Monday, January 31, 2011

Justin Bieber helps a family with a tragic past in need of a new house on Extreme Makeover Home Edition



Helping hand: Justin Bieber stars in an episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, pictured here with Katrina who lost her sister in a car accident last year

He is one of the youngest millionaire musicians in the world.

But Justin Bieber already knows how to put his superstar status to good use.

The 16-year-old pop star made an appearance on this week's episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition where he lent assistance to the crew in helping out The Brown Family in Texas who were in need of a new home.

Not only did the family have a house that is falling apart, they had a tragic story to share.

A year ago they lost their 17-year-old daughter Alexandra after she died in a car accident which was proven to have been caused by her texting while driving.

The family set up the Remember Alex Brown Foundation which highlights the dangers of texting and driving to school children across the country.

They dedicated the past year of their lives to the cause, driving the truck wreck from Alexandra's accident to schools nationwide, and now need help to rebuild their crumbling home.

Big hug: Justin appeared on the show to help a family in Texas who need a new home

The Browns: The family in need were surprised by the 16-year-old singer who then gave an impromptu performance

Justin surprised the three family members, Jeanne, Johnny and 12-year-old Katrina, along with some of her friends, at the sound check for his concert nearby.

The family were invited to watch the rehearsal performance where Justin sang and danced before announcing to the Browns that one dollar from each ticket sold was being donated to their foundation.

He also signed their Don't Drive And Text Pledge and took photo's with Katrina.

Fan favourite: Justin was, as usual, surrounded by screaming female fans

Mania: Bieber pictured yesterday in New York hugging a fan after leaving The Late Show with David Letterman" studios

Justin Bieber signing autographs outside Letterman 1/31/2011

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The boys are back in town: One Direction boys escorted home by police after being mobbed by fans at Heathrow



Harry Smiles: The boys seemed to enjoy the attention they received as they arrived at Heathrow and Harry Styles smiled for the cameras

This time last year the boys from One Direction were dreaming of stardom, filling in their X Factor application forms and probably lacking in attention from the ladies.

But now after being out of the country for a week their loyal fans made sure the boys knew just how much they had been missed, and the crowds were so big the boys were escorted home by police.

And as Harry, Zayn, Louis, Liam and Niall arrived at Heathrow arrived back in the U.K. they were met by hundreds of screaming fans who had made their way to the airport to give the boys a warm reception as they arrived home.

Can you believe it? Louis and Liam seemed to enjoy the attention from the eager fans

Female members of airport staff were quick to take the hands of the boys and eagerly escorted them to the police van.

The boys were casually dressed in hoodies and a mixture of jumpers and jeans for the flight home.

But although they had just jetted in from a long-haul flight their admirers thought they were looking as hunky as ever and eagerly scrambled for a picture.

Police escort: Officers escorted the boys to a police fan and they were driven away leaving hundreds of screaming girls behind

Frantic fanatics: Hundreds of screaming fans had to by held back by the airport staff as One Direction arrived back in in the U.K. from L.A.

The boys seemed overwhelmed by the presence of fans and posting on the Official Twitter page 18-year-old said: ‘What a way to be greeted back to the UK how we've missed you :) love you all - Louis x

The crowd was so strong in number that police were present and the boys were pushed into a van and driven away leaving hysterical girls in their wake.

The X Factor stars had been living it up in L.A. for the past week lapping up the good weather and working on their debut album.

The boys weren’t the only famous faces at the airport in Britain but were definitely the most popular.

Veteran boybander Ronan Keating was also arriving at Heathrow on the same flight as the boys.

He tweeted: ‘Just landed at heathrow and when I walked out there were hundreds of screaming Fans Sadly not for me HaHa. One direction were on flight. X’

Waiting for the boys: Screaming girl fans couldn't wait for the boys to arrive and their was so many police had to escort the boys from the airport

Last photo: As the boys piled into the police van fans surged forward to get the last shot of the boyband

But while Ronan was not met with the same reception he was enjoying the perks of being in the business a little longer and revealed that while he was on the same flight as One Direction he was seated in first.

