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March 19, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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March 19, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Srilankan cricketers injured!!

The Sri Lanka cricketers were on their way to the Gaddafi stadium when their bus was attacked by 12 armed terrorists near Liberty market. A grenade was also thrown at the bus but it missed.

Jayawardene said the players just wanted to spend time with their families now. “I am a Buddhist and I think we have done some merit in our previous birth to escape with minor injuries.” He also said the attack on the team could have happened anywhere and could not be pinned down to Pakistan. “In the future, I think all of us will step back and look at the bigger picture besides just touring abroad, taking into account our families.”

Muttiah Muralitharan said he saw images of his life flashing by when the bus came under attack. “All the while bullets were being sprayed at our bus, people around me were shouting. I am glad to be back.”

While most of the players had minor injuries, Thilan Samaraweera and Tharanga Paravitana had to be taken to hospital for their wounds in Lahore.

March 4, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Obama signs a stimulus package

President Barack Obama signed into law a $787 billion economic stimulus plan on Tuesday, predicting the package of spending and tax cuts marked “the beginning of the end” of America’s worst economic slide since the 1930s-era Great Depression.

On Wednesday, Obama will outline another big piece of his recovery effort — a $50-billion plan to help stem foreclosures — in Arizona, one of the States hardest hit by the mortgage defaults that are at the centre of the nation’s economic woes.

Speaking in Denver, the city where he won the Democratic Presidential nomination last August, Obama said the stimulus package — one of the most costly pieces of legislation in US history — cleared the way for Americans to begin “laying claim to a destiny of our own making.”

By signing the bill outside of Washington, a highly unusual move, Obama signalled he would continue taking his message directly to the American people as he tries to stay above the partisan tensions still gripping the Capitol. Opposition Republicans in both houses of Congress were nearly unanimous in voting against the plan that Democrats hope will save or create 35 lakh jobs.

Shortly after signing the bill, Obama issued a long-expected order to boost US troop levels in Afghanistan, where a resurgent Taliban has retaken much of the ground it lost early in the seven-year-old war. The additional brigades would add about 17,000 troops to the slightly more than 30,000 US forces currently in Afghanistan.

“This increase is necessary to stabilise a deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, which has not received the strategic attention, direction and resources it urgently requires,” Obama said in a statement.

That was a slap at his predecessor, George W. Bush, whom Obama has accused of slighting urgent national security needs in Afghanistan in favour of the war in Iraq.

Obama’s stimulus passage, despite stark opposition, was a major legislative victory for the new President, who was closing out his first month in office under a storm of economic bad news and public pessimism.

Even with the promise of a huge infusion for the economy, the stock market tumbled about 4 more percentage points on Tuesday as investors continued selling off equities in a retreat to safer ground.

At least one State, Missouri, quickly began putting the promised funds to work. Construction crews began work on a replacement for a rural Missouri bridge minutes after the bill was signed. Officials said they believed it would be the first project supported by stimulus funds.

With the stimulus measure in place, Obama now must take vigorous steps to prop up the deeply troubled financial system, ease the pain of Americans facing home mortgage foreclosures and save the teetering auto industry.

February 18, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 2 Comments

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The much-awaited Dhanush starrer ‘Padikathavan’, directed by Suraj and presented by Sun Pictures, was censored and given U certificate in Chennai on  Monday evening.

A commercial entertainer, the movie features Tamanna playing Dhanush’s ladylove. Vivek plays a prominent role. Suraj, who directed films like ‘Maruthamalai’ before, is confident that ‘Padikathavan’ would make it big.

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January 18, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Zardari appeals to world to diffuse indopak relation

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday asked the international community to come forward and diffuse tensions between New Delhi and Islamabad.

Speaking at a dinner hosted for foreign envoys at the presidential palace, Zardari expressed concern that “prevailing Indo-Pak tensions could sabotage efforts being made for bringing stability and peace in the region.”

“The international community should take stock of the challenges being faced by Islamabad and the ground realities,” Zardari was quoted as saying by the Geo TV.

He also renewed the Pakistani Government’s stance that “no compromise could be made with terrorists”.

The envoys of India, the US, China, Britain, Russia and France were among those who attended the dinner besides Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.

However, Federal ministers, secretaries and senior officials were also present.

Zardari had recently hosted a dinner for the envoys of Muslim nations and Saturday’s dinner was hosted for envoys of other countries.

January 11, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

SIX Indians in Gurdian’s World test 11

Six Indians cricketers — including Sachin Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni — figure in The Guardian newspaper’s ‘World Test XI of the Year’ which interestingly does not include a single Australian.

