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Lindsay Lohan In Anger Management – What’s Hot and What’s Trending 29 March 2013

Lidsay Lohan showing cleavage in lacy black bra in bed with Charlie Sheen - Anger Management 2013Lindsay Lohan In Anger Management – the troubled actress looked to be on much better form earlier this week as photos from the set of Anger Management were released.

Lohan plays a version of herself in the Charlie Sheen show and after she is seen dressed up as a schoolgirl in a miniskirt and stockings for a Japanese chewing gum ad she has to receive some counselling help from therapist Sheen.

Inevitably Lohan’s character ends up in bed with Sheen’s womanising character Dr Charlie Goodson. You can see from the photos that Lohan is shown in bed wearing just a little lacy black bra for this scene. Read the rest of this entry »

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World’s Most Reproduced Print To Be Auctioned, Nude Sherlock Star To Be In Bond Biopic – What’s Hot and What’s Trending 25 January 2013

The Chinese Girl by Vladimir Tretchikoff - The World's Most Reproduced Painting. Artwork. Kitsch.Original Painting Of World’s Most Reproduced Print To Be Auctioned – the original painting of The Chinese Girl by Vladimir Tretchikoff is to be auctioned in London in a few weeks time.

Tretchikoff was born in Russia in 1913 but moved to China in 1917 at the onset of the Russian Revolution. He later moved to Singapore before finally settling in South Africa after the Second World War.

The Chinese Girl is probably better known to many as The Green Lady and was painted by Tretchikoff in 1950. The painting is actually Tretchikoff’s second attempt at this theme with the original version (using a different model) being destroyed when his South African studio was robbed.

The model for The Chinese Girl was a 17-year old girl called Monika Sing-Lee who Tretchikoff spotted working in a Cape Town launderette owned by his uncle.

The picture was hugely popular with the general public in the 60’s and 70’s but was always looked down on by the art world and Tretchikoff became known as the King of Kitsch. He said before he died in 2006  that he believed around half a million full size copies of The Chinese Girl had been sold. In addition to this the image was used on many other items such as mugs and tea towels as well as being sold in a smaller format reproduction. Although selling well around the world, the work was particularly popular in the Uk and The Commonwealth.

The original painting was bought by a woman in Chicago whilst Tretchikoff was touring the US in the 50’s and it has remained in the same family ever since. Prior to coming to London for the auction the painting will be on display in New York and Johanesburg.

The painting is being sold as part of an auction of South African art at Bonhams on 20 March. The Chinese Girl  has a guide price of £300-500k and is sure to surpass the record price for a work by Tretchikoff which currently stands at £337k. This was achieved by his picture Portrait of Lenka (Red Jacket). a semi-nude work featuring his lover and muse Lenka (real name Leonara Schmidt-Salomonson).

Naked Lara Pulver as domintrix Irene Adler in SherlockNude Sherlock Star To Appear In Bond Biopic – Lara Pulver, the actress whose character captivated Sherlock Holmes when she appeared nude in front of him, is to feature in a new biopic of James Bond creator Ian Fleming.

The 32-year old actress caused a bit of a stir in the series when she appeared naked in front of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock character. Her character of Irene Adler was taken directly from the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories. Adler is the strongest of the female characters in the Sherlock Holmes stories and it is believed that he based Irene on the real life character of Lola Montez, an Irish dancer who was the lover of Ludwig 1 of Bavaria. The King eventually bestowed upon Montez the title of the Countess of Landsfeld.

As well as making a big impression on his Sherlock character it is thought that in reality Lara’s naked performance impressed actor Benedict Cumberbatch as the pair were said to be romantically linked last year.

In the new Ian Fleming biopic Lara is to play the part of Ann O’Neill. Ann became Fleming’s wife in 1952 after her divorce from her second husband Viscount Rothermere. This marriage broke down due to Ann’s affair with Fleming, who she had known since before the marriage took place in 1945. Even as early as 1947 it seems Ann and Fleming had rekindled their romance as she stayed with him at his Jamaican Goldeneye estate when she had in fact told her husband she was staying with Noel Coward at his neighbouring property.

