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It’s hard enough for all of us regular folk to try to find useful iPhone apps that aid our daily lifestyle – what about celebrities?

With their hectic multi-faceted schedules (yes Lindsay, we do mean you), incompetent and difficult staff (oh, Naomi we truly feel for you) and all that attention being paid to them all the time, it can be difficult to take the time out and savor the finer things in life (like their iPhone).  So for them, we’ve created this list of most useful iPhone applications of all time that can be also useful for the rest of us.

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Taylor Swift took on a double role as host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live (SNL) yesterday.

Swift kicked off the night singing and playing guitar to the satirical Monologue Song (La La La), where the 19-yer old country superstar addressed a lot of her relationship issues covered in the tabloids, and blew a kiss to Twilight star Taylor Lautner.

In the song, she says:

“I like writing songs about douchebags who cheat on me but I’m not gonna say that in my monologue.

“You might think I’d bring up Joe [Jonas] that guy who broke up with me on the phone, but I’m not gonna mention him in my monologue. Hey Joe, I’m doing real well. Tonight, I’m hosting SNL but I’m not gonna brag about that in my monologue. La la la. Ha ha ha. La la la.

“And if you’re wondering if I might be dating the werewolf from Twilight. Hey Taylor [Lautner]! (blows kiss, winks) But I’m not gonna comment on that in my monologue.

“You might be expecting me to say something bad about Kanye [West] and how he ran up on stage and ruined my VMA monologue. But there’s nothing more to say cuz everything’s okay. I’ve got security lining the stage. It’s my SNL monologue.”

Taylor finished off the song by saying:

“We have a great show. Kanye West is NOT here, so stick around. We’ll be right back.”

Nice one, Taylor!

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Just weeks before her upcoming album Rated R is set to be released, singer Rihanna finally broke her silence on the infamous attack from her then-boyfriend Chris Brown on Good Morning America.

The Barbadian beauty spoke of her embarrassment for falling in love with an abuser as well as her humiliation from the world knowing her most personal secret.

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Even after death, celebrities rake in millions, and fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent surpassed the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, to be named the top-earning dead celebrity, according to the list of top-earning dead celebrities compiled by Forbes magazine.

In its ninth annual list, Forbes.com reported the Frenchman, considered one of the greatest designers of the 20th century and who died in 2008, came out on top with earnings of US$350 million.

Composers Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein came in second on the 2009 list with US$235 million, and the recently deceased King of Pop Jackson ranked third at US$90 million.

But Jackson is likely to be a big earner for years to come while Saint Laurent, who made the list for the first time this year, may have difficulty repeating the 2009 performance.

“Saint Laurent had a massive estate sale, which brought in US$350 million. Michael Jackson has only made US$90 million since his death in June,” said Forbes Senior Editor Matt Miller, who is also the editor of the dead celebrities list.

“Michael Jackson will make tens of millions of dollars a year because he has lucrative publishing rights, rights to all his memorabilia. There’s still profits to be made from the movie which comes out tomorrow.”

The Michael Jackson movie This is It hits theatres around the world on October 28. It is based on his rehearsals for a series of London concerts.

The other “King,” Elvis Presley, was fourth on the list with US$55 million.

The ranking assesses the earning power of deceased celebrities, including musicians, authors, actors, and songwriters, among others.

Two names that unexpectedly did not make this year’s list were Marilyn Monroe and James Dean.

“Both have similar incomes to last year. In fact Marilyn Monroe made more money this year versus last year,” said Miller. “However, because of all the new people on the list like Yves Saint Laurent they weren’t able to keep up.”

The full list of Top-Earning Dead Celebrities can be found at: www.forbes.com/deadcelebs.

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Nothing says “happy birthday” more than a robotic cow. At least that’s the case when you’re British bad boy comedian Russell Brand, who has just reportedly splashed out £20,000 on an animatronic petting zoo for songstress girlfriend Katy Perry’s 25th birthday.