Former England all-rounder Vic Marks prepared the list which came out in Sunday’s edition of the daily where Marks is a writer.

Apart from Tendulkar and Dhoni, the other Indians in Marks’ team were opener Virender Sehwag, pace partners Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma with Harbhajan Singh as the only spinner.

“This is brilliant; we do not really know which is the best team in the world. For a decade, it has been Australia and there has been nothing to argue about.

“Now there are three contenders as India and South Africa challenge Australia’s supremacy,” said Marks.

“Pick the best XI from these four sides (apologies to Sri Lanka, Pakistan, West Indies and New Zealand for being so exclusive) and it is possible, without too much mischief, not to select a single Australian. This may be an indication of the way things are going,” he added.

Marks picked South African captain Graeme Smith as the skipper of his World XI and the other opener alongside Sehwag.

“He (Smith) is the best ugly batsman in the world,” quipped the former Somerset player.

“Seeking romance and adventure, the choice has to be Virender Sehwag. But, even if pragmatism rules the day, the alternative is another Indian, Gautam Gambhir, who — while not especially pleasing on the eye — is fiercely combative and oozing runs in 2008,” he said.

January 3, 2009 Posted by | cricket, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Jumbo Hostel

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When you exit Arlanda Airport on the highway towards Stockholm, you will see a Boeing 747 on your left that looks curiously out of place.

The plane sits idle and lonely on a grass-covered mound just outside the airport perimeter, without any recognizable airline colours.

You might think the giant aircraft got lost on the way to the runway and was abandoned here, were it not for the inscription on the side: “Jumbo Hostel.”

Turns out this former Pan Am jumbo jet is no longer taking passengers to the skies, but will soon be accommodating them on the ground. Left inactive at Arlanda, Stockholm’s main airport, after its last owner went bankrupt, the plane was rescued by a Swedish entrepreneur looking to expand his hostel business.

“I got information about this airplane standing abandoned at Arlanda,” says Oscar Dios, who runs a hostel in Uppsala, about 20 miles north of Arlanda. “I thought why not try to convert it into a hostel? Since you’ve been converting boats and light houses and trains before into hostels.”

Construction crews are working through the holidays to get the 25 rooms ready for the scheduled opening on January 15. Jumbo Hostel is already taking bookings.

The 65-square-foot rooms are spartanly furnished, with a bunk bed, an overhead luggage compartment and a flat screen TV with entertainment as well as flight information.

There will be a reception and small cafeteria just inside the front entrance, two rows of rooms on each side of the aisle, and showers and toilets in the rear. The bubble on top is being remodelled into a conference room .

Mr. Dios is hoping for a diverse clientele, including airport taxi drivers stopping for a coffee break in the cafeteria. Rates range from 300 kronor for a bed in a shared four-bed dormitory to 1,350 kronor for a private room with a twin bed and a single bed. The bridal suite costs 3,300 kronor per night.

January 2, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 1 Comment

Wal Mart to sell I-Pones from sunday

Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Friday it will start selling Apple Inc’s iPhone on Sunday, but the popular cell phones that can surf the web will not be priced as low as some anticipated.

Wal-Mart plans to sell the black 8-gigabyte iPhone 3G model, which also holds about 2,000 songs, for $197. The 16-gigabyte model, in black or white, will be priced at $297. All of the phones require a new two-year service agreement from AT&T Inc or a qualified upgrade, Wal-Mart said.

The move gives Apple the chance to reach millions of Wal-Mart shoppers who may not be as familiar with the company’s products.

Wal-Mart typically appeals to a lower-income group of shoppers than those who buy Apple’s Macintosh computers, iPods and iPhones, which are typically more expensive that other PCs and music players. But the world’s largest retailer has also lured new customers seeking low prices in a recession.

Wal-Mart used discounts to draw in millions of cash-strapped shoppers during the holiday season. It was among the first to advertise its deals this fall, including hot electronics such as flat-screen televisions.

Numerous websites had previously speculated that Apple would offer a 4-gigabyte model of the iPhone for $99 at Wal-Mart stores. But the phones being sold at Wal-Mart are the same ones already on the market, for about $2 below the prices offered at other locations.

