Day: December 2, 2008

Condoleezza Rice Europe Music Politics

Condoleezza Rice Plays Piano For Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace

Hillary Clinton may be taking over her job, but U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice knows how to please a crowd!

Rice, a classically trained pianist, gave a piano recital for Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, according to the Associated Press.

After performing music by Johannes Brahms, accompanied by British Foreign Secretary David Miliband’s wife, Louise, on violin, and three members of the London Symphony Orchestra, Rice received an audio recording of the recital from the queen as a gift.

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS

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Feuds Models Naomi Campbell

Great Minds Think Alike: Naomi Campbell’s Boyfriend Attacks Photographer

It seems Naomi Campbell’s cell phone-slinging, employee-beating ways are rubbing off on her billionaire boyfriend Vladimir Doronin.

The Russian real estate mogul “punched a photographer in the gut” last week in Miami, according to New York Post‘s Page Six. “Out of nowhere [Doronin] hit him twice in the stomach,” the gossip column’s source says.

The couple, who have been together since May, are also reportedly planning a super-secret wedding in Moscow before Christmas.

“Naomi asked them to save the date and be prepared to travel to Russia,” a source told Sunday Mirror. “She’s keeping tight-lipped about exactly what is happening–and sworn everyone to secrecy.”

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Accolades Babies M.I.A. Media Movies Music Slumdog Millionaire

M.I.A On Pregnancy: I’ll Have to Wear Caftans if I Get Any Bigger

“Paper Planes” singer M.I.A. is getting ready for her first child with fiancé Benjamin Brewer and joked with USA Today that if she gets any bigger she’s sporting a caftan!

The 31-year-old musician (born Mathangi Arulpragasam) isn’t letting her super-pregs status stop her, having recorded three tracks on the ga ga worthy Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack and finishing up a new album for next year!

“I think my baby is going to start off making club music. That’s all I’ve been listening to. Of course, you never know,” she tells the newspaper. “We actually don’t want our kid to do music, so we’re going to buy it loads of instruments … so that it will completely rebel and go the other way.”

Of how her pregnancy has affected her music, M.I.A. says, “When I sing, I have to be aware that someone can hear me inside. It’s really strange. I definitely feel less angry.”

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Ed Westwick Gossip Girl Hookups Jessica Szohr

Gossip Girl Hookup Alert: Ed Westwick & Jessica Szohr Spotted Kissing At Airport

‘Nessa may have finally nabbed her Nate (Chace Crawford) on screen, but is hooking up with resident bad boy Chuck Nasty off!

In off-the-camera Gossip Girl news, costars Ed Westwick (aka Chuck Bass) and ethnic hottie Jessica Szohr (aka Vanessa Abrams) were seen making out at the Dallas airport before boarding a flight to New York Sunday night, according to the New York Post‘s Page Six.

“They were trying to be discreet by stealing kisses near the gate,” a source told the gossip column. “They were kissing in the aisles, but once they sat, she read her script and he drank a Heineken.”

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Business TV

BET Founder Bob Johnson To Launch Urban Television

Black Entertainment Television (BET) founder Bob Johnson plans to reinvent the traditional broadcast model as he launches a new television network, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Johnson is teaming up with ION Media Networks to launch Urban Television, a network that will allow producers to buy blocks of airtime and sell their own advertising for a revenue split. The new network will serve the black, hispanic, gay and other minority communities.

“The intent is to do something really innovative and not duplicate what I did at BET or even the traditional broadcast model. I like the idea of companioning a broadcast concept with an interactive platform.” Johnson said.

Johnson is also developing the website Point of U, through his firm RLJ Companies, using a similar programming model.

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Gossip Girl Jessica Szohr TV

Gossip Girl Watch: Stolen Boyfriends And Snowflake Balls

What better way to fill our post-Thanksgiving, pre-Christmas days than with a little Gossip Girl drama.

The Jenny Humphrey, Nate Archibald, Vanessa Abrams love triangle finally comes to a head -again. Chuck Bass and Blair Waldorf are still trying to resist each other’s poisoned charms. Lily Bass and Rufus Humphrey are regretting the missed opportunity to hook up -again, and Serena van der Woodsen and Dan Humphrey are still pretending they don’t have feelings for each other.

Here are Blindie’s top ten WTF moments from Gossip Girl‘s “It’s a Wonderful Lie” episode:

  1. Vanessa locks lips with Nate right after listening to Jenny wistfully wonder what became of her almost fling with him. Vanessa is busted when a photo of the PDA ends up on the Gossip Girl blog.
  2. Aaron Rose’s ex-girlfriend Lexi disses his photo exhibit featuring Serena, comparing it to a GAP ad. Hey! We like GAP ads. Lexi’s pretention reaches an all time high when she orders a cup of Kopi Luwak coffee, you know, that coffee that’s passed through the digestive system of the Asian Palm Civet -basically coffee beans that are shat out by cats!
  3. Chuck and Blair choose each other’s dates for the Snowflake Ball to prove they know each other’s desires and what does Chuck want as a reward? Blair’s most prized possession -her maid Dorota!
  4. Vanessa confesses to Nate that she stole his love letter to Jenny and that she never felt like this way about anyone before, blah blah. While we love the ethnically ambiguous Jessica Szohr as Vanessa we are not liking her man-grubbing storyline.
  5. Jenni conspires with Blair’s back up girls to pull a Carrie on Vanessa and humiliate her at the Snowflake Ball with a see-through dress. Really? This is the Upper East Side where maids are traded in bets. You gotta come harder than a see-through dress.
  6. Nate had the nerve to tell off Jenni for sabotaging Vanessa claiming he’s glad they didn’t hook up because she’s not the Jenny he thought he knew. Hmm, we wonder if Jenny knew that Nate was once pimping himself out to a married woman?
  7. It’s Bizarro world again on Gossip Girl as Chuck and Blair dig up cheap knock-offs of themselves for each other to date. When they catch their doubles hooking up Blair laments “even our doppelgangers can work it out!”
  8. Serena and Dan spend the entire night at the Snowflake Ball pretending not to care the other will bed their date after the party.
  9. Lily and Rufus find themselves face to face once again, and regretting another missed opportunity to be together, again.
  10. Bart Bass in an accident?! After seeing snippets of the next episode it’s clear there’s a funeral scene so it’s safe to assume that Bart is dead and the Bass empire will now be under the rule of Chuck. Looks like Lily won’t be needing that divorce anymore.
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