Will Smith’s Family Horrified by Obscene Miley Cyrus at VMAs (Watch)

If she can’t stop, then somebody has to do it for her


"Oh no, she didn't!"

“Oh no, she didn’t!”

Could this be Will Smith and his family’s horrified reaction to Miley (Gyratory) Cyrus’s embarrassing performance at the VMAs?

What the devil is going on with Miley Cyrus?  What has happened to her?  Is she on drugs?  What is with all the twerking and the licking everything she can get her tongue on? Is she hungry?  Has she become malnourished?

Her performance at the 2013 VMAs has sparked such a reaction from the public and not all of it is good.  She has been slated on Twitter since she ripped off her teddy bear onesy, to reveal a nude bikini underneath.  She strutted up and down the stage, with her microphone in the one hand and a giant sponged hand in the other, then she proceeded to rub her crotch with it, to the horror and obvious embarrassment of some members of the audience.

But then it got progressively worse and more painful to watch when Robin Thicke appeared to duet with Miley with his controversial “Blurred Lines” hit.

Miley, with her tongue hanging out, somewhat out of breath and not able to deliver her live performance as well as she should have done for such an event, began to circulate and gyrate around an out-of-key Thicke, then using her giant sponge hand, began to rub him up in areas that would probably have Mrs Thicke tearing those devilish ‘beardo’ buns out of her head.  Not before Miley managed to nuzzle Thick’e neck provocatively.

Masturbating Miley disturbs with controversy

Masturbating Miley disturbs with controversy

And then came the moment that everyone watching must have been met with a universal chorus of, “Oh no, she didn’t!”  Well, oh yes she did.  Miley, 20, bent herself right over and began to twerk on Robin Thicke, 36, in what must have be up there in one of the worst TV moments of 2013, tipping the cringe factor scale.

Miley twerking on Robin

Miley twerking on Robin

Not only were the horrified reactions of Will Smith and family caught on VMA cam, but so were the reactions of rapper Drake (see video at 1:22 minutes), who didn’t seem to know quite where to rest his eyes, preferring instead to keep them fixed on the floor.  Again in the video, at around 2:31 minutes, we see Rihanna et al’s reaction.  Rihanna seems unimpressed, perhaps even wondering where Miley thinks she’s going with this new ‘style’.  Madonna or Gaga she certainly is not.  Meanwhile, behind Rihanna, pop boy band The Wanted, are equally unsure of what to make of twerking Miley, who originally sprang to fame with her hit TV show, Hannah Montana.

So Miley has been reported as saying how she hated playing the character of Hannah Montana, but hey, don’t bite the hand that feeds you, Miley.  That hand can just as quickly be taken away.  Children the world over must be confused and perplexed as to why they have suddenly been banned from watching her music videos.  She is losing a lot of fans and people think she has turned weird.

I just cannot understand the image she is trying to portray; it is an image that is not really hers.  Miley writhes around on a bed like a porn star.  Miley tries to do the gangster thing, with the gang signs and the gangster garb.  She may be trying to find herself – most of us have been there – but please, just give it a bit of thoughtful planning before you take it out there.    Where are her parents? They cannot be proud of her performance of late.  What about her PR people or management?  Doesn’t anyone know how to say “no” to her?  Watching Miley Cyrus is like watching a slow car crash and nobody seems to care to stop her before she goes too far.

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If Miley Cyrus’s controversial “We Can’t Stop” video is anything to go by, and given the negative press it received regarding its alleged reference to Ecstasy or MDMA, then someone really needs to reach out to her and set her straight.  In the video, Miley sang about “Dancing with Molly”, which is the street term for MDMA.  MTV censored the word “Molly” out of her video.  So what if Miley is growing up?  So is the rest of her generation, but they’re not making a big song and dance about it.  It doesn’t mean she has to go the extreme in such an ungainly fashion.  Today’s newspaper is not tomorrow’s birdcage bedding.  It will follow you forever.  Every time Miley Cyrus does something else, this episode will be dragged up.   Growing up doesn’t mean growing vulgar.  If anything, it seems to me that Ms Cyrus still has a lot of growing up to do.

