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Cate Blanchett Writes Controversial Letter Against Aussie Prime Minister

Hollywood actress, and Aussie native, Cate Blanchett has attacked Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd for banning an exhibition of naked photographs of young girls – she claims this decision is “revolting”. The mother of 3 boys joined 42 other leading arts figures from Australia in signing an open letter slamming Mr Rudd over his criticism of artist Bill Henson’s photographs of naked 12 and 13-year-old children. Police were ordered to shut down Henson’s exhibition at a Sydney art gallery last week and confiscated 20 of his photographs as part of an investigating into whether charges should be laid. Cate’s letter stated,

“The potential prosecution of one of our most respected artists is no way to build a Creative Australia and does untold damage to our cultural reputation. We should remember that an important index of social freedom, in earlier times or in repressive regimes elsewhere in the world, is how artists and art are treated by the state.”

Another critic includes Nobel winning writer John Coetzee,

“We wish to make absolutely clear that none of us endorses, in any way, the abuse of children. Henson’s work has nothing to do with child pornography and, according to the judgment of some of the most respected curators and critics in the world, it is certainly art.”

Rudd made a public statement to this criticism,

“I gave my reaction, I stand by that reaction and I don’t apologise for it and I won’t be changing it. I am passionate about children having innocence in their childhood.”

Arts Minister Peter Garrett, once the lead singer of Australian rock band Midnight Oil, also added to this criticism against Rudd,

“…to stand up for artists against a trend of encroaching censorship. This action will encourage a repressive climate of hysterical condemnation, backed by the threat of prosecution. We are already seeing troubling signs in the pre-emptive self-censorship of some galleries. This is not the hallmark of an open democracy nor of a decent and civilised society.”

What do you think? Is this a matter of artistic freedom or child pornography?

Source: Daily Mail

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Angelina Talks Candidly

Angelina Jolie sat down with Helen Barlow from the Sydney Morning Herald during the Cannes Film Festival and gave a revealing interview. Jolie, 32, told Barlow that they do have a helicopter standing by in case she goes into labor, but she still hasn’t decided whether the birth will take place in France or not. One thing she did say was we won’t see her for a while, “I plan to disappear for at least a month or two afterwards.”

On how she feels being pregnant with twins: “Yeah, I’m OK, so far I’m just fine. Everybody said I didn’t have to come, but I was feeling all right. It’s not such hard work. I’m sitting and talking a lot and everybody is being nice to me. If anything, being pregnant and not working I’ve had more time to read and study, to do all those things that I don’t when I’m working.”

On not gaining too much weight during her pregnancy: “No I haven’t,” she admits. “It’s genetics. Dad’s a lanky person. I’m actually trying to put on as much weight as possible so I can stretch, you know. I want as much room as possible.”

On marriage: “I turned on the news and heard we were getting married, and thought, ‘That’s odd’! You know, we’re not against it; it’s not something we’re making a stand about or are scared of. It’s just not felt necessary. We’ve both been married before and I think we feel like we are together because we want to be. We want to raise these children together; we’re committed to them and that’s the priority. It’s not about some contract binding us to have to be dedicated to each other, but that we were going to start building this family and be close just because we are. So we don’t need to do it but one day we will. Maybe if the kids start asking – they’ll probably be the ones to make the decision.”

On her transition since the Billy Bob Thornton days: “I never felt smart when I was young because I was a punk kid with different-coloured hair. The first time I went to Washington I had to cover my tattoos; I was always considered a wild persona and there was also a part of me where I didn’t feel I was a thinker. I had an insecurity about that, though I’m now growing into it and feel more confident finding my own way as a woman. Certainly I still don’t feel as smart as I want to be.”

