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Sony takes aim at Microsoft with PlayStation 4

By LOU KESTEN, Associated Press

Sony Computer Entertainment president and CEO Andrew House introduces the new PlayStation 4 at the Sony PlayStation E3 media briefing in Los Angeles, Monday, June 10, 2013. Sony is giving gamers their first look at the PlayStation 4 and it's a rectangular black box, just like all the previous PlayStations. Photo: Jae C. Hong

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sony broke out the heavy ammunition Monday against Microsoft, announcing its forthcoming PlayStation 4 will cost $399 — $100 less than the competing Xbox One.
"The gaming landscape is changing with new business models and new ways to play," said Andrew House, president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment.

Sony Computer Entertainment president and CEO Andrew House addresses the media as he stands in front of a display showing the images of the new PlayStation 4 at the Sony PlayStation E3 media briefing in Los Angeles, Monday, June 10, 2013. Sony is giving gamers their first look at the PlayStation 4 and it's a rectangular black box, just like all the previous PlayStations. Photo: Jae C. Hong

The price announcement wasn't the only shot fired at Microsoft during Sony's presentation at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the gambling industry's annual U.S. trade show. The loudest applause at the company's event show came when Jack Tretton, president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, announced that the company would not try to restrict used game sales. Tretton also said the PS4 would not require a persistent online connection.
"PlayStation 4 disc-based games don't need to be connected online to play or any type of authentication," said Tretton. "If you enjoy playing single-player games offline, PS4 won't require to you check in online period and it won't stop working if you haven't authenticated in 24 hours."

A gamer plays a video game at the Sony PlayStation E3 media briefing in Los Angeles, Monday, June 10, 2013. Sony is giving gamers their first look at the PlayStation 4 and it's a rectangular black box, just like all the previous PlayStations. Photo: Jae C. Hong

Microsoft has been criticized for its vague statements about whether it will allow buyers of its Xbox One to play secondhand software, as well as its requirement that the new console be connected to the Internet at least once every 24 hours.
Beyond those issues, Sony gave potential PS4 buyers plenty of games to look forward to later this year. The company's Santa Monica Studios, the developer of the "God of War" franchise, introduced the steampunk thriller "The Order: 1866." Quantic Dream, the French studio behind "Heavy Rain" and the upcoming "Beyond: Two Souls," provided a comical glimpse at the fantasy "The Dark Sorcerer."
Shu Yoshida, president of Sony Worldwide Studios, said the company's studios have more than 30 PS4 games in development, including 12 brand new intellectual properties.
Sony also showed new footage from previously announced PS4 games like the superhero adventure "InFamous: Second Son," the auto racing simulator "Drive Club" and the sci-fi shooter "Killzone: Shadow Fall."

PlayStation 4 is unveiled for the first time by Andrew House, President and Group CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., at the PlayStation E3 Press Conference on Monday June 10, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for SCEA/AP Images) Photo: Jordan Strauss, Associated Press

Several third-party developers also debuted next-generation titles at Sony's event. Bungie, the creator of the blockbuster Xbox series "Halo," showed the first in-game footage of its highly anticipated first-person shooter "Destiny." Warner Bros. showed a clip from a new "Mad Max" game, while Square-Enix announced the long-awaited "Kingdom Hearts III" and "Final Fantasy XV." Overall, Tretton said, more than 140 PS4 titles are in the pipeline.
That includes an assortment of games from smaller, independent developers, which Sony featured onstage next to giant publishers like Activision and Ubisoft. The processing chips in the PS4 are similar to those in PCs rather than the complex, idiosyncratic "Cell" architecture used in the PS3. That should make it easier for developers of all sizes to build games for Sony's new console.
Like Microsoft, Sony is betting big on social networking features. The new version of its DualShock controller includes a "share" button that allows you to post gameplay footage and screenshots.
Friends can watch as you play a game, and you'll even be able to let a pal take control of your game from afar if you can't get past a tough battle. The controller also includes a touchpad and a Move motion sensor that works with a camera placed near the TV set.

source: sfgate.com

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'I don't think I'm too thin': TOWIE's Lucy Mecklenburgh shows off her gym-honed figure in topless photoshoot


Trim: Lucy Mecklenburgh showed off her gym-honed figure in a topless photoshoot for Heat magazine

Her super toned figure was the talk of Marbella during filming on The Only Way Is Marbs.
However, despite fears she has taken her dieting and fitness regime too far, Lucy Mecklenburgh insists she is healthy.
Posing topless for the new issue of Heat magazine, the fashion boutique owner, 21, admitted she was pleased with her size 8 figure.

'Just breathing in': Lucy on a photoshoot in France last month

Although she admits the weight fell off her following her April split with ex-fiance Mario Falcone, Lucy has been spending time working out and overhauling her eating regime.
In fact, she insists she's actually bigger now than she was in the initial days following her love split.
When she was photographed on the beach last week, some observers accused her of having 'jutting ribs and hip-bones'.
However, the Essex girl tells the new issue of Heat: 'I was breathing in because I was cold. That’s not what I really look like, as you can see in these pictures.

and filming TOWIE last week

'I wouldn’t let myself get like that. Probably after I split up with Mario I did get a bit too skinny, but I did something about it.'
Lucy has been working with a personal trainer and is set to share her fitness tips with fans through her Results With Lucy website.
She explained: 'I don’t like the skinny-skinny look. I don’t think I’m too thin. My personal trainer wouldn’t let me get too thin, and neither would my family.
'I’m feeling good. I’ve worked hard for it. I always eat healthily, and I use a personal trainer two to three times a week.
'I’d never let myself go below 8st. I’m 8st 4lb now. This is my ideal weight.'

The full interview and more amazing pictures appear in this week¿s heat magazine, on sale now

She also insisted that she would never reunite with her ex Mario, who she was seen throwing a glass of red wine over during an argument in Marbella.
She said: 'I’ll never get back with him. It’s 100 per cent finished.'
However, fans may have to wait a little longer to find out Lucy's next move as she's been suspended from the ITV2 show following an argument with co-star Jasmin Walia.
The full interview and more amazing pictures appear in this week’s heat magazine, on sale now.
For more information, visit HeatWorld.com.

source: dailymail

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E3 2013: Nintendo Direct review

Edge Staff at 08:31pm June 11 2013

Nintendo’s E3 briefing lacked the pomp and gawky humour of its usual stagebound theatrics, and not just because Iwata transmitted it from an empty hall on the seventh floor of his headquarters through a Nintendo Direct missive. This time he had no hardware to announce, no partnerships to celebrate, no pricepoints to slash. He ripped through all that months ago.

Instead, like Microsoft, this presentation was all about the games. And boy, there was barely an aiming reticle or reload in sight. We can at least hold to that. Nintendo’s 45 minutes of irrepressible colour and light was a counterpoint to the grit and flame of Sony and Microsoft’s game rosters, a testament to its firm, unshakable, implacable resolve to do things its own way.

Which also gave its procession of games a sense of overfamiliarity that failed to connect with the passion so many hold for Nintendo in its prime. Put it this way, we just saw a new Mario game for a home console! A Mario game that follows the tightly inventive masterclass that is Super Mario 3D Land on 3DS. A Mario game with a cat suit and Super Mario Bros 2-style character abilities.

