Friday, September 21, 2012

Party-girl Rihanna no longer Nivea material

Rihanna has lost her endorsement deal with Nivea skin cream, because of her sultry image and hard partying. Stefan Heidenreich, the new CEO of the brand’s German corporate owner Beiersdorf, told Die Welt newspaper that Rihanna “is a no go. … I do not understand how to bring the core brand of Nivea in conjunction with Rihanna. Nivea all products for women is a company which stands for trust, family and reliability.” Last year Nivea used Rihanna’s ditty California King Bed in an ad, with images of a pregnant woman and her mate. Best-paid celeb couple: Forbes mag says Beyoncé and Jay-Z, second last year, have overtaken the leaders then, Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen. Not that Tom and Gi-Gi are struggling: they totalled $72 million in earned income. Beyoncé and Jay-Z made $78 million. Justin Timberlake’s PR people deny the report that he’s busy writing his first album in six years, with the renowned producer Timbaland. JT hasn’t given an anxious world even a single song since 2007, so there was plenty of interest when Jim Beanz, a producer who often works with Timbaland, told the website Digital Spy that a new Timberlake album is “in the early stages … but they have a lot of tracks … some crazy, crazy stuff.” Err, not so much, Timberlake’s publicists say. The performer is, however, working on his pal Timbaland’s new album, Shock Value III; he was heard on the first two of those albums. Hmmm. A new album of his own wouldn’t surprise me. Justin’s movie career has been okay, but no huge success. (I am, however, looking forward to this picture Trouble with the Curve, starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams and Timberlake.) JT’s 31. Waiting impatiently to see Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, are you? Tough. The L.A. Times says Warner Bros. has decided to postpone the release of The Great Gatsby from Christmastime until next summer. The stated reason is that somebody in a Warner corner office thinks there’ll be a better audience in the summer. But the Times hints that director Baz Luhrmann has failed to meet his deadlines for the picture. When checking out a man, “teeth are the first thing I look at,” model Bar Refaeli tells Maxim mag. She evidently doesn’t know much about Dull Normals’ budgets (but then, I don’t suppose she takes much interest in Dull Normal guys anyway): “With today’s orthodontists, I don’t understand why people wouldn’t fix them.” Bar is most recently reported to be dating Shaun White, a professional snowboarder (with a nice smile). She’s 27. Jennifer Lawrence, paid just $500,000 for The Hunger Games, will reportedly get 20 times as much for the sequel, Catching Fire. The Hollywood Reporter says the $10 million package includes salary, bonuses and escalator clauses; she could earn even more if the film is a big hit like The Hunger Games, which has grossed $684 million. Co-stars Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson will get smaller raises, the Reporter said. Shooting starts next month in Georgia, for release in November 2013.

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