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Just call me baby driver! Astonishing pictures of the 1920s motor pram that made nanny’s job a doddle ©

The Dunkley Pramotor allowed mother's and nannies to effortlessly take baby on a trip around town without getting warn out

The Dunkley Pramotor allowed mother’s and nannies to effortlessly take baby on a trip around town without getting warn out

Built by British motor firm, Dunkley, in Birmingham, the Dunkley Pramotor was the company’s fourth attempt at a useful automobile to meet unmet needs.

Launched in 1923, the one-wheeled power pack was designed to be a practical mother’s helper, but in reality the bizarre machine earned Dunkley immortality.

The mother, or more often the nanny, would stand astride the single wheel of the scooter having attached it to the back of the pram.

The early machines were kick started, meaning nanny had to jump on with zeal and hope for the best.

They were originally designed with one horsepower, horizontal, single-cylinder two-strokes.

Initially, there was only one gear and once kick started, the noisy machine’s hectic progress was controlled with twin handlebars bolted to the back of the pram, with a hand-controlled clutch.

From the 'inventor's notebook' it appears they intended the device to enable mothers to seem as though they could effortlessly glide behind the pram

From the ‘inventor’s notebook’ it appears they intended the device to enable mothers to seem as though they could effortlessly glide behind the pram

Throwing caution to the wind, Dunkley introduced in 1924 the two-speed series.

Had there been such considerations as health and safety at the time, perhaps speeding along the road, baby-first in a non-crumple proof, open top vehicle, without any kind of restraint, may not have been permitted.

But thanks to the early freedoms to innovate potentially dangerous contraptions at will, people paid anything between 40 to 135 guineas for the Dunkley Model 20 Pramotor and the Saloon Pramotor with 26 x 2 in Palmer Cord motor tyres, respectively.

One of Dunkley's earlier models was a 'Patent Self-charging Gas Motor Car', pictured, which took its supply of gas from any ordinary gas pipe or street lamp post, as shown to the right

One of Dunkley’s earlier models was a ‘Patent Self-charging Gas Motor Car’, pictured, which took its supply of gas from any ordinary gas pipe or street lamp post, as shown to the right

For sporting nannies there was the option of this space-age looking 21 horsepower engine - a 750 cc two-stroke single - which at 75 guineas promised performance far beyond the roadholding capabilities of the average perambulator

For sporting nannies there was the option of this space-age looking 21 horsepower engine – a 750 cc two-stroke single – which at 75 guineas promised performance far beyond the roadholding capabilities of the average perambulator

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Rep Confirms to Life & Style: Sarah Michelle Gellar Gives Birth to a Son ©

Sarah Michelle Gellar and her hubby Freddie Prinze, Jr. welcome their second child. The CW

Sarah Michelle Gellar and her hubby Freddie Prinze, Jr. welcome their second child.
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Sarah Michelle Gellar has given birth to her first son!

The star welcomed a baby boy, her rep confirms to Life & Style.

“Sarah and husband Freddie Prinze Jr. gave birth to a son in Los Angeles last week,” the rep tells Life & Style.

“It’s the greatest thing that ever happened to me,” the actress has said about motherhood.

This is the second child for Sarah and Freddie, whose daughter, Charlotte Grace, turned 3 this month.

The couple first met while filming 1997’s I Know What You Did Last Summer. Though they didn’t rev up a romance straight away, they began dating three years later and tied the knot in September 2002.

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Ms. Xquisite

By Juli WeinerPhotograph by Miguel Reveriego
 READ  A Compendium of Channing Tatum’s Shirtless Roles.

The genre of a Channing Tatum on-screen love interest can be subdivided into three categories. One: wounded, doe-eyed woman based on a Nicholas Sparks character (see: Seyfried, Amanda, in Dear John). Two: wounded, doe-eyed woman whose magnetic delicacy and plot-advancing toughness will inspire a future Nicholas Sparks character (see: McAdams, Rachel, in The Vow). And three: a heretofore unseen species, the drop-dead—though not particularly doe-eyed—girl who is breezy, even-tempered, and in a relationship with a stripper who dances at a club called Xquisite. Tatum, whose abdominal muscles ripple and curve like graphs of calculus functions, plays the titular entertainer in Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike. Cody Horn co-stars as Paige, the sister of one of Tatum’s …peers. The daughter of Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan F. Horn, she previously played underqualified new hire Jordan on the 2010–11 season of The Office. Jordan’s office-mates unhappily suspected she was hired for her femininity. Predictably, such H.R. concerns do not trouble anyone at Xquisite.
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Ace Young Proposes to Diana DeGarmo on American Idol: See the Ring!

