The names of international and Italian celebrities make a small list in the break up of George Clooney and Elisabetta Canalis. Around the story is Christian Vieri, showgirl Belen Rodriguez and Italy’s favourite gay television star and Chi magazine director, Alfonso Signorini.
The latter was working with Elisabetta Canalis on Italian television when the break-up occurred and tells his side of the story of what happened two days ago. Interviewed in the Italian press, Signorini was asked:
Was everything going well?
Yes, I’m astonished. The news is a surprise even for me.
Tell us what happened.
Italian sports stars apparrently don’t get much bigger than Valentino Rossi. After his move to Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati for the 2011 MotoGP season, it turns out Rossi is also the most highly paid Italian sports star around. It’s quite an unusual honour for a motorcycle racer, with this kind of ranking usually reserved for Italian football players.
What’s more, the list of international sports star salaries by country from ESPN includes just this one entry from the world of motorcycle racing. Rossi’s national and international appeal is hard to beat, and the new deal with Ducati and the marketing clout it brings will probably see him earn more in the future, whatever his fortunes on the track might be.
Rossi took home 14.3 million euros last year (20.8 million USD) and although his 2011 season so far isn’t turning out to be the dream Ducati start many fans hoped for, he will continue to be Italy’s favourite sports star through the sheer strength of his personality; and is probably partly paid for that charisma, too.
Valentino Rossi confermed he is one of Italy’s greatest sports stars and all-round funny guys on the Italian television cabaret show, Chiambretti Night. The show is hosted by Piero Chiambretti and gave the motorcycle champion the opportunity to demonstrate that he is still a down-to-earth, nice guy living a dream he has had for many years.
Valentino Rossi talked of his number 46, his love life and his career, as Chiambretti didn’t leave much untouched ground. Valentino Rossi is now 32 years old and has been racing since he was young. According to the program, Rossi wanted to open a kiosk when he was about 17 years old, but his precocious talent gave him other ambitions.
Dressed as if he was having a beer at home with the boys, Valentino always behaves as if he were among friends. He jokingly said that at 32 he’s still happy in MotoGP, and that at the age of 40 to 42 years he will spend his retirement in Superbike (perhaps a jab at fellow motorbike champion and old rival, Max Biaggi). While Rossi’s first tests with Ducati didn’t go too well, he hasn’t regretted his decision to move there from Yamaha: news that took the motorcycle world by storm and handed Italians a long-harboured fantasy that they would see Rossi in red.
After appearing beside Robert de Niro in Manuale d’Amore 3, Monica Bellucci has only increased her fame in Italy and her fascination towards an international audience. Known as one of the world’s great beauties, Bellucci has reached the age of 46 and declares herself more than happy in her skin.
While at times we remain skeptical about actresses vows against plastic surgery, so far Monica Belluccia has said she’ll be avoiding botox and surgery. In recent interviews, Bellucci has said:
“Beauty disappears and you have to face the sand running through the hourglass. But I watch it without anxiety. What’s one little wrinkle? I will do less nude pictures, less love scenes. I’m a 46-year-old who is happy in her own skin, no surgery, no botox.
Bellucci has said she is happier now than when she was 20 or 30 years old, and she declares herself still deeply in love with her Vincent Cassel:
The Sanremo Festival is traditionally considered Italy’s premiere music festival - a forum to discover new Italian musical talent and a classic show-biz event that Italians like so very much. Obviously with a new era in media and television, the Sanremo Festival has become one of Italy’s biggest television events.
The opening night of the 2011 Sanremo Festival saw the Belen Rodriguez and Elisabetta Canalis fashion duel finally broadcast, and the usual slew of Italian celebrities, old and new, who are dusted off for the annual event. The songs have almost taken backstage in recent times, and we’re treated to a series of second-rate celebrities, gaffes and silly jokes. But that’s not to take away from the scale of this event.
While the Sanremo Festival could hardly be considered a show of high class culture, it still tops the Italian television ratings every year. The opening night for 2011 held an average of over 10 million Italian viewers, which is near 50 percent of the overall television viewing for the evening. And it was a Monday night. But what can the personalities and subtleties of this year’s opening night tell us?
There’s a new Italian celebrity kid on the block as Max Biaggi and his girlfriend, ex-Miss Italy and model Eleonora Pedron, have welcomed their new baby boy into the world. Leon Alexandre was born yesterday, weighing 2.9 kg, and joins his sister Ines Angelica in the Biaggi family.
