Friday, December 28, 2012

Proof hollywood has no original ideas

Proof Hollywood has no new ideas (at least when it comes to action film posters)

By | Movie Talk – 10 hours ago
Movie posters that look similar(Photo from @Rob__McCallum)One man stands upon an apocalyptic scene.
An ever-so-observant Twitter user -- who also appears to be in the biz -- has pointed out laughable similarities among recent film posters -- some for movies that aren't yet in theaters.
@Rob__McCallum tweeted a link to the above poster compilation on Thursday along with the note, "Time for a new movie poster - get that guy on the line- you know- the poster guy" [via SlashFilm]. (The "After Earth" poster is not Sony's final official version, Yahoo! Movies has confirmed. But yeah, the studio did release it.)
The only poster lacking the aforementioned "one man" is the one from "The Dark Knight Rises." But as it appears in McCallum's collection (top, second from left), you can see how its depiction of crumbling high rise buildings falls right into place. Moreover, the Batman symbol cutout puts forth the same idea as the rest of the posters, which is this: Can this one man save a civilization?
Yes everyone, in Hollywood, the fate of our cities, countries, the world and the universe itself rests upon the savvy, the bravery, the cojones of Just. One. Dude. In "Oblivion" it's Tom Cruise. In "Inception" it's Leonardo DiCaprio. And so on.
To the Yahoo! users who often comment that Hollywood lacks original ideas (and you know who you are!) -- this is proof you are right. At least this time.
Incidentally, McCallum's Twitter profile indicates he is a storyboard and concept artist. And judging from his presumed IMDb profile, which includes the impressive titles "Pacific Rim," "RoboCop" (both due out next year), the recent "Total Recall" remake and "Kick Ass," it appears he is who he says he is.
Ironically, McCallum has worked on a few of the remakes, namely "RoboCop" and "Total Recall," that some of our more vocal users like to rail against for lacking originality.
The posters depicted above come from the following studios (clockwise): Columbia Pictures, Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Sony Pictures Classics, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros., Universal Pictures
Watch 'After Earth' Teaser Trailer:

TV misfires for 2012

TV's biggest misfires in 2012

By | Yahoo! TV – 5 hours ago
We don't envy network executives and showrunners. It's not easy to make good TV! For every "West Wing" or "Homeland," there's a "Tarzan" or a "Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer"; a lot can go wrong between that first inspiring pitch meeting and the show viewers end up watching (or…not watching), and every year, it goes terribly pear-shaped for a handful of shows and specials.
The top five TV flops of 2012 didn't all fail for the same reasons, and a couple of them "shouldn't" have gone awry, but the pre-emptive cancellation earlier today of NBC's controversial "Munsters" reboot, "Mockingbird Lane," prompted us to take a look back at the five biggest televised debacles of the year.

"Mockingbird Lane"

A few critics enjoyed the weird comical/creepy hybrid from "Pushing Daisies" creator Bryan Fuller. Starring Jerry O'Connell as Herman, "Arrested Development" vet Portia de Rossi as Lily, and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa, "Mockingbird Lane" aimed to reboot beloved vintage sitcom "The Munsters" for a modern audience…forgetting that the original isn't very good, and that not everyone enjoys Fuller's brand of whimsy. The $10 million pilot was gorgeous to look at (Bryan Singer of "The Usual Suspects" directed, and made the homage to Tim Burton explicit) – but tonally confusing, sometimes sweet, sometimes gory. It was hard to see where a series order would have taken this particular sitcom reimagined as a dramedy, and it seemed like the creators hadn't given that much thought themselves. It got burned off as a Halloween special on a Friday night, generally a ratings graveyard, and rumors of the show's demise had been swirling for a month by that time. Fuller confirmed in a tweet today that NBC has passed on the show.

