Playboy founder Hugh Hefner has confirmed that the magazine will soon be available on iPad.
Hefner, 84, took to his Twitter page to confirm that the entire uncensored Playboy catalogue will be available from March.
"Big news! Playboy-both old and new-will be available on iPad beginning in March," Fox News quoted Hefner as tweeting on his official feed.
"The iPad version of Playboy will include the whole magazine from the first issue to the latest. Playboy on iPad will be uncensored," he wrote.
The announcement comes despite Apple's notorious censorship policy.
But Hefner's statement has been clarified by Playboy spokesman Theresa Hennessey, who said that the comely centrefolds and sensual snaps from the magazine won't be available in an iPad app after all.
"We are releasing a web-based subscription service with Bondi Digital Publishing that will give users access to every issue of Playboy both past and present," she said.
"The service will be iPad-compatible and will utilize iPad functions.
"Playboy's engineers also have plans to release a non-nude version of a Playboy-branded iPad app in the coming months that adheres to all of Apple's policies and guidelines," she added.
Digital magazine publisher Bondi Digital, which admitted that it was powering the eye-popping iPad app, will be producing the men's magazine.
"I can confirm that we are in development with them," Bondi co-founder David Anthony said.
"You'll be able to access Playboy via the browser in your tablet and use the same password to access it on your computer," he stated.
Those seeking Playboy's titillating photos will access Bondi's custom website, not the app, which will, of course, be censored.
Playboy founder Hugh Hefner has confirmed that the magazine will soon be available on iPad.
HollywoodNews.com: It seems that one of the Kardashian sisters has had her fill of Twitter for now as she is going to give it up for a little bit.
But which Kardashian sister is sick of the “negativity” that is flooding Twitter and is “out of control”?
Khloe Kardashian has reportedly decided to give Twitter a break after she saw so much negativity being written, states UsMagazine.com. “I’m signing off Twitter for a little so I can remain my positive self,” Khloe wrote about not letting Twitter get to her.
Wonder if husband Lamar Odom’s interview with ‘Playboy’ had anything to do with it especially after he said he was surprised by her intelligence and said she was “not small.”
What do you think bothered Khloe Kardashian?
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British Novelist Dame Beryl Bainbridge died at the age of 75 on Friday after battling cancer, her literary agent said.
Liverpool-born Bainbridge, nominated for the Man Booker prize on five occasions and two-time winner of the Whitbread award for fiction, died at a London hospital in the early hours.
Her publicist Susan de Soissons of Little Brown & Company said: "she was one of the huge doyennes of literature and everyone adored her."
Her bestsellers include "An Awfully Big Adventure," "Master Georgie" and the "Dressmaker."
"Every Man for Himself," set on the sinking Titanic, shot her into the media spotlight when it became swept up in the publicity surrounding the hit Hollywood film.
In 2008, she featured in a Times newspaper list of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945. She was made a dame in 2000.
(Reporting by Stefano Ambrogi; Editing by Steve Addison)
Everyone knows there’s no better way for a star to show off their hot bod than to hit up an equally hot spot in Los Angeles. So where’d Britney Spears go to flaunt her perfect figure? INF Daily found her at Denny’s. Sure, the wait was long, but Brit got to sneak under the velvet ropes and cut to the front of the line. Talk about working the red (gray) carpet. Once inside, she threw off her sexy (plaid) shirt, put her feet up on the booth, and noshed on some classic celeb fare: Moons Over My Hammy.
Afterwards Spears and boyfriend Jason Trawick hit up the hottest after party spot in town: The Gas Station. Wait, we mean the gas station. No caps on that. We tease, but we also gotta give Brit props: she may still patronize grubby places, but you can’t tell from looking at her anymore. She’s in a dress the color of a traffic cone and she looks amazing. Hard to do.
Jay-Z and Justin Bieber. Kanye West and T.I. John Legend and Prince.
Hosted by Queen Latifah, Sunday night's BET Awards promise to be a star-studded affair, and organizers say it will be packed with more performances than in previous years.
West and T.I. will make their TV comebacks on the show. West is set to perform, returning to the spotlight after keeping a low profile since last year's MTV Video Music Awards, when the rapper swiped the microphone from stunned "Best Female Video" winner Taylor Swift and declared that Beyonce should have won the award. T.I. will also return to the stage for his first televised performance since his release from prison in December.
Legend and Prince will receive special honors at Sunday's ceremony, to be broadcast live from the Shrine Auditorium. Legend will be presented with BET's humanitarian award for his work the Show Me campaign, which aims to eradicate poverty worldwide through education and health care. The artist currently known as Prince will be feted with musical tributes as the recipient of the network's lifetime achievement award.
The BET Awards honor the year's best in music, sports and film in 19 categories.
Jay-Z leads nominees with five nods, including best male hip-hop artist and two for video of the year, for "Empire State of Mind" and "Run This Town."
Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Trey Songz and Melanie Fiona have four nominations each.
Bieber, the tween sensation, is up for best new artist, while fellow tween star, Selena Gomez, is nominated for the Young Stars award.