There’s little question that Super Mario 3D World will turn out to be anything less than superlatively polished and skilfully designed, its multiplayer riotous and levels thick with secrets. But it looks awfully safe. Wii U is still lacking its Mario Galaxy, its Mario Sunshine, its Mario 64, its Mario World. A Mario game which from its announcement hints to Nintendo ascribing the creative limits of its generation. Because that’s what a Mario game is for, right?

With a brevity that seemed to promise a storm of revelation to come, Iwata hurried on to show off Mario Kart 8 for Wii U, its new feature an anti-gravity capability that allows looping, twisting tracks in 3D space. You’ll forgive us for getting a little weepy at all-too distant memories of F-Zero GX rather than a quickened pulse at the prospect of another Mario Kart.

Again, Mario Kart is safe, as is Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze and Super Smash Bros. Nintendo’s E3 2013 roster isn’t a show of creative strength but a retreat to base principles, amid a sprinkling of apologies for the delays of Wii Fit U and Wii Party U into 2014 that had Iwata breaking out that heartbreaking bow again. At this critical stage in Wii U’s life its release schedule is startlingly quiet, a deep disappointment for those who’ve bought one, and complete failure to compete with the bright oncoming lights of PS4 (oh, and Xbox One).

source: edge-online.com
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EXCLUSIVE: The beautiful ballerina girlfriend whistleblower Ed Snowden was set to wed before he left her in Hawaii and fled to Hong Kong to leak NSA secrets. Now she says she feels ‘adrift’

Lindsay Mills, 28, is reportedly the girlfriend Edward Snowden left behind when he leaked information about PRISM surveillance
She wrote on a blog about romantic heartbreak after Snowden fled to Hong Kong
'My world has opened and closed all at once. Leaving me lost at sea without a compass' she wrote
Couple previously went to Hong Kong for romantic getaway
Mills is a ballerina who attended the Maryland Institute College of Art
She performs with the Waikiki Acrobatic Troupe


'My world has opened and closed all at once. Leaving me lost at sea without a compass,' Lindsay Mills writes about being suddenly left by NSA whistle blower Ed Snowden. Mills describes spending time with her mystery man, who clearly resembles Snowden

The whistleblower who leaked the NSA's secrets thought about marrying his girlfriend and had previously taken her on a romantic break to Hong Kong - where he was last seen fearing arrest.
Family friends told MailOnline that Ed Snowden, 29, wanted to be with stunning pole dancer Lindsay Mills for the rest of his life but took the decision to throw it all away to expose the US government.

Stunning ballerina Lindsay Mills, 28, took to her blog on Monday to detail her heartbreak over being suddenly left by 29-year-old Ed Snowden

They were deeply in love and on her blog Mills, 28, dotingly called him her ‘man of mystery’ who she had followed around the world for the last four years.
On Monday she took to the blog - where she has posted dozens of photos of herself semi-naked - to tell of her heartbreak.
Mills wrote: 'My world has opened and closed all at once. Leaving me lost at sea without a compass.

Better times: Lindsay Mills seen here with Ed Snowden before he suddenly took off for Hong Kong after leaking confidential information

'As I type this on my tear-streaked keyboard I’m reflecting on all the faces that have graced my path.
'The ones I laughed with. The ones I’ve held. The one I’ve grown to love the most. And the ones I never got to bid adieu.
‘But sometimes life doesn’t afford proper goodbyes.'
Snowden fled to Hong Kong after exposing the NSA's PRISM program which gives officials easy access to data held by nine of the world’s top internet companies, including Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Skype.
It was a heartbreaking turn of events for Mills who had lived with Snowden since at least 2009 when they were in Japan together.

This photograph of a Hawaiian sunset was taken by Mills recently. She has taken to her blog to write about her regret over how 'sometimes life doesn't afford proper goodbyes'

Last year he whisked her 8,000 miles from their home south of Baltimore, Maryland to Hong Kong where family friends thought they got married because it was a 'special place' for them.
Now he is back there, hiding out and terrified he will be arrested and extradited back to the US for leaking details about how the NSA puts millions of Americans under surveillance.
Mills’ blog gives an insight into the ups and downs the couple went through - and her own feelings against the snooping state.
Their relationship may have been brought to an unconventional end - but it hardly seems conventional from the start.
Written under the name ‘L’s Journey’ she calls Snowden ‘E’ and her ‘man of mystery’, whilst referring to herself as a ‘vagabond’.

It appears that Mills was performing with the Waikiki Acrobatic Troupe. She also took classes last year from another troupe, Samadhi Hawaii, though never performed with the company

On the face of it they are totally different people - she is an extrovert who enjoys walking around naked whenever she can, spends her Sunday evenings in circus classes and surrounds herself with bohemian eccentrics.
The title of her blog reads: ‘Adventures of a world-traveling, pole-dancing super hero.'
In an early post on August 17 2011 she also writes: 'I’ve always wanted to be splashed on the cover of magazines, with my best air-brushed look. Unfortunately I wasn’t born a greek, amazon, sex goddess - but a petite dreamer.'

Performer: Lindsay Mills performs in the Waikiki Acrobatic Troupe and in dance shows in Hawaii

Snowden by contrast is a shy computer geek from a suburban family who likes to spend Sundays at football games and needs to be coaxed out of his shell to even do karaoke.
Mills writes that when she finally introduced him to her friends in Hawaii they didn't believe he actually existed because he was so hard to pin down.
Before they moved to Hawaii they spent their days doing things like camping, pumpkin picking or skeet shooting together near their Maryland homes.
He bought her gifts like a Star Trek style visor and took many of the dozens of pictures of her on her blog.
Some of the posts now have a certain irony, such as her joking that she likes pretending to be a spy.
At one point she writes: 'In case you didn’t know, I am an international woman of mystery. Or at least I will be in tonight’s performance. Going 007 with a twist for this Friday’s show.'

Keeping a secret: Snowden says he never told his girlfriend about his life-altering plans, saying he left weeks ago saying only that he had to travel for business

Their lives also seem to be very much up in the air and she writes of having traveled through 17 countries in her life.
In March last year she writes of how her ‘inevitable lover Change is knocking and I wish I had an answer for him’.
She writes: ‘We received word that we have to move out of our house by May 1.
‘E is transferring jobs. And I am looking to take a mini trip back East. Do I move with E, on my own, to Antarctica? How long do I spend back home and when should I go?
‘For now I’ll spin my magic ball and see where I land.’

Hotel hide-out: The Mira Hotel, pictured, in the Tsim Sha Tsui neighborhood of Hong Kong has confirmed someone named Edward Snowden was a guest at the hotel but checked out on Monday

That month Snowden moved to Hawaii and two months later Mills joined him.
She freely admits that it was to save their relationship as they appear to having been going through a rocky patch that continues after her arrival.
She writes how she seriously considers taking a plane home most days and that she can’t settle down - until July comes.
Then she writes: ‘The sun falling, sweat-building, and my yard growing tidier - I looked over at E and smiled.
‘This was the most adult, boring moment I’ve had ever. I felt grown up, suburban, and oddly content.
‘But neither of us can stay adult for too long, as yard work turned into palm fencing - a duel that ended in laughter instead of death. I was able to find my happy romantic date in the end.
‘Proving that you don’t have to do big fancy things or go far from home to reconnect with someone you love.’