Brand was keen to impress his birthday girl with an extra special gift, so he decided on a robotic petting zoo after the couple enjoyed a movie date at Hollywood’s Grove Leisure complex, where a temporary petting zoo had been set up.

“She was really taken with the petting zoo temporarily set up next to the Farmer’s Market,” a source told The Sun.

“There are real animals in one section and then this amazing fake menagerie for kids. You can milk the cow and ride on the pony. It’s very kitsch and fun.”

But although Perry said she wanted to have a go on everything, she held back as she didn’t want to be photographed – and that’s when boyfriend Brand’s gift idea sprung to mind.

“While she was looking at a goat being unloaded Russell got the contact details of the event organisers,” the source revealed.

“He has arranged for the zoo to arrive at Katy’s LA home for her birthday. She will be tickled pink.”

Talk about being into your petting, Russell!

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Dining

Most celebrities have an intimate understanding of restaurants – and not just because they can afford to indulge their tastebuds at the most decadent eateries around the world. Before they were raking in the millions, many of them worked as waiters waiting for their big break.

“You feel like you know everything once you’ve been a waitress,” Sandra Bullock, a former server, once said. But who knew so many stars, like Bullock, would be inspired to return to their humble beginnings? Indeed, a number of celebrities have added “restaurateur” to their resumes. And many of them have the same appetite for the craft as they do for their more glamorous jobs.

Danny DeVito - DeVito South Beach

For his first venture into the culinary world, Danny Devito partnered with renowned restaurateur David Manero and entrepreneur Michael Brauser to open a traditional Italian chophouse Miami’s hotspot – Ocean Drive. The décor was inspired by the colours of the Italian flag, with lipstick-red Venetian chandeliers, pearly white oversized booths and avocado-green walls, plus dark fig wood shutters and wood plank floors. Check out the outdoor patio with oversized wing chairs and airy cabanas, which offer privacy with the drop of a drape. Savour the signature Kobe Flight: Devito’s Global Wagyu Trio featuring steak from Japan, Australia and the United States.

Eva Longoria – Beso

Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria teamed up with her pal, chef Todd English, and restaurateurs JT Torregiani and Jonas Lowrance to create Beso (Spanish for “kiss”), serving Mediterranean cuisine with a Spanish infusion. The 150-seat restaurant and bar features an open kitchen, wood-burning oven and a full ceviche bar; expect English’s signature dishes like paella with lobster and chorizo. The black leather-tufted chairs, beige crocodile booths and crystal chandeliers add a touch of glamour to this fine establishment.

Justin Timberlake – Southern Hospitality

In 2005, Justin Timberlake, Eytan Sugarman and Trace Ayala opened Dostino, serving Southern Italian fare by chef Mario Curko. In July 2008, the trio debuted Southern Hospitality in New York — a nod to the trio’s roots south of the Mason-Dixon line roots. Executive chef and pitmaster guru, Ray Lampe, aka Dr BBQ, created a menu featuring home-style barbeque fare. There are dishes like pulled pork (a Timberlake favourite), Southern-fried catfish, Memphis-Style dry rubbed spareribs, and Beale Street BBQ chicken.

Jennifer Lopez – Madre’s

Jennifer Lopez labels Madre’s, in Pasadena, California, ”a family restaurant with a little bit of sexiness to it.” She played a key role in nearly every aspect of the restaurant’s creation, working closely with renowned designer Rachel Ashwell. Reserve one of the cabana booths, which are complete with a curtain for privacy. Lopez’s favorite dish is said to be the bistec encebollado (prime sirloin steak marinated and sautéed with caramelised onions).

Paul Newman – Dressing Room

Paul Newman’s business partner Michel Nischan, chef and co-owner of Dressing Room in Wesport, Connecticut, says that the restaurant’s goal is to “restore American culture to a time before the emergence of fast food and convenience.” So expect to find true Yankee pot roast, chicken and dumplings, pot pies and angel food cake in an inviting countryside setting. Co-owner Newman calls himself the “Director of Opinions,” working closely with Nischan and the Dressing Room team to develop menu ideas, attend tastings and brainstorm about events for the restaurant.

