Australian actress Teresa Palmer is refusing to let Hollywood's latest nude photo scandal get her down, because she has so much to feel "blessed" about. Hackers who leaked explicit images of Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton on 31 August (14) also claim to be in possession of a slew of other risque snaps of the likes of Selena Gomez, Hilary Duff, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Lea Michele and mother-to-be Hayden Panettiere.
Palmer's name was also included on the list and the new mum reveals she has been co-operating with agents from America's Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in their ongoing probe to track down the cyber criminals.
She tells Eonline.com, "I have so much to say about the subject. I wish I could. It's actually a federal investigation so I'm not allowed to say anything about it but of course, it's an interesting situation."
However, the Warm Bodies star, who wed director Mark Webber in December (13) and became a first-time mum in February (14), insists that, while she is annoyed by the invasion of privacy, she is taking the scandal in her stride.
She says, "I'm so blessed in my life and I'm happy... Life's too beautiful to be mean and to have strange reactions and stuff."
Hilary Duff's representative is threatening legal action over the publication of risque photos purportedly showing the singer/actress nude, because the star is not the woman in the pictures. The So Yesterday hitmaker's name was included in a list of female celebrities who had allegedly had their privacy invaded following the headline-grabbing leak of naked pictures of actress Jennifer Lawrence and model Kate Upton last weekend (04Sep14).
The haul of celebrity nudes originated on website 4Chan.org after a hacker reportedly lifted them from the stars' Apple iCloud storage accounts, and on Friday (05Sep14), a new batch of explicit images, said to be of Duff, surfaced online.
However, the 26 year old's spokesperson has moved swiftly to shut down the reports, insisting the female featured in the naked neck-down snaps cannot be Duff because she does not have any of the star's "defining birthmarks or tattoos", including an inking of an anchor on the inside of her left ankle.
Her rep reveals they have contacted the FBI to alert them to the fake shots and will be taking "legal recourse" if anyone tries to pass them off as real.
Pop star Ariana Grande and actress Yvonne Strahovski have also been quick to deny they are the women featured in saucy images posted online last Sunday, while publicists for Lawrence and Upton have confirmed the authenticity of their shots and have turned to the FBI for help in tracking down the cyber criminals responsible.
Actress Victoria Justice is taking legal action over leaked nude photos of her on the Internet, despite previously insisting the pictures were fake. The former Victorious star was one of many female celebrities whose personal pictures were part of a massive online hack on Sunday (31Aug14), and shortly after the risque images surfaced, Justice took to Twitter.com do deny the photos were really her, writing, "These so called nudes of me are FAKE people. Let me nip this in the bud right now. *pun intended*"
However Justice, 21, is now admitting her privacy was invaded.
In a message posted on the microblogging site on Tuesday (02Sep14), Justice wrote, "Shortly after I tweeted about certain pics of me being fake, I was faced with a serious violation of privacy. There have always been fake photos of me on the internet, but I will not be put in the position to defend myself as to what is real or what is fake.
"I am angry at this massive invasion of privacy, and like the other women who are in this situation alongside of me, I am taking legal action to protect my rights."
The haul of celebrity photos originated on 4Chan.org after a hacker found them on numerous Apple iCloud accounts, and since then, authorities at the FBI have launched an investigation to track down the cyber criminals.
Celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst and Mary Elizabeth Winstead have all admitted the pictures are real. Meanwhile, some 4Chan users also claim to have nude images of newlyweds Gabrielle Union and Jenny McCarthy, mum-to-be Hayden Panettiere, Hilary Duff, Kaley Cuoco Sweeting, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Lea Michele and Selena Gomez, among others.
Agents at America's Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have been called in to track down the cyber criminals responsible for leaking nude photos of celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton online. Risque pictures of the pair, along with other female stars such as Victoria Justice, Ariana Grande, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Kirsten Dunst, caused a huge stir on the Internet when they surfaced on Sunday (31Aug14) and Lawrence's representative was quick to wage war against the hacker behind the scandal.
