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Most of us have a handful of celebrities that we would love to get an autograph from. Mine include all the members of the band Bon Jovi, the actor Johnny Depp, and Denver Broncos kicker Jason Elam. Yet getting celebrity autographs isn’t something you can just do because you want to. Even if you make it to a concert or filming of shows there is often very little chance of that type of interaction.
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Don’t rule out it ever happening though as you may just get lucky. In many instances it comes down to being at the right place at the right time. Make sure you have a pen and paper ready too. Of course if you have a photo that is great too. If the celebrity knows they will be offering autographs they often carry photos with them as well. Some celebrities are very free with signing autographs while others find it to be a task they don’t want to be part of.
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Sometimes there are events hosted where you will be sure to meet the celebrity and get an autograph. These are very exciting events but you had better plan to wait in line for a very long time. You aren’t going to be the only one interested in that particular celebrity. Some events including Country Jam makes sure that as many people get the autographs they want as possible.
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Sometimes you can get one from a fan club if you join as well. Many of them have a membership fee. One of the many perks is to receive an autograph from the celebrity. Most of us will likely have to settle for a celebrity autograph from a different method though. We may have to buy one from someone else that would rather than the money than the autograph.
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Some of them are extremely affordable while others are outright ridiculous. Still, some collectors and true die hard fans are willing to pay a premium price for that original signature. There is also the problem though of people forging the autographs of various celebrities. With the right tool it can be copied well enough that it can appear quite original to the naked eye.

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Celebrity Autographs

Celebrity Autographs

Most of us have a handful of celebrities that we would love to get an autograph from. Mine include all the members of the band Bon Jovi, the actor Johnny Depp, and Denver Broncos kicker Jason Elam. Yet getting celebrity autographs isn’t something you can just do because you want to. Even if you make it to a concert or filming of shows there is often very little chance of that type of interaction.

Don’t rule out it ever happening though as you may just get lucky. In many instances it comes down to being at the right place at the right time. Make sure you have a pen and paper ready too. Of course if you have a photo that is great too. If the celebrity knows they will be offering autographs they often carry photos with them as well. Some celebrities are very free with signing autographs while others find it to be a task they don’t want to be part of.

Sometimes there are events hosted where you will be sure to meet the celebrity and get an autograph. These are very exciting events but you had better plan to wait in line for a very long time. You aren’t going to be the only one interested in that particular celebrity. Some events including Country Jam makes sure that as many people get the autographs they want as possible.

Sometimes you can get one from a fan club if you join as well. Many of them have a membership fee. One of the many perks is to receive an autograph from the celebrity. Most of us will likely have to settle for a celebrity autograph from a different method though. We may have to buy one from someone else that would rather than the money than the autograph.

Some of them are extremely affordable while others are outright ridiculous. Still, some collectors and true die hard fans are willing to pay a premium price for that original signature. There is also the problem though of people forging the autographs of various celebrities. With the right tool it can be copied well enough that it can appear quite original to the naked eye.

Celebrities On Reality Tv

Celebrities On Reality Tv

Is it me or are we seeing more and more former celebrities and celebrities on the C or D list on television nowadays? Practically anywhere you look on television you can find former stars trying to make a comeback.

Do you like heavy metal musicians from the 70’s and 80’s? Check out Gene Simmons from KISS on VH1, Tommy Lee (the drummer from Motley Crue) going to college on NBC, or the lead singer from Warrant on Celebrity Fit Club. Like hip-hop? Bobby Brown has his own show on Bravo. Boy bands more your thing? Joey McIntyre danced up a storm on Dancing with the Stars.

How about aging sports stars? Jose Canseco is one of the housemates on The Surreal Life 5, and we all got to see Evander Holyfield strut his stuff on ABC this summer. Hulk Hogan has his own show on VH1.

We also have the opportunity to see television stars from previous decades – remember Balki on Perfect Strangers? He’s also one of the roommates on The Surreal Life 5. Willie Aames from Charles in Charge and Eight is Enough is on Celebrity Fit Club. Who didn’t love John O’Hurley (of Seinfeld fame) on Dancing with the Stars?

