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George Michael released from jail

George Michael released from jail

George Michael has regained his freedom. The wayward singer was released from jail Monday after serving almost four weeks for driving under the influence of drugs.
Michael thanked those who had supported him while he was jailed and said, ‘I just want to start again.’
The former ‘Wham!’ singer received an eight-week sentence on Sept. 14 for crashing his car into a London photo shop in July while high on prescription drugs and marijuana.
The judge ordered Michael to serve

Miu Miu’s glitzy irony

Miu Miu, the more arty and eccentric, though frequently equally influential collection designed by Prada, has always mixed trashy elements into its sophisticated, yet subversive, mix. But never so much as in this season.
The look was brash, yet somehow purposeful. Asking women to wear clothes whose inspiration was an acid commentary on our times is a tall order. Yet, Prada succeeded in doing just that with multi-pleated sheath dresses, made in striking hues or dramatic prints,

Japan hosts poem boxing championships

Contestants are given three minutes to deliver a verse and record a win.
The verbal sparring takes place in a boxing ring and each contestant is given three minutes to deliver a poem. The panel of judges awards points for originality and style, as well as the delivery of the piece, before declaring the winner.
Unlike chess boxing however, where contestants are required to alternate between a round of chess and boxing, the poets do not have to spar at any point.

‘Babies are online before they’re even born’

The trend of setting up email accounts and Facebook profiles for expected offspring is on a high
It seems the tradition of visiting newborn babies armed with presents and flowers is coming to an end.
A new study shows friends and relatives are using something far more convenient for their first glimpse of a baby: the internet.
More than eight out of ten babies have an online ‘life’ by the time they reach the age of two, it reveals.
Such is the clamour to use new

‘Electric shock treatment cures memory loss’

A tiny surge of power to parts of the brain can improve recall memory by 11 per cent: researchers
Giving a person an electric shock can help improve their memory, scientists have discovered.
The treatment stimulates certain neurons in the brain so when a person tries to retrieve a name from their brain, they suddenly start working,
If developed it could provide treatment for stroke victims as well as people whose memory fades through other ailments or even old age.

4 Countries You Would Have Never Heard Of

You really have to be a geography freak to know about these countries from the list. It’s irrelevant to us how recognized they are as countries but they surely look at themselves like that.
1. Nagorno-Karabakh Republic
An independent republic located between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Nagorno Karabakh is one of the most heavily mined regions of the former Soviet Union because of the 1991-1994 Nagorno-Karabakh War. They are still not recognized by any state, including Armenia.

Numerology dominates B-town

Superstitious directors turn to the ‘number game’ by misspelling their titles
Why does “Dabangg” have a double ‘G’? Why was “I Hate Luv Storys” grammatically misspelt? Why the redundant ‘A’ in “Raajneeti”, “Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai” and “Jodhaa Akbar”? Answer: Numerology. A quick recap of all these and many Bollywood commercial potboilers indicates a numerological connection with their success…
Numerologist Sanjay B Jumaani explains, “Dabangg” has a double G, so

Pinto plays Palestinian girl

The Indian actress who starred in “Slumdog Millionaire” has moved from the slums of Mumbai to the squalid refugee camps of the West Bank in a new film: the story of a defiant Palestinian girl who wants to fight against Israel.
“Miral,” directed by award-winning artist Julian Schnabel and with cameos by Willem Dafoe and Vanessa Redgrave, stands apart for more than its star power.
Due for U.S. release in December, it’s also likely to give Western audiences a compassionate view

Lea Seydoux joins ‘M:I-4’ as villain

Lea Seydoux, the French actress who recently appeared in Ridley Scott’s “Robin Hood” and the opening farmhouse scene of “Inglourious Basterds,” will square off against Tom Cruise in Paramount’s fourth “Mission: Impossible” movie.
Seydoux will play the lead female villain in the picture, which just began shooting in Europe.
The movie features two Europeans as its heavies, with Michael Nyqvist, the actor who played journalist Mikael Blomkvist in the Swedish thriller “The Girl

Pirate invades school!

Johnny Depp makes surprise school visit in pirate gear
Hollywood star Johnny Depp took “show and tell” to a new level at a London school when he turned up in full pirate regalia after a fan wrote to him seeking help stage a “mutiny,” according to media reports.
Beatrice Delap, 9, wrote to Captain Jack Sparrow, Depp’s character in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, asking for help with an uprising against teachers at Meridian Primary School in Greenwich, south-east

Lily Allen wins damages

Singer Lily Allen accepted damages Thursday from the publisher of a football magazine about a fake interview in which she was quoted making offensive remarks about David and Victoria Beckham.
The High Court in London was told that the French magazine ‘So Foot’ claimed in its May 2009 issue that Allen also made remarks about British singer Cheryl Cole and her then husband, Chelsea footballer Ashley Cole.
The singer’s lawyer Mark Thomson said the publishers accepted “that the

Zuckerberg takes staff to see ‘Social Network’

Mark Zuckerberg ended up seeing “The Social Network” after all.
The Facebook cofounder and CEO took his staff to a screening, a company spokesperson confirmed.
“To celebrate a period of intense activity at Facebook, we decided to go to the movies. We thought this particular movie might be amusing,” the spokesperson said.
After the film, the group indulged in apple martinis, the same drink Jesse Eisenberg, who plays Zuckerberg, and Justin Timberlake (Napster’s Sean

Raghubir Yadav plays Hitler

Remember the film being made on Adolf Hitler, called “Dear Friend Hitler”, which created so much controversy that Anupam Kher, who was supposed to play Hitler, backed out? Now, the title role’s being played by Raghubir Yadav, who is finding it a bit tough to play the Great Dictator.
“I usually don’t fear taking up roles that are difficult, so I agreed for this one,” says Raghubir. “The character I play is totally different from who I am,” he rues light heartedly. The actor

Sameera turns veggie

It’s that time of the year when vegetarianism is celebrated in full measure. Perhaps coinciding with the recently-concluded Vegetarian Week, Sameera Reddy has decided to turn vegetarian with a vengeance. “I just think it’s the healthier option,” the actress said, “It was just a recent realisation and since then, I’ve decided to say no to meat.”
The decision, she said, was met with surprise and scepticism from her family members and close friends. “They were shocked,” reveals the


Manish Malhotra opened the HDIL India Couture Week 2010 on Wednesday night and the who’s who of Bollywood industry stepped in to support him. Obviously, if Aishwarya Rai was to walk the ramp, who would want to miss the show?Aishwarya’s appearance set off the HDIL India Couture Week to a flying start. Her dress blended a modern silhouette with traditional fabric, lace and embroidery. Manish won many accolades for his bridal couture collection as the guests seemed agog with the

FBI seizes Lennon’s fingerprint card from auction house

Late Beatle’s application for US residence confiscated by authorities in ‘raid’ on NY memorabilia dealer
John Lennon’s application for permanent US residence was seized by the FBI this week, in a “raid” on a New York auction house. The 1976 immigration document, which included Lennon’s signature and fingerprints, was expected to sell for at least $100,000 (£62,621), according to the dealer.
“I don’t know why it was so important that they had to have it back,” Pete Siegel