Slumdog Millionaire beauty Freida Pinto has sealed her ascent into the superstar league by signing up as one of the new faces of L’Oreal Paris. The gorgeous Indian star joins Eva Longoria, Beyonce and Evangeline Lilly as one of the famous faces of the international cosmetics brand. Forget working with Woody Allen for artistic cred — this is where the money’s at! Congrats. … [Photo: L’Oreal]
Fans of nudity (that’ll be everyone, then), you won’t have long to wait. Vanessa Hudgens has said she will take her clothes off for a role in the future. The High School Musical star has already had a taste of naked controversy when some risqué photos of her sent to BF Zac Efron were leaked to the media a couple years back. But this hasn’t put her off.
“I will show nudity in a film when the time is right. Right now, I wouldn’t feel comfortable doing it, but like I said, when the time’s right, if it’s an amazing movie that I’m really passionate about and that’s what it calls for, then we’ll see,” she said.
While we understand why she wouldn’t want to limit herself for any roles in the future — and stripping off has hardly done the likes of Kate Winslet any harm — we find it kind of depressing and predictable that starlets wanting to be taken seriously as actors think they can only do it by flashing the flesh in an “arty” way. [Photo: Splash News Online]
Hayden Panettiere is only 19, but she sure seems like someone who wishes they were a decade older. Hayden stepped out in London this week with TV presenter Steve Jones (think a Welsh version of Russell Brand when it comes to the laydeez), who counts Pamela Anderson and Halle Berry among his famous exes. At 32, Steve’s a fair whack older than the Heroes star but that’s not exactly going to put her off after dating 31-year-old co-star Milo Ventimiglia.
Steve and Hayden were part of a larger party that dined out at Nobu Berkeley before heading to a house party in Mayfair. Looking poised and sophisticated in skinny trousers and a blazer, she looked pretty stunning, but a lot older than her years. We should probably be pleased she’s not falling out of clubs three sheets to the wind, but Hayden, you’ve got plenty of years ahead to act like a thirty-something. Like when you’re a thirty-something. [Photos: , Splash News Online]
Donald Trump won’t have Shanna Moakler to kick around any more. The former Miss USA has resigned as executive director of Miss California USA after the pageant owner ignored her claim that current Miss Cali Carrie Prejean violated her contract.
Trump, ignoring the uproar over her topless photos and anti-gay marriage activism, decided to let Prejean keep her title, saying the pictures were “not a big deal” and praising for her stoking a political debate. Moakler, though diplomatic at Tuesday’s press conference, was apparently not pleased. “I cannot with a clear conscience move forward supporting and promoting the Miss Universe Organization when I no longer believe in it,” she said in a statement.
“Our issue was never about her opinions about same-sex marriage or the pictures,” Moakler said at the conference. “Our issue was with her complying with our agreement. When you sign the contract, we ask you to show us everything you are being offered. That wasn’t happening.”
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Tyra Banks has apparently fired Paulina Porizkova as a judge on America’s Next Top Model, and the 80’s supermodel ain’t haven’t it. She brings out the claws while describing her termination on tonight’s episode of The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
“Listen, do you know why I am in Los Angeles? Because I am looking for a job. Because I was fired by America’s Next Top Model on my birthday. The reason I was told I was fired was because, it seemed, that America’s Next Top Model has gotten too fat and they needed to cut some fat and the fat was me. So I figured it was either that or my gigantic huge ego. Which I wasn’t aware of until I was told by the producers that I have an ego problem.”
With an attitude like that, you think they’d keep her around. Maybe TyTy didn’t like someone being fiercer than her? [Photo: GettyImages]
Marilyn Manson went to the afterparty for Drag Me To Hell in LA last night, and—boy—it looked like he’d been there and back. The predictably pasty rocker didn’t look dark and mysterious so much as afraid of bright lights in his black body shroud and matching dog collar. Manson looked bloated and cranky, despite the attractive arm candy of girlfriend Isani Griffith. What was bugging the antichrist superstar? And how much longer can the 40-year-old rocker continue to dress like this?
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Cannes Film Festival is an opportunity for industry insiders (and a few lucky hangers-on) to preview some of the year’s most anticipated films. The screenings of 2009 include Heath Ledger‘s final onscreen appearance, a Quentin Tarantino nazi flick, and a visually stunning Pixar comedy.
Here are the films the South of France is buzzing about, some of which will battle it out for The Palm D’Or.
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Director Terry Gilliam‘s tale of a traveling theater troupe has received much unpredicted build-up, due to the passing of Heath Ledger during production. Three A-list actors stepped in to fill his role: Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell. We’ll see it just to figure out how that plays out.
Cannes sweetheart Quentin Tarantino returns with a violent (surprising?) film set in WWII. Brad Pitt leads a group of American “basterds,” whose mission is to intimidate the Third Reich.
This year’s Cannes jury doesn’t run low on glamor. Headed by French actress Isabelle Huppert, the panel includes Asia Argento (found in everything from NC-17 art flicks to Vin Diesel‘s XXX), Robin Wright Penn, and Shu Qi from The Transporter among the international coterie of performers and directors. If their appearance at the festival-opening screening of Up is any indication, we should see them in plenty of beautiful outfits before they pick the Palme d’Or.