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Check out these female celebs who happen to have extremely rich boyfriends.

The one piece of advice my wealthy godmother always offered me was that I could “marry more money in 5 minutes than I could make in a lifetime.” Crass, but true.

Janet Jackson


The best way to get over an ex? Snag a wealthy businessman from Quatar. Janet Jackson, 44, got together with Wissam Al Mana — the 30-something director of the Middle Eastern luxury company Al Mana Retail — following her breakup with longtime partner Jermaine Dupri. Jackson and Al Mana went public earlier this year, making appearances at Paris Fashion Week and on the streets of London where she’d been promoting “Why Did I Get Married Too?

Salma Hayek

First came baby, then came marriage for Salma Hayek and Francois-Henri Pinault. The 44-year-old actress and the 48-year-old French luxury magnate — he’s the CEO of the PPR group, which oversees Gucci and Balenciaga, among other brands — welcomed daughter Valentina in September 2007. They announced their engagement the following summer only to call it off months later. Reconciliation followed and so did two marriage ceremonies: one in City Hall in Paris and another in Venice. A win for both Hayek and Henri!
Tyra Banks
It takes a strong, confident man to handle Tyra Banks. Enter John Utendahl, the dashing — and deep-pocketed — boyfriend of the over-the-top supermodel and entrepreneur. The pair typically keeps a low profile, but it was a special occasion Monday night when they arrived hand-in-hand to the “Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps” premiere in New York. Utendahl, who is in his fifties, first hooked up with Banks, 36, in 2007 and they’ve been quietly dating ever since. The businessman is a veteran Wall Street banker and owner of the Utendahl Group, an investment-banking firm.
Naomi Campbell
Naomi Campbell met her real estate mogul boyfriend Vladislav Doronin at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, and now lives with him in Moscow. The 40-year-old supermodel brought Doronin to her appearance on “Oprah” in May. Sitting in the studio audience, he revealed he was legally married but separated from his wife of more than 10 years. “We don’t live together,” he said. Campbell told Oprah, “I like the men to wear the pants. I don’t want to wear the pants. I like men who know what they want, know what they’re doing, make their own decisions.”
Padma Lakshmi
Stunning “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi recently celebrated her 40th birthday with a lavish dinner party hosted by the wildly wealthy Teddy Forstmann, who is 30 years her senior. The chairman and CEO of IMG talent agency reportedly hired cancan dancers, contortionists, and a marching band. (That is love!) In February, Lakshmi gave birth to her first child, daughter Krishna, now 7 months old. (Krishna’s bio-dad is, reportedly, businessman Adam Dell, the younger brother of computer honcho Michael Dell.)




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In a year of head-hanging cultural low points
(we’re looking at you, Jersey Shore), ELLE presents the 25 best reasons
to keep the faith—from the year’s must-hear genre-busting albums to
Cher’s showstopping return to celluloid. (We’ll fist pump to that!)



1. THE HEARTBREAK KID

When rapper Kid Cudi released Man on the Moon: The End of Day
last fall, his emotive hip-hop outcooled every thugged-out MC on the
market. Almost overnight, the 26-year-old, dressed in skinny jeans and
thick-frame glasses, sold nearly half a million albums, lent vocals to
Jay-Z’s “Already Home” on The Blueprint 3, and became a lead player in HBO’s dramedy How to Make It in America. On September 14, he’ll release Man on the Moon Pt. 2: The Legend of Mr. Rager,
a sophomore effort that upstages his first, with booming choruses
(Cudi sings—sans Auto-Tune, at that!), raging electro beats, and a
rock-rooted single, “Erase Me,” which features that other hypercool skinny-jean-clad rapper, Kanye West.—Julie Vadnal

Photo: Matt Doyle/Contour by Getty Images

 

2. WE NEED A HERO

 

Director Davis Guggenheim hopes his new documentary, Waiting for “Superman”, will do for education what his An Inconvenient Truth
did for global warming. In the legendary Harlem school reformer
Geoffrey Canada and the fearless, magnetic Washington, DC, schools
chancellor ­Michelle Rhee, the film finds charisma to burn­—and showing
us poor kids waiting to hear ­whether they got into model schools might
just stand in for Superman as a game-changer. “One of the reactions I
get,” says Guggenheim, “is, ‘Oh, you picked the good families, the bright kids.’ That makes me really angry. They’re all born learners, born dreamers.”—Ben Dickinson

Photo: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

 

3. THE NEW FACE

“I looked at a lot of actresses, but I couldn’t cast it for the life
of me. Then I saw Jennifer, and I went, ‘Wow, she’s incredible. We
need to rewrite the role for her.’ There’s wells and wells of stuff
going on inside her. Her face has the symmetry of somebody who is
classically beautiful but looks like she’s really lived, not someone who
wakes up at noon and puts on a bunch of makeup. That’s not something
you can manufacture. That’s something you’re born with.”—Jodie Foster on
casting 20-year-old Jennifer Lawrence, star of this spring’s acclaimed
Winter’s Bone, as the moody valedictorian Norah in The Beaver

Photo: Stevie and Mada (steviemada.com)

 

4. THE BIG TELL-ALL

“So many people have a secret self that never comes out,” Portia de Rossi says. “And I’m just sick of it.” In her new memoir, Unbearable Lightness,
out October 5, the actress writes about her past struggles with
anorexia and bulimia, from her first Jenny Craig meeting at age 15 to
the horrors of walking the red carpet for Ally McBeal to
desperately trying to burn off the calories from a pack of gum by
running circles in a parking lot. But the story has a happy ending: She
married Ellen DeGeneres after years spent in the closet—also among the
book’s topics.—Nojan Aminosharei

