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Nicole Kidman swaps high-maintenance glamour for less-is-more hair - 04 Oct 2014 03:53

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But grieving Nicole Kidman swapped her usual high-maintenance look for bright blonde look in South Korea on Thursday.
The Australian actress cut a natural, everyday look as she attended Omega's De Ville Prestige Butterfly launch with husband Keith Urban.
Wearing her hair in a simple, quick-fix style, the appearance at the event marked the star's first return to the limelight since her father Dr Antony Kidman's untimely death.
Nicole's 75-year-old father, a clinical psychologist, died of a heart attack at a Singapore hotel restaurant shortly after completing his morning exercise on 12 September.
It was the first time that the Australian actress had been photographed since the funeral late last month, shortly after she had thanked fans for their continual support via her Facebook page earlier this week.
Omega ambassador Nicole stepped out to celebrate the release of the brand's new diamond ladies' watch, sparkling from head-to-toe in her own stunning jewels.
She looked exquisite in a stunning floor-length gown, that she cinched in at the waist with a black belt.
Her newly-lightened locks fell elegantly around her shoulders to frame her face in relaxed waves.
The Academy-Award winning actress, who is said to be 'heartbroken' by the great loss, maintained her poise throughout, looking far more youthful than her 47 years would allow.
Nicole broke her silence in the aftermath of her father's passing only to thank fans for their support on Wednesday.
The mum-of-four wrote: 'We would just like to thank everyone for their love and prayers over these past couple of weeks.
'We are all heartbroken but knowing we are in the hearts and thoughts of others is so comforting. Sending love, Nic and Keith xx'
The actress has been taking some time to grieve with her husband and daughters Faith Margaret Kidman Urban and Sunday Rose Kidman Urban and attend her father's funeral.
The Hours actress delivered a eulogy to family and friends that read: 'I'm so lucky to be his daughter and that he chose my mother to make me with.
'The only regret he'd have is that he's not here to see his beautiful grandchildren grow up," Kidman continued. "And that he's not here to take care of [my mother] Jay.'
Although Nicole and Keith's children were at the ceremony, the actress was crushed when children with ex-husband Tom Cruise - Isabella, 21, and Connor, 19 - didn't attend.
In June this year, a beaming Nicole Kidman, 46 walked the red carpet with her father and husband Keith Urban at the Swisse Celebrate Life Ball in Melbourne.
Antony Kidman had been visiting Nicole's sister on the weekend of his untimely death.

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Justin Timberlake refutes nightclub owner's claims - 04 Oct 2014 03:21

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On Friday Miind Nightclub owner Kunal Singh claimed that he was forced to bar Justin Timberlake from entering his own 20/20 Experience Tour after party at the venue due to the Sydney's strict lock-out laws.
But the 33-year-old singer, currently on the Australian leg of his world tour, took to Twitter later in the day to refute the claims.
'All this hoopla and I wasn't even there…I hope somebody had fun,' he Tweeted after his official DJ, Steve 'Freestyle Steve' Johnson, let out a passionate stream of Facebook posts directed at Mr. Singh.
According to the Oxford Street venue owner, DJ Freestyle Steve was playing his advertised set at the Miind Nightclub when Justin and his entourage were barred from entering as they arrived after the CBD's lockout time of 1:30AM.
'They got the s because we couldn't let everyone in. It was pretty crazy, and all because of lockouts,' he said to MX.
However, the DJ took to Facebook to hit back at the claims.
'It's amazing how people lie just to make themselves look good,' he wrote before adding 'for the record that was not a Justin party…he was NEVER the special guest.'
Mr. Singh responded 'not sure why you'd write that, what I told the reporter was everything I was told at the door by his and your managers.'
The Suit & Tie singer cheered his friend and DJ on, Tweeting 'Get 'em Steve!'
A representative from ShowcasePR, the agency that booked DJ Steve for the venue, told Daily Mail Australia that 'Justin was back at the hotel the whole time.'
He explained that venues, after booking Freestyle Steve, can promote a show as 'the 20/20 Experience after party with DJ Steve,' but that Justin's likeness is never to be used.
' Justin very rarely goes out, and if he was to go out it would be organised at least 24 hours in advance,' the representative said.
The megapopular singer and actor has two Australian dates left - in Perth next Wednesday and Thursday, before he jets off to New Zealand, the United States and Canada.