The new biopic will star Dominic Cooper in the role of Ian Fleming  as well as also featuring Samuel West and Anna Chancellor. The Show is being produced for Sky Atlantic and filming is expected to start later this year in the UK and Bulgaria.

Lara has recently been talking about her breakthrough role as Irene Adler in Sherlock and said that she would love it if she could make a return to the series as the whip bearing dominatrix. From the reception the character got first time round it would certainly be a popular return.

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Coat-Wearing Ikea Monkey, Pamela Anderson Owes $370k In Tax – What’s Hot and What’s Trending 10 December 2012

Darwin the Ikea Monkey from TorontoCoat-Wearing Ikea Monkey Is Internet Star – people looking for some flat-packed furniture at the Ikea store in North York, Toronto were very surprised when they came across a small coat-wearing monkey instead.

The 7-month old rhesus macaque (also known as a rhesus monkey) was first spotted wearing his little fitted brown shearling coat whilst on the upper parking section of the Ikea store on Sunday afternoon.

Shoppers saw the little monkey running around the parking lot screaming and looking quite agitated. He apparently escaped from his owner’s car and made his big bid for freedom, or shopping, depending on your point of view.

The monkey was on the run for around half an hour before being caught by staff from the Toronto Animal Services. It is illegal to keep a rhesus monkey in Ontario and the breed is normally found in much warmer climates, which may explain the need for his little shearling coat.

The owner turned himself into Toronto Animal Services later that afternoon and was fined $240. He was said to have been very co-operative and informed the authorities that the monkey’s name was Darwin.

Darwin quickly became a big online hit and there are at least 2 spoof Twitter accounts for him @IkeaMonkey and @Ikea_Monkey with some calling for the half-metre tall Darwin to be elected as the new city mayor.

Darwin himself was taken to Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary in Sunderland, Ontario which is about 55 miles (88km) away from the Ikea store where he was found. He will probably now make Story Book Farm his permanent home although he was said to be less than pleased when he first arrived. This may be because he didn’t know any of the other 24 monkeys living there or just that he didn’t get a chance to buy the furniture that he wanted!

Pamela Anderson in skimpy dress that shows breasts and stiff nipplesPamela Anderson In Trouble Over Taxes – the former Baywatch star and Playboy model has got herself into a bit of a financial mess and owes around $370k in taxes.

The 45-year old has been in trouble before over late payment of taxes and in 2009 she owed a whopping $1.7m in back taxes. This time the amount owed comprises around $295k she owes to the US Government and a further $112k owed to her home state of California.

To make sure that they get their money the authorities have placed a court order on Pammie’s Malibu home which prevents her from selling it until the taxes are all paid.

She certainly seems to be a forgetful sort when it comes to getting her purse out as she was previously said to owe the building company that worked on her Malibu home around $1m in fees for the work they carried out. Pamela denied the claim saying that she had already settled their bill in full.

The latest tax bill makes it am absolute certainty that we will see Pamela appear on ITV’s Dancing On Ice but whether she gets to get her hands on any of her fee for this is much less likely as the IRS are likely to want to use it to offset against her tax bill.

Pam said of her latest tax problems: ‘I’m not trying to avoid any tax obligation. Certain events occurred, outside of my control, which caused this temporary but embarrassing situation. All of my tax obligations will be resolved in the very near future.’

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List of The World’s Highest Paid Celebrities

The  World’s Highest Paid Celebrities – even though her earnings have fallen by $125 million over the last year Oprah Winfrey still tops the Forbes list of the World’s Highest Paid Celebrities for the 4th year in a row.

Even back in 2004 Oprah’s worth was reckoned to be around $1 billion and she has added to it considerably since then. She finished her top-rated show a year ago after a 25 year run but still managed to earn an estimated $165 million in the last 12 months.

