4 Articles on Stars and How They Shine Not Very Brightly Where it Counts – late September 2011 updated on Mar 2012

In 1% tricks and traps, Hollywood, TSA, USA, Wealth distribution on January 18, 2012 at 3:14 pm


What’s that old saying about never working with children or animals? Salma Hayek struggles with a giant cat during photocall – by Jade Watkins Last updated at 3:48 AM on 27th September 2011

The late great comedian, W.C. Fields said you should ‘Never work with children or animals.’ But Salma Hayek didn’t have a choice when it came to that famous old chestnut as she promoted her film Puss in Boots in Moscow, today. The 45-year-old actress appeared to be struggling with a giant ginger cat handed to her by an assistant during a photo call for the 3D movie.

Moggy melee: Salma Hayek struggles with a giant ginger cat during a photocall to promote her 3D animated movie Puss In Boots in Moscow today Moggy melee: Salma Hayek struggles with a giant ginger cat during a photocall to promote her 3D animated movie Puss In Boots in Moscow today Dressed in a Russian-inspired outfit consisting of a black printed dress and leather knee high boots, she looked perplexed holding onto her heavy feline friend. She did however feel a little more comfortable clutching onto a white fluffy kitty, beaming for the cameras as she cuddled the furry moggy in her arms.

The brunette beauty was also joined by co-star Antonio Banderas, with whom she posed and hammed around with for some publicity snaps. Having a ball: The brunette beauty was also joined by co-star Antonio Banderas, with whom she posed and hammed around with for some publicity snaps Having a ball: The brunette beauty was also joined by co-star Antonio Banderas, with whom she posed and hammed around with for some publicity snaps

The 51-year-old Spaniard looked casual and cool in a pair of light denim jeans, grey t-shirt and a black leather motorcycle jacket. New animated film Puss In Boots sees Banderas reprise his role as the swashbuckling cat from the Shrek films. Salma is a new addition to the cast, playing Puss’s love interest, a tuxedo cat named Kitty Softpaws.

Feline friend: Salma appeared more comfortable clutching onto a white fluffy kitty; beaming for the cameras as she cuddled the furry creature in her arms Feline friend: Salma appeared more comfortable clutching onto a white fluffy kitty; beaming for the cameras as she cuddled the furry creature in her arms Look into my eyes: The actress and the creamy kitty appeared to be captivated by one another The 3D film, which has been in the works since 2004, won’t be released in cinemas until November this year. Salma touched down in Russia sometime in the last 24 hours with her gorgeous little girl Valentina.

Their arrival came after the pair surprised onlookers over the weekend as they were escorted through LAX airport in a wheelchair. Pushed by an airport official, at first glance there were fears that the actress may have had some kind of injury. I’m watching you: Antonio kept a close eye on the cuddly cat But it appeared that the Frida star and her adorable girl, who just turned four this week, were just taking a ride. The mother and daughter duo were smiling as they were wheeled around to the departure gate to catch a flight. Salma held on tight to her mini-me daughter, who was pretty in a pink sweater, a matching rosette headband and grey jeans.

Salma’s arrival in Russia came after she and her daughter Valentina surprised onlookers over the weekend when they were escorted through LAX airport in a wheelchair Ride: Salma’s arrival in Russia came after she and her daughter Valentina surprised onlookers over the weekend when they were escorted through LAX airport in a wheelchair Salma and her family have been seen happy and relaxed during their travels, despite being hounded by recent claims from supermodel Linda Evangelista that Salma’s husband François-Henri Pinault is the father of her four-year-old son Augustin. The supermodel is battling the CEO in a New York court for $46,000 (£28,000)-a-month child support. Meanwhile, the actress is currently taking a break from filming Oliver Stone’s Savages in Los Angeles.

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It’s not right to coddle an adult animal like this. Maybe a young a animal at most separated from it’s mother by uncaring breeders from a pet shop. Animals should be socialising with their own kind in a natural environment. This is so unnatural. Constitutes animal cruelty. If you love something, you will let it go free. What does it truly want? To run off probably – into the wilderness and hunt small mammals or small birds. Not be isolated from it’s own community or species and be coddled – some young pets have been ‘coddled’ to death by the way – who knows intentionally?

