April 26, 2011

Nina Dobrev

Making the most of her time at the Tribeca Film Festival, Nina Dobrey was spotted at the premiere of “Last Night” last night (April 25).

The “Vampire Diaries” babe showed off her posing prowess outside the BMCC Tribeca PAC in New York City, sporting a black jacket and a beige striped dress.

In career news, Nina has reportedly scored a lead role in the upcoming adaptation of Stephen Chbosky’s novel “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”

Ms. Dobrev will join the likes of Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Mae Whitman, and Paul Rudd when filming commences later this year.

Twin Karachi Blasts

One killed and 19 injured in twin Karachi blast, 2 Pakistan Navy buses were target. A suspected suicide bomber hit his motorcycle into a Pakistan Navy bus in the first blast in the Defence Phase II area of Karachi.

The explosion occurred near the College of Physicians and Surgeons at 7.20 am. The second blast, also targeting a Pakistan Navy bus, occurred in Baldia Town, at least one person was killed.

Rescue teams have reached the site of the attacks and the injured are being rushed to the near PNS Shifa Hospital.

April 25, 2011

Miranda Kerr Bikini Photos

She's quickly thrown herself back into work mode after giving birth to her first child earlier this year, and Miranda Kerr was looking as spectacular as ever during a recent "Have Faith" photo shoot in Malibu, CA this past week.
The Victoria's Secret supermodel showed off her killer post-baby body in a range of the line's new offerings including purple and black bikinis along with casual summer wear perfect for the upcoming sunny season.Once wrapped up with her "Have Faith" efforts, Miss Kerr joined actor husband Orlando Bloom and their adorable son Flynn in traveling to New York City.Miranda then joined Orly on Friday evening as he premiered his new film "The Good Doctor" as part of the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival festivities.

Paula Abdul & Cheryl Cole

They’ve both been the objects of rumors regarding the new American version of “The X Factor” and now Paula Abdul and Cheryl Cole have been confirmed for the gig.

According to a new interview with Deadline, “X Factor” honcho Simon Cowell has made it official that he desires both ladies will be judges when the show hits airwaves this fall, though no contracts have been signed yet.

Cowell explained, “First of all, it’s like casting a dinner party. You’ve got to have people on the panel you get on well with.

Simon also noted that he chose Cheryl for very specific reasons. “This girl is special. She’s just got a great ability to communicate. She’s a great judge. She’s smart. If people take to her like the British public did, I think she’s going to do really well in America. And Fox was desperate to hire her.”

Lea Michele

Getting an early start to the work week, Lea Michele was spotted on the set of “Glee” in New York City this morning (April 25).

The beautiful brunette singer/actress hammed it up for the cameras with costar Cory Monteith while filming scenes in Times Square and sporting a colorful getup.

Tomorrow night (April 26) “Glee” will air the “Born This Way” episode, much to the delight of Gleeks everywhere.

The show will promote self-acceptance and loving others, with cast members wearing t-shirts that depict their characters’ insecurities.

Freida Pinto & Dev Patel Out of Canada

Finished up with a stay north of the border, Freida Pinto and Dev Patel were busy gearing up for an outbound flight out of the airport in Montreal, Canada on Saturday (April 23).

With the travels coming just one day after Patel's 21st birthday, the "Slumdog Millionaires" co-star couple passed through security after Miss Pinto wrapped up re-shoots for her new movie "Immortals".

Meanwhile, Freida is soon set to travel to the French Riviera for a scheduled appearance at the annual Cannes Film Festival.

The Indian actress will represent L’Oreal Paris at the Amfar dinner and after-party on May 19, of which she said, “I am privileged as I get to lend my support to an important cause."

April 22, 2011

Famous Actor Moin Akhtar Died

Famous actor Moin Akhtar died in Karachi, Pakistan. Moin Akhtar was died due to heart attack today. Moin Akhtar was facing heart disease from a long time. He was admitted to hospital earlier today due to heart pain but he died in few hours. He was a big actor and had played all roles like as comedy, serious and he was perform in several talk shows.

Moeen Akhter birth date is December 24, 1950. He is also one of the biggest performers on stage of Karachi. His performance of comedy with bushra ansari and anwar maqsood is remember able. He is one of the biggest names in comedy shows in Pakistan. His most famous character was Rozi as a female. Remember that Pakistan Showbiz already lost the famous actors Liaqat Soldier, Mastana and Babu Baral in few days.

April 20, 2011

Kate Hudson Hates Her Big Boobs

Kate Hudson “hates” how big her breasts have become since being pregnant.

The 31-year-old actress who is expecting her first child with British musician Matt Bellamy does not like how much her body is changing because it means she cannot wear the clothes she wants to, although she does admit they are fun for “certain things”.

