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Talk of the Town: Oscar preview

2009-02-11 03:13:33 GMT2009-02-11 11:13:33 (Beijing Time)  Reuters

Talk of the Town brings you the latest in news, music and celebrity talk.

MOREINFO: The latest celebrity news including a sneak peak at the latest Oscar fashions, Sports Illustrated's cover girl and Hollywood's most bankable star. John Russell reports.


Organizers behind the Academy Awards offered up a preview of red carpet Oscar fashions on Tuesday. Charcoal gray, platinum and white gowns paired with diamonds dominated the annual event, recalling the glamour and understated elegance of old Hollywood stars like Grace Kelly. The biggest night in showbiz takes place on February 22.

Another rite of winter is the eagerly awaited Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. This year's cover features Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli, who in the past has been linked romantically to film star Leonardo DiCaprio. The swimsuit issue reaches a global audience of some 66 million readers.

Difficult times for Singer Rihanna, who's postponed a scheduled Feb. 13 concert in Malaysia. The news follows reports she was attacked by boyfriend and singer Chris Brown this past weekend. Los Angeles authorities are still investigating whether to pursue further criminal charges against Brown, who was arrested Sunday for making criminal threats.

Will Smith is like money. The versatile actor topped Forbes magazine's list as Hollywood's most bankable star in a survey of movie industry professionals. Smith was followed on the Forbes list by Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio and Hollywood supercouple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.

Co-stars Clive Owen and Naomi Watts graced the red carpet in New York for the premiere of their film "The International." The action thriller opens on February 13.

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