Kate Winslet has vowed to never to show her breasts again on the big screen.

The Oscar winning actress has stripped off in several films, including Titanic. However, she has conceded that she’s too old to be going topless in front of the cameras.

Winslet told Harpers Bazaar, “I’ll be 34 in October. I can’t keep getting away with it.

“There was so much of it in The Reader because the story required it, but people have seen enoughof my butt and my boobs. I have to put them back.”

Kate – who raises two children with her director husband Sam Mendes – doesn’t believe in the typical idea of romance, explaining she would rather be given something simple and meaningful than a flashy, expensive gift.

kate winsletShe explained: “Romance to me is spontaneity. It’s not diamond earrings – it’s a bunch of daffodils that are freshly picked from the field. Or just a little thing like Sam calling me at three in the afternoon, saying, ‘I’m coming home now.

I’m done for the day.’ It’s romantic because he just thought, ‘I’ll go home. I want to be with Kate and the kids.’ ”

Kate hinted that she is taking a break from movies.
She told Hello, “I think I have to take time of. I’m sick of me and I’m sure everyone else is too.
“I would love to do some theatre. It would be a good challenge.”

Kate recently took the Best Actress Oscar for her role in The Reader and also went back to the big screen with Leonardo DiCaprio for the movie Revolutionary Road – which was also directed by husband Sam Mendes

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Tonight it was revealed that Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding has landed a role in the upcoming movie St. Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold, and she will appear alongside David Tennent, Rupert Everett and Colin Firth.

The cast will also includes Gemma Arterton, Talulah Riley, Jodie Whittaker, Juno Temple, Tamsin Egerton, Celia Imrie and Fenella Wollgar, alongside newcomers Ella Smith, Zawe Aston and Montserrat Lombard.

Sarah Harding, appeared fleetingly in the first St Trinian’s film in 2007.

Sarah_Harding02The film see the girls embark on a rollercoaster-style treasure hunt for the legendary Fritton’s Gold, which sees them face the villainous Pomfrey, played by Tennant, and his sidekicks from the women-hating secret society known as AD1.
It is being produced by Everett, Nigel Green, James Spring, Paul Brett, Tim Smith and Chris Smith. It has been written by Nick Moorcroft and Piers Ashworth. Entertainment Film Distributors will handle the UK distribution rights. It is being made in association with the Aegis Film Fund and Prescience.
The first instalment of St Trinian’s grossed $25m at the UK box office.

Harding has said she is determined not to be another pop star who fails at acting. The 27-year-old is making her TV debut in hard-hitting drama Freefall next month.

“I don’t want to try too much too soon, I’m taking baby steps,” she told the Sun.
“I’m working my way into acting gradually – I don’t want people to think I’m just swanning in there.
“There is a stigma attached to people who go from singing to acting.”
“People like to see you as just one thing and find it hard to take if you try something different.”

Freefall is a drama concentrating on how the credit crunch is affecting Britain. It airs on BBC2 on July 14 at 9pm.

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Angelina Jolie made £16.5 million is the past year, making her Hollywood’s top earning actress. She pipped her partner Brad Pitt’s ex-wife Jennifer Aniston, who raked in £15.3 million, a study by Forbes showed.

Most of Jolie’s income came from her share of the profits from the action film Wanted, but she was also paid a large upfront sum for her role in Salt – about a CIA officer who is accused of being a spy and goes on the run.

Aniston earned most of her millions from the romantic comedy Marley and Me and her upcoming film The Baster – about a woman who gets pregnant using a turkey baster.
“Aniston also still earns money from (reruns of TV series) Friends and she gets a nice paycheck shilling for Glaceau’s SmartWater,” Forbes said.

angelina02Meryl Streep came in at number three with £14.7 million, most of which came from her role in Mamma Mia, while Sarah Jessica Parker was ranked fourth with £14 million in earnings following the movie version of TV series Sex and the City.
Cameron Diaz rounds out the top five, banking £12.2 million between June 2008 and June 2009.

Forbes.com said it spoke to agents, managers, producers and lawyers to work out what actresses were paid upfront for movies they are currently shooting and what pay they might have earned after a movie hit the theaters.

Money earned from perfume or clothing lines was also taken into account.