Comediennes also have a place on reality television. Victoria Jackson was great on Saturday Night Live – now she’s trying to lose weight on Celebrity Fit Club. Kathy Griffin has her own show on Bravo titled, interestingly enough, My Life on the D List.

Reality television is even going so far to have the children of rich and famous people star in their shows. E! has a show called Filthy Rich Cattle Drive, where the children of the rich and famous have to rough it on a ranch.

I don’t know about you, but my favorite reality shows are ones where the stars are real people. I think it’s great to see someone considered a regular person (or average) succeed with a record contract or with a large cash prize. It’s sometimes hard to route for the rich and famous – I’d rather see the poor and unknown person succeed on reality tv.

Celebrities Tear Up The Track For Kids Charity. 30th Anniversary Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race

Celebrities Tear Up The Track For Kids Charity. 30th Anniversary Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race

For the past 29 years, celebrities from film, television, music and sports have taken their spots on the starting grid behind the wheel of a revved-up Toyota sports coupe while racing through the streets of Long Beach, California as part of the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race. Over 370 fan favorites such as Cameron Diaz, George Lucas, Ashley Judd, Lil’ Kim, Sean Astin, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Gene Hackman, Clint Eastwood, Woody Harrelson, Karl Malone, Kelsey Grammer, Jay Leno, Matt LeBlanc, Queen Latifah, Joe Montana, Patrick Dempsey, John Elway and dozens of others have tested their skills racing through 10 laps of heart-pounding, action-packed turns at over 100 mph-all for the benefit of children’s hospitals.

A highlight of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race is the longest-running corporate-sponsored event of its kind.

Stars competing for the checkered flag show up race weekend with much more than a camera-ready smile. Participants commit to eight days of charity involvement, car preparation and actual racing, including an intensive four-day training session that teaches stars how to properly handle the vehicles and how to manage the complexities of the track. After completing training, they hit the street course in Long Beach for a practice session, followed by the actual race (April 8), which rips and roars to a cheering crowd of tens of thousands, as well as on national television.

"The excitement and competition is fierce," said Les Unger, national motorsports manager at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. "Celebrities sign up thinking this race will be a friendly competition for a good cause. Come race day, rivalries and friendships have developed, setting the stage for an exciting and dramatic display of adrenaline. It’s fun to watch the transformation from celebrity to race car driver."

After competing in the 2005 race, Patrick Dempsey, who plays Dr. Derek Shepherd on ABC’s "Grey’s Anatomy," now dabbles in professional racing as a hobby and will be classified in the "pro" category for the 2006 race. "Toyota puts on a great event that’s a lot of fun, very competitive and most importantly for a great charity cause. I had such a great experience last year that I jumped at the chance to be involved again," said Dempsey.

In addition to learning the tricks and trades of competitive racing, the star-studded group raises money for "Racing for Kids," a national organization benefiting children’s hospitals. Each year, the celebrities visit Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach to spend time with sick and recovering children, evoking smiles, laughter and inspiration. Since 1991, the race has raised more than $1.3 million for charity. Donations are split equally between Miller Children’s and Children’s Hospital of Orange County.

The 2006 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race will take place on Saturday, April 8 through the streets of downtown Long Beach, California and will be broadcast nationally on SPEED.

A highlight of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race is the longest-running corporate charity event of its kind.

The Bigger the Carat the Better the Wedding?

The Bigger the Carat the Better the Wedding?