This is something like where Orang Utans are used as surrogate babies. Or cats are doomed to a life of brainwashing among their tyrant owners who imprint their twisted mentality on the animals. Well cats grow up, and they do not ask to be neutered either, was it consensual, was the pet consulted? Didn’t even bother to learn their language huh? How would owners like that done to them instead? Little wonder some of the same owners say they want to come back as a ‘pet’ animal, little do they know the poetic justice that awaits them . . . Keeping of pets in isolation from communication with other pets AND at their leisure to roam, live a natural life in natural environments will one day be known as a cruel and barbaric practice. We live in dark times indeed, both man and pet . . . (. . . think slave breeding pens in early America or hobbling of Natives by breaking their legs . . . )


Lesbian The L Word actress thrown off Southwest Airlines flight for kissing her girlfriend by Daily Mail Reporters Last updated at 3:04 PM on 27th September 2011 Actress: Leisha Hailey said she was a victim of homophobic discrimination after being kicked off a flight

The lesbian star of ‘The L Word’ claimed in a stream of Twitter messages last night that she and her girlfriend were kicked off a Southwest Airlines plane for kissing during the flight. Leisha Hailey, 40, tweeted that a flight attendant had told her that Southwest ‘was a “family” airline and kissing was not ok’, and that she and her companion were then ‘escorted off the plane for getting upset about the issue’. ‘SouthwestAir endorses homophobic employees,’ she tweeted. ‘Since when is showing affection toward someone you love illegal? I want to know what Southwest Airlines considers a “family”.’ She went on to tweet: ‘Boycott SouthwestAir if you are gay.

They don’t like us.’ Hailey, who starred on Showtime network’s ‘The L Word’ as Alice, a bisexual magazine writer and radio host, also demanded a public apology. The 40-year-old has also had roles on Grey’s Anatomy, Drop Dead Diva and CSI and is part of the electropop duo band, Uh Huh Her. She came out as a lesbian at age 17 and previously had a five year relationship with Canadian country singer K.D. Lang. Personal identity: Leisha Hailey plays a bisexual magazine editor on ‘The L Word’ which centres around a group of lesbians and transgender people in LA Personal identity: Leisha Hailey plays a bisexual magazine editor on ‘The L Word’ which centres around a group of lesbians and transgender people in LA The airline issued a statement saying initial reports it received about the incident ‘indicate that we received several passenger complaints characterizing the behaviour as excessive’.

‘Our crew, responsible for the comfort of all customers on board, approached the passengers based solely on behaviour and not gender,’ the airline said. ‘The conversation escalated to a level that was better resolved on the ground, as opposed to in flight.’ ‘I condemn them’: Rick Santorum claims he didn’t hear gay soldier being booed at GOP debate The statement concluded: ‘We regret any circumstance where a passenger does not have a positive experience on Southwest and we are ready to work directly with the passengers involved to offer our heartfelt apologies for falling short of their expectation.

Vent: Leisha Hailey demanded a public apology from the airline via Twitter An airline spokesman declined to comment beyond the prepared statement. The incident comes a little over three weeks after another celebrity, Green Day rocker Billie Joe Armstrong, was complained he was booted from a Southwest flight in Oakland, California, because he was wearing his baggy pants too low. Actor and director Kevin Smith also ran into trouble with the low-cost airline last year when he was kicked off a flight for being too fat. The heavy star originally booked two seats, he jumped at the chance to fly standby on an earlier flight, where only one seat was available.

Though dress and size also seem to rile the airline, this is not the first time Southwest Airlines has been accused anti-gay remarks and actions. previously reported, an unnamed pilot was heard over the radio — unaware it was on — complaining that his co-workers were ‘a continuous stream of gays and grannies and grandes’ he doesn’t care to socialize with in between stops. An hour before the airline posted a link to the statement on its Twitter page, Hailey was retweeting a comment calling attention to a page on the Southwest website where the airline had highlighted its ‘outreach and commitment to the GLBT community’. Southwest is the official airline of GLAAD and other similar groups.

Outrage: Ms Hailey took to her twitter account to tell of the incident Talk about a megaphone: the actress has over 17,000 Twitter followers Comment: Southwest Airlines said they had to ask the actress and her girlfriend to leave after complaints from passengers.

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Sue the airline for apartheid. Also if you are a real star or even worth 5 million, you could get your own private plane or helicopter and a private landing helipad that can be chartered by ORDINARY folk. Don’t subject yourself to this nonsense by flying with the public airports.

ow about setting up a private airport with Lady Gaga for example to give the people an option against the TSA? Oops, I forgot, Lady Gaga isn’t into much more than cosplay and does not care about the way here monsters get treated by the TSA or that would be little monsters starve in shelters or soup kitchens.