Prisoner: Mr Snowden described how he had barely left his room, similar to that pictured, at the hotel, now revealed to have been the Mira Hotel

source: dailymail
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First look! Orlando Bloom reprises his role as arrow-shooting Legolas in new Hobbit trailer The Desolation of Smaug


Return of the elf: Orlando Bloom reprises his role as Legolas, from the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, in the second instalment of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

The pointy eared archer Legolas is back.
The immortal elven prince, portrayed by Orlando Bloom, makes a fiery entrance in the new trailer for the second instalment of the Hobbit trilogy, The Desolation Of Smaug.
With his trademark blonde half ponytail and long bow, Orlando slides into frame in the opening sequences of the teaser drawing an arrow on Thorin Oakenshield, played by Richard Armitage, threatening: 'Do not think I won't kill you dwarf.'

Watch out! Orlando shows off his archery skills as he fights Orcs in the fantasy adventure film

Orlando, with his bow fully drawn, says the lines after careening down a steep leaf strewn knoll only to land effortlessly on his feet.
Legolas is later seen talking with Evangeline Lilly's new elven character Tauriel, as she appears to convince him of offering his aid to the dwarves and the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins, saying: 'It is our fight.'
But Orlando, 36, draws his bow more than once in the trailer, as he can be seen aiming at the head of an Orc during a battle scene in a sunlit clearing on a mountain top.

Unexpected arrival: Orlando's Legolas was not a part of the original The Hobbit but was written into the film adaptation to spice up the storyline

The appearance of Legolas will most likely be an unexpected development for fans of the fantasy novel The Hobbit, which preceded the epic J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy The Lord Of The Rings.
While Orlando's character featured prominently in both the books and Peter Jackson's film version of the three part LOTR series, he was not in the original story of The Hobbit.
Jackson offered an explanation for writing Legolas into the Hobbit films to Entertainment Weekly: 'He’s [elven king] Thranduil’s son, and Thranduil is one of the characters in The Hobbit, and because elves are immortal, it makes sense Legolas would be part of the sequence in the Woodland Realm.'
The director also promised that Orlando's appearance is 'more than a cameo.'

Mixing it up: Director Peter Jackson admitted that Evangeline's character was added to bring a female element to the male dominated story

In 2011 Jackson announced Orlando's casting on his Facebook page, writing: 'Ten years ago, Orlando Bloom created an iconic character with his portrayal of Legolas.
'I'm excited to announce today that we'll be revisiting Middle Earth with him once more. I’m thrilled to be working with Orlando again.'
Adding: 'Funny thing is, I look older—and he doesn’t! I guess that's why he makes such a wonderful elf.'

source: dailymail
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Danny Green, Gary Neal lead Spurs, who break NBA Finals record with 16 3-pointers, in rout of Heat

LeBron failed to score 20 for the third straight and spent much of the night trying to facilitate the offense as opposed to imposing his will on the game. He finished with 15 points on 7-for-21 shooting and didn’t get much help from his teammates.



Danny Green is almost unstoppable from beyond the arc, going 7-for-9.

SPURS 113, HEAT 77
SAN ANTONIO – LeBron James isn’t supposed to be upstaged by a guy who bounced around Europe and another who spent time in the D-League. Maybe that happens once during a regular season but not at this time of year.
But that’s exactly what Danny Green and Gary Neal did in Game 3 of the NBA Finals as the two role players embarrassed the Miami Heat, outplayed LeBron and now have the San Antonio Spurs two wins from another title.

Both Green and Neal outscored LeBron as the Spurs, who never trailed, crushed the Miami Heat 113-77 to take a 2-1 series lead. Game 4 is Thursday. Green, born and raised in North Babylon, N.Y., scored 22 of his 27 points in the second half as the Spurs broke the game open. Green, LeBron’s former teammate in Cleveland who landed in the D-League before finding a home in San Antonio, made 9 of 15 shots including 7 of 9 3-pointers.
Neal’s basketball odyssey began in Turkey and including stops in Spain and Italy before he joined the Spurs. His career night also came on the biggest stage as the back-up guard scored 14 of his 24 points in the first half and made 6 of 10 3-pointers overall.

Meanwhile, LeBron failed to score 20 for the third straight and spent much of the night trying to facilitate the offense as opposed to imposing his will on the game. He finished with 15 points on 7-for-21 shooting and didn’t get much help from his teammates as Udonis Haslem and Mario Chalmers both went scoreless while Dwyane Wade scored 16 and Chris Bosh added 12 on 4-for-10 shooting. Mike Miller scored 15 off the bench, making all five 3-pointers he attempted.
Just as Miami crushed San Antonio with an emphatic 33-5 run in the second half of Game 2, the Spurs outscored the Heat 69-33 after Miami tied the game late in the first half. Tim Duncan had 12 points and 14 rebounds in 29 minutes and Kawhi Leonard, the first-round pick who has been outstanding in the Spurs' two wins, added 14 points and 12 rebounds.
The Spurs won despite Tony Parker scoring just six points with eight assists in 27 minutes. Manu Ginobili scored seven off the bench. Both teams cleared their benches with 5:43 remaining and the Spurs leading 102-71.
LeBron and the Heat imploded in the third quarter as San Antonio, with Green and Neal knocking down long jumpers, extended its lead to 21. James missed his first five shots of the second half and didn’t score until there was 1:37 left in the third. However, James’ first 3-pointer got him into a rhythm and he responded with nine quick points before Tiago Splitter’s dunk at the end of the period gave the Spurs a 78-63 lead.


The Heat look stunned, with LeBron James only scoring 15 points in the game and only 4 in the first half.


Danny Green (l.) and Gary Neal combine for 51 points to lead the Spurs over Heat.

LeBron scored just four first-half points and yet Miami, despite falling behind by 11 with three minutes left in the second quarter, made its run when Mike Miller’s 3-pointer ignited a 12-1 Miami run. Miller contributed a pair of three’s while it was Wade’s reverse lay-up that tied it at 44.
But after Parker hit a corner three, Danny Green blocked LeBron’s driving lay-up which with five seconds left. Parker took two dribbles before finding Neal, who’s pull-up 3-pointer beat the buzzer and gave the Spurs a 50-44 lead. Neal led all scorers with 14 points after converting 4 of 6 3-pointers. Neal had scored a total of 17 points in the first two games.
Neal opened up the fourth quarter with a long 3-pointer over Chris Andersen and then after Wade missed on a pull-up, Neal drained yet another three. Green, who scored eight in the third period, then rebounded his own miss to make it 86-63 with 10:33 remaining.
“It's just about trying to have an incredible sense of urgency now as we change venues here in their comfort zone, can we exceed that level of urgency that they'll have tonight,” Erik Spoelstra had said before tip-off.
The answer was painful obvious. Duncan and Ginobili began the fourth quarter on the bench while the Spurs, with Green hitting back-to-back 3-pointers, stretched its lead to 29.

source: nydailynews.com
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NBA Finals 2013, Heat vs. Spurs Game 3: Danny Green approaching 3-point record

By Jason Patt

Mike Ehrmann

Spurs guard Danny Green has already hit 16 three-pointers in the NBA Finals, which is just six short of the record set by Ray Allen in 2008.

