Mark Zuckerberg & Priscilla Chan Wedding – Top 50 Unseen Photos with Marriage Video, Wedding Dresses & Interviews – www.facebook.com
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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has ended a hectic week which saw his company valued at £106bn after a stock market flotation by getting married.
He wed his long-time girlfriend Priscilla Chan, 27, in a ceremony at his home in Palo Alto, California.
Chan also had a busy week, graduating from medical school on Monday, as Zuckerberg marked his 28th birthday.
The guests believed they were going to celebrate Chan’s graduation – but found they were at a wedding instead.
The wedding ring, a “very simple ruby”, was designed by Zuckerberg.
Nine years ago the pair met at Harvard, where Zuckerberg founded Facebook in 2004.
They later moved to California, where Facebook has its headquarters, and Chen studied at the medical school of the University of California, San Francisco.
Facebook’s valuation after its flotation on Friday means the social network site is worth about the same as internet shopping giant Amazon, and more than the value of stalwarts such as Disney.
Even after the flotation, Zuckerberg continues to control just under 56% of the voting power of the company.
The 28-year-old billionaire’s wedding took place a day after Facebook’s initial public offering on the Nasdaq stock exchange on Friday. More than 280,000 people “liked” Zuckerberg’s status change, which was accompanied by a photo of the smiling couple in wedding attire in a small, verdant outdoor setting with a string of lights behind them.
In the photo, the famously casual Zuckerberg is wearing a dark blue suit and tie, a departure from his trademark “hoodie,” while Chan has on a sleeveless white dress with lace overlay.
The pair wed in an intimate backyard ceremony in Palo Alto, California, according to People magazine. The couple had planned the exchange of vows for four months, but surprised their guests, who thought they were to celebrate Chan’s recent graduation from medical school, the magazine reported.
Zuckerberg’s sister, Arielle Zuckerberg, posted, “Balls. Now I’m the only unmarried Zuckerberg…” on her Facebook page. She is listed by Chan as a family member on the site.
Zuckerberg designed a simple ruby wedding ring for Chan himself, People reported. Guests dined on food from the couple’s favorite restaurants, and nibbled on mouse-shaped chocolates that the pair ate on their first date nine years ago.
Tim Carvell, lead writer for “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart, reacted to the news on Twitter, writing: “Congratulations, Mark Zuckerberg! As a gift, I got you the names of all my friends, a list of my favorite movies, and some photos of me!”
Zuckerberg, whose shares are worth nearly $20 billion and who retains voting control of Facebook, marked the debut of his company’s stock at Facebook’s Silicon Valley campus on Friday, symbolically ringing the opening bell for stock trading.
The IPO did not go as well as the social networking company had hoped, with shares closing just above the offering price of $38 a share after trading glitches and a last-minute, 25 percent increase in the number of shares being sold.
More than 576 million shares changed hands, setting a trading volume record for U.S. market debuts. Facebook posted $3.7 billion in revenue in 2011 and $1 billion in profit. The site boasts 900 million global users.
Facebook’s emergence as a cultural phenomenon was depicted in the fictionalized 2010 film “The Social Network.”
Zuckerberg, Time magazine’s Person of the Year in 2010, started Facebook in his Harvard University dorm room eight years ago, before dropping out of the Ivy League school. Chan just graduated from medical school at the University of California, San Francisco. The couple met while at Harvard.
Neither Zuckerberg nor Chan commented further about their marriage on their Facebook pages, and Facebook representatives did not immediately respond to e-mailed requests for comment on the wedding.
Even after the IPO, Zuckerberg remains Facebook’s single largest shareholder, with 503.6 million shares. And he controls the company with 56 percent of its voting stock.
The site, which was born in a dorm room eight years ago, has grown into a worldwide network of almost a billion people.
Zuckerberg founded Facebook at Harvard in 2004.
He was selected as Time’s Person of the Year in 2010, at age 26.
Zuckerberg grew up in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.
The couple adopted a Hungarian sheepdog named Beast a year ago, and live together in Palo Alto.
The ceremony was so small, so private, and so surprising, that the 100-or-so guests in attendance initially thought they were coming out for a graduation ceremony for Chan, who just graduated from medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, this past Monday – Zuckerberg’s 28th birthday.
Zuckerberg and Chan had been dating for approximately nine years. They both met at Harvard at a fraternity party during Zuckerberg’s sophomore year in 2003. In February of 2004, Zuckerberg launched Facebook as a Harvard-only web application before branching the service out to a small list of other schools, including Stanford, Yale, and Columbia.
According to reports, Zuckerberg designed Chan’s ruby wedding ring himself. The ceremony was catered by a few of the couple’s favorite area restaurants, with desserts coming from L.A. Burdick Chocolate – which the couple is reported to have enjoyed on their very first date together.
Chan wore a traditional, sleeveless white wedding dress – no designer has been disclosed – and Zuckerberg wore a dark blue suit (instead of an all-black hoodie).
Facebook officially went public this past Friday, hitting a trading volume of approximately 580 million shares and a final valuation of just around $104 billion. Zuckerberg’s stake in the company is worth approximately $16.9 billion.
Oscar 2012: 84th Academy Awards Results, Fashion, Photos, Videos
Welcome to the Osecar 2012, th 84th Academy Awards. Join us for Oscar 2012 live streaming TV telecast, updates, film geekery and fashion sniping throughout the day. All times AEDT.
Oscar 2012 Results – Final List:
BEST PICTURE – The Artist
- BEST DIRECTOR – Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
BEST ACTOR – Jean Dujardin – The Artist
BEST ACTRESS – Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – Christopher Plummer – Beginners
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Octavia Spencer – The Help
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM – A Separation – Iran
BEST ANIMATION – Rango
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY – Midnight in Paris – Woody Allen
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY – The Descendants – Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash
BEST ART DIRECTION – Hugo – Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – Hugo – Robert Richardson
BEST SOUND MIXING – Hugo – Tom Fleischman and John Midgley
BEST SOUND EDITING – Hugo – Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty
BEST ORIGINAL SONG – Man or Muppet, from The Muppets – music and lyrics by Bret McKenzie
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – The Artist – Ludovic Bource
BEST COSTUMES – The Artist – Mark Bridges
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE – Undefeated
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT – Saving Face
BEST FILM EDITING – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM – The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM – The Shore
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS – Hugo – Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning
- BEST MAKE-UP – The Iron Lady – Mark Coulier and J Roy Helland
Here’s a reminder of the Oscar 2012 nominations in the top categories.
Best Picture of Oscar 2012
- The Artist
- The Descendants
- Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
- The Help
- Midnight in Paris
- The Tree of Life
- War Horse
Best actor of Oscar 2012
- Demián Bichir, A Better Life
- George Clooney, The Descendants
- Jean Dujardin, The Artist
- Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
- Brad Pitt, Moneyball
Best actress of Oscar 2012
- Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
- Viola Davis, The Help
- Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
- Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
- Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn
Best supporting actress of Oscar 2012
- Bérénice Bejo, The Artist
- Jessica Chastain, The Help
- Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
- Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
- Octavia Spencer, The Help
Best actor in a supporting role of Oscar 2012
- Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn
- Jonah Hill, Moneyball
- Nick Nolte, Warrior
- Christopher Plummer, Beginners
- Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Best director of Oscar 2012
- Michel Hazavanicius, The Artist
- Alexander Payne, The Descendants
- Martin Scorsese, Hugo
- Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
3.40pm And that’s a wrap folks! While The Artist may have triumphed on stage, the web is saying there was a different frontrunner at the ceremony – Angelina Jolie’s right leg.
Jolie’s lengthy pin now has it’s own Twitter page @AngiesRightLeg which is posting messages like, “Leg here!” and “Look at meeee!!” and “Don’t forget about me!!” There were 2,000-plus followers even before Jean Dujardin was named best actor! It’s now approaching 5,500.
