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Katy Perry Hot in 2011: read about Katy Perry, watch Katy Perry Video I Kissed a Girl and more on US Celebrity Blog.

Katy Perry Hot in 2011

Katy Perry was born on October 25th 1984 in Santa Barbara, CA to a devout Christian family (both of her parents are pastors) that encouraged her to sing gospel in churches and protected her from exposure to secular music.

She discovered the world of pop music as a young teenager and followed her calling all the way to Nashville, TN at the age of 15. It is there that she built her music industry relationships and begun her career. Her first album which contained Christian songs was released in 2001 under her true name: Katy Hudson. Since her birth name is easy to confuse with that of Kate Hudson, the well-known actress, Katy eventually decided to take on a stage name Katy Perry. (Perry, the name she’s made famous is her mother’s maiden name.)

On her way to success she encountered and was influenced by Glen Ballard (the mentor of Alanis Morissette in the album “Jagged Little Pill”). It is her work with Ballard that brought her the attention of Blender magazine and later Jason Flom who signed her for Capitol Music.

Her major breakthrough came when she provided a free download of her song Ur So Gay on her MySpace page. The song became instantly popular and propelled her second single I Kissed a Girl to the top. (Used on the popular teen TV series “Gossip Girl” the song climbed up Billboard Hot 100 chart and landed at the coveted #2 spot.)

Katy Perry

Katy Perry (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage.com)

Katy Perry has had several notable hits since: Hot N Cold, Waking Up In Vegas, Thinking of You, Ur So Gay, One of the Boys, Fingerprints, I’m Still Breathing, Mannequin, and Lost. Still, I Kissed a Girl is favored by many of her fans.
Katy is used to breaking conventions and once said famously: “If people want a role model, they can have Miley Cyrus.”

In October 2010 she married British actor, writer, and producer Russell Brand and according to some sources is considering changing her stage name to reflect her marital status…. (The marriage is currently over, the divorce proceedings are underway and other than Katy’s lyrics, it appears that both parties have moved on.)

Katy Perry was ranked #1 on Maxim magazine’s Hot 100 of 2010 list; we believe that her spot on the Hot List 2011 is assured.

Katy Perry Singing California Gurls (Video)

May 232012
 

George Clooney Charm and Substance: dashing, intelligent and with a cause George Clooney. George Clooney Videos and quotes.

Everybody knows George Clooney. Everybody’s seen his movies. Everybody feasts on rumors of his actual – and alleged – relationships. There is little new that we could contribute to satisfy your curiosity. On a second thought, there is something….

George Clooney arrives at the 84th Academy Awards

George Clooney arrives at the 84th Academy Awards

When George Clooney’s career first begun he was best known for his famous relatives: his aunt, the legendary singer / actress Rosemary Clooney and his actor / TV newscaster father, Nick Clooney. At the next stage of his career we’ve begun noticing his charm, his looks and his sense of humor.
So did the media. George amassed a number of glitzy titles. He was featured among “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” by People magazine in 1996. Just a year later – the same magazine – declared him the “Sexiest Man Alive”. He was named “Best Dressed Male Television Star” and listed – once again by the People magazine – as one of “Top 50 Bachelors”.
For a while it appeared that George Clooney is just another movie star: a talented pretty boy.

George Clooney Chooses Martini Video

That he is. But that’s not all he is. He takes on a variety of roles. Among his top ten achievements as an actor are performances in such films as “From Dusk Til Dawn” (1996); “Out of Sight” (1998); “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” (2000); “Solaris” (2002); “Intolerable Cruelty” (2003); The “Oceans” trilogy (2001-2007); “Syriana” (2005) for which he’s won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar; “Michael Clayton” (2007); “Burn After Reading” (2008) and “Up in the Air” (2009). (There are rumors that George Clooney will have a starring role in Steven Soderbergh upcoming project based on the 1960s Cold War spy show “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”)

His involvement with independent cinema and film production are a little less know. He and his partner Steven Soderbergh (with whom George Clooney worked on such successful projects as “Out of Sight,” “The Good German,” “Solaris” and the “Ocean’s Eleven” trilogy) have produced together several independent films which have earned critical praise. (George has been honored with the first “Spirit of Independence Award” of the Los Angeles Film Festival and Find Independent (FIND).)

In a crowd of Paris Hiltons and Kim Kardashians, celebrities for no good reason, George Clooney – and several other notable individuals – stands out. Fame and fortune tend to corrupt people. We often hear stories of senseless debauchery: substance abuse, vandalism, and scandal for scandal’s sake. George survived with his intellect and humanity intact.

Here is a bit of George Clooney in his own words, judge for yourself:
“Directing is really exciting. In the end, it’s more fun to be the painter than the paint.”

Here is another, in response to the question what makes a man stylish, George replied:
“For me, a sense of humor is number one. It’s certainly what’s most attractive. It’s not the first thing you notice at 21, but it’s the first thing you notice now. If celebrity is a credit card, I’m using my credit. My job is to try and find ways of talking about issues that move us forward. I don’t make policy, but I can shine a light on faulty or good policy. The Not On Our Watch launch reached more than 9 million people. We need to focus global attention on the plight of the 2.5 million civilians who have fled their homes. Rather than talk about who I’m dating, let’s talk about saving lives.”

His passion for the cause of Darfur, caused many to wonder whether political career might be his next step. George Clooney famously dispelled the rumors by saying:
“Run for office? No. I’ve slept with too many women, I’ve done too many drugs, and I’ve been to too many parties.”

George Clooney won’t become a “professional” politician but as a movie star he’s earned considerable influence and uses it in support of causes he believes in. He participated in rebuilding of Louisiana, and was the driving force behind several successful fundraising efforts: America A Tribute To Heroes; Tsunami Aid A Concert of Hope and Hope for Haiti Now.
The acceptance speech he’s given after being awarded the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award at 2010 Emmys is the quintessential George Clooney.

George Clooney earned his influence and uses it wisely. Right now he’s focused on preventing an impending political upheaval in Sudan and working with the world’s top scientists, in pursuit of immediate safety measures. In the past he’s appealed to Chinese and Egyptian officials and addressed the United Nations Security Council for support for Darfur.

George Clooney Uses His Star Power To Help Sudan

Who he is with? How long has it been already? Is he going to get married? These are trivial questions compared with what we know for a fact: that he values true friends and stands for causes he believes in: fights to help disaster victims and to prevent man-made (political) disasters before they happen. All these fine qualities sprinkled with wisdom and humor in the exquisite “packaging” of a world renowned movie star…. That’s why we call our thoughts on him “George Clooney Charm and Substance”. To quote George once again:

“I don’t believe in happy endings, but I do believe in happy travels, because ultimately… you die at a very young age, or you live long enough to watch your friends die. It’s a mean thing, life.”

Live long George, we need someone to remind us what celebrity can be!