Hot Topiq: The Girl Who Has Everything, Natalie Portman

As if starring in one of the year’s most talked about films wasn’t enough, Natalie Portman is now pregnant and engaged! Adding to great things to come in 2011 for the actress, she’s set to star in assured blockbuster hits like Thor, aside James Franco’s funny hat in Your Highness, and No Strings Attached with Ashton Kutcher. Rumor has it that she may be the next female lead in The Dark Knight Rises… but is it all too much for the star?

From Pop Eater:

It takes a tough artist to dive so deeply into character that the pain becomes real and you consider your own mortality. Conspiracy theorists have long believed Heath Ledger’s role as the Joker in ‘The Dark Knight’ killed him, and it turns out Natalie Portman might have gotten trapped inside a character too. In an Entertainment Weekly cover story, Portman recalls the emotional struggle to become Nina Sayers for director Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Black Swan.’

Hopefully some of next years lighter roles will take a load off of Portman. We wish nothing but the best for this young ingénue!

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Trend Spotting: Knotted Mini Dress

If you love the knotted front dress Jennifer Aniston wore on the red carpet earlier this year, you will love Whitney Port‘s ruched Topshop mini.

The beige, tie-front mini dress look is one you’ll love – especially for all those friggin’ holiday parties.

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Week In Gossip: It’s Hard To Keep Secrets From The President

Mariah Carey reveals to President Obama that she’s having twins! [People]

P. Diddy party so hot, a model catches on fire. We’re not kidding. [GofaG]

The elephant in the room at Nicole Richie and Joel Madden’s wedding. [Us]

Hot Mess Tattoos: Teen Mom Edition. [Radar]

Julia Stiles squashes rumors that she was the home wrecker responsible for Dexter divorce. [TMZ]

Brangelina to finally wed in the new year? Well, we’re not holding our breath… [Perez]

Hanson family welcomes another baby, reminding us that we must be getting old. [People]

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Hot Topiq: Kardashian Christmas Card Revealed

Is it us, or have the Kardashians kicked it up a notch this year? The men look extra Don Draper dapper and the girls, as usual, look stunning… But what’s up with the tux, Kourtney!?

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Ladies We Love: NYC’s Party Darling, Roxy Cottontail

Roxy Cottontail is a lot of things– a DJ, party promoter, artist, it girl, streetwear maven, and all around badass. And there’s one thing she’s definitely not– boring.

With killer and slightly outlandish looks and impeccable taste in music that’s sure to make you move, this bunny knows how to get a party started… and keep it going!

She has helped establish many a musical act, including Diplo (the man behind M.I.A. and Major Lazer) and electrofunk duo Chromeo, and is the self proclaimed definition of blonde ambition. There’s no doubt that Roxy is the kind of girl that New York City dreams are made of.

With style and grace, not to mention a take no prisoners attitude, it’s no wonder Ms. Cottontail’s parties are some of the best that the city that never sleeps has to offer, but are also slowly making their rounds worldwide.

Nominated for more nightlife awards that we can name and DJing alongside huge names like DJ AM, Steve Aoki and A-Trak, Roxy Cottontail is a part of New York City’s newest nightlife elite– but don’t be fooled, this party girl has been knocking our socks off since the early 2000s and isn’t going anywhere!

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HPNOTIQ Hotspot: Houston’s Sanctuary Lounge

Since their opening this summer, one of our favorite places to party in Houston is Sanctuary Lounge on the hit or miss strip of Washington Avenue. The space, formerly Block 21, offers a blend of Miami and Vegas style in one sleek and luxurious lounge.

In the front room, Miami vibes are aplenty with classic white party looks, neon blue lights, and bamboo accents. Dripping in an automatic sense of cool upon arrival, Sanctuary transforms the vibe through a back hallway which takes you straight to a sultry crimson high-ceiling room with adorning drapes and chandeliers.

And although this was the go-to destination for many a Fashion Week party goer and the weekends at this Houston hotpost are bumping with bass, bottle service and stilettos, we were surprised to find what a great date spot Sanctuary can become during the week– with a dim lit, intimate and always upscale feel.

We’ll definitely keep coming back, Hpnotiq Blue Crush in hand!

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The Hpnotiq Girl’s Holiday Shopping Guide: Gifts That Will Make Him Love You More

Now that your ladies are taken care of with our gift set guide… Want to score extra points with that special man in your life this holiday season? Well, we’ve put together a list of awesome gifts that will be sure to please him. No matter if you’ve only been together a few weeks or if you’ve been married for years, here are a some presents that he’ll be excited to see under that Christmas tree!

Let me guess, he hasn’t stopped talking about Tron since the first teaser trailer leaked? With the December 17th release date creeping closer, it seems like every man in our lives is drooling. And even though we may not always understand their collection of perfectly packaged Star Wars figures, we still love our science fiction obsessed boys. So in addition to those midnight movie tickets, surprise your man with Cyglo Tyres! These LED illuminated bicycle tires are sure to make him feel like a kid again.

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Trend Spotting: Keeping It Sexy With Wild Graphic Prints

With these fierce digital prints, Pamela Anderson, Kim Kardashian and LaLa Vasquez definitely stand out– and we say, this may be the best way to turn some heads this holiday season!

And if multi-colored is just not your thing, you can still rock this bold celebrity style favorite and get the same neck-breaking effect in black and white with this hot mini from Miss Sixty.

So ladies, would you go for a little something more eye catching at one of your upcoming  holiday parties?

Or are bold prints and minis strictly for the summer?

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Cover Watch: Katy Perry at the Top of Maxim’s Hot List

Katy Perry, the reigning queen of Maxim’s Hot List for the second year running, dons the cover of the January 2011 cover of the famed magazine– making plenty a man happy in the new year.

Inside the magazine, the 26-year-old pop star gives us some insight on what she thinks about fellow chart topping females like Lady Gaga and Ke$ha as well as her surprisingly underrated picks for her Hot List successor– Zoe Salanda and Camilla Belle.

And although we’re mostly interested in what it must be like to be married to Russel Brand (we’re still confused as to whether or not we think he’s attractive), we must admit that Perry looks pretty smoking in leather. We’re also happy to see that the singer, who is known for her playful and sometimes quirky sex appeal, didn’t feel the need to go super skimpy.

HPNOTIQ got a chance to check out Katy Perry at Jingle Ball in Los Angeles last week, and she definitely deserves all the attention! Head over to our Facebook page to check out out photos from our backstage party, where we hung out with one of Perry’s best buddies, Perez Hilton.

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‘Tis The Season for Love: Great Holiday Date Ideas

The holidays are a perfect time for romance– sitting by the fireplace, trying to stay warm… well, you get the idea. And since we’re all about the love here at HPNOTIQ, we’ve put together a list of dates to go on with that special someone!

One of the cutest ways to spend time with the apple of your eye during the holidays is much like the way most of you spent the quickly approaching last days of the year with your family– driving around looking at Christmas decorations. Ok yes, this may sound a little cheesy but it’s the time of year to celebrate your inner child. Pretty much every town has that special street of residents that try to outdo one another, and a little bit of internet research will take you there. You’ll be surprised as to how romantic a slow drive in the frosty cold night can get!

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