Friday, 13 April 2007

Forbes Celebrity Divorce List

The Forbes celebrity divorce list has been released. The list ranks the top ten most expensive celebrity divorces ever. Michael Jordan has come in at number one with his estimated $150 million dollar divorce settlement. For the full Forbes Celebrity Divorce List follow the link.

Christina Ricci

Christina Ricci has signed up to play the role of Trixie in 'Speed Racer'. Find out about this exciting news now at : Christina Ricci Teams Up with 'Speed Racer'

Nicole Kidman Awarded Australia's Top Honour Today

Nicole Kidman is currently in Sydney, spending time with her family and preparing for the filming of her lasted film 'Australia'. Today she was honoured with highest award that can be bestowed on a citizen in Australia, the equivalent of being knighted. All the details about this can be found here: Nicole Kidman Awarded Australia's Highest Honour

International Booker Prize

The second ever International Booker Prize panelists have announced the finalists for the 2007 award. Get all the details here: International Booker Prize Finalists Announced

'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' Smashing Records

The final Harry Potter book continues to be the hottest book out there. It was reported today the pre-orders for the book are the highestest ever. Full details in my news report here: 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' Smashing Records.

Thursday, 12 April 2007

Drew Barrymore

It was announced today the Drew Barrymore will be the new CoverGirl model. Drew is thought to be excited about the new role and looking forward to working on her ads in any way she can.

Jennifer Lopez

There are some rumours floating around saying the JLo is splitting up with her husband Marc Anthony but they have been denied by Jennifer herself today. The report about the spilt came from an article in OK! magazine. The story prompted JLo to speak out through her representative who also said they were consulting lawyers about what to do about this untrue story.

Madonna is Working With Justin Timberlake

Pop queen Madonna has begun working on her new album, due out sometime in the end of 2007. The new album will have a distinct hip hop feel. To help her get that hip hop feel just right, Madonna has enlisted the help of a few big names. One of them is Justin Timberlake who is helping write some of the songs. My full news article Madonna and Justine Timberlake Team Up has all the update info on this collaboration, including the other well known musicians helping on the album. Enjoy.

Wednesday, 11 April 2007

Attention all US Harry Potter fans

We all know that there will be a huge build up to the release of the final Harry Potter book 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows', in fact that build up has already begun. As part of the build up in the US a special event is happening called the 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Night Bus Tour'. The tour is a special bus that will visit libraries around the US in the weeks leading up to the release. Today a full schedule of stops was released by Scholastic, as well as some other interesting information about the event. In response to the excitement I did up a full news report that can bee seen here: 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Knight Bus Tour' Schedule Announced. The article contains the full list of stops and the opening times. I hope everyone that gets to participate in the tour has a great time.

Nicole Kidman Baby Rumours

Last month there were rumours circulating about Nicole Kidman and her husband Keith Urben expecting their first child. However after arriving in Sydney a few days ago, Kidman attempted to put a stop to these rumours. If anyone is interested I suggest checking out the full report I wrote up: Nicole Kidman Squashes Baby Rumours

Elizabeth Hurley feud with in laws

Looks like Elizabeth Hurley and her new husband have made the family mad. I did a full report of this celebrity news in this article :Liz Hurley in Feud with Father in Law

Leonardo DiCaprio to Join Ridley Scott in 'Body of Lies'

Leonardo DiCaprio has a busy year in front of him. It looks like he may sign up to star in a new film directed by Ridley Scott. If he does join it will be the first time Leo and Ridley Scott have worked together. This Leonardo DiCaprio to Join Ridley Scott in 'Body of Lies' article has all the juicy details.

New Music Reality TV Show

If you love 'American Idol' or 'Pop Idol' or anything similar then you will be interested in the lasted show soon the hit TV screens, 'Pop Dynasty' . This new show will have three members of the Jackson clan as judges and the them will be finding a new pop family. Families will attempt to win by their musical talents and ability to work together. For my full story about this new show read the following article: Jacksons in Search of New Pop Family. It could be entertaining?

Thursday, 5 April 2007

U.S Premier of Spider Man 3 Announced

Great news for American fans of the Spider Man film series. The U.S premier will happen in April at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City as a whole week of Spider Man themed events. Get the full story about the U.S Spider Man 3 premier.

Beyonce's North American dates announced

For all of you Beyonce fans out there that live in North American the dates for this leg of 'The Beyonce Experience' tour have been announced. At the moment there are just over 40 concert dates in the U.S. and Canada. There's tons of stuff about the tour on the official Beyonce fan site and in this Beyonce tour ariticle.

Wednesday, 4 April 2007

Harry Potter Publisher Bloomsbury reports profit loss

Bloomsbury, the UK publisher of the Harry Potter books has reported its first loss in profits for 12 years. The company is now facing a new era that will challenge them to continue making profits in a post Harry Potter time. To get the whole story please visit my Harry Potter, Bloomsbury profit fall article.

Adam Sandler to Star in New Disney Movie

Popular comedy actor Adam Sandler has moved from his typical adult comedy films to doing his first Disney film. The film is called 'Bedtime Stories' and it is a family comedy film. I have done up an article that includes all the details of the new film here: Adam Sandler to star in Disney film . It sounds like it could be a fun family film.

Tuesday, 3 April 2007

Harry Potter Mania

The celebrate my excitment and the excitment of other Harry Potter fans in the world I wrote an article about the Harry Potter mania that we are and will be experiencing this year.