Watch the failed "Mockingbird Lane" pilot in full right here:

[Related: Read Yahoo! TV's (positive!) review of "Mockingbird Lane"]

"Brand X With Russell Brand"
Everything about comedian/Katy Perry's estranged husband Russell Brand's FX talk show was awkward: the format, which Brand seemed to chafe at; the studio audience, which was often silent; wingman Matt Stoller, who proved there's an exception to the "opposites attract" rule; and Brand himself, who couldn't recover when jokes bombed (which was often) and evidently wasn't enjoying himself. A recent retooling hasn't improved matters, possible because it sprang from the very desperation that made the show so uncomfortable.<br>

"Liz & Dick"

In fairness to "Liz & Dick," Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were pretty darn campy in real life. The "Cleopatra" period alone is so over-the-top, you can't believe it actually happened, so a movie about their great affair was never going to be long on nuance. But a movie starring Lindsay Lohan as La Liz needn't have bothered with trifles like dialogue or set design; casting Lohan at this point in her "career" guarantees your project won't be taken seriously, and most viewers only tuned in to see the train wreck. That's exactly what they got, but what's worse, the wreck occurred in slow motion; clunky exposition and hungover editing made "Liz & Dick" more boring than bad. Lohan scarcely resembles Taylor, and the days when she could smooth that over with her acting are behind her. Casting one tabloid icon as another doomed the movie from the start.

[Related: The most shocking TV moments of 2012]

"Dancing With The Stars: All-Stars"
Tons of reality shows have done an all-stars season (or more than one) and gotten great ratings, so no doubt the "DWTS" producers figured their own all-stars go-round as a slam dunk. It didn't work out that way. Ratings dropped, occasioning a behind-the-scenes scramble to liven up the season, and its numbers, midstream. Host Tom Bergeron admitted to Yahoo! TV in the fall that he loved the all-star idea, so he hadn't considered that inviting experienced contestants back might take some of the fun out of the show: "People like to see people learn, and have an arc, and kind of struggle a bit." Whether it's the format, the particular stars asked back (how much more Bristol Palin can we take?), or simply bad counterprogramming luck, it was "DWTS" itself that wound up struggling.
"Jersey Shore" spinoffs
If you already had a case of "Jersey Shore" fatigue in, say, 2010, last year was rough for you. The flagship show itself finally drew the curtains a couple of weeks ago, but MTV treated the series finale like a Viking funeral, AND ignored obvious oversaturation levels by spinning off not one but two shows from the original: "Snooki & JWOWW," and "The Pauly D Project." Despite featuring one of the more likeable folks in the house, "The Pauly D Project" felt airless and even more contrived than "JS," with forced catchphrases and "surprise" job offers in Vegas galore, and each half-hour episode seemed to go on for a week. "Snooki & JWOWW" is agonizingly slow roommate B-roll of the girls retailing dated ideas about heterosexual relationships, punctuated by the occasional belch. It could be worse – if Mike Sorrentino gets a talk show called "The Situation Room," we're quitting TV forever – but we can't miss the "JS" cast if they won't go away. And…maybe not even then.

[Photos: The Situation Leads Our List of the Year's Worst Reality TV Stars]

Dishonorable mentions: Britney Spears joined "The X Factor" and ratings dropped; Dane Cook's NBC sitcom got canned before airing an episode; "Work It" was a tone-deaf workplace spin on "Bosom Buddies" that made us hate Amaury Nolasco; "Animal Practice" and "Emily Owens, M.D." wasted the respective talents of Justin Kirk and Mamie Gummer in dull, whiny scripts; "Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp" existed.

Honorable mentions: "The Good Wife" writers miscalculated big-time with Kalinda's husband Nick; the cheesy subplot took screentime away from Kalinda at work, and made her seem like a simp. But showrunners realized their mistake and got rid of the guy in a rare successful course correction.

Obama optimistic about fiscal cliff

Obama ‘modestly optimistic’ Senate leaders will reach ‘fiscal cliff’ deal this weekend