If that’s not enough, here’s the ten best pictures of the show-stopping limb.
It will now be known as the “Adele of The Oscars”.
3.29pm A deserving Meryl Streep takes out Best Actress. If Streep was to have lost, she would have suffered her 15th defeat, but tonight is her night
“When they called my name, I had a feeling I could hear all of America going ‘oh no, cmon, her?’ But whatever.”
3.18pm Natalie Portman presents the award for Best Actor. Jean Dujardin steals the statue from George Clooney’s hot little hands. His first words:
“I love your country”
In Dujardin’s entire performance he spoke just two words – “thank” and “you” – so it is fitting that he uses them again tonight, and several times over
3.01pm With a slow, sweet version of What a Wonderful World, Esperanza Spalding sings over the black-and-white images of the men and women who died over the past year, including Steve Jobs, Tim Hetherington, Jane Russell, Elizabeth Taylor and Whitney Houston.
2.51pm Best Director goes to Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
2.35pm The Bridesmaids cast are on stage to prove women can be funny – but they probably didnt need to use penis jokes and swig from liquor bottles to prove it this time. We all saw the movIE!
2.28pm Woody Allen couldn’t be there to accept his award for best original screenplay, surprise surprise. He wins for Midnight in Paris
2.25pm Angelina Jolie looks FIERCE presenting the award for Adapted Screenplay to The Descendants. She’s got a split that almost goes right up to her navel and she’s not hiding it. She thrusts a leg out to distract everyone from her incredibly monotone delivery.
2.20pm There are only two nominees for Best Original Song and after much dropping of the cymbals by Will Ferrell and Zach Galiafianakis, Man or Muppet, from The Muppets wins. Miss Piggy will be carrying on like a pork-chop after that news…
2.15pm Penelope Cruz and Owen Wilson introduce the award for Original Score – not much to say here really except for The winner? The Artist!
2.05pm For any Perez-heads out there who are interested in his opinion of the ceremony, here it is:
Zzzzz! Falling asleep! #Oscars
— Perez Hilton (@PerezHilton) February 27, 2012
2.00pm At the age of 82, Christopher Plummer becomes the oldest actor EVER to win an Oscar! Wins Best Supporting Actor for his role in Beginners. He looks at the golden statuette (which turns 84 this year) and says:
“Youre only two years older than me darling, where have you been all my life?”
1.52pm Steve Carrell gets all funny like with The Muppets cameo:
Miss Piggy gets my bacon frying.
— Steve Carrell (@SteveCareII) February 27, 2012
In animation you can be anyone you want to be. If you’re a white man, you can be an Arabian prince. If you’re a black man, you can be a talking donkey.
It almost doesn’t matter that Rango wins the Oscar for best animated feature.
Meanwhile, even Eddie Murphy is having his say, on how he compares to er, himself:
Chris Rock will never live up to Eddie Murphy #Oscars
— Eddie Murphy ® (@_EddieMurphy_) February 27, 2012
1.44pm Robert Downey Jr is filming a reality TV show – The Presenter. It involves a lot of bickering with Gwyneth Paltrow. “What you’re doing is disrespectful,” says Gwynnie. Downey Jnr’s reply:
“I turned down The Descendants to prep for this”
Hit! They’re also handing out the award for best documentary feature. It goes to Undefeated. The film-makers like to swear. Talking of swearing Chris Rock is up next.
1.40pm Cirque du Soleil are on. Their performance is the largest cast the Academy has ever assembled for a single act. Providing the music is Oscar-nominated composer Danny Elfman (Batman, SPider-man, The Simpsons). This is second time Cirque du Soleil has performed during an Academy Awards telecast and all I can say is – wow! But where are ther monkeys? I want flying monkeys.
1.32pm Ali: An Aussie gets up! Kirk Baxter (who won last year for The Social Network) clearly did’t have a speech prepared but he saved it with this:
“Lets get outta here – we’re editors”
1.29pm The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo claims the award for best editing. No film is dominating the field yet.
Oops, I spoke too soon. Best sound editing Oscar goes to Hugo. Very weird acceptance speech – I’d like to thank everyone who has been born and hasn’t been born. Someone’s going to regret that one.
Best sound mixing goes to Hugo. A lot of screaming from the crowd (where’s a good sound mixer when you need one). So that’s Hugo out in front but will it have to make do with the technical awards?
1.25pm Billy Crystal to George Clooney’s girlfriend Stacy Kiebler:
“You’re a lucky girl – he’s a very good kisser”
1.22pm Crystal introduces the first skit. Found footage of the first focus group’s reaction to the Wizard of Oz. It looks as if this one has been written by Christopher Guest and co. Guest is best known for Spinal Tap. A lot of jokes about monkeys and who doesn’t like monkeys?
1.17pm Spencer is the first victim of the dreaded time checkers.
“Please wrap up? I’m wrapping up, I’m freaking out. Oh God, I’m sorry.”
1.09pm Batman is presenting the best supporting actress statue. Ooo, he’s dark, moody and all British. The winner is …. Octavia Spencer, as expected. Standing ovation from the crowd. Here come the tears.
1.08pm Best foreign language film is A Separation. Good call. It’s a great film.
1.04pm Now we have a bunch of stars talking about the magic of movies but it’s coming across like a political advert or plea for money. Baaad.
1.00pm A bunch of other awards have been given out to people who aren’t important. Oscar for Best Achievement in Makeup goes to The Iron Lady, presumably for making Thatcher look like a human being.
The Oscar for Best Achievement in Costume Design goes to The Artist, so right back at ya Scorsese.
12.45pm Tom Hanks gives out the first award, for cinematography. The nominees are The Artist, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Hugo, The Tree of Life and War Horse.
And the Oscar goes to Hugo. That’s one for Scorsese. Nothing for the rest of the field.
And he’s still on. Giving out the Oscar for best art direction now. The nominees are: The Artist, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, Hugo, Midnight in Paris and War Horse.
The winner…. Hugo. In your face, The Artist.
12.35pm Crystal is making much of the fact that he’s an old has-been. Two minutes in and he’s already singing. And it sucks. Bring on The Muppets … Actually, bring on Eddie Murphy. At least he only sings when he’s a donkey.
12.30pm The show begins. Billy Crystal has inserted himself into scenes from the best picture nominees. The best gag so far – a kiss from George Clooney.
This one’s pretty good too:
“We’re here at the Chapter 11 Theatre”
12.00pm Kristen Wiig in yet another Nudie dress, why does she hate colour?
11.55am Gwynnie tweeted this pic from inside the limo:
11.51am Emma Stone turns up in Nicole Kidman’s Oscar dress from 2007.. what a faux pas! Perez Hilton calls it a “serious fashion fail”.
11.45am This is your last chance to see Octavia Spencer’s chest before she treats herself to the celebratory boob-lift she spoke about last week. In other news, she’s looking stunning in Tadashi Shoji.
Jonah Hill brought his mum as his date. Bless.
Tina Fey in Carolina Herrera and a fake bun …
11.31am Ryan Seacrest dares to interviews Sacha Baron Cohen’s The Dictator. The interview finishes when the actor spills an urn containing Kim Jong Il’s “ashes” all over his suit”. But more importantly, what is Cohen wearing?
“I’m wearing John Galiano, but the socks are from K-mart. Saddam Hussein once said to me, socks are socks, don’t waste money”.
11.25am There’s a lot of debate over exactly what colour the My Week With Marilyn star is wearing. She’s called it coral, others have called it red. The peplum silhouette looks perfect on her.
Rooney Mara in WHITE! She’s shunned her usual black. But people aren’t talk about her gown, theyre talking about her brows.