It is also apparent that if Miley Cyrus can’t stop, then somebody has to do it for her.

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BlackBerry For Sale: Too Little Too Late?

The smartphone’s poor reception


BlackBerry, one of the world’s most prominent pioneering companies in the smartphone market, once bigger than the Apple iPhone, might be up for sale.  The declining Canadian company reported on Monday that it was seeking other potential joint partnerships in an attempt to enhance sales of its comeback device, the BlackBerry Z10.  But is it a case of too little, too late?  Is it really going to be enough for BlackBerry just to match other touch screen devices in the market?

A special board committee has been formed to consider the company’s value and options with the view to a sale.  “Given the importance and strength of our technology and the evolving industry and competitive landscape, we believe that now is the right time to explore strategic alternatives,” said board member and the committee’s serving chairman Timothy Dattels in a statement.  BlackBerry’s current president and chief executive Thorsten Heins, who joined the company in 2007, suggested that for BlackBerry, this would mark a new beginning.  Others are yet to be convinced.

BlackBerry is clearly seen to be lagging behind other thriving companies in the market, such as Apple’s iPhone, with Samsung, HTC and Google riding on its success.  The question that seems to be on most people’s lips is whether the sale will be public or private.

Edward Jones analyst Bill Kreher suggests that BlackBerry’s best bet would be to go private.  “We don’t see a strategic buyer but perhaps a private equity company that could take some time to turn around the business without the scrutiny of Wall Street,” he said.

BlackBerry once controlled the North American smartphone market in 2009 by 51%, according to research firm Gartner.  It happens to carry some valuable assets that could still be of interest to potential buyers, such as Samsung or HTC, since they do not appear to develop their own operating system, like BlackBerry does.  However, the ownership and development of an operating system does not a King of Mobiles make and this bargaining chip as bait has yet to be bitten.

Whilst BlackBerry was being flat-footed and still pandering to the business world by creating devices that took far too long, in this rapidly progressive world of technology, to carry multiple cameras, other companies were following the zeitgeist and giving the public what it wanted – touch screen technology and a broad spectrum of compatible apps.  With the development of multi-device compatible software applications such as What’s App and particularly Viber, which enabled callers to talk to friends, family and colleagues for free – a much welcomed application during the current financial climate – BlackBerry dragged its feet, trying to remain exclusive with BBM for too long, forcing consumers to either stick to texting on a tiny screen with tiny buttons or break free and explore other avenues.  BB’s efforts to claw its way back up the ladder with its launch of the Z10 range, in an already touchscreen-saturated arena that had raised the bar above what BB was capable of, or willing to meet, was a case of “too little, too late,” a sentiment also echoed by Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi.  She said, “By the time it arrived, people had already made the decision to move on, based on the consumer side and enterprise side.”  BB’s lack of foresight and slow response to iPhone and Android devices resulted in its percentage of the market dropping last year to a very disappointing 2%.  The current percentage held by the company stands at 3.4%.

Roger Entner, founder of Recon Analytics was doubtful that going private would do anything to help BlackBerry at this late stage.  “I don’t think them going private will help at all, and I think exploring strategic options like selling themselves is a little bit late,” he said.

The days of riding the crest alongside other major players in the game are gone and so it seems, is Mike Lazaridis, BlackBerry’s co-founder, formerly its co-chief and co-chairman and also predecessor to Mr Heins, who once upon a time promised us a new beginning.

By Brucella Newman

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Eydie Gorme – Legendary Songstress and Sketch Artist Passes at 84


One of the last of the great American show songstresses of the big-band lounge era, legendary Eydie Gorme – age 84, passed away on Saturday in a Las Vegas hospital, after a brief illness.

The singer was one half of the successful singing duo, Steve and Eydie, in which she performed with her husband Steve Lawrence.  She was also remembered for her great success with the toe-tapping, Grammy-nominated hit, Blame it on the Bossa Nova, which she recorded in 1963 and was written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.