Private airlines anyone? Hello? Has American democracy ended and all that remains are stars that cannot be allowed to kiss on an airline? That are content to play with their imagery while the world rots away? American society crumbles?

Appearing naked (kudos the San Franners and Oregoners also Naked Subway, naker Day people for telling them Nudity is as acceptable as Burkha – were there ghostly draped Muslim women in either town yet? It’s their right . . . ), publicly lesbian, or draped in innards once in a while (even all the time) does not count as democracy – especially if you’re that wealthy to provide an alternative to the abuse of Big Society. Enough cash to make a difference and not a cent back to the society that fostered you with their wealth where it counts . . .

SUMMARY Stars shine in as many ways as they can. The 2 above examples could very well be sheeple among stars or stars turning into sheeple.

Which star is starry enough to end the TSA by starting an affordable private liner with private airstrips? Have an LGBT kissing allowed flight with nude air attendants of all sexes? Come on – SHINE, and not to dazzle the sheeple, but where it democratically counts if you dare not even run for election like Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzeneggar (terrible policy writer/vetter though – he terminated the people of California not the state of California) did.


George Clooney released after Sudan embassy arrest – 16 March 2012 Last updated at 21:52 GMT

George Clooney: ‘We were all in a cell together. It was nice”

George Clooney has been arrested for civil disobedience during a demonstration outside Sudan’s embassy in Washington DC on Friday.

The actor was taking part in a protest to warn of a humanitarian crisis in the volatile border area between Sudan and South Sudan.

He was detained alongside his father, Nick, but both have now been released after paying bail of $100 (£63).

George Clooney is a keen Sudan activist and has visited the area several times.

South Sudan celebrated its independence from Sudan in 2011, but relations between the two neighbours have worsened since then.

The country is one of the world’s poorest regions and has hardly any roads, railways, schools or clinics as a result of two decades of conflict leading up to independence from Sudan in July 2011.

Bitter disagreements remain over oil resources and borders, with conflict raging in the border region – the focus for Clooney’s concern.
‘We hope it helps’

Speaking to reporters following his release, Clooney said his key concern was the fate of those in the region.

“Best estimate is tens of thousands of people are going to die from starvation… this isn’t a famine, this is a man-made tragedy by the government of Khartoum to get these people to leave.”

“You never know if you are accomplishing anything… We hope it helps,” Clooney said.
George Clooney

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George Clooney gives evidence to US Senate Foreign Relations Committee

The actor said the arrest was his first, but added: “Let’s hope it’s my last.”

The Hollywood star, his father and fellow activists had been led away in handcuffs after reportedly ignoring repeated police warnings to leave the embassy grounds.

He was released three hours later after paying the bail fee.

Secret Service spokesman George Oglivie told the BBC how the arrest unfolded: “George Clooney was arrested for crossing a police line at the Sudan embassy and he’ll be transported to the Metropolitan police department second district.”

Also arrested, said Mr Oglivie, were Martin Luther King III, son of the civil rights leader; Massachusetts Democratic Congressman Jim McGovern; Virginia Democratic Congressman Jim Moran; and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People President Ben Jealous.

George Clooney’s arrest comes a day after he met President Barack Obama at the White House to discuss the Sudan situation.

Ahead of the rally, he said he thought the president was “very engaged” on the issue of Sudan.

Clooney also called on the Sudanese government to allow humanitarian aid in to the area immediately and to “stop randomly killing its own innocent men, women and children”.

The actor recently secretly travelled across the border to the Nuba Mountains in Sudan, where his group apparently witnessed a rocket attack. A YouTube video of the visit was uploaded on Thursday.

He told the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee this week that what was happening in the region was “ominously similar” to the violence in Darfur.

The UN estimates that nearly 300,000 people have died and 2.7 million been displaced since the Darfur conflict broke out in 2003.
Sudan: A country divided
Satellite image showing geography of Sudan, source: Nasa

The great divide across Sudan is visible even from space, as this Nasa satellite image shows. The northern states are a blanket of desert, broken only by the fertile Nile corridor. South Sudan is covered by green swathes of grassland, swamps and tropical forest.
Map showing Ethnicity of Sudan, source:

Sudan’s arid north is mainly home to Arabic-speaking Muslims. But in South Sudan there is no dominant culture. The Dinkas and the Nuers are the largest of more than 200 ethnic groups, each with its own languages and traditional beliefs, alongside Christianity and Islam.
Map showing infant Mortality in Sudan, source: Sudan household health survey 2006

