Monday, February 28, 2011

American recording artist, actress and spokesperson Jennifer Hudson - Oscars 2011 Red Carpet

Jennifer Kate Hudson (born September 12, 1981) is an American recording artist, actress and spokesperson. She came to prominence in 2004 as one of the finalists on the third season of American Idol coming in seventh place. She made her film debut in the 2006 film Dreamgirls which won her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award, an NAACP Image Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

American actress and singer Amy Adams - Oscars 2011 Red Carpet

Amy Lou Adams (born August 20, 1974) is an American actress and singer. Adams began her performing career on stage in dinner theaters before making her screen debut in the 1999 black comedy film Drop Dead Gorgeous.

American actress and singer Scarlett Johansson - Oscars 2011 Red Carpet

Scarlett Johansson (born November 22, 1984) is an American actress and singer. Johansson made her film debut in the 1994 film North and was later nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead for her performance in 1996's Manny & Lo. Johansson rose to fame with her roles in 1998's The Horse Whisperer and 2001's Ghost World.

Australian actress Nicole Kidman with Keith Urban - Oscars 2011 Red Carpet

Nicole Mary Kidman, AC (born 20 June 1967) is an Australian actress, spokes model, and humanitarian.

Keith Lionel Urban (born October 26, 1967) is a New Zealand born, Australian, country music singer, songwriter and guitarist whose commercial success has been mainly in the United States and Australia.

American actress, former fashion model, and beauty queen Halle Berry - Oscars 2011 Red Carpet

Halle Berry (born August 14, 1966) is an American actress, former fashion model, and beauty queen. Berry received an Emmy, Golden Globe, SAG, and an NAACP Image Award for Introducing Dorothy Dandridge and won an Academy Award for Best Actress and was also nominated for a BAFTA Award in 2001 for her performance in Monster's Ball, becoming the first and, as of 2011, only woman of African American descent to have won the award for Best Actress. She is one of the most highly paid actresses in Hollywood and also a Revlon spokeswoman. She has also been involved in the production side of several of her films.

she entered several beauty contests, winning Miss Teen All-American 1985 and Miss Ohio USA 1986. She was the 1986 Miss USA first runner-up to Christy Fichtner of Texas. In the Miss USA 1986 pageant interview competition, she said she hoped to become an entertainer or to have something to do with the media. Her interview was awarded the highest score by the judges. She was the first African-American Miss World entrant in 1986, where she finished 5th runner-up of Miss World 1986 and Trinidad and Tobago's Giselle Laronde was crowned Miss World 1986.

American actress Hilary Swank - Oscars 2011 Red Carpet

Hilary Ann Swank (born July 30, 1974) is an American actress. Her film career began with a small part in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) and then a major part in The Next Karate Kid (1994), where she played Julie Pierce, the first female protégé of sensei Mr. Miyagi. She has become known for her two Academy Award-winning performances: first as Brandon Teena, a transgender man (FTM) in the movie Boys Don't Cry (1999), and a struggling waitress-turned-boxer, Maggie Fitzgerald, in Million Dollar Baby (2004).

American stage, film and television actress Marisa Tomei - Oscars 2011 Red Carpet

Marisa Tomei (born December 4, 1964) is an American stage, film and television actress. Following her work on As The World Turns, Tomei came to prominence as a supporting cast member on The Cosby Show spinoff A Different World in 1987. After appearing in a few films, her breakthrough came in 1992 with the comedy My Cousin Vinny, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Australian actress and theatre director Cate Blanchett - Oscars 2011 Red Carpet

Catherine Élise "Cate" Blanchett (born 14 May 1969) is an Australian actress and theatre director. She has won multiple acting awards, most notably two SAGs, two Golden Globe Awards, two BAFTAs, and an Academy Award, as well as the Volpi Cup at the 64th Venice International Film Festival. Blanchett earned five Academy Award nominations between 1998 and 2010.

American actress and film producer Reese Witherspoon - Oscars 2011 Red Carpet

Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon (born March 22, 1976), better known as Reese Witherspoon, is an American actress and film producer. Witherspoon landed her first feature role as the female lead in the film The Man in the Moon in 1991.

Spanish actress Penelope Cruz & Javier Bardem - Oscars 2011 Red Carpet

Penélope Cruz Sánchez (born April 28, 1974), better known as Penélope Cruz, is a Spanish actress who was signed by an agent at age 15. She made her acting debut at 16 on television, and her feature film debut the following year in Jamón, jamón (1992), to critical acclaim. Her subsequent roles in the 1990s and 2000s included Open Your Eyes (1997), The Hi-Lo Country (1999), The Girl of Your Dreams (2000) and Woman on Top (2000). Cruz achieved recognition for her lead roles in Vanilla Sky and Blow. Both films were released in 2001 and were commercially successful worldwide.

Javier Ángel Encinas Bardem (born 1 March 1969) is a Spanish actor. He has garnered critical acclaim for roles in films such as Jamón, jamón, Carne tremula, Boca a boca, Los Lunes al sol and Mar adentro.