By | The Ticket – 4 hrs ago
(Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)(Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)
Following talks with congressional leaders that yielded no news of  a "fiscal cliff" agreement, President Barack Obama on Friday evening pressured lawmakers to reach a deal this weekend as the public's patience wears thin.
"America wonders why it is that in this town for some reason they can't get stuff done in an organized timetable, why everything always has to wait for the last minute," Obama said during a statement delivered in the White House briefing room. "The American people are not going to have any patience for a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy, not right now."
The president confirmed that following his Friday afternoon meeting with congressional leaders, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have been tasked to reach an agreement to reduce the deficit and avoid the "fiscal cliff"—automatic spending cuts and tax increases set to go into effect Jan. 1.
But in the absence of a deal, Obama said he will "urge" Reid to "bring to the floor a basic package for an up-or-down vote" that would increase taxes on households earning more than $250,000, extend unemployment insurance and disarm a sequestration—provisions the president has supported.
But Republicans have been rejecting any tax increases, even for the wealthiest earners.
"If members of the House or Senate want to vote 'no,' they can," Obama said of his plan. "But we should let everybody vote. That's the way this is supposed to work."
The president referred to Friday's meeting, which also included House Speaker John Boehner, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Vice President Joe Biden and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, as "good and constructive" and said he remained "modestly optimistic" about Congress' ability to reach a deal.
But he blamed Congress for the 11th-hour holdup.
"The economy is growing, but sustaining that trend is going to require elected officials to do their jobs," Obama said.
No details on the proposals offered Friday were released by the White House or the lawmakers present.
According to a readout from the speaker's office, Boehner began the meeting by reminding those gathered "that the House has already acted to avert the entire fiscal cliff and is awaiting Senate action." Plan options were discussed and the speaker said the House will consider Senate-amended, House-passed legislation.
Following the meeting, McConnell said on the Senate floor that he was "hopeful and optimistic" about a deal.
"We had a good meeting down at the White House. We are engaged in discussions—the majority leader and myself and the White House—in the hopes that we can come forward as early as Sunday and have a recommendation that I can make to my conference and the majority leader can make to his conference," McConnell said. "And so we’ll be working hard to try to see if we can get there in the next 24 hours."

Gen H. Norman dies

Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf Dies at 78

H. Norman Schwarzkopf, the retired general credited with leading U.S.-allied forces to a victory in the first Gulf War, has died at age 78, a U.S. official confirmed to ABC News.
He died today in Tampa, Fla., a U.S. official told the Associated Press.
Schwarzkopf, sometimes called "Stormin' Norman" because of his temper, actually led Republican administrations to two military victories: a small one in Grenada in the 1980s and a big one as de facto commander of allied forces in the Gulf War in 1991.
"'Stormin' Norman' led the coalition forces to victory, ejecting the Iraqi Army from Kuwait and restoring the rightful government," read a statement by former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Gulf War. "His leadership not only inspired his troops, but also inspired the nation."
Schwarzkopf's success during what was known as Operation Desert Storm came under President George H.W. Bush, who said today through his office that he mourned "the loss of a true American patriot and one of the great military leaders of his generation."
"Gen. Norm Schwarzkopf, to me, epitomized the 'duty, service, country' creed that has defended our freedom and seen this great nation through our most trying international crises," Bush said. "More than that, he was a good and decent man -- and a dear friend."
Bush's office released the statement though Bush, himself, was ill, hospitalized in Texas with a stubborn fever and on a liquids-only diet.
Schwarzkopf, the future four-star general, was born Aug. 24, 1934, in Trenton, N.J. He was raised as an army brat in Iran, Switzerland, Germany and Italy, following in his father's footsteps to West Point and being commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1956.
Schwarzkopf's father, who shared his name, directed the investigation of the Lindbergh baby kidnapping as head of the New Jersey State Police, later becoming a bridgadier general in the U.S. Army.
The younger Schwarzkopf earned three Silver Stars for bravery during two tours in Vietnam, gaining a reputation as an opinionated, plain-spoken commander with a sharp temper who would risk his own life for his soldiers.
"He had volunteered to go to Vietnam early just so he could get there before the war ended," said former Army Col. William McKinney, who knew Schwarzkopf from their days at West Point, according to ABC News Radio.
In 1983, as a newly-minted general, Schwarzkopf once again led troops into battle in President Reagan's invasion of Granada, a tiny Caribbean island where the White House saw American influence threatened by a Cuban-backed coup.
But he gained most of his fame in Iraq, where he used his 6-foot-3, 240-pound frame and fearsome temper to drive his troops to victory. Gruff and direct, his goal was to win the war as quickly as possible and with a focused objective: getting Iraq out of Kuwait.
"If it had been our intention to take Iraq, if it had been our intention to destroy the country, if it had been our intention to overrun the country, we could have done it unopposed," he said at a military briefing in 1991.
He spoke French and German to coalition partners, showed awareness of Arab sensitivities and served as Powell's operative man on the ground.
Powell today recalled Schwarzkopf as "a great patriot and a great soldier," who "served his country with courage and distinction for over 35 years."
"He was a good friend of mine, a close buddy," Powell added. "I will miss him."
Schwarzkopf retired from the Army after Desert Storm in 1991, writing an autobiography, becoming an advocate for prostate cancer awareness, serving on the boards of various charities and lecturing. He and his wife, Brenda, had three children.
Schwarzkopf spent his retirement in Tampa, home base for his last military assignment as commander-in-chief of U.S. Central Command.
ABC News' Dana Hughes, Gina Sunseri and Polson Kanneth contributed to this report.

