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Spanish bans and Paris Hilton’s ridiculous commercial

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The world of marketing has always been something of a contentious one – for years government representatives and the general public have been campaigning for and against the banning of advertising on certain products. While some have championed freedom of speech and a free press, others have deemed certain materials too inappropriate to be viewed at certain times, by certain people or even at all.

Of course, this generally encompasses anything “adult” themed – from men’s magazines to cigarettes, but one relatively new issue is the censorship of online gambling advertising. Over in Europe, where, somewhat ironically, online gambling is relatively lenient, it seems that Spain is trying to put a stop to the advertising of online casinos. Reportedly, Senate members are concerned about minors having access to gambling.

On the other end of the spectrum, then, we have the latest hilarity from the crazy world of Paris Hilton, who recently agreed a deal to front a UK-based casino television advertising campaign. While the company is based in the UK, it seems to have something of a penchant for American stars, particularly those who are lampooned by the general media – Verne Troyer, for example, also features regularly in the company’s commercials.

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Paris Hilton

The billionaire heiress was allegedly ecstatic to be working alongside Troyer, known for his ‘Mini Me’ role in the popular Austin Powers movies, marking a stark contrast from a nationwide ban on online gambling over in Spain.

With all this hysteria surrounding online casino advertising, it can be hard for humble gambling fans to know whether they’re coming or going. If every country were as strict as Spain when it came to advertising, would customers have an accurate representation of exactly what they are to expect from online casino operators?

In South Africa, by comparison, affiliate sites such as Yeboyes Casino exist specifically to inform people about the best deals, bonus codes and more, ensuring that regulated gambling is undertaken safely without bombarding consumers with tasteless advertisements. This could be just the sort of balance that both the UK and Spain should strive to achieve – it is foolish to think that children can be stopped from seeing websites like this altogether, and should instead be down to parents to ensure they access reputable sites and enforce their own stringent controls.

Likewise, we could all do with a little less Paris Hilton in our lives.

Female Celebrities That Lost Post-Baby Weight in a Snap

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Real women have always been wondering if they can lose the baby weight faster than most female celebrities can. Surprisingly, the answer is yes. Experts suggest several ways to bounce back from post-baby weight like a celeb, which includes keeping weight gain under control during pregnancy and taking care of the body during and after giving birth. Well, if this is the case, maybe now, real moms can stop thinking celebrity mothers are freaks and start celebrating such an amazing feat.

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Who are the celebrities that looked like they never were fat and pregnant after giving birth?

Kim Kardashian

Kim’s transformation before and during pregnancy is quite startling, but one that most expectant mother all over the world can relate to. Unlike non-celebrity women, however, Kim never lost her curves even with the weight gain. Just four months after giving birth to her daughter North, she posted a selfie online wearing nothing but a bikini that leaves little to the imagination, showing off her jaw-dropping sexy curves.

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Gwen Stefani

A month after giving birth to her third child with husband Gavin Rossdale, Gwen Stefani is already back on the red carpet, strutting her style, looking as fit and svelte as ever. Although she didn’t gain as much weight as Kim Kardashian or Jessica Simpson did, a month is still pretty short to shed off whatever excess pounds she gained.

Christina Aguilera

She may have failed to bounce right back into looking sexy after giving birth to her first child Max, but Christina Aguilera defied the same odds after delivering her second baby. Just a few months after, she shed off the additional 35 pounds that she gained while she was pregnant. The secret? Breastfeeding, eating wisely and yoga. So there really was no magic needed.

Celebrities or not, new mothers can look fit and sexy again by making the right choices and taking care of themselves while pregnant.

3 Book-to-Film Adaptations to Watch Out for in 2015

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While books turned into films isn’t something new, we’ve been seeing lots of them a lot lately. Heck, even one whole books can be cut down to two parts (Hi, Hunger Games!) and even three (Hello, Peter Jackson!). That said, there are some really cool adaptations coming out this 2015 and here are some you should look forward to:

Inherent Vice

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This adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s work stars Joaquin Phoenix and sees Paul Thomas direct something quite different from the drama The Master. What makes this even more intriguing is this is the first Pynchon novel to be adapted for the screen. It’s the story of how a private detective becomes entangled in a strange case after his ex-girlfriend asks for help. It also stars Reese Witherspoon, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson and Benicio del Toro.

