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  • The Impressionists land in Normandy

    In the north east of France, there's a land that boasts traditional towns as charming as Honfleur, and as aristocratic as Deauville; a land dotted with unforgettable monuments such Mont-St-Michel, and with a generous selection of unspoiled beaches, local markets and delightful rural trails. It isn't hard to lose your heart to Normandy, but if you need an extra reason, we might just have found one for you: the area is celebrating a festival that promises to become one of the great cultural events of the European summer. The experts assure us that without the colours and the unspoiled landscapes

  • 'X Factor' gets off to a spicy start as Geri Halliwell makes her debut as guest judge

    As a former member of the Spice Girls, Geri Halliwell is certainly well versed in the music industry. And the singer no doubt put that experience to good use as she made her X Factor debut in Glasgow this week as the temporary replacement for expectant Dannii Minogue. The show's newest judge, 37, joined Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole and Louis Walsh in Scotland as hundreds of hopefuls arrived for the first round of auditions. Having stayed in the five star Hotel Du Vin along with Simon and Louis, Geri looked fresh for her first appearance on the show in a simple but stylish

  • Meet the parents: Renee Zellweger shares a special moment with Bradley Cooper's dad

    Since the start of their romance in the summer of 2009, Renee Zellweger and Bradley Cooper have quietly and quickly settled into a serious relationship. And in that time, the actress has also cultivated a strong bond with the A-Team star's parents; taking mother Gloria to a glitzy fashion do as her special guest earlier this year, and even spending last Christmas with the Cooper family. It seems her considerable charm is not lost on Bradley's father either. The Bridget Jones beauty, 41, was seen with her arm wrapped around Charlie Cooper in New York this week as she and her

  • Music stars shine at CMT awards

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  • Fancy footwear: bridal shoes in black and white

    Click on image to view complete gallery of looks At the recent Bridal Weeks in New York, Madrid and Barcelona, designers made one thing clear: black wedding fashion is in. The shade has shown up in various accessories as well as lace detailing and sashes on dresses. A simple way to incorporate this new trend while maintaining a traditional look is with your footwear. Shoes can play a big part on your wedding day - although this will depend on the length of your gown. However, along with the veil they are undoubtedly one of the most important accessories. From peep-toes to sandals, so many styles come in both black

  • What split? Cat Deeley and Jack Houston defy break-up reports with public outing

    Clearly the split rumours surrounding Cat Deeley and Jack Houston are wide of the mark. The couple looked very much together at a private gig by American music producer Timbaland this week. It had been reported that Cat - stunning in a simple, short red dress – was back on the market after Jack had broken up with her to concentrate on his film career. The actor and grandson of legendary film director John Houston is due to appear in the new Twilight movie, Eclipse. Jack, 27, and the Birmingham-born TV presenter were just two of the stylish celebs turning

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  • Surprise guest sends Salma Hayek into panic on US talk show

    Picture the scene. Actress Salma Hayek sitting on a beautiful terrace with stunning views over a clear blue lake, surrounded by lush green trees, chatting about her new film to a TV interviewer. A more relaxing setting for promoting a movie would be hard to imagine. Until, that is, an unwelcome guest slithered into view. A snake emerging from nearby trees on to the set of US TV show Extra sent the Mexican star and her fellow Grown Ups cast members Maya Rudolph and Maria Bello into a state of panic. Inciting cries of terror, the intruder caused a fear-stricken Salma to

  • Iconic weddings: Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti

    How they met Theirs might not have been the most likely of pairings, but Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti's incredible romance is considered one of the greatest modern love stories. It was in 1950 while working as a judge on Italy's 'Miss Eleganza' beauty contest that Carlo first set eyes on his future wife. At the time, he was 37 and a married man, while slum-raised Sophia was just 15 years old. But it was love at first sight. Carlo, the producer behind classic films such as Doctor Zhivago, is credited with preparing Sofia for stardom, arranging for her to study acting and learn


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