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Credit: Michael Becker/FOX

Credit: Michael Becker/FOX

Neither Ace Young nor Diana DeGarmo won their respective seasons ofAmerican Idol, but they pretty much stole the show on Wednesday’s season 11 finale. Before Phillip Phillips was announced as the winner (besting Jessica Sanchez), host Ryan Seacrest invited season five contestant Young, 31, and season three runner-up DeGarmo, 24, onstage.

Once the lights were dimmed, Young said, “This has always been home to us and I felt that this would be the perfect place to ask a simple question.”

PHOTOS: Idol babies and weddings!

Getting down on one knee and presenting a ring, the crooner went on:

“We have conquered Broadway together. We have created our new music together. We have an amazing group of people around us. And with the help of David Webb jewelry I have a way to make this last forever. Are you ready?”

PHOTOS: Amazing Idol makeovers

As DeGarmo looked tearful and flabbergasted, he gushed, “I love you to death. You’re my best friend. I want to make this last forever and I will do anything in my power to have the most … amazing life together if you will have me. Diana Nicole DeGarmo, will you marry me?”

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Cannes Preview: What to Expect When You’re Inspecting…

The 65th Cannes Film Festival may be short on directorial star quality but high on Hollywood glamour

By MARY CORLISS AND RICHARD CORLISS

VALERY HACHE / AFP / GETTY IMAGES An employee workd to fix a giant official poster of the 65th Cannes' film festival featuring late Marilyn Monroe on May 14, 2012 on the facade of the Festivals' palace in Cannes, France.

VALERY HACHE / AFP / GETTY IMAGES
An employee workd to fix a giant official poster of the 65th Cannes’ film festival featuring late Marilyn Monroe on May 14, 2012 on the facade of the Festivals’ palace in Cannes, France.

Inspecting movies, that is, in the role of a professional film watcher at a major international festival. Several hundred features are on view at the 65th Festival de Cannes — the proprietors of the world’s largest annual convention figure you know it’s a film festival — and the couple thousand critics know they are expected to see four or five movies a day. Plus check out the press conferences, plus go to the parties and schmooze the stars, plus file daily coverage for their print, online or video outlets.

Not that we’re complaining, mind you. This is our 39th Cannes — 31 years reporting for TIME and a dozen for TIME.com — and we haven’t lost the Riviera addiction yet. The Venice Festival may have more charm, and Toronto more clout in the American movie marketplace, but Cannes remains the greatest concentration of film talent, glamour and power this side of George Clooney’s home when he throws an Obama bash.

(MORE: Downtown Gabby: Top 15 Chatter-Worthy Films from Tribeca)

Last year, Cannes hosted world premieres of three of the nine films that the Motion Picture academy nominated for Best Picture: Midnight in ParisThe Tree of Life and the winner, The Artist. The Festival also presented Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which, though neither great cinema nor a good movie, did peddle enough tickets to become the ninth picture in film history to register $1 billion at the worldwide box office. Another Cannes movie, Kung Fu Panda 2, earned two-thirds of a billion.

Not that Oscar éclat and blockbuster status are priorities for Thierry Frémaux, Cannes’ selector-in-chief. He simply seeks the finest movies, in the fairly narrow, Eurocentric definition of film artistry: assured, demanding, often grim and with a much slower pulse than the standard Hollywood product. But Cannes does love its Hollywood stars. The 2012 Festival’s iconic image, splashed 60 feet wide above the red-carpet entrance to the Grand Palais, shows Marilyn Monroe blowing out a birthday-cake candle. (This summer marks the 50th anniversary of Monroe’s death.)

The name value of the directors is lower than last year — when Woody Allen, Terrence Malick, Pedro Almodóvar and, most notoriously, Lars von Trier were represented — but Cannes’ star wattage is predictably incandescent. Among those with films here: Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Shia LaBeouf, Reese Witherspoon, Bill Murray, Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron, Matthew McConaughey and, in different films, both top stars of The Twilight Saga: Robert Pattinson in David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis and Kristen Stewart in Walter Salles’ film of the Jack Kerouac novelOn the Road.