“As is still typical for Hollywood, our actresses earned significantly less than their male counterparts,” Forbes said, adding that the top earning male actor, Harrison Ford, made £40 million.

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Cheryl Cole celebrated an X-tra special birthday – as it was revealed she is set to front a US version of The X Factor.
The Girls Aloud singer turned 26 with a £60,000 surprise party thrown by Chelsea and England soccer star husband Ashley, 28.

And the icing on the cake came when she learned she had been specially chosen by Simon Cowell to take his top-rated TV show across the Atlantic.
Senior US executives from NBC are due to fly to Manchester this weekend to see her in action at the live auditions.

A source said: “Simon is on the brink of signing a deal to take The X Factor to America and, if he gets his way, Cheryl will be its star.
“He thinks she has amazing presence and her down-to-earth Northern charm will appeal to the American public. She is also an incredibly beautiful girl.
“She won’t get paid anything like the million pound salary she’s on here, because obviously she is not as well known in the States.
“But if it is a success, like most of Simon’s shows are, it could catapult her into the big league.”

cheryl coleIt is understood Simon, 49, will not be able to appear on the show as he is tied into a deal with rival network Fox for American Idol.
The music mogul, who has an estimated fortune of £120million, has already announced he plans to quit after the next series of X Factor.
And he has made it clear he wants Cheryl to step into his shoes and become the main face of the show, which regularly pulls in around 15 million viewers.

ITV1 bosses are desperately trying to persuade him to stay, but while  he wants to continue with Britain’s Got Talent, he feels it is time to move on.

Simon was at Cheryl’s bash on Wednesday at London’s Vanilla nightclub. Other guests included Cheryl’s bandmates Kimberley Walsh and Nicola Roberts and X Factor judges Louis Walsh and Dannii Minogue.

Hubby Ashley had secretly invited Cheryl’s showbiz pals, plus friends and family from Newcastle – treating them to flights and putting them up in hotels.

He even arranged for Cheryl – looking stunning in a frilly white mini-dress – to be presented with a giant pink birthday cake in the shape of a star. A friend said: “Cheryl just thought they were going out for a quiet meal.
“But when they pulled up outside the nightclub, she knew he had planned something special and she welled up with emotion.”

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Aside from being the worlds most famous and most sold poster girl, Farrah Fawcett must also lay claim to having one of the most famous hairstyles in history.

In fact it was so popular in the 70’s pretty much every teenage girl was trying to copy it  which ultimately earned Farrah quite a few contracts to endorse hair products including those by Wella and Fabergé.

teenbeat1076farrahTrolling around the web recently I found this guide on how to get your own “Farrah hair” from Teenbeat magazine’s October ’76 issue.

Mini bio from IMDB.com

Farrah Fawcett, was a fresh-faced woman from Corpus Christi, Texas. In the early 1960s, she was voted the “Beautiful Woman” by her high school colleagues.

In the late 1960s, she had her first break in guest-starring roles in shows such as “I Dream of Jeannie” (1965), “The Flying Nun” (1967) and “The Partridge Family” (1970).

Then, in 1968, she dated actor Lee Majors, and the couple were married on July 28, 1973. Shortly after, Majors starred in his series “The Six Million Dollar Man” (1974) and Farrah guest-starred in four episodes.

As her career took off, she posed in her red bathing suit for a poster, and it sold a staggering 8,000,000 + copies.

After the poster was released, producers Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg starred her in the Crime/Drama Megahit show “Charlie’s Angels” (1976). Farrah received a paycheck for $10,000 an episode, and when it started to take off, Majors wanted her home by 6:30 pm to have dinner on the table. Farrah felt dissatisfied about the direction of the show.

farrah_on_skatesThen, in 1977, after the first season wrapped, she abruptly left the series. Shortly there after, the departure resulted in a lawsuit with the producers of the series. Finally, she agreed to return to the series in guest spots for six episodes: three in the 1978-79 season, and the other three in the 1979-80 season.

In late 1979, Fawcett and Majors had separated, and, since there was no reconciliation in sight, they were divorced in 1980.

Farrah dated ‘Ryan O’Neal’ from 1980-1997. Then, in 1998, Farrah was severely injured by James Orr, after she had spurned his proposal of marriage.