Photo: Randee St. Nicholas/courtesy of the subject

 

5. OSCAR BAIT

Four beautifully calibrated performances have Academy Award
handicappers already granting front-runner status to two eagerly
anticipated love stories. In Derek Cianfrance’s Sundance favorite, Blue Valentine,
Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams create a piercingly intimate
portrait of a passionate marriage going off the rails. The story offers
glimpses of a chemistry so joyous and specific that we feel the lovers’
anguish almost as sharply as they do. And veteran writer/director
Edward Zwick reunites Brokeback Mountain vets Jake Gyllenhaal
and Anne Hathaway as a hotshot pharmaceutical salesman and an artist
with early-stage Parkinson’s disease in Love and Other Drugs.

Photo: Blue Valentine: Davi Russo/The Weinstein Company

 

5. OSCAR BAIT (CONT’D)

It may sound like a classic weeper, but Zwick leavens the sadness
with high-flying humor and great sex. Zwick nabbed his own Oscar in
1999 for Shakespeare in Love and was nominated two years later for Traffic. Gyllenhaal, Williams, Hathaway, and Gosling have all earned previous nominations—the first two for their Brokeback work, Hathaway for Rachel Getting Married, and Gosling for Half Nelson. This year they’ll be competing with each other, which could make Oscar night a genuine nail-biter. —Karen Durbin

Photo: Love and Other Drugs: David James/20th Century Fox

 

6. THE BIG UNEASY

Most blockbuster Broadway plays of late have been 90-minute, small-cast imports, such as Red and God of Carnage. Good as they are, they don’t feel very American, in content or scale. By comparison, John Guare’s A Free Man of Color, at Lincoln Center Theater this fall, represents the return of the native—not just for Guare, whose House of Blue Leaves and Six Degrees of Separation
anatomized social class in New York City, but for the idea of American
epic. A sprawling historical comedy with tragic overtones (and vice
versa), Free Man begins in French Louisiana, circa 1802: “in
the last moments,” as director George C. Wolfe puts it, “before
history—in the form of America, just next door—invades.”

Photo: Michal Daniel/courtesy of the subject

 

6. THE BIG UNEASY (CONT’D)

When it does, the title character (likely to be played by Jeffrey
Wright) transforms from the richest man in New Orleans to the
equivalent of the slaves who run his plantation. What started out as a
Restoration comedy turns almost Shakespearean in its consequences—not
just for the characters but for the United States, which has been
entangled in questions of racial identity and equality ever since.
Wolfe, who also directed the epic Angels in America on
Broadway, naturally sees that entanglement in theatrical terms.
“America feels like this unresolved, incredibly astonishing work in
progress,” he says. “But is it a well-made play or a vaudeville? Is it a
commedia or some kind of Revenger’s Tragedy? Any given day it’s all of those”—and, no surprise, so is the season’s biggest play.—Jesse Green

Photo: Courtesy of Lincoln Center Theater

7. THE NEXT GENERATION

Last winter, the world lost Alexander McQueen, leaving his protégé,
35-year-old Sarah Burton, to carry on his legacy as the house’s new
designer. (Her first collection—filled with architectural cocktail
dresses in snow-white and buff lace, and dramatic gowns in chinoiserie
prints—will debut this November.) And Lindsay Lohan’s ever-so-short
tenure as artistic adviser (along with former chief designer Estrella
Archs) for Emanuel Ungaro has ended, making way for British bad boy
Giles Deacon to be appointed the brand’s new creative director. However
you slice it, this year—despite its darker hours—has seen the rising of
two bright stars, now at the center of fashion’s solar system.—Alexa Brazilian

Photo: Burton and McQueen images: David Burton; Deacon: Nick Harvey/WireImage.com; Ungaro storefront: courtesy of the designer.

 

8. THE WISE GUYS

When Martin Scorsese told Sopranos writer Terence Winter he wanted to direct the pilot for Boardwalk Empire,
an HBO series Winter had written about prohibition-era Atlantic City,
he was thrilled, but not convinced the stars would align. “I thought,
I’ll believe it when I see it,” Winter says. “We were standing on the
set the first day and his car pulled up. He got out and started blocking
out a scene. I looked to one of the other producers and was like, This
is really happening.” Scorsese, also an executive producer,
makes the inaugural episode feel like a fully realized mob movie, while
Steve Buscemi deserves critical gushings for his portrayal of corrupt
politician “Nucky” Thompson, who’s keeping AC swimming in bootleg
liquor. “He reminds me of Bogart,” Winter says of Buscemi. And maybe
that other compellingly flawed fictional mobster with depth.—Candice Rainey

Photo: Abbot Genser/HBO

 

9. THE WHITE-KNUCKLER

Most crisis films cut back and forth from the victims to the rescue
teams, the distraught relatives, the frenzied media. But with 127 Hours, out this fall, director Danny Boyle—buoyed by his Slumdog Millionaire Oscar
triumph—does the opposite: He keeps the camera locked on the
minute-to-minute struggle of mountain climber Aron Ralston (James
Franco), who famously spent five days in 2003 trapped in a narrow Utah
canyon after a boulder fell on his arm. He eventually severed his own
limb with a pocketknife in order to escape. “Truth is, we would all do
it,” Boyle says. “What looks like a story of extraordinary individualism
is actually one that represents all of our potential.”—Maggie Bullock