Gilles Jacob, the former Festival boss who still hovers paternally over Frémaux’s shoulder, has said the American movie royalty really knows how to work the red carpet. And who better than Pitt, the patron star of Cannes? The actor came to the Côte d’Azur with Babel (2006), Ocean’s Thirteen (2007), Inglourious Basterds (2009) and The Tree of Life (2011) and escorted Angelina Jolie in 2008 when she starred in Clint Eastwood’s Changeling. Pitt will be here again, starring in the crime drama Killing Them Softly.

(PHOTOS: The Craziness of Cannes)

There’s no Johnny Depp blockbuster showing out of competition, which is fine: Cannes has plenty of pirates roaming the Croisette trying to sell or buy films, or steal a cell phone. But the official competition, which culminates in the awarding of the Palme d’Or and other big prizes a week from Sunday, contains many works by esteemed directors, from the art-house A and B-plus list, such as the Austrian master Michael Haneke, former Palme winners Ken Loach and Abbas Kiarostami and the 89-year-old French grandmaster Alain Resnais, whose first Cannes film was Hiroshima, mon amour in 1959.

Here’s a preview of 10 Cannes enticements: six Competition films with brand-name actors, four that have the critics hoping for revelations.

BIG STARS, BIG RISKS

Moonrise Kingdom. When two young lovers flee their 1960s New England town, the boy’s parents (Murray and Frances McDormand) and the local sheriff (Willis) follow the trail. In this change-of-pace period romance for deadpan comedy director Wes Anderson, the cast includes Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton and Harvey Keitel. (Wednesday’s opening night film at Cannes; opens in the U.S. May 25.)Lawless. LaBoeuf and Tom Hardy are brothers making moonshine in 1930s Virginia. Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Guy Pearce costar in this adaptation of Matt Bondurant’s historical novel, The Wettest County in the World. The script is by musician Nick Cave, the direction by the Australian John Hillcoat, who in 2009 adapted Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic family drama The Road. (Plays here here Saturday; opens in the U.S. Aug. 31.)Killing Them Softly. Pitt reunites with Andrew Dominick, the New Zealand visionary who directed him in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. In this filming of George C. Higgins’ novel Cogan’s Trade, Pitt is a mob enforcer is the Boston underworld. His suspects include James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins, Sam Shepard and Ben Mendelsohn, who was scary-great as the mama’s boy killer in Animal Kingdom. (Plays here next Tuesday; opens in the U.S. Sept. 21.)

(PHOTOS: On the Red Carpet at Cannes ’09)

On the Road. Stewart has a nude scene, reportedly (avidly reported), and Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams, Terrence Howard and Elizabeth Moss are among the Beats and off-beats in this film of Kerouac’s influential, famously unfilmable novel. Garrett Hedlund (Friday Night Lights) gets the role of the saint and hell raiser Dean Moriarty. Eight years ago, the Brazilian director Salles put another young rebel — Che Guevara — on the road in The Motorcycle Diaries. (Plays here Wednesday the 23rd; no U.S. release date set.)

The Paperboy. Another young hunk goes indie. In this adaptation of the Pete Dexter novel, Efron is a reporter investigating a murder case. John Cusack is the man on Death Row; Kidman and McConaughey costar in Lee Daniels’ first feature since Precious, a hit at Cannes three years ago. (Plays here Thursday the 25th; no U.S. release date set.)

Cosmopolis. Pattinson plays a 28-year-old billionaire financial guru tripping across Manhattan in his stretch limo and risks crashing along with the market he so ruthlessly plays. One way or another, everyone’s a vampire. Cronenberg, a veteran connoisseur of creepy, films Don DeLillo’s 2003 novel. (Plays here Friday the 26th; no U.S. release date set.)

CRITICS’ DARLINGS
Beyond the Hills. Cristian Mungiu’s powerful 4 Months, 2 Weeks and 3 Days — also known as “the Romanian abortion movie” — took the Palme d’Or in 2007, beating the Coen brothers’ Oscar winner No Country for Old Men. Mungiu’s first feature since then heads every critic’s must-see list. (Plays Saturday.)

Amour. Haneke, whose 2009 Cannes Palme-winner The White Ribbon you will find on a Very Important TIME list later this week (subtle plug for our forthcoming Millennium Movies package), is back with a story of elderly music teachers and their daughter. Ageless French stars Jean-Louis Trintignant (Brigitte Bardot’s beau in the 1956 And God Created Woman) and Emmanuelle Riva (star of Hiroshima mon amour) join three-time Haneke veteran Isabelle Huppert for an encounter that should be both dark and illuminating. (Plays Sunday.)