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Photos: Katy Perry roars into Salt Lake City on her Prismatic World Tour - 04 Oct 2014 03:19

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Whether you were there because of your love of Katy Perry or you were the one who ended up driving the kids to the concert, the pop star's production didn't disappoint Monday at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City.
The show featured pyrotechnics, rainbow-colored lights dancing across the arena, acrobats hanging from a pyramid above the floor and a stage that moved vertically and horizontally in different spots.

Perry didn't take the stage until 9:03 p.m., but she put together a mix of her classics and new tunes for a show that lasted just more than two hours.
Opening song " "Roar." The crowd erupted when Perry came onto stage, and she set the tone for the night with the opener that featured plenty of dancing, lights and energy.
Highlight " One of the loudest roars of the evening came during her performance of "I Kissed A Girl." The two guitarists being pulled about 30 feet above the stage with fireworks shooting out of their guitars seemed like the perfect complement to the song.
Crowd favorite " Perry mentioned a few times that this was not her first time performing in Salt Lake City, at one point saying, "Well it's nice to see you again, too." She pointed out she had blue hair during her last visit and hoped she didn't disappoint that she didn't have blue hair this time. She then took off a hood to reveal rainbow-colored hair, which drew plenty of applause.
Best quote " "I know it's locked. What's your password?" Perry kneeled down to take a selfie with a fan, but the fan's phone was locked. The fan told Perry the password, to which she responded, "You might want to change that now."
Encore " The first encore was "Birthday," which saw Perry floating over the crowd on a swing and ending with a torrent of confetti in the shape of stars, musical notes and hearts. She ended the show with "Firework," and there were plenty of them on stage as she wrapped up.
Low note " Perry admitted to feeling under the weather for the last few days, but it was hard to tell from her energy level. At one point she even admitted, "A lot of snot has been rolling out of these nostrils."

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Beckham and Benedict to design exclusive Paddington bear statues! - 04 Oct 2014 02:52

