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Could the Chechen party controversy damage her reputation?

When invitations to the birthday celebration for Chechen Republic President Ramzan Kadyrov were sent to various celebrities, a number of them RSVP’d no.

Kevin Costner couldn’t make it because of scheduling conflicts. According to the Hollywood Reporter, both Eva Mendes and Shakira declined as well.

But Hilary Swank said yes. And her decision to attend the lavish, Oct. 5 concert/bash for a leader accused of numerous human rights violations has invited strong criticism.

The Human Rights Foundation, an organization focused on the global defense of human rights, has come down hard on Swank and other stars who attended the party — Jean Claude Van Damme was there, as was British violist Vanessa Mae, who also performed and was reportedly paid $500,000 to do so. Continue reading Could the Chechen party controversy damage her reputation?

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Admiring Natascha McElhone

Just a little note to let you know that I have opened up a smaller tribute for one of my favorite actresses – Natascha McElhone. You might know her from the series Californication and films suchas Solaris, Ronin, Mrs Dalloway and Surviving Picasso.

Visit the site at and get to know more about Natascha and I hope you will like the site!

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How 9/11 will be remembered all around the TV

Ten years ago, millions of North Americans gathered around their TV sets to witness the ghastly and incomprehensible images of 9/11. A decade later, television will mark the anniversary of the terrorist attacks with a massive outpouring of programs.

Network and cable outlets plan to air dozens of specials and documentaries recounting the tragedy, gauging the fallout and detailing the changes that have occurred since Sept. 11, 2001. Along the way, nearly every conceivable angle will be covered – from an Animal Planet entry about the posttragedy healing power of pets, to Nickelodeon’s forum for children too young to fully understand the meaning of 9/11. Here are some notable programs airing in the coming days.

On Native Soil: Kevin Costner and Hilary Swank narrate this documentary that delves into the findings of the 9/11 Commission. (3 p.m., MSNBC)