Winners are selected by a voting academy comprising industry insiders and executives, music journalists and a group of fans randomly selected by BET.com.
-SANDY COHEN, AP Entertainment Writer
LAS VEGAS – Bidders from around the world bought up Michael Jackson memorabilia worth nearly $1 million at an auction on the anniversary of his death, including $190,000 for the Swarovski-crystal-studded glove he wore on his 1984 Victory Tour.
The bidding that began Friday on more than 200 items was "unlike anything we've ever experienced," said Darren Julien of Julien's Auctions, which ran the auction at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.
Some items, like the glove, brought 10 times more than their estimated value, he said.
"It just shows you Michael Jackson is the most sought after and most collectible celebrity of all time. It was just phenomenal," Julien told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
"People flew in from Asia, Russia, all over. Now that he's gone, we now realize the true legend we lost," said Julien, who has not had a similar auction in his 15 years in the business. He predicted the sales would easily top $1 million by the time the auction wrapped up Sunday.
The glove had been expected to sell for between $20,000 and $30,000. The $190,000 sale price included the buyer's premium of $30,000, a standard industry fee that goes to the auction house, Julien said.
The winning bidder was Wanda Kelley of Los Angeles, who also bought a number of Jackson's albums at the auction, the Las Vegas Sun reported. She said she was prepared to go higher if necessary.
"Let's just say I wasn't walking out of here without that glove," she said.
A pair of Jackson's stage-worn loafers that were listed as worth $2,000 to $3,000 went for $90,000.
The custom jacket that the pop singer was wearing during his interview with Barbara Walters was listed at $6,000 to $8,000. It sold for $120,000.
A white Fedora sold for $56,250. One of the last autographs Jackson signed, and dated June 24, 2009, in his handwriting, went for $21,000.
Non-Jackson items that sold at the auction included:
- A Jimi Hendrix Fender guitar for $180,000.
- Prince's "Purple Rain" handwritten lyrics, which sold for $66,000.
- An Elvis Presley shirt worn in 1956 on "The Milton Berle Show," which fetched $61,200.
PARIS — Kylie Minogue proved that in the name of charity, she's capable of selling the shirt off her back.
The petite Australian pop star auctioned off her black halter dress at a swanky AIDS benefit Friday night on the margins of Paris' menswear week.
The Jean Paul Gaultier number, which bristled with little plissed spikes, fetched US$24,770.
Other lots included a lambskin vest by California-born designer Rick Owens and a 1980 photograph by Robert Mapplethorpe titled "Leather Crotch."
The soiree raised $180,000 for the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), a non-profit organization that supports HIV/AIDS research.
Held in Chez Maxim's restaurant and club in central Paris, the dinner auction attracted top names in the French fashion scene, including underwear designer Chantal Thomass, model Mark Vanderloo and Gaultier — the one-time enfant terrible who gave the world Madonna's pointy cone bra.
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Infidelity is as old as the hills. Yet we are obsessed with keeping it under wraps. Every now and then, Bollywood takes a tentative step to bring it out of the closet. The latest effort at ‘exploring’ extramarital relationships is Mr Singh Mrs Mehta, which releases this Friday. This low-budget film is already a talking point for its 34 kisses, nudity and even the ‘unhappiness’ of the director’s wife over some of the nude scenes. Sadly, no one talks about the content of the film.
No one is discussing the change in marriage commitments in India, or their fluidity and instability. So when news of the Tiger Woods’ affair breaks, we devour every salacious detail. The mainstream media reports it on the front page and jokes, videos, blogs and SMS forwards fly thick and fast. You may even get SMS forwards bundled with those on Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. But what have you heard of on Indian sportsmen, actors, businessmen or other celebrities?
The fact is that affairs happen and they happen across regions and classes. There’s nothing like a rich man/woman’s affair versus a middle-class affair. The only difference is likely to be the celebrity’s ability to muzzle his/her affair. Remember Tarannum Khan? The bar dancer turned crorepati with alleged links to hi-profile ‘clients’? That’s right; she faded from press reports after 2005-6.
Why don’t we discuss the gravity of extramarital relationships? What inherent loneliness or emptiness is plaguing us to look for closeness outside of marriage? Why reduce social problems to soaps? Let’s begin by acknowledging them. Pretense and denial can obfuscate the truth. The truth is that infidelity is rampant and has been pervasive in Indian society.
Why then are we playing some sort of pretend game, pretending that sex doesn’t exist? After all, affairs or scandals are unlikely to ruin a politician or sports star’s career. It may hurt their personal life, perhaps. In India, we regularly vote for those with criminal charges, even murder, against them. I think an affair would pale in comparison.
In any case, celebrity affairs in India are always hushed up. Did we hear of the romps of politicians and stars with hidden mistresses? A story or two may surface, only to be brushed under the carpet.
I can still live with double standards and hypocrisy of the rich and powerful. What’s difficult to live with is the pain of a friend coping with a third partner in a marriage.
So while the rich and powerful may not own up and buy their way into muzzling the media, it should not give them the impunity to live the way they want in private while continuing to lecture others in public.