On her beauty and flaws: “I don’t take it seriously at all and I never listen to it. I look in the mirror and I see my mum and I see my little daughter. Like everybody, there are things about myself that I don’t like.” Such as? “I don’t want to point out my flaws. I have them,” she laughs. “But right now in my life I have a really good partner and somebody who makes me feel that even when I’ve got the flu and I’m sick or if I’ve just had my C-section in the hospital when I had Shiloh, he makes me feel beautiful. I think there is a lot to being supported and loved. You know, my kids make me feel beautiful. True beauty,” she notes, becoming reflective, “is when you’ve really found something inside yourself that you’re at peace with and the people around you are as well.”

On her partner Brad Pitt: “I actually was dead set against being with another actor before I met Brad.” [Really?] “Oh my God, yeah, yeah. I was sure it was going to be a doctor in the field or some kind of human rights activist. The last thing I wanted was the epitome of the attractive male movie star.”

On what it’s like to be “Brangelina”: “We find it silly because we are both so goofy and we know who we are. The fortunate thing is we have so many kids and so many things that ground us. Brad was laughing on the red carpet and people were asking if we were having a great time, but what he was laughing about was he’d just gotten peed on by our daughter.”

On juggling work & family: “We take turns working so one of us is always at home and when we work we limit the hours. We don’t work on weekends. We make sure both of us are at home for at least breakfast or dinner. We adjust everything around family and we’re lucky that we can. I feel for mothers who give birth and have to go to work immediately. We can bring our kids to work, and we only work four months of the year.”

On choosing to do the film “Wanted”: I had lost my mum, I’d had a baby and I’d been breastfeeding and I was in a very emotional place as a woman. I knew instinctually and talked to Brad about it, that if I could find something that would get me physical again it would be like therapy, because everything was making me cry.”

On her mother Marcheline Bertrand being her link to France: “It was a dream of my mother’s to live in France. Brad and I are taking French lessons. There’s something to the language that my mother spoke a bit, and her parents spoke, and she always wanted me and my children to speak.”

On what the future holds for more kids: “We keep thinking, ‘is there ever going to be a time when we don’t have kids in the house?’ Maybe we’ll eventually start a foster home or something. We have a clinic that handles children so there are ways of looking after kids without actually physically having them in your home and we’re doing more and more of that. But I think we will adopt again. I’d like to do it again.”

Source: Sydney Morning Herald

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Halle’s Voting For Barack

Halle Berry was out and about on Tuesday in LA, looking amazing with the presidential hopeful’s mug plastered across her chest.

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Holly Madison’s Baby Dreams Shattered

Holly Madison's Baby Dreams Shattered

Holly Madison, the Number 1 girlfriend of Playboy creator Hugh Hefner (far left) is devastated after her attempts at having a child with Hefner, 82, have failed.

Madison, 28, has made no secret of her desire to become a mum and settle down with Hefner on her reality show, The Girls Next Door, on E! and recently told US Weekly,

“I really wanted to have kids with Hef,” she added, “We tried everything, and it didn’t work.” [Holly then told of her plans for the future] “I need a Hef-esque sperm donor who’s a creative genius, totally hot and has dark hair.”

Source:Us Weekly via theimproper.com

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Britney Spent Quality Time With Her Boys Memorial Day Weekend

On May 26, Britney Spears cuddled and played with her sons Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 21 months, as the little threesome rang in the Memorial Day holiday at her Studio City, California home. A source told OK!,

“Sean Preston wouldn’t let go of Britney. He didn’t want to leave her side. Every time she tried to put him down, he would clinch himself closer to her.” At one point, he hit his hand, and ran to Britney for comfort. “Sean started crying, and then he was resting his head on Britney’s shoulder.”

Friends say Britney is making improvements on herself and taking her court-mandated parenting classes seriously. She is even reading self-help books — most recently Jack Canfield’s Key to Living the Law of Attraction: A Simple Guide to Creating the Life of Your Dreams. Friends go on to say,

“Her biggest regret is losing her boys, and now’s the time to put that right.” Her efforts seem to be paying off. As we previously reported, she was finally awarded more time during her visitation with the boys, from 9 hours a week to 27.

Source: OK!

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