Words most liars use

8 Words that Most Liars Use

By | Love + Sex – Fri, Aug 31, 2012 11:09 AM EDT
Liar, liar. Pants on fire.Liar, liar. Pants on fire.Odds are, you and your guy have a great relationship, and the only lies he tells are little fibs. But it's good to know how to spot the signs he could be telling a whopper. Lie detection expert Janine Driver, author of the new book, You Can't Lie to Me, fills us in on the words that give away a liar.

By Korin Miller

Sure, sometimes 'left' is the only word you can use in a situation, but there's some kind of drama involved when he uses it in place of another word that will do (think: "I left the bar at six" vs. "I went home at six"). It could be due to his desire to "leave" the lie behind.

The big thing to look out for is when he says "never" when "no" will do. It's a sign he's overcompensating. For example, if you ask, "Did you just look at that girl's butt?" and he says, "Never!"

Like never, it depends on how he uses it. If he puts "that" in front of a noun, like "that woman" or "that money," it's a subconscious attempt for him to distance himself from the word. This is a common trick of manipulators.

Related: 10 Signs He Wants to Marry You

If he skips "no" and goes straight to "I would never do something like that!" when talking about a past event, be wary. For example, "Are you still talking to your ex?" "I would never do that to you!" "Would never" suggests that he plans to do it in the future.

"Yes, ma'am"
If your guy is a Southern gentleman, then this doesn't apply. But if he suddenly says "ma'am" to you out of nowhere, be cautious. It's a sign that he feels like he's feeling stressed and knows he's in trouble.

"By the way…"
Liars use phrases like this to try to minimize what they say next-but usually it's what's most important to the story. Pay extra attention to what he says afterward.

Related: 6 Ways to Win Over His Friends

Liars usually try to downplay what they say with this word, so pay attention when he says something like, "I know this is going to sound strange, but…" or "I know you think I'm lying, but…"

"Why would I do that?"
It's a favorite stalling line of liars, so they can buy a little time to work out what to say next. These phrases also fit the bill: "What kind of person do you think I am?", "Are you calling me a liar?", and "I knew this was going to happen to me!"

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Best and worst movie trailers

Movie Talk

The best & worst movie trailers of 2012: The good, the bad, and the unfathomable

By | Movie Talk – Wed, Dec 19, 2012 6:11 PM EST
Photos courtesy of Walt Disney, Universal, and Dimension
A good trailer is supposed to make you want to see the movie. A great trailer makes you NEED to see the movie so badly that you’ll remain unfulfilled as a human being until you do. These five best trailers of 2012 did that and more. As for the worst trailers of the year, well, we didn’t rush out to see any of the flicks they’re advertising, but they did make us wonder how the heck the movies got made in the first place. And they sure were fun to write about! Obviously, there are plenty of others that could have made this list, so please let us know your choices in the comments below.

Wreck-It Ralph,” teaser trailer -- After a brief memory-jolting romp through an old-school arcade, the trailer kicks in with the Talking Heads' “Once in a Lifetime” and its catch phrase “same as it ever was,” which sets the tone for Ralph’s existential crisis. As the trailer unfolds, the simple brilliance of the conceit unfolds as well: What happens when an arcade closes? What do the video game characters do when they’re not working? It’s one of those great ideas that seem so obvious you can’t believe it’s never been done before, and you can’t wait to see how the movie will bring the premise to life. Not to mention, our curiosity was beyond piqued as to just what happened to all our old 8-bit pals after we spent so much quality time with them.