She was born in Edith Gormezano in the Bronx, New York City, to a Turkish mother and a tailor-by-trade Sicilian father, both Sephardic Jews.  Ms Gorme was the youngest of three and raised bilingually, to speak both English and Spanish.  After graduating from William Howard Taft High School in 1946,  she then went on to work as a Spanish interpreter for the UN.   However, whilst in school, Ms Gorme had been singing in a school band and now had the bug.  It was not long before she found herself performing with Tommy Tucker’s band in 1950, then moving on to Tex Beneke’s ensemble, before carving out a solo career for herself by 1952.

By 1953, she landed a regular spot on Steve Allen’s Tonight Show, where she met Steve Lawrence, whom she later married in 1957.  Ms Gorme and Lawrence continued to create successful duets and solos respectively. Gorme was also famed for her Spanish recordedsongs, in particular, a collection of standards called Amor, which she recorded with Trio los Panchos.   She also teamed up with her husband briefly, for the Steve Lawrence-Eydie Gorme Show, which consisted of a combination of musical and comedy sketches.  Also notable, was her pairing up for a series of comedy segments, duets and medleys, which she made with another favorite American legendary comedienne and songstress, Carol Burnett.

Gorme and Lawrence continued to make a series of recordings and television tributes together, consisting of well-known numbers by big band headliners, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hammerstein and Irving Berlin.  She worked steadily with her husband, until her retirement in 1990.  They filled seats from coast to coast, experiencing considerable popularity in Las Vegas, where Gorme and Lawrence finally settled until Ms Gorme eventually passed away.

Another amazing star is gone from our midst.  Legendary songstress and sketch artist Eydie Gorme, passes at age 84.  She is outlived by her son, David and her husband.

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Angelina Jolie is Warming Hearts Even as Maleficent

The star talks about her new film and how she got through her cancer scare with the loving support of her children and partner


Academy Award-winning actress Angelina Jolie made a surprise appearance at Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA, where she took to the stage to talk about her most recent role as Disney’s evil sorceress from its classic “Sleeping Beauty” – “Maleficent”.  The dark fairytale, which covers events before, during and after the tale of “The Sleeping Beauty”, also focuses on Maleficent during her teenage years, as a fairy, who is betrayed by the king of the humans.

Speaking to the audience about the retelling of the 1959 classic, the 38-year old mother of six shared her love of Disney and fondness of the villainess character.  “Since I was a little girl, Maleficent was always my favourite.  I was terrified of her, but I was also drawn to her… I wanted to know more about her.  She had this elegance and grace, yet she was wonderfully, deliciously cruel.”  Jolie went on, “The strange thing was people with little kids would visit the set and I would think, ‘I’m a Disney character!’ [So] I’d go over to the children and say hi.  And they would scream and run off.”

The children’s terrified reaction on set to Jolie’s extraordinary appearance was justified, taking into account her extensive, dark sweeping robes, overly accentuated cheekbones and long, twisted horns emanating from her head.  So convincing was the star’s costume, that one little boy was even reported to have said, “Mommy, please, tell the mean witch to please stop talking to me.”

The only child on set not to have screamed at all was her four-year old daughter, Vivienne, who had a small role in the film as a young Princess Aurora.

Jolie appeared to be fighting fit and as beautiful as ever.  She was positively glowing, warming hearts and even receiving a standing ovation from the audience after her presentation.

It would be difficult to tell just by looking at Angelina Jolie today, just how much turmoil she has been through over the last few years – in particular the earlier part of this year, physically, mentally and emotionally.  In 2007, Jolie lost her mother, 56-year old French actress, Marcheline Bertrand to ovarian cancer.

