Justin Bieber drives Diddy’s $200,000 Lamborghini

Justin Bieber drives Diddy's $200,000 Lamborghini

The pop superstar 16-year-old was spotted shopping in a convertible Lamborghini Gallardo.

It seems P. Diddy was not joking when he promised Justin Bieber he had to give him the keys to his Lamborghini when the pop star girl 16. Tuesday, Bieber was spotted driving for a frozen yogurt with his friend Sean Kingston Gallardo Spyder White Diddy’s.

Justin Bieber, who turned 16 on March 1 and passed the driving test soon after, began to laugh at the promise of Diddy, telling People magazine in March, “[Diddy] said when I turned 16, he will give me his Lamborghini. But we all know Diddy is not going to give me his Lamborghini, it has everyone talking. ”

White Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder (now affectionately called “Bieberghini”) priced at over $ 210,000, according to Yahoo! Autos. Lamborghini has become a kind of go-luxury vehicle to celebrities. Other celebrities who have been known to drive Lamborghini include Soulja Boy, Kobe Bryant, Bam Margera Benji Madden, David Beckham, and Wilmer Valderrama.

Bieber’s cro-yo cohort, rapper Sean Kingston has his own Lamborghini. In 2009, Kingston, Bow Wow challenged to a race in their respective countries “Lambos.” Bow Wow caused some stir in January when he tweeted the conduct of its Gallardo while “drunk”. He later apologized for the tweet, saying he was not a good way to start 2010.

Lamborghini Diddy is not even the first car Bieber was given a gift: His mentor, Usher, gave him a Range Rover for her 16th birthday. Maybe Diddy seeks to show the R & B singer with something flashy. Their march was not the first Lambo in Kingston and Bieber have joined hands, of course – nor the first time they appeared with a luxury car.

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Jennifer Lawrence cast as Mystique, ‘X-Men’ villain

Jennifer Lawrence cast as Mystique, 'X-Men' villain

The role of Mystique in “X-Men: First Class” is being taken over by Jennifer Lawrence.

Jennifer Lawrence, who has been getting rave reviews for her work in “Winter’s Bone”, was thrown into the “X-Men movie as Mystique, a role played by Rebecca Romijn in the first trilogy.

Fox has been furiously casting “X-Men: First Class”, which focuses on Marvel X-Men superpowered team in a young incarnation. James McAvoy plays Professor Charles Xavier, and Michael Fassbender is depicting Erik Lehnsherr, aka Magneto. These roles have been the origin, respectively, by Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen.

Nicholas Hoult, Alice Eve Caleb Jones and Landry are among the mutants playing figures research mentor teachers and guide them in their powers. Kevin Bacon plays the villain, whose identity was not revealed, that the studio keeps the details under lock and key terrain.

Mystique is a shapeshifter who can imitate other people, if it can not replicate superpowers. In comics lore, it was revealed to the mother of X-Man Diablo.

The film is rolling toward an early end to summer in London. Matthew Vaughn live. The role is a big leap in terms of exposure for Lawrence, prices start generating buzz for “Bone” Winter, and also marks his first studio function. The actress is playing in “The house at the end of the street, “a thriller that begins production in Ottawa in August, and then to England to segue” X-Men.”

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Home where Marilyn Monroe died for sale

Home where Marilyn Monroe died for sale

The only home the actress ever owned, which also is where she died, is on the market.

For a short six months, Marilyn Monroe lived in this Spanish-style home in Brentwood, Calif. She dedicated much of that time to decorating the home before she died there in 1962. The home, which Luxist says might be the “most special Marilyn collectible,” is on the market for $3.59 million.

Built in 1929, the home has been renovated numerous times since it was the three-bedroom, two-bath house that Monroe purchased for $90,000, according to The Real Estalker. But it still retains many of its original details, including terra cotta tile floors, wood beamed ceilings and even its original kidney-shaped swimming pool.

Now, the 2,624-square-foot home has four bedrooms and three baths, an office, a formal living room, a family room and an open kitchen, as well as a poolside game room and a separate child’s playhouse. The half-acre lot also boasts a private courtyard with a garden and tree-filled grounds including a citrus grove.

And if you want to keep Monroe all to yourself, the property also comes with a high wall to keep all of the other fans out of your business.

Curbed L.A. even quotes a fan website’s warning about not disturbing the current owners: “Be aware that the current owners of the house do NOT appreciate Marilyn fans disturbing their privacy. There is a high wall, and they have a tarp covering the gate so that you can’t usually see much from the street except for the roof and some trees.”

And considering that the listing from real-estate agent David Offer doesn’t mention a thing about Monroe once owning the home, fans likely won’t be able to get through the door without proving that they’re also seriously considering buying the home.

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In Theaters: Leonardo DiCaprio vs. Nicolas Cage

Inception

Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a skilled thief, the best in the dangerous art of extraction: stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb’s rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved.

Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible—inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse; their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming.

Related Link: Inception Full Production Notes

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) is a master sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan trying to defend the city from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina). Balthazar can’t do it alone, so he recruits Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel), a seemingly average guy who demonstrates hidden potential, as his reluctant protégé. The sorcerer gives his unwilling accomplice a crash course in the art and science of magic, and together, these unlikely partners work to stop the forces of darkness. It’ll take all the courage Dave can muster to survive his training, save the city and get the girl as he becomes The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

Related Link: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Full Production Notes

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More employees visiting social networks at work

More employees visiting social networks at work

Although several companies are regulating social networking sites, employees are finding ways around the blocks of security, according to a new survey by Trend Micro.

The survey included 1600 users in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Japan, found the world of social networking at work increased by 19 per cent in 2008 to 24 percent in 2010. The largest increase in social networking in the workplace over the past two years has been found among users in the United Kingdom, which had an increase of 6 percent, and Germany with an increase of 10 percent.

“Social networking is an extremely important tool for both personal and professional relationship-building. And while most companies’ concerns about social networks in the central office in the loss of employee productivity, they can not understand is that many social networking sites are built on technologies interactive give unlimited opportunities for cybercriminals exploit end users, stealing personal identities and professional, and corrupt corporate networks from malicious software, “said David Perry, global director of education for Trend Micro.

“With the right security solutions and guidelines for social networking implemented, there is no reason why companies choose to allow their employees the opportunity to visit these sites should be too exposed to these risks.”

Excluding Japan, there were no major differences between users and small businesses from large companies, but the investigation revealed laptop users are much more likely than users to visit the local sites social networking. Overall, the use of social networks through laptops rose 8 percent from 2008 to 2010. In the U.S., it rose 10 percent and in Germany, up 14 percent.

In 2010, 29 percent of laptop users, compared to 18 per cent of desktop users surveyed said they visited these sites at work. In Japan, 2010, employees of small businesses were much more likely than large companies to visit social networking sites – 21 percent of small firms compared to 7 percent of large companies.

For all countries surveyed in 2010, users of phones that can connect to the Internet outside the corporate network are more likely to share confidential information via instant messaging, e-mail and social applications that media which are always connected to the corporate network.

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Oscar winners Cruz, Bardem marry

Oscar winners Cruz, Bardem marry

Spanish actors Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz tied the knot in the Bahamas earlier this month, the latter’s publicist told late Tuesday night. The wedding took place at a friend’s house, said Cruz’s publicist Amanda Silverman, without specifying exactly when it happened.

It was a small ceremony with just family members, Silverman said. Cruz wore a dress designed by her long-time friend, John Galliano. Both Bardem and Cruz are Academy Award-winning actors.

Bardem, 41, won the Oscar for best supporting actor for his role in the 2007 movie, “No Country For Old Men.” Cruz, 36, won an Oscar in 2009 for her supporting role in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.” The couple started dating in 2007 and appeared on screen together in the film. Prior to that, Cruz was linked to Matthew McConaughey and Tom Cruise.

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Are you a leader or follower at work?

Are you a leader or follower at work?

When we think about leadership, we tend to focus almost entirely on the leader. Yet without followers, there is no leader. Leadership is participatory: leaders and followers exist in a mutually beneficial relationship where each adds to the effectiveness of the other.

Key to this process is listening, because leadership is as much about listening as it is about talking, or perhaps more so. From the beginning, a leader must be informed by the followers’ values, beliefs, and aspirations, the followers’ identity. The commitment gap people frequently experience, the difference between what the leader desires and what the followers actually do, can often be traced back to not aligning the elements of leaders’ and followers’ identities—who they think they are—to find common ground on which to function and grow.

In an article that appeared in the August 2007 issue of Scientific American Mind, titled “The New Psychology of Leadership,” authors Stephen D. Reicher, Michael J. Platow and S. Alexander Haslam present research supporting the idea that effective leaders—those who can move followers from one behavior to another—grasp what their followers believe they are and represent, and then create a shared identity. They write, “The development of a shared identity is the basis of influential and creative leadership. If you control the definition of reality, you can change the world.”

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2012: The End of the World?

2012: The End of the World?

The year 2000 came and went. If we flash back for a moment, we recall that in the period up to 2000, the chaos was expected to wrap our civilization computer and electrified. It was called Y2K: a flaw in the simple design of the software was supposed to cause the end of the civilized world. Power stations, telecommunications, bank accounts, billing processes were all supposed to be paralyzed or thrown into a state of chaos.

But it never happened. Instead, in late 1999 and early 2000 is best known for the amazing displays of fireworks in major cities worldwide, many of them on television and shared with viewers of all nations. The spectrum of the end of the world was a ghost.

A decade later, where are we? Wars are fought in Iraq and Afghanistan with the help of sophisticated computerized weapons. A sluggish global economy desperately trying to restart itself. The Internet is an indispensable part of life for the majority in the Western world and even for a considerable number of people in the developing world. And we are told on another end of the world was approaching.

If we are to believe the latest hype, 21 or 23 December 2012, when the world will really come to an end climate. This time, fear was triggered by an interpretation of the ancient Mayan calendar, favored by many books and documentaries. And it gave birth, perhaps surprisingly, yet another Hollywood disaster film.

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Nolan’s Big Movie, DiCaprio’s Insane Shoot

Nolan's Big Movie, DiCaprio's Insane Shoot

Leonardo DiCaprio calls filming a scene for the thriller in the middle of a blizzard “insane.”

“You periodically felt like you were a part of something truly insane, but it was all in a day’s work,” Leonardo DiCaprio told me during a junket for the movie “Inception.” Even if that day’s work includes shooting on a mountain in the middle of a blizzard.

Based on an original script by director Christopher Nolan, “Inception” is a film that defies easy sound-bite descriptions. Its Russian nesting doll-like structure of a dream enclosed within a dream enclosed within another dream virtually demands multiple viewings. Think Philip K. Dick meets “The Italian Job.”

Nolan’s previous silver screen venture was a little movie called “The Dark Knight” — the highest grossing non-James Cameron movie in American history. So for this go-around, the director’s vast, ambitious vision seems to have been utterly unfettered by financial constraints. And it shows.

Nolan's Big Movie, DiCaprio's Insane Shoot

“Inception” was shot in Tokyo, Los Angeles, Morocco, London, Paris and the Canadian Rockies. It features shots of the French capital folding in on itself M.C. Escher-style, a zero-G fist fight, and a freight train blasting through the streets of downtown Los Angeles. And in one sequence, Leo and the gang stage a raid on a snow-bound Alpine fortress — the aforementioned shoot in the blizzard.

