Raquel Zimmermann, Reynaldo Giannechini, And Lorenzo Martone

  • Raquel Zimmermann poses with Glee's Matthew Morrison for the latest issue of Vogue.
  • Reynaldo Gianecchini, Brazil's Tom Cruise, is suing his ex-manager Daniel Ferreira Mattos. The actor is asking for an apartment he signed on to Mr. Mattos' name back, but the former manager is claiming the R$1.3 million penthouse in Rio was a gift, and is threatening to reveal to the press that the two had been lovers in the past. Here is Gianecchini's official statement about the case.
  • Lorenzo Martone got a birthday party in São Paulo on Tuesday night. RG Vogue has lots of pictures.
  • Celine Dion is still amazing.
  • Models.com goes backstage at the Express 30th anniversary show at the New York Stock Exchange.
  • Alana Zimmer, Hanne Gaby Odiele, and Chanel Iman will be doing Fashion Rio and SPFW..
  • Shirley Mallmann is set to make a comeback at the shows in Brazil this season. Can't freaking wait.
  • Loving the readers who are emailing me and also twittering pictures of Made In Brazil Magazine #1.

A Semana: Gay Rights, Big Brother, Edilson, And Celine Dion

The exchange rate for the US dollar dropped 0.81% and closed at R$ 1.711 yesterday, the lowest exchange rate to the Brazilian real since May of 1999.

Am loving this: a 27-year-old from Pontal, in the countryside of São Paulo, was fined R$ 14,880 (or approximately USD$ 8,500) for calling an openly gay 48-year-old man a "fag" and throwing a beer can at him at a gas station. It is the first time this fine is put into practice by the State since the creation of law nº 10.948 back in 2001. FYI, the law ensures penalization for discriminatory behavior towards homosexuals, and up until this week all previous claims had been filed for lack of evidence. In this case, the police was actually on the scene.

Muscled Big Brother Brazil contestant Fernando, who was eliminated this week, says he may consider posing naked for a gay magazine.

After spending two hours locked in a glass box without moving last night, openly gay contestant Marcelo maintains his leader status on the show. However, the highlight of yesterday on Big Brother was watching Rafinha have to run out of the shower in a swimsuit to complete a stupid task.

Make sure to check out the pictures of Brazilian newcomer Edilson shot by Greg Vaughan. The kid is with Major in the US.

Givenchy is bringing sexy back by hiring Justin Timberlake as the face of its new men's fragrance.

Out magazine takes you through a day in the life of Andre J.

Jawbone Films puts together a gay rugby drinking party to sell earpieces.

Thought I was the only one obsessed with Celine Dion? Think again. Four Four takes Celine's insanity to a new level.

Celine Thinks She Is Shakira

I know there is nothing tackier than the two videos below from Celine's CBS Special, but I love her and just had to post them. In the first one, she performs River Deep, Mountain High like the good Vegas showgirl she is. In the second, she goes Shakira on us with Eyes On Me and a cameo by Will.I.Am.

How awesome would it have been if she had actually belly danced to the song?

A Semana: Calvin Klein In Rio, Bahia On The NYT, And The American Music Awards

Designer Calvin Klein landed in Rio this past Saturday for another sunny season in the city. He gets back to his workouts in Ipanema today.

Mr. Marc Jacobs was looking good at the 2007 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Gala dinner, escorted by bf Jason Preston.

Brazilian actor Lázaro Ramos is in New York for the International Emmy Awards, which take place tonight at the Hilton. He is up for best actor for his role on the soap Cobras e Lagartos.

The New York Times T: Travel magazine takes on Bahia, spending eight days in the northeastern coast of Brazil and featuring tips on beaches, nightlife, and shopping.

A new gay club is set to open in São Paulo on November 30: Ultra Diesel. Marcelo Piccine, responsible for the project, talked to A Capa about his latest venture. Mr. Piccine has parties such as R:evolution and The Original Brazilian Pool Party under his belt, and promises an all-white club with a high tech led system, as well as a modelesque selection of bartenders.

X-Factor winner (and my new obsession) Leona Lewis broke the record for fastest selling debut album in the UK with Spirit. She also holds the title for best selling single of the year in the UK, with total sales of 490,000 of Bleeding Love.

If you missed the American Music Awards (I did), check out performances by Celine Dion, Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, and Sugarland and Beyoncé in a country rendition of her hit Irreplaceable. For a list of winners, click here.

A Semana: The Hulk, Cavalli, Celine, Batman And Robin

Brazilian actress Débora Nascimento is part of the cast of the new Hulk movie, shooting in Rio this week. The crew is reportedly staying at the recently opened Fasano, and at Caesar Park in Ipanema.

Designer Kris Van Assche was in São Paulo this week, casting for the next Dior Homme show. Names on his list of options include Martin Kunzli, Rafael Swarovsky, and Igor Monteiro.

In less than two hours, shoppers cleared the racks at the H&M flagship on Fifth Avenue in New York, buying every single item available from the retailer's collaboration with Roberto Cavalli. The designer himself was there along with model Jessica Stam, watching the mayhem.

After announcing a partnership with Eastpak, Raf Simons is at it again. The Belgian designer is rumored to have signed with Fred Perry to develop a menswear collection, set for a fall 2008 debut.

Stream Alicia Keys' new album As I Am on MTV.com now. I got a copy of it this week, and have been playing it non-stop. It is r&b at its best. I also highly recommend picking up Seal's System, which was produced by Stuart Price and sounds like a soulful version of Confessions On A Dancefloor.

The greatest singer in the world covers Heart's Alone on her new album. Watch her perform it live.

The new play A Vida Secreta de Batman e Robin (or The Secret Lives Of Batman & Robin) is getting buzz in São Paulo for portraying the duo as a gay couple who sleeps together in the batcave. With the Village People and Donna Summer on the soundtrack, Batman reveals that he wished he were Butterflyman.

This week's Veja São Paulo gives an in-depth picture of the real story behind the wave of attacks and murders by punks and skinheads in the Jardins neighborhood over the last year. The article also finally confirms what the police was afraid to report: the death of French tourist Gregor Erwan Landouar, stabbed on Gay Pride weekend, had a homophobic explanation.

The Miami Herald examines racism and discrimination against blacks in Brazil. I suggest all of you take the time to read it.

Taking Chances With Celine

It is semi-pathetic the fact that I am excited that Celine Dion is coming out with a new album. I have been listening to the first single Taking Chances for the past month basically because I feel she is singing about me (even though we have obviously never met and she doesn't write her own songs).

The video for the single is finally out, and although it doesn't feature any hot guys dying on a bike accident in the middle of a storm, it still manages to be corny. Here is the guilty pleasure of the week:

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