In February of this year, Jolie’s doctors discovered that she too, carried the faulty BRCA1 gene, giving her an 87 percent risk of developing breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer.  Because she did not want her six young children to experience the same painful loss as she did, Jolie made the proactive and brave decision to have a preventive double mastectomy.  She completed the three-month long series of medical procedures by the end of April.  Facing much support, yet some criticism about her choice, Jolie decided to write about it in an editorial contribution to the New York Times.  Of her very difficult decision for elective surgery, Jolie wrote, “… It is one I am very happy that I made… I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer.”  She continued, “I do not feel any less of a woman… I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.”  Jolie also wrote of her partner’s undying support during the process: “I am fortunate to have a partner, Brad Pitt, who is so loving and supportive… Brad was at the Pink Lotus Center, where I was treated, for every minute of the surgeries.  We managed to find moments to laugh together.  We knew this was the right thing to do for our family and that it would bring us closer.  And it has.”  Angelina and Brad’s six children, Maddox (eleven), Pax (eight), Zahara (seven), Shiloh (six) and four-year old twins, Knox and Vivienne, have all also been extremely supportive of their mother throughout her difficult time.

Angelina Jolie now seems happier than ever, thanks also to the endless love and support she has received from her immediate family.  It seems strange to conceive that the family was not yet together as a unit a decade ago; Brad was still with Jennifer Aniston.  But since ‘Brangelina’ came together after the making of ‘Mr & Mrs Smith’, it seemed the fans had divided into two camps: ‘Camp Jen’ (of which there were many in favour, myself included, at the time) and ‘Camp Angie’, all void of the realization that where destiny is concerned, what will be will be, regardless.  “I think Brad was ready to soar when he met Angie,” said Jean Black, a makeup artist who has worked with Pitt since 1990.  She went on, “…In Angie he saw a very adventurous person who was grabbing on to life and taking it to its nth degree.  It was intriguing because I felt Brad had that in him and wanted to unleash it.”

In an interview with Esquire magazine, Pitt said, “I always thought that if I wanted to do a family, I wanted to do it big… I wanted there to be chaos in the house.”   Tom Junod’s article even suggested that of the dynamic pairing, ‘He [Pitt] is the product of an intact Bible Belt household; Jolie the product of a broken L.A. one – and it is as if they’ve joined forces to produce the family that he remembered and she imagined.’

Now it seems that all we are waiting on is for the real life fairytale to become complete: announcing the date to be set for the Jolie-Pitt matrimonial union… and perhaps some confirmation in the rumours that ‘Brangelina’ is looking to further extend the Jolie-Pitt brood two-fold… including a possible adoption from Syria.  The pair already has three natural children and three adopted.

Angelina Jolie’s film, “Maleficent”, will open in theatres July 2, 2014.


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Kate Middleton HRH Duchess of Cambridge

A short biography on the woman who would be Queen


Catherine Elizabeth Middleton was born on January 7th, 1982 in Reading in the Royal County of Berkshire.  More commonly known as Kate, she is the daughter of Carole, a former British Airways flight attendant and Michael Middleton, formerly a flight dispatcher with the same airline, who also produced Kate’s younger siblings, Philippa (‘Pippa’) and James.

Kate was born into a family whose roots can be traced back to hard times in the coalfields of the county of Durham, northeast England and the working-class suburbs of Southall, west London.  Kate comes from a long line of strong women, with her maternal grandmother, Dorothy Goldsmith, passing on her driving ambition for an improved social status to daughter Carole, who also made sure her children had the best start in life.  In fact, so driven was Dorothy, that she became affectionately known to those close to her as ‘Lady Dorothy’.  She, too, had inherited her own mother Edith’s sense of resourcefulness and strong drive for self-improvement.

By the time that Kate’s younger siblings were born, her parents had successfully launched a mail-order party goods company and it was now going from strength to strength, eventually making the Middleton family into multi-millionaires.  Kate and her siblings were all placed in private schools, with Kate attending St. Andrew’s Preparatory School, Down House and Marlborough College.  Sadly, as has been the case for many a young teenager who finds oneself tucked away in a country boarding school, there is no place to escape, particularly when one is at the mercy of vicious school bullies.  By the age of 13, Kate so bullied and taunted by other students at the school, that she eventually left as a result.

