Worst Dressed At The 2009 Oscars (Pictures)  

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Beyonce Knowles:

While it certainly shows off her lovely curves, Beyonce's dress reminded us too much of ugly drapery

Beyonce Oscars picture Worst Dressed

Jessica Biel:

This bland, frumpy number is not flattering on the beautiful Jessica Biel at all

Jessica Biel Oscars picture Worst Dressed

Jessica Biel:

This bland, frumpy number is not flattering on the beautiful Jessica Biel at all

Jessica Biel Oscars picture Worst Dressed

Jessica Biel:

This bland, frumpy number is not flattering on the beautiful Jessica Biel at all

Jessica Biel Oscars picture Worst Dressed

Mickey Rourke:

We love ya Mickey, but wow, you're style never ceases to amaze.

Mickey Rourke Oscars picture Worst Dressed

Miley Cyrus:

We know a lot of you might disagree but we think Miley is trying to look too old for her young age of 16

Miley Cyrus Oscars picture Worst Dressed

Amy Adams:

Is this a Spider-Woman costume?

Amy Adams Oscars picture Worst Dressed

Philip Seymour Hoffman:

Robert Pattinson might be able to pull this off, but not you Mr. Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman Oscars picture Worst Dressed

Sarah Jessica Parker:

There was just something off about Sarah's face, and the overly pushed up breasts are not appealing. Her dress makes her look like a Disney fairy.

Sarah Jessica Parker Oscars picture Worst Dressed

Sarah Jessica Parker Oscars picture Worst Dressed

Virginia Madsen:

This red dress with sharp angles looked too tight on Virginia

Virginia Madsen Oscars picture Worst Dressed

Amanda Seyfried:

The Christmas bow has got to go!

Amanda Seyfried Oscars picture Worst Dressed

Kate Winslet:

A very disappointing and boring outfit from the lovely Miss Winslet. Recent outfits like this are far more flattering.

Kate Winslet Oscars picture Worst Dressed

Freida Pinto Woody Allen Movie  

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Freida Pinto has been cast in a film from a legendary Hollywood director on the heels of her breakout performance in the Oscar winning film Slumdog Millionaire.

According to Variety, the 24-year-old Indian-born beauty will join Naomi Watts, Anthony Hopkins, and Josh Brolin in an upcoming untitled project from filmmaker Woody Allen

Kathy Griffin Memoir $2 Million Publishing Deal  

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No wonder Kathy Griffin has a big smile on her face. The comedienne has inked a $2 million deal to publish her upcoming memoir with Random House’s Ballantine imprint, The New York Observer revealed on Monday.

AR Rahman and Pussycat Dolls Remix 'Jai Ho'  

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There's just no stopping A.R. Rahman! We got our hands on the remix of the Oscar winning song 'Jai Ho' featuring someone who is all too familiar with Desi Hits!, The Pussycat Dolls lead singer Nicole Scherzinger.

Desi Hits! CEO Anjula Acharia-Bath was one the first to uncover musical genius A.R. Rahman with Interscope records CEO Jimmy Iovine hard at work on the remix of this song from 'Slumdog Millionaire'. "I really think it’ll be a great dance anthem. It had an amazing beat and great writers; this track is the epitome of what Desi Hits! stands for, the collaboration of sounds from the East and West," said Anjula.

So does the song hold up? Well Nicole Scherzinger adds sexy vocals to the drum beats of A.R. Rahman. The song still contains the elements of the original version, which people loved enough to give an Oscar to. And Nicole Scherzinger stated in a past interview with Desi Hits! that she wanted to go Bollywood, and now she has.

She actually fits the instrumental in a refreshing and surprising way. This cultural anthem which captivates the audience during the film 'Slumdog Millionaire' is remixed to give you something new which will continue to give this film even more crossover appeal than it already has. As if 8 Oscars wasn't enough.

Stylistically, A.R. Rahman's instrumentation actually compliments the Pussycat Dolls style. The mesh of east and west comes together making it more into a love song adding lyrics that tell a story. If you close your eyes you can almost picture Latika and Jamal kissing in the train station.

