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    Last night, Michelle Kwan, the most decorated U.S. Figure Skating athlete, was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame.

    In a beautiful room, with Michelle’s signature lit up on the walls, the scene was set for an amazing night for one of the most well-respected and accomplished people not just in the sport of figure skating, but in the world of sport as a whole. The evening was started with U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame Chair of Electors, Dr. Lawrence Mondschein, speaking and saying his words about Kwan. He then introduced U.S. Figure Skating President Patricia St. Peter, who said Michelle is “the epitome of a champion on and off the ice.” St. Peter then went into a personal story about the 2005 U.S. Championships as a judge and why she pressed the 6.0 button after Kwan’s short program. St. Peter said, unlike anyone else, Michelle looked at you when she skated. Of the 6.0, St. Peter said, you only award if you don’t have to think about it, you just know. On that night, she knew.

    After President St. Peter spoke, a list of Kwan’s career achievements were read aloud, drawing laughs from the crowd because it began to grow comical how many awards she had won over her dazzling career. A tribute video was then shown, depicting Michelle in every aspect of her public life. Clips of Michelle on the ice as well as in pop culture and media were shown with great applause and many times laughter when a clip of a funny commercial or segment of a TV show was shown.

    After the video, Brian Boitano spoke about his and Michelle’s personal relationship. He spoke about her like she was a sister to him and that he thought to give her guidance many times, but that she didn’t need it, that Michelle was a natural. Boitano’s words were heart-felt and he recalled a story where the two were sitting alone together when Michelle told him that she wanted to be the President of the United States, which drew laughs and Michelle to point and jokingly scold him. Boitano continued his speech and then ended with, Vote Kwan for President.

    After a video submitted by Condoleezza Rice, congratulating Michelle on her induction, Kwan was officially inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame. Kwan then took to the microphone and began by thanking the many people that have helped her throughout her career. She started with her family, then spent time to recognize many others individually. The largest cheers occurred when she thanked her many fans who have been with her throughout the years. Michelle said she always skated with her heart and that she is excited about starting a new life and that she would do everything in her new life the same way she skated, with her heart. After her speech, Michelle spent time greeting fans and taking pictures. There were 24 members of the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame on hand who all took a picture with her on the stage.

    "When I look back at my skating career, I'm thankful for the years I was on the ice. Having the opportunity to go out and do what I love every day, with thousands and millions of people watching. It's a hobby, something I love doing," she said. "Yes, you might look back and say, `It's a bummer I didn't win gold in `98 or 2002.' Yes, I could reflect back and think those thoughts. But to me, it was about moments. It was never about the medals, it was about loving what I do."

    Kwan was the face of figure skating for a decade, beloved as much for her grace and humility in defeat as her long list of triumphs. Though she won five world and nine U.S. titles, she is best remembered for her heartbreaking finishes at the Nagano and Salt Lake City games. The favorite at each, she settled instead for a silver (1998) and a bronze (2002). Indeed, the image of her sobbing as she stood below a beaming Tara Lipinski on the Nagano medals podium is as enduring as her majestic performance at the national championships a month earlier.

    Kwan made one last run at gold in 2006, but a groin injury forced her to drop out of the Turin Olympics two days after the opening ceremony.

    "I miss everything about skating, to tell you truth," she said. "I miss the routine, I miss training every day, I miss my friends at the rink. I miss everything. I miss competing, I love performing. Skating is something that will always be close to my heart. That will always be there. How can you find a sport that you're so attached to and love so much and have so many fond memories of it?"

    Asked if one memory stood taller than others, Kwan said her fondest was also her hardest: the 1998 U.S. championships in Philadelphia.

    more at the sources

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    Here are all the SAG award winners (who attended) with their awards in the press room (will add Betty White when a photo is released). Please thankfully note the lack of George Clooney.

    Jean Dujardin

    Modern Family cast

    Steve Buschemi

    Octavia Spencer

    Alec Baldwin

    Christopher Plummer

    Jessica Lange

    Boardwalk Empire cast

    Viola Davis

    The Help cast

    Mary Tyler Moore


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    With Santorum off the trail, surrogates help keep campaign alive

    Reporting from Sarasota, Fla. —

    Rick Santorum’s daughter Elizabeth told an enthusiastic crowd of several hundred supporters drawn to her father as the family values candidate that he was living his beliefs.