Kate managed to pass all her school exams successfully and set about getting herself enrolled at the University of St. Andrew’s in Fife, Scotland for a fall of 2001 start.  She was placed in St. Salvators Hall, the very same halls of residence that Prince William resided in during the earlier part of his time at the same University.  Kate and William shared several classes together and soon became friends.

It wasn’t until 2002, when Kate appeared in a local charity fashion show, walking down the runway in black underwear visible under a see-through dress, that William’s interest became piqued, in a different way.  William decided to make his move at the after-show party.  But Kate played it cool, as was already dating senior, Rupert Finch, but that didn’t faze William; he was already smitten.  That was the evening that changed everything.

Inevitably, Kate and William fell in love and their years at St. Andrew’s were spent privately in each other’s company, avoiding the press as much as possible.  By the end of their studies though, the couple was experiencing an off-again, on-again phase in their courtship, whilst their relationship was receiving even more attention and speculation from the press.  To make matters worse, following their graduation from St. Andrew’s, and subsequent romantic post-study breaks, William was now set to undergo his military training at Sandhurst.  Upon his graduation or ‘passing out’ as is more appropriately known, Kate and her parents could be seen in front row VIP seats at the ceremony, prompting further speculation and even a barrage of bets being placed at the bookies, on whether the nation should be getting ready for another Royal Wedding.

Kate was taken into the Royal fold and also advised, at William’s request, to be able to cope with the intense media concentration as soon as possible.  It was highly unusual for a commoner to receive such attention from the Royal Household, but William already knew about the difficulties faced by his mother when she had been launched into the media spotlight with scarcely any preparation at all.  Kate was immediately given her own security, ensured she always turned out impeccably and maintained silence with the press.  She could not take up a job that did not meet with approval by the House of Windsor, although she did manage to find one that did – she became an accessories buyer with the fashion chain, Jigsaw.

After an eight-year long courtship, not without its fair share of tears, speculation, repeated break-ups and reunions, William proposed to Kate in October 2010, during a holiday in Kenya, finally putting to rest her adopted nickname of ‘Waity Katy’, by critics.  The news was publicly announced on 16th November 2010, with plans to be made for a Royal Wedding in 2011.

After the death of Princes William and Harry’s mother, Diana Princess of Wales, the boys were able to go through her personal effects and keep an item that was close to her.  Whilst William took her Cartier watch, Harry had taken her much-publicized engagement ring.  William and Harry had made a pact: that whomever was the first to be married, should also be able to give the engagement ring their fiancée.  William was reported to have gone to Harry to ask for the ring back from his brother, who happily obliged.

The wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Middleton took place on 29th April 2011 at Westminster Abbey in London.  Prince William is second in line to the throne, after his father, Prince Charles, the Duke of Cornwall.

On 22nd July 2013, HRH Princess Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge at 16:24 BST.  The newborn prince weighed in at 8lbs and 6 oz.  He takes the position of third in line to the throne, knocking Prince Harry into fourth place.

As and when HRH Queen Elizabeth II should make the decision to step down from her royal duties, it is still unclear whether her son, Prince Charles or her grandson, Prince William would succeed her to the throne.  Should it be the latter, currently a popular choice with the public, this would make Catherine the woman who would be Queen.

By Brucella Newman

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Oprah Winfrey Encounters Racism in Switzerland

Shop owner calls the incident a “misunderstanding”


Oprah Winfrey, one of the richest women in the world, revealed how a shop assistant refused to let her look at an expensive handbag in a shop in Zurich, Switzerland, because it was “too expensive”.  This comes amidst recent reports of race relations as a hot topic in Switzerland.