Ahh . . . sweet romance.
The flowers. The chocolate. The late night whispers of “I love you.”
For most people in love, the culmination of months of togetherness and special friendship comes down to one single moment: The marriage proposal – - featuring a simple, but elegant, diamond engagement ring.
Of course, if you’re a celebrity, a simple ring may not have enough wattage to suit your tastes. Thus, we see many celebrities sporting five-carat to seven-carat diamond studded engagement and wedding rings.
Well, if you can afford it, why not flaunt it, right?
Take for instance the recent marriages of Britney Spears and Star Jones. When Britney Spears got engaged to her former back up dancer, Kevin Federline, she promptly bought herself an awesome-looking five-carat diamond engagement ring. (Does anyone really believe that Kevin bought this for her on his dancer’s salary?)
Britney bought herself the ring she felt she deserved – nothing wrong with that. Then, she and Kevin quickly made the leap to matrimony in a matter of months with a surprisingly nice (no lip kissing of Madonna) wedding ceremony.
As for Star Jones, it’s not known whether her stunning seven-carat princess cut diamond ring was bought or donated, but she too happily skipped off to a wedding ceremony with all the trimmings.
So, does all this extra diamond wattage mean that celebrities have a better wedding ceremony than everyone else?
Absolutely, not.
There’s absolutely no proof that their multi-carat diamond rings and fancy wedding accommodations gave them any more satisfaction at the alter than Joe and Jane Doe’s down right sparse nuptials in a run-down back yard.
Buying the biggest and fanciest diamond engagement ring on the planet doesn’t guarantee anything but a nice piece of ice jewelry to show off to your family and friends. Other than that, celebrities have the same odds for a successful, happy union as the rest of us.
And that’s the way it should be.

The Little Church of the West: A Historical Las Vegas Wedding Chapel

The Little Church of the West: A Historical Las Vegas Wedding Chapel

The Little Church of the West is probably one of the most historical wedding chapels in Las Vegas. Around since 1942 this chapel, which is located on the South end of Las Vegas Strip, has married thousands of couples over the years including many celebrities. It is listed on the National Registry of Historical Places and is the oldest existing structure on the Las Vegas Strip.

The charming chapel seats up to fifty and is made of California redwood on the exterior and cedar on it’s interior. It offers four wedding packages which range from about $200 to around $500. The beginning package, which goes for $200, includes a chapel wedding, photos, music, and flowers for the bride and groom. The most expensive package, the luxury package, comes with a larger photography package, a video of the ceremony, and flowers for not only the bride and groom, but for the maid of honor and best man as well. This package also comes with an organist instead of recorded music.

Other services offered by the chapel include Spanish and German speaking ministers, vow renewals, and transportation including a limousine that seats six. The chapel also offers web cam broadcasting of your wedding ceremony.

As I mentioned earlier, many notable celebrities have chosen this wedding chapel to say their vows at. Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford were married there in the early 1990s and Mickey Rooney said I do there eight times to eight different women. Other celebrities who have said nuptials there include Red Foxx, Judy Garland, David Cassidy, Robert Goulet, and Dudley Moore.

The Little Church of the West is a beautiful chapel and it’s rich history makes it even more appealing to couples wanting to get married in Las Vegas. In a city that is quick to implode anything and everything, the Little Church of the West has survived and is sure to be around to marry many more couples in the years to come.

April Celebrities Share The Diamond Birthstone With You

April Celebrities Share The Diamond Birthstone With You

If you are still young enough to admit you have birthdays and your birthday falls in April then you already know the diamond is April’s birthstones. Celebrities who already have a love affair with diamonds are even more apt to be seen wearing diamonds if their birthday is in April. There are many April celebrities that share the diamond birthstone with you.
But did you know that the diamond is also deep in mystical powers from ancient times? It is said to enhance ones competence, trust and love relationships.

Diamonds also have a long history in their medicinal qualities. During ancient times diamonds were believed to heal illness. Diamonds were first placed into the bed to warm the diamond to enhance their healing qualities.

It is even said that over the centuries Cupid’s arrows were tipped in diamonds and thus it earned its reputation as the perfect gift of love.
The white and brilliant hues diamonds signify life, joy and innocence. But really diamonds come in a wide range of colors other than white which includes shades of gray, brown, yellow, blue, red, and green.
Pre 1400’s diamonds were only available to those of royal blood who were the only people able to wear the symbol of courage and invincibility. During the mid 1400s The Archduke Maximillian gave a diamond ring to Mary of Burgundy beginning the long tradition of diamond engagement rings which is still carried on today.