Photo: Chuck Zlotnick

 

10. THE SINGLE MAN

Brandon Flowers’ career sounds like a screenplay titled American Dream Realized.
The Killers’ lead singer hails from Sin City, spent his teen years
waiting tables at Caesars Palace, and met guitarist Dave Keuning by
answering an ad in a local paper. After selling 14 million albums
worldwide with the glam-rock band, “a couple of guys wanted to take a
break,” says the 28-year-old Flowers, who didn’t feel like hitting
pause. Instead, he worked on Flamingo, his wildly buzzed-about
first solo record—a sweeping, country-tinged classic-American-rock
homage to the nation he loves. “Our foundations are built on this land
of opportunity,” Flowers says, with genuine gratitude. “I don’t know if I
have a romantic notion of it or what.”

Photo: Williams and Hirakawa

10. THE SINGLE MAN (CONT’D)

On Flamingo, his rough-hewn vocals evoke a young Bruce
Springsteen (one of his personal rock idols) on odes to religion (he’s
Mormon), the “conventions of old-fashioned love,” and his hometown. “I
find myself defending it a lot,” he says about Las Vegas. “I think it’s
very American, the hustle and bustle of it all.” Spend a few minutes
with him—or any of the Killers’ four ridiculously infectious,
genre-spanning records—and it’s clear Flowers isn’t built to sit still.
“I’ve been writing songs since the last day that I recorded vocals on
[2008’s] Day & Age,” he says. “I think this is some of the strongest work I’ve ever done.” One spin of the propulsively kinetic Flamingo, and you’ll be ready to bet on Flowers too.—Rachel Rosenblit

Photo: Courtesy of Amazon.com

 

11. THE LEGEND

She gave us indelible performances in ’80s flicks Moonstruck, Mask, and Silkwood.
Now Oscar-winning triple threat and grande dame of camp Cher is back
on celluloid as the tough-broad owner of a musical revue nightclub in
November’s Burlesque. Belting out a racy number in a sequined
bustier with enough screen presence to upstage all the pretty young
things in fishnets (including Christina Aguilera and Kristen Bell),
Cher’s mama hen nabs the movie’s best lines and flaunts the biggest
hair.—R.R.

Photo: Stephen Vaughan SMPSP/© 2010 Screen Gems Inc.

 

12. THE HOT COVERTS

The stars of NBC’s upcoming spy thriller Undercovers,
actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw and former tennis pro and model Boris Kodjoe,
are officially TV’s sexiest new couple. When Kodjoe auditioned, says
creator J. J. Abrams, “I thought, There’s no way a guy that looks like
him can also read a line.”—N.A.

Photo: Chris Haston/NBC

 

13. THE FILM AUTEUR

Ben Affleck sounds happily crazed on a break from locking his new film, The Town. Based on Prince of Thieves,
Chuck Hogan’s prize-winning suspense novel about a gang of young bank
robbers whose shrewd leader falls hard for Rebecca Hall’s upscale
victim, Claire, the movie takes Affleck back to the gritty Boston world
of his 2007 directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone. This time, the
neighborhood is gentrifying, and Affleck is director and star. “This
was not the kind of moviemaking that I’d been used to at all, so it
definitely tested me,” he says, describing the story’s climax, a
spectacular shoot-out in Fenway Park.

Photo: Matthias Vriens McGrath/Trunk Archive

 

13. THE FILM AUTEUR (CONT’D)

Like its predecessor, however, The Town is much more than
an action picture. “It’s about loving people who are damaged and how
children pay for the sins of their fathers and how change is so
difficult that we continue to do things that are bad despite our best
intentions,” Affleck says. “I wanted all that, and I got it because
between Rebecca, Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Blake Lively, and Chris
Cooper, I had such extraordinary talent.” Last but hardly least, his
own.—K.D.

Photo: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

 

14. NERD REVENGE

Based on Ben Mezrich’s The Accidental Billionaires, The Social Network
stars Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield as the Harvard boy wonders
who in 2004 dreamed up “the biggest change in the way we socialize since
the invention of the telephone,” Eisenberg says. It’s a morality tale
about what can happen to a friendship when a back-of-the-napkin idea
begets fabulous wealth, with a sly casting twist: Justin Timberlake
plays Napster cofounder (turned Facebook president) Sean Parker.—M.B

Photo: Merrick Morton/courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment

 

15. DREAM WEAVER

We’d bet the farm on Reed Krakoff’s debut ready-to-wear line
matching his success with Coach—where, as executive creative director
for more than a decade, he’s helped turn an American heritage brand into
a multibillion-dollar phenomenon. With his unabashedly luxe
collection, which includes rich utilitarian coats (the shearling
aviator is worth its weight in gold) and chunky ribbed knits trimmed in
fur, Krakoff’s new flagship—which is opening its doors on Madison
Avenue in Manhattan—is certainly the place to be this fall.—A.B.

Photo: Runway: Imaxtree.com; Krakoff: Courtesy of the subject

 

16. ACTING FUNNY

In an era of good musicals about heavy subjects (bipolar disorder,
African corruption, teen alienation), Broadway seems to have lost its
touch for musical comedy. For every Hairspray, there are 10
unfunny and untuneful stabs at this much-more-difficult-than-it-looks
genre. But this season brings a terrific prospect in Lincoln Center
Theater’s production of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, based on the 1988 Pedro Almodóvar film. Songwriter David Yazbek and book writer Jeffrey Lane—the team behind the hilarious Dirty Rotten Scoundrels—build on the movie’s screwball plot about the complications and dangers of love as experienced by four hysterical madrileñas soon after the fall of Franco.

