“I need to be more accessible, especially to the ones I love.”
It makes us feel better about ourselves to point the finger, but at what cost?
Well, at least now we know how #teamJen feel about the Brangelina split.
Can’t. Stop. Laughing.
Life is beautiful, if you let yourself see it.
The actor has revealed she was told she was “too old” for The Wolf Of Wall Street.
As we near the end of 2014, it is important to reflect on what we have learned, what has brought us joy… and which celebrity had the most outrageous nuptials! The celebrity wedding is an alien event that reminds us of our limited financial means, and that beautiful people marry other beautiful people – usually atop a European vineyard or Caribbean beach resort. I now pronounce this year’s top 5 celebrity weddings.
Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting
Sure, this wasn’t the most anticipated union, but the hype arrived after the nuptials at the first glimpse of Cuoco’s pretty pink wedding dress! Non-traditional wedding gowns are hot right now, but this particular number fuelled the candy-colored dreams of girly-girls everywhere.
Olivia Palermo and Josef Huebl
The wedding of this sartorial queen was long-awaited by aspiring fashionistas, and Palermo delivered with an unexpected, but naturally gorgeous sweater and skirt combo! Equally surprising was her choice of hairstyle – a ponytail! This wedding gave new meaning to understated elegance. Oh, and for those who weren’t aware of Josef Huebl, you certainly are now.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
She is the face and booty of a reality TV empire. He the king of his own universe and once told a reporter his greatest pain in life was not being able to see himself perform live. They are both attractive, cashed-up… and suffering from an inflated sense of importance. So of course we couldn’t look away when they tied the knot in May. Well that, and their adorable (albeit oddly-named) child. This one is for you, North West!
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
Did you ever dream of running away and joining the Brady Bunch? I imagine this is how millenials feel about the Jolie-Pitt clan. This year, the most attractive and adored couple in tinsel town finally secured their family circle with a secret wedding in Southern France. Not only did Brad and Ange’s brood hand-decorate mum’s dress, they also had a hand at making the cake, writing the vows, and crafting the ring cushions. Naw!
Amal Alamuddin and George Clooney
Remember the white pants? The large hat? The Oscar De La Renta gown? How could you forget the day Hollywood’s most notorious bachelor finally tied the knot with the world’s most beautiful and accomplished human rights goddess? We all stopped work to witness the four-day Venetian extravaganza, watching in awe of Amal’s exceedingly wonderful wardrobe, and waiting to see if George would flee at the altar. He didn’t.
Images via E Online, Daily Mail UK, beautyandweddingtips.com, thefashionisto.com, People
February 16, 2004
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?
Image via US Weekly
If you’ve ever faced the somewhat daunting prospect of a personal trainer or GP calculating your body mass index (BMI) – be warned – for what they often won’t tell you is that this formula is seriously flawed and outdated.
BMI is calculated by taking your weight (in kilograms) and dividing it by your height squared (in metres). It is meant to be a simple way to compare the weights of groups of people of different heights.
But far from being an accurate measure of whether a person is of normal weight, underweight, overweight, or obese – your BMI is seriously bunkum for the simple reason that it doesn’t distinguish between fat and muscle and different body builds.
That’s right ladies – a muscle-bound Adonis like the recently married Brad Pitt (pictured above) was, at the time he filmed Fight Club, famously declared “overweight” according to his BMI. And even ol’ bodybuilder and Hollywood legend Arnold Schwarzenegger is another fine example of a super-fit celebrity whom health experts say would be declared “obese” according to the outdated BMI formula.
My own new, muscle-bound, ex-army commando PT (whom I call The General, among other names, behind his back) is also “overweight” according to the BMI system. What’s more, did you know this BMI system was devised by Belgian astronomer Adolphe Quetelet up to 180 years ago? That’s a hell of a long time ago!
Professor of Numerical Analysis at Oxford University, mathematician Nick Trefethe, is an open critic of the BMI formula. He believes people put too much trust in it in part because it looks so precise, akin to Einstein’s famous equation E=MC².
“That’s an equation of physics and it’s really right. The BMI formula looks similar. It seems to have the same character, but it doesn’t reflect a precise truth about our world, it’s an approximation to a very complicated reality,” he recently told the BBC.
So, what does this all mean if you’re a woman? Well, for a start, according to my PT, if you’re not stick-thin and fairly fit and muscular, with lots of lean muscle mass, your BMI could come up as “overweight” even if you are anything but.
Far, far more important and a better measure of your health and fitness – even more so than that pesky number on the scales – are body fat and measurements, he says. And this was recently backed by Sydney PT, Blake Worrall-Thompson, owner/director at Ministry of Wellbeing, who recently told Marie Claire Australia: “Don’t worry too much about your BMI – it’s completely out of date (I’m in the obese category)… Instead, focus on measurements, body fat and whether you’re feeling healthy, strong and energetic.”
Angelina Jolie is making Sydney her home for the next three months to direct her next film, and on Wednesday she made a surprise visit to Tamworth.
After arriving on a small Qantas Dash 8, the actress and her entourage drove to the small town of Werris Creek, 30 minutes away, to scope out locations for the World War II drama, Unbroken.
Local paper The Northern Daily Leader reports that Jolie “stopped in on Mark Woolfe and the crew at Creek Meats and spent time checking out an alley nearby which is believed to be of major interest to the filmmaker”.
Later, she visited a home in Punyarra Street, “charming all and sundry when she stopped to hug the kids and pose for photos.”
Jolie’s six children stayed in Sydney with minders, with Brad Pitt due to join the family in a few days after filming a movie in the U.K.
Photo: John Wooderson
Wanna go on a summer holiday with Brad and Jen?
Beauty in GozoIt seems the popularity of the new Brad Pitt blockbuster movie Troy is giving an unexpected boost to tourism on the Mediterranean island of Gozo, Malta. Apparently Pitt and his Friends’ star wife Jennifer Aniston have been reported as visiting the island which is close to Malta where the soon-to-be-released Troy was filmed. Visitor numbers to Gozo have leapt nearly 30% in the last six months, pushing Malta/Gozo to fifth place in the top 10 villa holiday destinations table compiled by the Meon Villas holiday company in the UK. “Leisure breaks by the famous can really put a destination on the map. Just look at the impact of visits to Tuscany by Tony Blair and his family,” said Meon Villas managing director Jane Sheppard. Corfu topped the villas’ top 10, followed by Portugal’s Algarve area and France. Cyprus, which has experienced a 19% growth over the last year, has moved into the top 10 for the first time.
The top 10 villa holiday destinations, with 2003 positions in brackets, are:
The majestic island of Corfu1.(1) Corfu, Greece – known for its hordes of celebrities in summer
2.(2) Algarve, Portugal – Cliff Richards has bought property in this beautiful area of the world.
3.(3) France – Just across the English Channel is this world of wine, cheese and secluded chateaus.
Glorious Menorca4.(4) Menorca, Spain – Miles of pristine beaches.
5.(6) Malta/Gozo – Brad & Jen’s fave holiday location.
6.(5) Majorca, Spain – A favourite for Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffiths
7.(7) Lanzarote, Spain – Party central in the Canary Islands
A Tuscan villa8.(8) Tuscany, Italy – Sting has his own vineyard in this beautiful area of Italy
9.(-) Cyprus – Third largest Mediterranean Island
10.(10) Crete, Greece – Jewel of the Greek Islands
Quick, book now as July and August are peak season in Europe and if you and 10 of your closest pals fancy a villa next to Brad and Jen?s then you?d better get a hop along!
Sarah O’Hare expecting
Mum-to-be, SarahOne of Australia?s favourite daughters is having a baby. Gorgeous model Sarah O?Hare and her media magnate husband, Lachlan Murdoch have confirmed they are expecting their first child. The baby will be the eighth grandchild of Rupert Murdoch, media baron and head of News Corp world wide. Gossip has been rife for months since O?Hare withdrew from the Melbourne Fashion Week in March and her agent blamed her uni timetable for keeping her away. Now we all know it was actually morning sickness! Then just last week they sent the media into a frenzy of ?are they or aren?t they?? when Lachlan and Sarah were photographed arriving at New York’s Costume Institute ball, she showing an obvious bump in her cream frock. Now she is going to be one Yummy Mummy!
Imagine pashing this hunk…Brad’s a great pash
Hands up all those girls that dream of pashing Brad Pitt? Well 24 year old Sydney actress Rose Byrne has done it! Rose Bryne is suddenly the name on everyone?s lips including divine Brad Pitt?s. How you ask has this Sydney girl has become America’s latest sweetheart? In the lastest epic flick Troy, Byrne is in a sex scene with Brad Pitt that has been leaving female audience members panting and men, well, feeling inadequate. In the film Byrne is lying on a bed of pillows, while Brad Pitt is naked and sweaty (just how we like him!). His 15kg of extra muscle (packed on for the role of famed Greek warrior Achilles) is rippling. So, what is it like for the local girl to spend the day shooting a steamy love scene with the actor often described as the sexiest man alive? “It was great,” said Byrne giggling, but not giving too much away. “God, he’s a great kisser.”
Lucky Rose Byrne has!Pitt thinks Byrne is a gem
It seems Brad was just as impressed by Bryne, telling journo?s ?Rose is a doll, isn’t she?” Pitt says. “She’s a gem.” Pitt, husband of Friends star Jennifer Aniston, appears naked in the scene. Or not quite, reveals Byrne. “No, no, he had a modesty patch on,” Byrne confesses. Byrne said Pitt made jokes to break the ice during Troy’s more intimate scenes. “He’s got a cheeky sense of humour. You think he’s serious and then he’ll make a joke,” she says. “Jokes? I thought I was being suave,” Pitt responds. Sounds like a movie for both sexes to attend ? Brad Pitt naked for the girls and lots of battle scenes and fighting for the boys! Perfect!
Mid air music with SherylSheryl Crow joins Mile High Rankings
Sheryl Crow made aviation history, last week by performing at 3,500 feet! The mid-air concert marked the launch of United Airlines’ partnership with Sony’s new Connect Online Music Service. “It’s like a new meaning for the ‘mile high club,'” Crow joked. “It’s a pretty cool idea.” Sheryl also let it slip that her new album will be filled with love songs thanks to her new boyfriend Lance Armstrong. “It’s going to be the most boring, sappy record you’ve ever heard,” she admitted. “It’s going to be, ‘I love Lance.'” Crow and cycling champ Armstrong ? he has won the grueling Tour de France the last five years in a row ? have been enjoying the last three months in Spain while Armstrong trains to try and win his sixth tour win. “It’s a whole different world for me and it’s great to be in his world and step out of mine for a while,” Sheryl said, she went on to add “I’m good; I’m riding the bike now.” So will we see the rocker in next year’s Tour de France? “No, you may see me in the car, but not on the tour.”
Who is the Sexiest of them all?
Decisions, decisions! Who would you choose if you had to pick between Brad Pitt, Ashton Kutcher, George Clooney, Lenny Kravitz, Justin Timberlake, Hugh Grant, Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell and Johnny Depp? Well according to People magazine in the US, Johnny Depp is the Sexiest Man Alive 2003! Hello! Depp has been seen most recently in the Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and has two young children with his unconventional French girlfriend, actress and pop singer Vanessa Paradis. Apparently, the actor, known for his ‘brooding eccentricities’, has mellowed since becoming a father. The 40-year-old film actor was bestowed the title for being “a little dangerous, having a secret and great warmth”. “Because he arrived at his new, happy place without selling out, without becoming slick or packaged or politically correct, he is a hero to his fans and an idol to his young costars,” says the magazine in its December issue. The actor, who launched into our lounge rooms in the 80’s with the hit series, 21 Jump Street went on to star in films including Edward Scissorhands, Chocolat and more recently From Hell. “Depp is known for hiding under layers of hats and blankets in his private life and behind oddball characters in his films,” said People but it added “he is finally coming to terms with his own charisma.”
Party over for Paris?
The videotape that won’t go away! Seems now our favourite hotel heiress, Paris Hilton, has taken the drastic move in canceling all press appearances – at least for the time being. The party princess was supposed to be out and about in the promoting The Simple Life, an upcoming reality TV show about her and a gal pal shot on a farm in Arkansas. But it appears the spotlight is a little too hot for Paris at the moment. The high-profile blonde has even cancelled a date on David Letterman’s Late Show. Paris professes to be “embarrassed and humiliated” by the skin flick doing the rounds on the Internet, but one would have to think the damage is done now so why not give the people what they want Paris? Partygirl Paris is also claiming the video is too embarrassing for her to watch, “I haven’t seen the tape yet,” Hilton revealed to US Weekly, when asked about the three-minute clip. “I don’t want to.” Seems this is one party Paris just wants to forget! “I can’t walk the streets,” she said. “It’s too embarrassing. I don’t want to go out anymore. I don’t want to party. This has really made me think about changes I want to make.” Boo hoo Paris! Perhaps she’ll just console herself with a little retail therapy, courtesy of her family fortunes? That should cheer her up!
Cruise no plans to marry Cruz
Tom Cruise has dropped a bombshell, revealing to UK paper The Mirror that he has no plans to marry his girlfriend Penelope Cruz. “I love Penelope and I have a lot of fun with her. She’s a beautiful human being but in terms of marriage there are no particular plans at this time,” he said. In another blow, that will no doubt have Penelope reeling, the 41-year-old actor, who shares custody of his two children with Nicole Kidman, has also revealed that he still loves his ex-wife! “I have always loved Nic and I always will. Always. That will never change – the times that we have had together,” he said. “I have always just wanted her to be happy and enjoy her life. That is what I want – I want her to be happy.” Would love to be a fly on the wall when Penelope gets wind of this!
Crudup walks out on pregnant girlfriend
And the ‘Rat of the Week’ award goes to Billy Crudup, the actor who was made famous by the film Almost Famous. Reports say he has dumped his longtime girlfriend Mary Louise Parker. No surprises there, this is a Hollywood couple after all, but what is surprising is that Parker is seven months pregnant with the couple’s first child! The pair have been together since 1996 but never married. While rumours abound about Crudup and Claire Danes, his co-star in an upcoming period piece, Crudup’s rep says “They’re old friends. Billy and Mary Louise have split up but that doesn’t mean anybody else is involved.” And Claire Danes’ rep echoed this sentiment with a statement that the pair “have been friends for 10 years and are not romantically involved.” Meanwhile, mother to be, Parker, a regular on The West Wing, is said to be “taking care of herself and her soon to be child.” Isn?t Clare Danes still with our very own groovy Bondi lovin? Ben Lee?
Paltrow opens up on US TV
Gwyneth Paltrow has revealed, on US television, no less, that it was she who dumped Brad Pitt, who was her fianc?e at the time. Paltrow finally broke her silence, on camera, about her relationship with ex-boyfriends Brad Pitt and Ben Affleck in an interview with Diane Sawyer. Oscar-winning Paltrow, who divides her time between London and New York, told Sawyer: ?I was the architect of my own misery. I just made a big mess out of it.? She went on to say: ?I’m so lucky that I spent time with Brad, somebody who was such a good person! Especially when I was, like, such a mess.? She said of another ex-beau, Ben Affleck, ?Ben makes life tough for himself. He’s got a lot of complication, and you know, he really is a great guy.? Oooh Miaoooww! Bet Jenny from the Block will have a few words to say about that little revelation!
Britney says she?s not that kinda girl
Seems like Britney Spears is torn between her goodgirl/badgirl image once again. In an interview in Esquire magazine, Brits reportedly said “The record label wanted me to do certain kinds of songs, and I was like, ‘Look, if you want me to be some kind of sex thing, that’s not me.? I will never do that. I’m still doing what I love to do.” But it seems that actions speak louder than words – Miss Spears, in recent times has adorned the cover of both Elle UK and Rolling Stone magazine baring her best assets. Apparently on the cover of Esquire she is clad in only a white jumper and heels, styled in a look which harks back to a sexy, vintage Angie Dickinson photo. P.S. The pictures inside the mag are anything but demure. Hmmm.
Brits goes on (and on and on!) in the interview with Chuck Klosterman claiming she doesn’t dress provocatively and swears that she never thinks for a minute about the possibility she’s fantasy fodder for millions of American males. Aww, come on Brits how dumb do you think we are? “I don’t think about things like that” she says. It appears that Brits doesn?t rate her celebrity very highly either – “I’m famous, but I’m not famous like freaking Brad Pitt or Jennifer Aniston. But in my weird little head, I just think we’re all here to inspire each other. We just bounce off each other and show the world what we can do.” Weird little head? You said it, not us.
Clooney and Zeta-Jones sizzle it up
Fans of the Joel and Ethan Coen take note! If you liked Raising Arizona and Fargo then you must be well versed in the devilishly clever Coen brother?s dark yet strangely kooky sense of humour. Keep your eyes peeled for their fab new film Intolerable Cruelty, starring two of Hollywood?s hottest stars. George Clooney is a high powered divorce lawyer (sounds perfect for handsome bachelor boy) and Catherine Zeta-Jones as a money hungry serial divorcee (ooh, could that be a little too close to the truth!). This latest Coen production has been likened to an old fashioned screwball romantic comedy and the chemistry between the Clooney and Zeta-Jones has been described by some critics in the States as ?scorching?. This one sounds like a must-see when it hits our screens later this year.
In Ocean’s Eleven, dapper Danny Ocean (George Clooney) orchestrates the most elaborate and breathtakingly ambitious casino heist in history. In one night, Danny’s handpicks an eleven man crew of specialists, who will attempt to steal over $150 million from three Las Vegas casinos owned by Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia), the elegant, ruthless entrepreneur who just happens to be dating Danny’s ex-wife Tess (Julia Roberts). The crew includes a card sharp (Brad Pitt), a pickpocket (Matt Damon), an explosives specialist (Don Cheadle), a casino dealer (Bernie Mac), two drivers (Casey Affleck, Scott Caan), a surveillance expert (Eddie Jemison), a veteran con man (Carl Reiner), a money launderer (Elliott Gould), and of all things, a Chinese acrobat (Shaobo Qin). This unusual gang are given an even more unusual mandate: “don’t hurt anybody, don’t steal from anyone who doesn’t deserve it, and play the game like you’ve got nothing to lose”.
The new version of Ocean’s Eleven is that rare thing: a remake that is actually far superior to the original. It has much of the casual swagger of the original rat pack yet with rivetting action and razor-sharp repartee, thanks to some of the finest comedic performances we’ve seen in a while. Indeed it’s escapist entertainment of the highest order and what is created when one of Hollywood’s finest directors gets a taste for popcorn.