The practice of wearing a diamond engagement ring on the third finger often referred to as the ring finger began in Egyptian times because it was believed the vein of love ran through this finger directly to the heart.
Besides being the birthstone for April there is no gift that is more symbolic of love than a diamond and no more convincing promise of eternal and everlasting love.

Ancient Greeks believed that diamonds were splinters of stars that had fallen from the sky making a visit to earth. Others revered to diamonds as Gods Tears or dew drops. The origin of the first diamond has never been solved and remains a mystery to geologists and sciences even today.
Initially geologists thought that India was the first river-bed source for mining diamonds. The ancient Hindus called the diamond Vajra which means lightening. It earned this name because of its incredible strength and the light rays it emitted. Besides being the most beautiful gem they are also the hardest substance found on earth. Diamonds have been mined Botswana, Australia, Russia and South Africa, and recently Canada has been added to that list.

April does have an alternative birthstone which is the opal. Unlike diamonds which are simply crystallized carbon, opals are found deep within the earth where the intense heat develops this beautiful stone.
So even though there are many April celebrities that share the diamond birthstone with you the diamond is a celebrity and star all on its own. Recognized back to ancient times for its symbol of love and its beautiful brilliance.

Why Celebrity Diets Don’t Work For Non-Celebrities

Why Celebrity Diets Don’t Work For Non-Celebrities

The problem of obesity and being overweight afflicts millions of people around the world. No wonder, the preparation and marketing of diet and fitness programs have become a billion-dollar industry. But perhaps there is no other group of people that is more concerned about weight loss than those in the entertainment industry. In a job where a few extra pounds can cause an actor to lose a movie role, the use of weight loss programs and other fitness fads has become a necessity. In fact, being on a diet is already a given for actors in Hollywood.

For her role in the movie, Tomb Raider, Angelina Jolie went on a diet of steamed meat, vegetables and soya milk. She revealed that prior to making the movie, she did not normally eat breakfast but just smoked cigarettes and drank a lot of coffee. Jolie also said that she stopped using sugar on any of the food she consumed.

Madonna, on the other hand, has kept her figure by engaging regularly in yoga and by following a macrobiotic diet that consisted of whole grains, beans, vegetables, and all-natural sweeteners such as rice syrup, barley malt, and maple syrup.

Jessica Alba, the famous star from the t.v. series, Dark Angel, may be the earliest dieter in Hollywood. Starting when she was 12 years old, Jessica Alba says that her breakfast consisted only of egg whites and fruits. She added that she usually ate salad for lunch and vegetables or chicken for dinner.

Unlike her fellow female artists, Jennifer Lopez eats a lot of junk food when she is not doing any movie or if she is not preparing for a music video.

These artists get paid millions of dollars each year not only for their skills and talents in singing or acting. They also earn mega-bucks for product endorsements, magazine pictorials, and other business deals that involve the use of their pictures or images. The hair, face, and body of a Hollywood superstar are all quite literally the tools of the trade, or more appropriately, their investments. The better they look physically, the more movie or recording contracts they usually get. Of course, a little scandal here and the latest buzz there helps put them in showbiz headlines, too.

But for the most part, their physical image is the commodity that is bought by an eager public that follows their every movie or song. Some fans even copy their movie idols hairstyle or way of dressing. That is why it should be no surprise why the icons of Hollywood spend large sums of money to look good via natural means such as exercise, or through artificial methods such as botox injections and face lifts.

A lot of attention has been put into the so-called “celebrity diets” not only because these are supposed to be the “secrets” followed by the movie and music stars who are now in great physical shape. These diets have also been getting attention because not all of these diets are effective. The “Hollywood 48-Hour Miracle Diet” and other celebrity diets are usually low in carbohydrates and calories. Some are just simple methods to lose “body water” and do not really promote health and fitness. Still, many people buy into these “miracle programs” because they somehow believe that they can achieve the same results.

But there are marked differences between how everyday people like you and me go on a diet compared to how the celebrities do it. There are also reasons why some of these celebrity diets do not work as well when used by non-celebrities.