Photo: Courtesy of the production

 

16. ACTING FUNNY (CONT’D)

But burning beds, drugged gazpacho, and answering machines used as
deadly weapons are only the start. “It’s really about women finding
their voice,” says Lane, pointing out that the main character, Pepa,
played by Broadway favo­rite Sherie Rene Scott, has a job dubbing
Hollywood musicals into Spanish. (Mega­diva Patti LuPone is in talks to
play another member of the quartet, who’s fresh out of the asylum.)
That’s why the musical sticks to the 1980s, before cell phones, text
messages, and Facebook: a time when, Lane says, “people really had to
work on communication.” Could it be that in our instant-intimacy world,
talk is too cheap for sophisticated comedy? Like love in Women on the Verge, humor on Broadway doesn’t blossom without serious obstacles.—J.G.

Photo: Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

 

17. THE NEW GUY

Lone Star, FOX’s new Dallas–meets–Catch Me If You Can
drama, follows con-man-with-a-conscience Robert Allen—played by
newcomer (and a young George Clooney ringer) James Wolk among a cast of
equally genetically blessed male costars. This makes it difficult to
focus on the show’s less gratuitous (but also alluring) aspects:
emotionally hefty plotlines (Allen juggles identities, alibis, and wives
as he sells shares in a phony energy company to unassuming small-town
folk) and Jon Voight’s stunning turn as a gritty Texas oil tycoon who’s
about to hand over the keys to his kingdom to his grifter son-in-law.
It’s worth tuning in if only to catch the scene of Wolk mowing the lawn
in the stifling Texas heat. Shirtless.—J.V.

Photo: Bill Matlock/FOX

18. BIG BOOKS

Two big, brassy sagas drop this fall: Some Sing, Some Cry (St.
Martin’s), from ­visionary writer Ntozake Shange and her ­playwright
sister, Ifa Bayeza, is the musical, magical, must-read epic of freed
slave Bette ­Mayfield and her progeny from Reconstruction to 9/11 and
beyond. Or you can pick up one of the ­million first-run copies of Ken
Follett’s ­behemoth Fall of Giants ­(Dutton), the first in a trilogy tracking five families across ­Europe and America through the tumul­tuous twentieth century.—Lisa Shea

Photo: Len Lagrua

 

19. THE REPUBLICAN OF WOMEN

This fall’s big midterm-election story is the GOP’s huge shot of
estrogen. From Nikki Haley to Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman, will
Republicanism’s feminization narrow the parties’ gender gap? Will Sarah
Palin’s anointed “mama grizzlies” clear her path to 2012? Come November
2, we’ll get some tantalizing clues.—B.D.

Photo: Fiorina: AP Photo/Charles Krupa; Haley: AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain; Whitman: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

 

20. BEST WEEK EVER

Christiane Amanpour steps in to host ABC’s This Week. “If there is a breaking story, the show will
travel,” says the half-Iranian, half-British journalist, who spent the
past 27 years as a front-lines reporter for CNN. “I’ll keep the
stalwarts, but the international focus demands I add new faces. I’m
intent on creating a different dynamic.”—Johanna Cox

Photo: Brent Stirton/Getty Images

 

21. THE BAD MAN

Before Osama bin Laden, there was Carlos the Jackal, a legendary
young terrorist from Latin America who plotted, bombed, and rampaged
across Europe in the ’70s and ’80s, finally landing in a French prison,
where he will die a forgotten man. Or he would have, except for Olivier
Assayas’ Carlos, a pulse-pounding action movie that
electrified a lackluster Cannes festival this year with the riveting
performance in the title role by its sexy 33-year-old star, Edgar
Ramirez. “It made perfect sense to him to carry out the revolution
while enjoying an extravagant playboy lifestyle,” says the multilingual
Venezuelan actor, whose Carlos is a ruthless, hedonistic rock star on a
permanent adrenaline high.

Photo: Film en Stock/courtesy of The Sundance Channel/IFC Films

 

21. THE BAD MAN (CONT’D)

After the seven-month shoot, Ramirez went into therapy for several
weeks: “He was a monster. I needed to shed all those emotions that were
not mine.” Next month, Carlos opens as a two-and-a-half-hour
movie and airs on the Sundance Channel as a five-and-a-half-hour
miniseries. Thanks to Ramirez, the long version is not to be missed.—K.D.

Photo: Courtesy of The Sundance Channel

 

22. THE ART EVENT

On September 15, New York’s Museum of Modern Art debuts its post-post-feminist show Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen.
“I’m sure that people will think, Oh what a stereotypical thing to do,
present the kitchen as a woman’s space,” says curator Juliet Kinchin.
“But our aspirations are to demonstrate, by implication, how much more
radical [women’s] designs were than many of their male contemporaries,
like Le Corbusier or Walter Gropius.”— J.V.

Photo: Wesselmann/courtesy of MoMA, NYC

 

23. BRAIN BACKLASH

“Keep your hardwires out of my brain!” say two scholars in new books
about how men and women think and behave. In recent years, MRI
technology and advances in our understanding of fetal development have
fueled the theory that even before we’re born, boys and girls are set on
divergent mental trajectories. Boys’ craniums “marinate in
testosterone” at a key stage in the womb, in the ­memorable phrase of
Luann Brizendine, MD, who wrote The Female Brain and The Male Brain
and founded and directs the Women’s Mood and ­Hormone Clinic at the
University of California at San Francisco. Thenceforth, it would seem,
men are more or less doomed to ­emotional un­intelligence and blind to
the hideousness of combining stripes and polka dots.