In the Heart of the Sea 

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Chis Hemsworth is having himself a busy 2015. He will be starring in Blackhat, Avengers: Age of Ultron and In the Heart of the Sea. You know about that classic Moby Dick? It’s the story about the whale that isn’t exactly about the whale (oops … spoiler alert). Well, this film is about the Whaleship Essex (which inspired Moby Dick) which sank after being attacked by a sperm whale in 1820 and what happened to her crew.

Child 44

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The novel by Tom Robb Smith was such an acclaimed work that painted a picture of criminality during the Soviet era. The book was such a page turner when it was released in 2008 and now you get to see it in film. The story centers around a former MGB agent who investigates a series of child murders. Daniel Espinosa – the Swedish director who impressed with Snabba Cash (Easy Money) – is at the helm. It stars Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman, Dev Patel and Tywin Lannister (yes, Charles Dance is here!). Also in the film is Joel Kinnaman, star of Easy Money.

Other notable mentions include The Martian (starring Matt Damon and yes, another space film), Paper Towns (because the world needs John Green) and Fifty Shades of Grey (Happy Valentines!).

Celebrities with Parents That Will Change Your Perception About Them Forever

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Despite being in the public eye, there are plenty of secrets that make some famous people somewhat infamous. Dig a little deeper and you will be surprised at the kind of skeletons hiding in their closets. Who are celebrities with badass parents?

  1. Woody Harrelson

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Haymitch of The Hunger Games is a fairly good guy, considering how he tries to help Katniss in any way possible. His real-life father Charles, however, can be considered the antithesis of the role he played, being a cold-blooded contract killer and all. Murdering people, because some criminals ordered him to, is not just a role he portrayed, but a profession. What is even more amazing is the fact that he gets away with all his crimes all the time. Even Woody himself spent millions to get Charles Harrelson retried.

  1. Dylan McDermott

In the TV series Stalker, Dylan McDermott is a detective that strives to ensure that the threat level of stalking doesn’t spin out of control. His real life, however, could be considered just one of the episodes in a series. He was born to a teenage mother who has a gangster for a boyfriend. Unlike the gangsters we see in Donnie Brasco and Goodfellas, John Sponza was the real thing. He murdered McDermott’s mother and was only convicted half a century later. Good thing they aren’t blood related.

  1. Jackie Chan

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Jackie Chan’s son Jaycee was imprisoned for using marijuana in 2014, which broke the actor’s heart. But don’t think that drug addiction doesn’t run in the family, based on Jackie’s reputation as a clean and fun-loving actor, because his mother was known in Shanghai for gambling and opium smuggling. So drug problems are actually quiet close to home. But what’s really interesting is that Jackie’s dad is the cop who was supposed to put a stop to his mom’s business. But he married her instead.

Celebrity Weddings of 2014 – Which Stars Tied the Knot?

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Marriage is already an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime event. How much more exciting would it be if marriage involved highly popular and wealthy people like Brad Pitt and Adam Levine? 2014 marks the year when these top celebrities said their “I Dos” to the one they love, and became off the list of most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes.

  • Scarlett and Romain – New parents, Scarlett Johansson and Romain Dauriac, wed in a private ceremony on October 1.

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  • George and Amal – Hearthrob George Clooney wed his fiancé Amal Alamuddin in an exclusive rite on September 27 in Venice, Italy. They remarried on September 29 in a civil ceremony to make the wedding official.

  • Elisabetta and Brian – Meanwhile, George Clooney’s ex-wife also married her surgeon fiancé Brian Perri, also in Italy in September 14.

  • Fran and Shiva – The Nanny star, Fran Drescher confirmed via Twitter her marriage to Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai in September.

  • Jenny and Donnie – Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg exchange marital vows in August 31 in a legendary hotel in Illinois.

  • Dwayne and Gabriel – NBA star Dwayne Wade and his girlfriend Gabriel Union brought their relationship to the next level in a marriage ceremony in August 30 at a Miami modern castle.

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  • Angelina and Brad – Long-time partners, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt sealed their partnership with a non-denominational, civil rite in August 23.