    “My dad today is exercising his most important role, which is being a dad,” she said.

    The former Pennsylvania senator was scheduled to campaign in Florida on Sunday but canceled his appearances after his 3-year-old daughter Bella was admitted to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia with pneumonia in her lungs, according to some media reports.

    Elizabeth Santorum talked to reporters for half a minute but declined to elaborate on her sister’s condition. “She got sick and right now she’s in the hospital. We’re hoping everything’s going to be better soon,” she said. “We do what we do as a family. We stick together and, you know, we get through. We’re hanging in there.”

    Bella, the youngest of Santorum’s seven children, has agenetic disorder called Trisomy 18, a chromosomal defect that can cause significant developmental disabilities. Elizabeth Santorum told reporters that her father plans to return to Florida “as soon as he can.”

    Speaking just briefly, Santorum’s oldest daughter urged a crowd waving little American flags in a hangar to believe in her father’s campaign  and help turn out his supporters for Tuesday’s primary. “Stand up, Florida. You have three days left. Let’s take this all the way,” she said.

    She stuck around for photos and autographs until there was no one left waiting, just as her father often does. Unlike him, she did not come with her own Sharpie. Santorum, who smiles frequently and warmly, appeared grim as she left the event.

    Without the candidate, the rally was turned over to surrogates, including Santorum’s most devoted supporters, the Duggar family, stars of cable television’s “19 Kids and Counting.” With their parents at home in Arkansas, two of the family’s self-possessed children took the stage.

    Josh Duggar, who owns two auto dealerships, stepped smoothly into the candidate’s role, dressed smartly in a tie and dark suit. Duggar has been taking political science classes online, plans to go to law school and is thinking he might run for office.

    Duggar, who set off in the family tour bus for Iowa on New Year’s Eve, has campaigned for Santorum for most of the month. On Sunday, he hit all of Santorum’s faith, family and freedom talking points much more succinctly than Santorum. And he questioned the conservatism of the front-runners in the Republican presidential primaries, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. 

    “Both of these men have been on opposite sides of the issues that you and I hold dear. There’s only one candidate in this race who embraces our values, and that man is Rick Santorum,” he said, drawing cheers. “There’s only one man that has stood by his principles, who has stood by his convictions, who has stood by his family, like he is today. He’s standing with his family.” 

    Duggar was followed by his sister, Jill, who is studying to be a midwife. “Every vote counts. We learned that in Iowa, when we won,” she said.

    Zach Bates, who has been campaigning for Santorum with the Duggars, came next. He introduced himself by saying he was the oldest of 18 children, sparking laughter from the audience. Then he noted that his mother is pregnant, triggering applause. 

    Noting that all  the candidates “can give the conservative speech,” Bates said he prayed for guidance. “So I said, ‘What’s something different? What’s something going to set them apart, not just what they’re saying?’ And the Lord laid something on my heart, you know, just, I think, Scripture, just principle: 'He that’s faithful in little things can be trusted with much.' And I think that’s one thing that’s characterized Rick Santorum’s life, a faithful man of courage.” 

    Bates urged the audience to stick with the true conservative in the race. “We cannot fight Obama with someone who’s a little bit better than Obama,” he said.

    He urged Santorum’s supporters to reach out to their friends in the final days before the primary to make the case. “Get on your Twitters. Get on your Facebooks,” he said.

    When the Duggars and Bates finished, Joe Gruters, the GOP chairman for Sarasota County, asked, “What do you think? You think we have some future elected officials here?”


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  • 01/29/12--20:04: Madge or Gaga?

  • The ongoing feud between Lady Gaga and the woman she impersonates--er--looks to for inspiration is heating up. Yes, Madonna the original individualistic, envelope-pushing, outré Material Girl has reportedly demanded that her pop star/provocateur carbon copy must be barred from any Oscar after party that Madonna attends. Oh well, you can't blame a woman for knowing what she wants--or doesn't want near her at a party.