Photo: Courtesy of the publisher

 

23. BRAIN BACKLASH (CONT’D)

Fiddlesticks, concludes Australian academic psychologist Cordelia Fine, whose Delusions of Gender (Norton)
is an admirably fluent review of a gazillion brain-science studies.
Barnard College sociomedical scientist Rebecca M. Jordan-Young goes
deeper into the weeds in Brain Storm (Harvard), a formidably
technical analysis of the research program of the whole field of “brain
organization theory.” Both Fine and ­Jordan-Young find that culture,
socialization, and pervasively gendered expectations decisively shape
all the stereotypical behaviors that Brizendine and her confederates
dubiously attribute to the ­hormones and hardwired cells in our heads.
Social Darwinism in its time exploited the popular understanding of
natural selection to excuse and justify social inequalities as resulting
from “the survival of the fittest.” Just so, writes Jordan-Young,
“Brain organization theory is little more than an elaboration of
long-standing folktales about anta­gonistic male and female essences.”
So let the cage match begin, and may the best, er, person win.­—B.D.

Photo: Courtesy of the publisher

 

24. THE REUNION

The last time Jeff Bridges joined up with the Coen brothers, they
created one of the most worshipped deadbeats in history. This
Christmas, the trio reconvenes, banking on more strange alchemy for True Grit,
a remake of Charles Portis’ novel-turned-Western that earned John
Wayne his Oscar. Bridges stars as U.S. marshal “Rooster” Cogburn, a
hard-drinking hired gun.—N.A.

Photo: Lorey Sebastian/courtesy of Paramount Pictures

 

25. DIE, YUPPIE SCUM

Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections (2001) was pretty much the last great American novel. This month, he at last follows up with Freedom (Farrar,
Straus & Giroux), about Walter and Patty ­Berglund and their
almost-­perfect children, Jessica and Joey. These urban gentrifiers in a
recently too-funky neighborhood of St. Paul, Minnesota, seem
effortlessly to inhabit the peaceable kingdom of conscientious ­living.
But, ­Franzen being ­Franzen, yuppie dread soon rears its ugly,
self-absorbed head, catalyzed by the ­belated success of Walter’s
indie-rocker college roommate, Richard Katz. Franzen makes a
mind-boggling stylistic miscalculation in presenting 200 pages of the
book as ­Patty’s autobiography—in his unmistakable narrative voice.

Photo: Greg Martin/GregMartinPhoto.com

 

25. DIE, YUPPIE SCUM (CONT’D)

But read on—there’s mordant pleasure aplenty to be had in
surrendering to Franzen’s hypnotic accretion of offhand observations
(“There are few things harder to imagine than other people’s
conversations about yourself”), pithy German-idealist characterizations
(“She was already fully the thing that was just starting to happen to
the rest of the street”), and brutal cultural commentary. So reserve
some hammock time this Indian summer for one more solitary reverie as
the shadows lengthen and the leaves start to fall: 562 more pages of the
merciless intelligence of Jonathan Franzen.—B.D.

Photo: Courtesy of Amazon.com





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The Latest Look at the Cars of the Stars via [msnautos]

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Stars and Their Cars

By Josh
Condon
of MSN Autos

Us Weekly magazine might tell you that stars are “just like us.”
But, in reality, they aren’t. We find they tend to drive better cars —
much better cars, ranging from the absurd to the eco-conscious to the
practical-chic. But this is nothing new. The love affair between celebs
and tasty automobiles is well-documented. And while piloting a
million-dollar-plus Ferrari Enzo around town to pick up, say, an iced
caffè mocha at the local Starbucks might seem like overkill to you,
it’s normal to these luminaries. Here we highlight 10 coveted,
cutting-edge or just plain weird rides and the celebs who own them.

Paris Hilton in her Bentley (© Rex Features)

Paris Hilton in her Bentley



Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

Multitasker Pharrel
Williams
— one-half of the producing duo the Neptunes, front man
for the band N.E.R.D and co-creator of the fashion lines Billionaire
Boys Club and Ice Cream — is known for his distinct personal style at
least as much as for his musical prowess, and said style extends to his
rides. Not only does he have a $455,000 Mercedes-Benz
SLR McLaren
with a supercharged 5.5L V8 engine parked in his
driveway, he also counts a $1 million, carbon-fiber, Formula 1-inspired
Ferrari
Enzo
(top speed: 221 mph) for his daily errands about town.

Pharrel Williams and Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren (© AP Photo/Matt  <br/>Dunham/Mercedes-Benz USA)

Pharrel Williams and the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

Audi R8 Supercar

Lauren
Conrad
is a TV star from the MTV shows “Laguna Beach” and “The
Hills.” While you can easily say her roles lack, well, substance, you
cannot say the same for Conrad’s ride. It is full of it, in a good way.
She rides around Los Angeles in the incredible Audi
R8
supercar. The midmounted monster — which goes zero to 60 mph in
4.6 seconds, delivers 317 lb-ft of torque and has a top speed of 187
mph — is also favored by macho types such as English soccer ace Robbie
Fowler and actor David Hasselhoff. So, while seeing a tiny, blond,
SoCal reality TV star tooling around in this powerhouse is a bit
disconcerting, it’s also, dare we say it, totally awesome! It sure
beats Paris Hilton’s cringe-inducing pink
Bentley
.