Maya Rudolph in looks stunning in plum Johanna Johnson, but there was a little too much talk about shapewear! We don’t need to know what’s under that thing! Meanwhile, she spills her secret on how to survive the red carpet:
Meanwhile, Bret McKenzie, who’s one half of Flight of the Choncords is getting some air time.
11.15am Sacha Baron Cohen’s Admiral General Aladeen is here – perhaps not the best time to roll out a p***-take of Middle-Eastern dictators when Syria’s tyrannical President Assad is slaughtering hundredd of his own people daily.
10.59am Comedian Albert Brooks was snubbed by the Academy despite winning over almost veryone else who matters with his menacing turn in Drive. He’s on Twitter and being funny.
I was not on Twitter last year at this time so let me wish The Kings Speech the very best of luck.
— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) February 26, 2012
10.50am Russell Crowe, a man not known for subtlety is keeping his mouth shut about the Oscars. On his account he’s talking to Bryan Adams.
10.42am Viola Davis is a vision in green, sporting some serious squoobs AND her natural hair by “Hair by Mae Alice Davis” (her mum!)
Meanwhile, there’s a lot of praise floating on the Twittersphere for her wigless do:
Viola Davis + natural hair at the Oscars = a proud moment for black womanhood. Viola, thank you from the bottom of my scalp.
— Sonya Ross (@sonyagal) February 26, 2012
10.35am Melissa McCarthy knocks it out of the park. She’s changed her look completely, the colour and beadwork on this dress is perfect combination. Best she’s looked all season, I say.
10.32am We’re used to seeing Jessica Chastain in pastels and blues, but she’s mixed it up for the Oscars with a tricky gold and copper print on black. It’s a difficult one to pull off, but this girl doesn’t need any Help.
10.28am Meanwhile, George Clooney has turned up with Stacey in tow – take that rumour mill! This couple is still kicking it. Clooney says she’s delighted with his nomination:
“I figure if I get hit by a bus today, I did ok.”
Comedian Kathy Griffin reckons Stacy has a strategy:
Clooneys girlfriend is dressed LIKE AN OSCAR! Strategy people!!!
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) February 26, 2012
10.25am Our own Rose Byrne could turn up in a paper bag and look stunning, she’s gone for a hat-trick combination of a Vivienne Westwood gown, Jimmy Choo heels and Chanel jewels – what a designer threesome! Black sequins are the new black.
10.22amMilla Jovovich in Elie Saab haute couture. True Hollywood glamour, looking like a Milla-ion dollars she is. Guiliana Rancic goes for a mildly reptilian look, but her hair is pulled back so tight my head hurts.
And here are some other stars wearing expensive clothes they have been paid to wear (if only real people’s lives were like that). They are: Guiliana Rancic and Sarah Hyland.
Sarah Hyland dons regal purple – age appropriate and very pretty. This Modern Family starlet hasn’t put a foot wrong this awards season
10.22am Milla Jovovich in Elie Saab haute couture. True Hollywood glamour, looking like a Milla-ion dollars she is. Guiliana Rancic goes for a mildly reptilian look, but her hair is pulled back so tight my head hurts.
10.17am Do you remember Penelope Anne Miller? There’s no reason you should, because she was last a star almost 20 years ago in Carlito’s Way. She’s back now, riding on The Artist’s wave of popularity, in which she stars.
10.00am You want pics of celebrities on a red carpet. Then today is your lucky day. Enjoy.
9.50am The most highly anticipated fashion reveal on the red carpet today? It’s not Angelina, it’s not Michelle, Gwyneth or Meryl. It’s the muppet’s resident fashionista, Miss Piggy. The porcine actress has confirmed she is a happy as a pig in the proverbial after being dressed for the evening by the magnificent Zac Posen:
“Moi will wear a trés fabulous dress designed especially for moi by Zac. It’s a magnificent creation, just like moi. The theme for my dress is ‘Wow! as in ‘Wow, nobody else could pull that off except Miss Piggy. It’s designed to catch your eye, and make George, Brad and Kermie drool all over me.”
9.45am Could this be a little hint as to who Posh has been busy styling?
Happy Oscar day! Excited to see what Rooney Mara and Michelle Williams will wear x vb
— Victoria Beckham (@victoriabeckham) February 26, 2012
9.35am Over to you Ali. Ryan Seacrest has just confirmed Sacha Baron Cohen WILL be attending the ceremony as the dictator to terrorise the red carpet.. Can’t wait to see the bearded tyrant unleashed!
Just confirmed I will be interviewing the dictator today…trying to figure out what the heck to ask him, ideas?? #eredcarpet
— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) February 26, 2012
9.30am Talking of nudity, here’s when the Oscars did it with taste. Over to you David Niven:
9.25am So why has the Academy turned to some old geezer who was last funny on screen in 1991? Because it was staring down the barrel of a public relations nightmare after the man hired to host the Oscars, Eddie Murphy, walked at the 11th hour. Murphy, another comedian who hasn’t been funny on screen for even more years than Crystal (Shrek doesn’t count), walked because the man hired to produce the Oscars, Brett Ratner, said “rehearsing was for fags” and then subsequently wrote this open letter to the entertainment industry:
Over the last few days, I’ve gotten a well-deserved earful from many of the people I admire most in this industry expressing their outrage and disappointment over the hurtful and stupid things I said in a number of recent media appearances. To them, and to everyone I’ve hurt and offended, I’d like to apologize publicly and unreservedly.
As difficult as the last few days have been for me, they cannot compare to the experience of any young man or woman who has been the target of offensive slurs or derogatory comments. And they pale in comparison to what any gay, lesbian, or transgender individual must deal with as they confront the many inequalities that continue to plague our world.
So many artists and craftspeople in our business are members of the LGBT community, and it pains me deeply that I may have hurt them. I should have known this all along, but at least I know it now: words do matter. Having love in your heart doesn’t count for much if what comes out of your mouth is ugly and bigoted. With this in mind, and to all those who understandably feel that apologies are not enough, please know that I will be taking real action over the coming weeks and months in an effort to do everything I can both professionally and personally to help stamp out the kind of thoughtless bigotry I’ve so foolishly perpetuated.
As a first step, I called Tom Sherak this morning and resigned as a producer of the 84th Academy Awards telecast. Being asked to help put on the Oscar show was the proudest moment of my career. But as painful as this may be for me, it would be worse if my association with the show were to be a distraction from the Academy and the high ideals it represents.
I am grateful to GLAAD for engaging me in a dialogue about what we can do together to increase awareness of the important and troubling issues this episode has raised and I look forward to working with them. I am incredibly lucky to have a career in this business that I love with all of my heart and to be able to work alongside so many of my heroes. I deeply regret my actions and I am determined to learn from this experience.
Sincerely, Brett Ratner
Murphy, who obviously makes his movies the heterosexual way, by winging it, decided he couldn’t work for a producer who might make him rehearse and followed his mate Ratner out the door. Names of possible replacement hosts tossed around by the Academy included Ricky Gervais, Steve Martin and the bloke who plays Barney in How I Met Your Mother. They even considered hiring a bunch of Muppets, quite literally. Why? Because last year’s hosts, James Franco and Anne Hathaway, two names the Academy thought would persuade bored teenagers that award shows are COOOL, bombed (yes, remember Franco in the Marilyn Monroe dress?). Even Franco hated his performance and immediately afterwards took to Twitter to rip into the show’s producers and writers. In the end, it being Hollywood and original ideas being few on the ground, they picked Crystal.
So we can only dream what kind of show Ratner and Murphy would have given us. Actually, it would have been exactly like this one but with less rehearsing and more tits and ass (see Ratner’s back catalogue if you don’t believe me).