Two years ago, Danny Green was an afterthought. In April 2011, Green found himself toiling in the D-League with the Austin Toros after being waived by both the Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs before the Spurs picked him up again and sent him to Austin. At that time, the only thing Green was known for was being a dance sidekick to LeBron James in Cleveland.

Fast forward to the present, and Green is making a name for himself with his red-hot three-point shooting in the NBA Finals. Green has already made 16 three-pointers through three games, which is a franchise record in an NBA Finals series. Green's also just six short of the NBA Finals record set by Ray Allen as a member of the Boston Celtics in 2008. It's only fitting that Green is putting on this remarkable shooting display against Allen and James.

Green was lights out in San Antonio's 113-77 blowout of the Miami Heat in Game 3 on Tuesday, scoring 27 points on 9-of-15 shooting overall and 7-of-9 from three-point range. Green went 6-of-7 from long range in the second half as the Spurs blew the doors off the Heat to take a 2-1 series lead. As a team, San Antonio made 16 three-pointers, an NBA Finals record.

This performance comes after Green was one of the few bright spots in an ugly Game 2 loss. Green made all five of his threes in Game 2, meaning he has made 12 of his last 14 from deep. For the series, he's 16-of-23.

Green's emergence is huge for San Antonio, as he helps space the floor and make Miami pay for their sometimes over-aggressive defense. Green has also taken advantage of Dwyane Wade, who too often has lost the Spurs' guard beyond the arc.

Green is currently leading the NBA Finals in scoring with 56 points, which is quite the feat considering where he was just a couple of years ago. If Green continues his hot shooting, he may just find himself holding the NBA Finals MVP trophy in a few days.

source: sbnation.com
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What happened to bootylicious Beyonce? Roberto Cavalli erases singer's famous curves in press release


Now that's a stretch: A press release sent out Tuesday by Roberto Cavalli featured a seriously thin image of Beyonce in a multi-colored silk gown he designed exclusively for her current world tour

It seems Beyonce's body proved too bootylicious for fashion designer Roberto Cavalli.
A press release was sent out by the fashion house on Tuesday featuring the 31-year-old pop singer in a gorgeous, flowing multi-coloured silk gown with many embellishments and cut-outs that he designed exclusively for the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour.
However, the singer's natural, voluptuous body had been reduced to an obscenely skinny size, with her thighs nearly as thin as her arms.

Beyonce, in real-life: The 31-year-old singer and mother of one looked fantastic in the gown in real-life and entirely different from the photo in the press release

Fortunately, the press release also included photos from the actual concert, showing the differences between the digitally-altered Beyonce and the real-life star.
While fashion sketches regularly use elongated figures, the image appeared to be a strange Photoshop picture rather than a hand-drawing.

Looking fabulous: Beyonce sings in her exclusively made Roberto Cavalli silk gown at a show on her The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour

The digitally altered photograph triggered dozens of comments from outraged fans after it was posted on the Roberto Cavalli Facebook page - with many suggesting it portrays an 'unrealistic ideal'.
One commentator wrote: 'Why would you do such a sketch that clearly doesn't reflect her shape?!
'I really don't get why brands force women to follow certain kind of body shapes that most people find unattractive. Real Beyonce figure is!'
And another added: 'If this is supposed to be a sketch of Beyonce why not actually draw Beyonce instead of some imaginative image which fits the status quo for sickly looking run way models??
'She is absolutely gorgeous just the way she is, not as she's represented in that sketch.'
Of course, Beyonce is not a fan of being airbrushed and last week controversy arose between the Grown Woman singer and international clothing retailer H&M.

Flowing gown: The Roberto Cavalli gown was perfectly elegant for a performance by Beyonce

After a number of images from the pop star's Summer 2013 Collection campaign were apparently altered to remove some of her curves and reflect a smaller size, Beyonce reportedly ordered executives to pull those images altogether.
The company obliged after a few discussions and ran the original photos from the shoot saying in a statement that, 'Our purpose has always been to portray Beyoncé as the strong and beautiful woman she is. It has been a good working process and a close cooperation. Both parties are happy with the images.'
The singer has yet to publicly comment on the situation.

H&M controversy: The pop singer was reportedly also at odds with executives at the international retailer for removing curves from her body in advertisements, forcing the photos to be removed from the campaign

While she might not like Photoshop, she also isn't too keen on being pictured in an unflattering light.
In February, after her lauded and fierce performance at this year's Superbowl halftime show, a number of unflattering stills of Beyonce were published by Buzzfeed, prompting her publicist to now infamously ask them to be taken down.
The natural response from the Internet was to take those seven embarrassing snaps and Photoshop them into just about ever scenario possible, ensuring their proliferation.

Not pregnant, ok? To really put the rumours of her pregnancy to rest, Beyonce wore a black and white striped top that exposed her midriff at Kanye West's birthday party on Sunday

Beyoncé, who already is mother to Blue Ivy with Jay-Z, has also been subject to pregnancy rumours since mid-May.
On Tuesday of last week Team Beyoncé shut down the rumours again telling Gayle King on CBS This Morning that she 'is absolutely positively not pregnant at this time.'
The rumour mill kicked into high gear after Beyoncé cancelled a show in Belgium due to extreme exhaustion and dehydration.
But the Run the World singer played coy earlier this week regarding speculation she is expecting her second child, joking that she hadn't heard about the rumours.

Mother Bey: Beyonce and daughter Blue Ivy relax in a hot tub

source: dailymail
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Model claims Kanye West 'cheated' on pregnant Kim Kardashian... after telling her 'relationship was for publicity'

Model told US magazine Star they met after his show which Kim attended
Claims he told her relationship with Kim was 'nothing serious'
Said they were 'naked and had sex in his Atlantic City hotel room'
Claims rapper contacted her 'last weekend' asking to meet up


'If I was Kim and about to have a baby, I'd want to know': Canadian model Leyla Ghobadi has claimed Kanye West cheated on Kardashian with her

A Canadian model claims rapper Kanye West cheated on pregnant girlfriend Kim Kardashian after they met at one of his shows.
In stunning claims Leyla Ghobadi, 24, told America's Star magazine that their fling started in July 2012 and continued even after Kim had announced her pregnancy after Kanye dismissed his relationship with the reality star as just 'for publicity and nothing serious'.

Determined: But Kanye is said to have set his sights on the model who bears more than a passing resemblance to Kim, and offered her and her friends backstage passes and free tickets to his next gig the following night

Explaining her decision to reveal the relationship, brunette Leyla said: 'This is going to destroy the Kardashian family. It’s bad. It’s really bad. It’s just embarrassing. But if I were Kim and about to have a baby, I would want to know.'

Setting his sights on her: It's not hard to see what Kanye reportedly saw in Leyla, a 24-year-old model from Canada

Kim's representatives have denied the reports, while Kanye's people have yet to respond to MailOnline's request for comment.
Kanye is said to have first set his sights on curvy model Leyla when he saw her dancing in the crowd at his show in Atlantic City in July last year.
And despite Kim also being present at the gig in Revel’s Ovation Hall, Kanye reportedly instructed a member of his entourage to seek out Leyla and invite her backstage.
The rapper is then reported to have invited Leyla for cocktails at AC’s HQ Nightclub, before asking her to come back to his hotel room.

Imminent arrival: Kanye looked less than happy as he stepped out in New York on Monday, while Kim counts down the days until her fast approaching due date

Working up until she pops: Kim was seen on Tuesday shooting scenes for Keeping Up With The Kardashians at her Malibu mansion

Centre of attention: Kim dressed in slimming black as she shot scenes getting out of her car at the property

However, Leyla declined, adding to the publication: 'I refused, as I felt it was too rushed.'
Kanye then reportedly asked Leyla and her friends, who had driven down from Montreal to watch his show, if they wanted to attend the concert the next evening, and gave them backstage passes.
And while Leyla admits she knew Kanye was with Kim at the time, she said the 36-year-old musician told her the relationship was 'for publicity and nothing serious'.

Bikini body: Leyla initially refused Kanye's advances, but then says she gave in and accompanied him back to his hotel room

Not taking no for an answer: Leyla even alleges that Kanye contacted her this weekend to see if she wanted to meet up but she declined

After agreeing to accompany Kanye back to his hotel room after chatting to him backstage, Leyla said: 'We began to make out for a while - and next thing I knew, we were both naked and having sex.'
The couple's next reported meeting came in October in New York, as Kim, who had not announced her pregnancy at that point, was in Miami.
Leyla even alleges that Kanye contacted her just last weekend to see if she wanted to meet up, but said that at that point she was fully aware of Kim's pregnancy, adding: 'I would never do that to someone.'

As they were: Kanye and Kim looked very much in love as they added the Met Ball together in New York on 6th May

Kim and Kanye announced her pregnancy in December 2012, with Kanye revealing the happy baby news to the crowd during a concert in Atlantic City.
The rapper said 'stop the music', then announced 'make noise for my baby mama right here,' with a wide smile.
Kanye and Kim had been dating for eight months at that point, but have been friends for a number of years.
In a lengthy interview he gave to the New York Times to promote his forthcoming album Yeezus, Kanye spoke about his reasons for not participating in Keeping In The Kardashians, his love for Kim and becoming a father.
He said: 'I’m the type of rock star that likes to have a girlfriend, you know? I’m the type of soul that likes to be in love and likes to be able to focus. And that inspires me.

Catching her eye: Leyla alleges that Kanye sent one of his team to ask her backstage after this performance at Revel's Ovation Hall in Atlantic City in July 2012

'You know, the amount of backlash I got from it is when I decided to not be on the show anymore. And it’s not that I have an issue with the show; I just have an issue with the amount of backlash that I get. Because I just see like, an amazing person that I’m in love with that I want to help.'
On becoming a father he said his first instinct is to be protective of his baby - and its privacy.
He said: 'I would do anything to protect my child or my child’s mother. As simple as that...I just don’t want to talk to America about my family. Like, this is my baby. This isn’t America’s baby.'

Pleased with himself: Usually grumpy Kanye smiled and laughed with friends at his Yeezus Listening Party on June 10

The couple have looked very much in love in recent months as they prepare for the arrival of their first child together.
However, their lack of time together in recent weeks has hit headlines, with the couple's last outing together coming in mid-May.
But Kanye was seen making a brief appearance at Kim's baby shower, which was filmed for her reality show, at the beginning of the month.

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Kim Kardashian laughs off claims Kanye West cheated on her with model on outing with best pal Jonathan Cheban

Model told US magazine Star they met after his show which Kim attended
Claims he told her relationship with Kim was 'nothing serious'
Said they were 'naked and had sex in his Atlantic City hotel room'
Claims rapper contacted her 'last weekend' asking to meet up
Kanye's spokesperson insists claims are 'without merit'


Seeing the funny side: Kim Kardashian was spotted giggling in Beverly Hills on Wednesday following claims Kanye West cheated on her with a Canadian model

A Canadian model is claiming that rapper Kanye West cheated on pregnant girlfriend Kim Kardashian after they met at one of his shows.
And by the looks of things, Kim is finding the mere suggestion that her baby daddy strayed hilarious.
Dressed in an olive-coloured maxi dress and cream blazer, the reality star was in fits of giggles when she was spotted being driven around Beverly Hills by best friend Jonathan Cheban on Wednesday.

Keeping her cool: Kim looked relaxed as she headed to lunch at Casa Vega in San Fernando Valley with best pal Jonathan Cheban

The heavily pregnant 32-year-old held a hand up to her mouth as she struggled to contain her laughter while chatting to her pal, before they headed for lunch at Casa Vega in San Fernando Valley.
There's a good chance the pair were discussing the stunning claims made by Leyla Ghobadi, 24, told America's Star magazine that their fling started in July 2012.
Leyla alleges the affair continued even after Kim had announced her pregnancy after Kanye dismissed his relationship with the reality star as just 'for publicity and nothing serious'.

'If I was Kim and about to have a baby, I'd want to know': Leyla Ghobadi has claimed Kanye cheated on Kim with her

Explaining her decision to reveal the relationship, brunette Leyla said: 'This is going to destroy the Kardashian family. It’s bad. It’s really bad. It’s just embarrassing. But if I were Kim and about to have a baby, I would want to know.'
Kim's representatives have denied the reports, while Kanye's added: 'This most recent attack on Kanye West and his family is totally without merit.
'It's a blatant attempt by a misguided individual who is clearly seeking publicity, and another in a series of malicious stories drummed up by non-credible "news" sources.' This is a sad attempt to hurt two people trying to live their lives.'

Biting back: Leyla set up a Twitter page on Wednesday and addressed her critics with a foul-mouthed rant

But Leyla has remained defiant and even set up a Twitter page on Wednesday to address her critics, or as she put it: 'To show you guys what I'm really like. Not just doing this for 'The Fame'.'
Leyla then began a Twitter rant. 'Maybe I went about this the wrong way but how else am I meant to get thru to her? I am NOT the bad guy in this situation. nothing more 2 say,' she wrote.
'The woman will always get the blame for everything huh.'

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Miley Cyrus reveals her tiny waist in crop top as she claims she's 'so sad' Amanda Bynes' labeled her 'ugly'


This is why she's hot: Miley showed off her tiny waist in a midriff-baring top as she arrived at the Jimmy Kimmel Live studio in Los Angeles, California on Wednesday

As former child stars who grew up in the Hollywood spotlight they have plenty in common.
And Miley Cyrus has revealed she was rooting for troubled starlet Amanda Bynes to get back on top - until she found herself the target of the actress' latest Twitter rant.
But after Bynes labelled the 20-year-old pop starlet 'ugly' in a tweet on the social networking site on Tuesday night, The Climb singer proved once again why she earned the title of number one on Maxim's Hot 100 list.

Growing up in the spotlight: Miley Cyrus called Amanda Bynes' Twitter attacks 'so sad' on Wednesday after being labeled 'ugly' by the troubled 27-year-old actress

Baring her toned tummy, the 20-year-old singer donned a red crop top as she arrived at the Jimmy Kimmel Live studio in Los Angeles, California on Wednesday.
She teamed the T-shirt - labeled 'Channing' insinuating that she may be a Tatum fan - with a pair of wide-cut, low-rise trousers that were a mix of sweatpants and denim.
Mixing punk and posh, Miley had her blonde hair styled up and sported chunky metal accessories, as she donned a pair of cat-eye sunglasses and red pointed-toe pumps.

Even though she seemed to have gained fashion inspiration from 90s skater boys, there was no missing the pop star's enviable figure.
Brushing off the Amanda Bynes drama, Cyrus appeared in good spirits, flashing her pearly whites as she waved to photographers.
Miley certainly isn't being drawn into a public feud.
'I won't even entertain that thought. I think it's all so sad and I don't want to add any fuel to that fire. It's so sad to me,' the Can't Be Tamed hitmaker told radio station Hot 95.5.

Hey y'all! Miley appeared in a chipper mood, smiling and waving to photographers

'I was rooting for her comeback until she started attacking me, and I just thought it was hilarious that she mentioned my name the moment I was the worldwide trending topic on Twitter.'
Miley continued: 'It's just funny the moment you're a trending topic how many people want your name to come out of their mouth, so somehow they can associate and maybe they can become a trending topic.'
The Golden Globe-nominated crooner also insisted the upcoming nuptials between her and fiancé Liam Hemsworth are still on.

'Looking forward to recording my album and going on tour': Amanda first moved to the Big Apple to become a fashion designer, but now it appears she wants to pursue a hip-hop career

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Bet she smells nice too! Taylor Swift adds a daring twist to her demure dress with sheer panel at fragrance awards


Smell of success: Taylor Swift attended The Fragrance Foundation Awards at Alice Tully Hall in New York City on Wednesday

When a belly top just won’t cut it, Taylor Swift still knows just how to make sure all eyes are on her impressively flat tummy.
The 23-year-old was ready for showing some skin on the red carpet on Wednesday as she attended the Fragrance Foundation Awards in New York City.
The star arrived in an elegant white floor-length dress which showed off her toned arms and shoulders with its halter neck style.

Peek-a-boo! The singer donned a dress which displayed her chest and stomach with a sheer panel

The number also left her chest and top of her abs on show thanks to an isosceles see-through panel.
Taylor styled her fringed hair in a high bun and boasted large sparkling earrings for the event at Alice Tully Hall inside the Lincoln Center.
She emphasises her eyes with blue eyeliner for her appearance in the Big Apple.

Trim limbs: Her elegant number displayed her toned arms thanks to a halterneck style

Taylor Swift attends the Fragrance Foundation Awards held at in NYC.
The annual awards celebrate the global fragrance industry and its outstanding creative achievements in the world of perfumery.
Categories include Fragrance Celebrity of the Year which Taylor is likely to be up for.

Piercing peepers: Her eyes looked stunning with blue make-up

She launched an Elizabeth Arden fragrance entitled Wonderstruck in October 2011, taking its name from her song Enchanted.
Taylor released a spin-off fragrance named Wonderstruck Enchanted in September 2012.
The Nashville-born musician was joined at the bash by Connie Britton, who stars in the television series Nashville.

Watch your step! Taylor lifted up her dress slightly to walk on stage at the event

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Make-up free Rihanna tries to dress down in dungarees... but can't go without heels


Ready to go: Rihanna stepped out in Manchester, England on Wednesday before her concert

As a child of the Eighties she no doubt donned overalls in her early years.
And Rihanna gave her childhood style a clever twist on Wednesday as she stepped out in dungarees.
The 25-year-old donned the denim all-in-one item as she went out to sight-see in Manchester, England.

Dressed down: The singer looked happy as she headed to the gig venue in dungarees

But she didn’t opt to go completely comfortable as she enjoyed the sights of the city.
The pop babe looked as fashionable as ever as she hit the streets in a pair of white heels and a white overcoat.
Her look also featured a cropped grey T-shirt which showed off her belly as she wore one strap from her blue clothing unfastened.

Relaxed look: She appeared to be wearing no make-up as she sported a scruffy ponytail

She waved at fans as she left her hotel earlier in the afternoon, and was optimistically prepared for a bit of sunshine as she carried a pair of sunglasses looped in the neckline of her top.
Her hair - which changes style often - was just over shoulder length and is currently an ombre mixture of blonde and brown.
She appeared to be wearing minimal make-up and held on to her mobile phone as she walked around.

So little time: But Rihanna was happy to greet onlookers as she departed form her accommodation

The star was performing her Diamonds Tour in northern region on Wednesday with a second date due for Thursday.
She posted on Twitter: '#Manchester I looooove yooouuu so phucking much!! Thank you for tonight, I can't get over it!!! See you again tomorrow!! #DiamondsWorldTour.'
She will then be heading to London for two nights of performances at Twickenham stadium in the capital.

Cool clothing: Rihanna looked great as she danced on stage in a black leather and sheer ensemble

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Schoolgirl, 9, passes through Turkish customs with toy passport identifying her as a UNICORN

Emily Harris used documents for her favourite stuffed toy - Lily the unicorn
Customs officials at Antalya airport even stamped her bogus http://coolfwdmail.blogspot.com/search/label/Passport


Waved through: Emily Harris had taken a toy passport she had made for her unicorn, Lily, on holiday with her and used it to enter Turkey

A nine-year-old schoolgirl has managed to enter Turkey using a passport that identified her as a pink unicorn.
Officials at Antalya airport even stamped Emily Harris's travel documents before waving her through customs despite the official photograph showing the face of her favourite stuffed toy.
Her mother and father today admitted they were left stunned after they handed their daughter the wrong passport when they landed to start a week's holiday in the country.

Welcome to our country: Emily's documents were even stamped by customs officials in Antalya as she started her holiday

The document young Emily handed over was a Bear Factory passport for a Unicorn toy called Lily Harris.
Her mother Nicky, 43, from Cwmbran, South Wales, said: 'I didn’t realise until I was putting the passports away. There was a moment of panic when I thought someone would come chasing after us, but nothing

Unofficial documents: This is the passport used by Emily to get into Turkey (left) which does look a little like the real thing apart from one major difference, it contained a picture of Lily the unicorn

'The passport doesn’t even look real - it’s got gold teddy bears on the front and was a completely different size from mine and my husband, Allen’s.
'The man even asked Emily how old she was, and she told him nine, before he stamped it.'

Still smiling: Emily with her beloved toy, but her parents had feared at the time that customs might chase them when they realised their mistake

Incident: Schoolgirl Emily arrived with her parents at Antalya Airport in Turkey (pictured) to start her summer holiday

Officials of all countries are meant to scan passports and cross-check passenger details before allowing entry to their country.
But in this case, it obviously did not happen.
'The picture ID wasn’t even of Emily, it was of a pink unicorn,' Mrs Harris said.
'And to make it worse, the unicorn wasn’t even on holiday with us.
'We saw the funny side, and laughed at the fact that the officer had even stamped the passport.
'But at the same time, it’s a worry to any parent, how easy it would be to smuggle a child through customs and into another country.'

