayed in the new movie but it s quite likely that there will be at least one or two other parts for Buckingham Palace or Clarence House residents.

There is no news yet of a likely release date for Caught In Flight but the omens look good for the movie with Naomi Wattsproviding such a lifelike portrayal of the late Princess.

BET Awards 2012 – last night saw the awards dished out in the annual US event held to honour African-Americans in all the various forms of entertainment including music, film and sport.

The awards were shown live on US tv and the censor had a very busy night bleeping out many swear words from the presenters, award winners and performers on the evening. The BET Awards featured a very emotional tribute to the late Whitney Houston with speeches and performances coming from Mariah Carey who told a number of stories of her times with the singer, as well as R&B singers Brandy and Monica who both sang versions of famous Whitney songs. However the most moving tribute of the evening came from Whitney’s mother Cissy Houston who sang “Bridge Over Troubled Water” in tribute to her daughter and brought many of the audience to tears and everyone to their feet.

Most nominated act on the night was Kanye West who received 7 nominations and ended up winning Best Video Award for The Throne with Jay-Z and their song Otis featuring the late Otis Redding.

The second most nominated act was Beyonce who received 6 nominations one more than her husband Jay-Z who was nominated in 5 categories. Beyonce took away the award for Best Female R&B Artist as well as the award for Video Director of the Year, which she won jointly with Alan Ferguson

Beyonce said when accepting her Best Female R&B Artist award: “I fell in love with music by listening to R&B. It’s the core of who I am,” she said, giving special thanks to Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige and “Whitney Houston, my angel.”

Amongst the night’s other winners Nicki Minaj took the award for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist but both her performance and her acceptance speech had the censor working overtime as she seemed to forget the awards were going out on live television. She surely knows the score by now as it is the 3rd consecutive year she has taken the award.

In case you were wondering Beyonce and Jay-Z were sitting with Kanye West and Beyonce’s possible new BFF KIm Kardashian. Beyonce was sitting as far away from Kim as she could though and some have interpreted this as her wishing to put some distance in the relationship which seems to have upset a lot of her fans.


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Princess Diana – What’s Hot and What’s Trending 09 February 2012

Princess Diana – it has been announced that Naomi Watts will play the princess in a new biopic showing the last 2 years of her life.

The movie will be directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel who previously directed Downfall, the movie showing the last days of someone altogether different from Diana, Adolf Hitler.

The new movie is to be called “Caught In Flight” and is described as showing ” “how finding true personal happiness for the first time allowed her to achieve her defining successes evolving into a major international campaigner and humanitarian.”

Production of the movie is expected to start here in the UK later this year. The plot is said to centre around the Princess’s relationship with heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, which began after her divorce from Prince Charles.

43-year old Naomi Watts said of her new role that it was “such an honour to be able to play this iconic role. “Princess Diana was loved across the world, and I look forward to rising to the challenge of playing her on screen.”

After a number of fairly lightweight biopics of Diana this is set to be a more serious treatment of her final months with a well-thought of director in Hirschbiegel and an Oscar-nominated actress in Naomi Watts.

The movie is said to show the true story of Diana’s relationship with Khan who she was believed to be much closer to than Dodi Al Fayed, who was her boyfriend at the time of her death.

House – it was announced today that the top US tv show will be finishing after the end of the current series.

House which stars Hugh Laurie as Dr Gregory House has run for eight series and has consistently appeared in most critics Top 10 lists since it began at the end of 2004. It has also won a large number of awards including 2 Golden Globe Awards(with 6 nominations). It has also been nominated for an Emmy on 4 occasions and although the series itself has not won an Emmy yet David Shore, one of the show’s writers, won an Emmy in 2005 for writing the episode “Three Stories” from season 1.

The news of the show finishing was given in a joint announcement from Hugh Laurie and executive directors David Shore and Katie Jacobs saying: ‘After much deliberation, the producers of House M.D.have decided that this season of the show, the 8th, should be the last.  By April this year they will have completed 177 episodes, which is about 175 more than anyone expected back in 2004.’The decision to end the show now, or ever, is a painful one, as it risks putting asunder hundreds of close friendships that have developed over the last eight years – but also because the show itself has been a source of great pride to everyone involved. ‘This sounds like fancy talk, but it really isn’t.  House has, in its time, intrigued audiences around the world in vast numbers, and has shown that there is a strong appetite for television drama that relies on more than prettiness or gun play.’ The statement ends with Dr Gregory House’s trademark phrase “Everybody Lies.” Maybe a hint that this is not necessarily the end for House?

Laurie has said he will reduce the amount of acting he does when the series ends despite him being such a valuable commodity that he commands a huge $700k per episode of House (making him according to The Guinness Book of World Records the highest paid actor ever in a tv drama). He does have a number of other options open to him as apart from his earlier comedy career with Stephen Fry and his voice work on films such as  Monsters v Aliens and Arthur Christmas, he has also recently branched off into a musical career with the launch of his blues album Let Them Talk.

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