  • Adam and Behati – Celebrities Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo became a married couple in July 19 at a farm in Mexico.

  • Jessica and Eric – Jessica Simpson became the official wife to Eric Johnson, the father of her kids in July 5 at a ranch in California.

  • Zachary and Missy – at long last, Flynn Rider voice actor, Zachary Levi, finally said “yes” to his girlfriend, Missy Peregrym, in a secret ceremony in Maui.

  • Kim and Kanye – Couture-conscious couple, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, sealed the deal in Florence, Italy in May 24.

Top 15 Celebrities Who Broke the Internet in 2014

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The year is almost over – with only 16 more days to go, the internet will soon be flooded with a slew of lists of top things that happened in 2014. To kick-start this annual tradition, we give you The Top 15 Celebrities Who Broke the Internet in 2014.

15. LeBron James – whoever doesn’t know him and understand why he’s on this list must have lived in a rock for his entire life. Two words describe LeBron James for many basketball fans – King James.

14. Jay-Z – this American rapper has made a name for himself throughout his career, but this year, he made headlines due to the alleged news of his split with Queen Bey. Thankfully, it was all just a publicity stunt for their recently concluded world tour.

13. David Beckham – one of the hottest soccer players and celebrities in history, Beckham is not only popular for his skills in his chosen sports but also for his unforgiving good looks.

12. Kanye West – he’s famous for being Mr. Kim Kardashian as well as his epic talents as a hip-hop recording artist, songwriter, film director, record producer, entrepreneur and even fashion designer.

11. Oprah Winfrey – a very successful host, actor, media proprietor and philanthropist, Oprah is currently the only black billionaire in America.

10. Robert Downey Jr. – currently has 19 million likes on Facebook and 2 million followers on Twitter. The reason for this strong following is that he monitors his own social media accounts, making him very genuine and down-to-earth.

9. Vin Diesel – he’s so popular on social media that he gets between 500,000 to 1 million likes per week. He’s even the most liked actor on Facebook with him managing his social profile on his own.

8. Olivia Wilde – she doesn’t really have the same following as some stars, but her hilarious posts get retweeted thousands of times.

7. Ellen DeGeneres – she’s got 29.5 million followers on Twitter, making her queen of such social media. Her funny posts get retweeted and shared thousands of times, too, especially her vocal support for LGBTQ rights. She had one post that broke the internet when she took the “best selfie ever” of 2014 when she posed for a picture with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood.

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6. Leonardo DiCaprio – one of the few stars who use their widely influential social networks to promote environmental and political awareness. In fact, this year, he pledged $7 million to help save the ocean, donated $1 million to the Elephant Crisis Fund to stop ivory poaching and trafficking, raised issues against “ghost fishing” and donated $3 million to Oceana to help protect shark, other marine animals and habitats.

5. Miley Cyrus – since her raunchy performance with Robin Thicke in last year’s MTV Video Music Awards in 2013, she has been talked about the entire year thanks to her racy outfits and stunts onstage and offstage.

4. George Takei – his career would have ended when Star Trek’s conclusion but he became more popular on social media with his hilarious status updates and his active support for gay rights on the internet.

3. Beyonce – Queen Bey broke the internet when she released a secret album that contained numerous number one hits. But she also made headlines when her sister got into a physical fight with her husband in an elevator.

2. Taylor Swift – she’s still young, but she’s one of the most influential and most searched celebrities on the internet. With her latest album out, she has broken the internet with every single she has released since.

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1. Kim Kardashian – the reality star is not only famous for her reality TV show Keeping Up with the Kardashians; she has also dominated the social media this year, thanks to her wedding to hip hop superstar Kanye West. On top of that, she’s considered the selfie queen on Instagram.

Did your favorite celebrity make it on the list?

What Went On During Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2014?

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A lot people, men in particular, can’t stop talking about the recently concluded Victoria’s Secret (VS) Fashion Show in London. Apart from the jaw-dropping lingerie and uber-sexy supermodels, the buzz includes show highlights that run from sensual to funny.

Ariana Grande got smacked by an angel

Arianna Grande haters out there, rejoice! If you have been itching to give her a good smacking, one angel beat you to it, although not with the intention that you would have if you were given an opportunity to give Grande a slap or something. In the middle of her performance during the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, she accidentally got smacked in the face with one of the angel’s wings. She did try to duck, but to no avail. What is even funnier is that the shock of the event showed all over Grande’s face. She should be singing bang-Bang with a wing.