Don Johnson – Ana Mandara

Don Johnson and Cheech Marin opened Ana Mandara, in San Francisco, California in 2000, which transports diners to a rural Vietnamese village with 1,000-year-old artefacts, carving, pottery, glass and dishware. Executive chef Khai Duong, one of the world’s leading Asian chefs, created recipes inspired from his Vietnamese village, Nha Trang. As Johnson once noted, “To describe my passion for the culture and for the delicate nature of the Vietnamese cuisine a la chef Khai Duong is like trying to describe love.”

Rose McGowan, Ben Harper, Laura Dern – Dominick’s

Once a genuine Hollywood haunt, the original Dominick’s was a Rat Pack favourite. Now under the co-ownership of Rose McGowan, Ben Harper and Laura Dern, the Los Angeles restaurant brings home-style Italian cooking to the hipster crowd, serving classic Italian dishes like spaghetti and meatballs, homemade fettuccine carbonara, wood-grilled chicken marsala and veal parmesan.

Francis Ford Coppola – Café Zoetrope & Cafe Rosso

Francis Ford Coppola told Forbes Traveler that he began cooking in junior high school and never stopped. As a very poor college student, he’d whip up his mother’s recipes for girlfriends in his tiny apartment rather than take them out to dinner. Later, he cooked for his cast and crew during film shoots, so opening cafes was a natural move for him. Before opening them, however, he journeyed to Naples, tasting all kinds of Verace Pizza Napoletana, watching the pizzaiola ply his craft so he could give the diner an authentic experience. The result is fresh pizzas made in a wood-burning oven and pastas made to order. He’s keen to note that you should come as you are to the cafes - located in San Francisco and Palo Alto in California - and stay as long as you like.

Julian Lennon – Blowfish Sushi

When chef and Blowfish Sushi owner, Ritsuo Tsuchida, brought his San Jose and San Francisco eatery to the L.A. crowd— with Julian Lennon as a silent investor — he sought to continue his goal of making the culinary experience just like theatre — and high-tech theatre at that. A state-of-the-art audio-visual system streams Japanese anime and vintage Japanese films to more than 15 plasma screens in the restaurant while a live DJ booth plays an eclectic soundtrack. Try dishes like the Kyo Twist, a melt-in-your-mouth black cod marinated with sake and miso.

Robert de Niro – Tribeca Grill, Nobu, Rubicon, Ago Restaurant

In 1990, Robert De Niro and famed restaurateur Drew Nieporent opened Tribeca Grill in New York, and the duo continued their magic with Nobu, New York, and Rubicon, San Francisco, turning Tribeca and the world into their culinary oyster. De Niro joined forces with celebrated chef Agostino Sciandri to open Ago, an upscale Italian trattoria, at his new Greenwich hotel in New York (earlier outposts are in L.A., Miami and Las Vegas).

Moby – Teany

“One of our other goals with Teany is to make a vegetarian restaurant/café where even non-vegetarians are happy to hang out,” wrote pop artist Moby, who co-owns this New York cafe with business partner Kelly Tisdale. “We wanted Teany to be a place wherein everyone feels comfortable, regardless of whether they’re vegetarian or vegan or carnivore or what have you.” In addition to serving 98 different kinds of tea, there are dishes like goat cheese and artichoke salad, English Heinz beans on toast with farmhouse cheddar and the vegan BLT made with tempeh bacon, greens, tomatoes and veganaise.

Gloria Estefan – Lario’s on the Beach

You’ll find Lario’s on the Beach, owned by Gloria Estefan and her husband, Emilio, in the heart of South Beach on Ocean Drive. Weekends at this Cuban eatery are especially jumping when a live Latin band performs. Don’t miss the mouth-watering grilled skirt steak, arroz con pollo (yellow rice with chicken) or paella. Grab a tasty margarita, park yourself on the terrace and watch the world go by.

