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Oprah dodges lawsuit over fattest president

Oprah dodges lawsuit over fattest president

NEW YORK – A federal judge in Pennsylvania has tossed out an author’s $100 million lawsuit against Oprah Winfrey for violating the copyright in the political booklet, ‘How America Elects Her Presidents.’
Charles Harris claimed in a lawsuit that in 2008, as Winfrey began supporting Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, Harris sent 10 copies of his booklet to ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ in hopes of gaining publicity. He followed up with several inquiries. Harris got no response, but

PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week – Pakistan’s premier fashion platform returns to Lahore

LAHORE – With the PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week in the evening today for its third week in Pakistan, it is important to highlight what the PFDC & Sunsilk achieve as a collaborative platform and to exclusively present the pioneering vision of the people behind the scenes of this massive event which entails four days of high fashion and media frenzy. As a platform, he PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week has built itself as an institution for designers, retailers and now textile houses to showcase

Simon Cowell denies ‘American Idol’ bad blood

LOS ANGELES – Ten years after helping launch ‘American Idol’ into a national pastime, Simon Cowell is again playing the role of underdog. He’s back auditioning talent for a largely unknown singing competition – although this time, when ‘The X Factor’ premieres on Fox this fall, it will come with immense hype and expectations. Cowell, 51, speaks about his upcoming reality show and his experience as a judge on the ‘American Idol’. Q. Tell us what you learned from launching ‘Idol’ that

Amy Adams: Lois Lane in ‘Superman’

LAHORE – The Daily Planet has its ace reporter, and Clark Kent has his love interest. Amy Adams has been cast as Lois Lane in Zack Snyder’s upcoming “Superman” reboot. The director confirmed in the newspapers that Adams had a role in the movie, saying that he reached out to her by phone while in Paris on Sunday. “There was a big, giant search for Lois,” Snyder told the paper. “For us it was a big thing and obviously a really important role.
We did a lot of auditioning but we had

Reese Witherspoon marries Hollywood agent Jim Toth

LOS ANGELES – Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon and her talent agent fiance Jim Toth tied the knot over the weekend in Southern California, her spokeswoman said. The 35-year-old actress, who scored box office hits with her “Legally Blonde” movies, and Toth, 40, were married on Saturday at her ranch in Ojai, California, northwest of Los Angeles.
Several Hollywood stars attended, including Sean Penn and Scarlett Johansson, as well as Robert Downey, Jr., Tobey Maguire and

Wi-Fi cars hitting the information superhighway

WASHINGTON – More cars are hitting the information superhighway thanks to new automotive Wi-Fi technology that allows vehicles to become rolling ‘hot spots.’ Analysts say consumers are warming to the notion of more connectivity in their cars, with apps for information and entertainment just as they have with their smartphones or tablet computers. “Initially, putting internet access in the car sounds like a distraction and frivolous but as time passes it will become a part of our lives

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Indian Home Secretary Gopal K Pillai (R) shakes hands with his Pakistani counterpart Chaudhary Qamar Zaman (L) during a Indo-Pak meeting in New Delhi on March 28, 2011. Pillai and Zaman will talk about dismantling the terror camps across the border and handing over the voice samples of Mumbai terror attack masterminds. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani will meet during the ICC World Cup Cricket semi-final match between India and

“Wimpy Kid” rules weekend box offices

LOS ANGELES – Family comedy “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules” outmuscled adventure “Sucker Punch” to claim the North American weekend box office title with $24.4 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates on Sunday. “Wimpy Kid,” based on the successful books about a boy in middle school, easily toppled “Sucker Punch,” a fantasy tale of young women who can escape their dark lives by retreating into a dreamworld where they battle rivals. It claimed the No. 2 spot on

Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth tie the knot

LOS ANGELES – Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon and her talent agent fiance Jim Toth tied the knot over the weekend in Southern California, her spokeswoman told celebrity magazine People.
The 35-year-old actress, who scored box office hits with her “Legally Blonde” movies, and Toth, 40, were married on Saturday at her ranch in Ojai, California, northwest of Los Angeles.