Leo describes an exchange he had with an assistant director during production. “When we started shooting one of the ADs said, ‘Before you get to lunch we want to do some of the avalanche shots.’ ‘OK, how is that going to happen?’ ‘We’re going to blow up a couple mountains and we’re going to start a couple of avalanches and you’re going to get in there and be a part of it and then we’ll take you to lunch.’ And this is kind of what you expect on a Chris Nolan set.”

Co-star Ellen Page agreed. “It was definitely the most extreme environment I’ve ever filmed in.”

And if you thought that cast worked hard, try the production crew. That fortress had to be constructed out of wood and plaster — carried straight up the mountain — without the use of normal construction equipment. It was so cold up there that paint froze on the brush.

For a summer movie season that has proved to be easily the lamest in recent memory, filled with tepid adaptations and tired ’80s retreads, Christopher Nolan’s brand of cinematic insanity might just be what the doctor ordered.

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Back to School Shopping Madness: It’s Time to Curb the Stuff

Back to School Shopping Madness: It’s Time to Curb the Stuff

According to an article in USA Today, Costly College Prerequisite: Decorate Dorm, 17.6 billion dollars is expected to be spent on back to school shopping for students in kindergarten through college this year. That’s $527.08 per family – an 18% rise from last year. Back to school shopping falls right behind holiday shopping for retailer’s most profitable season. Why?

Sure, there are some necessities that need to be bought when going back to school. My sons both have a page long list of items that they are required to have on the first day of school – pencils, composition notebooks, scissors, a box of tissues, etc. When I was a kid, schools supplied those things, but budgets are ever tightening and now families are required to buy them. I certainly won’t be buying $527.08 worth of necessary supplies, though. I don’t think anyone will be buying $527.08 of necessary supplies, unless their definition of necessary is different from mine.

There was an entire section at Target dedicated to the necessities for a college dorm room. This was separate from the traditional back to school section with school supplies. This section had coordinated dorm bedding, rugs, lamps, wall hangings and desk top accessories. Other items that many college kids consider necessities are computers (okay, I’ll give them that), microwaves, TV’s, DVD players, gaming consoles, mp3 players, hand held gaming systems, and stereos.

Kohls, Ikea, JCPenney, and other mid-priced retailers all have back to school collections of “must-have” items. And let’s not forget the new clothes. Having to show up to school in last year’s clothes just might make a child die of embarrasment.

Whether it’s stuff for a college student or a kindergarten student, many of the “must-have’s” simply aren’t. I can tell you from experience they aren’t. When I went to college, I lugged the bedding from my home bed including the pillow and comfortor back and forth to the dorms. Same with my towels (all two of them that my mom let me take from the hall closet). My stereo consisted of a radio alarm clock that played cassettes. If I wanted to watch TV, I could have gone to the common room. There was no big “our baby is going to college” shopping trip. But that was (gulp) 20 years ago.

Could today’s college freshmen do the same? Of course, they could. For most kids all it would take would be for a parent to say, “No.” Or better yet, raise them to be responsible, sustainable consumers from a young age so they won’t expect $1285 worth of new stuff (what the average college freshmen spends) when they go off to college.

A typical back to school shopping trip for a grade schooler or high schooler consists not only of paper and pencils but a new backpack, lunch box, shoes, clothes, and locker accessories (yes, locker accessories, I’m not making this up). When parents shop like this for kids when they are young, it’s no wonder college freshmen expect so much and retailers make it so easy for them to buy it in one shopping trip in one section of the store.

It’s time to curb the back to school shopping for so much stuff. Reuse last year’s backpacks and lunch boxes and sneakers and dorm bedding. When you do need to buy items, buy with long term in mind so things won’t go out of style. No self-respecting fourth grade girl will want to go to school with last spring’s High School Musical 2 backpack when everyone knows that Hannah Montana is where it’s at this month. So skip the pop pictures on the backpacks and buy nuetral.

If your kid doesn’t really need it, don’t buy it. Your child won’t die of embarrasment. I know this from experience, too, because my kids are still alive and well and carrying the same backpacks they’ve had for years.

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