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Supermodel Heidi Klum has claimed that she belongs to an aristocratic family. The German supermodel, actress, TV presenter, fashion designer, television producer and singer recently revealed that her family sold their title of ‘von Klum’ owing to their broke circumstances. “We used to be very rich and then we got very poor and we sold our title, which was von Klum,” the New York Daily News quoted Klum, as telling Webster Hall’s Baird Jones at the 401 Projects Gallery exhibit of Magnum photos. “I would have been Baroness von Klum,” Heidi added. Born in Bergisch Gladbach, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany, Heidi Klum became famous after winning a televised modeling contest in Germany at age 18.In the Meantime Heidi Klum has given a rather amusing demo of her nationalism, by giving her breasts stereotypical Germanic nicknames. Heidi Klum has named her breasts “Hans” and “Franz”, as a tribute to her homeland.      

Sensual Bollywood actress and former Ford supermodel (1996), Bipasha Basu, will co-host an international event at which the New 7 Wonders of the World will be declared in Lisbon, Portugal on July 7, 2007. No one, including Bipasha, is quiet sure why she has been picked up for the rare honor but Bipasha is thrilled that she will be rubbing shoulders with other international celebrity co-hosts such as Hilary Swank and Ben Kingsley. Bipasha has already started preparing for the event that will boast performances by Jennifer Lopez, Dulce Pontes, Chaka Khan and other luminaries, in the presence of Astronaut Neil Armstrong and many world celebrities including Frederico Mayor, the president of the New 7 Wonders panel of experts and former Director General of UNESCO. The event will boast of one of the largest stage and back stage areas in the world, with more than 600 specialists from 10 countries working as a team to make the show a grand success. Millions of Indians have campaigned for the inclusion of the Taj Mahal in the list of New 7 Wonders of the World. Ace composer A R Rahman created a special song for the campaign encouraging millions around the world to cast their vote for the Taj Mahal. Bipasha is the winner of the Ford Supermodel of the World (contest) and now works in mainstream Bollywood films. Her first name means “Deep, dark desire.”  Bipasha is continually listed as one of Asia’s sexiest women, along with fellow stars Mallika Sherawat and Aishwarya Rai.Bipasha has steadily climbed the ladder of success ever since she entered Bollywood with Ajnabee in 2001. However, it was the film Jism (2003), with present boyfriend John Abraham, that catapulted her to stardom. She played the seductive Sonia Khanna to the hilt using her supermodel curves, mesmerizing eyes and dusky skin tone to devastating effect. The image of Bipasha, emerging from the ocean in Pondicherry in the film, left an indelible impression on the minds of her fans. With every movie since then Bipasha has reinvented herself as the actress and proved she can do diverse roles and electrify her fans with her sensuality. Her ‘Bidi Jalai Le’ role in Omkara (2006) is a recent example. In 2005, Bipasha had a boundary-pushing role in the successful film No Entry. She later appeared in the 2006 film Phir Hera Pheri, which did well at the box office. Bipasha was the female lead in Corporate, she received much acclaim for her performance.Dhoom 2 is her latest release with Yash Raj Films, which was a huge hit overseas and in India.Bipasha has also appeared in music videos, such as Tu Kab Ye Janegi… for Sonu Nigam’s album, Kismat and in Jay Sean’s Stolen.Responding to her forthcoming assignment in Bombay Times, Bips jokes that she earlier hesitated from hosting shows because of her short sightedness and inability to read the tele prompter. “History beckons me,” she says joyfully, “I have been given the honor of hosting the official declaration ceremony for the New 7 Wonder of the World in Lisbon on July 7. So I’ve got myself contact lenses…I’d be foolish not to correct my eyesight. I can see everything so clearly now!” Bipasha is aware that this is not only a unique honor for her but also for Bollywood and for India and she is not sparing any effort to make the best impression. Bipasha’s wardrobe for the event will comprise an Indian outfit – probably a saree – designed by Rocky S and a Western outfit designed by Armani. “To be part of this event is to be part of history,” Bipasha says, “And I wouldn’t miss it for anything in the world.”

The story of the mercurial newspaper tycoon — written, directed and produced by Welles when he was just 25 — was followed by Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 gangster epic “The Godfather” in second place, and another black and white 1940s classic, “Casablanca” in third. The institute’s 10-yearly list of the 100 greatest movies of all time is determined by a jury of 1,500 film artists, critics and historians. “Kane” had topped the original league in 1997 too. Martin Scorsese’s boxing drama “Raging Bull” and Alfred Hitchock’s “Vertigo” made the institute’s top 10 for the first time. Since the first poll was published 10 years ago, films on the list that were made included Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring.” The complete list of 100 movies was published on the website of the institute, a national film industry education and heritage body.

OK, so it’s not exactly a date with Alyssa, but through a contest at MLB.com, you have the chance to meet Alyssa Milano at a Dodgers game.