"Piranha 3DD"  -- We get that this film doesn’t take itself very seriously, but judging from the trailer, perhaps this B-movie sequel should have taken itself just a little bit seriously. No, we’re not hassling the Hoff; his deft comic touch is always welcome. And we certainly have nothing against the gratuitous flaunting of double D’s. But the premise of this film is way too much to overcome: Even if piranhas have evolved so much that they've figured out how to follow drainage lines into a water park, why would they? Wouldn’t they be more comfortable in nonchlorinated water? OK, you’re right, that’s nitpicking. Let’s officially file this one in the “so bad it’s good” category

Snow White and the Huntsmen,” second theatrical trailer -- It’s easy to say they had us at Charlize Theron’s milk bath, but that’s just one of the stark and stylish images that make this trailer stand out. And the reimagining of the mirror on the wall as a liquid-gold menace is a perfect symbol for just how different this telling of the classic fairy tale will be from the one we’ve grown up with. Then there’s the fact that the heroes of the adventure -- Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth -- don't show up until well after the menace is so deviously established, thus making their evil-squelching presence subconsciously desired.

Not Another Celebrity Movie” -- Lighting? Has anyone heard of lighting? Sound editing? Anyone remember to check the levels? Oh what’s it matter anyway when the cast of celebrity “look-alikes” doesn’t look or sound anything like they’re supposed to? You’re really going to try to get someone to impersonate Brad Pitt when the even real Brad Pitt doesn’t look as beautiful as he did when “Ocean’s Eleven” (2001) came out? Still, it’s worth noting that the guy who plays Charlie Sheen looks the part enough to make us do a double take, seeing as Charlie Sheen could easily end up in a project this bad someday soon.

for the rest of the list go here

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Richest and most spoilt kids in d world

Meet the Most Spoiled Kids in the World

Most kids would be thrilled by a trip to Disney World. But for Suri Cruise a trip to the Magic Kingdom isn't complete without a night in the invitation-only suite at Cinderella's Castle.

And she isn't even the most spoiled kid on this list.

Petra and Tamara Ecclestone, daughters of Formula One racing honcho Bernie Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone with daughters Tamara (L) and Petra (R). (Mark Thompson/Getty Images)Petra and Tamara, the gorgeous and pampered offspring of Bernie Ecclestone, are known for their extravagant spending on everything from handbags to real estate — Petra famously bought an $85 million mansion in L.A. last year.

The daughters, ages 23 and 28, reportedly have access to their father's $4.8 billion-dollar trust, and while Bernie lets them make spending decisions on their own, he hasn't been happy with how they've squandered their inheritance.

"The kids have had access to the money," Ecclestone told The Telegraph last year. "The idea was that they'd buy super-quality property, property that would be long term, for their kids and everything else. Didn't happen. They haven't done that. So they've had access to money which they've spent."

Suri Cruise, daughter of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes

Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise feed giraffes (Getty Premium)Suri has been making tabloid covers since she was born, more often than not for the attention her famous parents lavish on her.

This summer when Tom whisked Suri off to Disney World, the six-year-old stayed in Cinderella's Castle Suite — an apartment originally designed for the Walt Disney family in the Magic Kingdom that cannot actually be booked and is normally reserved for special events, according to People.

It's been reported that Suri's wardrobe is worth $3 million and includes coveted items such as a $2,140 Dolce & Gabbana red trench coat and a rack of dresses from designers like Marc Jacobs, Chloe, Burberry and Juicy Couture.

But exclusive vacations and high-end clothes aren't the only costly things in Suri's life. Mail Online recently reported that Suri's mom is planning to surprise her daughter with an eight foot, $24,000 Grand Victorian Playhouse for Christmas which comes equipped with running water, electricity, and extensive landscaping.

Valentina Paloma Pinault, daughter of Salma Hayek and François-Henri Pinault

YoutubeFive-year-old Valentina is already attending art galas in Italy, vacationing in St. Barts, and working red carpet premieres. But that's what's expected when you're the daughter of a famous movie star and a luxury goods tycoon.

The pint-sized diva is said to be full of personality and brains, just like her parents, Salma Hayek and François-Henri Pinault. She's often caught sticking her tongue out to paparazzi and can speak three languages, English, Spanish, and French.

Her father spends $50,000 a month for a $12 million Los Angeles estate held in trust in Valentina's name, according to Hollywood Life.

Justin Dior Combs, son of Diddy

(L-R) Justin Combs, Sean "Diddy" Combs and Michael Bloomberg (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)Justin Combs, 18, is one lucky kid: for his sixteenth birthday, his rap legend father handed over the keys to a $360,000 silver Maybach, according to US Magazine.