With all the clarity in production I wonder if A.R. Rahman used the Dr. Dre headphones to mix the song. Wouldn't you guys love to know? Well check out our first article on this remix to find out.

Desi Hits Exclusive On A.R. Rahmans 'Jai Ho' Remix

Other than that we would love to know what you guys think about this song. We here at Desi Hits! are proud to be one of the first media outlets to deliver it. After 2 Oscars A.R. Rahman continues to make his mark in the US. Is Bollywood beginning to take over the U.S.? Drop us a comment and let us know what you think.

'Jai Ho' Remix

Slumdog Millionaire Wins 8 Oscars Including Best Picture  

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The 81st Academy or should I say the 'Slumdog Millionaire' Awards did not stop paying homage to the film that's arguably dominated most of our headlines this past year.

With ten Oscar nominations and winning eight of them 'Slumdog Millionaire' solidifies itself as not only a cross over masterpiece, but one that transcends cultures to bring not only a great script, but music by Bollywood legend A.R. Rahman and the wonderful city of Mumbai, which was constantly praised by those who made the film, to the forefront of the world of entertainment.

Simon Beaufoy who accepted the award for Best Adapted screen play felt this film was destiny after uttering words that inspired him by those who wrote the story. "This is yours, take it to India." And musical genius A.R. Rahman made a valuable decision throughout his life which led him to this film. "All my life I had a choice of hate and love, and I chose love and I'm here, God Bless!"

Aside from blazing the stage with a performance of the songs 'Jai Ho' and 'O Saya,' A.R. Rahman took home two awards for Best Original Score, and Best Original Song for 'Jai Ho' with Gulzar.

The victory speech doesn't stop there, along with those wins, 'Slumdog Millionaire' also dominated the night by taking home 5 other awards including Best Cinematography thanks to Mumbai, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Film Editing and the most coveted awards of them all, Best Director and Best Picture.

Director Danny Boyle revealed the strange inspiration behind his success. "I told my kids I would receive this award in the spirit of tigger." Interesting choice of words Mr. Boyle. And Producer Christian Colson who accepted the award for Best Picture also had a confession for success. "We had passion and we had belief and if you have those two things truly anything is possible."

Other notable moments at The Academy Awards include actor Sean Penn winning the Best Actor award for his portrayal of gay activist Harvey Milk in the film so smoothly named 'Milk', and actor Mickey Rourke losing to him after reviving his acting career playing washed up wrestler Randy 'The Ram' Robinson in a film with another super slick name called 'The Wrestler'.

Other than that it's all about 'Slumdog Millionaire' in 2009. As if you haven't got enough of this film already. So what's next for India crossing over. Tell me what you guys think of 'Slumdog Millionaire' dominating the Academy Awards with eight wins.

Garrity 8 LED Touch ‘N Lite 2 Pack  

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You’re sitting in a darkened room when you notice a strange shift in your perceptions.

Your surroundings seem to take on a blue-white glow. Details and textures suddenly stand out in stark relief. The whole world looks brighter somehow, more intense.

You’re under the influence of LED.

Yes, as terrifying as it sounds, someone has apparently slipped you the Garrity KN300G 8 LED Touch ‘N Lite. These wall-mountable LEDs are extremely easy to operate, making everyone vulnerable to their strong doses of convenient lighting anywhere from the office to the closet to the chill-out room. Sometimes they’re at 100% brightness, sometimes only 50%. But even a small amount can heighten the perceptions of the uninitiated.

Don’t panic. Whatever you do, don’t panic. Remember that you’re safe and healthy and loved. Remind yourself that the effects are only temporary, and that the included AA batteries will run out after approximately 45 hours. Then try to make yourself as comfortable as possible and wait for the effects to recede. Put on some relaxing music. Call a friend you trust and talk to them. If you can, sleep.

Or you could turn the Garrity KN300G 8 LED Touch ‘N Lite off. It’s easy. You just touch it.