She owns Harpo Productions which is behind Dr Phil, the Dr Oz Show and Rachael Ray, has her own magazine, O, and also has a cable network called OWN with shows such as Oprah’s Lifeclass.

In 2nd place in the list is a man little known here in the UK, movie director Michael Bay. He is the man behind the very successful 3-D movie Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Although not a critical winner the 3rd film in the Transformers series has so far taken an amazing £1.1 billion at the box-office.

Bay himself earned a healthy share of the box-office profits as well as also gaining from the big spin-off from the movie, the sale of Transformers toys. All together Michael Bay is estimated to have earned himself around $160 million in the last year.

At 3rd place in the list is a man that everyone has heard of, director Steven Spielberg. His 2 big movies, War Horse and The Adventures of Tintin were joined by Dreamworks’ new television shows such as Terra Nova to give him an estimated income of $130 million.

After seeing this list of mega-earners we guess that film school courses might become more popular because in 4th place is movie maestro Jerry Bruckheimer. His big winner this last year was Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which took around $1 billion at the box-office. This helped Jerry to take home a very healthy $115 million over the last 12 months.

At 5th place in the list comes rapper and record producer Dr Dre. However it is in his role as a businessman that he has seen his income rise to a huge $110 million over the last year. Dr Dre (real name Andre Young). In August he sold a 51% stake in Beats by Dr Dre, a company he owns jointly with Jimmy Iovine, to the mobile handset manufacturer HTC, and earned a healthy $100 million from the deal.

Beats by Dr Dre were often seen being worn by swimmers and athletes at the 2012 London Olympics despite not being one of the sponsors for the Games. They adopted what has been described as a guerilla marketing campaign and sent out specially designed Dr Dre headphones directly to the athletes. The biggest exposure for the brand came at the pool where many swimmers walked into the arena wearing a special set of the headphones. One big winner came with a big increase in sales in China after Chinese world record-breaking swimmer Sun Yang was shown repeatedly wearing different sets of Beats by Dr Dre phones.

The full list of the World’s Highest Earning Celebrities according to Forbes is:

  1. Oprah Winfrey $165m
  2. Michael Bay $160m
  3. Steven Spielberg $130m
  4. Jerry Bruckheimer $115m
  5. Dr Dre $110m
  6. Tyler Perry $105m
  7. Howard Stern $95m
  8. James Patterson $94m
  9. George Lucas $90m
  10. Simon Cowell $90m
  11. Glenn Beck $80m
  12. Elton John $80m
  13. Tom Cruise $75m
  14. Dick Wolf $70m
  15. Rush Limbaugh $69m
  16. Manny Pacquiao $67m
  17. Dr Phil McGraw $64m
  18. Donald Trump $63m
  19. Ryan Seacrest $59m
  20. Britney Spears $58m
  21. Tiger Woods $58m
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Sofia Vergara Is Top Earning TV Actress, 2012 Emmy Nominations

Sofia Vergara Is The Highest Paid TV Actress – our favourite hot Latino actress has just been revealed as the top-earning woman in television over the last 12 months.

Forbes estimated that Sofia had earned around $19m (£12.1m) in the year to May 2012. Most of this came via her contract for the role of Gloria in hit US show Modern Family which airs on the ABC network. However she also has some fairly major endorsements with Diet Coke and Kmart and a deal for her own clothing line which helped to bring in the millions too.

Her multi-million pound earning power does explain how the Colombian born actress managed to pick up the estimated $2m bill for the 108 strong party of family and friends she flew out to the Rosewood Mayakoba resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico recently to celebrate her 40th birthday.

Her profile has not also not been harmed by the steamy set of photos that were published in GQ Mexico showing that even at the age of 40-years old the actress was quite happy to pose topless for the magazine, showing off her enviable curves. Her curvaceous figure has always been a big part of the actress’s appeal and she has often been known as Sofia Viagra for obvious reasons!