His lavish birthday bash, which was attended by several members of the "Jersey Shore" cast, was featured on an episode of MTV's "My Super Sweet Sixteen."

Justin may live the good life, but he's also a well-rounded teen: he's currently attending UCLA on a hard-earned football scholarship.

Emme Anthony, daughter of Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony

(Venturelli/FilmMagic/Getty)Four-year-old Emme was spotted sitting front and center at the Paris Fashion Week show in October donning more than $2,400 worth of Chanel accessories, including a $310 brooch and a $2,100 bag, according to US Magazine.

But Paris is no big deal for Emme or her twin brother Max, who are used to jetting off in their mom's private plane to international destinations such as Italy, Britain, and Spain. Most recently, the twins accompanied Jennifer to Istanbul, Turkey, when the singer performed for the first time ever.

The twins aren't only spoiled by their mom. The tots' godfather, superstar Tom Cruise, dotes on them, too and reportedly threw them a "$200,000 'Welcome to the World' christening party, complete with matching designer outfits." Rumor has it that the twins were also given diamond rattles, reports Xfinity.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Prince of Dubai

(Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for DIFF)The 29-year-old crown prince of Dubai and son of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, leads a charmed life.

For starters, he drives a diamond-studded, mink-finished Mercedes that's worth an estimated $4.8 million and cruises in the world's largest yacht, which has a $300 million price tag.

He also has an affinity for practicing sports and spends his days scuba diving, sky diving, jet skiing, and body boarding.

He also enjoys traveling. When he was in New York in June, the Prince ordered a $1,000 dessert, which was served in a $300 Baccarat goblet complete with edible gold and Tahitian vanilla ice cream.

Ekaterina Rybolovleva, daughter of Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev

YoutubeRybolovleva, 22, is the college-aged daughter of Dmitry Rybolovlev, a Russian oligarch who's worth an estimated $9 billion.

Last year, she and her dad made headlines when he bought Sandy Weill's $88 million penthouse on the Upper West Side, supposedly for his daughter to use when she is in New York City.

It's the single-most expensive apartment in the Big Apple, according to the International Business Times.The 6,744 square foot pad has "10 rooms including four bedrooms, a wraparound terrace of more than 2,000 sq. feet, four bedrooms and two wood burning fireplaces."

And this is just a part-time residence. Ekaterina also has homes in Monaco and Switzerland, where she has split her time over the last 15 years.

Peter and Harry Brant, sons of Peter Brant Sr. and Stephanie Seymour

(L-R) Harry Brant and Peter Brant, Jr. (Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images)The 18- and 15-year-old sons of media mogul Peter Brant and former supermodel Stephanie Seymour have made a name for themselves on NYC's social scene in recent years.

They grew up on a 53-acre spread in Greenwich Conn., surrounded by art and fashion. But their expensive tastes have veered towards the flamboyant — for this year's Met Ball, which they did not actually attend, "they had planned to arrive in a gold-plated Rolls-Royce accompanied by a baby panther wearing a diamond necklace," according to a recent profile in Vanity Fair.

Until recently, the brothers flaunted their lifestyle with tweets ("Triumphant Return To Paris!! (we've missed the city of lights during the 5 days since we were last here) haha") from a shared Twitter account. But after an unsavory Twitter joke about killing the President, Peter lost his Twitter privileges, according to Fashionista.

Blue Ivy Carter, daughter of Beyonce and Jay-Z

(ABC News)Blue Ivy Carter, the daughter of singer Beyonce Knowles and rapper Jay-Z, was an A-lister before she was even born.

At 11 months old, she's already better dressed – and has a bigger wardrobe – than most Americans.

In March, the celebrity baby was spotted wearing $66 Little Marc Jacobs Baby Mouse slippers. Fashion & Style reported that little Blue Ivy also naps in a $3,500 lucite crib from NurseryWorks VETRO and bathes in a $5,200 pink Swarovski crystal encrusted bathtub, a gift from her aunt, Kelly Rowland.

When she's not snoozing or soaking in style, Miss Carter jets off with her famous parents on their $39.1 million private jet or cruises around the Mediterranean on her family's $40 million super-yacht. Not too bad for a baby who can't even talk yet.