8.50am So, let’s talk about Billy Crystal. Time and botox has not been kind, and it would be better for all concerned if he had aged gracefully into something like this:
Rather than this:
If you’re anywhere near the age of news.com.au’s target demographic, you’ll be wondering who this Billy Crystal is. To all those who don’t have access to imdb, Billy Crystal is the bloke in that film about Meg Ryan faking orgasms in cafes. You know, When Sex and the City Met Hugh Grant. Billy Crystal is also Oscars royalty.
He has hosted the awards show eight times, second only to Bob Hope’s 18 stints, and joked that he’s only doing it this year “so the young woman in my local pharmacy will stop having to ask my name when I pick up my prescriptions”.
His trademark is inserting himself into clips of the best picture nominees, which may have got giggles in 1990 but seems pretty lame in 2012. Here are a couple of videos of his greatest Oscar moments for those who want to get a taste of what we’re in for over the next few hours.
8.15am A study published by the LA Times last week chips further gold off the little statue. Your average Oscar voter is a white, middle-aged man and the film tastes of white middle-aged men veer towards the conservative, which is why films like Driving Miss Daisy, A Beautiful Mind and Forrest Gump win awards and not Taxi Driver, Citizen Kane and Blade Runner.
And if that doesn’t convince you that the Oscars are a sham, then the answer to this question posed by the LA Times should:
Of the following people, which ones are eligible to vote at the Oscars – Woody Allen, George Lucas, Meat Loaf and Chips actor Erik Estrada?
The answer: Meat Loaf and Erik Estrada. Yes, you read that right. Not Woody Allen or George Lucas, two of the most influential film-makers of the past three decades, but the man who’ll do anything for love but won’t do that and Frank “Ponch” Poncherello.
8.00am If you think the films up for best picture don’t exactly scream quality, then you’ll get a kick out of the following rant. If you loved Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, then it’s best you skip this. In fact, don’t. Because you need to be taught a lesson. By grumpy film critic Mark Kermode. And for all those unfamiliar with Kermode, watch him take apart Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
In Kermode’s excellent book The Good, The Bad and The Multiplex he scorns the idea that the Oscars are a serious indicator of quality cinema around the world:
All you really need to know about the Oscars is that they’re the awards that didn’t give a Best Picture Gong to Citizen Kane but did give one to Driving Miss Daisy. Just think about that for a moment, and try to imagine a world in which Driving Miss Daisy really was the best film you were going to see all. Be honest. You’d throw yourself off a bridge, wouldn’t you?
He says the problem is how the Oscar-winners and nominees are picked. What is supposed to happen is the members of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are supposed to watch all the movies released in the US in the past year and cast their vote. But this is what actually happens: “Most of thenm can’t actually be bothered to wade through all those boring movies, most of which they imagine are probably utter crap.” To make things worse, voters “have become content to allow the initial selection process to be conducted on their behalf by a bunch of unaccountable drunken bozos – the Hollywood Foreign Press Association”.
Kermode accuses the HFPA, or Backhanders as I like to call them although our lawyers will probably object, of nominating films for Golden Globes solely based on which celebrities they’d like to hang out with that year. It’s a gag Ricky Gervais made while presenting the Globes last year and hinted at this year, which shows you the HFPA loves celebrities even when they’re insulting them.
Kermode goes onto argue that “since Academy members don’t have time to watch all the eligible releases, they tend to wait until the Golden Globes shortlist is announced and then make their selection from that random field. Thus a group of toadying numbskills effectively get to control the first stage of Oscar voting.”
And that’s why annoyingly cloy rubbish like Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close gets nominated.
7.45am And here’s what a bunch of kids think about the best picture Oscar (Marky Mark, I don’t mean you):
Will win: The Artist
Should win: The Artist. Michel Hazavanicius’s celebration of Hollywood’s past has been dismissed as a piece of cinematic fluff but is fluff a bad thing? The Artist is a clever, beguiling and thoroughly enjoyable piece of fluff. Honourable mention to Drive, which didn’t get nominated but is our second favourite film of the year (you’ll never get into a lift with Ryan Gosling again).
Will win: Michel Hazavanicius
Should win: Michel Hazavanicius, for making fluff with wit and flair.
Will win: Jean Dujardin (sorry George, we don’t think it’s your night.
Should win: Gary Oldman for his melancholy spy George Smiley in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, but the man who should win isn’t even on the list – Michael Fassbender, whose performance as a sex addict in Shame was the best of the year.
Will win: Meryl Streep
Should win: Meryl Streep, although as a Scot who lived through the worst excesses of Thatcherism, it pains me to write it.
Best supporting actress
Will win: Octavia Spencer
Should win: Melissa McCarthy. For this line: “It’s coming out of me like lava!” In fact, it’s a crime that Bridesmaids doesn’t feature in the best picture, best director and best actress categories.
Best supporting actor
Will win: Christopher Plummer
Should win: Again, the man who should win is not even on the list because the Academy can’t get its head around motion capture performance. Andy Serkis’s Caesar, the smart chimp with a very big grudge, in Rise of the Planet of the Apes is nothing short of brilliance. And if you think it is all just special effects, then maybe this video will change your mind:
7.30am Someone on tumbler has tried to do the same thing with pictures of babies but it’s not as funny. See what I mean:
And someone with too much time on their hands has reduced the best picture nominees to infographics. Here’s a taste:
7.00am It’s impressive list, but who has time watch everything on it? Not lazy armchair pundits so movie site theshiznet.co.uk has conjured up a fun guide to the big films vying for the golden statue. Here are some of them:
6.30am If previous awards are anything to go by, The Artist is the film to beat. It’s certainly the most feel-good film of the year, and feel-good films play well with Academy voters, especially feel-good films made by and starring foreigners (see Life is Beautiful, Cinema Paridiso, La Vie en Rose, anything directed by Lasse Hallstrom).
6.00am It’s Oscar day today. In just a matter of hours we’ll know whether The Artist becomes the first silent film to win an Oscar since 1929. Back then the awards were a different affair. No tweets, no TV cameras, no Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet and possibly no Billy Crystal. In fact, the ceremony was over in 15 minutes flat, with the list winners published three months earlier in the LA Times, all bad if you enjoy watching glamorous people sweat on live TV at the mere sight of a Golden Envelope.
Humayun Faridee, The Famous Actor Died at the age of 60
Humayun Faridee, the popular actor who graced television dramas, movies and theatres with his versatile performances, died at his daughter’s Dhanmondi residence on Monday at the age of 60.
Renowned filmmaker and drama director Nasiruddin Yousuf Bachchu, who patronised the start of Faridee’s career on stage around the eighties, told bdnews24.com : “He died in the early hours of Monday in Dhanmondi. Faridee was ill for quite a few days and was even admitted to a hospital around two weeks back.”
Faridi was born on May 29, 1952 and studied economics at Jahangirnagar University. His acting career started off in the theatre.
Faridi was previously married to Suborna Mustafa, an actress in Bangladesh, until they divorced in 2008.
He acted in numerous television dramas and was in Bangladeshi cinema for over a decade.
Major TV works by Humayun Faridee
- Nil Nakshar Shandhany (1982)
- Durbin die dekhun (1982)
- Bhangoner shabdha suni(1983)
- Bakulpur koto Dur(1985)
- Mohuar Mon (1986)
- Sat Ashmaner Shiri (1986)
- Akdin hohat (1986)
- Chanmiar negative positive (1986)
- Ojattra (1987)
- Songsaptak (1987-88)
- Pathar Shomoy(1989)
- Dui bhai (1990)
- Shiter Pakhi (1991)
- Kothao Keu Nei (1990)
- Shomudre Gangchil (1993)
- Tini Akjon (2005)
- Chandragrasto (2006)
- Kachher Manush (2006)
- Mohona (2006)
- Vober Hat (2007)
- Srinkhal (2010)
Major Cinemas by Humayun Faridee
- Ekattorer Jishu
- Mayer Morjada
Major Theatrical Plays by Humayun Faridee
- Montasir Fantasy
- Keramot Mongol
- Durto wee
Whitney Houston: The Musical Superstar dies at 48
American singer and actress Whitney Houston has died in Los Angeles at the age of 48.