He said: ‘At least label not spoiling @onedirection yet. As they were not in first. Keep there feet on the Ground. Ha ha. As for me. ?’

Police help: As the van drove away officers flanked the police van allowing the boys to get home

One Direction at Heathrow Airport arriving from L.A :)

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Mirror, mirror... Demi and lookalike teenage daughter Tallulah show off identical trim figures


You're my role model: Demi Moore's teenage daughter has clearly taken a leaf out of her mother's style book as they attended a fashion show in Brazil

At 16, Tallulah Belle is fresh-faced, glossy-haired and elegantly slender. And thanks to £220,000 of cosmetic surgery, so is her mother Demi Moore.

Sitting side by side in the front row of a fashion show, it is hard to spot the difference between the teenager and the 48-year-old actress.

The pair looked more like sisters than mother and daughter as they both showed plenty of spray-tanned leg in their neutral toned outfits.

Lookalikes: The pair both showed plenty of leg in their fashionable attire

Tallulah, looked as sophisticated as her ultra glamorous mother, who like most of Hollywood's A-list has turned staying youthful into a competitive sport.

And the glamorous pair somewhat overshadowed Demi's husband Ashton Kutcher who strutted his stuff at the fashion show.

The Hollywood actress, 48, herself looked runway-ready, as she arrived with Ashton for the Colcci show at the Sao Paulo Fashion Week in Brazil.

Bravo! The pair showed their support for Demi's handsome young husband who did a turn on the catwalk

Walking hand-in-hand with the 32-year-old actor, she dazzled in the form-fitting frock paired with metallic heels and clutch.

Demi's hair was also at it's natural best, long, sleek and free flowing.
Ashton was starring in the fashion show, previewing the label's 2011-2012 Fall collection.

Runway ready: Ashton and Demi looked dazzling as they arrived on the red-carpet for the Colcci show in Brazil

Unable to take his eyes off his sexy wife, he whispered sweet nothings into her ear as she beamed to the camera.

Later, Ashton took his turn on the catwalk.
The 6'3'' actor and male model smouldered as he strutted confidently.

Hot stuff: Ashton couldn't help but whisper sweet nothings in his wife's ear as they walked the red-carpet

And he struggled to keep his trademark cheeky grin under wraps as he reached the end of the runway.

Ashton modelled jeans, a V-neck T-shirt and a leather jacket for the fashion label.
At the end of the show he emerged alongside the designer who hugged him to thank him for his hard work.

The A-list couple jetted into the South American country this week after spending some time in the snowfields at this year's Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

They were also joined by Demi's youngest daughter, 16-year-old Tallulah Belle who did not attend the fashion show.

Earlier this weekend the couple attended a party hosted by Brazilian football star Ronaldo to kick of Sao Paulo Fashion Week.

The dinner party, held at Dom restaurant, was attended by a host of local celebrities as well as the Hollywood superstar couple.

Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen also model for Colcci during the shows, which runs through until Wednesday.

Ashton Kutcher e Demi Moore NA SPFW

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A mother's grief: The startling images which show how chimpanzees mourn their dead just like humans



Grieving process: A chimpanzee mother tenderly lays her dead 16-month-old infant on the ground after carrying the body for more than 24 hours. Scientists filmed this heartbreaking footage in Chimfunshi, Zambia

Chimpanzees appear to mourn their dead infants just like humans, scientists have discovered.

Chimpanzee mothers establish close physical relationships with their young, carrying them for up to two years and nursing them until they are six.

But now scientists have filmed how one chimpanzee mother, whose 16-month-old infant died, apparently begins the grieving process.

It’s the latest evidence highlighting just how similar chimps and other great apes are to humans.

The ape continued to carry the body for more than 24 hours before tenderly laying on the ground. Then from a short distance she watched over her child.

Periodically she returns to the body and touches the face and neck with her fingers to establish it was dead.

She then took the body to other chimpanzees in the troop to get a second opinion. The following day the chimp had abandoned the body, according to a report by scientists from the respected Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.

Dr Cronin said the research provided 'unique insights into how chimpanzees, one of humans' closest primate relatives, learn about death'.