Warranty: Life Time Garrity (Except for Batteries and Bulbs)


  • Wall mountable LED light, with 8 LED bulbs
  • Great for your office, closet, garage, or tent. Wherever you need long lasting, hands-free lighting.
  • The LED's (light-emitting diodes) never need replacement.
  • Two light settings, press for 100% of light, press again for 50%, and press a third time to turn the light off
  • Normal and Flash modes, normal provides consistent light, flash mode provides light for as long as you hold down the power button
  • Operates on 3 "AA" Duracell batteries (included) and last 10 times longer than a standard incandescent bulb
  • Provides up to 45 hours of burn time on a set of batteries
  • Light includes adhesive backed hook and loop for hanging on the wall - simply push the On/Off button on the front of the light
  • If you prefer, use the light on your desktop or nightstand, and operate by pushing down on the light.
  • Dimensions: 5.5”H x 4”L x 2”W

In the box:

  • 2 Garrity KN300G 8 LED Touch ‘N Lites
  • 2 Wall Mounting Bases
  • 6 "AA" Duracell Batteries
  • 4 Mounting Screws
  • 2 Adhesive Backs

Dolly Parton Defends Jessica Simpson  

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Jessica Simpson is receiving words of encouragement from her idol Dolly Parton in the wake of her recent weight gain.

Dolly, who collaborated with Jessica on her 2008 country album Do You Know, is defending her fellow buxom blonde, insisting she has been victimized by the media.

“I say people always treat her bad. They always talk bad about her. I just recorded a songwith her a few months ago. And I’ve never had - I’ve never been around a person any sweeter in my life. And she’s a great singer,” the “9 To 5″ star said in an interview with CNN’s Larry King on Thursday.

“And I’ve been fat and I’ve been skinny. And I’m not about to say something about somebody else’s weight because I know how hard it is when you gain, you know, five or six pounds, and certainly 10 or 12…”

She added, “But I know that Jessica is a good girl. She’s beautiful to me. And I’m sure that she’s going to get some weight off just because people won’t leave her alone.”

Dolly also defended Jessica stage antics: “I think every entertainer’s had nights when things go wrong. I mean you can’t remember everything all the time, and especially if you’re having hard times personally.”

Beyonce Academy Awards 2009 Performance  

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Beyonce and host Hugh Jackman took the stage for a musical number at Sunday night’s 81st Annual Academy Awards.

A Week with the Nokia N85 Smartphone  

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The Android G1 was a cool phone, but you and I both knew that I wouldn’t stick with it very long. What can I say, I get bored easily. So, this week I’m going to be trying out the Nokia N85 smartphone. It’s been awhile since I’ve had a newer Symbian phone, so I’m excited to see if it will keep me interested enough to stick around after the week is done.

Day 0

This first post, otherwise known as Day 0, will provide a short tour of the physical features of this phone. The rest of the series will delve into more detailed usage of the these features.


Hardware Specifications

OS: Symbian 9.3 S60
Bands: Quad-band EGSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, WCDMA 850/1900/2100 MHz
Memory: 74 MB internal, 8GB microSD flash card included
Display: 2.6″ 16 million color QVGA Active Matrix OLED, 240×320 pixel resolution
Camera: 5 megapixel (2584 x 1938 pixels) with Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus and dual-LED flash
Video: 640×480 VGA, up to 30 frames per second
Bluetooth: 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate and A2DP
WiFi: 802.11b, 802.11g
Audio: 3.5mm stereo headphone jack
Battery: 1200mHa, Estimated 4 hours talk time, estimated 12.5 days standby time
Size: 4.o5 x 1.97 x 0.63 inches (103 x 50 x 16 mm)
Weight: 4.5oz (128g)


Package Contents

Nokia N85 Smartphone
AC Adapter
micro USB cable
Video connectivity cable
3.5mm earphones and controller
Getting started guides

Out of the box, I was impressed by the size of the N85. It’s very close to the same dimensions as the Palm Centro as you can see from the image below.


For me, this size is pretty much perfect because it is comfortable in both your hand and your pocket.

The N85 has a shiny Black plastic face that attracts fingerprints and smudges like flowers attract bees. The non-touchscreen display takes up most of the front surface of the phone. Above the display is the speaker, light sensor and a front facing secondary camera.

Below the display is a collection of 9 buttons. The buttons that you can actually see include Call and End keys, the Navi wheel / scroll key with the center select button and to the Right of that is the small multimedia key.


