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Madonna in provocative pose is to embody the latest collection designed by US stylist Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton, the French luxury house said Thursday.

Dressed in little but mesh stockings and head-spinningly high stilettos in the first pictures released, the diva of pop represents the designer’s “vision of the quintessential Parisienne” embodied in his 2009 spring-summer ready-to-wear collection for Louis Vuitton unveiled in October.

“I wanted the campaign to be very bold, very sensual and very atmospheric,” Jacobs was quoted as saying in a statement.

Photographed in a smoky Paris 1940s-style bar touting the latest Vuitton bags, the just-divorced 50-year-old is shown striking provocative poses in very, very short skirts and ethnic-inspired footwear and jewels.

The advertising campaign is to launch worldwide in February of next year.

Bollywood fever has hit Malaysia as Indian movie icon Shah Rukh Khan flew in to be awarded the nation’s equivalent of a knighthood.

Khan was presented with an award from Malacca that carries the title Datuk, equivalent to a British knighthood, after the 2001 film, One 2 Ka 4, which was set in the southern state, boosted its profile as a tourist destination.

The actor was decked in a gold and black traditional Malay outfit for the ceremony on Saturday, which was attended by more than 500 invited guests.

The crowd — including the wives and teenaged children of diplomats and politicians — shrieked his name and mobbed the star.

The 42-year-old heartthrob is well-loved in Malaysia, where Indian films have a huge following among ethnic Indians, majority Muslim-Malays and the ethnic Chinese community as well.

“It is a wonderful honor, it is very, very prestigious for me and ... for all the people who act in films in my country,” Khan told reporters.

Meanwhile, Australian actress Cate Blanchett on Saturday accepted the role of an Oscar-winner honored with her own star on Hollywood’s old-school Walk of Fame.

The new name on star number 2,376, Blanchett was joined for the ceremony by directors Steven Spielberg, with whom she worked on the fourth installment of Indiana Jones, and David Fincher, whose The Curious Case of Benjamin Button opens in the US this month starring Blanchett and Brad Pitt.

Now 39, the mother of three won an Oscar in 2005 for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator.

The Italian film Gomorra, a harrowing drama about the Naples Mafia by Matteo Garrone, won five top prizes at the 21st European Film Awards in Copenhagen on Saturday.

Gomorra took the awards for best film, best director, best actor (Toni Servillo), best screenplay (Maurizio Braucci, Ugo Chiti, Gianni de Gregorio, Matteo Garrone, Massimo Gaudioso and Roberto Saviano) and the Carlo di Palma award for best photography (Marco Onorato).

Oscar-winner Angelina Jolie has proven again how handsomely it pays to combine gun-wielding action with serious roles, as she topped The Hollywood Reporter’s list of highest-earning actresses on Friday. But salaries are plummeting for top actresses and still lag the earnings of leading men, the trade paper said.

The Reporter on Friday named Oprah Winfrey the most powerful woman in entertainment on its annual Power 100 List. Winfrey, whose Oprah talk show began in national syndication 22 years ago, played a role in the victory of President-elect Barack Obama by endorsing him early in his run and by supporting him throughout the campaign.

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