In 2006, Farrah was diagnosed with anal cancer After going through countless treatments, her health deteriorated rapidly, and she passed away on June 25, 2009, aged 62.

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In conjunction with the release of the new Japanese film Amalfi Sarah Brightman will be releasing a new album titled ‘Amalfi – Sarah Brightman Love Songs’.

With tracks selected by Sarah, this album will contain brand new photos/artwork and will be released on July 8 in Japan.

Track list:

1. Time to Say Goodbye (solo version) – Classics
2. La Wally – Classics
3. Il Mio Cuore Va – Eden, Diva
4. O Mio Babbino Caro – Classics
5. Anytime, Anywhere – Eden
6. Attesa – Symphony
7. Lascia Ch’io Pianga – Eden, Classics
8. Nella Fantasia – Eden, Diva
9. La Luna – La Luna
10. Solo Con Te – La Luna
11. Ave Maria (Schubert) – Classics
12. Until The End Of Time – Harem
13. Storia D.Amore – Symphony
14. Jesu, Joy Of Man.s Desiring – A Winter Symphony
15. La Califfa – La Luna
16. Serenade – La Luna
17. How Fair This Place – La Luna
18. Amazing Grace – A Winter Symphony
19. Nessun Dorma – Eden

The movie, Amalfi, features an appearance and performance by Sarah, and is a special production marking Fuji Television’s 50th anniversary. The first Japanese movie to be shot entirely on location in Italy, Amalfi is scheduled for release in Japan in July.

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I’m currently going through a Raquel Welch phase after watching 1 Million Years BC on the TV a few weeks ago. One of the more bizarre films I’ve watched with her in to date has to be ‘Myra Breckinridge’.

The film is odd in the way only a real 60’s movie can be odd, and the subject matter is not something you would expect. Adapted from the Gore Vidal novel of the same name, in which a gay man, Myron Breckinridge (Rex Reed), undergoes a sex-change operation before setting of – as Myra Breckinridge – on a mission to Hollywood to “destroy the American male in all its particulars”.

The film is notorious for the scene in which Raquel Welch rapes a handsome young actor with a strap-on. The film was even branded pornographic over this scene (which isnt graphic at all).

myraFull plot synopsis:

The story begins soon after the homosexual film critic Myron Breckinridge has a sex-change operation. As Myra, she moves from New York to Hollywood so she can immerse herself in the industry, con her uncle Buck Loner out of half a million dollars and symbolically destroy the American male.

Myra calls on Buck, a former B-film cowboy star, and tells him that she is the widow of his late nephew Myron. She’s there, she says, to collect on Myron’s share of the property on which Buck’s acting academy is built (which had passed on to Myron on his mother’s death).

Buck is appropriately suspicious (“I never knew that Myron had an eye for feminine pulchritude”) and says he’ll have his lawyers look into it. To occupy Myra until things are resolved, he offers her a job teaching posture and empathy, which she gladly accepts.

Next Myra identifies the dim-witted Rusty Godowsky, a strapping young former football player in her posture class, as her sacrificial bull. Rusty is an easy target, for he has a posture problem worthy of Myra’s “special attention,” as well as a highly leveragable criminal record.

In the posture class with Rusty is his beautiful blonde girl friend, Mary Ann Pringle. Myra initially views her as an annoying air head, noteworthy only because of her association with Rusty. In time, however, much to her own surprise, Myra becomes quite smitten with her.

myra1Enter Letitia Van Allen, a hard-as-nails talent agent with a bed in her office. When Letitia comes to the academy one day to see Buck, Myra introduces herself and makes quite an impression. The two women — who each in her own way uses men as men typically use women — become fast friends.

Myra notices that Mary Ann has a beautiful singing voice and persuades Letitia to talk with her. During their conversation, Mary Ann mentions Rusty and shows a picture of him to Letitia. Taken with Rusty’s good looks, Letitia sees her own opportunity with Rusty and invites the young couple to a party at her house.

Meanwhile, Myra’s plot to destroy Rusty is working quite nicely. In addition to picking on him during virtually every class session, she makes substantial progress during a private session in her office. Then she goes in for the kill with the climactic after-hours dildo rape in the school’s infirmary.

