New mum Kim Kardashian was forced to abandon her elaborate plans to dodge the paparazzi when she gave birth last month (Jun13) after doctors urged the reality star to deliver her daughter five weeks ahead of schedule. The socialite welcomed little North with her rapper boyfriend Kanye West on 15 June (13) and her mom Kris Jenner reveals she and her daughter faced a mad dash to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for the birth when doctors told the socialite to drop what she was doing and get ready for labour.
During the premiere of her new programme The Kris Jenner Show on Monday (15Jul13), she explained, "I was doing (TV show) Good Day L.A., they had sent a limo for me to do it. I was off-line as it's live TV. I hate opening my BlackBerry (phone) after that, and then I've got an email from Kim marked 'urgent.' (It said,) 'I have to have the baby today. Get here today, fast!'"
Jenner quickly made plans to get home, pick up her pregnant daughter and hop into a decoy vehicle at a local hotel, where they ran into Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who was helping Kardashian plan a Father's Day (16Jun13) surprise for West - a signed computer mouse.
She continued, "We get to the hotel, and we're so smooth, but... (then) I see Steve Wozniak and his wife, Janet, standing in the foyer. Kim then heads over like nothing's wrong to chat to Steve and Janet. She's acting like she's at a cocktail party and I'm panicking. Finally we get in the getaway car. And Kim lies down and then yells, 'Mom! Hit the floor!' We're in a Mini-Cooper and there was no room, but I did it."
The last-minute production went off without a hitch and Kardashian and her mom eventually made their way into the hospital through the kitchen and via a secret elevator unnoticed.
During Jenner's show, she also duped fans into thinking she was debuting little North on the programme by walking onstage with a dark-haired baby in her arms, but the tot actually belonged to her stylist.
Joking about the prank, she said, "Kim's just got to do that on her own time. Let her have her privacy for a little bit and calm down. And when she comes out, she comes out."
Kim Kardashian had a special present lined up for her boyfriend Kanye West on Father's Day (16Jun13) - an Apple computer mouse signed by the company's late founder Steve Jobs, and another autographed by his colleague Steve Wozniak. She also arranged for the rapper to meet Wozniak for a recent birthday treat.
Kim Kardashian gave Kanye West a surprise birthday present by arranging for him to meet Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. The socialite, who gave birth to the couple's first child nearly a month early on 15 June (13), treated her partner to a meeting with technology guru Wozniak in honour of the rapper's 36th birthday on 8 June (13).
During an interview on CNN's Piers Morgan Live, Wozniak revealed how Kardashian set up the surprise for her boyfriend, explaining, "Just because he was interested in technology and companies, she, as a birthday present, she had me come up there to meet him. Unbelievable that a woman would do that. I mean I just think she is doing everything she can to show her love to a man."
The meeting is believed to have happened after the birth of the couple's daughter, reportedly named North West, and Wozniak hinted he may have been lucky enough to meet the baby: "I have seen a lot of babies, and a baby represents the love between the people and that meant more to me and the love that Kim was showing to Kanye."
Theatrics slapstick and cheer are cinematic qualities you rarely find outside the realm of animation. Disney perfected it with their pantheon of cartoon classics mixing music humor spectacle and light-hearted drama that swept up children while still capturing the imaginations and hearts of their parents. But these days even reinterpretations of fairy tales get the gritty make-over leaving little room for silliness and unfiltered glee. Emerging through that dark cloud is Mirror Mirror a film that achieves every bit of imagination crafted by its two-dimensional predecessors and then some. Under the eye of master visualist Tarsem Singh (The Fall Immortals) Mirror Mirror's heightened realism imbues it with the power to pull off anything — and the movie never skimps on the anything.
Like its animated counterparts Mirror Mirror stays faithful to its source material but twists it just enough to feel unique. When Snow White (Lily Collins) was a little girl her father the King ventured into a nearby dark forest to do battle with an evil creature and was never seen or heard from again. The kingdom was inherited by The Queen (Julia Roberts) Snow's evil stepmother and the fair-skinned beauty lived locked up in the castle until her 18th birthday. Grown up and tired of her wicked parental substitute White sneaks out of the castle to the village for the first time. There she witnesses the economic horrors The Queen has imposed upon the people of her land all to fuel her expensive beautification. Along the way Snow also meets Prince Alcott (Armie Hammer) who is suffering from his own money troubles — mainly being robbed by a band of stilt-wearing dwarves. When the Queen catches wind of the secret excursion she casts Snow out of the castle to be murdered by her assistant Brighton (Nathan Lane).
