With just weeks before her heralded Las Vegas residency begins, Britney Spears made her official arrival at Planet Hollywood earlier this week. It wasn’t as extravagant as Shania Twain arriving on a horse, but there was plenty of fan fare. Lights, cameras, paparazzi, fans, you name it, it was there.
Naturally, the 32-year-old singer is in promotional overdrive to move ticket sales and also copies of her just-released album Britney Jean. She even hinted that she might retire after her two-year residency. Yeah, right. I smell that marketing ploy a mile away ;)
In other Brit-related news, she appears on InStyle magazine’s January cover looking quite lovely wearing a Dior couture gown. Photographer Michelangelo Di Battista snaps the singer for her most “candid interview ever.” Knowing how verbose Brit is, I wonder what classifies as “candid” for the publication. Right?
Spears also released a teaser for her latest single “Perfume.” It uses the official lyric video as the background with footage of the video itself incorporated in. Check it out below.
Despite all the touching tributes, including those from his former co-stars, and breaking news regarding Paul Walker’s death, I’ve remained relatively silent. I’m still in shock that he’s gone. Not only was I a huge fan, but he was one of the first male actors I crushed on as I started my journey to coming out. He definitely holds a special place in my heart.
Whether or not you watched all of his movies or none of them, you’re probably aware that he appeared in The Fast and The Furious films. In honor of the late actor, the franchise created a two-minute tribute compilation highlighting Walker’s finest moments. It spans his first meeting with Vin Diesel’s Dominic to his wedding with Jordana Brewster’s Mia in the most recent film. Watch the moving tribute set to Skyler Grey’s “I’m Coming Home” below. It fittingly features a toast from Vin Diesel.
The single most iconic female super hero of all time has been cast.
Wonder Woman, who has been in movie production hell since forever, has finally found a face. Newcomer (THANK GOD) Gal Gadot who was seen in one of the Fast and Furious movies has been chosen to portray the female icon in the Warner Bros. movie universe, starting with her first appearance in Superman v. Batman, also starring Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck.
I couldn’t be more thrilled.
The casting for this role is probably one of the hardest. Everyone will have an opinion, and I personally think they chose well. Her face is stunning, she’s got that exotic look that WW needs. Throw her in a gym for a year, give her a GREAT push up bra, some hair extension and a GREAT outfit and we’ve got the perfect Wonder Woman.
Good job WB, you’ve done well so far! Click below to see the new face of Wonder Woman!
Believe it or not, Joe Manganiello wasn’t always the hunky piece of man meat that he is today. Before he became a buff werewolf, he was a scrawny teen like most of us. The 36-year-old actor shared a childhood picture to promote his new book, Evolution: The Cutting Edge Guide to Breaking Down Mental Walls and Building the Body You’ve Always Wanted. Wow that’s a mouthful.
In Evolution, Manganiello shares his lifetime of experience and research in terms of diet, cardio and anatomy. Featuring black-and-white photographs throughout, and Manganiello’s step-by-step workout routine that combines weights, intense cardio and a high protein diet, this book reveals exactly “how to get the body of one of Hollywood’s hottest stars. Promising to turn any Average Joe into a Joe Manganiello!” I hope there’s a money back guarantee ;)
In addition to sharing his workout tips, Manganiello reveals he had an alcohol addiction during his 20s. Evolution is now available on Amazon and other outlets. Joe’s Sabotage co-star and childhood idol, Arnold Schwarzenegger, wrote the forward to his book. Check out promo pics and videos below.
It’s the question every gay man wanted the answer to. Exactly who was Tom Daley dating? Admit it, you were wondering it too after watching the 19-year-old’s coming out YouTube video. According to E! Online, it’s none other than Academy Award-winning writer Dustin Lance Black.
“In spring this year, my life changed massively when I met someone and they made me feel so happy, so safe and everything just feels great,” the 19-year-old said. “And that someone is a guy. It did take me by surprise a little bit. It was always in the back of my head that something like that could happen, but it wasn’t until spring this year that something just clicked. It felt right and I thought, ‘OK,’ and my whole world changed there and then.” – Tom Daley’s YouTube Video
What a difference a search engine makes. On Bing’s year-end list, Beyonce earned top honors for most searched celebrity in 2013. On Yahoo!, she doesn’t even rank in the Top 10. Taking not only the No. 1 slot as top-searched female celebrity but also top Yahoo search term overall is Miley Cyrus. Not at all surprising given all her headline-grabbing antics this year.
Cyrus beat out fellow celebrities for Yahoo!’s top honor. Kim Kardashian (#2), Kate Upton (#3) and Selena Gomez (#5) all just fell short. Gotta hand it to Kardashian. Regardless of what search engine, she’s near the top. She also landed the runner-up slot on Bing’s list, while Miley ranked at No. 9. Again I ask, who and why are people searching for Kimmy K?
Other top search terms in 2013 include Minecraft (#4), Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) (#6), Amanda Bynes (#7), Jodi Arias (#8), iPhone 5 (#9) and Justin Bieber (#10). Check out other Top 10 year-end lists from Yahoo! below.
Initially, Alan Ritchson auditioned for the role of Finnick which eventually went to Sam Claflin. A couple of months after not hearing from the casting director, he received an offer to play Gloss. If you’ve seen The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, much to his fans’ dismay, he’s barely featured. Even more disheartening is the fact producers didn’t utilize that ripped eight-pack of his. Luckily for us, Da Man had no problem exploiting his natural assets.
The 29-year-old former American Idol hopeful poses for a stylish and sizzling editorial in Da Man’s latest issue snapped by Mitchell Nguyen McCormack. Ritchson can next be seen in Michael Bay’s upcoming big budget Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles where he plays Raphael. Given that he’s a turtle, I’m pretty sure, once again, moviegoers will be deprived of his toned physique on the big screen. Better get your fill from the pictures below.
“I’d be lying if I say genetics don’t play some part of that, but at the same time, I think people take for granted how hard it is to achieve any kind of success. I do work really hard, I work out five days a week and I’m very disciplined about my regimen. I focus on cardio; it’s the foundation of my workout. The best of me is poured into that and the rest of it goes into resistance training. If anyone wants to get ripped, I recommend sprint training.”
Tom Daley wasn’t the only one joining the LGBT ranks recently. Maria Bello sorta did as well. In an essay titled “Coming Out as a Modern Family,” the 46-year-old actress discusses coming out to her 12-year-old son Jackson about her best friend and partner, Clare Munn. Jackson is the result of a previous relationship with TV producer Dan McDermott. Here’s a brief excerpt from the New York Times piece.
So back to Jackson’s question, with me sitting on the edge of his bed: Was I romantic with anyone right now?
I exhaled and finally said it: “Clare.”
He looked at me for what seemed like an eternity and then broke into a huge, warm smile. “Mom, love is love, whatever you are,” he said with wisdom beyond his years. (Yes, he obviously attends one of those progressive schools in Los Angeles!)
I loved him so much for saying that. “But Jack, I’m a little scared,” I said. “When I was younger, people judged you if you were in a romantic relationship with a person of the same sex, and some still do. So I’m not sure how to deal with this. But we’ll figure it out together.”