Dr Katherine Cronin and Edwin Van Leeuwen together with Prof Mark Bodamer, of Gonzaga University in Washington State, and Innocent Chitalu Mulenga videoed the chimpanzee in Chimfunshi, Zambia.

Devastated: Struggling to take in the news, the mother then moves to a nearby grass bank and watches over the body of her dead child

Dr Cronin said the research provided 'unique insights into how chimpanzees, one of humans' closest primate relatives, learn about death'.

She said: 'After carrying the infant's dead body for more than a day, the mother laid the body out on the ground in a clearing and repeatedly approached the body and held her fingers against the infant's face and neck for multiple seconds.

'She remained near the body for nearly an hour, then carried it over to a group of chimpanzees and watched them investigate the body. The next day, the mother was no longer carrying the body of the infant.'

The report, published in the American Journal of Primatology, said almost nothing is known about how primates react to death of close individuals, what they understand about death, and whether they mourn.

The researchers therefore believe they have reported a unique transitional period as the mother learned about the death of her infant, a process never before reported in detail.

Second opinion: The mother then invites other chimpanzees over to the body, touching the face and neck with her fingers to confirm it is dead

'The videos are extremely valuable, because they force one to stop and think about what might be happening in the minds of other primates,' Dr Cronin said.

'Whether a viewer ultimately decides that the chimpanzee is mourning, or simply curious about the corpse, is not nearly as important as people taking a moment to consider the possibilities.'

Previous reports have documented chimpanzee mothers carrying their deceased young for days or weeks, showing the strength of the mother-infant bond.
The latest research complements these observations and sheds new light on how chimpanzees might learn about death.

Professor Bodamer said: 'These data contribute to a small but growing body of data on how non-human primates respond to death.

'We hope these objective accounts will continue to accumulate and eventually allow researchers to take a comprehensive look at the extent to which non-human primate understand death, and how they respond to it.

'It was only a matter of time, and the right conditions, that chimpanzees' response to death would be recorded and subjected to analysis that would reveal remarkable similarities to humans.'

Chimps are human’s closest relatives in the wild. Like people they can use tools, using sticks to fish out termites, hunt in teams and plan ahead.

They are also one of the few animals that can recognise themselves in a mirror - and realise that they are looking at a reflection.

Chimpanzee mother learns about her dead infant

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Yamashita Tomohisa starts his first solo Asia tour


NEWS member Yamashita Tomohisa just started his solo Asia tour, “TOMOHISA YAMASHITA ASIA TOUR 2011 Super Good Super Bad“, at HITEC Star Hall in Hong Kong.

Yamashita appeared on stage, receiving enthusiastic “Yamapi!” calls, and he performed “Daite Senorita“, “Fever to Future“, and “Seishun Amigo” as the opening songs, and grabbed the hearts of 4,000 fans. When Yamashita performed “Seishun Amigo” on the stage, while being surrounded by the audience on all side, almost all of those in attendance were dancing to the song with Yamashita.

A total 25 songs were performed during the live concert, and Yamashita said to the fans, “I knew you guys (fans in Hong Kong) were very powerful, but it was just way beyond my expectations. I will study the language more, and I want to sing Hong Kong songs next time!”

Although he has held a live concert with NEWS in Taiwan back in 2007, this was his first solo concert overseas. During the concert, Yamashita gave handshakes on his own accord, and he even went down to the auditorium.

The live concerts in Hong Kong were held on January 29th and the 30th, so Yamashita said that he watched the Japan’s performance in the Asian Cup Final at the hotel room after the concert. Since he is in good contact with one of the Japanese team’s player, Nagatomo Yuto, who had the game winning assist, Yamashita gave congratulations to his friend, saying, “Nagatomo was amazing. He encouraged me. Congratulations.”

It’s been a whole nine years since any Johnny’s Entertainment artist has held a live concert in Hong Kong, however, it seems like the popularity of JE boys, including Yamashita, is still quite high. Since the tickets for the two live concerts in Hong Kong were sold out in an hour, there were two more additional stages. Thus, Yamashita held four stages in total in two days.

With this Asia tour, Yamashita will also visit Taiwan, Korea, and Thailand, apart from the five locations in Japan. He said, “I would like to dwindle the distances in this world. I would hope I could make people in other countries think, ‘Idols in Japan are pretty fun.’”

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Girl group Passpo to make major label debut + embark on world tour


Ten member girl group Passpo announced that they would be making their major debut and going on a worldwide tour!

The group cheerfully introduced themselves in front of 1,000 fans on January 30th with a cute “Attention please! We’re Passpo!”, then showed off their major debut song “Shoujo Hikou,” presenting its “air travel” theme and flight attendant-inspired costumes. It was also revealed at the event that member Wakatsuki Chinatsu was responsible for the costume design and “rolling bag” dance for their debut single.

The group will be releasing their major label debut single, “Shoujo Hikou,” on April 6th after releasing four indie singles and an album. The average age of all the members is 17.4 years old, and finds much of their inspiration in popular Korean girl group Shoujo Jidai, their labelmate under Universal Music Japan. When asked about SNSD, Passpo replied excitedly, “We’d love to stand on the same stage as them someday.”

The girls seemed to have high expectations of their major label debut. “Even though we’re making our major debut, we want to give it our all just like the (indies) Passpo,” said the leader, Negishi Ai. She then added, “We want to stand at the top. We have our eye on Oricon’s number one spot!”

Passpo also announced at the event that they would be going on a worldwide tour by the end of the year, featuring stops in America and across Asia.

Check out Passpo’s performance at the Tokyo Idol Festival 2010 below. Do you think the girls have what it takes to make a successful major label debut?

Passpo – Let It Go!! + La La Love Train (Tokyo Idol Festival 2010)

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2PM’s Nichkhun’s “It’s Skin” CF teaser


On January 30th, a short teaser of 2PM’s Nichkhun’s CF for “It’s Skin” was released.

The teaser starts out with the saying, “Don’t believe her”, and then the video goes to several shots of Nichkhun and the ‘mystery girl’ – in what seems to be a kiss scene! At the end, the CF teaser states, “If you are curious about Nichkhun’s kiss: February 1st – TV CF on air.”

Fans showed mixed reactions to Nichkhun’s possible kiss scene, “Can’t say anything because I feel faint…”, “ki ki kissssss!! Noooooooooooooooo”, and “I love this!!”

Check out the teaser of Nichkhun’s kiss below!

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Park Jin Young releases “If” for “Dream High” OST


Park Jin Young’s track for the “Dream High“ OST has finally been revealed!

Titled “If“, the song is a gorgeous ballad that utilizes piano and orchestra to give that heavy and dramatic feel.

The emotional lyrics express the sorrow of one man’s lost love, and demonstrate the producer’s ability in not only being able to write and compose, but also pen lyrics as well.

Check it out below!

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Battle of the bumps as pregnant Natalie Portman and Jane Krakowski bring their 'plus ones' to Screen Actors Guild Awards



Bumping along nice: Pregnant Natalie Portman showed off her growing bump along with 30 Rock star Jane Krakowski at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Hollywood last night

They're both due to give birth in a matter of months - and it clearly show.

Natalie Portman and Jane Krakowski showed off their growing baby bumps on the red carpet last night as they put in a stunning turn at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles.

The pregnant duo lit up the red carpet in their respective form-fitting gowns.

Natalie, 29, looked angelic in a white maxi dress while 30 Rock's Jane, 42, showed a bit of leg in a sparkly three-quarter-length asymmetrical number.

Tender kiss: Jane shares an affectionate moment with her British-born clothing designer fiancé Robert Godley

Black Swan actress Natalie is due in the summer after falling pregnant with fiancé Benjamin Millepied, who choreographed her in the movie. Jane, meanwhile, is set to give birth at the end of April.

Speaking on the red carpet, Natalie revealed she was wearing Tiffany jewels worth $2million.

She also told E! presenter Giuliana Rancic why she refers to her Black Swan co-star Mila Kunis, who she shares a lesbian with in the film, as 'sweet lips'.

Blooming: Jane is due to give birth at the end of April while Natalie, seen posing with Helena Bonham Carter is due a little later in the summer

Actress Nicole Kidman and her husband musician Keith Urban, who have recently welcomed a new addition to their family, their surrogate baby girl Faith Margaret

Dressed to impress: Nicole put in a head-turning red carpet performance in a flowing black dress, complete with lace detailing around her back and décolletage

'It's very soft to kiss a girl,' Natalie told Giuliana.

Jane, who was wearing a Badgley Mischka design, said that her pregnancy is now becoming a reality to her after entering her third trimester.

'It's just becoming a reality,' she said. 'We're so excited.'

'Sweet lips': Black Swan actress Mila Kunis dazzled in a sizzling Alexander McQueen gown. Her co-star Portman, who kisses her in the film, calls her 'sweet lips'

Starlets: Hollywood star Hilary Swank showed off her toned figure in dress which wrapped tightly against her stomach while Desperate Housewives actress Eva Longoria wore a daring plunging number

Speaking of cravings, she added: 'I haven't really had bizerko ones. I like to drink a lot of juice. Only good things for the baby.'

Big names of the silver screen and TV lit up the red carpet in an array of colours, with sizzling reds, oranges and pinks proving a popular colour choice.

Luckily the rainy weather cleared up just in time as the celebs made their arrival at the Shrine Auditorium in Downtown Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon.

Leading ladies: Mad Men star January Jones went for black and gold, her co-star Christina Hendricks wore a plunging black gown split to the thigh and, right, actress Susan Sarandon dressed in regal purple

Glamorous: Claire Danes donned a floral dress which she teamed with hot pink lipstick while Jenna Fischer, who stars in the American version of The Office opted for an eggshell colour

Regal: Modern Family actress Sofia Vergara, Mariska Hargitay and reality star Kim Kardashian all looked stunning in their purple and blue gowns

Mila Kunis stole the limelight in a sizzling Alexander McQeen design, which she described as the most comfortable dress she has ever worn.

She also admitted that starring in Black Swan has changed her life.

Mila, who recently split from her long-time boyfriend McCauley Culkin, said: 'It's changed my life. It's all happened so fast and quickly. I'm so grateful for all of this.'

Taking a tumble: Actress Jennifer Lawrence got her bright pink dress caught in her towering heels as she negotiated the red carpet

Pretty in pink: While Jennifer opted for hot pink, Angie Harmon and Kate Mara went for subtler shades

Looking all white: Glee cast members Heather Morris and Lea Michele and, right, Winona Ryder went for the neutral look

Modern Family star Sofia Vergara showed off her curves in a plunging blue gown, and behaved in her customary cheeky way.

Asked by Giuliana if she would change anything about her body, she replied: 'I really have nothing to complain about, I've been very lucky.

'Sometimes I wish I was a size 8 and that I didn't have to go out with a bra. I have to strap everything.

Red carpet style: E! presenter Giuliana Rancic, The fighter actress Amy Adams and her co-star Melissa Leo in a stand out silver number

Ladies together: Melissa, who best supporting actress at the event, poses with her co-stars from The Fighter

'Women are never happy,' she joked.

Hilary Swank looked immaculate in a dress which wrapped tightly against her stomach.
She revealed that she works out for around an hour at least four times a week to keep in shape, saying that she really enjoys exercise.

Colourful: Modern Family's Sarah Hyland, True Grit actress Hailee Steinfeld and Jayma Mays all opted for orange dresses with Hailee slipping into a patterned Prada mermaid-style gown

Smile for the cameras: The 15-year-old star poses in front of the army of photographers

'When I work out I work out hard. It becomes something you miss if you don't do it. It's an endorphin rush. I normally do an hour about four times a week.'

Nicole Kidman, who attended with husband Keith Urban, also spoke out about the birth of her surrogate daughter, Faith Margaret.

She said that Margaret was her grandmother's name, saying: 'She had her last child aged 49,' adding that they decided on the name Faith because the surrogacy journey 'required faith'.

Helena Bonham Carter arrived in a quirky black and white ensemble, and posed with Natalie Portman on the red carpet.

Ladies in red: Mamma Mia actress Christine Baranski, The Good Wife star Julianna Margulies and Nurse Jackie actress Edie Falco

Smiling stars: Glee actress Amber Riley poured her curves into a ruffled black dress while Julie Bowen broke the red carpet tradition by wearing a trouser suit

Asked about her outlandish fashion sense, Helena joked: 'I'm here because I'm supposed to be able to act well, not dress well.'

Pink was another popular colour in the fashion stakes, with actress Jennifer Lawrence opting for a bright pink dress.

But she struggled to negotiate the red carpet in her towering black heels and nearly took a tumble at one point after getting her dress caught in the heel of her shoe.

Clare Danes, who donned a floral dress, brightened up her style with lashing of hot pink lipstick and wore her hair loose.

A shade of blue: American TV host Nancy O'Dell, and actress Cara Buono and Glee's Dianna Agron donned intricate designs

Looking dapper: Actors Jesse Eisenberg, Josh Pence, James Franco all looked smart in their suits

Calm before the storm: The Screen Actors Guild logo is cleaned before the events kicks off

17th Screen Actors Guild Awards * Part 1 * Jan/30/2011

SAG Awards 2011 Main Event - Part 2

'The King's Speech' Leads SAG Awards

SAG Awards 2011

Celebrities SAG Awards Shrine Auditorium

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Britney Spears walks down the aisle for the third time... but this time as a maid-of-honour at gay wedding




Oops she did it again: Britney Spears walked her assistant and friend Brett Miller down the aisle for his wedding yesterday

The blonde looked beautiful in a floor length blue gown for the wedding ceremony, in which Brett married actor, Frank Lionetti.

Oops she did it again...

Britney Spears has walked down the aisle for the third time. But this time the pop star is not tying the knot.

The 29-year-old singer played bridesmaid for her gay assistant and friend, Brett Miller in Miami, yesterday.

All smiles: Britney looked right at home in the Miami church

Flying into Miami on Thursday, the singer and her boyfriend Jason Trawick enjoyed a romantic weekend.

The pair stayed at the Newport Beachside Hotel, alongside several other friends who were part of the wedding party.

Enjoying an ocean-front room for two, the couple decided to spend some time on their own after arriving late on Thursday night.

'During Thursday night's rehearsal dinner, Britney ditched the reception and ordered room service for herself, Jason and her bodyguard,' a source told People magazine.

The wedding setting: the ceremony took place at the St. Bernard de Clairvaux Episcopal Church and The Ancient Spanish Monastry

The pair chose some comfort food from the hotel's menu.

'They had spaghetti bolognese, turkey burgers, chicken noodle soup, a fruit plate and one turkey sandwich,' said the insider.

Seemingly enjoying the hotel surrounds, they then surprisingly left the following day.

Privacy issues forced the couple to move to another hotel, with Britney complaining that the 'pool wasn't private' enough.

But what an upgrade they got...

They settled on a Frank Sinatra Suite at the Fontainebleau in Miami, where the $35 million penthouse rents for $15,000 a night.

Romantic: The church has a beautiful courtyard where guests can gather

With four bedrooms, a kitchen, whirlpool, piano and a large balcony overlooking the ocean, Britney and Jason had all the amenities at hand.

On Friday, they enjoyed a spot of shopping before attending another wedding party.
Keeping with the Sinatra theme, the pair waltzed to the crooner's tunes.

'At one point, during the early evening Jason took Britney's hand and twirled her to a cool Frank Sinatra sound,' the source says. 'It was cute and romantic.'

The dancing didn't stop there as the couple headed for the Fontainebleau club LIV.

Brit's boy: Jason Trawick was spotted poolside at the Fountainebleau Resort in Miami Beach yesterday

'Britney and Jason were dancing and laughing and having a great time at LIV,' another source told PEOPLE. 'He was very sweet and affectionate with her. And she got very excited when her favorite songs came on.'

Britney's friend's wedding took place at Miami's Spanish Monastery.

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