    Yes, Madonna reportedly issued an ultimatum almost a month before the 84th Academy Awards ceremony. Oscar after party planners must make a choice. They can either have Madonna at their party or they can have her cartoonish imitation, Lady Gaga. They cannot have both. Makes sense.

    "It's unusual for Madonna to be so petty," reveals a source. "She doesn't usually act like this, even about bitter enemies such as Sean Penn and J-Lo. But she didn't want to be forced into a photo-op with GaGa."

    And who can blame her? Madonna probably doesn't want to get close enough to the Lady to get stung by the live bees in her bonnet or to smell the meat in her dress which must get pretty putrid by the end of the evening. Of course, the always more polite Madonna put it more politely:

    "I wouldn't go so far as to say I'm a control freak, but I am a detail freak," she explained.

    Actually, Madonna was referring to the control she exerted as a director on her new film, "W.E." But hey, if the shoe fits.

    sad that Madonna is still trying to get limelight from Gags and complaining a century too late about Born This Way. just in time for her album no1 curr about I suppose, smh

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    The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence recently talked about reality TV, calling the demise of Kim Kardashian's marriage "heartbreaking."

    It's pretty amazing that someone like Jennifer can feel sympathy for someone like Kim—after all, she worked hard to get where she's at in Hollywood, impressing audiences with her amazing acting skills in the movie Winter's Bone, while Kim has become a star by starring in a sex tape and on multiple reality shows that might not be all that real.

    However, Jennifer probably views reality shows in a much different way after working on The Hunger Games, a movie set in a futuristic world where people are entertained by watching kids fight to the death. According to Contact Music, she recently compared the demise of Kim Kardashian's marriage to the movie by saying this: "We all can't wait to tune in to the new season of 'The Kardashians' to watch a marriage be destroyed. That's such a heartbreaking, terrible thing to happen to anybody and we tune in and watch it. We're become more and more desensitized to the things we see on TV. That's our entertainment: people suffering."

    So does Jennifer Lawrence make a good point? Should all the Kardashian haters actually feel sorry for Kim?

    It's nice that the Oscar-nominated actress is so caring, but maybe she doesn't keep up with the Kardashians enough. Kim and her family have complete control over what gets shown on their reality show, and she didn't have to feature the end of her marriage to Kris Humphries if she didn't want to. However, she knew it would get good ratings and would be a good way to gain sympathy from her fans. In fact, there have even been rumors that she and Kris Jenner might have faked a scene months after Kim and Kris got divorced in order to make Kim seem more sympathetic.

    So there's one big difference between The Hunger Games and Kim Kardashian's shows that Jennifer Lawrence fails to see. In her movie, kids are forced to fight to the death for entertainment, while Kim is making the choice to be on reality TV. She can walk away from it whenever she wants to, and might be making an attempt to do so—she's landed quite a few acting gigs lately, so perhaps she wants to be a part of Jennifer Lawrence's world.

    So what do you think—would Jennifer still feel sympathetic for Kim if the two of them worked on a movie together someday?


    I cried during all the season finale of k&ktny </3

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    If you’re like me and occasionally indulge in the type of television you would be embarrassed to admit you watch in public, you may have tuned in to this week’s episode of Toddlers and Tiaras. Honestly, I can’t believe that parents are still willing to appear on this show. It’s pretty clear after five seasons that its goal is not to cast a flattering light on the pageant industry.

    This week’s episode was no different with two moms admitting they make their daughters follow strict diets before pageants. “You don’t get as good of a score if your dress doesn’t fit good,” says the mother of 8-year-old Ever Rose. She admits she makes her daughter count calories and says that Ever has already lost 10 pounds.

    The night before the pageant we see Ever Rose’s mom fretting over the amount of dessert her daughter is eating. “We don’t get to have the whole pie. We have a piece of the pie…It’s hard being a kid and carrying extra weight around,” she says. Ironically, later on in the episode when getting dressed for the pageant, Ever’s dress is too big at which point her mom tells her she needs to stop losing weight or she’ll have to get a new dress.

    I get this mom’s desire to ensure her daughter is eating healthy. She is certainly not the only parent who monitors the amount of sweets her child eats, but teaching your child to count calories at the age of eight and associating her weight with success in a pageant based on her beauty is not the best way to go about it.