Whilst visiting the city last month to attend her friend Tina Turner’s wedding, Ms Winfrey decided to step out of her hotel and pop into the upmarket Trois Pommes boutique, where she spotted a $38,000 handbag.  Oprah told Entertainment Tonight, “I didn’t have my eyelashes on, but I was in full Oprah Winfrey gear.  I had my little Donna Karan skirt and my little sandals.  But obviously ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ is not shown in Zurich.”  When she asked the shop assistant to see the ‘Jennifer’ bag in crocodile skin, designed by American designer Tom Ford for actress, Jennifer Aniston, Ms Winfrey was promptly told, “No, it’s too expensive.”

Ms Winfrey asked again to see the bag and was refused by the woman, who had suggested she looked at cheaper bags.  “You will not be able to afford that,” was the assistant’s response.

On asking a third time to see the bag, the shop assistant told Ms Winfrey that she didn’t want to hurt her feelings.  At this point, the highly influential African-American, whose estimated personal worth is valued at nearly $3bn, and who could have bought the entire shop, replied, “Okay, thank you so much, you’re probably right, I can’t afford it,” and she politely left the store.

Ms Winfrey said later “I could have had the big blow up thing and thrown down the black card and all that, but why do that?”  The owner of Trois Pommes, Trudie Goetz, who also happened to be a guest at Ms Turner’s wedding, said that it had all been a ‘misunderstanding’ because her shop assistant failed to recognise whom Ms Winfrey was.  Ms Goetz, who stood by her assistant, saw no reason to dismiss her and denied the racism snub.  Goetz, having faced much publicity at her shop in line with the country’s on-going public relations disaster, later did a U-turn and said that if she saw Ms Winfrey, she would want to “give her a huge hug”.  But Markus Hünig, president of the Zurich Bahnhofstrasse Association, of the street where the boutique is situated, said the assistant’s conduct was “completely unacceptable”.  The head of corporate communications for Zurich Tourism, Christian Trottmann, was also reported to say that the incident was “obviously very regrettable.”

The claims come amidst a political row over plans by some Swiss towns to ban asylum-seekers from public places, such as swimming pools, playing fields and libraries, with plans to house them in special centres.  Human rights groups liken the curbs to apartheid.

By Brucella Newman

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Missing Father and Son Found After Living in Trees for 40 Years


An 82-year old Vietnamese man and his 41-year old son have been found living in trees in the jungle in the central province of Quang Ngai, Vietnam, after going missing for 40 years.

Ho Van Thanh was last seen four decades ago, fleeing into the forest with his then one-year old son, Ho Van Lang, after a bomb explosion in his home killed his wife and two other children during the country’s war with the US in 1973.

Neighbouring villagers, who had wandered 40 kilometres into the woods looking for firewood had found the pair, living in a tree house and wearing loincloths made from tree bark.  The villagers alerted local authorities, who rescued the pair on Wednesday.  Thanh was said to be too old and too weak to walk and was carried out of the jungle in a hammock.

The two men had managed to survive for 40 years on a diet of cultivated forest vegetation consisting of cassava, corn, sugar cane and wild leaves and by hunting animals.   They had been living in a tree house resembling a bird’s nest, around six meters off the ground, near a stream.  They had also made their own knives, axes and arrows for hunting.

Thanh had another newly born son at the time of his disappearance with Lang.  Ho Van Tri was said to have first found his father and brother more than 20 years ago and had tried in vain to persuade them to come home, according to a report in VnExpress.  Tri returned every year, bringing them salt and oil, but they still would not accept him.  He said that many times he had returned with more people to try to bring them home, but the pair would quickly hide away whenever they saw anyone coming.  Tri said that they were even brought clothes and pots to use, but Thanh just kept them in a bag.  Two items that were found in Thanh’s possession were a tiny red jacket that once belonged to young Lang, along with Thanh’s army pants he wore as a soldier.

A frail Thanh is now being treated at a medical centre, while his son is being cared for by his nephew, Ho Ven Bien.  Bien said, “My uncle doesn’t understand much of what is being said to him and he doesn’t want to eat or even drink water.”  Bien went on to say, “He is very sad.  He doesn’t say anything now.  We know he wants to escape my house to go back to the forest, so we have to keep an eye on him now.”