Liesel Pritzker, heiress to the Hyatt hotel fortune

Youtube28-year-old Liesel Pritzker, best known for her feature role in the 1995 Warner Bros film A Little Princess, is one of 12 grandchildren with stakes in the enormous Hyatt hotel fortune.

In 2002, when she was a freshman at Columbia, she and her brother sued their father and other family members claiming they had been cheated out of their inheritance. The pair won a reported $560 million settlement.

Several years later she put her money to good use and spent $6.2 million to purchase a castle-like Upper West Side apartment.

But this isn't Liesel's only Manhattan spread. She also owns a $2.29 million condo near the Columbia campus. “I figured that it would make more sense to buy,” she told The New York Times. Princesses don’t rent.

Haji 'Abdul 'Azim, Prince of Brunei

YoutubeFor his 30th birthday, Prince Azim of Brunei pulled out all the stops and invited A-listers like Pamela Anderson and Marisa Tomei to an enormous celebration at the Dorchester Hotel in London.

But lavish parties have always been his thing. In 2009, the billionaire playboy reportedly threw the "Party of the Year," spending over 70,000 euros on the flowers alone.

Guests can always count on leaving the Prince's celebrations with some pretty stellar party favors, including iPods, diamond jewelry, and luxury Crème de la Mer face creams.

And if you're a real bestie, he may just spoil you rotten. Mail Online reports that the Brunei Prince gifted $6 million worth of jewels to long-time friend Mariah Carey in 1996.

Anastasia Potanina, daughter of metals giant Vladmir Potanin

(Business Insider)The 28-year-old Russian is the daughter of Vladmir Potanin, the metals and media magnet who owns Russian versions of MTV, VH1 and Cosmopolitan magazine.

Beyond just being rich and beautiful, Anastasia was a world champion in aquabiking, which is essentially competitive jet skiing.

The heiress is also a very good skier, in part thanks to the indoor slope her father built for her at his home in Moscow.

After breaking her leg, Anastasia has quit aquabiking to pursue a career in sports management.

Brandon Davis, grandson of oil tycoon Marvin Davis

(Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for, a 32-year-old oil heir and frequent pal of Paris Hilton, is commonly in the tabloids for drug charges infractions, alleged nightclub brawls, and crude, often inappropriate humor.

He famously dated actress Mischa Barton, and then referred to her as a "heifer" on Twitter when they broke up in 2010 and was caught on tape soon after calling Lindsay Lohan "a fire crotch."

Though the personal life of this American socialite is somewhat disheveled, Davis has shown glimmers of business acumen.

In 2011, he brokered what many consider to be one of the largest real estate deals in Hollywood history, the $85 mansion deal with Berni Ecclestone's daughter Petra, according to The Daily Mail.

Davis, or Greasy Bear, as he's often called in the tabloids, is worth an estimated $55 million.

Vorayud Yoovidhaya, grandson of Red Bull founder Chaleo Yoovidhya

YoutubeForbes magazine ranked the Yoovidhaya family as the fourth richest family in Thailand this year, with an estimated net worth of $5.4 billion.

But the grandson of Red Bull creator Chaleo Yoovidhya, is known for milking his family's deep pockets for all they are worth.

In October of this year, 27-year-old Vorayud Yoovidhaya was accused in the hit-and-run death of a police officer and had his father pay the officer's family $97,000 to stall the civil lawsuit.

The car involved in the accident was a Ferrari and is valued at about $1 million.

Prince Pierre Casiraghi, Son of Princess Caroline of Monaco

(Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)Prince Pierre Casiraghi, 25, is third in line to the throne of Monaco. But his royal responsibilities haven't stopped him from living extravagantly.

In fact, he reportedly dropped out of school and is known as the "party prince," according to The Daily Mail.

Prince Pierre supposedly regularly appears at nightclubs around Europe and the U.S., dropping cash on expensive bottles.

Earlier this year, he wound up in the hospital after a brawl with a nightlife impresario at a Manhattan club, who later told The New York Post that the prince and his entourage “were being completely obnoxious,’’ insulting the models and swigging from a $500 bottle of vodka on his table.

He's now suing the club, Double Seven.