Seven Days in Havana. A week in Cuba’s capital: one day for a short story from each of seven directors. Four of the filmmakers are world-class: Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth), crazy-great Gaspar Noë (Into the Void), Palestinian satirist Elia Suleiman (The Time That Remains) and 2008 Palme d’Or champ Laurent Cantet (The Class). We’re hoping for four or more vignettes of wonder. (Plays Wednesday the 23rd).

Mud. Jeff Nichols and Michael Shannon, director and star of last year’s indie pleasure Take Shelter, team again for Nichols’ tale of a fugitive and the teen boys who share his secret. With Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey and Sam Shepard. (Plays Saturday the 26th, the last day of the Competition.)

So many tantalizing journeys beckon over our next 12 days in Cannes. The deepest hope of these two film inspectors is that you will share the trip, virtually, with us.

[entertainment.time.com]


He wore pyjamas to meeting, only eats animals he’s killed himself … Inside the fascinating world of Facebook’s founder

Usual rules do not apply when your company will float on the stock exchange for the first time this Friday with a valuation of £62billion    

Got the t-shirt: He addresses businessmen in Cannes

Got the t-shirt: He addresses businessmen in Cannes

Wandering into the great financial houses of Wall Street in a hoodie this week, it’s a wonder Mark Zuckerberg wasn’t thrown out by security.

Pin-striped suits and expensive tailored shirts are the usual uniform here.

And when curly-haired Facebook founder Zuckerberg turned up to promote the social network site’s shares flotation in a black-hooded top, jeans and trainers, billionaire investors looked on in astonishment.

Wall Street just about got used to the finance whizzkids of the 1980s wearing red braces yet nothing could have prepared them for this.

But usual rules do not apply when you’re one of the world’s youngest chief executives, whose company will float on the stock exchange for the first time this Friday with a valuation of £62billion.

That makes it worth more than McDonald’s or Goldman Sachs, although investors still weren’t impressed with how he dressed.

One top stockmarket analyst said: “I think that’s a mark of immaturity.”

Zuckerberg, who turned 28 on Monday, was also voted one of the world’s worst-dressed men by magazine GQ.

Laptop lapdog: On the computer with his pet

Laptop lapdog: On the computer with his pet

But there is method in his fashion madness – his trademark hoodie is in fact a piece of Facebook merchandise and displays in grey the three logos for “friend requests”, “messages” and “notifications”.

It’s not just his dress sense which is seen as slightly out of the ordinary, though.

He carries two business cards, one simply stating his lofty position as company “CEO” but another, for less formal occasions, which reads “I’m CEO…b*tch!”

At work at Facebook HQ in Menlo Park, California, Zuckerberg has no office and instead holds court among accountants, engineers and internet gurus at a messy desk in the middle of the huge room.

But he also rubs shoulders with America’s rich and famous, including President Obama, pop star Katy Perry and rapper Snoop Dogg.

And on one wacky day, a grey-haired man burst into the HQ surrounded by an entourage.

He was the oldest in the room by 20 years and the only one wearing a suit.

Marching up to Zuckerberg he introduced himself as Robert Mueller, director of the FBI.

Scruffy: With girlfriend Priscilla Chan

Scruffy: With girlfriend Priscilla Chan

They shook hands and chatted about nothing for a couple of minutes and then Mueller promptly left.

One worker said: “There was a giddy silence while everybody just looked at one another as if to say, ‘What the hell just happened?’”

Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of internet entrepreneur Zuckerberg, who has almost single-handedly destroyed the productivity of workplaces around the world.

Yet he has a powerful work ethic.

When Facebook was in its early days, he and his co-founders and their small team worked relentlessly on the new project.

One employee remembers him refusing to let others out for a bite to eat, crying: “‘No! We’re in lockdown! No one leaves until we’re done with this thing.”

But when the tight group partied, they did it hard.

A zip wire was even fixed from a chimney to the ground so partygoers could drop into the pool from above.

Upload pic: With Snoop Dogg and entrepreneur Sean Parker

Upload pic: With Snoop Dogg and entrepreneur Sean Parker

And the landlord had to send a letter of complaint asking him not to throw furniture into the pool or walk on the roof.

Annoyed at the treatment of a pal by a venture capital firm looking to invest in Facebook, Zuckerberg turned up at a meeting in his pyjamas, with a PowerPoint computer presentation listing the top 10 reasons they shouldn’t invest.

He is devoted to his Chinese-American girlfriend Priscilla Chan and in 2011 spent Christmas with her riding a buffalo in Vietnam.