Fairy tales take flack for rejecting the idea of women being capable but even with its flighty presentation and dedication to the old school Disney method Mirror Mirror empowers its Snow White in a genuine way thanks to Collins' snappy charming performance. After being set free by Brighton Snow crosses paths with the thieving dwarves and quickly takes a role on their pilfering team (which she helps turn in to a Robin Hooding business). Tarsem wisely mines a spectrum of personalities out of the seven dwarves instead of simply playing them for one note comedy. Sure there's plenty of slapstick and pun humor (purposefully and wonderfully corny) but each member of the septet stands out as a warm compassionate companion to Snow even in the fantasy world.
Mirror Mirror is richly designed and executed in true Tarsem-fashion with breathtaking costumes (everything from ball gowns to the dwarf expando-stilts to ridiculous pirate ship hats with working canons) whimsical sets and a pitch-perfect score by Disney-mainstay Alan Menken. The world is a storybook and even its monsters look like illustrations rather than photo-real creations. But what makes it all click is the actors. Collins holds her own against the legendary Julia Roberts who relishes in the fun she's having playing someone despicable. She delivers every word with playful bite and her rapport with Lane is off-the-wall fun. Armie Hammer riffs on his own Prince Charming physique as Alcott. The only real misgiving of the film is the undercooked relationship between him and Snow. We know they'll get together but the journey's half the fun and Mirror Mirror serves that portion undercooked.
Children will swoon for Mirror Mirror but there's plenty here for adults — dialogue peppered with sharp wisecracks and a visual style ripped from an elegant tapestry. The movie wears its heart on its sleeve and rarely do we get a picture where both the heart and the sleeve feel truly magical.
The computer pioneer and the brains behind the iPhone, iPod and iPad has been battling cancer and ill health for years and stepped down as Apple's boss this summer (11) amid ongoing concerns about his welfare.
Jobs, who survived pancreatic cancer in 2004 and underwent a liver transplant in 2009, took an indefinite leave of absence from the company at the beginning of 2011 to battle an undisclosed medical issue. It was his third medical leave in recent years.
He passed away in California on Wednesday (05Oct11).
Apple Inc. officials announced the sad news in a simple tribute on the firm's website. A full-page black and white image of Jobs was accompanied by the words, "Steve Jobs 1955-2011."
The site was later updated with the line, "Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being."
A statement from Jobs' family reads, "We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief."
A representative from Apple adds, "Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve."
Jobs grew up in California, and dropped out of Oregon's Reed College after one semester. He began his working life designing video games for Atari, but quit to travel around India.
One of the most legendary businessmen in American history, he helped create the first Apple computer in the 1970s with engineer Steve Wozniak, who later became his business partner.
Celebrities have already started posting tributes to Jobs online, with socialite Kim Kardashian calling him a "brilliant man" and Kings of Leon star Jared Followill tweeting, "RIP Steve Jobs. You changed many lives in a lot of ways." And Kylie Minogue added, "From my Mac to all Lovers.....RIP Steve Jobs."
While CBS was busy handing out Grammys for what felt like all of Sunday night, ABC made some important announcements of its own: the participants in season 8 of Dancing with the Stars.
Well, most of them, anyway.
Thirteen ‘star’ contestants were announced, with the final celeb dancers to be revealed on Feb. 12.
Among the highlights: Jackass’ resident self-mutilator Steve-O; Grammy-winning rapper/onetime jailbird Lil' Kim; Apple cofounder/Kathy Griffin’s former beau Steve Wozniak; actress/reality TV also-ran Denise Richards; and pop-turned-country singer Jewel and her cowboy husband Ty Murray, the first-ever spouses to appear together on the show.
The other contestants will include Olympic gold-medal gymnast (and token athlete participant) Shawn Johnson; country singer Chuck Wicks; Gilles Marini (aka “The Naked Guy” from the Sex and the City movie); former NFL star (and token football-player contestant) Lawrence Taylor; Access Hollywood co-host Nancy O'Dell; ‘80s singer Belinda Carlisle; and TV journeyman David Alan Grier.
The new season kicks off March 9.
So, who do you expect -- or hope -- the final contestants will be?
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