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Life is hectic when you’re a celebrity – there’s long hours spent on the film set or at the recording studio, endless beauty appointments, countless shopping sprees, gruelling hours spent sweating it out with a personal trainer, plus not to mention endless hours of partying!

So every celebrity needs a sanctuary they can go home to and sit back and relax in after a hard day’s work being rich and famous. And these celebs are doing a pretty good job of it…

Courteney Cox and David Arquette
Listed at: US$33.5 million

Courteney Cox & David Arquette's Home

It’s difficult for your everyday person to imagine why anyone would give up a Malibu home with 80 feet of beachfront, but surely Cox and Arquette must have their reasons. One could be the US$20+ million profit they stand to make if their asking price is met. The couple paid US$11 million in 2001 for the four-bedroom, five-bathroom John Lautner-designed home.

Justin Timberlake & Cameron Diaz
Paid: US$16.9 million

Justin Timberlake & Cameron Diaz's Hawaii pad

Built on over 100 feet of Oahu beachfront, Timberlake and Diaz’s Hawaii compound spreads across 1.5 acres on the windward side of the island. Between the main house and the outbuildings, there are 12 bedrooms, nine bathrooms and over 11,000 square feet of living space – which is a good thing: The couple, who have since split, will need all that space to avoid each other.

Ellen DeGeneres
Listed for: US$24 million

Talk show host and comedienne DeGeneres bought this Montecito, California, spread in October for US$16.9 million. It boasts four bedrooms and eight bathrooms and sits on four acres with a pool, tennis court and both mountain and ocean views.

Shaquille O’Neal
Listed at: US$35 million

Shaquille O'Neal

Bought from former Miami Heat teammate Rony Seikaly in 2004 for US$18.8 million, NBA star O’Neal’s 20,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style Star Island home has eight bedrooms, an indoor basketball court, an outdoor tennis court, swimming pool and a dock.

Britney Spears
Listed at: US$11.9 million

Britney Spears

Down from the original asking price of US$13.5 million, Spears’ 9,200-square-foot Serra Retreat home in Southern California houses a dance studio and recording studio – perfectly fit for a pop princess.

Russell Simmons
Listed at: US$23.8 million

After separating from his wife Kimora Lee Simmons, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons put his 10-bedroom, eight-bathroom house in Saddle River, New Jersey, on the market. The 35,000-square-foot mansion has a movie theatre, an expansive home gym and both indoor and outdoor swimming pools – what a crib!

Shakira
Listed at: US$5.9 million

Colombian singer Shakira plans to pack up and leave her Star Island home. The 6,500-square-foot mansion, which has five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a swimming pool and private dock, boasts a Biscayne Bay beachfront and neighbours including Matt Damon and Ricky Martin.

Avril Lavigne
Paid: US$9.5 million

Canadian pop star Lavigne bought her 12,000-square-foot Calabasas, California, mansion from Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. The Tuscan-style home has eight bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, as well as an elevator, sauna and 10-car garage. Lavigne and her now ex-husband, Sum 41 singer Deryck Whibley, are no strangers to pricey properties: their Beverly Hills mansion was on the market for US$6.2 million.

Gwen Stefani
Paid: US$15 million

Gwen Stefani

For Gwen Stefani, the transition into family life with husband Gavin Rossdale and son Kingston meant selling her bachelorette pad in party spot Los Feliz, Los Angeles, and moving into this 10,000-square-foot Hollywood Hills mansion on two acres of gated land.

Eva Longoria
Paid: US$3.8 million

Desperate Housewives star Longoria’s 8,500-square-foot Mediterranean mansion in the Hollywood Hills houses six bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a home theatre, game room and gym,  boasts canyon and city views.

Larry King
Paid: US$12 million

The 9,500-square-foot Beverly Hills home of CNN’s King and wife Shawn Southwick has seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms. Its defining feature is its roof, made from the tiles of a 200-year-old Italian monastery. The move wasn’t too difficult for the couple, who previously lived eight blocks away.