Her spokesperson confirmed the authenticity of the shots by calling the leak a "flagrant violation of privacy", and adding, "The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence."
Upton's publicist also followed suit and threatened legal action, and on Monday afternoon (01Sep14), officials at the FBI confirmed they were looking into the case.
A statement released by FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller reads: "(The FBI is) aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals, and is addressing the matter.
"Any further comment would be inappropriate at this time."
The haul of celebrity photos originated on 4Chan.org after a hacker found them on numerous Apple iCloud accounts. Site bosses also claim to have nude images of newlyweds Gabrielle Union and Jenny McCarthy, mum-to-be Hayden Panettiere, Hilary Duff, Kaley Cuoco Sweeting, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Lea Michele and Selena Gomez, among others.
Representatives for Justice and Grande insist the leaked images of them are not real.
Actress Jennifer Lawrence's representative has threatened to prosecute whoever is behind a new celebrity phone hacking scandal after naked photos of The Hunger Games star appeared online on Sunday (31Aug14). Risque pictures of the Oscar winner, along with other female celebrities such as Victoria Justice, Ariana Grande, Kate Upton and Kirsten Dunst, surfaced on the Internet, and Lawrence's spokeswoman is waging war on the person responsible for leaking the personal photos, which she confirms are real.
A statement from her rep to Us Weekly reads: "This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence."
Revealing photos of actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead also appeared online, and she took to Twitter.com herself to address the leak, writing, "To those of you looking at photos I took with my husband years ago in the privacy of our home, hope you feel great 'bout yourselves."
She continued, "Knowing those photos were deleted long ago, I can only imagine the creepy effort that went into this. Feeling for everyone who got hacked."
Meanwhile, former Victorious co-stars Grande and Justice have denied the leaked images of them are for real.
Grande's rep tells JustJared.com that the photos are "completely fake", while Justice took to Twitter and wrote, "These so called nudes of me are FAKE people. Let me nip this in the bud right now. *pun intended*".
The haul of celebrity photos originated on 4Chan.org after a hacker found them on numerous iCloud accounts. Site bosses also claim to have nude images of newlyweds Gabrielle Union and Jenny McCarthy, mum-to-be Hayden Panettiere, Hilary Duff, Kaley Cuoco Sweeting, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Lea Michele and Selena Gomez, among others.
Singer/actress Hilary Duff came close to testing news legislation introduced to keep photographers away from celebrities' kids on Monday (17Mar14) after paparazzi swarmed a park and started taking pictures of her young son without her consent. The So Yesterday singer took to Twitter.com to recount her showdown with photographers in Los Angeles, revealing she was appalled by the way her two-year-old son, Luca, suddenly became a paparazzi target.
She wrote, "At the park today I had the opportunity to have two paps arrested for taking pictures of my son. Without my consent this IS AGAINST THE LAW!
"I chose to let them off with a stern warning, next time I will not be so nice. ALL kids deserve to have their childhood!!"
Duff is one of many celebrity parents who have joined Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard's bid to boycott tabloids and websites that buy in unapproved pictures of stars and their kids.
Last year (13), Jennifer Garner and Halle Berry fought for new laws that would keep snappers well away from the kids of stars. The legislation was passed and introduced in January (14).
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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Getty ImagesWhile the pick-and-choose nature of the digital market has almost rendered the Greatest Hits album obsolete, there are some career retrospectives which would have struggled to sell even if their respective record labels paid audiences to buy them. Here's a look at five compilations which would have been more suitably titled Greatest Hit.
Lou Bega – Beautiful World (A Little Collection Of Lou Bega’s Best)Borsalino hat-wearing Lou Bega joined the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin and Enrique Iglesias in the Latin pop explosion of 1999 with his irresistibly catchy cover of Perez Prado's "Mambo No. 5," reaching number one in nearly every country in continental Europe. But unlike his fellow hip-shakers, he miserably failed to sustain its success. Follow-up "Tricky, Tricky" peaked at a lowly No. 73 in the US while his last three albums even sank without trace in his native Germany, making 19 out of the 20 tracks on this 2013 compilation entirely surplus to requirements.
