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Is Jennifer Aniston going topless in new movie ‘Horrible Bosses’?

Jennifer Aniston has managed to keep her upper half under wraps from prying paparazzi for the better part of her 20-year career in Hollywood, but now America may see what the former “Friend” has been hiding.

A source tells Us Weekly (via Hollywood Life) that Jen shot a topless scene for her upcoming romantic comedy “Horrible Bosses.”

“Producers aren’t sure if they’ll use it,” the source explains. “They filmed it two ways: In one, you see Jen’s face and boobs in the same shot. In another, the audience might think it’s a body double.”

This is not the first time Aniston has bared (almost) all on film. The star walked around topless on the set of a Chicago apartment for a scene in “The Break-up,” a film she costarred with then-real life love Vince Vaughn.

The scene was artfully cropped for mass consumption, but the titillating outtakes briefly hit the Internet only to be quickly shut down by Aniston’s legal team.

Maybe Aniston has had a change of heart? A string of box office bombs can do that….

May 12, 2011 at 11:28 am Leave a comment

Rockets strike Gadhafi’s compound

Four rockets struck the compound belonging to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi Thursday, a Libyan government official told CNN.

After the blasts, which could be heard in the center of Tripoli, sirens blared and at least two emergency vehicles could be seen speeding toward the Bab al-Aziziya compound. It was not immediately clear whether anyone was hurt.

On May 1, the Libyan government said another attack on the same compound had killed Gadhafi’s son Saif al-Arab Gadhafi and three of the leader’s grandchildren.

Thursday’s strike came a day after spokesmen for the Libyan rebels sparred with a spokesman for the Libyan government over who was in control of the airport in the besieged city of Misrata.
During the day, Shamsiddin Abdulmolah of the Transitional National Council said the airport, located in the southern part of the war-torn city, had fallen to “revolutionaries” after opposition fighters in nearby Zlaitin were able to join their counterparts in Misrata.

During the night, government spokesman Musa Ibrahim said government forces were in control of the airport and the seaport in Misrata. He said rebel forces had been there “for (a) short time, and left.”

But a rebel spokesman in Misrata, who has asked to be identified solely as Mohamed, said late Wednesday night that the rebels had retained control of the airport and were also in control of a civil defense base beyond the airport.

The capture of the airport would be key for rebels fighting the forces of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi since it would provide an important entry point for humanitarian aid.

Two months of fighting and the ongoing shelling of the Misrata port have prevented most aid ships from docking there, leaving the city “at the forefront” of U.N. humanitarian concerns, a top U.N. official told the Security Council this week.

NATO warplanes and missiles have been pounding Gadhafi’s forces since March as Gadhafi’s troops try to quash a nearly 3-month-old revolt against his nearly 42 years of rule.

In Misrata, Abdulmolah said an unknown number of casualties occurred in the fighting. He also reported that the oil-rich town of Jakharra, in the interior of the country, fell Tuesday night to opposition forces and that Gadhafi’s forces were surrounded in the oasis towns of Awjila and Jalu.

The NATO mission is intended to enforce a U.N. Security Council resolution that calls for the protection of civilians. U.S. President Barack Obama and NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen will meet at the White House on Friday to discuss the alliance’s role, the White House said Wednesday.

NATO said Wednesday that vehicle and ammunition storage facilities, a surface-to-air missile launcher and an anti-aircraft gun had been hit in the Tripoli area. It also said in a news release that ambulance storage facilities were struck in Mizdah and Qaryat.

As for Misrata, Marie Colvin, the Middle East correspondent for Britain’s Sunday Times, told CNN that rebel forces defending the city from government troops were making “meter-by-meter” gains despite heavy shelling and rocket attacks.

Units loyal to Gadhafi have been firing rockets and artillery shells into residential neighborhoods, leaving a nearby emergency room full of women, children and old men, she said.

“The rebels are very much trying, at a minimum, to push back Gadhafi’s lines so he simply can’t do that,” Colvin said Tuesday.

As for aid, a ship carrying supplies from the International Committee of the Red Cross docked Tuesday in Misrata, but the ongoing fighting had deterred captains of other ships from trying to enter the port, Colvin said.

The ICRC said the vessel was carrying medical supplies, spare parts to repair water and electrical supply systems and 8,000 jars of baby food.