Paris and Nicky Hilton, daughters of Rick and Kathy Hilton

(Michael Buckner/Getty Images for DeGrisogono)The Hilton sisters, heirs to the $300 million Hilton hotel fortune, are American socialites who've gained fame and (more) fortune because of their wealthy parents.

While Nicky's name has long been overshadowed by her older sister Paris, who starred in the long-running reality series The Simple Life, both women have launched numerous clothing and accessory lines that have made splashes in the U.S. and overseas.

The sisters are also known for living fabulously lavish lifestyles which include partying with celebrity pals such as Kim Kardashian and Brandon Davis, blowing through daddy's dollars on extravagant vacations to France and Aspen, and purchasing multi-million dollar houses around Los Angeles.

Samuel Irving Newhouse IV, heir to the Conde Nast fortune

YoutubeSam is the grandson of Condé Nast chairman S.I. Newhouse and a member of one of America's most powerful media families.

Newhouse, who got married back in 2009, recently sold his TriBeCa loft for $2.7 million, $300,000 more than he paid for it several years earlier, according to The Observer. There was no mortgage filing on the listing when young Newhouse bought it, which suggests he paid cash, The Observer noted at the time.

Like other heirs of his ilk, he also appeared in the 2003 documentary "Born Rich."

Egypt Daoud Dean, son of Alicia Keyes and Swizz Beatz

(James Devaney/WireImage)The son of singer Alicia Keyes and rapper Swizz Beatz is already living the good life and he's barely two years old.

He's been spotted rocking courtside seats with mom and dad at various New York Knicks game and regularly flies off in Swizz Beatz's private jets to destinations like Hawaii and London.

When he's not cheering on his favorite team or vacationing in style, Egypt is said to have playdates with other celebrity babies like singer Mariah Carey and rapper Nick Cannon's twins, Monroe and Moroccan.

Egypt got his unique name after his mom had a breakthrough moment while traveling in the country for work.

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Obama's hit pic

When the president met Spider-Man (and other photos)

President Barack Obama gets photographed, well, a lot. So it's a good thing he knows how to have some fun in front of the camera.
In a recently released photo that quickly went viral, the leader of the free world (and recent Time magazine Person of the Year) stands in the White House, pretending to be nabbed by a pint-sized Spider-Man. The photo, which was shared on Obama's Facebook page, quickly racked up over half a million "likes." The young web-slinger is believed to be the son of a White House staff member. It's unknown when photographer Pete Souza snapped the shot, but we're guessing it was sometime around Halloween.
We put together a slideshow featuring some more of Obama's humorous poses. From messing with Trip Director Marvin Nicholson as he weighs himself to doing his best "not impressed" impression alongside Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney to dealing with the aftermath of spilled yogurt, the photos show Obama as a guy who isn't afraid to look a little silly.

And whether you voted for him or not, you have to admit the picture of the president stacking LEGOs with a little girl is pretty awesome.

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Pricest ferrari

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO for sale at $41 million makes bid for world’s most expensive car

Just six months ago, a green 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO built for Sir Stirling Moss traded hands for $35 million, making it the most expensive car ever sold. That record may not stand another month if an anonymous American seller gets his asking price of $41 million for his 250 GTO — a sign that the market for Enzo Ferrari's most famous race cars may soon overheat.
Offered for sale by a London broker, there's little public detail about which one of the 39 known GTOs has been put on the market. It's one of 29 Series I GTOs, and one of 22 left-hand-drive versions, and the broker claims it has "great provenence and a very well cared for history by past and current owners," which only means it likely hasn't been burned in a wreck on the track.
When Ferrari built the V-12, 170-mph GTOs to race, with wins at Le Mans and around the world, there was never a thought that the cars would someday turn into near-venerated objects. Even a decade after their heyday, GTOs were often considered worn-out sports cars by collectors. Only in recent years, as the world's wealthy have begun to see collector cars as pieces of art, profit and coolness combined have their prices risen to stratospheric heights. By comparison, the most expensive new car for sale in the world — the Bugatti Veyron, starting at $2 million — seems a downright bargain.
The world of people who keep track of GTOs and their owners will know if and when a buyer puts down the $41 million. If no one bites, the collector car world will know that there's at least a temporary ceiling to demand for the right cars. If someone does pay for it, the question then becomes where the top really is, and who else might be willing to pay tomorrow's price for a 50-year-old Ferrari today.