American actress Gwyneth Paltrow @ Oscars 2011 Red Carpet

Gwyneth Kate Paltrow (born September 27, 1972) is an American actress. She made her acting debut on stage in 1990 and started appearing in films in 1991.

Israeli-American actress Natalie Portman @ Oscars 2011 Red Carpet

Natalie Hershlag (Hebrew: נטלי הרשלג‎; born June 9, 1981), better known by her stage name Natalie Portman, is an Israeli-American actress.

Sandra Bullock @ Oscars 2011 Red Carpet

Sandra Annette Bullock (born July 26, 1964) is an American actress and producer who rose to fame in the 1990s, after roles in successful films such as Speed and While You Were Sleeping. She has since established her career with films such as Miss Congeniality and Crash, the second of which received critical acclaim. In 2007, she was ranked as the 14th richest female celebrity with an estimated fortune of $85 million. In 2009, Bullock starred in the most financially successful films of her career, The Proposal and The Blind Side. Bullock was awarded a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role, and the Academy Award for Best Actress, for her role as Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side.

Blog Hop, Blog Candy, and a Birdcage!

Happy Monday everyone!  If you are following the Bitten by the Bug2 blog hop you arrived here from Lori's blog - Welcome.  If you are one of my regulars popping by please do take a few minutes and visit all of blogs on the BBTB2 blog hop.  The Design Team members have created awesome projects to share. 

The challenge cut this week is the birdcage or bird house from the Straight from the Nest cartridge.  I chose to use this simply lovely birdcage to create a unique wedding card! 

I used three pieces of cardstock to cut the birdcage, a silver metallic for the top layer, a charcoal print for the middle layer, and a high glitter sparkle cardstock for the shadow layer.  Using scissors I removed the single bird from the cage and added my love bird couple.  I also added a little heart, a ribbon bow and a few gems to the cage.

Next I cut a gate fold card in soft pink cardstock.  I scored the folds with my scrorepal and affixed the birdcage to the left side of the card front.  Using the charcoal cardstock and the Picturesque cartridge, I cut for decorative corners for the front of the gate folds.

As you open the left side of the card the tag on the right side is revealed.  Using the same charcoal cardstock and a stamped image, I added a Mr. and Mrs. stamp to the middle of the tag.

The inside of the card was embellished with decorative corners which leaves lost of space to write a personalized message.

Before you head on your way, remember that I have blog candy!!!  Just leave a comment and you will be in the drawing for a $25 gift voucher from CUSTOM CROPS!!!  Who doesn't like to do a little free shopping?  I know I do!  I will draw a random winner on Thursday morning before I leave for the Circle Crop in Atlanta!

I hope you have enjoyed the blog hop. The final stop on the blog hop is at the blog of our beautiful and talented design team sister Krista.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem Wed

The Year of the Tiger Pays off for Penelope Cruz!

As I predicted in the March 2010 issue of 'The Star Prophet,' Penelope Cruz has married Javier Bardem in a quiet little ceremony in the Bahamas.

Cruz, born in a Tiger year according to Chinese Astrology, has been doubly lucky earlier this year with her second Oscar(r) nomination.

More Tigers born this year include Tom Cruise, Leo DiCaprio, Demi Moore and Hilary Swank. Here are a few prophecies for these celebs from our March issue:

Tom Cruise seems as if he’s always lucky, even when he’s not particularly so.  Unfortunately for Cruise, he could see some heavy bills mounting this year that may put him under stress. However, as good luck would have it, these events will prompt him to forge new partnerships that could be the beginning of a new mega-media empire.  Continued below...
Leonardo DiCaprio would be well advised to curb his urge to gamble this year as luck of that nature is not on his side.  If he’s not careful, he could lose much of his fortune.  The good news is that he’s not likely to gamble when it comes to marriage, but instead, could end his on-again, off-again relationship with Israeli beauty, Bar Rafaeli.

Demi Moore –This is a great year for Moore to get pregnant or adopt a little boy.  In doing so, she would make hubby, Ashton Kutcher, extremely happy!

Hilary Swank –As lucky as Swank has been with her career, she’s been unlucky in love.  But, near the end of 2010, she’ll be surprised to find the man who could very well be the love of her life.

Penelope Cruz finds Depp funny

London, Jan 8 – Actress Penelope Cruz says Johnny Depp is ‘a funny person’ and found it hard to stop herself from giggling on the sets while filming serious scenes for ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’.
‘Johnny is such a funny person, he has created this amazing character,’ quoted her as saying.
‘The main problem is that he’s so funny it was hard to film the dramatic scenes, because I could not stop laughing. You never know what will happen next.’
Penelope previously starred with Johnny in 2001 movie ‘Blow’ and says they always have a good time together.
‘Both times have been amazing. The funny thing is, we were saying to each other, we get along so well but we play characters who always fight.’