For the rest of us, let’s address a social trend which is likely to spiral into an emotional tsunami.
Jessica Simpson feels men imagine undressing her after ex boyfriend John Mayer compared her to "sexual napalm” in an interview.
The singer revealed that she felt uncomfortable being in public.
"I''ll walk into a restaurant and I feel like men are looking at me. I feel like they''re undressing me," the New York Daily News quoted her as saying on The View.
The blonde also dismissed Mayer’s apology.
She added, "He''ll never have this napalm again!"
The controversy surrounding Tiger Woods and his sex life has become food for thought in a hilarious upcoming ad by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
The animal activists were said to be known for their controversial advertising campaigns and their willingness to court celebrities and capitalize on controversy.
PETA seemed to lived up to the alleged reputation after featuring a picture of the ace golfer with the message, “Too much sex can be a bad thing…. for little tigers too. Help keep cats (and dogs) out of trouble: Always Spay and neuter”, RadarOnline reported.
PETA was quick to say that the disgraced star had not endorsed the ads, which are set to run on billboards on various sites, including those near to Woods’ home in Florida.
PETA’s Executive Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch said: “The millions of cats and dogs born each year in this country without good homes to go to don’t make tabloid headlines, but their suffering is 100 percent real.”
Woods has been on an indefinite break from professional golf after admitting infidelity followed by reports that linked to him as many as 19 mistresses.
Pop star Michael Jackson died Thursday following a cardiac arrest at his home in Los Angeles, officials said. He was 50.
Paramedics were called to the singer's home around midday local time Thursday after he stopped breathing and suffered a suspected cardiac arrest.
He was rushed by ambulance to a local medical centre, but his death was announced shortly afterwards.
The star, who had a history of health problems, had been due to begin a series of comeback concerts in Britain July 13.
Concerns were raised last month when four of the concerts were postponed, but organisers insisted the dates had been moved due to the complexity of staging the show.
A spokeswoman for The Outside Organisation, which was organising the publicity for the shows, said she had no comment at this time.
Uri Gellar, a close friend of the star, told BBC News: "I'm devastated - it's very, very sad.
"I'm still trying to hold on to the glimmer that it's not true. It's too surreal for me to absorb that Michael is no longer with us."
DJ Paul Gambaccini added: "There's no doubt (his) records will be listened to for decades to come.
"There will be millions of people in the world who will have extreme emotional reactions."
US media reports said paramedics were called to the singer's house in Bel Air at midday.
They performed CPR on Jackson and rushed him to the UCLA medical centre.
Crowds have begun to gather outside the facility, whose emergency centre has been roped off by police.
Jackson began his career as a child in family group The Jackson 5.
He then went on to achieve global fame as a solo artist with smash hits such as "Billie Jean" and "Bad".
"Thriller", released in 1982, is the biggest-selling album of all time, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
But the singer had been dogged by controversy and money trouble in recent years, becoming a virtual recluse.
He was arrested in 2003 on charges of molesting a 14-year-old boy, but was found not guilty following a five-month trial.
The star has three children, Michael Joseph Jackson Jr, Paris Michael Katherine Jackson and Prince Michael Jackson II.
He is survived by his mother, Katherine, father, Joseph and eight siblings - including Janet, Randy, Jermaine and La Toya Jackson.
Former glamour model Katie Price a.k.a. Jordan came under the attack of a six-strong group of young men while she was partying at a club in Ibiza.
The drunken clubbers taunted Jordan, 31, a mother of three, after they forced their way into the VIP area at the club, and shouted at her “We love Pete!”. They chanted insults and threatened the star before being manhandled away by a team of bouncers.
"Jordan looked stunned and frightened. These blokes were shouting some unrepeatable things and trying to get at her,” the Daily Star quoted a witness as saying.
Jordan’s party blitz on Ibiza has left other Brits on the Spanish island directing abuse at her, with one hen-night group wearing “Team Pete” tops to get their message across.
She incited further fury after she was seen clubbing for the third night on June 21, wearing her most outrageous outfit yet, with her new man Anthony Lowther, 28, dressed as Tarzan to show off his bulging muscles.
The pair ended up being the subject of ridicule when they entered the Boho club. One girl started singing: “Who let the dogs out?” and another shouted within earshot of Jordan: “Ain’t you a bit old to be in that swimsuit, love?”
Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie has warned Jennifer Aniston to stay away from her partner Brad Pitt and has asked her to stop sending text messages to him.
According to dailymail.co.uk, Jolie is apparently not very happy with Aniston still being close to Pitt. Reports claim that Jolie sent the messages from Pitt's mobile and signed off with the initials AJ.
There are reports that Aniston has been sending gifts to Pitt at his office in Los Angele. She is trying to stay close to her ex-husband just in case his relationship with Jolie doesn't work out.
"Jen is such a thoughtful person. She sends little gifts to his Plan B production offices in LA if she spots something he might like. And she'll send him daily motivators - quotes from self-help books she reads about staying positive. It must really lift his spirits," said a source close to them.