    Another mom in the episode says she “will do whatever it takes to get her [daughter] to where she needs to be.” She admits to making her 4-year-old eat salads before pageants and brags that the tot has already lost 4 pounds. Just let that sink in. Four pounds on a 4-year-old little girl!

    I’m going to go ahead and be the jerk that points out that neither one of these mothers are exactly svelte themselves and while I don’t agree with shaming women for their weight it seems a little unfair to ask your children to follow a diet plan you haven’t been modeling yourself. Regardless of whether these children do or do not need to lose weight, teaching them to diet to please a panel of judges is deplorable and sets them up for a lifetime of self-esteem issues.

    That one girl (who at one point was just talking about how she was unhappy and hungry) is going to be so confused with her mom telling her she had to diet for the pageant and then got frustrated with her losing too much weight for the pageant...

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    Kelly Osbourne in Badgley Mischka Pre-Fall 12

    Zoe Saldana in Givenchy Haute Couture S/S 12

    Julie Bowen in Temperley London S/S 12

    Emily Blunt in Oscar de la Renta Resort 12

    Emma Stone in Alexander McQueen Pre-fall 2012

    Kaley Cuoco in Romona Keveza AW 2011

    Natalie Portman in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture S/S 12

    Judy Greer in Collette Dinnigan F/W 11

    Maya Rudolph in Naeem Khan Resort 2012

    Emilia Clarke in Chanel F/W 11

    Naya Rivera in modified Naeem Khan S/S 12

    Lea Michele in Versace Atelier F/W 10

    Rose Byrne in Elie Saab Haute Couture F/W 09

    Angelina Jolie in Jenny Packham F/W 11

    Shailene Woodley in L'Wren Scott S/S 12

    Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji S/S 12

    Jane Krakowski in Antonio Berardi Resort 2012

    Jenna Ushkowitz in Rebecca Minkoff S/S 12

    Tilda Swinton in Lanvin Resort 2012

    Jessica Chastain in custom Calvin Klein

    Sofia Vergara in Marchesa

    Julianna Margulies in Calvin Klein Collection

    Diane Lane in David Meister

    Michelle Williams in Valentino

    Berenice Bejo in Ralph Lauren S/S 12

    Jane Lynch in David Meister Signature

    Ashlee Simpson in Jenny Packhan

    Amber Riley in Badgley Mischka

    Kristen Wiig in Balenciaga

    Melissa McCarthy in Badgley Mischka

    Ellie Kempler in Lorena Sarbu

    Kyra Sedgwick in Emilio Pucci

    Gretchen Mol in L'Wren Scott

    Glenn Close in Zac Posen

    Meryl Streep in Vivienne Westwood

    Viola Davis in Marchesa

    Tina Fey in vintage Versace

    Dianna Agron in Carolina Herrera

    Amber Heard in Zac Posen

    Source: 1, 2, 3   

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    Aimee Mann In Concert

    Alec Baldwin And Daughter Ireland Arriving On A Flight At LAX

    Ashely Tisdale Heads Out After Some Time On The Beach

    Candice Swanepoel Hits The Beach For Victoria Secret

    Christina Applegate and Martyn LeNoble Head Out With Baby Girl Sadie Grace

    Eva Longoria is named "Woman Of The Year" at the Bada Ballet Theatre's 2012 Black & White Ball at Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas

    Hulk Hogan Picking Up Some Fast Food In Manchester

    Rooney Mara Arriving For A Flight At LAX

    Tulisa Contostavlos heads to Nobu Berkeley

    Gerard Butler Leaves Koi

    Adam Sandler Walks the Dog

    Channing Tatum Arriving For A Flight At LAX

    Denise Richards Arriving For A Flight At LAX

    Benji and Eliza keep warm with coffee

    Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale look very much in love

    Hannigan's to-go lunch from CPK

    Joe Jonas Takes A Lovely Lady To Dinner

    Katherine Heigl And Family Shop The Flea Market In Paris

    LeAnn Rimes Arriving On A Flight At LAX

    Courteney Cox and Coco See the Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil Show

    Dana Wilkey Leaves Katsuya

    Pierce Brosnan Shops The Farmers Market

    Marcia Cross And Family Out In Brentwood

    Peter Facinelli at Chateau Nightclub

    Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo See the Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil Show

    Source: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14,15

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    Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy hit back at Fox News during a UK press conference following the London Premiere of their new film. Fox had publically criticized the film for supposedly pushing a 'dangerous liberal agenda' at kids.