“I hate it. I’m usually an A cup and I’m getting close to a D cup. Big breasts are fun for certain things and really not fun for other things,” she said.

“Plus, I love fashion, and having big breasts is not ideal for certain looks. They’re way more fun when you’re not in your clothes. Then, they’re a blast!”

Kate who also has seven-year-old son from ex-husband Chris Robinson also reveals she is unlikely to be getting married to Muse star Matt any time soon.

“I wouldn’t count it out but Matthew and I kind of skipped that part and went right to the good stuff,” she said.

Miranda Kerr

Miranda Kerr is back at work and looking slim as ever, despite having given birth to her first child more than three months ago.

The supermodel, who turns 28 on Wednesday, April 20, gave birth to Flynn, her son with actor-husband Orlando Bloom, on January 6.

Kerr is seen wearing a black bikini in a celebrity photo posted on the website of People magazine, which reported that the picture was taken at a Victoria's Secret photo shoot in Malibu, California on Sunday, April 17.

She also showcased her post-baby body in a tight, red, knee-length Herve Leger at a Victoria's Secret event in Los Angeles on March 30 (pictured above).

Bloom, 34, and Kerr dated for at least three years before getting married in July 2010. Kerr announced her pregnancy shortly after the wedding.

Marion Cotillard

Marion Cotillard has revealed how she prepares herself for movie roles.

The Oscar-winning actress says she “drowns herself in emotions” to get into character.

“That’s what I try to do. To be 100% this person. Someone who suffers will have very strong emotions. And when you’re one person with the character, you will get these emotions, because you drown yourself in these emotions,” she told Total Film.

Marion — who is currently expecting her first child with partner Guillaume Canet — recently claimed her profession allows her to study people closely, which she feels is important as she has always questioned the purpose of her life.

“I think being an actor is kind of an anthropologist. Actors study human soul, human heart, human behaviors. We try to understand this in order to be able to be true to life,” Marion said.

“And when I was a teenager I was kind of special. I was very scared of other people. So I would hide. But I was more dark.

“I started to ask myself very early while I was here. And I think it makes your innocence go away faster, to have this obsession of getting an answer about what you are doing here.”

Marion won an Academy Award in 2008 for her portrayal of iconic singer Edth Piaf in La Vie En Rose and she admits she felt “haunted” by the character for a long time after finishing the movie.

“I had this weird feeling – and I’m very sane! I don’t live with my roles, I’m a really normal person,” she said.

“But I couldn’t let her go because her biggest fear when she was alive was to be alone.

“And then when we finished the movie, I didn’t want Edith to be alone. That’s crazy! Then suddenly, going back to my life and leaving her alone… It just took a while for me to realise that she had been dead for a while. So it was OK, she was not alone, she was gone.”

Bridget Marquardt Bikini

Showing off her bathing suit body, Bridget Marquardt was spotted doing a photo shoot in Los Angeles today (April 19).
The former “Girls Next Door” starlet looked stunning in a hot pink two-piece as she hammed it up for the camera next to a swimming pool.And it seems Bridget is keeping a close eye on the “Dancing With the Stars” action this season- she even has a favorite contestant she’s rooting for.Miss Marquardt told press, “Oh My God! I have it TiVo’d and haven’t watched all of them but I am rooting for Kirstie Alley. I think it is really great for her. She is doing such a great job!”

Jessica Alba Works Through Her Pregnency

Heading out for a day of work, Jessica Alba was spotted going into her office in Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday (April 19).

The “Machete” hottie looked cute in a business casual outfit as she chatted on her cell phone before disappearing inside the building.

Currently expecting her second child, pregnancy has suited Alba well – as she and hubby Cash Warren have daughter, Honor, and another baby on the way.

Of being with her little one, Jess told Vogue that it makes her “feel liberated, less concerned with how she looks, and taught her to adapt to any situation.”

Britney Spears Indian Remix

Ever since her track “Till The World Ends” released, people have been loving it, and Britney Spears is even getting props by a pair of composers in India.

According to a report, the Culture Shock production team remixed the song and put their own spin on it.

Britney tweeted, “Check out this incredible Desihits remix of Till the World Ends. I LOVE it!!!” on her Twitter page yesterday.

One of the guys involved told press, "Our goal was to take Britney's smash hit single and give fans a total Desi adrenaline rush. The result is a Culture Shock musical Desi roller coaster that hopefully everyone around the world will want to join."

Amber Rose

Enjoying some fun in the Caribbean sun, Amber Rose was spotted snorkeling in Barbados earlier this month.

Ms. Rose wasn’t shy about showing off her voluptuous form in a skimpy bikini as she geared up for some underwater adventures.