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Statues will be placed in 50 locations around the capital from November 4
Star-studded design team includes: Emma Watson, Hugh Bonneville, Bear Grylls, Darcey Bussell, and even London mayor, Boris Johnson
VisitLondon.com to offer exclusive trail maps and information for visitors
Paddington will be released in UK cinemas on 28 November 2014
He started life in deepest darkest Peru, but Paddington Bear is set to hit the streets of London this month.
A series of statues designed by stars from Emma Watson to David Beckham will be placed around the capital in November to celebrate the launch of The Paddington Trail.
The bears, designed by Benedict Cumberbatch and star of the upcoming Paddington film, Nicole Kidman, will celebrate the film release of Paddington in UK cinemas on November 28.
The colourful statues will take fans along featuring London's key cultural and architectural must sees.
Nicole's co-stars in the film, Hugh Bonneville, Peter Capaldi, Julie Walters, and Ben Whishaw will also be involved in the project.
Explorer Bear Grylls, celebrated ballerina Darcey Bussell, Jonathan Ross, presenters Davina McCall, Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, London mayor Boris Johnson, the Chelsea football team, and fashion designers Matthew Williamson, Christopher Kane and Rankin have all also committed to the project.
Hugh Bonneville spoke about his involvement: 'Paddington is an explorer - this trail is a wonderful way of bringing this to life and I hope it makes people look at London with fresh eyes.
'I am delighted to have been asked to design one of the bears and have created an ode to Paddington's favourite preserve. I can't wait for people to see it.'
The first of the designs have just been revealed: 'Paddington Bear' by creator Michael Bond, 'Paddington Shakesbear' by Michael Sheen, 'Paddington Sparkles' by The Saturdays' Frankie Bridge and 'Paddingtonscape' by artist, Hannah Warren.
'It is such a privilege to be designing a statue for The Paddington Trail, especially as it is raising money for the NSPCC - a charity I'm proud to support,' Michael Sheen said of his design, 'Paddington Shakesbear.'
'I am delighted to have been able to create Shakesbear and combine my love of the bear with my passion for the bard!'
The trail will be set up beginning 4 November until the end of December.
It will encompass museums, parks, shops, and iconic landmarks, all of which are inspired by Paddington's adventures in his favourite city.
Locations will be as far spread out as Heathrow to the west through to the O2 in the east, including The Royal Opera House, Museum of London, Horse Guards Parade, the Museum of Childhood, and of course, Paddington Station.
The trail will end in Selfridges, where a selection of miniature statues and a dedicated Paddington concept store will be on offer to shoppers.
The Selfridges Paddington Curiousity Shop will raise funds for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and the statues themselves will likewise be auctioned off later in the year to raise money for a variety of charities.
Paddington's origins date back several decades to when his creator, Michael Bond, bought a small bear from Selfridges on Christmas Eve 1956, as a present to his wife, and named him after the nearest railway station to which they lived.
In Michael Bond's subsequent tales, the bear finds himself alone in the big, unfamiliar city before being taken in by the Brown family. It's only then that he sets out to fully explore his newly adopted town.
Tourists and locals alike can get more information at VisitLondon.com, which has launched a dedicated portion of their website to the trail. Visitors will be able to download the trail map, share their photos of London's landmarks and discover the stories behind each statue and location.

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Jessica Biel flaunts bikini body while on Hawaiian holiday - 04 Oct 2014 02:21

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The 32-year-old actress enjoyed a day at the beach in her black two-piece while with her family on Maui.
The Truth About Emanuel star covered her make-up free complexion with mirrored aviators and scraped her brunette locks into a ponytail.
Jessica donned a striped vest and tie-dye shorts over her sexy swimwear, and she was rarely without her UV-protecting straw sun hat.
The Hitchcock actress was not wearing her 18-carat wedding band designed by Leor Yerushalmi, perhaps nervous it might get lost in the Pacific.
However, Biel did have on a small silver band in place of the diamond sparkler.
In one shot, the Total Recall beauty flashed a peace sign while relaxing on a folding chair beside a bottle of sparkling water.
Jessica was also seen wearing white wide-leg trousers and flip-flops during her laid-back vacation.
Biel then reportedly flew to Australia to join her husband Justin Timberlake who just performed sold-out concerts in Melbourne and Adelaide.
The famous couple will celebrate their second wedding anniversary on October 19.
The 33-year-old pop star has been Down Under for a while, even visiting the Australian Zoo in Brisbane on Wednesday.
The nine-time Grammy winner will next rock out the Allphones Arena in Sydney this Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Jessica's most recent acting gig was as Kat on the September 16 episode of the Fox sitcom New Girl starring Zooey Deschanel.

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Boy, 15, pens viral letter about Emma Watson speech - 04 Oct 2014 01:49