Celebrities have incentives to lose weight since their careers and their million-dollar contracts depend a great deal on their physical appearance, or at least, according to how Hollywood defines physical beauty. Regular people do not have the same budget for a fitness or diet program. Quite obviously, regular people are not paid a single cent to lose weight — maybe except for those people who join weight reduction contests on television.

Celebrities often spend thousands of dollars to hire their own personal trainer, personal chef, nutritionist, and other support staff. These support staff monitor and motivate the celebrities to follow their fitness routines and diet plan. Regular people usually workout on their own or just receive a few instructions during the first few days at the gym.

So then, what can non-celebrities do to lose those extra pounds?

One good alternative is to visit a doctor and ask for information about the use of a weight loss pill. Aside from doing regular exercise and cutting down on fat and sugar, a serious weight watcher can get a prescription for a weight loss pill that helps reduce the absorption of fat in the intestines. Whenever we eat food with large amounts of fat or sugar, these are absorbed by the body through the intestines. People with irregular schedules or no exercise at all tend to retain the fat and sugars in their bodies. Having no opportunity to shed the excess fat, these people eventually gain weight by having no control over the amount and content of food they consume.

A weight loss pill is usually taken after every meal and, thus, is very convenient to use. A common ingredient found in a weight loss diet pill is called Orlistat. Orlistat is usually sold under the brand name Xenical. Other preparations that offer the same effect are available in the market. However, the best weight loss pill is really a person’s motivation. No fitness fad or rapid weight loss pill will work if a weight watcher is not motivated enough to exercise daily and not disciplined enough follow a sensible eating plan.

Indeed, not everybody was born to become a Hollywood superstar. But everyone can manage how and what they eat. Not all people have the opportunity to have a seven-figure salary or become famous around the world. But everyone can set aside time to exercise and keep one’s self fit. By keeping fit, we all can be stars in terms of our health.

Birthstone Jewelry Beliefs and Celebrity Birthdays

Birthstone Jewelry Beliefs and Celebrity Birthdays

Wearing birthstone jewelry is very popular today. Not only is it fashionable; somehow, it also makes the item feel more personal and part of the wearer’s personality. Almost all gems are believed to be imbued with some special sort of power and this is one of the reasons why it is considered lucky to wear birthstone jewelry. Let’s look at some of the mystical properties and beliefs about these special gems and some famous people who would wear them.

January’s birthstone, the garnet, is believed to have blood purification properties and to protect against poisoning. Actress Faye Dunaway and supermodel Kate Moss are two celebrities who were born in January.

The amethyst, the gem of the month for February, is a symbol of serenity and peace. In addition, it’s reputed to protect the wearer from intoxication. Princess Stephanie of Monaco, singer Roberta Flack and actress Drew Barrymore have amethysts in their birthstone jewelry.

March’s birthstone is the clear blue aquamarine. Perhaps because of its color, it is sacred among sailors, who believe that it will protect them from the perils of the sea. NBA player Shaquille O’Neal, heartthrob Freddie Prinze Jr. and singing legend Liza Minnelli are among the celebrities who are under the protection of the aquamarine.

The eternally stylish and elegant diamond is April’s birthstone. Believed to symbolize true love, it is the most popular gem used in wedding rings. Among the notables having diamond birthstone jewelry are England’s Queen Elizabeth II, actress Jessica Alba and tennis player Andre Agassi.

May’s birthstone is the enigmatic emerald. Some people believe that emeralds are magic and had the ability to make the wearer psychic. Famous people having the emerald as their birthstone include British Prime Minister Tony Blair, socialite Bianca Jagger and singer Janet Jackson.

The simple and classic pearl is the birthstone for June. It is viewed by various cultures as a symbol of power, love, purity and chastity. Pearl birthstone jewelry celebrities count sex symbols Marilyn Monroe and Angelina Jolie among their numbers.

The red ruby is July’s birthstone. It is believed to help in matters of love and to enhance sexual prowess. Hollywood actor Tom Cruise and the late Diana, Princess of Wales, are among the celebrities born in July.