Danny DeVito
Listed at: US$23 million

Danny DeVito

After more than 20 years, DeVito and wife Rhea Perlman have decided to make a move from their Beverly Hills manse. Designed by architect Wallace Neff, the country French-style home has five bedrooms and seven bathrooms. The sizable 14,500-square-foot interior has a home theatre, sound studio and gym to complement the two outdoor pools.

Kanye West
Paid: about US$7 million

He may be proud of his Chicago roots, but bad-boy rapper Kanye West seems to have settled in well to luxury L.A. living. He splurged around US$7 million for this Beverly Hills spread. The 3,300-square-foot home has six bedrooms and four bathrooms, an acre of space and a pool.

Elton John
Paid: US$2.5 million

The Serra Towers in Los Angeles are famous for their high-profile residents. Cher lives there, and Lindsay Lohan just unloaded her apartment in the complex. Now, Elton John and his partner David Furnish have purchased a 1,800-square-foot condominium there. The unit has two bedrooms and a balcony on the 20th floor.

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A bejewelled white glove worn by late King of Pop Michael Jackson sold at auction for AUD$57,600 (US$49,000) in Australia, nearly twice the price auctioneers expected, the auction house said.

The glove was the US singer’s trademark, and was even worn in honour of the late performer by his brothers at his memorial and funeral services.

According to auction house Bonhams and Goodman, this was the first Jackson glove to go on sale since he died in June at the age of 50.

The glove, which was sold in Melbourne, was worn by Jackson in Sydney in 1996, on the day he married Debbie Rowe, the mother of his two elder children, the auction house said.

After a bidding war between collectors in Australia and the United States, it was bought by Warwick Stone on behalf of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

In November 1996, Jackson was in Sydney during his HIStory tour, and attended a premiere in Sydney of the film Ghosts, in which he starred.

Earlier the same day the singer had married Rowe.

At the end of the performance, Jackson threw the glove to Bill Hibble, a collector of music and film memorabilia, who has since died.

Hibble’s mother put the glove up for auction.

Giles Moon, national head of collectables for the auction house, said he was “astounded” by the price the glove fetched.

Jackson was buried in California, two months after his death from a drug overdose.

His death has been ruled a homicide and police are investigating several doctors.

They have said they will seek criminal charges but so far none have been filed.

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Fashion

Celebrity stylist Phillip Bloch gives his verdict on the fashion hits and misses of the stars from the red carpet at the 2009 Emmy awards.

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The red carpet was ablaze last Sunday as a host of celebrities set the trend by glamming it up in red gowns at the 61st Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.

Blake Lively from Gossip Girl, Hayden Panettiere from Heroes, Debra Messing from Will & Grace, and Toni Collette – who won her first Emmy on the night for her role in the comedy series United States of Tara – were among the female celebs who opted to step out in various shades of crimson on awards night.

But although red was the colour of the night, pale and nude tones also played a starring role – echoing the trend for muted tones that have recently been emerging on the spring/summer 2010 catwalks – with Drew Barrymore, Rose Byrne and Cat Deeley all glowing in muted gold and rose tones. 
 
And it wasn’t just the ladies who went for a splash of colour at the 2009 Emmy Awards. Even some of the men at the ceremony chose to punctuate their suits with a dash of colour. Actor Alec Baldwin, nominated for best actor in a comedy for his performance in 30 Rock, sported a lavender tie, while actor Terry O’Quinn, from hit series Lost, wore a yellow tie to match wife Lori O’Quinn’s yellow gown.

“Black and white is pretty boring,” O’Quinn said.

“I think we’re evolving sartorially.”

Fashion director for InStyle magazine, Hal Rubenstein, described the evening’s tone as smart, but not overtly glamorous.

“There was a lot of smart, sleek, colourful looks, but not over-indulgent. Fashion isn’t in that kind of extravagant place right now,” Rubenstein said.

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