Here it is

Harry Potter Mania Has Hit Full Throttle
Ever since Harry Potter fans competed the sixth book, ‘Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince’ they have been speculating on a number of theories about what will happen in the final book and will J K Rowling answer all of their questions. Many Harry Potter fans think it would be impossible to tie up all the lose ends, unless JK Rowling wrote an enclosed sized book, which no of them would object to reading.

However the seventh and final Harry Potter book is not going to reach such huge proportions, but it will be the second longest book to date. The months have gone by and Harry Potter fans quietly carried out their discussions of book seven and the next instalment of the films, ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’. That is until the past couple of months.

The buzz began to build around Christmas time when Harry Potter fans started to get antsy feet about the progress of the final Harry Potter book. A trailer appeared for the next movie, which will arrive in theatres on July 13 along with some high-resolution photographs from the movie. J K Rowling just told fans that she was working away on the book. Many thought it could even be another year before a release date was announced. J K Rowling said that she now had a couple of potential titles for the final book but gave nothing else away.

Then came the title. The final book was to be called ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.’ There was a special impromptu PotterCast to announce and discuss the new title. At first it didn’t sit quite right with many fans, now it is seared into their brains as if second nature.

February 1 came and in a very quite way J K Rowling announced the release date of ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ via her website. It was a very modest affair from something would cause endless ‘squeeing’ amongst Harry Potter fans. Pre-orders for the book put it at the top of bestseller lists and it isn’t even due out until July.

Fandom forums began to buzz a little louder with more intense and frequent theorizing about the book. Who would die? Is Snape good or evil? Who is R.A.B.? While Harry return to Hogwarts? How will Dumbledore appear in the book? The list goes on and on and on.

The last couple of weeks have hit fast forward and Harry Potter mania has hit high gear. The page count for the U.S edition of the book was confirmed to be 784 pages, making it the second longest in the series. Today the U.K. publisher of the Harry Potter books, Bloomsbury confirmed that the British edition would have a total of 608 pages. Scholastic, the U.S. publisher of the book joined the European and Canadian publisher by deciding to go green and print the entire first run of ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ on recycled paper. It was announced by Scholastic that the first print run would be a record breaking 12 million copies, and that is just for the United States.

In recent film news Harry Potter fans were becoming increasingly worried about Emma Watson’s future. The talented actress was rumoured to want to quit her part in the films, as she was tired of being “known as that girl from Harry Potter” and wanted to lead a more normal teenage life. Reports of a stalker entering her school did not help calm speculation. Warner Bros attempted to assure fans of Emma Watson’s continuation in the films, but nothing was confirmed. Emma Watson had made the role of Hermione her own; if she dropped out this would be bad news for the final two Harry Potter films. To everyone’s relief last week Warner Bros were able to announce that Emma Watson had officially signed on and would play Hermione in the final two movies. Harry Potter fans could breath again.

Yesterday, information about the audio versions of ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ was announced. It would be released on the same day as the books, in case Harry Potter fans couldn’t get enough Harry Potter fix on that day. It was also announced that the British audio book would be released on the same day as the book, the first time this has ever happened.

Today the Harry Potter frenzy turned into full-blown Harry Potter mania. The jacket covers for all editions of the final book were announced, sending Harry Potter fans stampeding to their favourite fan sites to begin in depth analysis and discussion regarding any possible clues. Popular fan site ‘The Leaky Cauldron’ which has prepared itself for such stampedes was having trouble this afternoon and fans may have to try a few times to access the site. Their forum ‘The Leaky Lounge’ will be heaving tonight.

More is surely to come. Maybe be a chapter title or two or a subtle and very cryptic clue dropped by J K Rowling herself. Arthur Levine was interviewed on the Today Show this morning when he announced the book jackets. When questioned about the book he said, that he “sobbed and sobbed” while reading the book. He was then asked by interviewer, Vieria, “That means someone we like dies, doesn’t it?” to which Levine replied, “Well, it means it is a very, very emotional book.”

So brace yourselves for a summer of Harry Potter like none before. The fifth film will be released on July 13 followed just one week later by the release of the final book. It can truly be said the Harry Potter mania has arrived and hit full throttle.

Harry Potter 7 Book Cover Released

Great news for us Harry Potter fans. The artwork for the book covers that will adorn the final installment of the Harry Potter series, 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' was released last week. This has officially sent Harry Potter fans crazy with excitment. The book cover for the UK editions was drawn by Jason Cockroft and the US edition was drawn by Mary Grandpre. Both covers have a orangy glow that reminds me of the Gryfindor colours. I am going to do an article for Associated Content on my analysis of the covers this week and will let you know when it is up. You can see my article about the book cover release here: Harry Potter Book Cover Art

'The Wedding Bells' follow up

I finally got the chance to see the first episode of the new Fox TV series, 'The Wedding Bells'. After watching the show I would have to say I will give one more episode a watch but if it doesn't improve I will probably not bother to watch it again. This is definitely a chick TV show and it did have some amusing moments but the characters were a bit typical and events were predictable. It wasn't bad if you are looking for something really light hearted and lacking in any intellectual requirement to help you unwind. or if you can't find anything else to watch. Maybe it will improve in a few episodes? I would love to hear what over people thought of the show.

'The Riches' follow up

After reading some reviews of the new FX TV show 'The Riches' I took some time to check it out. I have to say I found it pretty enjoyable. The acting is good and the characters seem interesting. The story line has some unique ideas, which is refreshing. The only thing I didn't like about it is that it is a little bit to Hollywood and doesn't really portray what must be American descendants of Irish travellers in a very good light. However, the show provides a good hour of popcorn entertainment in the evening that is much better than the average TV drivel.