AT&T, the exclusive U.S. wireless service provider for iPhone, currently sells the cheapest version for $199 for a model with 8 gigabytes of storage, and $299 for the 16-gigabyte version. AT&T declined to comment

December 27, 2008 Posted by | global, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Christiano Ronaldo moving to Real Madrid

 

Professional football club Real Madrid has made a claim that they have struck a secret agreement to buy Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo. According to Bernabeu director Pedro Trapote, the deal has already been agreed upon, but has not been publicized due to a clause in the arrangement, which prevent the news being made official. Trapote had told a confidante of the deal after Real’s 2-0 defeat against Barcelona last weekend, reports Spanish daily El Mundo, which also added that Ronaldo agreed to stay at United this season only if they let him go next summer. “If you are asking me what we are going to do now then I would tell you that we have already signed the best player for the summer,” the Sun quoted Trapote as saying to a friend. “Are you talking about Cristiano?” the friend had asked. “The best of the best. It is Cristiano, there is no other,” responded Trapote. “It is best to not say anything because there are some clauses that prevent us from announcing it now. For us it would be a good time, but we should not do that. But it is not bad, eh?” he added.

December 18, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Mumbai Bomb Blasts

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Exchange of fire intensified at Nariman House, a residential complex with a Jewish prayer hall, where also a hostage situation was prevailing. There were unconfirmed reports of a similar situation in Cama hospital. Window panes on third and fifth floor shattered.

Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh said the situation was “grave”. He remarked that the terrorists could have come by boats.

One terrorist holed up inside Nariman House in south Mumbai killed, says police. Six more ultras suspected to be inside the building.

Three hostages have been able to escape till now. Few people including some elderly people and children evacuated from the neighbouring building of Nariman House.

Maharashtra deputy chief minister R R Patil said nine suspected terrorists have been detained.

Five police officers, including Anti Terrorism Squad chief Hemant Karkare, were killed in the terror strikes that in all claimed the lives of at least 11 police personnel.

The motive for the onslaught was not immediately clear, but Mumbai has frequently been targeted in terrorist attacks blamed on Islamic extremists, including a series of bombings in July 2007 that killed 187 people.

Media reports said a previously unknown group calling itself the Deccan Mujahideen had claimed responsibility for the attacks in e-mails to several media outlets.

November 27, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pontings praise for pace spearhead Ishant

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Ponting in his Captains diary has written his team could have won the crucial third test at perth but for an awesome spell by Indian pacer Ishant Sharma.The young lad playing his fourth test,had bowled an awesome spell to me:seven overs when he was fast,aggressive and relentless,where I never felt as if I was truly ‘in’.

November 22, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Champions league twenty20 2008 Schedule

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Wed 3
16:00 local, 10:30 GMT Group A – Middlesex v Victoria
Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai

Wed 3
20:00 local, 14:30 GMT Group B – Dolphins v Rajasthan Royals
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

Thu 4
16:00 local, 10:30 GMT Group B – Sialkot Stallions v Western Australia
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

Thu 4
20:00 local, 14:30 GMT Group A – Chennai Super Kings v Victoria
Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai

Fri 5
16:00 local, 10:30 GMT Group A – Middlesex v Titans
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai

Fri 5
20:00 local, 14:30 GMT Group B – Rajasthan Royals v Sialkot Stallions
Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai

Sat 6
12:00 local, 06:30 GMT Group B – Dolphins v Western Australia
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

Sat 6
16:00 local, 10:30 GMT Group A – Titans v Victoria
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai

Sat 6
20:00 local, 14:30 GMT Group A – Chennai Super Kings v Middlesex
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai

Sun 7
12:00 local, 06:30 GMT Group B – Dolphins v Sialkot Stallions
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

Sun 7
16:00 local, 10:30 GMT Group B – Rajasthan Royals v Western Australia
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai

Sun 7
20:00 local, 14:30 GMT Group A – Chennai Super Kings v Titans
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai

Mon 8
20:00 local, 14:30 GMT 1st Semi-Final – TBC v TBC
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Group B winners v Group A runners-up

Tue 9
20:00 local, 14:30 GMT 2nd Semi-Final – TBC v TBC
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai
Group A winners v Group B runners-up

Wed 10
20:00 local, 14:30 GMT Final – TBC v TBC
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai

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November 22, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

India Inc shifts to selective recruitment

Selective hiring and moderation of unreasonable expectations in the salary is the new mantra among HR professionals. Companies such as Tata Capital and Hinduja Group have reworked their hiring plans.Tata Capital Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Sons, which recently hired Harshawardhan Sabale as Co-head for its PE Growth Fund has restructured its hiring plans and is now hiring currently for critical positions.