The health inequalities in Sudan are illustrated by infant mortality rates. In South Sudan, one in 10 children die before their first birthday. Whereas in the more developed northern states, such as Gezira and White Nile, half of those children would be expected to survive.
Map showing percentage of households using improved water and sanitation in Sudan, source: Sudan household health survey 2006

The gulf in water resources between north and south is stark. In Khartoum, River Nile, and Gezira states, two-thirds of people have access to piped drinking water and pit latrines. In the south, boreholes and unprotected wells are the main drinking sources. More than 80% of southerners have no toilet facilities whatsoever.
Map showing percentage of who complete primary school education in Sudan, source: Sudan household health survey 2006

Throughout Sudan, access to primary school education is strongly linked to household earnings. In the poorest parts of the south, less than 1% of children finish primary school. Whereas in the wealthier north, up to 50% of children complete primary level education.
Map showing percentage of households with poor food consumption in Sudan, source: Sudan household health survey 2006

Conflict and poverty are the main causes of food insecurity in Sudan. The residents of war-affected Darfur and South Sudan are still greatly dependent on food aid. Far more than in northern states, which tend to be wealthier, more urbanised and less reliant on agriculture.
Map showing position of oilfileds in Sudan, source: Drilling info international

Sudan exports billions of dollars of oil per year. Southern states produce more than 80% of it, but receive only 50% of the revenue. The pipelines run north but the two sides have still not agreed how to share the oil wealth in the future.

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That $100 fine is laughable. Heck any 99%ter would not be given that ‘privilege’ and limelight for $100. The whole thing was contrived media b.s.! Stars do not best aid their country by leading limelight gaining protests but they CAN do something concrete like what Oprah did (schools in Africa), or open shelters for Veterans. This Sudan protest b.s. is high profile self promoting b.s..

It would be better to open a ‘Recuperation-Retirement Barracks’ (on the cheap somewhere so that more veterans can be housed, for the dignity of the ex-servicemen too injured to serve, than to perhaps let them DIE in dignity in than homeless on the street. George owes the military that much! Made a bundle off the film while the actual soldiers returend home to nothing? Its just a few meals and some cheap structures, Mr 160 million asset Plutocrat Thespian George.

Thats more than 300 401Ks you got there ‘Major Gates’. Support at least 100 veterans or go back to being a pretty boy (or as Hollywood says ‘Golden Boy’ i.e. Apple Polisher?). In any case People who defended the country are freezing or dying out there while you make noise about Sudan . . . while USA gets ass kicked by sang n1gg3rs, guess what plutocrats are doing? Profiting off the pain of others who defended them . . .


Pulling no punches! Following her painful split from Russell Brand, Katy Perry goes to war in video for Part Of Me – By Holly Thomas – PUBLISHED: 15:42 GMT, 16 March 2012 | UPDATED: 17:11 GMT, 16 March 2012

Her divorce from Russell Brand has dominated headlines, and the pairs’ individual reactions to the break-up have been documented at every painful turn.

Following reports surfacing of Russell making a return to his former Lothario ways, Katy appears to have gone into army-mode, and a clip from her forthcoming video for the single Part Of Me shows an unfamiliar side of the star.

Wearing full camouflage and face paint, Katy is seen being pulled to the ground and wrestling in the mud.

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It’s war: A clip from Katy Perry’s forthcoming video for her single Part Of Me shows the star in full army-mode

At one point the Teenage Dream singer is seen struggling underwater with a fellow ‘solider’.

Katy is seen sporting tomboyish short dark hair, a departure from her usual colourful locks.

She announced the preview on Twitter, writing:

‘That was THEN & this is NOW: Sneak peek of my NEW VIDEO for #PARTOFME @vevo. IN FULL EFFECT 3.21.12. RT!’

(Hey you know what twitter or html looks like? See below : )

yUcXvb @vevo. IN FULL EFFECT 3.21.12. RT!

Speculation had surrounded the singer’s new single Part of Me, which she performed at the Grammys and appeared to be about estranged husband Russell Brand.

With lyrics like, ‘You can keep the diamond ring – it don’t mean nothing anyway,’ many people believed that the song was aimed at the British comedian.

GI Katy: Katy sports tomboyish short dark hair in the tough new video, a departure from her usual colourful locks

Working out some aggression? The video sees Katy wrestling another female soldier in the mud

However, the 27-year-old has insisted that the track was written years before she even married Russell and their on going divorce proceedings have nothing to do with the song, despite their obvious relevance.