The four buttons that you don’t see when the phone is in idle mode are the two buttons that map to the bottom screen menu items, as well as the Menu key and Clear key C which are located along the bottom edge. To activate these buttons, you just press the case in that area.


On the back side of the phone, you will find the easy to remove battery cover, the camera lens and LED flash.


There’s a protective slide cover for the camera lens. Sliding this cover open exposes the lens and also launches the camera application.

I really like the fact that sliding the cover open will immediately start the camera application and will allow you to capture images straight away without having to navigate various menus in order to launch the camera application.


On the Left edge of the phone, you will find the microSD card slot and lanyard attachment point.


On the opposite edge, you will find two speakers for stereo sound with 3D effects. There is also a camera shutter button, key lock switch and the volume / zoom button.


The top edge has the micro USB connector for charging and syncing. Next to it is a 3.5mm stereo earphone jack and the power button.


To access the numeric keypad, you slide the display upwards. The sliding mechanism feels like it has a spring assist, which makes it pretty easy to slide it open and closed.

The only issue I have with this design is that to slide the display up, you have to use your thumb on the screen to move it. That means smeary fingerprints all over the screen.

Sliding open the screen will ‘wake’ up the phone if it is in idle mode and will not require that you press the screen unlock buttons.

It’s important to note that the keypad does not have individual keys. Instead, it has one flat surface with the buttons under it. It has good tactile feedback and is backlit, but I personally prefer separate keys. That’s just me though…


The numeric keypad isn’t the only keypad on this phone. If you slide the screen in the opposite direction, it will expose four short side keys.


These keys have different functions depending on the application that you’re in. In the image above, you can see that the keys have play/pause, stop, next and previous track functions for the music player. When using the web browser, they can be used to zoom in and out as well as to play/pause and stop music that you may be listening to in the background. They can also be used in game mode.

So far I’m loving the size of this phone. It’s perfect for sliding in my pocket when I take walks at work. The phone is solid, has a good heft to it and feels good in my hand. It does exhibit some creaking noises when I apply my ever popular gadgeteer squeeze test on it.

My main complaint so far is the flat keyboard. I’ve never been a fan of that style and am not sure this phone will be the one that changes my mind.

That’s it for the hardware tour. I’ll be back with my Day 1 and 2 impressions, which will include:

  • First impressions of the user interface
  • Making and receiving calls
  • Browsing the web

Posthumous Oscar for Heath Ledger  

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Late Hollywood actor Heath Ledger was awarded a posthumous Oscar for best supporting role for his performance in "The Dark Knight".

Ledger immortalised the character of the "Clown" in the film based on the DC Comics "Batman" series.

Ledger died of a drug overdose in January 2008, a few months before the release of the movie directed by Christopher Nolan.

Ledger's father, mother and sister received the Oscar award on his behalf here Sunday.

"This award is a testimony to what he has achieved," said the actor's father Kim Ledger

Philips Micro Hi-Fi System with Bluetooth, CD, SD, USB & iPod Dock  

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Those of you old enough to remember the early days of portable phones probably have plenty of memories.

And the memories that don’t involve watching Voltron after school probably include getting that phone call from a friend or relative that started with “Hey! You won’t believe where I’m calling you from!”

The Philips BTM630/37 Docking Entertainment System opens up this feeling for a whole new generation. With the built-in microphone and Bluetooth compatibility, it’s finally possible to make phone calls through a stereo. Welcome to the future, everybody!

When you’re not doing that, you’ll be able to enjoy all types of music, from iPods to AM/FM radio. If you’ve got the old style iPod or iPhone, you can charge it up while you listen. If you don’t, you can use the 3.5mm jack, There’s also a USB port, an SD/MMC card slot, and a CD player that can even rip CDs. No need to boot the computer just to get that one track!

Really, though, there’s only one solid reason to buy the Philips BTM630/37 Docking Entertainment System. The two seconds of amazement that will come from saying “No, man, I’ll calling you through my stereo system!” That’s even better than that time they killed Sven. You were born to die, brother.

