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The Atlantis Palm Opens In Dubai

Celebs come out for a £1 billion resort opening in the United Arab Emirates

Lindsay Lohan, Mischa Barton, Mary-Kate Olsen and about 1,997 other celebs made their way out to Dubai, United Arab Emirates for the official launch extravaganza for the new £1 billion luxury resort the Atlantis Palm on Palm Jumeirah Island earlier this week. The party itself cost £20 million and it really showed. Here are a few pics of some of the red carpet arrivals from the Atlantis Palm launch party and some deets on the party itself:

The credit crunch may be biting … but there was little sign of parsimony in Dubai [Thursday] night. The world’s rich and famous gathered for the most expensive private party ever thrown – costing some £20 million – to open Atlantis Palm Jumeirah, a £1 billion resort on a man-made island shaped like a palm tree in the Persian Gulf. Two thousand film stars, popstars, supermodels and billionaires were flown in from around the world for the all-expenses paid one-night party with many of them staying for four days. The highlight last night was a one-off gig by Kylie Minogue and her 113-strong dance troupe on the beach. Apart from getting a free holiday, Miss Minogue was also paid £1.5million for a 10-song 45-minute medley of her hits – which works out at some £33,333 a minute …

The gig was followed at midnight local time by a 1million-rocket firework display with 100 computer-guided rockets costing £7million which was seven times bigger than the largest display to date – for the Beijing Olympics …

They were no ordinary fireworks of course – each one being a radio-controlled 27-inch shell with an on-board microcomputer to direct its flight. The display, which was visible from space, was also filmed by a squadron of helicopters hovering at 12,000ft and beamed on giant TV HD screens on the beach. Miss Minogue, 40, arrived at the lavish party dressed in a pink and black floral chiffon gown with flowing train and her blonde hair in a curly short hairdo. Speaking on Sky News, just two hours before she was due to go on stage, an excited Kylie said: “It’s staggering. I guess more is more here and they have done a great job. My room’s very nice. It’s a different set list to the tour I’m doing at the moment. It’s an edited show especially for tonight.” The 40-year-old star remained tight-lipped about how much she was earning for her set, she said: “I can’t tell you how much pocket money I get, it goes straight in my piggy bank.” Speaking about the hotel’s potential, she added: “I think there’s a lot of people who love this kind of thing you get sun and everything you could wish for. My crew and dancers have been having a great time.” Guests included filmstars such as Robert De Niro, Charlize Theron, Denzil Washington, Mischa Barton and Lindsay Lohan, supermodels Agyness Deyn, Petra Nemcova and Yasmin Le Bon, musicans Janet Jackson, Lily Allen and Shirley Bassey, sports legends like Michael Jordan and Boris Becker and some local royalty – the Royal Family of Dubai … Oprah Winfrey bagged the most exclusive £25,000-a-night suite high up on a bridge suspended between the resort’s two towers. Yet when she pulled out, the scramble for the suite was eventually won a man many Britons may have never heard of – Shahrukh Khan – who is apparently the ‘Tom Cruise of Bollywood’ and as such the most famous filmstar in Middle East. Robert De Niro – a partner in the Nobu restaurant chain which has a site in the resort – had to make do with a £15,000 presidential suite. That left filmstars Lindsay Lohan and Charlize Theron with £10,000 a night Lost Chambers suites submerged alongside one of the world’s largest aquariums in the depths of the Atlantis resort, each with a truly jaw-dropping bedroom view of 65,000 sharks, rays and fish. No one paid for an air ticket to get there. The travel bill alone was estimated to be £3 million. Yesterday, the starry crowd spent the day riding camels, stroking dolphins and trying out the resort’s giant waterpark. A cocktail reception last night was followed by dinner on the beach, Miss Minogue’s show and they the fireworks. Though Dubai is mainly a ‘dry’ country, there was not much evidence of that at the soiree with some 1,000 bottles of Veuvre Cliquot champagne being thrown back. All of that drink was presumably needed to wash down the 1.7 metric tonnes of lobster that was eaten, 4,000 oysters, 3,000 kilos of smoked salmon and 5,000 portions of the best sushi – all prepared by 500 chefs and served by 1,000 waiters.