The discovery of Thanh and Lang is said to have shaken the little community, which believed the men after all this time, to be dead.

“No one could imagine Thanh and his son could live 40 years in isolation in the hard conditions of the jungle,” said villager Ho Van Xanh.

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Frustrated Supermodel Kate After Sports Illustrated: “I’m Not a Toy, I’m a Human.”

Supermodel Kate Upton said she was made to feel terrible about herself after her Sports Illustrated cover and vents her frustration at being treated like a toy.


In an interview with Elle US, Kate revealed how her shoot with the men’s magazine, Sports Illustrated, the publication known to have boosted several modelling careers into the stratosphere, made her feel terrible about herself for a whole month.  The after-shoot fallout had her venting her frustrations on how she was viewed by the opposite sex, complaining, “Every single guy I met was either married or about to be married and I felt like I was their bachelor present or something.”  She went on vehemently, “I’m not a toy, I’m a human.  I’m not here to be used.  I am a grown woman and you need to figure your s__t out.”

Elle US warned its readers that just when you think you have her figured out, that Kate will throw you a curve ball.  On being treated like a ‘dumb blonde’, Kate made her views perfectly clear.  “People deal with models like they are children.  They think they can pull one over on you.”  Kate continued, “It’s actually quite funny.  I’m always like, I’m about to pull something on you and you’re so focused on thinking I’m dumb, you’re not even going to know.”

The irony for the Victoria’s Secret model, who seems to want to distance herself from the very magazine that is currently keeping her in the public eye as well as probably tripling her male audience by the minute, is that she was almost never booked as a Victoria’s Secret model when the company’s casting agent once said that Kate had “the kind of face that anyone with enough money can go out and buy”, according to Eonline.  Not only did Kate go on to feature in their catalogue, but her modelling career took off, landing her covers in both American Vogue and Brazillian Vogue, as well as becoming a cover girl for Elle.

So why should Kate have such an issue with her Sports Illustrated image?  Anyone from the fashion industry would not be so naïve as to not recognise that the real reason she took the job in the first place was as a simple career move, as it was (and still is) for many other supermodels, who all happen to have come back for repeat performances.  There are far worse things in life than boosting one’s modelling career by adding Sports Illustrated to one’s portfolio and it certainly never hurt the careers of Rod Stewart’s wife, Rachel Hunter (5 issues), Christie Brinkley (6), Elle-The-Body-Macphereson (5), Tyra Banks (SI’s first black cover model), Paulina Porizkova (4), Heidi Klum (8) and Cindy Crawford, all of whom graced both the cover as well as taking an inside spread.

Kate is one of the few who has had the good fortune to be able to cross over into other genres of the fashion and beauty industry that many other models cannot afford.  In this business, very few make it to the top, but beware if you do; there is always someone else right behind waiting for you to slip up so they can take your place.

By Brucella Newman

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Ford to Replace Willis in ‘Expendables 3’

In a somewhat unexpected rant, ‘Rocky’ actor Stallone slams Willis openly on Twitter and promptly replaces him with ‘Indiana Jones’ star, Harrison Ford, for his upcoming threequel, ‘Expendables 3’.



After countless excitable comments on his Twitter feed last month, hailing his new ‘EX3’ line up as “…a Blessing!” and “Best Group of the year…”, Stallone seemed to do a U-turn on Tuesday, this time openly slamming fellow ‘Expendables’ and ‘Die Hard’ star, Bruce Willis by tweeting, “WILLIS OUT… HARRISON FORD IN !!!! GREAT NEWS!!!!!  Been waiting years for this!!!!”  Stallone, who has written all three ‘Expendables’ films, surprised fans with his shocking revelation of the sudden cast change on ‘EX3’, which is due to begin filming later this month, with the release date set for next year.