On the front lines of the battle, bullets were whizzing past “like very angry hornets,” Colvin said. At least 70 rebels have been wounded — but they have held their line, “and meter by meter were able to advance,” she said.

“They’re defending their homes. They’re defending their families, and they are not giving up an inch. They are fighting,” Colvin said.

The first shipment of nonlethal aid from the United States to the Libyan opposition arrived Tuesday in Benghazi, U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said.

It included more than 10,000 meals that are permissible under Islamic law. Other items en route from the U.S. Defense Department include medical supplies, tents, uniforms, boots and protective gear.

Almost 750,000 people have fled the country amid the fighting, and another 58,000 are displaced within Libya, Valerie Amos, the U.N. undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs, told the Security Council Monday.

Another 5,000 are stranded at border crossings between Libya, Tunisia and Niger, Amos said. Others have tried to flee by sea, but one such attempt appears to have ended in disaster for hundreds of refugees as their ship capsized off the capital, Tripoli.

May 12, 2011 at 10:56 am Leave a comment

Osama Bin Laden diary ‘planned attacks’ – US officials


Osama Bin Laden calculated how many Americans would have to be killed to force the US from the Middle East, US officials say, citing his seized journal and other files.

The al-Qaeda leader reportedly wrote that smaller attacks since 9/11 were not having the desired impact.

Bin Laden also urged his followers to strike smaller cities and hit trains.

The documents were seized during last week’s US raid on Bin Laden’s hideout in Pakistan in which he was killed.

The US officials, who spoke to the Associated Press news agency on condition of anonymity, say Bin Laden’s personal, handwritten diary and computer files reveal his hand in every recent major al-Qaeda threat.
Committees to see photos

These included plots in Europe last year that saw travellers and embassies on alert, according to the two officials.

The al-Qaeda leader envisaged attacks being staged on significant dates, such as America’s 4 July Independence Day and the 10th anniversary of the attacks of 11 September 2001.

He wrote that other American cities such as Los Angeles should be considered for targeting, not just New York.

In his writings, US officials say that Bin Laden wondered how many American deaths it would take to lead Washington to reconsider its policies on the Middle East.

The al-Qaeda leader is said to have concluded that only a body count of thousands, like that of the 9/11 attacks, would be enough.

Intelligence agents are continuing to analyse the documents – said to be around 100 flash drives and five computers – seized in the 2 May raid in Abbottabad by the US Navy Seals.

Bin Laden’s communications are believed to have been in missives sent via the flash drives, as his compound had no telephone or internet access.

The CIA meanwhile has said it plans to allow members of four US congressional committees to view images of Bin Laden’s body.

Until now, the US authorities had been saying the pictures of Bin Laden – who was shot in the face and chest – were too gruesome to be made public and could inflame sentiment.

On Wednesday, Bin Laden’s sons criticised the US for carrying out his “arbitrary killing”.

A statement given to the New York Times newspaper said the family wanted to know why the al-Qaeda leader had not been captured alive.

Another statement appeared on a jihadist website saying the burial of Bin Laden at sea “demeans and humiliates his family”.

US officials have said that while Bin Laden was unarmed he had given no indication to the US troops that he wanted to surrender.

May 12, 2011 at 10:53 am Leave a comment

Obama calls for immigration system reform

Barack Obama: “We have strengthened border security beyond what many people believed was possible”

President Barack Obama has called for broad reform of the US immigration system, while highlighting steps he has taken to strengthen border security.

In Texas, Mr Obama backed a path to legal status for illegal immigrants, as well as crackdowns on employers who hire illegal workers.

He called on the fractured Congress to reject “the usual Washington games” and enact a comprehensive overhaul.

An estimated 11m illegal immigrants, most of them Hispanic, live in the US.

In El Paso, a Texas border city, Mr Obama said he had satisfied calls from conservatives to tighten security at the border and to increase deportations of illegal immigrants.

He called on Congress to reform the immigration system in a manner that would encourage skilled and motivated immigrants to participate in American society while ending what he called an underground economy that preys on low-wage illegal immigrants.
“We need to come together around reform that reflects our values as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants, that demands everyone take responsibility,” he said.