Penelope Cruz Pregnant

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Question of whether Penelope Cruz is pregnant or not has finally been answered. “Penelope is 4 1/2 months pregnant,” reps for Penélope Cruz and husband Javier Bardem confirm.
The star’s agent released a statement saying: “Penelope Cruz is four-and-a-half months pregnant. At the moment she is on her way to London where the filming of Pirates of the Caribbean 4 is almost finished,” it read.
The couple began dating in 2007, but have rarely spoken of their relationship. Javier shocked many by referring to his lover when collecting Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.
“I share this joy with my friend, my companion, my love: Penelope: I owe you a lot and I love you so much,” he said.
Penelope has spoken of her desire to be a mother in the past, saying: “When I [have babies], I want to do it really well. I want it to be my best project in life. I believe in family, love and children.”

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


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March 4 2009
London, England - In 1996 the first mammal, Dolly the Sheep, was cloned and though scientists likely had high hopes for the future of the science, few could have predicted the impact their advance would have on the libido’s of men all over the world. Now with the announcement of Keira Knightley signing on to star in ‘Never let me go’ the fantasies of every heterosexual male has been realized. Knightly’s character will be cloned in the film.Dolly the sheep
“In 1996 Keira Knightley was only 11 years old. It’s very unlikely that those scientists had the idea of her growing into an adult and starring in a movie about cloning, but I wouldn’t doubt there’s some spectrum of truth there. After all there’s very little other reason to get into genetics and biology other than women,” said Scrape TV Entertainment analyst Tracey Temple. “In that respect to that there was probably some hope of cloning beautiful women someday.  Of course more than likely they were hoping for real clones rather than Hollywood manufactured ones but maybe in time we’ll see that. Hopefully for their sake Knightley will keep some of her DNA on file.”

Traditionally young men play music or aspire to positions of power in order to attract women. Science has rarely been a major draw for attracting the opposite sex and many have speculated that the rise in cloning technology was not so much to attract women, but replicate those which the scientists could not attain through legitimate means.Keria Knightley

“There’s definitely a segment of the heterosexual female population who are drawn solely by intellect by they are few and far between and the numbers don’t even come close to the number or working scientists in the field,” said Scrape TV Science analyst Dr. Howard Poe. “There are a fair number of attractive male scientists working today, much more than there have been in the past, but unfortunately for them the expectation of dourness or being downright ugly is something not even the most intelligent of scientists have been able to overcome. For the future of science cloning may be the only way to keep bloodlines vital.”

Scientists predict that they are a number of years from cloning a human being despite successful attempts both in scientific and commercial fields with lower animals such as pigs and dogs. Adding to the scientific obstacles are the moral, ethical, and religious concerns that impede progress towards human cloning.keira Knightley on the beach in bikin

“It’s a very difficult argument to make for a lot of people, even those who are progressively minded. Issues like personality, memory, and even the soul are all obstacles that many people have difficulty overcoming and they are things that are going to take a lot of debate and philosophical study to overcome. One would wish the argument would be as simple as doing it for the chicks, but it seems unlikely most people will buy that argument,” continued Poe. “Cloning to bring back a lost pet or even a beloved family member is one thing but cloning to get laid, that’s something else entirely.”

Knightley, who has starred in such movies as ‘Love Actually’, ‘Atonement’, and the ‘Pirates of  the Caribbean’ trilogy, is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful women in the world.  It is not expected, despite her role in ‘Never let me go’, that she would allow herself to be cloned in real life to be used as a sexual plaything. Keira Knightley

“Would you be having sex with Keira Knightley or some version of her? Would you know? Would the clone be property or an individual? Those are just some of the ethical questions facing cloning advocates and cloning protestors alike. Is a soul unique to a person or is it something that can be replicated. The same question needs to be asked of vaginas,” continued Poe. “It also brings up the question of slavery and sexual abuse which opens up a whole new avenue for discussion among ethicists, lawmakers, and theologists and one that won’t be easily solved. Regardless, we are a ways away from cloning a human and in the meantime my recommendation is learning to learning to play the guitar. Chicks dig the guitar.”

Mark Romanek will direct ‘Never let me go’ from a script by ‘Trainspotting’ scribe Alex Garland. Knightley meanwhile has 5 movies slated to shoot before being cloned, which perhaps will motivate her to assent to the procedure when it does become available.

Keira Knightley is the New ‘My Fair Lady’

Keira Knightley is the New ‘My Fair Lady’ 


There’s a remake underway of My Fair Lady and Keira Knightley is playing the lead.
Mandrake hears that the 24-year-old actress has beaten Scarlett Johansson to the part of Eliza Doolittle in a new film adaptation of My Fair Lady.
Her victory comes as I can disclose that Joe Wright, who inspired Knightley to her best performance, in Pride and Prejudice, has been chosen to direct the film.
“Joe and Keira are looking forward to working together again immensely,” says a friend of the 37-year-old director.



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