Meanwhile, it seems Amber’s ex-boyfriend Kanye West caused some issues at Coachella over the weekend when he made a rude reference to her from the stage.
Rose’s current boyfriend Wiz Khalifa approached West after the gig to settle things, and of course Kanye threw a temper tantrum.

An eyewitness told press, “Wiz didn't want to fight, he just wanted all this catty bullsh*t to end. Kanye said something to Wiz and next thing you know security and people's entourages were everywhere pushing and shoving, it could have got real ugly.”

April 19, 2011

Sarah Hyland

Kicking off another day of work, Sarah Hyland was spotted on the set of “Geek Charming” yesterday afternoon (April 18).

The “Modern Family” babe was joined by costar Jordan Nichols as she filmed scenes on the Vancouver, Canada set.

“Geek Charming” is being produced by the Disney Channel and adapted from a book of the same name by author Robin Palmer.

Per the author’s website- “Princess, meet frog . . . Dylan Schoenfield is the princess of L.A.’s post Castle Heights High. She has the coolest boyfriend, the most popular friends, and, to top it all off, a brand-new ‘It’ bag that everyone covets. But when she accidentally tosses her bag into a fountain, this princess comes face-to-face with her own personal frog: self-professed film geek Josh Rosen. In return for rescuing Dylan’s bag, Josh convinces Dylan to let him film her for his documentary on high school popularity. Reluctantly, Dylan lets F-list Josh into her A-list world, and is shocked to realize that sometimes nerds can be pretty cool. As the queen bee of Castle Heights royalty helps Josh turn from a frog into a prince, she’s shocked to find herself becoming friends with a geek — and liking it. But when Dylan’s so-called prince charming of a boyfriend dumps her flat, her life – and her social status – come to a crashing halt. Can Dylan – with Josh’s help – pull the pieces together to create her own happily-ever-after?”

Kara DioGuardi

On the brink of the release of her new memoir, it was revealed that Kara DioGuardi was molested and later date raped by a music producer.

In Helluva High Note, the former “American Idol” judge admitted that she was repeatedly molested by a teenage family friend when she was 11 years old.

Then, just as her music career began to take off in 2000, DioGuardi says she was date raped by a “fairly known producer” following a friendly dinner.

“[W]ithin a few hours, he was on top of me, pumping, sweating, and speaking to me in Spanish, not a word of which I could understand,” she recalled.

Kara said she never revealed what had happened because she feared the consequences it could have on her professional life.

Shenae Grimes

Stepping out for a delectable dinner, Shenae Grimes was spotted arriving at BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood, CA on Monday night (April 18).

The “90210” gal looked cute in a mostly black ensemble and was all smiles as she made her way inside the highly-regarded west coast eatery.

As she was busy filling up on grub last night, Grimes recently sat down with Grazia Magazine and slammed the rumors that she is anorexic.

She told, "I was never anorexic, I had the body of a 12-year-old boy until I was 18 - and I don't have that body anymore, unfortunately. But no eating habits ever changed. My body just grew up, and realized I wasn't a teenager anymore.”

Julia Louis Dreyfus

Julia Louis Dreyfus is set to play the vice president in a new HBO comedy.

The network said Monday it has ordered the new comedy series, “Veep,” and expects it to debut in fall 2012. Louis-Dreyfus plays a former senator who becomes vice president and finds the job is everything she was warned about.

As a featured player in “Seinfeld” and star of “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” Louis-Dreyfus has a strong track record in TV comedy.

The series was created by Armando Iannucci, who earned an Oscar nomination for writing “In the Loop.” He’s an executive producer along with Frank Rich, a former New York Times columnist.

Said Louis-Dreyfus: “Although everyone says this is a comedy, I don’t think there is anything funny at all about me being a heartbeat away from the presidency.”

Melissa Joan Hart Birthday

Happy 35th birthday to the onetime 'Teenage Witch.' The actress is currently starring in "Melissa & Joey," a sitcom airing on ABC Family. The network recently picked up ten more episodes of the show, which costars Joey Lawrence.

Nikki Reed And Paul McDonald

It seems like Nikki Reed's father approves of her "American Idol" boyfriend Paul McDonald. Well, her on-screen vampire father anyway.

Peter Facinelli, Reed's "Twilight Saga" co-star has tapped McDonald for his independent film "Loosies"' soundtrack. The "Nurse Jackie" star wrote, produced and stars in the film, which McDonald will contribute music to. Oh, the perks of being Nikki Reed's boyfriend.

"I was telling Nikki I was looking for music for my movie, and she said, 'You should look through Paul's stuff.' She was a big fan of his, I heard, and I thought it really worked for my movie," Facinelli says. "I played some tracks over it, where we had temp tracks, and it just all worked. So I reached out to Paul, I sent him the movie, and he enjoyed it a lot, and he said he wanted to be a part of it, which I was stoked."