Lauren Conrad Audi R8 (© Louise Barnsley/Nate  <br/>Jones/PacificCoastNews.com)

Lauren Conrad and her Audi R8

1968 Ford Mustang Cobra

While the Jonas Brothers’ music may appeal to the tween girl set,
the car Nick
Jonas
drives comes straight out of a ZZ Top video. As soon as he
turned 16, the Disney-produced guitar player and vocalist was spotted
cruising around his Toluca Lake, Calif., neighborhood in a shiny black
1968 Ford Mustang Cobra with white racing stripes. Although we doubt
the young crooner spent hours rehabilitating the classic muscle car
getting grease under those manicured nails, we have to give him credit
for one badass ride.

Nick Jonas Driving 1968 Mustang (© Gaz Shirley/Matt Symons)

Nick Jonas and his vintage 1968 Ford Mustang Cobra

GMC Yukon Hybrid

For at least one nod to practicality on this list, we turn to “Walk
the Line” actress Reese
Witherspoon
and her vehicle of choice. Rather than the ever-popular
Toyota
Prius
favored by Hollywood’s eco warriors, or the MINI
Cooper
(a hit with “Twilight” star Kristen Stewart), this petite
thespian and mother drives to and fro in a massive GMC
Yukon Hybrid
. And while the SUV’s gas mileage is not exactly at
Prius levels (it gets about 21 mpg on the highway), it sports a monster
V8 engine and can tow up to 6,000 pounds. What a famous Hollywood
actress commanding $15 million to $20 million per picture needs with
that kind of power is unclear, but it’s pretty cool nonetheless.

Reese Witherspoon and GMC Yukon Hybrid (© AP Photo/Jacquelyn  <br/>Martin / General Motors)

Reese Witherspoon and the GMC Yukon Hybrid

Tesla Roadster

While Fergie is probably the most recognized member of the Black
Eyed Peas, will.i.am
is definitely the most politically minded, as proven by his bizarre
“hologram” in a ratings stunt with CNN’s Anderson Cooper after the 2008
presidential election. Nonetheless, the musician puts his environmental
politics into action with his choice of car, the Tesla
Roadster
. Based on the super-sporty Lotus Elise, this pure
electric racer does zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. It develops 248
horsepower and gets 244 miles per charge. It’s so sporty, in fact, that
another famous musician and Tesla owner — Flea, bassist for the Red
Hot Chili Peppers — has said that it makes his Porsche feel “like a
golf cart.”

will.i.am and Tesla Roadster (© AP Photo/Matt Dunham  <br/>/Mercedes-Benz USA)

will.i.am and the Tesla Roadster

1959 Rolls-Royce Convertible

Normally, music superstar <a onclick=”window.open(this.href);return
false;” href=”http://music.msn.com/music/artist-photos/beyonc%c3%a9/”>Beyoncé
Knowles is spotted with the type of entourage that suggests she
doesn’t spend too much time actually driving herself anywhere. And
that’s a shame, considering that on her 25th birthday, her
then-boyfriend (now husband), rapper and music mogul Jay-Z, surprised
her with a 1959 Rolls-Royce
convertible. No definite details as to model — though as a convertible
it’s most likely a Silver Cloud. Regardless, it’s hard to argue with a
classic luxury automobile reported to be worth a cool million bucks as a
“congratulations for being one year older” gift.

Beyonce and Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud (© AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Beyoncé and the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud

Bugatti Veyron

Who knew being obnoxious on overhyped network TV contests was so
lucrative? One look at the Bugatti Veyron that “American Idol” judge Simon
Cowell
ponied up $1.7 million for tells us everything we need to
know about the financial prospects of pomposity. With a top speed of
more than 253 mph, the Veyron holds the title of the fastest (and most
expensive) street-legal car on the road today. Consequently, Cowell can
sit in judgment of all other motorists around him, anywhere in the
world. Even more proof that nice guys finish last: Cowell purchased the
Bugatti within a few days of picking up a $434,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom
Drophead Coupe.

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Simon Cowell and Bugatti Veyron (© AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)

Simon Cowell and the Bugatti Veyron

Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe

Noted black-on-black (aka “murdered out”) luxury vehicle enthusiast
and sometime-international soccer star David
Beckham
has been spotted driving around Los Angeles in a sleek,
blacked-out Rolls-Royce
Phantom Drophead Coupe
. The ride’s color scheme matches his
$400,000 customized Porsche
911
Cabriolet Turbo and jacked-up Jeep
Wrangler
, and rounds out the luxury lineup in his garage, which
also includes a Ferrari
F430
and a V10
Lamborghini Gallardo
. His wife, Victoria — aka Posh, former Spice
Girl turned Marc Jacobs muse and international fashion plate — plays
the ivory to Becks’ ebony in a white Porsche 911 Cabriolet.

David Beckham Driving Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe (©  <br/>Johnstone, Symons, PacificCoastNews.com)

David Beckham and his Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe

GM EcoJet

Jay
Leno
isn’t your typical celebrity car owner. He is actually a true
automotive enthusiast extraordinaire. His collection of rare and odd
vintage rides is legendary. But, as a true gearhead, Leno is just as
impressed by speed and power as by quirk and collectability. Take his
EcoJet prototype, for instance. Leno helped design the one-of-a-kind
supercar (with help from his own Big Dog garage team and the design
gurus at General Motors). It is essentially a modified Corvette
Z06
that runs on biodiesel and is powered by a 650-horsepower
LT-101 jet engine, similar to the ones found in Coast Guard
helicopters. The team is still working out the kinks to get it on the
road, but in the meantime you can see (and hear) Leno and team firing
it up at his official
car Web site
.