Police said she died in her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where she had been staying as a guest.
Houston was one of the most celebrated female singers of all time, with hits including I Will Always Love You and Saving All My Love For You.
But her later career was overshadowed by substance abuse and her turbulent marriage to singer Bobby Brown.
Police spokesman Mark Rosen told reporters Houston was pronounced dead at 15:55 pm (23:55 GMT) in her room on the fourth floor of the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Fire department personnel and members of hotel security were attempting to resuscitate her when police arrived at the scene, he said, but their efforts were unsuccessful.
“She has been positively identified by friends and family that were with her at the hotel, and next of kin have already been notified,” he added.
The cause of her death remains unclear but Mr Rosen said there were “no obvious signs of criminal intent”.
Houston’s background was steeped in soul and gospel music.
Her mother was gospel singer Cissy Houston, she was cousin to singer Dionne Warwick and goddaughter to Aretha Franklin.
“I just can’t talk about it now,” Ms Franklin said in a short statement. “It’s so stunning and unbelievable. I couldn’t believe what I was reading coming across the TV screen.”
The music industry, hours before this years Grammy Awards ceremony, can scarcely believe the news. Whitney Houston had been planning to attend a pre-Grammys party thrown by her mentor and close friend, Clive Davis.
Guests have begun to arrive for the party, but it is unclear whether the event will go ahead. The scene at the Beverly hotel is frenzied. As well as police and the authorities, fans and the world’s media have begun to gather.
The cause of Houston’s death is unclear, with the police saying investigations are ongoing. It may take days or even weeks for tests to return with conclusive answers.
Having grown up in New Jersey, Houston began singing in church and then in the night clubs of New York, and was a model before being signed by Arista Records.
At the height of her career in the 1980s and 90s she won many awards and enjoyed several number one singles and albums.
Artists from Mariah Carey to Christina Aguilera have tried to emulate her bravura performances, but none of them were as good as the original, music critic Paul Gambaccini told the BBC.
Houston also enjoyed success acting in blockbuster films such as The Bodyguard and Waiting to Exhale.
In recent years drug use took its toll on the star and her voice – once acknowledged as one of the finest in pop music – was badly damaged.
“She did have it all, but the record is there of the decline into drug use and the damage done from drug use,” said Gambaccini.
Her marriage to Brown, with whom she had a daughter, Bobbi Kristina, ended in divorce in 2007. The marriage had been a tempestuous one, with allegations of domestic abuse.
Beverly Hilton, Los Angeles Houston was found on the fourth floor of the Beverly Hilton hotel
“The biggest devil is me. I’m either my best friend or my worst enemy,” Houston told ABC’s Diane Sawyer in a 2002 interview.
Correspondents say Houston’s death will undoubtedly overshadow the music industry’s Grammy Awards, due to be held in Los Angeles on Sunday.
She had been expected to attend the ceremony and her close friend and long-time mentor Clive Davis had recently hinted she might perform.
“It’s her favourite night of the year … who knows by the end of the evening,” he had told AP.
Civil rights activist Rev Al Sharpton said that on the morning of the Grammys, “the world should pause and pray for the memory of a gifted songbird”.
Country singer Dolly Parton – who wrote one one of her most memorable hits, I Will Always Love You – said in a statement: “Mine is only one of the millions of hearts broken over the death of Whitney Houston.”
“I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song, and I can truly say from the bottom of my heart, ‘Whitney, I will always love you. You will be missed’.”
Whitney Houston dies: The rise and fall of a superstar
US singer and actress Whitney Houston has died in Los Angeles, aged 48. We look back at the rise and tragic fall of a superstar.
For the golden girl of the music industry from the mid-80s to the late 90s, Whitney Houston’s decline, when it came, was spectacular.
Her once serene image, matched by her majestic voice, was shattered by drug use in her later career and has come to be seen as a cautionary tale.
Houston was born with unusually good musical genes. She was the daughter of gospel singer Cissy Houston, cousin of 1960s pop diva Dionne Warwick, and the goddaughter of Aretha Franklin.
As a child, Whitney sang in the church, but by her teens was a backup singer for Chaka Khan, Jermaine Jackson and others, as well as being involved in modelling.
By the late 1980s, she had become one of the world’s best-selling artists, notching up worldwide album sales of 200 million.
Whitney Houston’s Tumultuous marriage
Her eponymous 1985 album sold millions and spawned several hits including Grammy winner Saving All My Love for You, How Will I Know, You Give Good Love, and The Greatest Love of All.
Her 1987 hit album Whitney included the hits Where Do Broken Hearts Go and I Wanna Dance With Somebody.
Her effortless and powerful vocals also brought success in Hollywood.
In 1992 she starred in The Bodyguard, which also gave her the memorable number one hit I Will Always Love You – a cover of a Dolly Parton song.
It was the Grammy record of the year and remained at the top of the charts for weeks.
Whitney returned to the big screen in 1995 and 1996 with Waiting to Exhale and The Preacher’s Wife – both spawning soundtrack albums, and another hit studio album.
But she had started to abuse drugs – cocaine, marijuana and pills – and the hits stopped.
Her behaviour became more and more erratic. Her tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, whose career was also overshadowed by drug abuse, became a public spectacle.
Whitney’s once flawless voice became raspy and hoarse, and she was unable to hit the high notes for which she had become famous.
She was so thin during a 2001 Michael Jackson tribute concert, that rumours spread she had died the next day.
She told ABC’s Diane Sawyer in 2002: “The biggest devil is me. I’m either my best friend or my worst enemy.”
Houston tried to stage a comeback with the 2009 album I Look To You, but things fell apart when a concert to promote the album was clearly off-key.
Broadcaster and music journalist Paul Gambaccini described Whitney’s Houston’s voice as “the template for female vocal performers for the last 30 years”.
But in the end, he told the BBC, she became the victim of a “self-administered decline” and, sadly, threw all it all away.
“It’s always a tragedy; it’s a life lost, a great talent squandered,” he said.
Whitney Houston: Death of a The Musical Superstar
With her incredible vocal range and purity, runway good looks and girl-next-door charm, Whitney Houston was an out-of-the-box superstar when she arrived on the music scene in 1985. Her meteoric rise included record-setting hits, groundbreaking videos and a promising film career.
Whitney Houston, whose stellar voice made her a superstar but who was long plagued by personal problems including drug abuse, died Saturday. She was 48.
Whitney Houston, whose stellar voice made her a superstar but who was long plagued by personal problems including drug abuse, died Saturday. She was 48.
But by the mid-1990s, rumors of marital woes and drug abuse began to tarnish her image and she took a downward spiral that saw her name emblazoned in sordid tabloid headlines rather than glowing reports of musical success.
Word of the 48-year-old singer’s death broke early Saturday evening as the industry gathered in Los Angeles for the official Pre-Grammy Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel hosted by her mentor Clive Davis, chief creative officer of Sony Music Worldwide. Her publicist, Kristen Foster, confirmed that the singer died in her room at the Beverly Hilton, but the cause of her death is unknown. Houston had been expected to attend the gala.
The party went ahead as planned, though Houston’s body was still in the building. Among the celebrities seen arriving for the gala: Britney Spears, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Serena Williams, Jon Voight, Skrillex, David Foster, Diane Warren, Penny Marshall and Neil Young and his wife Pegi.
