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Can 'The Dark Knight Rises' Deliver Gold?

7/17/2012 2:05pm EDT
10,9,8,7… Over here in London the countdown’s been ticking for years…6,5,4…

The big event’s almost here. The biggest show on Earth, featuring the finest male and female talent from around the world, at the peak of their powers. Expectation rises. A nation expects. The world expects. Can The Dark Knight Rises deliver gold?


A blizzard of publicity batters London: glossy magazine ads, arresting posters plastered all over double-deckers and the underground, Youtube trailers. Truth is, I don’t need any of this to tell me The Dark Knight Rises is going to be gold. ‘Directe...

Serena Williams: Major

7/8/2012 10:47am EDT
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What is there to say about the new Wimbledon champion Serena Williams? …Well, in a word, she’s major. As a tennis player - major. As a businesswoman – major. As a global star – major. This iconic 30 year-old has led such a dramatic life that, like a 163rd seed, standing down court, trying to figure out how to return her serve, it’s difficult to know where to start. What’s made her major?

Born Serena Jameka Williams in Saginaw, Michigan, September 26, 1981, Serena spent her early years in Compton where she first picked up a racquet aged five. Four years later, she and her family moved to We...

Who Runs The World? Queen B! - Happy 30th Birthday Beyonce!

9/4/2011 10:00am EDT
How do you fit 30 years of Beyonce Knowles into a blog? Even in bullet-point form it’s like trying to squeeze Rosie O’Donnell into a cashew nut. But here goes....

I grew up in the 90s a rugged, manly, indie-rock fan. Then Beyonce danced onto my TV, the spellbinding focal point of Destiny’s Child, and single-handedly turned me onto RnB. Suddenly it wasn’t sad for a guy to be into a girl group. This group had something different. They had Beyonce. I’ve followed her ever since. (Not literally, that’d be creepy.) And how far she’s gone!

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles was born September 4, 1981 in Ho...

Smarter Than The Average Movie Star Natalie Portman Turns 30

6/9/2011 10:00am EDT
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“I'd rather be smart than a movie star,” Natalie Portman once said. ...Turns out she’s both.

The young actress has always been a fascinating contradiction. Youthful in appearance, yet always so mature in her choices, her acting and her lifestyle. A child star who was never childish, (even at just 12 years of age in Leon), she has a natural maturity far beyond any of her peers. Which is why she’s lasted where others have crashed and burned.

Discovered by an agent in a pizza parlour at the age of 11, Portman was being groomed for a modelling career before deciding she’d rather pursue acting...

Happy 50th Birthday: George Clooney Is a True Star & Class Act At 50

5/6/2011 8:30am EDT
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“It's not about an opening weekend,” George Clooney once mused. “It's about a career, building a set of films you're proud of. Period.” 50 years into his life, mission accomplished. ...And a whole lot more besides.

Hollywood’s often accused of being superficial, debauched, stupid. Ironically, the king of the town is none of these things. George Clooney is a welcome rarity. In so many ways he’s above Hollywood - the tabloid scandals, the Botox, the surface nothingness. For all Clooney’s partying, good looks and joking around, there’s no hiding the fact he’s a proper grown up. The man has de...