Win a Date to a Dodger Game With Alyssa Milano

Singer, song-writer, actress Alicia Keys gave a special live performance to raise money for her charity The Alicia Keys Family Foundation,

Exclusive Performance by Grammy Award Winning Alicia Keys

So naturally Salman would be at his charming best whilst working with Hollywood beauty Ali Larter in his Hollywood film Marigold. Sources claim that Sallu

Salman Khan flirts with Hollywood co-star Ali Larter

The Big B has demanded a change in his wardrobe and hairdo, only for his wax dummy at Madame Tussauds  in London.

Amitabh Bachchan is a phenomenon and that is why we made him a part of Madame Tussauds. He visited us recently and wanted an updated wax figure because he now sports a different look and wardrobe,” says Ben Lovett, spokesperson of Madame Tussauds. There are four wax figures of Indian origin at the museum.

Mahatma Gandhi was the first, followed by Big B, then Aishwarya and Shah Rukh Khan.

“We waxed the Mahatma because he impacted the world history, Big B came in because of his persona, Ash for her worldwide popularity and Shah Rukh Khan because we received thousands of fan requests,” says Ben Lovett.

It takes about four months to make one wax figure. About five hours are spent with the celebrity whose wax figure is being. “For us, making Ash’s wax figure was the most difficult as she is flawless,” adds Ben. Will we see Big Brother winner Shilpa Shetty at the museum soon? “We will not come out with a new wax figure till mid-2008 . But if the Indian presence increases, the people will be drawn from the fields of entertainment and cricket. That’s because Britain loves them.”

Director Robby Grewal wants to cast Amitabh Bachchan as Lord Krishna in a contemporary film after an autobiographical take on his adolescence in “Mera Pehla Pehla Pyar” (MP3).

“It isn’t Lord Krishna in his mythical avatar but a modern coach of a basketball team who plays chess-like games with a group of youngsters and manipulates their lives into shapes that were never meant to be,” Robby Grewal told to the sources.

“Only Mr. Bachchan can play a god convincingly. I’ve already approached him. And if things go well, the film will soon be on,” the director added.

Like his “MP3”, the film, tentatively entitled “Isht”, will also feature young faces apart from the Big B.

Robby Grewal started his career with the spunky Sushmita Sen thriller “Samay” four years ago.

“I agree ‘MP3’ is a long way off from ‘Samay’. MP3 is a film that I wanted to make first. It’s the story of my own teen years. Many of the incidents from my protagonist Ruslaan Mumtaz’s life, including the way he meets the girl, are from my own life in the Delhi Army School. For that matter, all the hero’s friends are based on guys I knew personally in school.”

“I’m not saying that first love is the height of passion or that it decides all future relationships for the protagonist. First love is as special as a first film. I love ‘Samay’, and though ‘MP3’ contains scenes from my own life, it was harder to make.

Robby Grewal said: “I think ‘Isht’ would be tougher than both the films.”

IIFA brand ambassador and Bollywood mega superstar Amitabh Bachchan propagated the message of ‘Global Cool’ at the beautiful county of Yorkshire in northern Britain where the awards were held over the past weekend.

The IIFA weekend was not just about the awards. This year the awards propagated the message of “Global Cool” by asking people to reduce carbon emissions.

“We are not asking much from the people. If they just make a small effort and change their lifestyle, it will make a huge difference,” Bachchan said.Over the past weekend, the picturesque county of Yorkshire in northern Britain earned the label of a Bollywood hotspot after the IIFA awards ceremony.

The three-day IIFA weekend held in five cities of the county not only gave the huge expatriate populace a glimpse of their favourite stars but also boosted the tourism potential of Yorkshire.

“We were asked many a time why we invested so much in getting the IIFA here, but for us the question is purely of getting in as many tourists as possible. Indians are the biggest spenders in the UK and we want to cash in on that,” Judith Donovan, chairperson of the Yorkshire Tourist Board, said during the weekend to the sources.

The event was attended by the eminent personalities of Bollywood, thus giving huge visibility to the Yorkshire Tourism campaign, what with posters put up all over the place and aggressive news coverage provided by local news channels.

But business aside, it was time for Englishmen to get a taste of real Bollywood masala at the awards night on Saturday as Shilpa Shetty , Salman Khan , Abhishek Bachchan and Akshay Kumar danced their way into Yorkshire.

While Hrithik Roshan walked away with the Best Actor award for Krrish , Rani Mukherjee got the Best Actress trophy for her performance in Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna .

Cult movie Rang De Basanti was adjudged the Best Film while Rajkumar Hirani was named the Best Director for Lage Raho Munnabhai .

With Lindsay Lohan now in rehab, what was going to happen in Vegas … won’t happen in Vegas.Lohan, who had wanted a big party in Sin City for her 21st birthday, has canceled the July 2 blowout at PURE Nightclub.

The club, normally closed on Mondays, planned to open specifically to host the party and the public was going to be invited.

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