In recent years, Houston had struggled to regain her past glory. In 2009, she released I Look to You, her first studio album in seven years and first since going through rehab and divorcing Bobby Brown, her husband of 14 years, in 2006. While the album did debut at No. 1 and sold more than 1 million copies, it failed to produce any massive hit singles, or receive hoped-for Grammy Awards nominations. Her subsequent overseas tour met with mixed reviews, with disappointed fans demanding refunds.
“She don’t want to come, my soprano friend,” Houston crooned from the stage after stumbling through her signature songs at London’s O2 arena in April 2010. “Sometimes the old girl sings, but not tonight,” she said of her voice. “I want to do it, but she doesn’t want to. … She’s getting a little … temperamental, even.”
It was a sad end for the once incandescent star who paved the way to pop success for other African-American singers such as Janet Jackson, Anita Baker, Mariah Carey and Mary J. Blige, and has been cited by the likes of Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Leona Lewis for inspiring them to become singers. The gospel-trained Houston was the daughter of singer Cissy Houston, goddaughter of Aretha Franklin and cousin of Dionne and Dee Dee Warwick.
Houston was already an up-and-coming magazine model (she was one of the first women of color to grace the cover of Seventeen) when record mogul Clive Davis signed her to his Arista Records label in 1983. In an interview accompanying the 2010 reissue of her debut album, Whitney Houston: The Deluxe 25th Anniversary Edition, Davis recalls first seeing her backing up her mother at the New York City club Sweetwater’s.
“She did two solo numbers, one of which was the song The Greatest Love Of All. Whitney sang the song with such fervor, with such a natural vocal gift, with such passion, that I was stunned. I knew really right then and there that this was a special talent, and I was blown away by her,” Davis recalled. “There was no hesitation. I wanted to sign Whitney.”
Together, they would make music history. Davis spent more than a year grooming Houston, lining up producers and collecting the right material. Her first hit, Hold Me, a duet with Teddy Pendergrass for his 1984 Love Language album, went to No. 5 on the R&B chart. It was a precursor to Whitney Houston, which arrived in 1985 to rave reviews.
First single You Give Good Love was a top 5 pop hit, and its follow-up, Saving All My Love for You, was even bigger. It went to No. 1, as did How Will I Know, the video for which became one of the first by an African-American female to get heavy rotation on MTV. The Greatest Love of All also spent three weeks at the top of the charts, and Whitney Houston wound up selling 13 million copies domestically.
She earned three nominations at the 1986 Grammy Awards, including one for album of the year. Saving All My Love for You won for female pop vocal, and her performance of the song on the show would win her an Emmy Award later that year. The Greatest Love of All would also be nominated for record of the year at the following year’s Grammys.
Houston’s superstardom was solidified in 1987 with the release of Whitney, which sold 9 million copies in the USA and spawned four No. 1 singles —I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me),Didn’t We Almost Have It All, So Emotional and Where Do Broken Hearts Go— to give her a record seven chart-toppers in a row. A fifth single, Love Will Save the Day, was a top 10 hit. Thanks to her record sales and concert grosses for 1986 and 1987, Forbes ranked her as the eighth-highest-earning entertainer at the time.
Her crossover success was unprecedented for an African-American woman, but she soon found herself defending it against critics, who claimed her hits lacked soul. Her third album, 1990’s I’m Your Baby Tonight, took her in a more urban direction thanks to production by L.A. Reid, Babyface, Stevie Wonder and Luther Vandross, but its reception was less spectacular. The album peaked at No. 3 while selling 4 million copies, though singles I’m Your Baby Tonight and All the Man That I Need topped both the pop and R&B charts.
Still, big things and big changes were on the horizon for Houston, whose 1991 Super Bowl performance of The Star Spangled Banner remains the yardstick by which other singers are judged. Two things happened in 1992 that would profound alter her career: She made a move into acting and making soundtracks with The Bodyguard, and after a three-year courtship, she married R&B singer and former New Edition member Bobby Brown.
In The Bodyguard, she starred as a singer being protected from a stalker fan by Kevin Costner’s title character. The film grossed more than $121 million at the box office, and the soundtrack had an even bigger payoff for Houston. Her cover of Dolly Parton’s I Will Always Love You, distinguished by Houston’s a cappella intro, stayed at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a then-record 14 consecutive weeks and had significant stints atop the R&B and adult contemporary charts as well.
The album also spawned top five hits I’m Every Woman (a Chaka Khan hit on which Houston had sung background when she was 15) and I Have Nothing. The album sold 17 million copies in the USA, won three Grammys, including album and record of the year, plus a slew of other awards.
Two years later, Houston performed at a state dinner at the White House honoring newly elected South African President Nelson Mandela, and she would later be the first major artist to perform in that country, playing three shows to 200,000 people.
Her next film, 1995’s Waiting to Exhale starring Angela Bassett, was also a hit with a huge soundtrack. This time, she teamed with Babyface to co-produce the star-studded album, and she contributed to its success with Exhale (Shoop Shoop), Why Does It Hurt So Bad and Count On Me, a duet with CeCe Winans.
She earned $10 million for her next role, 1996’s The Preacher’s Wife, which starred Denzel Washington and Courtney B. Vance. While it didn’t do as well at the box office as the previous two films, Houston got her best review yet as an actress. The soundtrack saw Houston cutting loose in a gospel setting. It featured six songs with the Georgia Mass Choir, including He’s All Over Me with gospel legend Shirley Caesar. I Believe in You and Me and Step By Step were both radio hits.
Houston branched off into TV in 1997, producing a remake of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella starring Brandy with Houston as the Fairy Godmother. The highly rated ABC special earned seven Emmy nominations. That set the stage for Houston’s first studio album in eight years, My Love Is Your Love. The album sold 4 million copies in the USA, and spawned a successful world tour, but peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard album chart, making it her first album to fall short of the top three. Still, with production by Wyclef Jean, Missy Elliott and Rodney Jerkins, it had the hits When You Believe with Mariah Carey, Heartbreak Hotel, It’s Not Right But It’s Okay, My Love Is Your Love and I Learned From the Best.
As the ’90s closed, Houston’s popularity was beginning to wane just as rumors about drug use with Brown swirled and reports began surfacing about erratic behavior and weight loss, along with missed interviews and canceled concerts. On Jan. 11, 2000, marijuana was discovered in Houston’s and Brown’s luggage as they passed through security at a Hawaii airport, though they boarded the plane and left before police arrived. Two months later, she was conspicuously missing when Clive Davis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She was also to have performed on the Academy Awards, but was fired by musical director Burt Bacharach.
She signed a $100 million, six-album deal with Arista/BMG in 2001, but after appearing on the Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special, her extremely thin frame fueled more rumors of drug abuse. Those rumors were confirmed a year later when she did an interview with Diane Sawyer to promote her upcoming Just Whitney. She admitted using drugs in the highly watched TV interview, which included her infamous declaration, “Crack is cheap. I make too much money to ever smoke crack. Let’s get that straight. OK? We don’t do crack. We don’t do that. Crack is wack.”
Just Whitney was her poorest-selling album to date, and none of its singles made the Hot 100’s top 40. She got positive reviews for 2003’s One Wish: The Holiday Album, but only modest sales.
Houston’s image took further pummeling on the sordid 2005 Bravo reality series Being Bobby Brown, which gave an inside look into their family life. Critics savaged the show, but morbidly fascinated viewers tuned in to see just how low they could sink. The show was canceled after Houston decided to no longer participate. She separated from Brown in September 2006 and the divorce was finalized in 2007, with Houston given custody of the couple’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina.
In a 2009 interview with Oprah Winfrey to promote I Look To You, Houston blamed an emotional abusive and jealous Brown for many of her problems, confessed that she laced her marijuana with rock cocaine and revealed that she’d spent time in rehab and had undergone an intervention by her mother.