It is one of the few country’s in the world to block his social network site – and he then posted pictures of it on his own Facebook page.

The couple have been dating since their college days at Harvard, after meeting at a party while waiting in a toilet queue. Priscilla later said she thought

Zuckerberg was “this nerdy guy who was just a little bit out there”.

But despite all his bizarre quirks and oddities, he is already worth a staggering £10billion.

And he is in charge of a company which has connected 900 million people – almost one seventh of the Earth’s population – through a simple idea conceived in a dormitory of Harvard University.

But it was only last May he treated himself to a £7million five-bedroom house in Palo Alto, California, a handy 10- minute commute to the office.

Poke: Katy Perry points the way on a visit to Facebook

Poke: Katy Perry points the way on a visit to Facebook

Until then, despite his enormous wealth, the computer genius had been living in a relatively modest two-storey house on a street neighbours described as “absolutely average”.

No Ferrari, Porsche or Bugatti Veyron for him. Instead he went for a basic Nissan Infiniti, and nicknamed it The Warthog.

Tyler Winklevoss, one half of the Harvard and Oxford rowing twins who successfully sued Zuckerberg for millions claiming he stole the idea for Facebook from them, once said: “He’s the poorest rich person I’ve ever seen in my life.”

Each year, though, he sets himself a new challenge.

Bizarre as it may seem, given the way he turned up on Wall Street this week, in 2009 he decided to wear a tie for a year.

For 2010, he announced he’d be learning Chinese. “Some members of my girlfriend’s family only speak Chinese and I wanted to be able to talk to them,” he said.

“I blocked out an hour every day to study and it has been an amazing experience so far.”

In January, 2011, he wrote on his own Facebook page “Became a vegetarian”, writing that he only want to, “eat meat if I kill the animal myself.

“The reason for this is that I feel lucky for having such a great life”.

New home: He's finally upgraded from his former modest house

New home: He’s finally upgraded from his former modest house

Zuckerberg, who owns a dog called Beast, wanted to feel more “connected” to the food he eats and the “animals that give their lives so I can eat them”.

The statement was “liked” by 25,168 of his 13 million Facebook page followers, and every wall post he writes gets around 300 comments.

The famously frugal tycoon has since killed chickens, a pig and a goat as part of his personal crusade for more responsible eating.

He said his first kill was a lobster, which he had to throw into a pot of boiling water.

Now he is telling friends he is interested in trying hunting.

A chef who showed Zuckerberg how to kill animals in the most humane way said: “He cut the throat of the goat with a knife, which is the most kind way to do it.”

Having slaughtered the animals, they are sent to a butcher, who then cuts them into parts and returns them to Zuckerberg and Priscilla to cook and eat.

For one recent meal, he reportedly ate a chicken, including the heart and liver, and used the feet to make a stock.

A photo of the chicken and the dishes he made from it were put on Facebook.

But for all his eccentricity, he’s definitely a trend setter.

In his honour, Australian fashion firm Betabrand has just released an “executive pinstripe hoodie” nicknamed The Zuck.

[mirror.co.uk]

      

 

Exclusive: Simon Helberg, Wife Jocelyn Towne Welcome Baby Daughter Adeline

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Simon Helberg and Jocelyn Towne arrive at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Simon Helberg and Jocelyn Towne arrive at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Big Bang baby! 

PHOTOS: Hollywood dads on duty

Simon Helberg and his wife Jocelyn Towne welcomed daughter Adeline on May 8, Helberg’s rep confirms to Us Weekly exclusively.

This is the first child for The Big Bang Theory star and his actress/writer/director wife. “The family is thrilled,” a source says. “Simon is excited to be a father — he’s been doing his reading.”

PHOTOS: New star dads

Helberg, 31, met Towne in Los Angeles, Calif. and they married in 2007.

The season finale of The Big Bang Theory aired Thursday and Helberg’s character (Howard Wolowitz) married Bernadette Rostenkowski (played byMelissa Rauch) and he was launched into outer space!

PHOTOS: Star dads’ personal baby photos

“It seems like it built up pretty evenly and naturally,” Helberg toldEntertainment Weekly of the big finale episode. “You start to see, wait a second, even though he’s married, the dynamic has not completely shifted yet. He’s not grown up. He’s still with his mother. He still needs these guys to hang out with. And now you’re going to get this whole view of what married life is like, which I think is a kind of fascinating thing to put into this show about young nerds.”

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