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(CNN) — A 15-year-old British schoolboy has struck a chord with his eloquent response to actress Emma Watson's United Nations speech encouraging men to join in the fight for gender equality.
Ed Holtom's letter, published in the Sunday Telegraph, was praised on social media for demonstrating an understanding of gender issues that many adults today don't fully comprehend.
"If we want equality, it will take more effort than paying women the same as men, or giving women equal opportunities," he wrote in his letter supporting Watson. "We must stop pressuring each other to fit stereotypes which more often than not leaves us feeling repressed and unable to express ourselves. We must not let gender define us."
A student at St. Albans, an all-boy's school in Hertfordshire outside London, Holtom said that boys and girls are unwittingly steered into confining gender roles.
"By using words such as 'girly' or 'manly' we inadvertently buy into gender stereotyping," he wrote in the letter. "We play with toys designed for our gender, we play different sports based on gender, we often go to segregated schools."
Holtom's letter was republished by a handful of news sites and quickly gained traction on social media, where many commenters praised his views as unusually thoughtful for someone his age.
Nicholas Pegg, a British actor and writer, called the letter "magnificent" and posted a link to it on Twitter.
Actor-director Samuel West wrote on Twitter that Holtom "writes the sort of letter you want to read from today's schoolboys, and tomorrow's men."
Reached Monday via Twitter, Holtom told CNN he is heartened by the response to his words.
"My life hasn't really changed - at the moment things are pretty normal, apart from people giving such great support in response to the letter," he said. "Emma hasn't responded, she doesn't have to. I didn't write it for attention, I just wanted people to know I how I felt."
Watson's impassioned speech, delivered September 20 as part of her role as a goodwill ambassador for UN Women, drew attention for her remarks about the need for equality and for men to embrace feminism.
It also prompted a minor backlash, including a threat to leak alleged nude photos of the star. The threat was later revealed to be a hoax.
"Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong," Watson told the UN. "It is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum not as two opposing sets of ideals."
In his letter to the Telegraph, Holtom said he agreed with everything Watson said and supports equal rights for women.
"We're lucky to live in a Western world where women can speak out against stereotypes. It's a privilege. Gender equality and feminism is not about 'man-hating' or the idea of 'female supremacy.' It is, by definition, the opposite," he wrote.
"The definition of feminism is, 'a person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes.' It's pretty simple really, and if you believe in those things, then you're a feminist."
Holtom also wrote in his letter that he was "disappointed" by how ignorant some of his classmates were about the gender issues Watson raised in her speech.
But in a Twitter message Monday to CNN, he said he hadn't encountered many hard feelings so far from schoolmates.
"My classmates have reacted pretty well, it wasn't really about anyone in particular - but I understand that some people could have misinterpreted it," he said. "Overall, everyone I know has been really nice and supportive, it's great that so many people agree. :)"
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Sofia Vergara -- Hangs w/ Ex-Fiancé ... What Will Joe Manganiello Say? - 04 Oct 2014 01:18

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Sofia Vergara
Hangs w/ Ex-Fiancé
What Will Joe Say?

With her "True Blood" hunk boyfriend Joe Manganiello nowhere in sight, Sofia Vergara hung out Wednesday afternoon in New York City with her former fiancé, Nick Loeb.Loeb and Vergara called off their two-year engagement back in May. Vergara began dating Manganiello just two months later. Sofia and Nick are reportedly still friends … and that's it.Jealousy … such a meaningless emotion — well, sometimes.

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Zach Galifianakis Performs At OPCC'S 50th Anniversary Charity Benefit - 03 Oct 2014 23:52

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OPCC celebrated 50 years of providing hope to the most vulnerable members of our community on the Westside of Los Angeles County with a 50th Anniversary Celebration Weekend on September 27 and 28, 2014.
Zach Galifianakis before performing at OPCC's 50th Anniversary
Judy Collins gave a stellar performance on September 27th at The Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, capping off a magical evening that included Chris Pierce, Jingle Punks Hipster Orchestra and Abstrakto (Asdru Sierra of Ozomatli and Balthazar Getty), and comic genius Zach Galifianakis.
David Arquette and Greg Germann with OPCC's Executive Director, John Maceri
Greg Germann, actor and OPCC Board member, hosted the evening. VIP guests included David Arquette & Christina McLarty, Assemblymember Richard Bloom, Marcia Cross, Annabeth Gish, Charlotte Kirk, Kymberly Marciano-Strauss, Penelope Spheeris, Supreme from the Wu-Tang Clan and former Los Angeles City Councilwoman Ruth Galanter.
The Anniversary Celebration continued on Sunday, September 28th with a Family & Friends Community Picnic at the Santa Monica College Quad. Approximately 400 former and current staff, volunteers, Board members and clients gathered for games, complimentary lunch and performances by the Crossroads Jazz Combo, the SAMOHI Vikings Pep Band and OPCC's own Safe Haven Band.
John Maceri, Executive Director of OPCC, remarks: "This weekend was a fine example of how significant OPCC's impact has been on the community. Our work is not possible without the support of our wonderful donors, volunteers and Board members. Together, we are all making our community stronger. We are honored so many joined us for this weekend celebration."
Lead sponsors of OPCC's Anniversary Weekend included: Sarah Jessup, The Melvin & Bren Simon Charitable Foundation, Marin Aleksov & Rosland Capital, The Stanley & Joyce Black Family Foundation, Judith & Steaven K. Jones, Marcia Cross & Tom Mahoney, Vintage Hollywood Foundation and Bart & Tracy Zitnitsky.