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Blackhawks and Bruins go to 2nd OT, tied 3-3

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CHICAGO (AP) — Corey Crawford stopped several flurries to preserve a 3-3 tie and send a riveting Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals to double overtime on Wednesday.
The Blackhawks got third-period goals from Dave Bolland and Johnny Oduya to erase a 3-1 deficit and then Crawford was simply spectacular in the extra period.
He made a sprawled-out pad save on Shawn Thornton about four minutes into OT, and he stood his ground in a flurry with just under eight minutes remaining, stopping Rich Peverley and Tyler Seguin on the rebound to draw oohs and ahhs from the crowd.

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In the first championship meeting in 34 years between Original Six franchises, Milan Lucic scored twice and Patrice Bergeron added a power-play goal just over six minutes into the third to give Boston a 3-1 lead. But the Blackhawks came storming back after that.
Andrew Shaw picked off a clearing attempt by Torey Krug and fed Bolland on a two-on-one rush to pull Chicago within one with 12 minutes left in regulation. Lucic then got stopped on a two-on-one by Crawford midway through the third, and Oduya tied it for Chicago when his shot from the point deflected off Andrew Ference and bounced past Tuukka Rask.

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Just like that, the Blackhawks were back in it. Crawford fought off a big flurry by Boston in the closing minutes, and the game went to overtime with Chicago outshooting Boston 39-25 after getting off to a slow start.
The Bruins grabbed a 1-0 lead at the 13:11 mark of the opening period after David Krejci knocked Niklas Hjalmarsson off the puck along the boards behind the net. He fed a pass to Nathan Horton, who feathered the puck across to Lucic for an easy wrist shot from the slot in front of Crawford.

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Lucic struck again just 51 seconds into the second period with another wrist shot after Hjalmarsson gambled along the boards and fell, allowing Boston to break in.
Chicago started to come on strong after that.
The Blackhawks got on the board just over two minutes later when rookie Brandon Saad scored his first goal of the playoffs. He carried the puck down the ice but was bumped off it in the left corner of the Boston zone. Marian Hossa recovered it and fed Saad in the slot, making it 2-1 and bringing the sellout crowd to their feet.

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The Blackhawks' momentum came screeching to a halt on a power play — make that a two-man advantage — midway through the second. A big issue during the regular season, it continues to haunt the Blackhawks in the playoffs.
They came in 7 for 51 on the power play — 12th among the 16 playoff teams — and that number took another hit when they couldn't convert a five-on three advantage, Horton got called for interference at 7:37 and the Bruins were whistled for having too many men on the ice at 8:20, but Chicago came away empty.

Before Saad's tally, Rask had not given up a goal in 149:36 — he gave up only two goals in a four-game sweep of Pittsburgh — and he saved 44 shots through the first OT for the Bruins, who are seeking their second title in three years.
Crawford made 34 stops through the first OT for the Blackhawks, back in the finals for the first time since their championship run three years ago, didn't get much going in this one.
Not since the Montreal Canadiens knocked off the New York Rangers in five games in 1979 had Original Six teams played for the championship. But both these teams have been here, done that, with Chicago winning it all in 2010 and Boston taking the championship the following season.

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Jason Leffler dies from injuries suffered at Bridgeport Speedway race

By Jay Busbee | From The Marbles

The wreckage of Jason Leffler's car. (Via @christophetaitt)

New Jersey state police have announced that NASCAR driver Jason Leffler has died as a result of injuries suffered in a wreck at Bridgeport Speedway in New Jersey, according to the Associated Press. Leffler was 37.
Leffler was racing a Sprint Car at the track's "Night of Wings" when his car apparently flipped on the front stretch of the 5/8-mile, high-banked dirt oval. According to eyewitness accounts, he was extracted from the car on a board and airlifted out of the track via helicopter. The remainder of the night's racing was cancelled.

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According to state police, Leffler was pronounced dead at 9:02 p.m. ET.
Leffler, from Long Beach, Calif., spent most of his decade-plus NASCAR career in the Nationwide series, running full schedules from 2006 to 2011. He had two wins, 42 top fives and 107 top 10s in the Nationwide series. He's also run 73 races in Sprint Cup, most recently at Pocono last week, and 56 races in the Camping World Truck Series, where he posted one victory.

"NASCAR extends its thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies to the family of Jason Leffler who passed away earlier this evening," NASCAR said in a statement. "For more than a decade, Jason was a fierce competitor in our sport and he will be missed."
Prior to NASCAR, Leffler won three straight USAC midget championships (1997-99). He also competed in the 2000 Indianapolis 500, where he finished 17th.
He'd only this year returned to Sprint Car racing, where he planned on competing in 50-65 races. According to his web site, "Jason is excited to get back to the grass roots of racing to connect with fans and old rivalries."
Leffler was extremely close to his son Charlie Dean, who had only recently finished kindergarten. Leffler's Instagram page is full of shots of Charlie Dean, including this poignant one:

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The Bling Grin: Miley Cyrus continues her gangsta transformation with a gaudy gold tooth


Mind the gap: Miley Cyrus showed off a new eye-catching accessory as she sported a gold tooth at the MySpace launch event

Miley Cyrus completes her good girl turned bad transformation with new gold tooth.
She’s already got the punked-up hair and new wardrobe and now Miley Cyrus has completed her transformation from Hannah Montana to full on gangsta with a shiny new gold tooth.
The 20-year-old turned up to the This Is Myspace event in Los Angeles in her signature punk look on Wednesday night.

Gold touch: The star gave her smile some extra shine

The fashion rebel paired a pair of big two-tone coloured jeans with a teeny pleather crop top which displayed the singer’s toned abs.
The baggy denims seem to be a favourite of Miley’s, with the star spotted in the same pair earlier on the day, this time teaming the jeans with a cropped ‘Channing’ tee.
Miley slung a matching leather jacket over her skimpy top last night, finishing her 80’s look with pointed white heels and a stack of necklaces draped around her neck.

New looks: Miley showcased her individual style as she chips away at her former cookie cutter persona

Her super short peroxide crop was set off by a slick of red lipstick whilst the singer carried a coveted Chanel rucksack.
But as she smiled for the cameras on the black carpet it was her shiny gold tooth that really caught the eye.
Miley seemed extra proud of her new shiny accessory as she smiled for the photographers before making her way into the event.

Miley Cyrus and Leah LaBelle joined fellow singers Pharell and Robin Thicke onstage Wednesday night at the El Rey Theater for the re-launch of Myspace. Miley and Leah danced and sang to the hit "Blurred Lines" song.

The bold new accessory is just the latest fashion touch which has transformed Miley from girl next door to bona fide punk princess.
It's a trend beloved by rappers that rarely flatters anyone - and let's hope it's just a temporary one in Miley's case.
The young star continued her quest to get back to the top of music charts by joining man of the moment Pharrell Williams and his Blurred Lines co-collaborator Robin Thicke on stage at the Myspace launch party.