Watch:
Jay Leno and his EcoJet

Jay Leno With EcoJet Concept (© General Motors and Wieck Media  <br/>Services, Inc.)

Jay Leno and his turbine-powered EcoJet

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO

American fashion icon Ralph Lauren’s car collection has everything
from the ultraclassic (Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing Coupe) to the
iconic (Porsche 550 Spyder) to the bizarre (Jaguar XKD) — and those are
just some of his cars from 1955! It’s hard to choose favorites among
such a select stable, but if we could abscond with one of his
incredible rides, chances are it would be the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO.
Only 39 of these unmistakable Italian beauties were produced between
1962 and 1964, and they are widely considered to be one of Enzo
Ferrari’s greatest achievements — if not the greatest. And they’re
priced accordingly: 250 GTOs (top speed: 170 mph) have sold at auctions
over the years for anywhere from $2 million to more than $15 million.

Pictures:
Vintage Ferraris

1962 Ferrari GTO (© The Ralph Lauren Collection)

Ralph Lauren’s 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO




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Top 10 A-List Celebrity Romantic Getaways via [romowtravelblog]

Many celebrities
like to keep their love life under wraps, so it’s not surprising that
countless celebrity couples have often been spotted on romantic
getaways.

For many celebrity couples, these romantic retreats are one of their
few opportunities to spend quality time together, away from their
hectic work schedules, A-list events and hordes of fans. So when they
do get the opportunity to escape on a romantic getaway, they ensure
that the destination they choose fits the bill perfectly – just as
these celebrity couple getaways do:

1. Maldives

maldives
The picture-perfect
Maldives is a hot spot for A-list celebrity couples who want to cosy up
in the private beach-side huts on the paradise isles in the Indian
Ocean.

Celebrity sightings: Beyonce and Jay-Z,
Naomi Campbell and Vladislav Doronin, Catherine Zeta Jones
and Michael Douglas, Kate Moss, Sadie Frost, Eva Longoria, Jude Law, Penelope Cruz.

2. Dubai

dubai
“The star of the Middle East”
boasts the world’s only seven-star hotel – the Burj Al Arab. With
suites priced from US$2,000 up to US$28,000 per night, it’s no wonder
celebrities often feature on the hotel’s guest list.

Celebrity sightings: Claudia Schiffer, Michael Schumacher, David and
Victoria Beckham, Serena and Venus Williams.

3. Italy

italy
The food, the wine, the
culture, the art, and, of course, the romance, make Italy a top
celebrity couple getaway destination. As an extra treat for their
beloved, celebrity couples can shop to their heart’s content at Italy’s
many world-renowned fashion houses.

Celebrity sightings: George Clooney,
Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Sylvester Stallone.

4. Barbados

barbados
As well as being renowned
for being the birthplace of singer Rihanna, this Caribbean island is
also home to some of the world’s most spectacular white sand beaches
with their glittering turquoise waters, as well as fine dining and
swanky hotels.

Celebrity sightings: Elton John, Prince Andrew, Sting, David and
Victoria Beckham, Will Smith, Tiger Woods.

5. Bahamas

bahamas
Only 40 out of more than
700 of the islands of the Bahamas are inhabited. It’s no wonder then
that it’s a popular destination for celebrity couples seeking privacy.
When celebrities have had enough of soaking up the sun amid gorgeous
beaches, they can indulge in the islands’ glitzy nightlife.

Celebrity sightings: Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood, Lily Allen.

6. Miami

miami
Fun-loving celebrity couples
love heading to Miami for some fun under the sun. Stars can go
club-hopping all night long at South Beach, grooving to Latin beats.

Celebrity sightings: Shakira, Janet Jackson, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer
Lopez, Justin Timberlake, Cameron Diaz, Beyonce, Kate Moss.

7. French Riviera

french riviera
One of the jewels of
the Mediterranean, the French Riviera, or Côte d’Azur in French,
provides for one of the most romantic backdrops in the world. It is
dotted with many luxury hotels as well as private yachts.

Celebrity sightings: Joan Collins, Lily Allen, Elton John, Elizabeth
Hurley, Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas, Brad Pitt and
Angelina Jolie.

8. Mexico

mexico
It may not be associated
with glitz and glamour, but Mexico still attracts many celebrity
couples thanks to its warm sun and palm-tree lined beaches. Its
nightlife is another selling point, and celebrities can often be found
downing tequila shots in one of Mexico’s many bars and clubs.

Celebrity sightings: Britney Spears,
Heidi Klum, Sienna Miller, Jennifer Aniston and John Mayer.

9. Rio de Janeiro

rio
The second largest city of
Brazil is the perfect place for celebrity couples to get away from it
all and let their head down. Whether celebrities are off to the
flamboyant Carnaval, to an action-packed football match, or to the
beach to dance some samba on the sand, Rio always guarantees them a
good time.

Celebrity sightings: Naomi Campbell, Calvin Klein, Mick Jagger, Gisele
Bündchen.

10. Paris

paris
No romantic getaway list
would be complete without the world’s capital of romance – Paris. When
celebrity couples are in the mood for romance, they head to the City of
Lights – a place just as glamorous, fashionable, and famous as they
are.