Birthstone jewelry for August includes the lime green peridot, is traditionally believed to give good sleep and protect the wearer from nightmares. Oscar winner Halle Berry and Grammy winner Whitney Houston are two of the women who count the peridot as their birthstone.

Sapphire is the birthstone for September. It is believed the give the power of precognition and is also linked to joy and peace. Two glamorous figures who can be poster babies for sapphire birthstone jewelry are actresses Brigitte Bardot and Gwyneth Paltrow.

The delicate opal is October’s birthstone. Some cultures believe the opal brings bad luck, while others associate it with innocence and purity. Tony-winning actress Julie Andrews and U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton were born in October.

The topaz is central in November’s birthstone jewelry. Medicine men and women in some cultures used ground topaz in their concoctions to heal asthma, and the birthstone was also reputed to have a calming effect on the quick-tempered. The late Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco and Hollywood actress Demi Moore are two examples of famous November babies.

Finally, we have turquoise as December’s birthstone. The Indians of North America revered this gem because of its power to warn the wearer of danger and because of the luck it brought. Pop princess Britney Spears and film director Steven Spielberg celebrate their birthdays in December.

Wearing birthstone jewelry is a popular tradition that continues to this day. Necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings, brooches and many other dress accessories adorned with these gems are not only fashionable but also more meaningful for the wearer or for the recipients of such gifts. Also, having birthstone jewelry is a reminder that you have at least one thing in common with celebrities!

The Boss Endorses Barack Obama

The Boss Endorses Barack Obama

Folk rock legend Bruce Springsteen endorses Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama. The musician recently posted a letter on his official website that stated his support for the Illinois Senator. The endorsement was posted before a debate between Hillary Clinton and Obama in Philadelphia.

In Springsteen’s letter to fans, he said he supported Obama because he reached out to the same demographic of the USA that the folk rocker’s songs reached out to. The musician believes that Obama’s ideals and dreams for the country reflect his own. He even criticized the detractors of the presidential hopeful for taking attention away from important issues to distract voters.

Bruce Springsteen is only the most recent celebrity to jump on the Obama train. Since the beginning of the caucuses and primaries, all presidential hopefuls have received both financial and vocal support from various celebrities. While some celebrities are content to host fund-raising events or send in checks, others accompany their candidate to public outings and debates and speak out about why they chose a candidate.

The musician is known for his eloquent lyrics and soulful music that deal mostly with the problems of America. His songs have been tied to progressive politics as his lyrics express the concerns of ordinary middle class men and women to make ends meet. Known as “The Boss”, Springsteen is recognized as an icon for the blue collar demographic and it is believed that this will help Obama connect more with those voters. Springsteen also endorsed Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry in the 2004 elections.

Senator Obama has had a lucky string of celebrity endorsers who passionately speak for him and draw attention to his causes and ideals. Most notable among Obama supporters is the talk show host, media mogul, entrepreneur and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey. The internationally known “Queen of TV” publicly spoke about her reasons for endorsing Obama. She sincerely expressed her belief that Obama should be the next president.

However, Obama is not the only one with big names backing his campaign. Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York also has star power enlisted in her campaign. Some prominent Clinton endorsers are Madonna, Barbara Streisand, Steven Spielberg, poet Maya Angelou, the novelists Anne Rice and John Grisham, Quincy Jones, America Ferrera of Ugly Betty fame and musicians 50 Cent, John Mayer and Jon Bon Jovi.

It has been a bit more difficult for Republican candidate John McCain to get endorsements from the predominantly Democratic world of show business. However, he did manage to garner some support from celebrities. Action stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, actor Tim Selleck and Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling are some of the names that support the Arizona senator.

Other celebrities who have endorsed Obama are George Clooney, Will Smith, Halle Berry, Matt Damon, Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, Scarlett Johannsen, Morgan Freeman, Usher, Stevie Wonder, Sharon Stone, Ben Affleck and former basketball player Charles Barkley.