Immigration reform is of particular importance to the growing Hispanic electorate, which is Democratic-leaning and whose continued support Mr Obama will need in his 2012 re-election bid.

Ahead of Mr Obama’s speech, White House aides stressed Mr Obama remained committed to reform, even though Republicans derailed overhaul efforts in 2006, 2007 and 2010.

In Texas, Mr Obama mocked Republican opponents on the issue.

“We have gone above and beyond what was requested by the very Republicans who said they supported broader reform as long as we got serious about enforcement,” Mr Obama said.

“But even though we’ve answered these concerns, I suspect there will be those who will try to move the goal posts one more time… Maybe they’ll say we need a moat. Or alligators in the moat.”

Opponents, mostly conservatives, have criticised proposals as an unacceptable “amnesty” for people who have broken the law – even though one major proposal backed by Democrats would have applied only to those who came to the US as children.

State crackdowns
While Washington DC has been unable to achieve federal immigration reform, three states have sought to take action themselves.

Arizona, Georgia and Utah have passed measures giving police the power to demand documentation from people they suspect of being illegal immigrants who have been detained on other charges.

Arizona’s law has been put on hold by the federal courts.

Meanwhile, a judge in Utah blocked the state’s new immigration law on Friday, just hours after it went into effect.

District Judge Clark Waddoups issued his ruling in Salt Lake City, citing its similarity to Arizona’s law.

The American Civil Liberties Union and National Immigration Law Center had sued to stop the law in Utah, saying it was modelled after the Arizona and that its implementation could lead to racial profiling.

In 2008, 67% of Hispanics voted for Mr Obama, compared with 31% for Republican John McCain, exit polls showed.

The Hispanic vote pushed Mr Obama over the margin of victory in four states won by President George Bush in 2004, some analysts calculate.

The Republican Party lost significant support among Hispanic voters following the 2004 election, in which Mr Bush won 40% of the Hispanic vote, in part because of the party’s hard line on illegal immigration, analysts say.

May 11, 2011 at 5:06 am Leave a comment

Five things Microsoft may do with Skype

Tuesday’s announcement that Microsoft has bought Skype is obviously huge business news, but millions of consumers aren’t focused on that.

Instead, many of the video and chat Web tool’s 660 million users are focused less on the economic impact of the $8.5 billion deal and more on what the purchase will mean for their user experience.

The millions who don’t use Skype but have Microsoft computers, phones and video game systems will no doubt see some changes, too.

None of which is to say that the immediate reaction on the Web was all that exciting.

For all its global reach, staid veteran Microsoft just doesn’t get people jazzed up like, say, Apple or Google. (That despite the company’s mini-resurgence on the gaming front and its well-received Bing search engine.)

Tuesday on Twitter, some folks were quick to take potshots at the deal.

“The 1st details MS will announce about their plans for Skype will be integration with Kin phones, Connectix webcams, & WebTV,” one follower of New York Times tech writer David Pogue wrote after he announced the deal. Those are all failed Microsoft products.

“I guess we can look forward to Skype 2011 in a few years,” said another commenter, taking aim at Microsoft’s image as a slow-moving old-Web company.

But there are some avenues Microsoft could take with Skype that some folks might not immediately recognize.

Based in part on comments that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer made Tuesday, here are five of the leading scenarios of what the computing giant might do with Skype:

1. Integrate it with the Xbox

Roughly 10 million Microsoft users already have cameras attached to their devices. That’s the number of Xbox Kinect systems sold since the motion-sensing game system was released last year.

It seems like a no-brainer that Microsoft would integrate Skype’s advanced chat technologies with that, as well as with its Xbox LIVE service.

The Xbox 360 already has a chat function. But gamers have largely been unimpressed, opting for other consoles like the PlayStation for multiplayer games that require real-time communication.

Similarly, Skype already has TV-compatible webcams and software, but it’s hardly been a high-profile feature.

Putting Skype on the Xbox could push both products forward.

2. Improve the Windows Phone

Let’s be honest: Windows Mobile phones aren’t selling like the iPhone or the growing cascade of phones running Google’s Android system.

The Windows Phone 7 system really hasn’t had an answer for the iPhone’s FaceTime app or Google Talk’s newly added video. Now it will, with the best-in-breed video and voice chat app at its disposal.