    Kermit mocks their blatant and pointless fear mongering before Miss Piggy offers her own opinion on Fox News.

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  • 01/30/12--05:49: THE HOLY FAMILY BLESS NYC
  • Marion Cotillard, Guillaume Canet, and their son Marcel go for a stroll in SoHo, New York City yesterday, January 29, 2012.

    look at how guillaume is cooing over his splitting image

    Marion's mom, Niseema Theillaud
    here & here

    ETA: sorry for the date, i've edited it now.

    These were taken last October when the family sans Guillaume were vacationing in Saint Paul de Vince.


    vintage Marion & Guillaume tyfyt ♥

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    I love this song

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    Living in Toronto: I feel very much at home there. I ride my bike everywhere. I have my favourite restaurants. My perfect day is riding my bike to an amazing cinema called the Lightbox, then having a glass of wine and a quinoa salad.

    Her sister working as her make-up artist: Working with her is amazing because your family can be so honest without hurting your feelings. And I really trust her aesthetic eye. When we travel they book separate hotel rooms for us, and we say, ‘We can just bunk together. We’ll have two twin beds.’ Never in my wildest dreams did I think my sister and I would be travelling around to movie premieres and walking down the red carpet together.”

    On dating a 'national treasure':Aha! He’ll be pleased to hear that! ... I don’t usually speak much about this kind of thing ... Michael is a very funny person. I have a lot of Welsh on my grandmother’s side. Michael and I didn’t get together while we were filming Midnight in Paris, which I feel strongly about not doing when I’m working. We became quite good friends, which I think is a great way to start. I will say that I felt very blessed to have made a Woody Allen film in Paris together.

    On making relationships work: When you’re young you think, ‘Oh, if it’s not perfect and we don’t get on absolutely famously all the time then we’re not compatible.’ I think there are probably a few cardinal rules: you need to trust each other and be able to talk to each other and be best friends”

    A long-distance relationship: “Michael and I never spend more than three weeks apart - we rack up a lot of air miles - but you have to be quite adaptable in this business whether you are in a relationship or not. Trying to establish roots somewhere is a bit of a joke.”


    The incurable romantic

    A graduate of the teen hit Mean Girls, the actress Rachel McAdams has gone on to show her talent in a whole succession of rom-coms and tear-jerkers. She talks to Elaine Lipwort about her weepiest film to date, falling in love with the British star Michael Sheen and why she’s just a home-bird at heart

    Eight years ago The Notebook, a gloriously sentimental triple-tissue weepie, put Rachel McAdams on the map. She’d already given a scene-stealing performance in Mean Girls (overshadowing the film’s lead, Lindsay Lohan), but The Notebook, in which she was cast alongside Ryan Gosling, grossed £75 million worldwide and is now regularly listed with Titanic, Moonstruck and Gone with the Wind as one of the most romantic films ever made. “I remember coming out of the audition instinctively feeling that my life was never going to be the same”, recalls the 33-year-old actress over afternoon tea in a hotel suite in Los Angeles.

    She was right. McAdams went on to star in the hit rom-com Wedding Crashers (2005), the film version of State of Play (2009) and both of Guy Richie’s Sherlock Holmes films. Last year she appeared in Woody Allen’s Oscar-tipped comedy Midnight in Paris, on the set of which she met and subsequently fell in love with her co-star Michael Sheen. “I love the British sense of humour,” she says with a smile.

    Classically beautiful, McAdams has long, wavy blonde hair, which she has pinned back off her face, highlighting her delicate features and creamy skin. She is wearing a 1940s-style shimmering gold Etro top and cream wool Roland Mouret trousers. We’ve met to talk about her latest film, The Vow, another romantic tear-jerker about a couple living in wedded bliss until a car crash leaves McAdams’s character with no memory of having met and married her husband (played by the hunky Channing Tatum of GI Joe fame).