Ye gods! Talk about excess. It never ceases to amaze me how economic strain can take its toll on so many people thruout the world and, yet, celebs never seem to feel the pinch. Forget the millions of starving and dying people suffering each and every day, the rich and powerful live extravagant lives that most people can’t even dream of. It really sounds like a spectacular event but the amount of excess is pretty staggering. I’m not hating, I’m just … boggled. Yeah.


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Robert Pattinson Gives Tyra Banks A Pain In The Neck

And she looks very happy about it

Robert Pattinson (and Taylor Lautner) taped an appearance on The Tyra Banks Show this week (scheduled to air on Friday November 28) and the result is NOT TO BE MISSED by Twilight fans. Asking the question that every screaming Twilighter on Earth would love to ask of R. Pattz, Tyra implored of the actor “Will you bite my neck?”, and he happily complied:

Woot! Looks hawt! I’m sure there are quite a few folks out there who wish Robert Pattinson would put his open mouth on their necks but, unfortch, they’re gonna have to life vicariously thru Tyra Banks. Make sure you tune into The Tyra Banks Show next Friday to see this bite in action.

AND DON’T FORGET that this is the last weekend you enter for your chance to win the Twilight Prize Pack that I’m giving away here on the blog. Click HERE for deets!!

[Photo credit: Warner Bros./Michael Loccisano]

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Robert Downey, Jr. & Jude Law Go On A Bromantic Date

Cute Couple Alert!!!

Robert Downey, Jr. and his BFF and co-star Jude Law stepped out for a little dinner together at the 60 Hope Street restaurant in Liverpool, UK last night (after a long day of filming their new movie Sherlock Holmes) and emerged from the eatery lookin’ quite the handsome couple … matching porn’staches and all:

As y’all are well aware, RDJ and the Jude’stache are starring as bosom buddies Sherlock Holmes and Watson (respectively) in the new Guy Ritchie-directed film and the pair have been spending an awful lot of time together. Now, I must clarify that I am NOT suggesting that anything untoward is going on betwixt these two, I’m merely stating that they are enjoying a healthy bromance that, I feel, should be celebrated. They do compliment one another very well and I am happy to see them together in any capacity. Here’s hoping the two of them enjoy many future bromanitcal dates together … if only for our satisfaction alone :)

[Photo credit: Splash News]

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Guy Ritchie Has Dinner With His Sons

The first of many single dad dinners to come

Earlier today we learned that Madonna and Guy Ritchie have been granted a “quickie divorce” from the London High Court after the parties agreed on a settlement concerning assets and child custody. Last night, Guy spent some time with his two sons Rocco and David Banda which shows that he intends to take an active role in their lives despite the fact that he is splitting with Madge:

While I am happy that there will be no nasty divorce for Maddy and Guy, I’m really bummed that their young children now have many years of shuffling back and forth across the Atlantic Ocean to spend time with their parents. I’m sure that both Madonna and Guy will do their best to care for their children and make the shared custody work as best as they can but … the kids are so young … I can’t imagine that it will be easy for either Rocco or David.

[Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin]

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The Simpsons Visit Bronx Mowgli Wentz

Papa Joe & Jessica meet the littlest Wentz

Early this morning we learned that Ashlee Simpson had finally given birth to her first child with hubby Pete Wentz, a little boy the couple decided to name Bronx Mowgli, late Thursday. This afternoon, we get to see a couple photos of famous members of Ashlee‘s family visiting with the newborn baby boy in at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center … behold:

As you can see, Grandpapa Joe Simpson had his cameraphone at the ready and was bizzy snappin’ pics of the little guy … presumably so the photos could be shared with family and friends but, considering Papa Joe‘s penchant for making money off his children, it’s just as likely that he is planning on selling the pics of his newborn grandbaby as well. The caption of the second photo insists the person in the red coat is Jessica but it’s kinda hard to tell. I do know that Jess did talk to In Touch Weekly about her newborn nephew, tho, expressing her elation to the mag:

No one is happier to be an aunt than Jessica Simpson. “Bronx is beyond precious. I’m over the moon with joy,” Jessica Simpson tells In Touch about her sister Ashlee Simpson-Wentz’s baby boy, who was born on Thursday. “Life is a beautiful miracle. Ashlee and Pete are healthy, happy and enjoying every moment.”