Crazy Frog – Best Of Crazy HitsIncredibly, the computer-animated amphibian who terrorized pop in the mid-'00s with his impossibly irritating moped engine impersonation scored five UK Top 20 hits and two US Top 40 albums before he was thankfully retired. But released four years after making the leap from ringtone adverts to the charts, surely no-one would have been in the mood to hear 40, that's 40, examples of his ring-ding-ding brand of pop.
Tag Team – The Best OfAtlanta hip-hop duo Tag Team didn't really make much effort to distance themselves from their one-hit wonder tag, re-recording 1993 US No. 2 hit "Whoomp! (There It Is)" twice a year later for Addams Family Values and the Houston Rockets, and then again in 1995 for an all-star Disney version. It also appears on this 2000 compilation three times, although how many people would sit through the other seventeen tracks to get to the House and Spanish mixes remains to be seen.
Hilary Duff – Most WantedPredating Miley, Selena and Demi's transition from the Disney Channel to the US Hot 100, tween favourite Hilary Duff has probably now earned the right to release a retrospective. Less so in 2005 when she was only two albums and two US Top 40 hits into her career. Amazingly, despite the fact that most of her fans would have only bought the majority of its material during the previous two years, Most Wanted reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
Chesney Hawkes - The Very Best Of Chesney HawkesRecently and unexpectedly heard in both of Duncan Jones' critically-acclaimed big-screen efforts, Moon and Source Code, Chesney Hawkes' "The One & Only" is one of the more cherished one-hit wonders of the early '90s. But having failed to bother the charts ever since, it still doesn't justify this 2005 20-track collection.
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Country star Faith Hill has brushed off rumours she's set to join the judging panel on America's The X Factor. Speculation over who will replace the outgoing Britney Spears and Antonio 'L.A.' Reid has been heating up as the talent show's production date for the new season approaches, and although former Destiny's Child star Kelly Rowland and Latin artist Paulina Rubio appear to be favourites to sign on, Hill's name has also been mentioned alongside the likes of Hilary Duff and Jennifer Love Hewitt.
But the This Kiss hitmaker has ruled herself out of the running, insisting the claims linking her to the TV job are unfounded.
Taking to her Twitter.com page on Monday (20May13), she writes, "Heard I'm gonna be a judge on X Factor? Flattered, but not true."
Music and TV mogul Simon Cowell is expected to announce who will join him and Demi Lovato on the panel this week (begs20May13) before filming for season three begins.
A gunman, aged 20, opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on Friday morning, and reports suggest 26 people - 18 of them children - were killed, including the shooter.
First responders and police officers are still at the scene trying to contain the area and reunite parents with their kids, and now a number of celebrities have taken to Twitter.com to express their horror as the tragedy plays out on live TV.
A post written by mum-of-two Alba reads: "One child is confirmed dead in Newtown shooting - this is just awful. My heart goes out 2 all affected... So sad", while Carell continued, "Pray for Sandy Hook, Newtown CT."
Shocked Moore added, "Absolutely devastating news this morning. There are no words.Thoughts, prayers and love to all in Newtown," and Oscar winner Spacey stated, "Just heard about the shooting in Connecticut. My thoughts go out to all who are dealing with this sad news."
New mother Hilary Duff tweeted, "Oh my. I am shocked. Heartbroken. Devastating news about this elementary school shooting. What is wrong w/ people? Praying hard 4 these family's (sic)," and actor David Boreanaz wrote, "Beyond shocked and sad... Pray."
Meanwhile, supermodel Christy Turlington hopes lawmakers will take note and push for tighter gun laws, asking, "How many of these horrible shootings can our society tolerate before we change these gun laws?" and Glee star Jenna Ushkowitz echoed the same sentiment: "My heart goes out to all the Families and children affected by the CT shooting. When will the violence end?"
Other celebrities who took to social networking sites to add their prayers for the victims of the latest school shooting spree include actresses Christina Applegate, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Courteney Cox, and Holly Robinson Peete, as well as singer JoJo and musician Moby.