It’s been a big year for Max Biaggi as before becoming dad for the second time, he crowned his dream of becoming the world superbike champion in 2010 and became Italy’s favourite sports star in the meantime. It was a big deal for the Italians, as Biaggi won with Italian team Aprilia, which also took home the manufacturer’s title. Biaggi’s excitement near passes that of his superbike victory as he says:
It’s a marvellous event. He surprised us a little because we actually expected him in a few weeks’ time. But this way we can be home for Christmas and can celebrate in the best way with our families who will be joining us.
Congratulations to the Biaggi team!
Source | TwoWheelsBlog
Elisabetta Canalis poses for Italian magazine, “A”, as the Italian celebrity finds some new fame overseas through her relationship with George Clooney. As part of the photo shoot Canalis conceded an interview in which she confirms what we wrote about recently - there are no plans for a Clooney wedding at this stage. She says:
George and I have everything we need to be happy to together. But I’m not getting married and I don’t want children. For the moment.
Apart from the constant questions over wedding bells, Canalis is also fielding some more difficult and unpleasant questions, like what she thinks about rumours that George Clooney is gay and she’s just his cover girl handbag. She says:
In a recent interview on Italian television, Elisabetta Canalis “revealed” that she’s not marrying high profile boyfriend George Clooney. The Italian showgirl did a very good PR job for herself, while host Fabio Fazio didn’t ask too many hairy questions, and said that the Clooney-Canalis relationship has no marriage plans as yet.
Elisabetta Canalis has been one of Italy’s favourite show girls and celebrities for years, and since she started going out with Italy’s favourite adopted celebrity, George Clooney, there has been nothing but pressure and speculation over if or when we’d be hearing wedding bells. Canalis’ career has got a boost, both in America and in Italy, since her high-profile relationship started.
Canalis will co-host the next San Remo festival with Belen Rodriguez, after appearing in the Italian cinema Christmas movie A natale mi sposo. That’s after appearances in America in the television series Leverage and plenty of star guest appearances on Italian television after a job as one of the Veline launched her career. It was on her upcoming film, where Canalis plays a wedding planner, that host Fabio teased her a little but clearly she has learned to take things in an ironic spirit and brushed off the comment. As if it were just her decision, though, Canalis says: “For the moment, I’m not going to get married.”
The 12th white truffle auction took place at the Grinzane Cavour castle with the white Alba truffles gaining over 307,000 euros in auction sales. The 13 truffles from Alba under the hammer were all sold with the best example going to a Hong Kong bidder for 105,000 euros. Another was bought by a local Piedmontese bidder for 100,000 euros. Other truffles were bought by Chinese wine expert Jeannie Cho Lee, and a Cuneo entrepreneur in the green energy business, Antonio Bertolotto.
The latter will donate his two truffles to Pope Benedict XVI and to Michele Ferrero of Ferrero company fame who has contributed much to Italy’s international image. The white truffle auction is becoming quite an event and Italy is enjoying some flashy touches, setting up real time connection with some of the world’s most renowned restaurants. And it’s certainly a curiosity for non afficionados who look on as bidders haggle over the diminutive fungi.
Via satellite connection there was the world famous 8 e ½ Italian restaurant in Hong Kong and some Italian celebrities came out for the occasion, including Enzo Iacchetti from the satirical Striscia la Notizia show. Guest of honour was Italian senate president Renato Schifani. The auction proceeds go to philanthropic and educational initiatives.
Source | Castellogrinzane.com
Sometimes it can be rare to see the world’s richest help the world’s poorest in significant ways but in this case, Roberto Baggio, former Italian footballer, has been awarded the World Peace Award for 2010 for his many efforts in helping the world’s less advantaged. It must be a happy time for Baggio as since the prize was announced, so has the freedom of Aung San Suu Kyi - a cause which he has also been close to in recent years.
Baggio, known as the Divin Codino (divine ponytail), has had a long and top-class career in Italian football, but since his retirement from playing, has dedicated himself to many causes, from disaster relief in Haiti, to human rights awareness and even to the recent flood relief program taking place in his local region of Veneto. Recently, Baggio has taken on the role of technical president in the Italian Football Federation, but the new work hasn’t stopped him from continuing his humanitarian efforts.
Roberto Baggio joins a list of illustrious names - high profile people who have dedicated their money, status and time to humanitarian causes and peace processes in the world. Other winners of the World Peace Award include Bono, Cat Stevens, and Bob Geldof, as well as fellow Italian Roberto Benigni. The Italians can’t help but be proud that one international Italian is carrying the good name of the country, and showing his prowess off the field by giving of himself in other areas.