Amar Sinhji, head (human resources), Tata Capital Ltd told FE, “Right now we are not doing mass hiring but are looking at filling critical positions only. But will also be hiring about 30-40 graduates at the junior level and post graduates from premier management institutes as well.”

Similarly, Hinduja Group continues to hire for its new initiatives but becomes selective. Also there has been no revision or cut in the compensation however the unreasonable hike of 50%-80% has now been moderated,” said Sudhanshu Tripathi, group president, Hinduja Group.

Experts believe that salaries are now rationalised and justified compared to the extraordinary increase earlier. Salary of a CEO in the financial service sector is the highest and ranges anywhere between Rs 1.5 – 3 crore. A CEO in IT, telecom and insurance draws anywhere is between Rs 1-2 crore. In the media and entertainment the salary is between Rs 1.5 to 2.75 crore and in the pharma sector it is in the range of Rs 75 lakh to Rs 1.5 crore. However, the manufacturing sector is the lowest payer with the CEO’s salary in this sector ranging from Rs 40-80 lakh only. In the retail sector CEO of Indian retail company gets paid in the range of Rs 80 lakh to Rs 1.2 crore and an MNC retail company CEO gets paid up Rs 2 crore, say experts.

November 22, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Richest Indians

Rank

Name

Net Worth ($Million)

Age

City

1

Mukesh Ambani

20,800

51

Mumbai

2

Lakshmi Mittal

20,500

58

London

3

Anil Ambani

12,500

49

Mumbai

4

Sunil Mittal

7,900

51

Delhi

5

Kushal Pal Singh

7,800

77

Delhi

6

Shashi & Ravi Ruia

7,600

64

Mumbai

7

Azim Premji

7,000

63

Bangalore

8

Kumar Birla

5,000

41

Mumbai

9

Adi Godrej

4,000

66

Mumbai

10

Gautam Adani

3,900

46

Ahmedabad

11

Dilip Shanghvi

3,100

53

Mumbai

12

Savitri Jindal

2,900

59

Delhi & Hisar

13

Malvinder & Shivinder Singh

2,800

36

Delhi

14

Anil Agarwal

2,400

55

London

15

Shiv Nadar

2,200

63

Delhi

16

Micky Jagtiani

2,000

57

Dubai

17

Indu Jain

1,800

72

Delhi

18

Cyrus Poonawalla

1,600

67

Pune

19

Uday Kotak

1,550

49

Mumbai

20

Chandru Raheja

1,500

68

Mumbai
21
G.M. Rao

1,470

58

Bangalore

22

Vivek Burman

1,300

71

Delhi

23

Anurag Dikshit

1,250

36

Gibraltar

24

Kalanithi Maran

1,200

43

Chennai

25

Venugopal Dhoot

1,100

57

Mumbai

26

Yusuf Hamied

1,060

72

London & Mumbai

27

Ramesh Chandra

1,000

69

Delhi

28

Subhash Chandra

970

58

Mumbai

29

N.R. Narayana Murthy

965

62

Bangalore

30

Rajan Raheja

950

54

Mumbai

31

Brijmohan Lall Munjal

940

85

Delhi

32

Baba Kalyani

935

59

Pune

33

Tulsi Tanti

930

50

Pune

34

Jaiprakash Gaur

890

77

Delhi

35

Niranjan Hiranandani

885

58

Mumbai

36

Murali Divi

870

57

Hyderabad

37

Hemant Shah

830

55

Mumbai

38

Gracias Saldanha

825

70

Mumbai

39

Anand Jain

810

51

Mumbai

40

Rahul Bajaj

760

70

Pune

November 21, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

A.R to compose music for Champions league and Common wealth

AR.rahman A.R. Rahman will wield the music baton for composing the theme anthem of Champions League Twenty 20. It is to be noted that there will be no lyrics in the anthem and the ace music director will capture the emotions of cricket solely through his music.
At a time when expectations are rife  over his composition, yet another news pours in that Rahman has been signed up to compose the anthem of the Commonwealth Games that is to be held in New Delhi in the year 2010. Well, this is good news indeed for the musician’s fans! Meanwhile, sources close to the director say that Rahman will take a short sabbatical where films and English dramas are concerned.

November 19, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Harris about the rift between Gautham

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The combination which dominated kollywood for the past 5 years has been broken. While many were trying to speculate the reason behind this, Harris has made an elaborate statement to the press on what drove him to this extreme measure.