    The actress is a good ractonteuse with a musical voice and a light Canadian accent. We find ourselves giggling like schoolgirls about the film, even though there aren’t a lot of laughs in it. McAdams is gleefully relating a story about one of the film’s moments of comic relief, when Tatum’s character, now a stranger to his wife, walks into their bedroom stark naked. “Seeing him naked comes as quite a shock [to her]. He doesn’t seem to mind, [he just thinks] this is his wife,” she says. “Naturally my character has a rather dramatic reaction”. A reaction which, as it turns out, didn’t require any acting. “Channing got the props department to make a prosthetic, um, member”. She lowers her voice to a whisper. “Literally a fake penis. I didn’t know what to do, I thought, ‘Is that the real deal?’ It was very realistic”. She erupts into peals of silverly laughter.

    Right on cue, Tatum, who is also in the hotel doing interviews, barges in to say hello to his leading lady. “Are you talking about my body?”, says the actor, grinning with mock macho bravado. “In your dreams!” shouts McAdams. “I still can’t believe you did that.” She shakes her hands at the memory. “It was ridiculous - the scale of it!”

    The film poses a serious question: would you fall in love with your spouse if you were to meet again as strangers? McAdams spoke to the couple who inspired the story: “They found their way back to each other, which is amazing”, she says.

    She also spent a lot of time talking about brain injuries and memory loss with an expert called in to help on set. “They say that people often get back on to the path they were on before they lost their memories, and begin to resemble their previous selves again,” she says.

    Does she believe in love at first sight? “I definitely believe in it,” she says. “I think there’s some kind of recognition when you meet a person that you really connect to. Apparently, it is all to do with pheromones. If the man’s smell is too close to her father’s a woman will reject him, but if it’s too far away she also rejects him”. 

    I ask her about Michael Sheen, the 42-year-old Welsh star of The Special Relationship, The Queen and Frost/Nixon. McAdams is initially reluctant to share details of her relationship with Sheen, who has a 12-year-old daughter, Lily, from his relationship with the actress Kate Beckinsale (McAdams was previously involved with Ryan Gosling for three years). She sighs and twists her necklace. “I don’t usually speak much about this kind of thing”, she says, hesitating. But her reserve melts away when I ask her what it’s like going out with one of our national treasures.

    “Aha!” she exclaims, clearly amused. “He’ll be pleased to hear that!” She laughs delightedly. “Michael is a very funny person”, she says, revealing that she is part Welsh herself. “I have a lot of Welsh on my grandmother’s side. Michael and I didn’t get together while we were filming Midnight in Paris, which I feel strongly about not doing when I’m working. We became quite good friends, which I think is a great way to start.

    I will say that I felt very blessed to have made a Woody Allen film in Paris together,” she continues. “It was magical, and it wasn’t one of these movies where the streets were closed down; traffic was going by and we were a part of French life. But also - and this is the most amazing thing - we had access to Giverny [Monet’s gardens] and the Rodin gardens. I was waling through the Rodin gardens barefoot without a security guard telling me off - it was extraordinary.”

    McAdams grew up in St Thomas, Ontario, with her younger siblings, Daniel and Kayleen. Her father, Lance, was a removal man. “He preferred to call his job ‘relocation engineer’,”she jokes. Her mother, Sandy, is a nurse. “My dad would have to go away sometimes to work, but mostly we had dinner together every night. I had my spot at the table along with my sister and brother.”

    Chores were divided among the family. “My mother thought it was important that we all learnt to cook. And she would say, ‘From now on you are all going to do your own laundry.’ So when I went to college I knew how to take care of myself. She was really nurturing and I had a lovely childhood. For family holidays we went as far as the car could take us - we would drive to Florida, even though it would take us three days.”

    A competitive figure skater as a child, McAdams discovered a talent for acting at a summer camp in her early teens. “I always felt quite nervous in sports, but when I started acting the nerves pulled me forward and got me on the stage, whereas when I was skating my knees were knocking together and I thought I was going to be sick. When I said I wanted to go to theatre school I am sure my parents were terrified, but they didn’t show it and were completely supportive”. She studied theatre at York University in Toronto, and landed her first big role in The Hot Chick (2002). Mean Girls and The Notebook followed in 2004.