One thing about Sofia that is less well known is her Latino based media empire, Latin World Entertainment, which deals with such major clients as Disney and Paramount and is thought to have had an income of around $27m in 2011 with a very healthy 20% profit margin.

Coming in just behind Sofia on the list of top women earners on tv was reality star Kim Kardashian who Forbes estimated to have earned around £11.4 m last year.Coming in at 3rd place on the list is former Desperate Housewife Eva Longoria who earned herself a cool $15m last year.

2012 Emmy Nominations – today saw the release of the nominations for this year’s Emmy Awards.

The UK had a few notable successes with mentions for both Downton Abbey and Sherlock. There were also mentions for series that started off here in the UK before being adapted for the US market such as Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, Antiques Roadshow, Dancing With The Stars (Strictly to us!) and Who Do You Think You Are. The list of nominees seemed to upset a few US commentators with many feeling that some worthy productions had been left out.

Have a look at the main categories and see what you think:

Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
Mad Men

Drama Series, Actor
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damian Lewis, Homeland

Drama Series, Actress
Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law
Glenn Close, Damages
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Modern Family
30 Rock

Miniseries or Movie
American Horror Story
Game Change
Hatfields & McCoys
Hemingway & Gelhorn
Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia

Actor, Miniseries or Movie
Woody Harrelson, Game Change
Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Bill Paxton, Hatfields & McCoys
Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gelhorn
Idris Elba, Luther
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia

Reality-Competition Program
The Amazing Race
Dancing WIth the Stars
Project Runway
So You Think You Can Dance
Top Chef
The Voice

Reality Program
Antiques Roadshow
Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution
Shark Tank
Undercover Boss
Who Do You Think You Are?

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Sunday Times Rich List 2012, British Soap Awards 2012

Sunday Times Rich List 2012 – today see the publication of the annual survey of the richest people in Britain.

This year for the 7th year running the list is headed by the steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal who is worth £12.7 billion. Although you might think this has meant that the CEO of Arcelor Mittal has had a good year in fact over the last 12 months his personal wealth has declined by £4.8 billion, easily the biggest fall in wealth of anyone on the Rich List.

In 2nd place on the list is Alisher Usmanov, the Russian iron ore producer who also has a large investment in Facebook and a 30% stake in Arsenal football club. His wealth is £385 million behind that of Mittal and has also fallen over the last year, albeit not by as much as Mittal. Usmanov is worth £85m less than before but he has made charitable donations this year of £91m.

The 3rd place is taken by another footballer club owner with the more well-known Roman Abramovich who is owner of Chelsea football club although his wealth comes from his ownership of the private investment company Millhouse LLC.

The list gives the total wealth of the richest 1000 people in Britain as £414 billion.

There are also details of the charitable donations and pledges from the top 100 philanthropists which have increased this year by £220m to £1.89 billion.

Although the people on the list have unimaginable wealth this is still not enough to get them near the richest people in the world. The world’s richest person is still Carlos Slim, the Mexican businessman who interests in many different areas but has made most of his fortune in telecommunications. Slim is worth $69 billion, which places him well ahead of Microsoft’s Bill Gates who is now worth $61 billion.

The Sunday Times Rich List is compiled using identifiable wealth such as property, stocks and shares in quoted companies, works of art and racehorses but does not include private information such as bank accounts.

British Soap Awards 2012 – the awards have been held at the London TV Centre and saw Eastenders take the top prize of Best British Soap.

There were 7 awards for the BBC soap,which also won Best British Soap Award last year,  the same as its ITV rival Coronation Street lifted on the night.

There was quite a battle going on among the girls from the soaps last night as many of the young soap stars were in a different competition to see who could show the most flesh. The actresses showing the most cleavage on the night were Coronations Street’s Brooke Vincent, Eastenders’ Preeya Kalidas, Coronation Street’s Catherine Tyldesley and Emmerdale’s Chelsea Halfpenny.

The Sexiest Female Award was taken home again by Coronation Street actress Michelle Keegan who plays the part of Tina McIntyre. Other winners on the night included former Eastenders’ stalwart Pam St Clement who was the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award for her role as Pat Butcher in the soap.