Warranty: 1 Year Philips

Authorized for SquareTrade Extended Warranty


  • Playback mobile phone and PC music via Bluetooth® technology
  • Built-in microphone and speakers for hands-free mobile calls
  • Auto switch between telephone calls and music playback
  • Play and charge your iPod (see compatible list below)
  • USB Direct and SD/MMC card slots for MP3/WMA music playback
  • One-touch MP3 digital recording in 2X speed – no pc needed
  • Dynamic Bass Boost for deep and dramatic sound
  • Digital Sound Control for optimized music style settings
  • 30W RMS total output power
  • Elegant design with super slim CD slot
  • All-in-one remote control for the system and your iPod
  • One-touch 2x recording speed, Simply plug in your USB mass storage device to the USB port on Philips audio system and start recording your favorite music from CDs to your USB device or MP3 player in 2X speed – with one touch operation and no computer needed
  • Dynamic Bass Boost maximizes your music enjoyment by emphasizing the bass content of the music throughout the range of volume settings – from low to high – at the touch of a button! Bottom-end bass frequencies usually get lost when the volume is set at a low level. To counteract this, Dynamic Bass Boost can be switched on to boost bass levels, so you can enjoy consistent sound even when you turn down the volume
  • Digital Sound Control offers you a choice of pre-set Jazz, Rock, Pop and Classic controls you can use to optimize the frequency ranges for different musical styles. Each mode uses graphic equalizing technology to automatically adjust the sound balance and enhance the most important sound frequencies in your chosen music style. Ultimately, Digital Sound Control makes it easy for you get the most out of your music by precisely adjusting the sound balance to match the type of music you are playing


  • Bluetooth profiles: A2DP, AVRCP, Handsfree, Headset
  • Bluetooth range: Line of sight, 10M or 30FT
  • USB: USB host
  • SD/MMC card slot
  • Aux in
  • Headphone: 3.5 mm

Audio Playback

  • Cradle playback mode: Charging iPod, Play and Pause, Next and Previous track, Fast forward and backward
  • Loader Type: Motorised, Slot
  • Playback Media: WMA-CD, MP3-CD, CD, CD-R, CD-RW
  • Disc Playback Modes: Fast Forward/Backward, Next/Previous Track Search, Repeat Play, Shuffle Play
  • Programmable Tracks: 20
  • USB Direct Modes: Delete, Play/Pause, Previous/Next, Program Play, Repeat, Shuffle

Audio Recording

  • Recording formats: MP3
  • Recording Media: SD/MMC card, USB device


  • Output power (RMS): 2×15 W
  • Sound System: Stereo
  • Loudspeaker types: Bass Reflex Speaker System
  • Sound Enhancement: Dynamic Bass Boost
  • Volume Control: Volume Control up/down


  • Tuner Bands: FM, AM
  • Tuner Enhancements: Auto Store
  • Auto digital tuning
  • Antenna: FM Antenna


  • Display Type: LCD
  • Backlight
  • Remote Control: Multi-functional
  • Alarms: Radio Alarm, Repeat alarm (snooze), Sleep timer, 24 hour alarm reset
  • Clock/Version: Digital


  • Mains power
  • Power supply: 100-240VAC, 50/60Hz


  • Product dimensions (W x H x D): 390×140.5×200.5 mm
  • Packaging dimensions (W x H x D): 496×238 x 180 mm
  • Weight incl. Packaging: 3.5 kg

iPod Compatibility:

  • iPhone (Use Airplane mode to eliminate interference)
  • iPod Touch 2nd Generation
  • iPod 4th Generation Nano
  • iPod 6th Generation
  • 5th Generation iPod with video (30GB, 60GB, 80GB)
  • iPod touch 1st generation (8GB, 16GB, 32GB)
  • iPod nano 3rd Generation (4GB, 8GB)
  • iPod nano 2nd Generation (2GB, 4GB, 8GB)
  • iPod nano 1st Generation (2GB, 4GB)

In the box:

  • Philips BTM630/37 Docking Entertainment System
  • Set of iPod Adapters
  • Antenna
  • Remote Control
  • AC Power Cord
  • User Manual
  • Warranty certificate