The rift was actually due to,

two started during the composition of the song Adiye kolludhe. And it started to widen when Gautham did not consult him on certain important issues regarding Vaaranam Aayiram. He rued that Gautham was not present during the music compositions and conveyed all that he wanted through a messenger. Harris also ruled out any patch up in future. It may be recalled that Hariis Jayaraj and Gautham worked together to produce a number of chartbusters in the past.

November 19, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Villu shaping well says Vijay

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Vijay’s Villu directed by Prabhu Deva should be ready for release even before Pongal. As per the latest buzz, the film is loosely based on Soldier, a Hindi flick released in 1998 starring Preity Zinta and Bobby Deol. Vijay is said to don a double role – dad and son and the latter is out to prove and establish that his dad was loyal to the country and was never treacherous as purported by the enemy camp. He is basically working towards clearing a tarnished image of his dad.

Actress Ranjitha, director Bharathiraja’s find who had retired from filmdom after her marriage will be donning the role of Vijay’s mom i.e. the wife of dad Vijay. She is said to be appearing in flashback sequences and her role is said to be very significant. Though the actress was not too keen to appear in silver screen again, it was said that she heeded to director Prabhu Deva’s request after listening to the scri

November 19, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mandira Bedi’s new look in MEERABAI

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The XXXtra Innings girl was here and she connected with her fans on an exclusive online chat. She spoke about cricket, Kumble, her killer figure and of course her forthcoming film Meerabai Not Out.

When appreciated about the movie she said please watch the movie if u like the promo.

Asked about why she is not into cricket nowa days she said’the offers i’ve got on cricket have not been the right platform. when i do come back on cricket it will be with a BANG! Currently cricket and mandira meet in Meerabai Not Out’.

She represent what most of india is… a cricket fan! she is a school teacher who loves her job, loves her family but most of all loves cricket! it is a story of passion vs priority.

She said banners lik Yash Raj dont know what to do with me soon after Meerabai they will..

November 19, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hollywoods over exposed celebrities

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65% of the people say Over Exposed when they speak about Paris Hilton.

According to Los Angeles-based E-Poll Market Research, which provides “appeal” rankings for nearly 4,500 celebrities. To put that in perspective, most celebrities average between 3% and 7% on the E-Poll celebrity index during the peak of their careers.But Hilton isn’t the only star to have worn out her public welcome. Audiences have tired of Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan and Pamela Anderson, among others. And while overexposure may have less to do with the precise number of headlines than it does the public’s perception, the 10 celebrities on our list have proved that familiarity can, and does, breed contempt.

All press is good press, the old adage goes. This does not apply to Paris Hilton.The celebutante’s every move, from her club-hopping to her jail stint to her search for a new best friend has proved fodder for the flashbulbs and celebrity press. But what has the incessant coverage garnered her? Eye rolls–and worse, audience disinterest

Whoz to be blamed??
“Is it the paparazzi’s fault? They contribute,” says Lori Levine, chief executive of talent brokering firm Flying Television. “Is it the insatiable appetite of the American public? That contributes. Is it the invention and obsession with YouTube? Yes, that contributes too.”

And don’t forget the growing list of spotlight-seeking stars that chase the flashbulbs as much–if not more–than the flashbulbs chase them. Consider Lohan, third on our list, who seems to make a habit of migrating to paparazzi stalking grounds like Les Deux, Villa and trendy eatery Katsuya.

Star Editor-in-Chief Candace Trunzo says that if celebrities don’t want to line the pages of her magazine, they don’t have to. “By and large, if you really want to be a private person and live a private life, you can do it,” she says, citing Johnny Depp as an example.

But many crave the limelight for good reason. Unlike Depp, they don’t have a steady stream of projects keeping them in the public eye. Rather, they rely on media attention to keep them relevant–and famous.

Take The Hills’ best friend-turned-best enemy Heidi Montag, who lands at No. 10 on our list. With both her music and fashion forays proving flops, she has managed to parlay her on-again-off-again relationships and outings with MTV co-star Lauren Conrad and bad boy beau Spencer Pratt into tabloid-worthy fodder. (Had we expanded our list, Pratt would have ranked No. 12).

“Heidi and Spencer have turned overexposure into an art form,” says In Touch Editor-in-Chief Richard Spencer, who marvels at the flashbulb-focused lovers’ vast numbers of petty feuds and photo ops.

Levine agrees. “Heidi and Spencer are the ones that really understand, more than anyone else, what it takes,” she says. “They’re unabashedly unashamed about being completely overexposed.” And their reward for it: Still more exposure.

November 19, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment