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Gwyneth To Launch Skincare And Beauty Ranges Via GOOP

Would you trust an A-list celebrity who recently confessed her love of “steam cleaning” her vagina with your beauty regime? This is the question discerning women the world over must surely be asking themselves following the news Gwyneth Paltrow is reportedly launching skincare and beauty ranges via her popular lifestyle website GOOP.

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Of course, Gwyneth is also a fan of using goop.com to extol the new-age benefits of other such important life matters such as “consciously uncoupling” ala her split with Coldplay frontman Chris Martin; ridiculously overpriced, but gorgeous luxury clothes; month-long juice cleanses and macrobiotic diets.

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However, the health obsessive did come under fire for her health advice that if women steam out their vaginas they’ll achieve a powerful energy boost and internal cleanse. This is somewhat amusing given our vaginas self-cleanse, but I digress. Gwynnie advised her legion of fans to run, not walk, to get the special herbal steam-treatment service available at the Tikkun Holistic Spa in Santa Monica.

“The real golden ticket here is the Mugwort V-Steam,” Gwynnie enthused. “You sit on what is essentially a mini-throne, and a combination of infrared and mugwort steam cleanses your uterus, et al.”

She added that the V-Steam is “an energetic release – not just a steam douche – that balances female hormone levels. If you’re in LA, you have to do it.”

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Slammed for this potentially dangerous, sham health advice by multiple medical experts, Gwyneth was undeterred and continued to do what she does best, look amazingly radiant at red-carpet premieres, such as Mortdecai, with new Gold Coast regular, Johnny Depp, who has been in and out of the “sunshine state” of late shooting the new Pirates of the Caribbean film.

So, how does the gorgeous celebrity seemingly never age? Is there really something to her diet claims? And here are some more burning questions for Gwynnie – if she’s reading this –about her new organic and sustainable skincare and beauty ranges set to launch next January: Can we mere mortals afford it, or will it cost the equivalent of a monthly Sydney mortgage? And, will it be for women of all ages and skin types? And will we too, then attain the Fountain of Youth?

GOOP will apparently cut out the middle man and handle all retail aspects in-house. Stay tuned for more as it comes to hand, dear readers!

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5 Celeb Men Who Are Regulars At The Day Spa

Gone are the days when men required just a quick shave to look good, now it’s taking almost as much effort as females to get ready. With celeb heartthrobs making beauty treatments are “cool” thing to do for men, there’s been a growing increase in the number of males visiting their local day spa and indulging in some pampering.

Contrary to popular belief, a trip to the day spa is not just a feminine activity. Thanks to celebs like George Clooney, Johnny Depp, Keith Richards, David Beckham and many others; the day spa is no longer the dominion of women. More attention to beauty is now are regular thing for men – manicures are no longer just a female luxury, waxing is more widespread than just the back or chest area and facials are actually a way to spoil yourself.

These days, men are taking a lot more pride in their physical appearance and want to look great in the public eye. Day spa treatments for men are booming in popularity so we decided to check out the top male celebs that are regular goers at their local day spa and exactly just what treatments they get.

1. David Beckham

Crowned the biggest male beauty icon last year, David Beckham is renowned for his sexy well-groomed looks. From regular at-home beauty treatments with his wife Victoria Beckham, the footballing legend has indulged in the likes of Botox injections, facials and waxing. Both Beckhams’ have given the bird poo treatment a go and swear by the Japanese face mask which acts as an exfoliate and unclogs pores. It is believed this beautifying facial was recommended to the Beckhams by Tom Cruise.

Beckham’s attention to detail and pride in the way he looks has sparked inspiration all over the world, with many men following closely in his footsteps. Thanks to his regular beauty treatments, David Beckham regularly tops male celeb polls for his handsome and fashionable style.

2. Snoop Dogg

This rap superstar is known for posting pictures on his Instagram account showing off his freshly manicured French nail. Occasionally mixing up his style with Rasta graphics and dollar sign prints on his nails, Snoop Dogg is definitely guilty of enjoying the odd beauty treatment – and loves it too!

And why shouldn’t he? It’s been proven that such beauty treatments offer a much needed way for people to spoil themselves and feel good. According to a study done by lastminute.com, the top reason men listed for taking a trip to their local day spa was simply for a “pick-me-up” – and almost everyone can relate to that. Other male celebs that too have enjoyed the odd manicure or pedicure include Johnny Depp, Al Pacino and Keith Richards, just to name a few.

3. Jay Z

Rap icon Jay Z has also proven that regular trips to your local day spa are definitely a normal part of life – even if you are a guy. Known for his regular appearances at New York day spa Skin by Mamie, Jay Z pampers himself with hydrating facials and skin extractions to stay looking fresh and sexy.

Usher too has been known to indulge in a variety of facials at the same day spa, proving these beauty treatments are pretty contagious for those male celebs. Even if the trend has stemmed from female partners motivating their men to pay more attention to their looks and attend day spas as a couple, the benefits these treatments are having on men are undeniable.

4. George Clooney

As far as handsome and well-groomed men go, actor George Clooney is definitely up there with the very best. Closely followed by Brad Pitt, these guys know what it takes to look (and feel) great. Famously known for his ridiculously good looks and extremely toned figure, Clooney goes all out with his beauty treatments.

Whilst the norm – facials, waxing and the occasional Botox treatment – is on Clooney’s list of beauty rituals, he has inspired a new Hollywood craze in your not-so-average beauty treatments. Referred to as “tightening the tackle”, celeb men are becoming increasingly motivated to get the skin on their genital area “ironed” out thanks to various comments made by Clooney to get it done instead of his eyes.

It’s become a Clooney-inspired cosmetic treatment that like a women’s Brazilian wax, will eventually become very much of the norm. A similar procedure to that of an eye lift, the cosmetic treatment is said to offer men some pleasing results.

5. P.Diddy

In a bid to look luscious for the ladies, P.Diddy has admitted on many occasions his chosen beauty treatment – waxing, down there. Urging all men to follow in his footsteps, P.Diddy has expressed the importance of such beauty treatments to keep things “in shape” for their female lovers. To top off his regular day spa visits, P.Diddy is also known to treat himself to a manicure and pedicure too.

By Jayde Ferguson, who writes for Keturah Day Spa, Australia’s multi award winning spas for relaxing and pampering treatments for men

The Ultimate Sacrifice: What Lengths Would You Go To For Your Partner?

According to recent reports, Jamie Dornan has quit Fifty Shades of Grey for his wife. Yep, the lusty Christian Grey won’t be returning to the popular franchise because his spouse of two years is rumoured to be uncomfortable with the raunchy sex scenes and isn’t exactly thrilled with the amount of female attention it’s generating.

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With the film smashing box office records, not to mention shooting Dornan to super-stardom, you have to admire the actor’s commitment to his relationship should this prove to be true. But just how far is too far to go for your other half?

In 2007, Katie Holmes found herself in a similar conflict when she reportedly turned down an offer to reprise her role as Rachel in The Dark Knight at the request of then husband, Tom Cruise. The film went on make $155 million in its opening weekend, while Holmes and Cruise went on to divorce. And despite the stars efforts, she hasn’t secured herself a blockbuster since. All in the name of love though, right?

What about the ultimate declaration of forever and ever with a tattoo of your lover’s name? Now that’s commitment. Recently rocker Benji Madden jumped aboard this train by getting his wife, Camerona Diaz’s first name tattooed across his chest. The 35-year-old took to social media to reveal the tat and captioned: “Thinking bout you #LuckyMan.” Tattoo removalists would be making a killing out this stuff! So this brings me to ask you, what is the ultimate sacrifice and at whose expense?

Is giving up a career opportunity to keep your partner happy reasonable? Or what about giving up certain friends, or maybe even family members? Regardless of how perfect our girlfriend or boyfriend may be, we’ve all got conflicting interests at the end of the day. A relationship shouldn’t necessarily be about making over the top sacrifices, but rather compromising and trying to meet half way. Did you hear that, Jamie? Because Fifty Shades of Grey just isn’t going to be the same without you, sigh.

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Throwback Thursday: Most Popular Romantic Couples

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Hollywood’s favourite couple, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston have won yet another award. This time the couple have kissed and cuddled their way to victory in a Valentine’s Day Most Romantic Couple poll conducted by Britain’s leading glossy magazine Hello. The pair easily won the polls snaring over 20 per cent of the overall poll to win first place. But following not too far behind with 17% of the votes was the famous Beckham couple with soccer-ace David Beckham and his spicey wife Victoria polling highly to take second place. The ‘Becks’ duo were just in front of Las Vegas star, Canadian Celine Dion and her manager and hubby Rene Angelil. The renowned singer and her husband/manager have been working together for 25 years and been married for the last ten with a little boy born almost two years ago thru IVF. Other celeb couples deemed romantically noteworthy included our very own Mary Donaldson and her spunky prince of Denmark, who came home in fourth place, and yet more Aussie?s invaded the poll with Russell Crowe and his wife Danielle Spencer coming in fifth. Coming in surprisingly low in the sizzling partnership stakes appeal were Tom Cruise and Penelope Cruz, who came ninth. Meanwhile, Spanish heart-throb Antonio Banderas and his wife Melanie Griffith had to settle for tenth place.

Bye Bye Meatball
Comedian Adam Sandler, 37 took a serious moment recently to remember his beloved dog who died suddenly. Meatball, who was four years old when he died of a heart attack, appeared in the short film A Day with the Meatball that followed Sandler’s animated feature Eight Crazy Nights in theatres. Meatball, who sported a yarmulke and tuxedo, served as the ring bearer at Sandler’s wedding to Jackie Titone in 2003. Oh too sad!

Tits and Arse Awards
Two British actresses have been nominated for ‘best breasts and bum’ award in this year?s Golden Shmoes awards. Keira Knightley and Kate Beckinsale have been nominated for an award for the best breasts and bottom. Beckinsale has been nominated by fans for her role in ?Underworld?, while Knightley is up for the honour for her role in Pirates of the Caribbean. While other noteable actresses nominated for the award include Monica Bellucci for The Matrix Revolutions, Jessica Biel for Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Terminator 3 star Kristanna Loken. Even if we think it is degrading to women we can?t disagree with those choices, can we?

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Kate Upton Isn’t A Fan Of Her Big Breasts

Not only does she wish she had smaller boobs, but Kate Upton has gone so far as to say she wishes she had a body like her The Other Woman co-star Cameron Diaz.

Kate told The Sun in an interview: “I wish I had smaller boobs every day of my life as I love to wear spaghetti tops braless or go for the smallest bikini designs… Every single day, I’m like, ‘Oh, man, it would be so much easier,’ especially if people didn’t constantly bring them up.”

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The 21-year-old model-turned-actress also said: “If I could just take [my breasts] off like they were clip-ons…” Hmmm, there’s a visual image.

She want on to say that “Cameron Diaz has the perfect figure”.  she told the paper. But don’t worry boys, she won’t be visiting the cosmetic surgeon’s office for a reduction any time soon.

“I love my boobs and I’m proud of my size. That’s an important message to young girls — love who you are,” she said.

Has Lara Bingle Gone Too Far?

There are lots of pretty girls in the world but Lara Bingle has certainly made a business out of it. Not just by modelling and red carpet appearances but also by a string of public ‘dramas’ and a steady flow of selfies – often topless. To silence critics who claim she’s another Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian, Lara makes her money promoting clothing brands and attending events the rest of us would never be invited to. (Wait, isn’t that exactly what Paris and the Kardashian sisters do?)

Despite parting ways with another management team, don’t feel too sorry for Lara. She has a new beau, actor Sam Worthington, and they look head over heels in love. Why wouldn’t they be? Lara has a frankness about her that is refreshing. She tells the truth in interviews, even when her publicist is frantically gesturing for her to stop talking. And Sam is on track to become one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars. But is Lara a liability?

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Recently, her impulsiveness becomes an issue when she became embroiled in a paparazzi beat-down, while the new couple strolled around New York. In February, Lara was followed for four hours by paparazzo, Li Sheng. Li followed her from store to store and called out her name relentlessly. One of the many reasons celebrities leave New York is that it is impossible to get away from photographers. Every time you turn a corner, there they are. In Los Angeles, celebs jump in a car and disappear into their compound where the paparazzi can’t snap them.

What is an everyday occurrence for all NYC-based A-listers took a nasty turn when, after pestering Lara constantly, she turns and storms towards the paparazzo and strikes Sheng and/or grabbing for his camera. What Lara did after she hit/pushed the photographer was call Sam and plead with him to come and help her. When Sam arrives, she can be heard telling him the photographer kicked her. Sam then hits the guy. He could have had a stern word with Sheng and slunk off but, when your girlfriend claims to have been attacked, the instinct is to start swinging and ask questions later.

It seems Lara accidentally forgot to mention she approached the photographer first and grabbed for his camera (where he can be heard yelping, as if getting attacked, on video footage.) After Sam allegedly strikes the photographer four times in the face, Lara keeps trying to wrestle the camera from Sheng. She doesn’t have anything to lose, her career is built on public spectacle. But, with an assault charge, Sam could lose his ability to work or possibly even enter the US again. He is one of Australia’s most talented actors and it would be a shame for him to lose those opportunities because no one can find an insurance company willing to insure him (a necessity for even low-budget films) with a felony conviction.

In Hollywood, anything goes if it’s not caught on camera. Video of these altercations is what the paparazzi make money on and Sheng hit the jackpot that day. He made cash both ways: selling the footage to news outlets and the inevitable settlement he will receive for his injuries. What is uncertain is whether the blissful union of Sam and Lara can withstand her public displays of affection/affliction…

WHO Celebrates This Year’s Most Beautiful People

Five months pregnant with her first child, former Home and Away star Kate Ritchie graces the cover of WHO magazine’s Most Beautiful People issue for 2014. Ritchie is expecting a baby with her husband, NRL player-turned-chef Stuart Webb.

She opens up about her impending motherhood and why she feels it’s the right time to have a baby. “The gift  of being able to carry a child is beautiful,” she says. “It’s happened at the right time. Becoming a mother will be a wonderful bonus to who I already am.”

The radio presenter leads a gallery of home-grown stars and international A-listers who make us swoon, including Jared Leto, Jessica Marais, Callan Mulvey, Rose Byrne, Daniel MacPherson, Katy Perry and more.

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Bob Geldof’s Daughter Peaches Dead At 25

It is a story told too often. Whether it be drug overdose or suicide, the world has lost another young soul trying to find their way in a cloud of public scrutiny and expectation. Peaches Geldof, a wife and mother to two young sons, has passed away aged just 25.

Sir Bob Geldof has issued a statement saying that he and his family are “beyond pain”.

The model, presenter and socialite posted an Instagram image of herself and mother Paula Yates (who died of a heroin overdose in 2000) to her followers via social networking platform Twitter just hours before she was found dead.

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Leah Remini: Why She Really Left Scientology

Leah Remini controversially left the Church of Scientology last year after being a lifetime follower, and now she’s speaking out about her decision.

In an interview with BuzzFeed, the star of the upcoming series The Exes admits there were “dozens of influencing factors” but she ultimately made her decision when she realised she was spending more time at the church than with her family.

“In my house, it’s family first – but I was spending most of my time at the church,” she says. “So, I was saying ‘family first,’ but I wasn’t showing that. I didn’t like the message that sent my daughter.”

Remini, 43, says she tried to speak to her friends within the church to instigate change, but “they only cared that their lives would be disrupted if they stood with me. They didn’t care about doing the right thing.” She admits she’s lost a lot of friends and the church has publicly criticised her for speaking out.

She also became concerned that her daughter Sofia, nine, was approaching the age requiring auditing – a church process that involves a series of probing questions.”

The actress describes her harrowing childhood growing up in the church, “resenting” her own mother for spending so much time at the church instead of at home. “We went from a middle-class lifestyle [in Brooklyn] to living in a roach-infested motel with six other girls off a freeway in Clearwater [Florida].” She then grew up in the church’s compound, but fortunately her relationship with her mother is now better than ever.

“The fact my mother stood by me after all her years in the church totally took away any resentment I may have been harboring,” she says. “When it mattered the most, my mother was there for me. It was the moment that erased all those days she wasn’t there.”

Today, Remini is relishing the simple pleasures she wasn’t allowed to have while a Scientologist, like enjoying a glass of wine. “Before, I would be going to the church right after lunch. There’s no going to dinner with friends and having a glass of wine – I never did that in my adult life,” she says. “It was so crazy to me because you can’t get counseling the next day at the church if you’ve had a drink, so most Scientologists don’t drink.”

E!’s Giuliana Rancic Comes To Australia

One of the world’s best-known fashion commentators, Giuliana Rancic, will make her first trip to Australia in April for three events in Sydney and Melbourne as a Westfield style ambassador. She is most at home on the red carpet, having hosted the E! News red carpet coverage of the Academy Awards, Golden Globes and the Emmys.

She said: “I’m so excited to be visiting Australia for the first time. I love Australian style and have worn Australian designers several times on this year’s red carpets. Westfield is such a global fashion powerhouse and it’s a real honour to be selected to celebrate the autumn/winter collections”.

Giuliana Rancic will be in Australia during April for a series of intimate as well as public events in Westfield Sydney, Westfield Bondi Junction and Westfield Doncaster (Melbourne).

This announcement follows the Westfield Autumn/Winter launch of its local Australian Style Collective: singer/songwriter and Westfield fashion Ambassador, Samantha Jade, new Westfield national stylist, Gabe Robinson, the Westfield Insider, Alyce Cowell and actress Isabelle Cornish.

5 Oscar-Winning Actresses That Have Built an Empire

Alexandra Tselios, publisher of The Big Smoke looks at five Oscar-winning actresses who have made their fortunes beyond the big screen.

Many of the Oscar-winning Best Actresses have carved out careers that have permeated into other areas, ultimately building themselves an empire.

It stands to reason that Oscar-winning actresses have the potential to cultivate a versatile career trajectory, from Felicity Huffman’s ‘Flicka’ website and Gwyneth Paltrow’s ‘GOOP’ initiative – take a look at my top five!

Barbara Streisand    
No self-respecting fan of musicals could forget the Oscar win of Barbara Streisand’s Funny Girl. Now in her 70’s, the memorabilia that this woman has under her belt is absolutely overwhelming. From setting up her own production company, Barwood Films in the 70s, to ongoing CD, DVD and concert sales, the influence this woman has had on almost all aspects of the arts is incredible. Now a firm fixture in pop-culture references, Streisand generates millions through her ‘Streisand Foundation’ initiatives contributing over $16 million in grants supporting medical research, civil rights and even nuclear disarmament.

Joan Crawford
One of my favourite actresses of all time, and one of the quirkiest and decidedly more difficult characters to ever engulf Hollywood, Crawford won a number of Oscars for films such as 1947’s Possessed and 1945’s Mildred Pierce. Regardless of the accounts of her life you believe, one thing is evident about this woman – she was determined and astute. From moving into TV and radio Joan later helped her husband Al Steel expand PepsiCo before coercing the company to assigning her as director on their board in 1959.

Jane Fonda
Receiving two Oscars for Klute and Coming Home, Jane was born into Hollywood royalty, but she is probably best known nowadays for her fitness empire which includes workout videos that have sold more than 17 million copies worldwide. In 2014, she travelled to Australia to promote Fitness First, further cementing herself as an icon at all ages. Coupled with philanthropy work, political activism and writing, she has built herself a solid empire founded on Lycra leotards.

Goldie Hawn
Winning an Oscar in 1969 for Cactus Flower, the actress who cultivated this ditzy blonde routine for years is actually an incredibly smart business woman! A successful producer, property developer, director, author and founder of the Hawn Foundation which provides education programs, Goldie has proven she is so much more than her initial façade indicated – building a revenue-heavy empire with a dazzling smile.

Natalie Portman
Natalie won the Best Actress Oscar in 2011 for Black Swan, a movie which terrified me for life. However, this young actress and Harvard graduate is quickly building a strong portfolio by launching a now-defunct vegan footwear line, owning a production company, promoting a STEM Mentoring program with Marvel and also advocating micro financing as part of her role as ambassador for FINCA international.  At just 32 years of age, she also owns an impressive property dossier, so I think this may be the beginning of a mighty impressive empire.

By Alexandra Tselios, Co-Founder and Publisher of The Big Smoke, Australia’s newest opinion site.

Olivia Wilde on Sexism in Hollywood

Olivia Wilde is speaking out about sexism in Hollywood – and we just want to give her a massive high five.

Wilde, 29, was speaking at a State of Female Justice panel, organised by One Billing Rising, a global campaign raising awareness about women’s rights and injustices – Anne Hathaway and other celebs are huge fans.

“It’s really hard to get stories made about women, that are about women, not just women being obsessed with men or supporting men. And it’s really hard to get men to be a part of films that are about women in a leading role,” she said.

Wilde described the frustrations of being an actress is today’s Hollywood: “I don’t know if some of you have been to these live reads at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Arts), where a classic film is read live on stage by actors who just sit and read the script,” she said.

“We did one recently of American Pie, but we reversed the gender roles. All the women played men; all the men played women. And it was so fascinating to be a part of this because, as the women took on these central roles—they had all the good lines, they had all the good laughs, all the great moments—the men who joined us to sit on stage started squirming rather uncomfortably and got really bored because they weren’t used to being the supporting cast.”

“It was fascinating to feel their discomfort,” she continued, “to discuss it with them afterward, when they said, ‘It’s boring to play the girl role! And I said, ‘Yeah. Yeah. You think? Welcome to our world!'”

The actress, who’s starred in over 40 films, vowed to do more to empower women in film, joining fellow actresses  Cate Blanchett and Meryl Streep who are fighting discrimination in Hollywood. Go Olivia!

Do you think Hollywood is getting less sexist, or is just as sexist as it ever was?

Mary-Kate Olsen is Engaged to Olivier Sarkozy

Mary-Kate Olsen is engaged to Olivier Sarkozy, the half-brother of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy.

Olsen, 27, and Sarkozy, 44, have been dating since 2012. The couple’s 17-year age difference (and height difference) have made them a hot topic for celebrity gossip.

This will be the French banker’s second marriage. He has two children – Julien, 12 and Margo, 10 – with former wife Charlotte Bernard. They divorced in 2011.

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Olivier with Mary-Kate and his daughter Margo

Mary-Kate and twin sister Ashley are reportedly worth $US100 million ($111 million).

The twins must have a thing for older men: Ashley is dating Moneyball director Bennett Miller, 47.

What do you think of Mary-Kate and Olivier’s 17-year age difference?

Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale Welcome Son

Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale have welcomed their third child!

Stefani, 44, gave birth to a boy – her third – on Friday in L.A. The next day, Rossdale, 48, tweeted ’Welcome Apollo Bowie Flynn Rossdale’ explaining that Bowie is his mother’s maiden name and Flynn is Stefani’s mother’s maiden name.

Apollo joins brother Kingston, seven, and Zuma, five.

On January 17 the singer revealed on Instagram that she was having another boy. ‘I was ready to hand over the crown. But I guess I am still queen of the house. #itsaboy #surroundedbyboys.’

Congratulations to Gwen and Gavin!

Miranda Kerr Records Elvis Duet

Miranda Kerr: supermodel, mum and now…crooner?

Kerr, 30, has recorded a duet with Jersey Boys musical star Bobby Fox – her first single.

“I usually just sing in the shower but @thedancingfox convinced me to record a duet with him,” she tweeted.

The pair recorded a version of Elvis and Ann Margaret’s You’re The Boss from 1964’s Viva Las Vegas.

Apparently Irish born Fox, who is based in Australia, contacted Kerr and convinced her to do the duet with him on his debut album.

And no, she’s not giving up the catwalk – she insists this is just a one-off.

“Not a career change, just a bit of fun!”

Are you excited to hear Miranda Kerr sing?

Alec Baldwin: I’m Done With Public Life

Alec Baldwin says he’s had enough and is through with public life.

“I’ve lived this for 30 years, I’m done with it,” the actor said in this week’s New York magazine cover story. 

“I’m aware that it’s ironic that I’m making this case in the media,” he continues, “but this is the last time I’m going to talk about my personal life in an American publication ever again.”

Baldwin, 55, blames 2013, which he says “was actually a great year, because my wife (Hilaria) and I had a baby. But, yeah, everything else was pretty awful.”

Last year, Baldwin was accused of homophobic remarks which cost him his role on MSNC and his reputation. He also lost his faith in the media, which he dubs “Hate Incorporated.”
“Now I loathe and despise the media in a way I did not think possible,” he says. “Paparazzi today are part of a network that includes the Huffington Post and, much to my dismay, even NBC News, in their reliance on tabloid reporting.”

In the scathing piece, he also targets CNN host Anderson Cooper (the “self-appointed Jack Valenti of gay media culture,” (Valenti ran the Motion Picture Association of America) and popular political commentator Rachel Maddow, calling her a phony and claiming she tried to get him fired from MSNBC.

And he’s not just through with public life, but his beloved New York as well.

“I just can’t live in New York anymore,” he writes. “Everything I hated about L.A. I’m beginning to crave. L.A. is a place where you live behind a gate, you get in a car, your interaction with the public is minimal. I used to hate that. But New York has changed.”

Do you think this is the last we’ll see of Alec Baldwin?

 

Kerry Washington’s Garden Party-Themed Baby Shower

Kerry Washington has celebrated her baby shower with a garden party-themed bash with about 40 of her family and celebrity friends.

The Scandal star, 37, wore a simple denim shirtdress and gold heels, and celebrated with friends Jane Fonda and co-stars Darby Stanchfield and Katie Lowes. Guests sipped lemonade and Champagne on the sunny winter Sunday.

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The party was hosted at the home of Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes in L.A. – just a day after Washington won Outstanding Actress In A Drama Series and the show took home the Outstanding Drama Series award at the NAACP Image Awards.

Washington has not revealed the baby’s sex, with guests bringing gifts wrapped in neutral tones like yellow and green. She is due to give birth in the autumn.

 

Kim Kardashian Gets Surgery on Her Breasts and Hands

Few celebrities have had more surgery than Kim Kardashian, but she’s not finished – the reality star has just had cosmetic surgery on her hands and breasts!

On the latest episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Kim, 33, complained about the appearance of her hands and wanting to remove the wrinkles, as well as a scar on her big toe and stretch marks on her breasts and décolletage.

Kim visited Beverly Hills cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Simon Ourian with her best friend Jonathan Cheban and discussed the numerous surgeries she wanted to get done.

“I’m like obsessed with my hands,” Kim tells Dr. Ourian. “I think they look really wrinkly. Is there anything to tighten them, just so they make my hands look longer?” 

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She’s also filmed lying in the surgeon’s bed with protective glasses on her eyes with gel over her breasts,  joking “the things you do for beauty!” while having laser surgery to remove the stretch marks on her breasts.

Even Scott Disick tells her that she looked better natural without all the surgery. We agree Scott!

What do you think of Kim Kardashian’s latest plastic surgery?

Charlotte Dawson Found Dead

Sad news today: Charlotte Dawson has been found dead in her Sydney home.

Dawson, 47, was found dead at her Woolloomooloo home just after 11:15am on Saturday morning.

“About 11am police from the Kings Cross local area command were called to Cowper Wharf Road after the body of a woman had been located in a unit. No suspicious circumstances at this stage and a report is being prepared for the coroner,” said a police spokesman in a statement.

The New Zealand-born TV personality was last seen on TV on Nine’s Morning Show on Friday.

Dawson struggled with mental illness, suffering a suicide attempt in 2012 after being the target of online death threats on Twitter.

Friend and fellow Australia’s Next Top Model judge Alex Perry told news.com.au: “I loved Charlotte so much but she was a very tormented woman and really was finding it hard to battle her mental illness.”

Dawson was married to Olympic swimmer Scott Miller in 1999, splitting up two years later.

Robin Wright Admits to Getting Botox Twice a Year

She’s one of the most beautiful and stylish on-screen characters in her role as Claire Underwood in House of Cards, and now Robin Wright is revealing her youthful glow is thanks to twice-yearly Botox.

When asked if she does Botox, Wright, 47, told the UK’s Telegraph: “You bet. Everybody f***ing does it.”

The actress admitted using Botox but apparently not as much as other women.

“It’s just the tiniest sprinkle of Botox twice a year. I think most women do 10 units, but that freezes the face and you can’t move it. This is just one unit, and it’s just sprinkled here and there to take the edge off.”

She then joked: “Perhaps it’s not wise to put that in a magazine? But I ain’t hiding anything.”

Wright also revealed she keeps her incredible body in shape by doing Zumba. “Oh my God, Zumba is the greatest invention ever for women. I like to exercise, though I do nothing consistently because I get bored and impatient. With Zumba, you’re dancing, you’re moving your hips. So much fun.”

Wright recently became engaged to Ben Foster, 33, after meeting on the set of Rampart in 2011.

“Ben and I have a connection between us that just feels right. I don’t know any other word for it.”

Wright has two children from her marriage to Sean Penn –  daughter Dylan, 22, and son Hopper, 20.

Have you tried Botox?

Nicole Kidman Dishes on Her Romantic Marriage

Nicole Kidman may be the epitome of Hollywood glamour, but she’s the first to admit she’s “very country at heart.”

The 46-year-old Oscar winner has been gushing about life in Nashville with her hubbie Keith Urban, also 46, and daughters Sunday Rose, 5, and Faith, 3.

“I have a real desire to be outdoors, a desire for simplicity- a slightly slower, relaxed approach to life. A community, not a big-city feel. That’s what I grew up with, and it’s what I prefer.’

Despite Urban’s busy schedule filming American Idol, Kidman revealed his romantic side.

“For every single night he’s away, he leaves me a love letter. Every single night of our relationship. It keeps us close.” Awww…

She admits she loves the country lifestyle so much, they even indulge in Wendy’s – an American burger chain – together.

“Keith and I eat at Wendy’s,” she confessed. “You’ve got to remember, I’m with a musician on a tour bus. We do drive throughs!”

And if you’ve been wondering about Kidman’s famous curls, which she’s mostly been straightening for the last 20 years, expect to see a lot more of her original hair.

“I almost never straighten it anymore,” she says. “It’s taken me 40-something years, but I embrace the curl. My littlest daughter has the same hair. She likes it when my hair is curly, so I wear it for her.”

Melissa George Welcomes Son

Melissa George has given birth to her first child, a baby boy!

The 37-year-old Aussie actress and her boyfriend Jean-David Blanc welcomed Raphaël Blanc on February 6th.

“Welcome to the world! Our beautiful son just born at the American hospital of Paris,” she announced on Twitter. “There are no words to describe the love.”

The Good Wife star met the millionaire entrepreneur at the BAFTAs in February 2011. She was married to film director Claudio Dabed from 2000 to 2011 and briefly dated music mogul Russell Simmons after that.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

Angelina Jolie Following Ancient Grain Diet

You’ve heard about the health benefits of quinoa and chia seeds, and here’s another good reason to eat more of them.

Angelina Jolie has started following an ancient grain diet not just for the nutrients, but for the amazing beauty benefits. Apparently eating quinoa, millet, chia seeds, spelt, farro and buckwheat leaves you with glowing skin – hey, we’re sold!

Jolie, who has just left Australia after filming Unbroken and is settling with Brad Pitt and the kids in South Africa, has been snacking on the grains, as well as nuts and seeds, and incorporating them into her daily meal plans.

Nutritionists rave about ancient grains, as they have not been processed like the wheat, corn and rice products we eat today. They have retained essential nutrients, are low in GI and provide many more health benefits than today’s common grains.

Make one of our favourite easy dinner ideas, one-pot farro, tonight!

Forget celebrity diets – we already love ancient grains and their nutty, chewy flavours, but if it can get us gorgeous skin and hair like Angelina’s, we’ll help ourselves to an extra serving! 

Do you eat ancient grains? What are your favourite recipes?

Cate Blanchett’s Happy Marriage Secrets

Cate Blanchett has been married to Andrew Upton for 16 years, and reckons she knows the secrets to a happy marriage.

The 44-year-old Oscar winner says trust is a huge part of their marriage, so much so that they have the same email address.

“We work together and it’s a way of synchronising our lives.  I can see what he’s up to – it’s not that I don’t trust him,” she told The Daily Mail.

Despite playing a neurotic scorned woman who suffers a breakdown in Blue Jasmine, in real-life, Blanchett couldn’t be further from her character, admitting that being a hands-on mum to their three sons – Dashiell, 12, Roman, nine, and Ignatius, five – is important to her.

Family life in Sydney is “a well-oiled machine,” she says.

“I’ve got a whole system going. I know what has to be done by the end of the evening, and what has to be done by the end of the morning.

“Three lunch boxes, three school bags, three sets of school uniform. Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but I have to write everything down.”

Despite her hectic filming schedule, she makes sure she’s never away from her children for more than a few days.

“When we did Blue Jasmine in San Francisco, they came with me. I’m about to do a Cinderella film for Disney, and that’s over the holidays, so they’ll come too.”

Would you share an email address with your husband? Tell us in the comments!

Gwen Stefani’s Star-Studded Baby Shower

Gwen Stefani has celebrated her baby shower in true celebrity style: with a star-studded party for friends including Jessica Alba and Gwyneth Paltrow.

The 44-year-old singer and her celebrity friends gathered at the swish Hotel Bel Air in Beverly Hills on Saturday, and although she’s due any week now, Stefani was decked out in true rock-chick style: leather pants, edgy top and black and nude peep toe heels, and of course, her signature red lips. 

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Jessica Alba gifted the mum-to-be a giant nappy cake made up of nappies from her organic baby product company, Honest, as well as a huge storage bin full of baby clothes, toys and books.

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Meanwhile Gwyneth Paltrow arrived looking elegant in black and white, and other celebrity friends Kate Beckinsale, Nicole Ritchie, Rachel Zoe and Chelsea Handler all joined the party, which was catered with blue-glazed donuts and blue and white sweets.

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And since Stefani is expecting her third boy, each guest was given a gift bag that included blue fairy floss and blue lollipops.

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