Miral embraces Palestinian controversy

LOS ANGELES – During the making of Miral, a coming-of-age tale about a teenaged Palestinian girl, a profound moment occurred for director Julian Schnabel as he was filming in a convent outside of Jerusalem. Sirens sounded and everyone on set – men, women, Palestinians, Israelis and otherwise – suddenly stopped for several minutes of silence.
“There was a pool of humanity at that moment that was in sync,” recalled Schnabel. “It was powerful.” He didn’t know it at the time, but

Sharapova doesn’t care about her looks

God was certainly in a good mood when he created Maria Sharapova. The former world number one professional tennis player is not only blonde, beautiful and a staple in men’s magazines like the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and Maxim, but she’s a as modest as you can be when it comes to all the attention surrounding her fine physical attributes.
“To be quite honest, I never think about things like that. I think there will always be certain pressures of being in the public

Katy Perry Launches ‘ET’ Video Teaser

Wondering what Katy Perry’s new music video for “E.T.” will look like? Well, fans still might be wondering after they check out the clip Perry shared Monday (March 21), but at least they’ll know what this extraterrestrial’s spacecraft looks like. She tweeted a teaser to the video, which will feature a cameo from Kanye West, who drops a few bars on the song. Her message on the tweet simply reads: “EXTRATRESSTRIALS ARE COMING.”
In the 19-second teaser, an orb-shaped UFO drops from

Rooney hands affairs to conservator

A Los Angeles lawyer was given permanent control of 90-year-old actor Mickey Rooney’s affairs on Friday after telling a judge that $400,000 of the Hollywood legend’s money had gone from his bank accounts.
Rooney’s stepson Christopher Aber also agreed to stay away from the actor and his home without the Los Angeles court extending a restraining order first obtained against him in February, Rooney’s lawyer said after a hearing. Aber, 52, the son of Rooney’s eighth wife Jan, has

The Oprah Winfrey show concludes

The final original episode of ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ will air May 25. Winfrey’s Chicago-based Harpo Productions confirmed the date Friday. Winfrey announced live on the show in November 2009 that she would end its run after 25 years. She since has launched cable’s Oprah Winfrey Network.
“The Oprah Winfrey Show” has been in reruns for the last few weeks. But Winfrey tweeted Thursday that she was “hard at work planning the final shows” and new episodes would begin April 7. The

D’Souza trains in martial arts

Bollywood’s ‘Girl next door’ Genelia D’Souza’ went all her way to perfect her turn as a sword-totting warrior in the tri-lingual film ‘Urumi’, with special classes in martial arts, horse riding and rowing. The actress, who recently represented the film at the Hong Kong International Film Festival, plays a Portuguese girl who falls for an Indian rebel is played by Malayalam star Prithviraj, in the film.
“She spent weeks learning ‘Kalaripayattu’ and horse riding and rowing so that

Bret Michaels sues CBS

Bret Michaels sued CBS Broadcasting and the organizers of the Tony Awards on Friday over a 2009 mishap that resulted in him being hit in the head by a set piece, claiming the accident contributed to a brain hemorrhage that nearly killed him.
The ‘Poison’ frontman’s lawsuit claims he continues to deal with effects from the injury and brain bleeding that left him hospitalised last year. “Through his sheer will to live, to see his children grow up, Michaels was able to survive this

Weinstein Company to develop video games

LOS ANGELES – The Weinstein Company is getting into the video game business. On Friday it announced the launch of TWC Games, which will publish games for mobile, social, and console platforms. Properties in The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films catalog include ‘Scream,’ ‘Hellraiser,’ ‘Halloween,’ ‘Scary Movie’ and others.
“The video game marketplace is changing at such a rapid rate. With all of the digital platforms, there are so many opportunities to broaden our audience