One follower on Twitter was unimpressed, calling for Stallone to “Show some class… or be and act like an adult?”  According to reports, Stallone had apparently fallen into some kind of dispute over pay with Willis.  Five minutes after his first rant, Stallone came back to vent some more, this time reportedly making reference to Willis as “GREEDY AND LAZY…… A SURE FORMULA FOR CAREER FAILURE”, as confirmed by The Huffington Post.  Since then, his scathing attack has been re-tweeted 1,200 times, with his first surprise tweet hitting closer to the 2,772 mark.

Contrary to Stallone’s strictly inaccurate ‘career failure’ comment and with the exception of the early 1980s when Willis was still struggling to make it as an actor, he has indeed been working steadily since 1985, when he first graced our screens as David Addison in the hit television show ‘Moonlighting’.  Since the 1990s, Willis has been churning out an average of 3 to a staggering 6 films a year (7 in 2006) and seems to show no signs of stopping.  Willis, who has also starred in films such as ‘Pulp Fiction’, ‘Bonfire of the Vanities’, ‘Death Becomes Her’ and ‘The Sixth Sense’ has benefitted by being cast in far more diverse roles than those of Stallone, perhaps giving Willis more of an edge from which to flex his acting muscle and take more of a break away from being typecast as a muscly macho.

Willis made appearances as Mr Church in the first two ‘Expendables’ films, starring opposite other heavy weights Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Jet Li and Dolph Lundgren.  More recently, stars Jackie Chan, Wesley Snipes, Nicholas Cage and Milla Jovovich are all reportedly set to be new additions to the cast, with more rumoured reports of Mel Gibson coming in as a villain.

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“I Must Not Compromise… I Must Not Compromise…”

Having had a fantastic side-spitting time co-writing a feature length comedy drama screenplay with my writing partner, the script is currently in circulation, with feedback coming from various industry insiders and friends.

The responses we have received so far from friends have been really positive, with comments like, “I know someone just like that!” or “That could be my next door neighbour!” An even better response than we had hoped for, considering some of the characters were loosely based around people we know!   Doh! Some copies were distributed some to actors/directors/producer friends, with further positive feedback, if not helpful suggestions.  There may be one or two little background character notes to add, but here’s hoping the right situation arises for it to be optioned.  However long it takes, so be it.

As it happens, I’ve now started on a novel, which will in turn be adapted to stage with my co-writing partner.  I’ve been eager this time to apply more emotion and illustrative thought processes to the characters, as opposed to with our screenplay – obviously a different medium – in which we left much of the stage direction open for interpretation.  The dialogue there speaks for itself.  Always the best way, I believe.  It leaves scope for the actor to make it more their own.

The novel speaks more from a dark place and covers social and cultural issues, among other things, but also a great starting point to create tension between characters.  This would also mean the stage play would be grittier and raw.  Gritty British drama has always been a popular focus for me. Particularly in the crime thriller genre. (Okay, okay… I love period dramas too, but that’s not the point I’m trying to make right now)

I’m sure many a writer has battled over their conscience, particularly with regard to the layers of their characters – how dark can you go?  How dark dare you go? Would you really make them do that? Why?  I often hear my mother’s voice in my head as I’m writing (which is probably not the ideal place to hold her when you go places in your writing that she never knew you would even think about, let alone know about).  This is when half of me is battling with, “Why did you have to go and write that?” or “What’s with all this foul language?” (My mother, God bless her, was a convent girl – all the way – and please believe me, Mum, when I say it’s not for shock value, it is actually necessary… it’s who this character is!) In the meantime, something is lurking over my other shoulder (Faust immediately springs to mind), that is trying to drown out my mother’s voice, bellowing in the immortal words of Darth Vader, “Give yourself over to the daaaark side…”, whilst cackling away mercilessly.

… And so the struggle begins.  “I must not compromise… I must not compromise…”

Which reminds me.  I recently went to a screenwriting master class at the Barbican with the legend that is Robert McKee, who did mention something about 1% of people  – perhaps in the very same room as he spoke – who is probably hearing another voice right now, other than his…

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