Now in its 50th year, OPCC (formerly Ocean Park Community Center) is the largest social services agency on the Westside of Los Angeles. A non-profit organization headquartered in Santa Monica, OPCC provides highly effective, fully integrated services to the most traumatized, vulnerable and needy members of our community-homeless individuals, victims of domestic violence, at-risk youth, indigent Veterans, and people dealing with severe physical or mental illness or substance abuse. We are the only West L.A.-based agency that offers a comprehensive system of care to solve the complex, multi-faceted problems of this diverse population. As a result, we have the wide-ranging expertise and programs that enable us to tailor services to the needs of each person, however complicated those needs may be. OPCC offers seven core services that provide support in the areas of housing, domestic violence, physical health, mental health, life skills/wellness, income services and substance abuse. All are designed to improve self-sufficiency, restore dignity, and enable our clients to be contributing members of our community, enhancing the quality of life for everyone.
For more information about OPCC, click here.

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Alessandra Ambrosio & Heidi Klum in black gowns at amfAR gala in Milan - 03 Oct 2014 23:50

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Heidi, 41, who hosted the event in Milan on Saturday, wore a regal number with a wide heavy skirt and a see-through bodice that showed off her taut midriff.
The Victoria's Secret Angel strut her stuff in open-toe stilettos and glammed it up with sparkling earrings, rings, and a bracelet.
Bella Thorne was following in the footsteps of Heidi and Alessandra as she also attended in a long sparkling black gown.
An after-party was held when the clock struck midnight, presented by haute couture label Vionnet.
Rosario Dawson, Jeremy Piven, and Coco Rocha served as event chairs.

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Jenni "JWoww" Farley's Little Girl Meilani Is Already BFFs With Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi's Kids -- See the Cute Picture! - 03 Oct 2014 23:26

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Best friends all around! Jenni "JWoww" Farley's 2-month-old daughter is already tight with her BFF Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi's kids. In an adorable picture posted to Farley's website on Sept. 29, Snooki's 2-year-old son Lorenzo gently holds baby Meilani.
PHOTOS: Celeb BFFs JWoww, who became fast friends with Snooki while partying on MTV's Jersey Shore, captioned the sweet snap: "Meilani and Lorenzo Are BFFS!!!…OMG Meilani is getting so big so fast!!!" Snooki shared the same image days earlier on Sept. 27, gushing: "Can we just take a moment and look at how beautiful Lorenzo and Meilani are?!?! @jennijwowwmtv."
PHOTOS: Wildest Jersey Shore moments After Snooki gave birth to her second child, daughter Giovanna on Friday, Sept. 26, JWoww didn't hesitate to introduce Meilani to her future gal pal. JWoww and fiance Roger Mathews were spotted bringing their bundle of joy over to Snooki's New Jersey home to meet baby Giovanna on Sept. 27.
PHOTOS: Snooki's pregnancy While pregnant, Snooki exclaimed to how excited they were to be expecting at the same time. "Jenni and I always talked about being pregnant together," Snooki told Us in April. "I'm so excited to go through this experience with my best friend!"

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