I think it’s pretty safe to say that both the Simpson and the Wentz families are thrilled at the baby’s arrival. Whether or not they are as in love with the kid’s name as their parents are is another story … for another day.

[Photo credit: X17]

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AnnaLynne McCord Suffers A Wardrobe Malfunction On Set


You know, in Tinsel Town, you really haven’t reached the level of Hollywood “It” Girldom until you’ve achieved your first wardrobe malfunction. In previous years, wardrobe malfunctions (specifically of the crotch shot variety) seemed like a daily occurrence but this year, there haven’t been that many NSFW moments to be had … until now. AnnaLynne McCord, who stars as the beyotchy Naomi Clark on 90210, accidentally popped out of her top as she tried to make her way from her tralier to the beach set of the show yesterday afternoon. While filming in Long Beach, CA, Miss McCord‘s nipple slipped out of her top to say hello to the folks on set:

After the jump, check out AnnaLynne‘s unfortunate NSFW slip up out … More »

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Paris Hilton Talks About Her Break-Up With Benji Madden

"We're just taking a break ... we're really good friends, we're very close"

It’s only been a few days since we got word that Paris Hilton and Benji Madden are dunzo and Paris is already going on the record to talk about the couple’s split. Paris was a guest this morning on On Air With Ryan Seacrest on KIIS FM here in SoCal this morning and talked at some length about the split, making sure to clarify somethings about the break-up that have been reported erroneously. Last night, Paris spent a second night in a row flying sans her now ex-boyfriend Benji and ended up hanging out with her sister Nicky Hilton instead. Here is a pic of Paris out all by her lonesome last night and my report on her radio interview this morning with Ryan Seacrest:

After some banter about some of the word that Paris has been doing over the past few weeks, Ryan got to the nitty-gritty and asked her if the reports are true — did she and Benji really split up — and she said: “Well, you know, right now we’re just taking a break and um … we, we’re really good friends, we’re very close.” Ryan pressed, So you’re not together? “You know, I love him, he’s such an amazing man, he’s my best friend, he’s been so great to me, so loyal, he’s an incredible person and, um, we’ll always be very close, we’ll see what happens in the future, I’m still in love with him.” Ryan then confessed that, as a friend, he was surprised by the news and didn’t believe the reports when he initially heard them. Then he asked her what happened to cause the split and she responded, “You know, I think right now, we’re better off as friends, we’re both working so much …” and went on to talk about how much work both she and Benji have been doing lately. She went on to deny reports that she dumped him and clarified that this was a decision they made together “as two adults”. She says that rumors that they broke up over Stavros Niarchos are “ridiculous” (explaining that reports of her “hooking-up” with Stavros was just a matter of her smiling and saying hello to someone she hadn’t “seen in a year”). She also clarified that Benji is not a jealous person, that no one cheated, that she never trusted anyone like him and that “there’s no one like him”. She told Ryan that things with Nicole Richie will stay the same, she loves the entire Madden family and refuted claims that Benji was “too controlling”, explaining that he just wanted the best for her (she also revealed that since she started dating him she stopped hanging out with certain people and going to certain places — and blamed those “people” for the false rumors about the break-up). As the interview came to a close, Paris told Ryan that she and Benji still “talk every day”, that they’re still close, that he’s bizzy working on the Good Charlotte remix album, that she is not considering dating anyone else right now because she still has feelings for Benji (dating a new person right now is “the last thing on her mind” and the thought of doing so “grosses her out”). Finally, she revealed to Ryan that she plans to spend New Year’s Eve in Australia hosting a party with her sister Nicky Hilton (a gig she was supposed to host with Benji).