    However, just when her career was taking off, she stepped out of the limelight. She reportedly turned down a series of high-profile parts - and hefty pay cheques: Eva Green’s role as the Bond girl Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale, Anne Hathaway’s role in The Devil Wears Prada opposite Meryl Streep, and one of the female leads in Mission: Impossible III. “I had been working back to back without any breaks in between, and wanted to just relax and have a life,” she says.

    The same year, she was meant to appear on the cover of Vanity Fair’s Hollywood issue with Keira Knightley and Scarlett Johansson, but walked out at the 11th hour when she discovered it was a nude shoot. “What bothers me is our culture’s obsession with nudity. It shouldn’t be a big deal, but it is”, she said at the time. “There’s the worry about seeing one’s body dissected, misrepresented, played and replayed on the internet”.

    Rather than following the well-trodden path to Hollywood and settling in Los Angeles (where Michael Sheen is based), McAdams has chosen to remain in Toronto, where she lives with her brother. “I feel very much at home there. I ride my bike everywhere. I have my favourite restaurants. My perfect day is riding my bike to an amazing cinema called the Lightbox, then having a glass of wine and a quinoa salad”.

    Her sister, Kayleen, is her make-up artist. “This is her work,” she says with a smile, touching her face. “Working with her is amazing because your family can be so honest without hurting your feelings. And I really trust her aesthetic eye. When we travel they book  separate hotel rooms for us, and we say, “We can just bunk together. We’ll have two twin beds.” Never in my wildest dreams did I think my sister and I would be travelling around to movie premieres and walking down the red carpet together.”

    As for making a long-distance relationship work, she says, “Michael and I never spend more than three weeks apart - we rack up a lot of air miles - but you have to be quite adaptable in this business whether you are in a relationship or not. Trying to establish roots somewhere is a bit of a joke.”

    She takes an active interest in politics and current affairs. One of the many celebrities who has joined in the Occupy movement, McAdams was photographed with protesters in Toronto last October. “It’s been challenging at times,” she says of Hollywood, “because it is such a different world from the world I grew up in, but I try to keep my feet on the ground, to take it slowly and enjoy it.”

    It sounds as if she is also taking her relationship slowly. Has she discovered anything about love over the years? “I hope so! I think it’s something this movie is all about, that adversity is not always a bad thing; it can bring you closer together and make your bond stronger. It’s a means to getting to know each other better. When you’re young you think, ‘Oh, if it’s not perfect and we don’t get on absolutely famously all the time then we’re not compatible.’ I think there are probably a few cardinal rules: you need to trust each other and be able to talk to each other and be best friends”.

    McAdams tells me about a recent study she has read on the subject of relationships. “You have your honeymoon phase and then you hit a different kind of stride, and they say you can keep falling in love again and again.”

    Any clues as to how exactly you achieve that? “Oh, God, I don’t know, search me,” she says with a laugh.

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    Teleflora, the world's leading flower delivery service has teamed up with super-model Adriana Lima for an ad set to launch during Super Bowl XLVI, which will air on NBC Sunday, February 5, 2012. Teleflora's 30-second spot will debut during the game's second quarter.


    Prabal Gurung S/S 2012 : Candice Swanepoel by Daniel Jackson


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    She's gearing up for the release of her new film "Tyler Perry's Good Deeds," and Gabrielle Union was chosen to cover the February 2012 issue of Ocean Drive.

    The 39-year-old Nebraska native posed for a stylishly shot Steve Erle spread while talking with the magazine about life with NBA Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade, her movie-making career, and thoughts on having children.

    On starting a family:

    "I was never someone who thought about having kids – I mean, they're great in theory, but I never imagined having one [myself]. Maybe over the next five years I could wrap my brain around becoming a mother and what that would mean in terms of sacrifice and dedication. I don't do anything impulsively, so more toward the five years out than the one-year."

    On keeping her house in California:
    "[It has been] great because I have my own career and life elsewhere, I have a home I paid for with my own money, and I need to be able to nurture that as well."

