Gasp! Blaine’s dream was to stop breath­ing

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DAVID BLAINE HAS done some funny old things in his time, from starv­ing him­self while sus­pended in a glass box above the River Thames to not sleep­ing for over 11 days. Now, though, the ma­gi­cian and “en­durance spe­cial­ist” has set a new world record for the rel­a­tively mun­dane achieve­ment of hold­ing his breath. Mind you, he did it for a, er, breath­tak­ing 17 min­utes and four sec­onds, beat­ing the pre­vi­ous mark by 30 sec­onds. And if that wasn’t hard enough, he broke the record while ap­pear­ing on the Oprah Win­frey Show — which made for great television, we’re sure. Blaine said that he had ac­com­plished a “life­long dream”. Does any­one else have dreams like that?

Could this be the last time Amy Wine­house ap­pears in Show­biz Schmooze? It ap­pears the trou­bled singer is aban­don­ing her Jewish roots and em­brac­ing Catholi­cism. A pic­ture of her in The Mail on Sun­day saw her sport­ing rosary beads, and a pal of hers told the pa­per: “She was given the rosary beads by a friend and wears them in de­vo­tion to Blake [Fielder Civil, her hus­band].”

That Mark Ron­son is a busy chap. He has al­ready proved him­self the coolest mu­sic pro­ducer on the planet — now he’s tak­ing on a new chal­lenge. He’s set to re­work 1980s hits by Du­ran Du­ran, in­clud­ing Save A Prayer, Wild Boys and Rio, in a one-off con­cert with the iconic band in France. Ron­son has ad­mit­ted to be­ing quite a fan of Si­mon Le Bon and the gang. “They were the only band I ever idolised,” he con­fesses. When I spoke to Le Bon, he told me of his sad­ness over me­dia in­tru­sion into Amy Wine­house’s life. He de­scribed her pal Ron­son as “one of the big­gest tal­ents to have emerged in re­cent years”, adding: “He’s tak­ing pop­u­lar mu­sic in a new, ex­cit­ing and fresh di­rec­tion. He also looks great in a well- cut suit, and has the blood and voice of an English­man.” The con­cert will be in­vite-only, but screened world­wide.

Bar Rafaeli, the Is­raeli model, who fa­mously pre­tended to be mar­ried to avoid do­ing na­tional ser­vice, says she is now col­lab­o­rat­ing with an anti-draft-dodg­ing group, the Is­raeli Fo­rum for the Pro­mo­tion of Equal Share in the Bur­den. Why the change of heart? Could it have some­thing to do with the Fo­rum’s threat­ened boy­cott of the Is­rael-based Fox fash­ion chain, whose clothes Rafaeli mod­els?

Celebrity pho­tog­ra­pher An­nie Liebowitz has taken some high­pro­file por­traits — from the Queen to John Len­non in his fi­nal photo ses­sion. But ev­ery­one is cur­rently talk­ing about her im­age of 15-year-old act­ing sen­sa­tion Mi­ley Cyrus, aka TV teen idol Han­nah Mon­tana. Cyrus was forced to apol­o­gise for agree­ing to pose with only a towel to cover her mod­esty. “You can’t say no to An­nie,” she ex­plained. “She’s so cute. She gets this puppy-dog look, and you’re like, OK.” Ap­par­ently, the Queen said very much the same thing.

The multi-plat­form en­ter­tainer that is Scar­lett Jo­hans­son has taken time off from act­ing to re­lease her de­but sin­gle, a cover of Tom Waits’s hit Fall­ing Down. And mak­ing a cameo ap­pear­ance in the ac­com­pa­ny­ing video is none other than Sir Salman Rushdie. The Satanic Verses au­thor is seen nuz­zling Jo­hans­son’s neck and whis­per­ing in her ear, which it looks like she’s en­joy­ing (but then, she is a fine ac­tress). Any hopes Rushdie may have had of see­ing more of Jo­hans­son will have been dashed by the news that she has got en­gaged to her ac­tor boyfriend Ryan Reynolds. Lara Lew­ing­ton is Five News show­busi­ness and weather pre­sen­ter

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David Blaine: wait­ing to ex­hale

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