I gotta say, Paris really sounded mature thruout this entire interview (click HERE to hear the interview in full for yourselves). She sounded hopeful that the couple could get back together again but, well, people do break-up for certain reasons … even tho she claims it was all about work, I don’t really believe it. Who knows, mebbe they will get back together again some day … but for now, they’re really officially dunzo.

[Photo credit: Splash News; Source]

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‘Britney Spears: For The Record’ Premieres

But things don't go quite as smoothly as planned

Yesterday afternoon, MTV hosted a screening preview of their new documentary Britney Spears: For The Record here in SoCal and, I am sad to report, it doesn’t sound like things went off as planned. Firstly, MTV worked with a PR company called 1iota to fill the audience with fans and, apparently, over-booked the venue which could only hold 200 guests … sending out 300 tickets and then cherry-picking the prettiest people to seat inside for the screening — leaving a lot of invited fans outside and pissed. Secondly, Britney Spears showed up to surprise the fans by attending the screening with them (appearing for a taped segment that would be aired with the documentary on November 30) but, according to reports from fans who were at the screening, Britney looked entirely uncomfortable the whole time … and then left before answering any questions from the fans. All in all, it doesn’t sound like the screening event was that much of a success in person … it’ll mos def look pretty flawless once (and if) it airs on TV later on. Here is a pic of Britney making her way into the MTV studio for the taping yesterday and a couple of pics of Britney after she left the event early to grab a caffeinated drink at Starbucks:

Regarding the way that some fans were shafted at yesterday’s screening, I’m not really that surprised. These things happen all the time. PR companies tend to over-invite people in order to make sure they have enough people to fill seats AND they do like putting the prettiest people in prime positions, especially if they are filling an audience that will be recorded for TV. Now, about the way Britney acted at the screening … well, this has got me worried. By reading all of the fan reports (posted HERE), it does feel like she didn’t want to be there in the first place and was in no mood to interact with anybody — not a good sign. It is really beginning to sound like she is moving too fast with all of this work on her comeback, which can’t be good for her. If she’s not ready and still presses forward, she risks having another breakdown. At this point, I think it’s far too late for her to call things off completely but I am starting to get worried, especially in light of this new behavior. Regarding the actual documentary itself, despite the fan/Britney drama, it was screened yesterday and People magazine has a review of the 90-minute Britney Spears: For The Record film HERE.

Even still, Britney‘s manager Larry Rudolph insists that she is ready to make her comeback and spoke to People magazine about her readiness. After the jump, check out a new promo video for Britney‘s album Circus and read some of Rudolph‘s comments about Britney and her comeback … More »

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George Clooney Shows Off His B-Ball Skillz

Also shows off his bad weave and porn'stache

George Clooney was spied shootin’ hoops all by himself while on location in Roswell, NM where his new film Men Who Stare At Goats is currently being filmed. As you can tell from the following pics, George didn’t even bother to get out of costume before he made his way to the basketball court — when you gotta play, you gotta play:

In Goats (which sounds totally weird judging by the name alone), Clooney plays a soldier named Lyn Cassady with really bad hair. In these pics, his new porn’stache that was grown specifically for this role doesn’t look as impressive as it did when we first saw it last month . Truth be told, I haven’t heard or seen anything that even remotely has me interested in this film … a porn’stache and sweet b-ball moves ain’t enough to get my ass to the movie theater. What else ya got, Clooney?

[Photo credit: Splash News]

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Matthew McConaughey’s New Best Friend

Someone's got a cute new pooch

Matthew McConaughey, who has recently returned to the SoCal area after falling off the map for a few weeks, was spotted this week enjoying some alone time on a beach in Malibu, CA. Well, he wasn’t actually all alone … he had a new friend with him:

No word on the pooch’s name but I suspect that the little guy was picked up so that Levi Alves can grow up with a family pet of his own. You may recall that this little dog was out with Matthew when he was photographed skateboarding last week … honestly, I thought the dog was just there and didn’t actually belong to Matthew. You know, I kinda like the idea of Matthew with a cute little dog like this … it looks like he is really becoming an honest to goodness family man now.

[Photo credit: Splash News]

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