“It’s pretty obvious today that not everyone is doing video, particularly from their phone,” Ballmer said. “That’s an opportunity where there are a lot of things that could be done.”

Of course, Apple and Android products can already run Skype apps. So it will be interesting to see how that plays out. (Ballmer assured current Skype customers that those platforms will still be supported.)

“Given that Skype has been in use for more than a half-dozen years and has a growing user base, it would be difficult for Microsoft to begin eliminating Skype support for other mobile platforms,” Kevin C. Tofel wrote for tech blog GigaOM.

“But future features and other value-add services could be offered exclusively or first on Windows Phone 7 devices going forward, giving consumers a ‘killer app’ to consider when making a smartphone purchase.”

3. Show up at your office meeting

One of the reasons Microsoft was considered to be high on Skype was so Google and Cisco Systems, both rumored to be interested, wouldn’t get their hands on it.

In terms of workplace communication, the latter may be more important than the former. Cisco is the first name people think of when office video conferencing and teleconferencing are mentioned.

But Microsoft has made inroads with its Lync system, and adding Skype’s software would move it one step further.

Oh yeah … and it just so happens that Skype CEO Tony Bates is a former Cisco executive, as are other members of the Skype team.

Microsoft’s Office 365, which will include an online-only option, is expected to be released later this year. The suite of workplace tools will include Lync.

4. Appear on Facebook

Yes, Facebook was rumored to be one of the tech titans in the running to buy Skype. The social media giant’s interest seems a clear indication that Mark Zuckerberg and Co. would like to beef up Facebook Chat with video.

It was just a passing reference. But on Tuesday, Ballmer mentioned “social” as one of the possible uses for a Microsoft-owned Skype.

Microsoft actually owns a piece of Facebook, having bought in for $240 million in 2007. And the two have worked together on projects since then. (Skype now also lets users integrate their news feeds and friends lists.)

Getting a product in front of Facebook’s 600 million or so users would be huge.

5. Bring some juice back to Hotmail

By virtue of its ties to Microsoft, Hotmail still has tons of users worldwide. But do you know anybody who’s excited about it?

For the past year or two, Microsoft has been punching up Hotmail, an e-mail service that has lost considerable cool points in the wake of Gmail’s rise.

If Microsoft managed to seamlessly integrate Skype-quality video chat into Hotmail, it would definitely turn some heads.

May 11, 2011 at 5:01 am Leave a comment

YouTube to challenge iTunes’ supremacy with launch of on-demand Hollywood movie service

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YouTube will challenge Apple’s worldwide supremacy in downloadable movie services by launching its own on-demand Hollywood film stream, it has been revealed.

The world’s largest video sharing site will begin streaming mainstream Hollywood movies as early as this week after having licenses granted by major studios including Sony, Warner Brothers and Universal.

The service, which is expected to be announced soon by YouTube, will provide a major challenge to Apple’s iTunes service, which is currently the most powerful and lucrative in paid video streaming.

Many independent movie studios have also signed up to the YouTube service, including Lionsgate and Kino Lorber.

According to executives close to the deal, YouTube bosses have been working hard to secure the agreement of all major Hollywood studios before officially announcing the deal.

Although several large firms have agreed to the proposed terms, it is thought others like Paramount, Fox and Disney are yet to sign up with the video sharing giant.

The new service will provide a substantial new revenue stream for Hollywood studios, at a time when home entertainment revenues continue to decline.

A spokesperson for YouTube stated that it has already rented movies for a year, but would not comment further on the proposed further plans.

‘We’ve steadily been adding more and more titles since launching movies for rent on YouTube over a year ago, and now have thousands of titles available,’ a spokesperson said.

‘Outside of that, we don’t comment on rumor or speculation.’

A senior executive at a Hollywood studio who have signed a deal with YouTube told ‘We think it will start with VOD, but broaden to include sell-through over time.

‘We are pretty excited because we are happy to see new entrants come in transactionally rather than a subscription model.’

The service is the biggest studio video on demand deal since all the major studios signed on to Apple’s iTunes rental service in January 2008.

As part of the agreement, YouTube’s 130 million monthly users will be able to pay to watch movies as they come out into the DVD market.

February 4, 2011 at 8:18 am 1 comment

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