Arabic Girls, Music, Showbiz

Lebanese Singer Elissa Khoury Pictures

Born to a Lebanese father Zakaria Khoury and a Syrian mother Youmna Saud, Elissa Khoury (إليسار زكريا خوري) was raised in the The Bekaa valley in Lebanon. She earned a degree in Political Science from the Lebanese University. She is a Maronite Catholic. Elissa’s father, Zakaria Khoury, who studied and taught Arabic literature, died of cancer in 2004. She has 3 brothers and 2 sisters. Her brother Kamel Khoury is a DJ. Her sister Norma is married and lives in Canada, her two other brothers are Ghassan and Jehad.

Famous for her passionate style of music and unique vocal capabilities, Elissa is often referred to as the “Queen Of Romance” and “Queen Of Feelings”. Elissa was the first Lebanese musician to win the World Music Award in 2005, 2006 and 2010 for best selling albums in the Middle East (Wikipedia).

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Iraj Manzoor Famous Pakistani Model

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With an extraordinary photogenic face and a body to die for, the dusky beauty from Karachi is currently a hot favorite of all the top fashion glossies and a must in all the good fashion shows. Her great walk and an hour glass figure allow her to transform and fit each designer’s personality. Iraj has a prestigious Head and Shoulders advertisement under her belt, where she was selected from a large number of hopefuls.
Streamlined five foot nine, she is one of the most sought-after models – in the business. Iraj is both well loved and well hated – in the modeling and fashion set. Those who don’t care much accuse her of being arrogant, difficult and snobbish. Those who do, say she’s sexy, sensuous and smart. And Iraj…..well, Iraj just likes to keep them all guessing.
When Iraj Manzoor saunters down the ramp no one looks bored. And neither does her. Iraj likes to get noticed; the appraisal is welcomed and almost demanded. She knows she has it. And expects everyone else to know it too. Iraj’s face has adorned the cover of nearly every fashion magazine in Pakistan.

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Celebrity News, Hollywood, Showbiz

Michael Jackson Old Photos

These are old photos of Michael Jackson during the early stages of his career.

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Baby Bump

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Heidi Klum showed off her barely there baby bump at Thursday’s “Star Trek” premiere. The supermodel said that this baby will be her last; she and husband Seal have three other children.

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Kim Kardashan donned a blond Wig

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Kim Kardashian donned a blond wig while shopping in New York City last weekend. The reality star liked her look so much that she told Us Magazine she might dye her hair this summer.

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Megan Fox

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Celebrity hairstyles were big last week … literally. Megan Fox stepped out in Santa Monica on Monday with lots of lightened locks.

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FRESH FACE: Jon Foster

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His Current Gig: Jon Foster plays Graham Sloan in The Informers, an adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ novel about debauchery among the young, rich and beautiful in early 1980s Los Angeles. It’s no shock that former Abercrombie and Fitch model Foster plays one of the “young and beautiful.”

You Know This Face Because: Foster was a scene-stealer as Kim Basinger’s underage conquest in The Door in the Floor and has appeared in the horror flick Stay Alive and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He’s also little brother to actor Ben Foster of films including X-Men: The Last Stand and 30 Days of Night.

Why So Fresh? Foster didn’t rely on brotherly nepotism to attain his leading-man status. He worked his way up from bit parts (credits include “ampm cashier” in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines) to meatier roles with industry veterans like Peter Saarsgard, Mickey Rourke and Jeff Bridges. The Informers reunites Foster with Basinger (who this time takes a turn as his mother) and plants him in the midst of a weighty ensemble including Billy Bob Thornton and Winona Ryder.

Something Smart He Said: On The Door in the Floor: “I was very, very lucky to have my first job be this one because it’s hard to be typecast in this kind of a movie. After something like this, you don’t really get chosen to do something like this again.”

Why We Love Him: Foster keeps it in the family. He shares an apartment with his brother and calls the elder Foster his “best friend and mentor.” Foster’s talent extends to the musical realm; he’s both a skilled drummer and guitar player, and the Boston-born, Iowa-bred actor also enjoys fixing up classic cars … you know, when he’s not busy becoming the next big thing.

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10 Qs With ‘Obsessed’ Star Ali Larter

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Your first impression of Obsessed was …
Ali Larter: When I was first sent over the script, I thought it was a modern take on the classic sexy thriller like Fatal Attraction. And I hadn’t seen one in a while. I thought the fresh take on it was that it took place in an office. And [it’s about] how modern technology has brought about a different level of intimacy between people. So we tried to explore that. And it was just so much fun to play someone who gets to freak out! At the end of the day that’s what was fun.

How did you find a way to relate to a character that is so … intense?
AL: What was really important to me, diving into this character, was finding the clues to her psychosis. You can’t play crazy as crazy. What happened to this girl that made her so desperate and in need for love? I needed to show the sympathetic side of her. It’s almost sad how far she goes to be with the man she loves. For me, that was the most interesting side of the character and also the biggest challenge — to make the character sympathetic.

Is she actually in love or delusional?
AL: She is 100 percent in love. At least for me, that’s where it all stems from. She just misreads his signals. He’s not innocent in this game. He kinda led her on, too. One of the things that we delve into is how things can get misinterpreted in an office environment. You can spend more time with your coworkers then you do with your husband or wife. So, in Obsessed we try to tap into those fears.

So now you join the ranks of other scary women of cinema, like Kathy Bates and Glenn Close.
AL: The gold standard is Fatal Attraction. That’s just a classic. Obsessed a just a really fun ride. The fight scene at the end is so much fun to watch. I heard that people have been screaming at the screen. Right now, we are in the middle of a recession, people are working their asses off and there is something fun about going to a dark theater with a crowd and just escaping for a while. Me and Beyonce get to act these wild fantasies.

Like the drag-out fight scene with Beyonce?
AL: Yes! We worked on the fight scene for a week to get the choreography down and make sure that it looked tough and rough. And it really delivers to the audience.

So Beyonce can throw a mean right hook?
AL: [Laughs.] I don’t mind getting bruised up. I do fight scenes on Heroes all the time. You gotta dance close to reality to sell it … but not cross that line.

How was working on a movie different then working on Heroes?
AL: It’s just a different medium. In a movie there is a very clear beginning, middle and end. With Lisa Sheridan, she’s a femme fatale. And that’s what made it fun. I hope I get to do it again. The fact that I get to play strong women makes me feel blessed.

You must have quite a busy schedule …
AL: I was shooting Obsessed and Heroes at the same time. That was the most grinding work schedule I have ever had. I would go to Heroes one day and then Obsessed the next. And that went on for several months.

Advice time: How would you recommend breaking up with someone so they don’t go nuts on you?
AL: Honesty. Honesty is the best policy at all times. That’s how you stay in a healthy relationship. If it’s not working out, then you have to be true to yourself and true to the other person. Maybe there is somebody else out there that’s going to love them and is more right for them. I think honesty is never wrong.

Ever had a personal romance get a bit too intense?
AL: I think everybody had a time in high school when they got carried away with the lovage. I remember calling a boy like 10 times in one night and going overboard with the crushes. But that’s when you are figuring it all out.

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Taylor Swift’s Rapid Rise

Guess you can say that Taylor Swift is aptly named.

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While she’s only 19 and hasn’t even begun her first tour as a headliner, Taylor Swift has swiftly risen to the number four spot on Forbes magazine’s just-published list of estimated top earners in country music for 2009.

Of course, after selling more than 4 million CDs last year–a feat that made her the best-selling solo artist of 2008–t’s not really a surprise that Swift made the list, which the business journal puts together by calculating estimates on grosses, merchandise revenue, album sales, and income from endorsement and licensing deals.

With an estimated take-in of $18 million for ’09, she ranks behind only Kenny Chesney ($65 million), Rascal Flatts ($60 million), and Toby Keith ($52 million), and ahead of the likes of Brooks & Dunn and Tim McGraw, who are tied for fifth place with $15 million.

What is surprising is the fact that the teenaged Swift has so quickly crashed through the cowboy hat that is Nashville’s version of the proverbial glass ceiling. All the others in the above list were also in Forbes’ Top Five in 2008, and while much of that is certainly due to country music’s longstanding fanbase allegiances to its established acts, it’s noteworthy that the only other females on the list are Carrie Underwood and Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles. Both of them are tied for eighth with $14 million behind Brad Paisley ($15 million), with “Elder Statesman” Alan Jackson rounding out the Top Ten with an estimated ’09 haul of $12 million.

It’s also noteworthy that Swift has achieved all this despite being part of a genre whose CD sales fell some 24 percent last year, as country music had the dubious distinction of following only classical music in overall sales drops (the decline for the music industry as whole was 14 percent.)

Still, since the average ticket for a country concert cost far less than comparable acts in rock or pop, the genre is a bit less susceptible to sharp declines in its overall popularity. And those endorsement and merchandising deals, which young Ms. Swift is only first getting a bronco-busting like handle on, are another reason. As veteran industry executive Joe Galante of Sony BMG Nashville points out, country is still regarded as the “music of the people. Marketers are realizing that if you want to reach the mainstream audience–the people that show up for work every day and are raising families–then country needs to be part of the mix.”

And, barring undue influence of friends like Miley Cyrus, as long as she can keep the diva demons away, Ms. Swift just might just keep reshaping the moneymaking side of country music’s good ol’ boy network.

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Bollywood, Showbiz

Actor and Filmmaker Feroz Khan Passes Away

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We have sad news to report today as veteran actor and filmmaker Feroz Khan has passed away at his farmhouse in Bangalore at 1:30 a.m. this morning. His death comes as a result of a yearlong battle with cancer. He was 69 years old.

“Feroz Khan’s contribution to the Indian film industry is huge and the film industry has suffered a big loss,” said his nephew Zayed Khan. “He was an Indian style icon and was an inspiration to many youngsters like me.”

Feroz Khan’s major contribution to Indian films was giving Indian viewers a more Western view of life through the silver screen. From his acting and directing to the way he dressed, he was instrumental in exposing Bollywood films to a Western element. His larger-than-life appearance made him a standout on the Bollywood scene and a critical favorite.

“He always believed in giving the best and made films with a westernized outlook,” his son, Sanjay Khan said. “He always believed in hard work and never gave up despite facing bottlenecks. His creativity levels always remained at the top. He made sustained efforts to make huge films with the best artists and technicians in the industry.”

Actor and Filmmaker Feroz Khan Passes Away

We have sad news to report today as veteran actor and filmmaker Feroz Khan has passed away at his farmhouse in Bangalore at 1:30 a.m. this morning. His death comes as a result of a yearlong battle with cancer. He was 69 years old.

“Feroz Khan’s contribution to the Indian film industry is huge and the film industry has suffered a big loss,” said his nephew Zayed Khan. “He was an Indian style icon and was an inspiration to many youngsters like me.”

Feroz Khan’s major contribution to Indian films was giving Indian viewers a more Western view of life through the silver screen. From his acting and directing to the way he dressed, he was instrumental in exposing Bollywood films to a Western element. His larger-than-life appearance made him a standout on the Bollywood scene and a critical favorite.

“He always believed in giving the best and made films with a westernized outlook,” his son, Sanjay Khan said. “He always believed in hard work and never gave up despite facing bottlenecks. His creativity levels always remained at the top. He made sustained efforts to make huge films with the best artists and technicians in the industry.”

Feroz was born on September 25, 1939 in Bangalore, India. He was active in the movie industry for nearly 50 years, dating back to 1960 where his first acting role came in the movie, ‘Didi.’ Feroz appeared in numerous films, with his first big hit being, ‘Oonche Log’ in 1965. He also starred in, produced and directed ‘Dharmatma,’ the first Indian film to be shot in Afghanistan, and turned out to be his first major hit as a producer, actor and director. His most recent film, ‘Welcome’ was a massive hit and turned out to be his last appearance on film.

Feroz Khan was also known for being a passionate animal lover. He always made it a need to have a performing animal in his films in some way, shape, or form. He wanted to spend his last days in his farmhouse so he can be with his dogs, according to his brother Sanjay Khan.

Feroz Khan is survived by his two children, Laila and actor Fardeen Khan. It’s being reported that Feroz’s funeral will take place later today.

Our thoughts go out to Feroz Khan’s loved ones and fans at this difficult time. He was a true Indian film icon and a pioneer in terms of opening doors creatively for future Indian producers and directors. He has left behind enough movies to last a lifetime, so he will never be forgotten.

Feel free to post your thoughts, prayers, and condolences to Feroz Khan’s family on this tragic loss. from: gixmi.com

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Scandals, Showbiz

Maria Wasti & Ayesha Omer on vacation in Thiland

Maria Wasti & Ayesha Omer on vacation in Thiland.

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Maria Wasti (born 14 August 1974 in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania) is a Pakistani film and television actress. Most of her roles in television serials portray her as a Pakistani woman going through difficult times and have landed her great respect in the eyes of critics and fans alike.

In view of these thoughts, Wasti opened up a production house in 2002, where she has successfully produced several serials and a dozen plays.[3] Her productions aim at the revival of television in Pakistan through better quality and content rivalling the glamour filled television plays from across the border in India.

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Hollywood, Showbiz

Natalie Portman Keeps Busy with Tribeca Film Fest

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Taking part in this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, Natalie Portman was out for a little promotional work in New York City on Friday (April 24).

The “V for Vendetta” actress ventured over to the Apple Store in Soho, greeting fans and signing autographs for a few lucky participants.

Among her other stops this week, Miss Portman paid a visit to the portrait studio at DirecTV’s Tribeca Press Center for a photo session.

She also was on-hand for the TFI: Film Fellows welcome – where she helped to greet the Tribeca Film Fellows and gave high school filmmakers a preview her latest project, MakingOf.com, which is a site that provides a behind-the-scenes look at the movie-making process.

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