The album made its debut at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart with a career-best opening week of 305,000 copies sold. It was her first chart-topping album since 1992’s The Bodyguard. But the title track and the Alicia Keys-penned Million Dollar Bill had only modest success.
Her post-release TV appearances were also spotty. Though the fans responded warmly, she had to apologize for her voice cracking at a three-song Good Morning America concert in New York’s Central Park. It came not long after the Oprah interview, which she says wore out her vocal cords. She gave a much better received performance of I Didn’t Know My Own Strength on the American Music Awards two months later.
But the savage reviews of what would be her final tour in 2010 remain a stark reminder of the gorgeous voice she once had, and how much she lost to years of drug abuse and personal turmoil.
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Janet Jackson Comments On Whitney’s Death
It’s been over two years since Janet Jackson lost her brother Michael, but not a day goes by where the late King of Pop isn’t on her mind.
On Saturday, Janet suffered another tragic loss: the untimely death of her friend Whitney Houston. “I couldn’t believe it,” she told Anderson Cooper on his eponymous talk show in an interview set to air Feb. 20. “Immediately I started shaking…I was speechless.”
Besides her undeniable talent, what is it about Whitney that Janet will always remember?
“She was such a sweet, sweet soul,” Jackson told Cooper. “Especially back in the early ’80s and early ’90s is when I connected with Whitney the most. It doesn’t matter if we were doing an awards show. We would always take the time to find one another…We always found the time to talk to one another.”
“I pray for [Whitney’s daughter Bobbi Kristina] and her family, even Bobby [Brown],” Janet said. “I mean, he’s gong through so much. They are all going through so much. The mother, it’s very sad.”
Janet’s comments came after the entire Jackson family released a statement Monday saying how much they would miss Houston, “one of the world’s most gifted vocalists and talented entertainers.” They asked “everyone to consider her family at this time of difficulty by granting them to patience and comfort they need to mourn their loss in peace.”
Janet also offered up some words of wisdom to 18-year-old Bobbi Kristina.
“It’s very difficult,” Janet said of losing a family member. “You have to come to terms with it at some point. You have to actually give it up to God, and it sounds so mean, but you have to move on. You can’t hold onto that because it can be very devastating. Sometimes therapy is the best thing.”
While you might never get closure about a loved one’s death, “you have to go on with your life.”
“You figure out a way to move on,” Janet added. “[But] it’s always right there.”
Other stars react to Whitney Houston’s death
Celebrities are reacting on Twitter to the news of Whitney Houston’s death:
“My heartfelt condolences to Whitney’s family and to all her millions of fans throughout the world. She will never be forgotten as one of the greatest voices to ever grace the earth.”
“No words. Just tears. #DearWhitney”
“I’m distraught over the news that Whitney Houston has died! She was the most INCREDIBLE talent. What another sad day for the world.”
“Tell our loved ones how much we love them while they’re still here. I wish I could’ve told Whitney how great she was one last time”
“My family & I are saddened by the loss of a true icon & legend – Whitney Houston. Our thoughts & prayers are w/ the entire Houston family.”
“This is the saddest thing I’ve ever had to write in my life, R I P to one of the greatest humans that I have ever known Whitney Houston”
“R.I.P. Sister WHITNEY HOUSTON!!!!! We will always love you.”
“Jesus Christ, not Whitney Houston. Greatest of all time.”
“My heart is weeping…RIP to the Legendary Diva & Icon Whitney Houston!!!!! Such an incredible influence over music as a whole!”
Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson:
“Cookie & I are shocked & saddened about the news of WhitneyHouston. A great friend & one of the most beautiful voices this world”
“Whitney Houston was the first cd I ever bought. She had a God given gift. Hopefully, she’s singing with angels now.” Later, she also tweeted: “I can’t stop crying. I have a show to do soon. Wow, I learned how to do what I do because of 3 great women, one being Whitney. She was always so kind to me. This is not gonna be an easy show for sure. I’m doing what she taught me to do by listening to her records over & over as a little girl. Her death is very surreal.”
“#RIPWhitneyHouston #IWillAlwaysLoveYou will remain a classic.”
“It’s a tragedy. Whitney Houston was the greatest singer I’ve ever heard and she will be truly missed.”
“RIP Whitney Houston.”
“Rest in Peace Whitney We are heartbroken. She had the voice of an angel and a true artist’s soul. Our deep love…”
“My heart is saddened.. Everyone please keep Whitney Houstons family in their prayers.. May she rest in peace”
“I found my voice singing Whitney Houston’s music. Today I lost my idol.”
“R.I.P. Whitney Houston, really can’t believe this”
“just heard the news. so crazy. One of the GREATEST VOICES EVER just passed. RIP Whitney Houston. My prayers go out to her friends and family”
“Devastating news about Whitney Houston. What an amazing talent.”
“I’m in Houston on the night we lose WhitneyHouston .. Tonight’s show is dedicated to her legacy .. Get to the Verizon Wireless Theater!!!”
“How tragic to hear about Whitney Houston’s passing. Such a shame. She had one of the most iconic voices of my lifetime. #rip”
“R.I.P Whitney Houston dead at 48. Music is forever though”
Billy Ray Cyrus:
“R. I. P. Whitney Houston. I will always love you and your music and talents will live on forever.”
A massive crowd turned up at World’s longest sea beach at Cox’s Bazar as it hosted an attracting concert on Saturday to mark the launch of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20.
The concert featured famous Bollywood singer Sreya Ghoshal, Bangladesh rock sensation James, Indian Idol runners-up Amit Paul, Close Up stars Rinku and Nishitha.
The BPL Governing Council on Saturday made a donation of Tk 2.5 million to the Cox’s Bazar Beach Management Committee for lighting arrangements of the sea beach. BCB Directors Dewan Shafiul Arefin, Shafiqur Rahman Munna, Abdullah Al Fuad Redwan, Imtiaz Ahmed Shamsul Huda Kislu, Mainuddin Chowdhury, Md Shahidul Islam and Game On Sport Management Director Anjan Ganguly were present during cheque hand over.
With the slogan ‘Save Beach and Safe Beach’, a human chain was formed before start of the beach cleaning programme. The human chain was marked by the participation of BCB Directors and national selector Habibul Bashar.
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Members of India’s hugely popular film industry and fans have been celebrating the birth of a baby girl to Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and husband actor Abhishek Bachchan.
The birth was announced on Wednesday morning on the micro-blogging site Twitter by Abhishek.
Father-in-law Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan tweeted he was “overwhelmed” by the congratulatory messages.
The baby – Aishwarya’s first child – was born in the Indian city of Mumbai.
Abhishek’s Twitter page has been inundated with congratulatory messages.
“How beautiful is this feeling. Allah bless you and Aishwarya. Dying to come and see the three of you…” superstar Shah Rukh Khan wrote to Abhishek.
“Congratulations… All the love and happiness… am sure she will be the prettiest girl ever!” tweeted director Karan Johar.
“Been smiling all day at the news. Big yay for this girl and all you amazing Indian women. We need many many more of you,” tweeted fashion photographer Atul Kasbekar.
Amitabh Bachchan wrote on Twitter that he had been responding to messages on the site and also answering individually to more than 1,000 text messages he had received on his cell phone.
There has been tremendous interest in Aishwarya’s pregnancy from the media and her fans ever since it was announced in June by Amitabh Bachchan.
“Aishwarya Rao and the Bachchan family is perhaps the closest we have to royalty in the Indian context,” author Shobhaa De told a television channel.
“She [Aishwarya] is a former Miss World and India’s bona fide, legitimate female superstar.”
Earlier Ms De tweeted: “Little Miss World has arrived! Jai ho! Big B [Amitabh Bachchan is popularly known as Big B] over the moon about Baby B. Someone sign up Ash as ambassador for girl child, please? Worthy cause.”
Aishwarya’s pregnancy and the birth of what many are calling India’s “most-awaited baby” had generated a lot of interest but on Wednesday, the television channels were surprisingly restrained in their coverage of the birth.
This was in keeping with the Broadcast Editors’ Association’s announcement of a 10-point code of conduct to govern their coverage of the birth – a gesture that the Bachchan family praised.
“As I travel back from the hospital I need to thank the media for keeping their word of not intruding our privacy. Deeply obliged!,” Amitabh Bachchan tweeted late Wednesday.
“We will give time to both electronic and print media… Have been up for more than 24 hours .. Need rest,” he wrote.
The Bachchans are known as the “first family” of Bollywood and have millions of fans following their every move.
Often called the “queen of Bollywood”, Aishwarya, 37, married Abhishek in 2007, forging the ultimate Bollywood dynasty.
She first charmed the nation at just 21, winning Miss World in 1994. She has acted in several Hollywood films too.
She was the first Indian actress to sit on the Cannes jury in 2003. She has also appeared on the cover of Time magazine as the global face of Indian cinema.
Because of her popularity in India and outside, she has long been the face of cosmetic giant Loreal and high-end Longines watches.
Aishwarya Rai New Born Baby Photos & Video
Aishwarya Rai new born baby photos & videos will be very demanding. Highest bidder will get the first images of the celebrity baby. Whole nation, even the whole world is waiting eagerly to she the baby girl’s face, how she looks like, is she like her mother Aishwarya or like her father Abhishek … many questions in the air to answer.
In the latest of Aishwarya Rai baby news, it appears one of India’s leading photographers is calling the newborn girl “beautiful.” In fact he may believe she is even more beautiful than her mother, if that is even possible!
So who is heaping such praise on the Bachchan baby? Dabboo Ratnani is a well-known fashion and celebrity photographer for India. Among his work are the cover shoots for Cosmo, Filmfare, Elle, and Ok India, among others. Not only that; he was part of the 2006 Miss India jury. With over 56,000 Twitter followers and almost 54,000 “Like” clicks on his Facebook, he’s amassed interested fans.
So far there have not been any photos released of the Bachchan baby, but maybe Dabboo will be the first to snap some shots. Just recently, Ratnani weighed in with his comments about Aishwarya Rai’s baby girl. Dabboo sent forth on his Twitter profile hours ago:
Just met my bro @juniorbachchan ‘s GORGEOUS little Angel ! Must admit that she is more Beautiful than Aishwarya
This is certainly a high compliment for the new baby girl born to Aishwarya Rai and husband Abhishek Bachchan. Certainly Dabboo is qualified as one who knows beauty based on his work and previous Miss India experience. However, is he merely trying to get some future photography work here by praising the baby girl early on? Time will tell if Aishwarya’s daughter can win pageants and beauty contests, but if she’s anything like mom, that shouldn’t be too much trouble!
In the latest of the Aishwarya Rai baby news, proud father Abhishek Bachchan loves the title that’s been bestowed on his newborn girl. According to reports, the baby girl’s name so far is “Beti B.”
That latest Bachchan addition to the f
amily has been welcomed by many including the proud parents, friends of the Bollywood couple, and their parents. Abhishek goes by the handle @JuniorBachchan on Twitter, as he is the son of Amitabh Bachchan. As of this report, the Bachchan family has yet to give a name to their new baby girl.
However, it appears a nickname has stuck. According to Bollywood Life, Abhishek recently posted the message on Twitter:
“And till we find a name for the little lady a dear friend
@ShahanaGoswami gave me a great one. We have Sr B and Jr B already so… Beti B!”
So the new baby girl will go by Beti B. That’s a good start, but people must be wondering what is taking the couple so long to choose the right name. Is there an argument going on in the family over who should choose? Are they just taking their time to find the perfect name with a great translated meaning? Or is it just possible that Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai are simply worn out from the baby delivery? What do you think?
Aishwarya Rai delivers a Baby Girl
The most awaited delivery this year has taken place. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan delivered a baby girl today at Seven Hills Hospital in Marol, Mumbai.
Announcing this to the world, Abhishek Bachchan tweeted, “IT’S A GIRL!!!!!! :-)))))”.
An elated Amitabh Bachchan wrote, “I AM DADA to the cutest baby girl !”
“A dada ji … Ecstatic !!!!”, Amitabh wrote on Twiter.
As soon as the news was out, Twitter has been flooded with wishes for the Bachchan family. Acknowleging the wishes, Amitabh tweeted, “thank you all ..!”.
Hospital sources said the delivery was normal and came a few minutes before 10 a.m. The Bachchan and Rai families were present for the momentous occasion.Aishwarya, 38, developed labour pains around 4 a.m. and was taken to the labour room where the delivery took place after nearly six hours.
The actress is on the fifth floor of the luxury private hospital in Andheri east.
The hospital had booked three rooms on the floor — one for Aishwarya, the other for the Bachchan family and the third for the Rai family. The entire floor was kept out of bounds for all except the two families.
The hospital has been under tight security for the past three days in expectation of the youngest member of the Bachchan family.
Aishwarya’s sister-in-law Shrima gave birth to a baby boy in the same hospital last year. Aishwarya had been visiting the hospital for regular check-ups. On Saturday, she was accompanied by husband Abhishek and sister-in-law Shweta Nanda.
Amitabh Bachchan tweeted on Tuesday: “A day of expectation .. but another day ! The Lord has his ways and they are most special .. we wait !!”
Big B had earlier tweeted: “The family gathers together from all over as we wait for the ‘arrival’ .. Greatest joy for me – a full house and the chahel – pahel.”
It was Amitabh Bachchan, who broke the big news on the social networking site. On June 21 @SrBachchan tweeted: “”NEWS NEWS NEWS !! I AM GOING TO BECOME A GRANDFATHER .. AISHWARYA EXPECTING .. SO HAPPY AND THRILLED !!!,”.
Despite the palpable excitement over Aishwarya’s pregnancy, there were a few controversies. Post her marriage, as Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya patiently waited to be grandparents, there were rumours of Aishwarya suffering from stomach tuberculosis, which was preventing her from getting pregnant.Furious, Amitabh fend off these rumours through his blog and Twitter.
Soon after the announcement of Aishwarya’s pregnancy, there was controversy over Madhur Bhandarkar’s film Heroine. In May 2011, Aishwarya was signed as the leading lady of Heroine. But after the pregnancy news, the film was shelved for obvious reasons but not without a row and debate over the inclusion of a no-pregnancy clause in contract.
Recently, Big B denied rumours that said he had requested the I& B ministry to put a ban on the media from covering Aishwarya’s delivery on the assumed due date. There were speculations in the media that it was Big B who had asked the ministry to issue such a diktat.
Responding to a report that said he approached the Information and Broadcasting Ministry (I&B) to ban TV channels from placing reporters and cameras outside the hospital, Bachchan tweeted: “I&B and media matter! Firstly, I have no such intention ever, secondly do you really think I&B would listen to me!?? No way baby.
Big B, who was also informed of the development through a message from a senior journalist, took to his blog to clarify that he had no role to play in moving these guidelines.
The I&B Ministry has passed an order stating that the dignity of a patient should be respected and that the placing of OB Vans outside hospitals be not allowed.”
A media report said that the Broadcast Editors Association (BEA) has issued a 10-point advisory to its members on how to cover the birth of Bachchan’s grandchild.
Throughout the period Aishwarya and Abhishek maintained silence. During this period, Aishwarya attended some religious functions and designer do of Sandeep Khosla and Abu jani. There were mixed reaction to her dressing style as she downplayed her baby bump by wearing loose traditional outfits.
There were also reports in the media that Abhishek wanted a baby girl. Well, his wish has come true.
Source: India Today