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Ooh look at those celebrity mansions – Jealous…me?


According to celebrity gossip website TMZ, actor Nicholas Cage has had to auction off his two Malibu properties. They were worth a staggering $8,878,886.82!  He also lost his Bel Air mansion (pictured) earlier on in the week. 

There were no takers on the properties auctioned at ‘only’ $10 million each…but how devastating this must be for Cage who is allegedly suing his former business manager for leading him to financial ruin.

However, this got me thinking whether money really leads to happiness? Imagine having an extravagant mansion, overlooking a glorious landscape view, with enough room to invite all of your friends and family around to. Would all of the space and luxuries, complete with swimming pool, tennis courts, a games room, a cinema room etc etc really make you happy?  

Of course it would!

Here’s a selection (from flickr and google images) of  the finest celebrity homes: 

Michael Jackson's Neverland!

The world-famous Neverland Ranch in California. So big it needs its very own train station. Not only a gigantic mansion but also private fun fair, zoo, swimming pool and guest house. The photo above is just stunning with that massive sparkling lake and surrounding greenery. 

J-lo and Mark Anthony's mansion!

Wow! J-Lo’s LA mansion looks like a princess castle, it’s beautiful… And look at all those security camera’s around, there are rumours that after their twins were born the couple had security guards and signs warning trespassers to keep out.Ooh  but can’t we just have a swim in that pool? 

John Travolta's home

Well this is truly unique. You can’t help but laugh at the jumbo jet parked up outside…most homes are lucky to have a driveway big enough for a couple of cars!

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith's family home

Absolutely huge! This is such a great family home…so much space for the kids to run around and make lots of noise playing. Could you imagine how long a game of hide and seek would last?

Eddie Murphy's mansion

If you thought Will Smith had a big home then check out Eddie Murphy’s…it looks more like a holiday resort! Definitely boasts the best swimming pool so far!

The Beckham's Hollywood house

And finally, you can’t look at celebrity homes without having a nosy at the Beckhams.This was their house in Hollywood, however it has supposedly been bought by close friend Tom Cruise who wishes to use it as a guest house. Oh to be a celebrity…or at least friends with one! 

Seen any bigger, better or more extravagant mansions than these then let me know!

April 9, 2010 Posted by | Picture Story | , , , | Leave a comment

Brangelina: a timeline

Schillings has announced this week that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are pursuing legal action against News of the World. The couple claim that the newspaper printed untrue stories about them splitting up. Lets look back at significant moments in the couple’s relationship.

2004– The pair met whilst filming “Mr and Mrs Smith”, however, Brad was still married to Jennifer Aniston.

2005– Brad’s split with Jennifer left fans devastated and they accused Angelina for the break up. In April Brad and Angelina were papped together with Angelina’s son, Maddox, on a secluded beach in Kenya which started the media’s obsession about a new Hollywood romance.

July: Although still not in an ‘official’ relationship, Brad accompanies Angelina to Ethiopia where she adopted six-month- old Zahara.

2006– In January Jolie announces that she is pregnant with Brad’s baby which is also the first public announcement that the couple are in a relationship. Brad adopts her two children in this month and in May Jolie gives birth to a daughter, Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt.

2007– March: Jolie adopts three-year-old Pax Thien from a Vietnamise orphanage.

2008– May: Rumours throughout the media that the couple had a private wedding in New Orleans. Angelina gave birth to twin girls named Isla Marcheline and Amelie Jane

2009- Newspapers and magazines were yet again predicting a star studded wedding for the couple this year! According to Closer magazine Brangelina are rumoured to be adopting another child- this time from India.

2010– January:  News of the world claimed that the couple were to split after they were seen meeting with a divorce lawyer.

February- Brangelina to sue News International who publish News of the World  for going against PCC’s code of conduct with regards to privacy and publishing a ‘misleading statement or distortion’.

February 9, 2010 Posted by | Timeline | , , , , | Leave a comment