Celebrity sightings: Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal, Katy
Perry, Dita Von Teese, Emma Watson.


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Giving Back: InStyle’s Shining Stars via [instyle]

In Style‘s Shining Stars

Ali Larter

HER PASSION: THE ART OF ELYSIUM
“At Art of Elysium we work with kids of all ages. From cancer to pneumonia, their conditions vary. You don’t know if they are ever going to get to leave the hospital. Art of Elysium takes actors and artists and pairs them with the children. My first visit was two years ago, and the program keeps growing. We go into various hospitals to read books, play with toys, do different art projects, sometimes just sit with the children and hold their hands. One kid said, ‘I kind of want to talk about Heroes,’ and so I hung out with him and chatted. It’s not changing the world, but it is bringing children a moment of peace.”

Shining Stars 2008, Ali Larter

Alex Cayley

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Donate art supplies, costumes, musical instruments or children’s books. A $30 donation will fund a creative arts workshop for one child. To learn more, visit theartofelysium.org.

Orlando Bloom

HIS PASSION: UNICEF
“As an ambassador for Unicef, I’m a voice for children without basic necessities we take for granted—safe drinking water, electricity, a roof over our heads. It’s heart-wrenching. I’ve traveled to Nepal, and it’s incredible to see what a huge impact the fund has on communities there. I met a 6-year-old named Rita who used to spend half of her day collecting water for her family. The water is not clean, so in these environments an intestinal problem can be a killer for kids. A simple tap, which costs about $20, can provide water to the whole community—for life! Now instead of collecting water all day, Rita can go to school and have the possibility of a better life.”

Shining Stars 2008, Orlando Bloom

Alex Cayley

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Donate online at unicef.org, or purchase Unicef items, such as holiday cards, stationery and toys.

Tyra Banks

HER PASSION: THE TZONE FOUNDATION
“When I was young, I went through a very insecure time in my life. No matter how much self-esteem I have now, that girl still lives inside of me. Because of my struggle, I always felt that I had a calling to work with teens. There are so many pressures that come with being a girl, and I want to give young women the strength to succeed in our society in which there are so many difficult images to live up to. In 1999 I started TZone and took a group of girls for a weeklong camping trip in the mountains outside of L.A. In 2004 TZone became a national public foundation. We look for community-based organizations that encourage girls to be leaders, not followers. It gives me pleasure to help other people’s dreams come true.”

WHAT YOU CAN DO: To donate, visit tzonefoundation.org.

Don Cheadle

HIS PASSION: COLLEGE SUMMIT
“A friend in the admissions office at Yale created this program where high school counselors identify students who have potential but risk falling through the cracks. For many of those who come from broken homes or are being seduced by gangs, a college education would be hopeless if not for this program. College Summit teaches them how to write their admissions essays during an intensive camp. I’ve been a writing coach there for two years. On the final night of camp, the kids often stay up all night reading each other’s essays. And that is what you see: It becomes viral, and they start to take ownership and pride. Very few people in the past have pointed to them and said, ‘Wow, you are an exceptional person.'”

Shining Stars 2008, Don Cheadle

Alex Cayley

WHAT YOU CAN DO: A donation of $50 sponsors a student for one month, and College Summit matches all donations through December 31. To learn more, visit collegesummit.org.

Jenny McCarthy

HER PASSION: GENERATION RESCUE
“When my son, Evan, was diagnosed with autism in 2005, I found Generation Rescue, where parents teach other parents about effective biomedical treatments—diet, vitamins, detox, cleansing. Evan is now 6, and I consider him recovered. When he improved, I started writing (Louder Than Words and Mother Warriors) to show the world how I did it, my way of paying it forward. Every day the organization is out there raising awareness, teaching parents, and building an online resource for pediatricians who are looking for alternative treatments for autism. Sometimes I’m on the phone all day, coaching a new mom or figuring out a campaign. It is just what I’m supposed to do.”
Shining Stars 2008, Jenny McCarthy

Alex Cayley

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Become a Rescue Angel and volunteer to help parents of autistic children, or make a donation at generationrescue.org.



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Pedro Almodovar Fashion Shoot – Designers in Pedro Almodovar via [Harper’sBazaar and stylefrizz]

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The Mode of Almodóvar

Bazaar recasts the beloved Spanish director‘s most
memorable cinematic scenes with some of fashion‘s most famous faces.

Pedro Almodóvar officially reached an iconic
standard so high (by Hollywood value charts) that he’s honored with a Harper’s
Bazaar
pictorial! And not just any! The Mode of Almodovar,
featured in the magazine’s March 2010 issue (yes, the Kate
the Great one) featurs some equally iconic designers recreating
Almodovar’s movie posters.

I never imagined the
Kaiser
in one of Almodovar flics so I’ll keep an open spirit while
trying to get these re-edits under my skin! (the story continues right
after the jump with more images! Click here for the gallery!)

The Mode of Almodovar Gaultier

The minor changes you’re picking on are not going to change one pleat
of the general idea: Almodovar the Great, Kate
the Great (Cindy the Great)
. This is one great issue for Harper’s Bazaar.
Some they nail, some they don’t. Almodovar is a go, for sure! Not to
mention it’s always a pleasure (at least in my calendar) when fashion designers step out into the light and do some honest
modelling! Who’s your favorite? (photos via)

The Mode of Almodovar Lagerfeld

The Mode <br/>of Almodovar



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