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The tortured Rusty takes out his anger toward Myra on poor Mary Ann, who is hurt, and the horny Letitia, who is delighted with his new rough love-making (he had always been very gentle with Mary Ann). Ironically, Mary Ann turns to Myra for support, and Rusty, who can’t stand the fact that Mary Ann is with Myra, stays with Letitia.

Myra is shocked with the progression of her feelings toward Mary Ann. From initial indiscretions meant largely to further insult Rusty’s manhood, Myra proceeds to all out love for the beautiful girl. Mary Ann at first resists completely but in time warms to the idea.

Myra’s feud with Buck over his property reaches a crescendo when she tells him that she is Myron Breckinridge. To prove it, she lifts her skirt and shows him the scars from her sex-change operation. After nearly falling out of his chair, Buck caves in and gives the money to Myra.

Next Myra is seriously injured in a hit-and-run car accident (Buck? Rusty?) and hospitalized for several days. In addition to physical injury, the wreck causes a hormone imbalance, and, suddenly, Myra’s growing a beard and assuming other male characteristics.

myraexposedMyra’s terrified of what Mary Ann will think. Oddly enough, when Mary Ann realizes that Myra was, in fact, a man, all her reservations about truly falling in love with him evaporate. They marry and live happily ever after.

The special Edition is availible from Amazon and features an interesting commentry with Raquel Welch about the production and various backstage arguments.

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The current Hollywood trend of producing re-makes has brought some truly awful moments in cinema (see Death Race as an example) however some movies – even in the super hero genre , have been half decent – see ‘The Dark Knight’.

Hot on the heels of major disappointment ‘Watchmen’ will be ‘Red Sonja’.
This movie is based on Marvel’s comic book heroine and stars Rose McGowan as the red haired Barbarian. Its produced by Robert Rodriguez – unfortunately not directed by him, but by the director of ‘Highlander: Endgame’ Douglas Aarniokoski.

For those that don’t know there was a movie of Red Sonja produced in 1985 which starred Danish actress Brigitte Nielsen in the lead along side Arnold Schwarzenegger – this was a typical 80s flick along the lines of Schwarzenegger’s Conan performances.

The plot for the ‘new’ movies is as follows;

In her return we find Red Sonja, a young girl risen from the ashes of tragedy to become the most feared woman warrior of all time. The mythical red-head blindly seeks vengeance on those who destroyed her family. In her path of destruction she discovers a larger purpose for her unearthly powers: to save all Hyrkania from the villainous Kulan Gath.

rose-mcgowan-bathRodriguez and McGowan were going to re-make 60’s Classic Barbarella but the project was cancelled. According to an unnamed source for The New York Observer, “It’s sort of embarrassing for everyone involved. … No one thinks Rose can carry the movie, but Robert won’t listen.” The paper adds that producer Dino De Laurentiis “wants to back Robert and his vision. But Robert’s vision is blurred by Rose.” The studio reportedly wants a bigger name star such as Halle Berry or Jessica Alba.

Rodriguez disputes this claim, saying they were “blown over” by McGowan’s audition and citing the project’s ballooning budget as the reason for Universal’s pullout. “Universal had initially signed on for $60 million,” Rodriguez explained, “but then when we were done with the script it wound up at closer to $82 million, and they had just financed a Will Ferrell movie [Land of the Lost] that was a $130 million and they even cut that down to $100 million.”

McGowan of course starred in both Rodriquez and Tarantino’s  Grindhouse movies.

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This month Girls Aloud release a collectors limited edition box set of all their singles to date. The set comes housed in a mini metal flight case and has a price tag of £45 – it is limited to 5000 copies only.

The boxset is touted as containing 150 Tracks, 13 Hours of music, 16 Videos, 8 Games, an exclusive rarities bonus disc, Original single artwork, Original track listings and a 64 page booklet featuring the story behind the music.

The boxset is only availible through the official Girls Aloud website.

boxsetAlong with this release there is an even more exclusive item – a one off version of the set above but covered in Swarovski crystals as part of a promotion by Swarovski. This item will go to one lucky winner who sends their info on this page.

If you are entering, good luck!

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