That's not polite: Miley stuck to fingers up to rumours she has split from Liam Hemsworth and remains adamant they she is still engaged

Justin Timberlake, a major shareholder in the social network, took to Twitter last night to commend chart toppers Pharrell and Robin for their exclusive performance, sharing photos of Miley and co on stage with his followers.
The new MySpace was unveiled at the star-studded event, with a focus on mixing social networking with music streams.
It's new look site aims to help musicians, writers and other artists connect with a wider audience online.

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'We have a moral obligation to ban the airbrush': Debenhams vows not to retouch model shots... and calls on others to follow suit

High-street giant slaps ban on Photoshopped lingerie model shots
No more arm and leg thinning, teeth whitening or bust boosting
Now only airbrush minor things like pigmentation or stray hair
Retailer calls on rivals to follow suit and 'encourage positive body image'
Studies show young girls' self esteem is crushed by altered adverts


Millions of pounds a year are spent by organisations retouching perfectly good images

The airbrush backlash is now well underway as Debenhams announces a ban on all retouched lingerie model shots.
The high-street department store puts and end to such images as they 'want to help customers feel confident about their figures without bombarding them with unattainable body images'.

A lingerie shot before and after retouching: Debenhams will no longer whiten teeth, slim limbs or boost breasts

The use of some digital photography techniques to create unrealistic body shapes and flawless skin can make men and women feel more insecure about their natural looks and size.
Recent research shows that half of schoolgirls as young as 12 are unhappy with their weight and some are skipping meals in an effort to slim, 'due to exposure to airbrushed images'.

In 2011 Britney Spears let airbrushed images from a Candie's shoot to be released along with the originals

A further 58 per cent of girls aged 14 or 15 said they wanted to lose weight, according to the study by the Schools Health Education Unit.
Debenhams now calls on its rivals to ban airbrushed images too.
'We want other retailers to follow suit and encourage positive body-image through minimal retouching rather than bombarding them with unattainable body images,' said a spokesperson.

'As well as being a positive from a moral point of view, it ticks the economic boxes as well.
'Millions of pounds a year are spent by organisations retouching perfectly good images,' says Sharon Webb, Head of Lingerie buying and design for Debenhams.
'As a rule we only airbrush minor things like pigmentation or stray hair and rely on the natural beauty of models to make our product look great.'

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'300: Rise of an Empire' trailer released: Gerard Butler's Leonidas makes depressing cameo — as corpse



King Leonidas' corpse makes an appearance in the new trailer for '300: Rise of an Empire'
It’s a Greek travesty!

The new trailer for “300: Rise of an Empire,” which hit the Internet Wednesday, opens with the jarring sight of the nefarious Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) riding over the corpses of Gerard Butler’s Spartan King Leonidas and most of his 299 loyal, doomed subjects.


Lena Headey shoots the breeze as Queen Gorgo.

From there....things get a little more epic.
“The idea of this movie was always that it takes place at about the same time of the first one," director Noam Murro told MTV News. "It's as if you zoomed out and saw a bigger time frame and told a bigger story of what happened in '300.' The first movie speaks to the detail of this sequel.


Sullivan Stapleton takes over on lead abs for Gerard Butler in the sequel to 2006's '300.'

“It is larger in scale, and it takes place on water,” adds Murro, who took over helming duties from producer Zack Snyder.
Leonidas’ fight is picked up by Greek general Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton), who has a Persian naval armada to destroy led by Eva Green’s bow-wielding Artemisia.


Rodrigo Santoro reprises his role as the evil Xerxes.

Returning from the original is Spartan Queen Gorgo, played by “Game of Thrones” star Lena Headey, who vows that her husband’s sacrifice won’t be in vain.
“It begins as a whisper, a promise,” she tells her men. “The lightest of breezes dances above the death cries of 300 men. That breeze became a wind.”


Eva Green's Artemisia shows her softer side.

A wind of hyper-stylized carnage and sultry sex scenes, apparently, judging by the rest of two-minute, 30-second trailer.
The battle of Thermopylae never looked this cool in a history book.


The movie is set during the real-life Battle of Thermopylae — though a different verison than the one familiar from the history books.

300: Rise of an Empire,” loosely based on the graphic novel “Xerxes” by Frank Miller, invades theaters on March 7, 2014.


Much of the action is set at sea - or at least a CGI version of sea - in '300: Rise of an Empire.'

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DON'T Fill Me In: Craig David boasts incredibly worked out body - but has he taken it too far?


Body confident: Craig David shared his most inspiring self-portrait with his fans via Instagram on Thursday

He may have had a song about different flavours of ice cream.
But it looks as though Craig David has not had a high-fat treat for quite some time, as he has shared a personal snap of his well worked-out physique with fans.
The 32-year-old British RnB singer decided to share his photograph with fans to help them achieve their weight loss goals and admitted that even he struggles to keep off excess weight from time to time.

Pretty fit: Craig outshone boxer David Haye when they hit the beach together in 2011 as, even then, he was in brilliant shape

Taking to the photo-sharing site, Craig displayed an image of himself looking as though he has zero percent body fat - and maximum muscle.
Standing in just a pair of black shorts, the singer's body is rippling with muscle and he looks incredibly lean - however his face looks gaunt and his body almost looks strained by his muscles.
However in an open letter to fans, he reveals that he does occasionally binge on junk food, but keeps his photograph to remind him of his goals and to help him keep his bad eating habits in check.

'One of the best ways to help yourself stay focused throughout those days when you feel a little weak or lost is to put little reminders around you to help bring you back to the present moment and focus you before you do something you'll look back on and regret,' he singer said via an extended Instagram message.
'In this case when I'm training hard and about to start my cutting phase where calories are reduced and I know there will be moments where I'll wanna eat every chocolate bar in my cupboard or especially when travelling on planes back and forth from Miami to Europe all the time,' he went on.

Forget the flavours: Craig doesn't look like he ever eats much ice-cream despite singing a song that made reference to the chilled dessert

'I just go to this photo on my phone...under the folder "Stay Focused" which reminds me instantly to get back on track and in this case reminds me how good it feels when I achieve my goal and don't listen to my "old inner weakness" voice trying to remind me of how I used to be!
'Trust me it works!!! All I hear inside when I see this photo is..... Stop being weak and fix up...you've done it before, you can do it again! Booom!
'This quickly throws me back on course and on to completing my goal.
'This is one of the photos for my fitness goals, but I have the same reminders in picture form for motivating me in the studio with my music, making time for my friends when it's easy to get caught up in work and pictures of things that really matter to me in my life.
'All designed to focus me back in to the present moment. You should do the same if it helps you stay on course to achieving your goals and btw the photo can be of anything that just shifts your attention back in line with where it should be...
'believe you've already achieved it and it will manifest!'

Fitness fanatic Craig hardly has much to be worried about as he has become more famous for his incredible beach body than for his music in recent years.
The star even put British boxer David Haye to shame when the pair were spotted together on a beach in 2011.
Although his message to fans is very sweet in that he is hoping to inspire others to reach their own body goals.

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