The winner of the award for Best Actor didn’t come from either of the big 2 soaps as Emmerdale’s Danny Miller (Aaron Livesy) beat Corrie’s Chris Gascoyne and Eastenders’ Shane Richie to the title.

Most of the biggest award categories such as best soap and best actor and actress were voted for by viewers but some other awards were decided by a panel of judges.

The awards were hosted by Phillip Schofield and can be seen on ITV1 this Wednesday at 8pm. You can make your own mind up then about people ‘s red carpet outfits.

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Ibiza Rocks, Majorca Rocks, Taylor Swift

Ibiza Rocks and Majorca Rocks 2012 – the line-ups have just been announced for this year’s 16 week Summer season of gigs.

New Order are set to return to Ibiza, more than 20 years since they were last there to record the album Technique. The band should fit in well with the club culture on the island as the 12 inch version of their single Blue Monday is still the biggest selling 12 inch single of all-time.

New Order’s Bernard Sumner said:”The last time New Order were in Ibiza was the second summer of love. We were there to record an album and didn’t really know what we were walking into. New Order and Ibiza are forever entwined. There’s no going back so instead we look forward – to playing our first-ever concert on the island at Ibiza Rocks.”

New Order were a huge force behind the electronic music movement of the 1980’s and were formed from what was left of Joy Division after singer Ian Curtis committed suicide in May 1980.

New Order will be joined during the Ibiza Rocks Festival by a number of other acts including Kasabian, Kaiser Chiefs, Professor Green, Bloc Party, Ed Sheeran and Tinie Tempah.

Although the Ibiza Rocks Festival goes on for 16 weeks the main event each week is held on a Wednesday. All gigs run from the pool area at the Ibiza Rocks Hotel. This year as well as the Wednesday event there is set to be superstar dj’s live from the main stage area every weekend from June to September.

The Majorca Rocks Festival also runs from June to September and will feature this at the opening party on 05 June this year Ed Sheeran. Later acts will include Mark Ronson, Kasabian, Tinie Tempah, New Order and Two Door Cinema Club.

Taylor Swift – it will probably be a surprise to many people in the UK that the 22-year old country singer has topped this year’s Billboard list of the Top Earning Musicians.

You might have thought that this particular list would be topped by either Adele or Lady Gaga, both of whom had an incredibly successful 2011. In fact Taylor Swift earned as much money as both of those 2 ladies combined last year. She had total earnings of just short of $36m which resulted from sales of her quadruple-platinum winning album “Speak Now” and also had a massive tour during the year which pulled in gross receipts of over $88m just from US ticket sales.

Helping Taylor to pull in such a huge income was the fact that she also earns royalties on all of her songs as the writer.

Coming in second place was Irish rock band U2 who earned most of their income last year from their massive 360 tour. Coming behind U2 was another country music act, Kenny Chesney, another act that is probably not that well-known here in the UK.

We don;t think that many of you would have guessed that the top earning British female act in 2011 was the classy jazz-soul singer Sade. She came in at 6th place on the list earning over $3m more than Adele who came in at 10th place on the list.

It does show that some of the acts that you hear the most about are not necessarily the ones who will have the most in the bank as Rihanna only made 22nd place with $7.6m and Justin Bieber came in at 35th place with $5.5m. The Beatles still managed to come in at 24th place thanks to sales of their back catalogue of classic albums bringing in $6.7m.

The list does show how much difference a successful tour can make to a star’s income compared to even an album with really big sales. The Top 10 Billboard Money Makers for 2012 are:

  1. Taylor Swift $35.7m
  2. U2 $32.1m
  3. Kenny Chesney $29.8m
  4. Lady Gaga $25.4m
  5. Lil Wayne $23.2m
  6. Sade $16.4m
  7. Bon Jovi $15.8m
  8. Celine Dion $14.3m
  9. Jason Adlean $13.4m
  10. Adele $13.1m

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