Katy said: ‘I wrote Part of Me two years ago and I always knew that Part of Me was a special song.

‘It feels like my life plays out with these songs. I feel like I’m in some kind of weird ‘Truman Show’ where I’m like, ‘Why is this single appropriate now and it wouldn’t have been appropriate then?’ It’s just so crazy.’

Tomboy: Katy is seen sporting short dark hair, a departure from her usual colourful locks

The blue-haired star added: ‘I guess the universe is kind of – we’re kind of like, dancing together in some weird way.

‘Does that make sense or am I being too hippie? I think it’s really important for me to write songs that are still honest and relatable because that’s what everyone else is going through.’

Her new song debuted during her performance at the Grammy Awards last month and it went straight to number one on the Billboard charts.

Mixed message: Katy says that the song was written long before her break-up with Russell, but there’s not denying the pertinence of the lyrics to her current situation

It was produced by Dr. Luke and mosty written by Bonnie McKee whom both were at the helm for her other chart toppers including California Gurls, Teenage Dream, and Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.).

The breakup anthem should help the star get over Russell, who is reportedly dating Mexican artist Oriela Medellin Amieiro, and her friends are encouraging her to get back in the saddle.

A source told ‘Katy has been very upset about the divorce.

Usual look: Katie looked pretty as usual as she performed at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles earlier this week

‘She never expected it to end and now she’s dealing with the aftermath.

‘But her friends are telling her to get back out there and date. They don’t want her to waste time being upset over Russell.’

Meanwhile Katy’s former love has found himself in hot water after being arrested form criminal damage to property.

Unforeseen trauma: Katy never expected to have to deal with divorce

A warrant was out for the actor’s arrest was issued soon after he threw a photographer’s phone through a window.

The 36-year-old comedian turned himself in to police in New Orleans Sheriff’s office today after learning he was wanted by officers.

According to TMZ, Russell was charged on two counts of simple criminal damage to property.
Russell Brand arrested for criminal damage after ‘throwing iPhone through window’

Mugshot: Russell Brand has beena rrested for criminal damage after ‘throwing iPhone through window’

Katy’s video will premiere worldwide during MTV First: Katy Perry on Wednesday, March 21, at 7:23 p.m. ET on MTV.

The star will also chat to MTV’s James Montgomery for 30-minutes about the video, her forthcoming album, Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection (out March 26), and her forthcoming concert movie, Katy Perry: Part of Me.

The comments below have been moderated in advance.

Damn, if people/journalists want to comment on military matters they should have some knowledge. She’s not dressed as an American soldier, she’s dressed as a United States Marine. The combats she’s wearing are MARPAT not UCP. Duh!

– Tony, Basingstoke, 16/3/2012 19:44
Rating   2

I can definitely relate to the ‘Truman Show’ comment…it’s weird having those out-of-body experiences, and I’m sure being in the spotlight only amplifies it. Kudos to her for still maintaining her creative drive, despite going through a rough emotional patch. Some people handle things like this much worse.

– JT, San Francisco, CA, 16/3/2012 19:42
Rating   2

For a moment, I thought the top picture was Elijah Wood.

– floss, uk, 16/3/2012 19:35
Rating   5

Thought it was Adam Ant in the face paint!

– Caz56, London, England, 16/3/2012 19:25
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Is it me or does she look like Elijah Wood in the first pic?

– unknown, birmingham, 16/3/2012 19:04
Rating   24

I thought this was a photo of Elijah Wood!

– Neil, Maidenhead, UK, 16/3/2012 19:02
Rating   20

I’m sorry, but it’s impossible to take this woman seriously, so why produce a video with a military theme?? She’s all bubblegum.

– JR, San Francisco, CA, 16/3/2012 18:36
Rating   10

Honest to god… When I saw that first picture on the homepage I thought it was Elijah Wood.

– Dee, UK, 16/3/2012 18:33
Rating   6

She looks great, nice song and i’m looking foward to the full video.

– Sarah, UK, 16/3/2012 18:31
Rating   5

Thought it was Elijah Wood in the 1st pic!

– Paul , Essex, England, 16/3/2012 18:28

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Keep in character and donate something to the suffering veterans. Not lose character and go to the battlefield and become a celebrity liability like Prince William is in the eyes of the Navy. As for the other issue if not something contrived . . . school really never taught about this . . .

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