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Dream date for Anne and James

Posted by arnon_k On February - 28 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

JAMES FRANCO and ANNE HATHAWAY swapped gender roles as they hosted the 2011 Oscar ceremony in Los Angeles.

The Love And Other Drugs star donned a manly tuxedo and her co-host dressed as MARILYN MONROE, in a pink dress and blonde wig.

And he joked: “The weird part is I’ve just had a text from CHARLIE SHEEN.”

The double act had a dream start to the Oscar ceremony.

The co-hosts kicked off with a clever spoof of Inception, the mind-twisting thriller starring LEONARDO DiCAPRIO.

After Leo scribbles the name ALEC BALDWIN on his pad in the famous exploding café scene, the pair entered the actor’s dreams and appeared in scenes from True Grit, Social Network and the King’s Speech.

In a section of The Fighter delicate Anne knocks out James with a single punch.
Later Anne, who duetted with HUGH JACKMAN at the ceremony two years ago, complained she had no singing partner before launching into a rendition of On My Own.

And the Aussie star hid behind his hand as she sang, ” On my own ’cause someone’s a Hugh Jackass.”

The comedy duo were briefly overshadowed by Sherlock Holmes stars ROBERT DOWNEY JR and JUDE LAW.

The pair had the A-list audience laughing as they referred to Robert’s chequered past while presenting the award for Visual Effects.

Jude said: “If it wasn’t for them the closest you would have got to a superhero was in 2001 when you were busted in a cheap hotel room with a woman who was dressed as Batgirl.

Robert replied: “”Okay, first of all, that cheap hotel room cost $1250 with a corporate discount.

Secondly, it was 2000 not 2001. And most importantly, she was dressed as Wonder Woman.

“And THAT attention to detail is what has won the respect of all the Academy voters for these fine men and women. ”

He added: “Jude Law no longer has a ride to the after parties if anyone is interested.”

Prince William will apparently have a stag do at sea ahead of his nuptials with Kate Middleton

PRINCE William is pressing on with the important things ahead of his wedding to Kate Middleton, by sorting out his stag do.

Prince William, who will tie the knot with Kate Middleton on April 29, is apparently planning to have his stag do at sea.

The royal will celebrate his last days of being a single man with a day of watersports, with his best man and younger brother Prince Harry and 20 of his pals.

A source close to the Prince revealed to a tabloid newspaper: “The watersports weekend is a perfect option.

“They can let their hair down without worrying about who is around.”

According to reports, Harry, 26, has then planned for his brother and their friends to end the day with a BBQ and a trip up a nearby estuary to visit a number of pubs and restaurants only accessible by boat.

He has reportedly chosen a firm based on the south coast of Britain, with the whole event not expected to exceed £2,500.

The group are expected to stay at a nearby country house belonging to a friend.

Both William and his future bride Kate, 29, were advised by their royal security team – who need to monitor the couple – to have their bachelor and bachelorette parties in Britain.

The couple have also made it known they don’t want lavish trips abroad while the country is in recovery from recession.

‘Inception’ is the Oscars’ big tech winner

Posted by arnon_k On February - 28 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

The Academy Awards aren’t really the place for high technology; the subset of awards commemorating film-industry engineering are relegated to a separate ceremony and only briefly acknowledged, after all. Consider last year, for instance, when James Cameron’s 3D adventure “Avatar” lost out to “The Hurt Locker” for Best Picture and for Directing. Digital innovation can only really claim one category as its own: Achievement in Visual Effects.

Christopher Nolan’s film “Inception,” a film that managed the dual feat of being both technologically impressive and thematically brainy, took home the Visual Effects award Sunday night at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. It was up against “Alice in Wonderland,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One,” “Hereafter,” and “Iron Man 2.” More specifically, the award went to the visual effects crew for “Inception,” Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley, and Peter Bebb.

The fact that Nolan himself had not been nominated for Best Director was considered by many film fans to have been one of the nomination roster’s major oversights. But Visual Effects was the fourth win of the night for “Inception”: It earlier took home Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, and Best Cinematography.

The Visual Effects category was kicked off, appropriately enough, with a holograph-like re-creation of a vintage Oscars telecast hosted by the late Bob Hope, and announced by actors Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr., who co-starred in last year’s aesthetically sensational rendition of “Sherlock Holmes.” (Downey also starred in one of this year’s nominees, “Iron Man 2.”)

Correction 3:42 a.m. PT: This story initially misstated the Best Picture winner at the 2010 Academy Awards. The winner in that category last year was “The Hurt Locker.”

Read more: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13577_3-20037044-36.html#ixzz1FKnwZMoC

Porntiva: Cooking oil now available

Posted by arnon_k On February - 28 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

The Commerce Ministry should be able to distribute more one-litre bottles of imported cooking palm oil to stores nationwide this week, minister Porntiva Nakasai said on Monday.

Supplies of bottled palm oil with the new pink caps were distributed to Klong Toey fresh market and Carrefour hypermarket on Rama IV road this afternoon, Mrs Porntiva said.

Deputy Prime Minister and National Oil Palm Policy Committee chairman Suthep Thaugsuban was adamant the cooking oil shortage is over.