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Awesome performances from some of music’s biggest names

Apart from sexy and gorgeous supermodels, some of the biggest names in the music industry today also graced the runway of the VS Fashion Show. Taylor Swift performed the second time around, promoting her newly released album. Ed Sheeran also played one of his most popular songs Thinking Out Loud during the Traveler section and that feeling of being awestruck seems to be mutual between him and the models. Ariana Grande and Hozier also rendered amazing performances.

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Long after the show was over, the heat was still on that other news popped up involving Taylor Swift and one of the VS supermodels, Karlie Kloss. A photo circulated on Twitter showing the two to be making out. Although you only have a photo to base this allegation on, it still provides a naughty twist to the entire show. This only made next year’s fashion show even more anticipated.

Top 5 of the highest paid athletes for 2014

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According to some people, there is nothing better than doing the job you love and getting paid for it. That is exactly the case for professional athletes, who have tried hard and turned their hobbies and interests into their full-time job. What’s more is the fact that in some cases, the money is really good. Let’s see the top 5 of the highest athletes for 2014 so far.

Floyd Mayweather (105 million dollars)

The famous, unbeaten pro boxer has became the second athlete – after Tiger Woods– who has exceeded the 100-million mark on the list of Forbes. His fight against the rising Mexican,  Saul Canello Alvarez in September 2013 broke every record in pay-per-views, which reached 150 million dollars and 20 million dollars coming from the tickets sales, while the total profit made was 200 million.

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Floyd Mayweather

Cristiano Ronaldo (80 million dollars)

The Portuguese ace was voted as the most valuable player in the world in 2013, for the second time in his career, since he scored 69 times in 59 matches in all competitions, both with Real Madrid and the Portugal national team. Real Madrid reward him with a royal five-year contract of 206 million dollars in total.

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Cristiano Ronaldo

LeBron James (72.3 million dollars)

LeBron is currently the largest asset in the NBA and the highest paid athlete in the world of basketball, owing to the deals he has made with international companies, such as Nike, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Upper Deck and others. The ace of Miami Heat managed to make a profit even from the sale of the Beats to Apple, as he had a small stake.

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LeBron James

Lionel Messi (64.7 million dollars)

Sponsors such as Adidas, who made his personal football shoes line with his signature on it, and Turkish Airlines that paired him up with Kobe Bryant, have invested in the creative Barcelona ace. In May, he signed a new contract which will bring him 50 million dollars annually, remaining as a Barcelona player until 2019.

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Lionel Messi

Kobe Bryant (61.5 million dollars)

The 30.5 million dollars that Kobe gets as his salary is nearly eight million more than anyone else! In November he put his signature on a two year contract that is worth 48.5 million. His deals with Turkish Airlines, Lenovo, Hublot, Nike and Panini bring him about 30 million dollars anually.

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Kobe Bryant

Most of you who are familliar with athletes’ paychecks are going to wonder: what about the phenomenon, Tiger Woods? Tiger has been at the top of the list for a while, but when EA (Electronic Arts) dropped its golf title with his name as its title in 2013 (after 14 years), it was a big hit for him so he now has the 6th spot on the list with 61.2 millions.

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Tiger Woods

For more check: The youngest billionaires on the Internet, The ultimate ranking in celebrity private tapes

By +Nikos Kontorigas

Red carpet celebrity style | 2014

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Currently Hollywood is on fire. It is the time when some labors bear fruit, while others are left with hope and only this. It’s that time of the Annual Critics Choice Awards, there in Los Angeles. The stylists run like crazy because they have to dress up so many people with impressive and beautiful creations. They have to deal with ladies actresses and obbey to their demands. We present to you the appearances we liked the most. Check them out below.

Sandra Bullock in Lanvin.

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Sandra Bullock

Cate Blanchett in Lanvin.

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Cate Blanchett

Margot Robbie in Alexander McQueen.

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Margot Robbie

Juliette Lewis in Zac Posen.

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Juliette Lewis

Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein.

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Lupita Nyong’o

By Nicole P.