Facinelli says McDonald's original music fits perfectly with "Loosies," which revolves around a pickpocket in New York who reconsiders his lifestyle after a one-night stand reveals she is now pregnant. "He has a band, and his band stuff is very different than what he was doing on 'American Idol," he explains. "When I heard the band, it's very distinct and has a voice of its own. I like the originality of it."

The movie will use most of the music from the two albums McDonald's bands, The Grand Magnolias and High Tide Blues, currently have on iTunes.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga could still ''make you cry'' with her musical ability even if her outrageous clothes and publicity stunts were stripped from her.

Lady Gaga could still "make you cry" with her musical ability if all her gimmicks were stripped from her.

The eccentric 'Judas' singer is famed for her outrageous outfits - such as wearing a dress made from cuts of meat and publicity stunts including being carried into a performance at the Grammy awards in an egg shaped 'vessel', but insists underneath it all her raw talent is what makes her a star.

She told NME magazine: "Let me tell you something. If you f***ing rip my hairbow and my wig off my f***ing head, my shoes, my bra, every single thing on my body, and you throw me on a piano with a microphone, I will f***ing make you cry."

Gaga also vowed to continue writing her own hits and wishes prospective producers would stop sending her their material to perform.

She added: "I'm not going to start churning out what you expect. If you want me to be a manufactured act, you can f**k off."

The 25-year-old 'Bad Romance' star - real name Stefani Germanotta - also feels she is misunderstood despite being open about who is.

She added: "I feel I have been probed endlessly about who the f**k I am. I have been quite open about it.

"And still nobody seems to have a clue."

M. Night Shyamalan

DIRECTOR M. Night Shyamalan isn’t as acclaimed as he used to be!

The moviemaker who broke through with the Oscar-nominated The Sixth Sense in 1999 and was proclaimed the next Steven Spielberg — has been left red-faced after finding out three of his fans are raising $150,000 to send him back to film school.

Chris Baker, a copywriter and author, was first inspired last summer at a screening of Inception when a trailer for Devil drew howls of laughter at the phrase “from the mind of M. Night Shyamalan.”

He was quickly joined by two more advertising buddies, one of whom proposed calling the project ‘M. Night School.’ The site wasn’t ready to go, but when the news broke that Shyamalan was planning to step behind the camera again, the trio went live with their cinematic campaign. As of today, a total of $520.33 has been raised.

Baker admits that Shyamalan “will probably be a little hurt” when he finds out about the site, but points out, “his movies do make money, for better or for worse, which is kind of the irony of the whole thing.

“We want to do a stunt where we present him with a giant check. Obviously, the guy’s a multimillionaire, he’ll refuse it.”

Fergie Big Apple Babe

Checking out after an overnight stay, Stacy “Fergie” Ferguson was spotted leaving her New York City hotel earlier today.

The "Black Eyed Peas" babe headed for her chauffeured car, but not before showing off her gorgeous gams in a colorful dress, matching blazer and sexy strappy black stilettos.

The 36-year-old undoubtedly has one of Hollywood's fittest figures, and hubby Josh Duhamel has just revealed that Fergie's petite physique comes from their competitive workout regimens, telling, "She's likely to say, 'Let's do one more mile,' and every time she finishes a workout she says, 'The glory is mine!' meaning she actually got up and did it."
The "Transformers" star says it helps to keep both of their body's and their marriage in tip-top shape. "We motivate each other. She pushes me, and I push her," he said, adding that, "It's something that we've always done for each other, whether it's working out or in our life together. We're compatible in that way."

Pakistan Successfully Tests Missile

Pakistan successfully tested a surface-to-surface, short-range ballistic missile Nasr.

Nasr, a multi-tube ballistic missile of Hatf series can hit with atomic warhead up to 60kms, according to a statement by the Inter Services Public Relations.

Boston Marathon 2011

The rest of the world can debate whether Geoffrey Mutai set a record when he blistered the Boston Marathon course in 2 hours, 3 minutes, 2 seconds — the fastest anyone has ever run 26.2 miles.

From Hopkinton to Copley Square, there is no doubt.

"We had a stunning performance and an immensely fast time here today," Tom Grilk, the head of the Boston Athletic Association, said on Monday. "We in Boston are well-pleased with what has happened, and that's good unto itself. The definitions of others, I will leave to them."

Mutai outsprinted Moses Mosop down Boylston Street to win by 4 seconds, and the two Kenyans each beat Haile Gebrselassie's sanctioned world record of 2:03:59.

But Mutai's mark is unlikely to be recognized as a world record because the IAAF requires courses to start and finish near the same point to discourage downhill, wind-aided runs. Boston starts at an elevation of 475 feet and finishes 16 feet above sea level; the wind at the start on Monday was announced at 21 mph, and it came in from the west — a tailwind.

Essentially, track's international governing body has deemed the oldest and most prestigious marathon in the world — long considered one of the most difficult, too — to be too easy.

But Boston officials don't seem to mind, and neither does Mutai.

"You don't look at world records. You just go," he said. "If you are strong, you push it. But if you put it in your head, you can't make it."

Although IAAF Rule 206 clearly disqualifies the Boston course from a world record, it does list Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot's time in last year's race among the best times of 2010. Joan Benoit's 2:22:53 was considered a women's record in 1983, though that was before the organization refined its rules, B.A.A. officials said.

IAAF officials did not immediately respond to emails from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Four men, including third-place finisher Gebregziabher Gebremariam of Ethiopia and American Ryan Hall, broke the course record of 2:05:52 set just last year by Cheruiyot.

"These guys obviously showed us what's possible for the marathon," said Hall, whose 2:04:58 is the fastest ever run by an American. "I was out there running, and I was thinking to myself, 'I can't believe this is happening right now. I'm running a 2:04 pace, and I can't even see the leaders.' It was unreal."

Mutai, who earned $150,000 for the win, will also receive $50,000 for the world best to go with $25,000 for the course record.

Grilk said there was no doubt he earned his money.

"This gentleman did both things, and we are honored to have played a part in his doing it," he said.

Kilel won the women's race to complete the Kenyan sweep, outsprinting American Desiree Davila to win by two seconds in 2:22:36. Davila led as late as the final stretch on Boylston Street and ran the fastest time ever for a U.S. woman, five seconds faster than Benoit, who is now known as Joan Samuelson.

Kara Goucher ran a personal best 2:24:52 to add a fifth-place finish to her third in 2009. No American — man or woman — has won Boston since Lisa Larsen-Weidenbach in 1985.

"We're knocking on the door," Hall said. "I mean 2:08 last year and 2:04 this year ... It's going to come; it's just a matter of time."

A year after Cheruiyot lowered the course record by more than a minute, almost 27,000 runners lined up in Hopkinton with temperatures in the high 40s and a 21 mph wind at their back — perfect marathoning weather. Kim Smith, a New Zealander who lives in Providence, R.I., took off at a record pace and led the women's race for more than 20 miles.

The men were more steady, and they were the ones to take down the old mark.

Mutai and Mosop ran side-by-side for the final miles before Mutai pulled ahead for good on Boylston Street. The 19th Kenyan winner in the past 21 years, Mutai raised his arms in the air and grinned.

"When I was coming to Boston, I was not trying to break the world record. But I see the gift from God," Mutai said. "I'm happy. I don't have more words to add."

Cheruiyot, who had been recovering from a car accident in Kenya, finished sixth. Defending women's champion Teyba Erkesso dropped out before reaching the halfway point.

The women's pack let Smith go, falling almost a minute behind. But 20 miles in, as she ran down Commonwealth Avenue in Newton toward Heartbreak Hill, she began to stutter-step.

Soon, she had stopped completely to rub her right calf. It was only for a few seconds, but when she resumed she had clearly slowed and the pack was upon her less than a mile later. Among them was Davila.

The American ran with Kenyans Kilel and Sharon Cherop through Chestnut Hill and briefly broke out of her rhythm to wave as the crowd began chanting, "U-S-A!" The three swapped leads down Beacon Street in Brookline, and Davila led even on the final stretch before Kilel outkicked her.

"It was the most excitement I've had in a race ever and just really carried me the last six miles," Davila said. "I felt that energy, and I felt comfortable at the front and pushing the pace because of that. It really just carried me through to the finish line."

Masazumi Soejima and Wakako Tsuchida gave Japan a sweep of the men's and women's wheelchair divisions. It was the fifth straight win for Tsuchida and the second overall for Soejima.

April 18, 2011

US Postal Service Issued Stamp

The US Postal Service recently issued a new stamp featuring the Statue of Liberty in New York City, or at least that’s what it appeared to be until a magazine, Linn’s Stamp News, did some investigative work and found that the Lady Liberty featured in the stamp was not the Lady Liberty in New York but a replica Lady Liberty in Las Vegas.

The magazine traced the photo to a photographer who had shot images of the Las Vegas Lady Liberty for Getty Images as well.

But the stamp isn’t going anywhere.

The photograph, taken by Raimund Linke, will stay in circulation.

BAA 5K Winner

Queasy and lethargic earlier in the week due to a nagging cold, Ben True arrived at the starting line for yesterday’s Boston Athletic Association 5K looking to save himself for one big move over the final 400 meters.

True ran comfortably with the huge lead pack through a pedestrian opening mile of 4:41 and had plenty left to outkick Bobby Curtis and lead 10 runners across the finish line under the course record with a time of 14 minutes, 7 seconds. Curtis (14:09) finished second, edging out Ben St. Lawrence (14:09) and John Korir (14:09).

Former course-record holder Jarrod Shoemaker of Maynard also bettered his 14:29 mark from the inaugural 5K in 2009 with a 14:23 that earned him seventh place.

The competition didn’t give True, a native of North Yarmouth, Maine, and Dartmouth College product, an inch heading down Boylston Street to the finish.

“I got a little worried when Curtis jumped on me at the end, but I was able to reel him back in, so I was really happy,” True said. “Once I reeled him in, I knew I had it. Coming down the final stretch it was a drag race.

“It was great fun. The crowd was great and the energy here is just fabulous.”

It was a morning of records. In addition to the men’s mark, the low times fell in the women’s and men’s and women’s masters divisions.

Lineth Chepkurui was never challenged as she bettered the 16:52 course record set by Watertown’s Jennifer Campbell last year with a scintillating 15:52. Jimmy Lynch captured the men’s masters race in 15:51, bettering Wayne Levy’s 16:27. Kathleen Jobes clocked a 17:37 to dip under Kathy Fleming’s 2009 mark of 17:40.

With her record run, Chepkurui added another New England victory to her resume. The 23-year-old Kenyan dominated the Beach to Beacon 10K in Maine by 26 seconds last year, ripping off a swift 31:00. The diminutive Chepkurui is anything but that on the roads, and she won her third consecutive Lilac Bloomsday Run in 2010 with a world’s best time of 38:10 for 12K.

“In the morning I was so worried,” Chepkurui said. “When I woke up it was pouring. It got much better and at the start of the race the weather was improving.”

Chepkurui hinted that she may be in the marathon field in 2012.

“This is so amazing,” she said with a smile. “Being with the Boston marathoners. I’ve never seen such a well organized race as this. I’m so proud.

“I’m looking forward to not running on a Sunday again, but running on a Monday.”

High school phenom Lukas Verzbicas led Andrew Baddeley down Boylston Street before the Brit edged out the youngster with a last-ditch surge for the 4:16.7 win in the mile competition.

Verzbicas, making a second appearance on the roads of Boston to go with indoor appearances at the Reggie Lewis Center, was a step back in 4:16.8 and Craig Miller took third in 4:17.4.

Defending champion Anna Pierce put herself in position for a second consecutive victory at the mile distance, but Marina Muncan outleaned Pierce at the tape for the 4:58.7 win. Pierce was clocked in 4:58.8.

Game of Thrones

Several favorite HBO dramas had to grow on me. Shows like Rome, Deadwood and The Wire had rich, complex stories and it took me a while to fully understand and appreciate all of them. That's exactly how I feel about HBO's newest show, Game of Thrones.

The epic fantasy show based on a popular book series tried to cram one hour of exposition and about two or three dozen characters into the premiere, and while I felt confused at times , I started to get a grasp on everything as the episode ended. Like the other great HBO shows, this one will have to give me time to catch up.

As you may have guessed, I have not read the books. If I had, I'd probably have an easier time understanding all of the intrigue and the purpose of the Pentos subplot, but even without that knowledge, Game of Thrones worked.

Ned Stark: The Hand of the King

The story centers largely on Ned Stark (which sounds more like an accountant than an ancient warrior). He's old friends with the king and is asked to take over as the Hand of the King following the suspicious death of the job's previous owner. While his tale is interesting, it's his children who provide plenty of potential storylines, and not just because they adopt adorable pet wolves. One of his daughters is a major tomboy, the other wants to marry the prince despite being 13, and his sons and their friends are all equally hot, even the bastard. He also has a young son, but since he gets shoved out of a window at the end of the episode, there isn't much point in caring about him.

The Queen's Family

The King's wife, Cersei, seems nice at first, except for the episode-ending revelation that she's having an affair with her twin brother, Jaime. Having him then throw a kid out a window to keep their secret is the kind of gloriously twisted drama I want to see from Game of Thrones. Between them and the Targaryans, it's clear that in the world of this show, people with blonde hair are all evil, and the only decent one is the queen's drunken, whoring dwarf brother (the delightful Peter Dinklage).

The Targaryans

Perhaps the most distracting part of Game of Thrones was the addition of a completely separate subplot centering around the son of the former king, who is across the sea and plotting his revenge, a plan which involves marrying his sister to a barbarian to get his army. The show needs a good villain (I suppose incestuous twins aren't enough), and while I briefly understood their connection to the main plot, it all felt very isolated from the real action. There are two different shows, and I hope the war comes sooner rather than later, because there's only so much time I'll be willing to spend watching a creepy guy with platinum blonde hair explain how he's willing to let 40,000 soldiers and their horses all have sex with his sister if it gets him what he wants.

The White Walkers

By the end of the episode, I got up to speed on the characters and plots, but there's one thing that left me very confused: what the heck is a White Walker? The episode began with a horror scene as a group of soldiers were attacked by some weird, undead creatures, myths known as the White Walkers, but then they and any mention of them vanished for the rest of the episode. I'm sure fans of the books know all about these creatures, but I was left feeling like the opening scene had nothing to do with the rest of the episode and was designed merely for people who've read the books.

Regardless, the production values alone are enough to keep me coming back, and I expect that by the end of the first season, I'll have a firm grasp on who's who in this magical kingdom. But Game of Thrones needs to remember that not everyone has read the books, so you can't just throw in random references to White Walkers and expect viewers to know what the heck you're talking about.

Sure, I could go online and read about the books (or read the books themselves), but a TV show has to work independently from the books. Right now most of it does, but the White Walkers still leave a sour taste in my mouth, the weak point in an otherwise strong premiere.

How To Celebrate Easter 2011

Passover is a universal holiday. You know it's almost here when every supermarket adds the section filled with matzah and gefilte fish at the front of the store. So many of my friends regardless of their religion are all going to seders and they all have matzah in their homes. The holiday starts Monday the 18th at sunset and goes through April 26th. Recently, I sat down with Prime Grill owner Joey Allaham to discuss the complex process of making his restaurant kosher for Passover. Prime Grill, which is located in Midtown on 49th between Park and Madison Avenues, is one of the few kosher restaurants open during Passover and for the seders. People are familiar with preparing their home kitchen, but getting a restaurant ready is a whole different process that involves lots of blow torching and rabbinical supervision.

Jordana Zizmor: Do you make your restaurants kosher for Passover every year?

Joey Allaham: Yes we have made Prime Grill kosher for Passover every year since it opened. We would make the other restaurant kosher for Passover based on how the holiday falls out during the 8 days. If we have more that 3 working days then I would kasher the other restaurants. This year we only have one full day on Thursday that we can do lunch and dinner.
JZ: Is Prime Grill booked up for the Seders?
JA: The first night is always booked. The second night is not as busy. During Passover every non-kosher restaurant advertises a Seder. It's become more a name of a meal than something that's just focused on Judaism.
JZ: How do you make the restaurant kosher for Passover?
JA: It's a nightmare. It's like opening a completely new restaurant in 48 hours. We have a steaming company come in and they steam and clean every single piece of equipment and corner of the restaurant. Then we torch and really burn everything so there is no chance of any leftover bread or anything. We blowtorch every surface and the inside of all the ovens. There is not even a crumb in the whole restaurant. The third step involves cleaning the whole restaurant with hoses and hot water. When we finish that, all the Passover equipment comes in. We have machines and china that we only use for Passover and are in storage for the rest of the year. The Rabbi has to open the sealed boxes of the equipment himself. The OU has a full staff the does the koshering.
JZ: Do you have to be certified Kosher for Passover?
JA: I don't know if we get a certificate but the OU has to supervise the whole process. The OU is the strictest supervision and they know exactly what to do.
JZ: How much does the whole process cost?
JA: Everything from soup to nuts is probably about $25,000.
JZ: Do you drastically change the menu?
JA: Changing the food and the menu is the easy part. Everything you eat on Passover is very fresh and prepared right before we serve it. We are a busy restaurant and everything is always fresh but even more so on Passover because it's takes 48 hours for the restaurant to be open and then we have to cook right away. People are running everywhere and it's a mess. I literally run away and get out of town. It's a hassle. It's takes a lot of work and the first couple of years were much harder and took much more time. This year we are already used to it.
JZ: What do you learn every year that you wish you had known before?
JA: Every year I look at the cost of running it and I say next year I'm not going to do it. Then next year comes and it's a must do. We have to do it out of loyalty to our customers. Not many places are open for Passover and our customers and people in the area need to eat.
JZ: Does your clientele change during Passover?
JA: Yes we get a lot of non-religious Jews who usually don't observe kashrut in general meaning they eat out. On Passover they have to have a kosher meal.
JZ: Why do you think that is?
JA: It's a conscious thing. People know when they come to us that we are 100% kosher for Passover. It's not just going to a regular restaurant that advertises Seder meals and matzah.
JZ: What would people be surprised to know about Prime Grill during Passover?
JA: We get extremely busy but we try to accommodate everyone. The menu is different as well because we can't serve sushi with rice. There is such a great energy and holiness in the restaurant during Passover.
Z: Do you sell more steaks because you can't sell sushi?
JA: Definitely, but we do sell sashimi. I have been trying to use quinoa instead of rice but the OU won't let me. We could only use it if it was checked piece by piece so we passed on it. That would take so long you would get your sushi order by next Passover.
JZ: Any favorite items on the menu?
JA: I like the original stuff like chicken soup with matzah balls that we don't serve during the year.
JZ: Prime Grill is kosher year round. Is Passover that much different?
JA: You can't even compare. It's like Prime Grill goes on vacation those days. It's a completely different restaurant. It's a very difficult process. Even all the hotels and programs that people go on most are not certified by the OU. There are so many rules to handle.
JZ: Do you have any advice for someone who wants to open a kosher restaurant?
JA: You have to make your business with the understanding that you are only open 5 days a week. Friday and Saturday don't count. It's a thin line and everything has to be closely monitored. I never cut any corners and I only buy the best. If it's not good enough for me it's not good enough for my customers.

Jennifer Lopez New Song

Gearing up for the release of her highly-anticipated album “Love,” Jennifer Lopez debuted a third song over the weekend.

After her fans “unlocked” the song on her Facebook page, the “American Idol” judge premiered the brand new track called “Papi.”

Here is the first verse of the song, with a sample available below for listening pleasure.

Let all the heat pour down
I’m good as long as he’s around
He let’s me wear the crown
I do my best to make him proud

Now all my super ladies
I got my baby, if you got your baby, baby


Move your body, Move your body
Dance for your papi
Rock your body, Rock your body,
Dance for your papi

Put your hands up in the air, dance for your man if you care
Put your hands up in the air, air, air, ohohohohoh

Move your body, Move your body
Dance for your papi
Rock your body, Rock your body,
Dance for your papi

Lady Gaga Releases HBO Concert

Her live shows are legendary, and now Lady Gaga is giving everyone a chance to see what her concerts are all about.
The “Born This Way” babe will premiere her “Lady Gaga Presents: The Monster Ball Tour at Madison Square Garden” on May 7th and she’s just released a new trailer.The May 7th premiere will air on HBO, just a couple weeks ahead of the release of her new album on May 23rd.Additionally, Gaga also released her new single “Judas,” creating even more hype for the forthcoming album.

Kendall & Kylie Jenner Doing Summer Shoping

Treating themselves to a round of shopping, Kylie and Kendall Jenner were spotted out in Calabasas, California yesterday.

Joined by their mother Kris Jenner, the E! reality stars hit up some boutiques and picked up a few new outfits along the way.

And it sounds like Kendall is ready for a change of seasons. She tweeted, “Ahhh I’m so excited for summer!! cantwait.”

Meanwhile, Kylie is keeping a close eye on her Twitter page, having recently scored a new milestone. “Yay! 5800 followers! thanks guys!” she tweeted.

Elsa Pataky In Brazil Beach

Taking a break from her busy schedule, Elsa Pataky was spotted out on the beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Friday (April 15).

The “Fast Five” hottie showed off her fabulous body in a skimpy black bikini as Brazilian paparazzi lapped it all up.

Elsa is married to “Thor” hunk Chris Hemsworth, who is seven years her junior. But after a three-month whirlwind romance, it seemed they were meant for each other.

Following their wedding in December, an inside source told press, “Chris has been convinced that she’s the one ever since they met.”

Kate Hudson Pregnent

She’s super excited about the impending arrival of her new baby, and Kate Hudson told press that she thinks she and boyfriend Matthew Bellamy are having a girl.

The “Fool’s Gold” gal explained that while she hasn’t had any medical confirmation on the sex of her soon-to-be-born, an age-old practice called a pendulum reading suggests pink for the newborn’s nursery.

Kate also noted that she had a great time playing “wild girl” Darcy in her upcoming film “Something Borrowed.”

Ms. Hudson shared that she was definitely able to connect with the character because “she likes to have a good time and she definitely had her ‘Darcy moments.’”

Miley Cyrus New Tattoo

Bringing the weekend to a close, Miley Cyrus was busy shopping the day away in West Hollywood, CA on Sunday (April 17).

The "Last Song" starlet looked cute in a navy and white patterned dress with a navy off-the-shoulder buttondown sweater as she popped into American Rag to pick up a few new purchases.

A bit earlier in the day, Miss Cyrus tweeted a pic showing off her new tattoo while writing, "Rocking piggy tails for the first time since like 6th grade! I love summer time :)"

As previously reported by GossipCenter, Miley has announced plans to go on tour to South America and Australia over the summer - opting to bypass performing in the States.

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