    On getting sick when she's away from Miami:

    "A week away is pretty much it for me. When I land in Miami, I feel like I've been holding my breath and am finally exhaling. I can breathe. I feel accepted, welcomed. I feel like I can be my true self, the woman I always aspired to be... More in Miami than any other place."

    On life with Dwyane Wade in Miami:
    "D and I have a life together, too. I love my life in Miami, I can't imagine functioning without both, I love the design district, I love Midtown, I love what's happening downtown now. I can be at People's Bar-B-Que or Sustain or Prime One Twelve, and I'm comfortable. It's rare for me to feel that level of freedom. Miami represents joy for me."

    On seeing a more diversely cast group of lead actresses:
    "It's great for the other groups that are getting a chance to play more roles, and ideally, I'd like to think there were enough roles for everyone. But we are trying to get [filmmakers and producers] to consider that the doctor, a lawyer, even the lead could be an African-American woman."

    On her career:
    "I've been lucky; for the past year, I haven't really auditioned for anything; the parts I got were straight-up offers. I'm not so grand that I wouldn't audition. In fact, I wish I could audition more. There are a lot of people who won't give me a chance because I was in 'Bring It On' one thousand years ago. They don't think I can be more than that sassy sidekick. I guess they didn't see 'Cadillac Records' or 'Neo Ned.'"


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    Stripping down for a cause she feels very passionate about, Penelope Cruz is the latest celebrity to be tapped for PETA’s newest ad campaign.

    The “Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides” beauty’s ‘Give Fur the Cold Shoulder’ billboard is set to debut today (February 1) near New York City's Penn Station.

    PETA’s Senior VP Lisa Lange released a statement to UsWeekly, saying, "Penelope has appeared on every 'best-dressed' list in the world, and the one thing you'll never see her wearing is fur.

    PETA couldn't ask for a more fitting emblem of the modern, glamorous woman who knows that there's nothing more beautiful than a woman who has a look that kills without anyone having to die for it," the statement went on to say.


    She looks so beautiful!

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  • 02/01/12--17:39: Basketball Wives Returns

  • VH1 promises that Season 4 of "BBW" will bring lots of drama. We're sure. In addition to the breakdown in Evelyn and Jennifer's friendship, fans will also meet Kenya Bell and Kesha Nichols .

    Though storylines are still being kept under wraps, we know Kesha will reveal deets about her failed engagement while Tami and Shaunie will focus on new business ventures. And both Royce and Suzie will spend this season taking on new challenges in their lives (and also try to avoid Evelyn's wrath!). Here's the lowdown from VH1:

    In season four of “Basketball Wives” the two new ladies alter the ever-changing landscape and dynamic among these women. Newcomer Kesha Nichols survived every girl's worst nightmare, having her engagement broken off by her ball-playing fiancé via email shortly before their wedding. Kenya Bell is in the process of finalizing a divorce from a basketball star and is one of the most notorious and controversial wives in the league, whose infamous reputation is well-known by the other wives. Shaunie O’Neal is on thepath to establishing herself as a business mogul. Evelyn Lozada and Jennifer Williams' 12-year friendship is in a precarious position.

    The only ones who matter:

    Pretty sure this season will be very messy. You can catch all the drama starting Monday, February 20th at 8pmET.

    more pics at the source

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  • 02/01/12--17:53: not this shit again
  • X Factor USA: Cheryl Cole, Katy Perry and Mariah Carey to join the show?

    The singers have all been tipped to join the show, after it was announced that Nicole Scherzinger, Steve Jones and Paula Abdul wouldn’t be returning.

    Katy Perry might have something new to take her mind off her marriage split, after it was rumoured the Firework singer has been tipped to join The X Factor USA panel.

    The 27-year-old singer is just one of several stars who has been linked to the job, after it emerged existing judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul, as well as host Steve Jones, won’t be returning for the second series.

    The only person on the panel who seems to be safe is record producer L.A. Reid, alongside show boss Simon Cowell.

    Another name that’s popped up is Cheryl Cole; the Geordie star of course was an original judge on X Factor USA, but Simon axed her after just three weeks, after feeling she wasn’t “comfortable” in the job.

    Simon then went on to admit that he’d made a mistake firing Cheryl – so could she be set for a sensational return to the show? After her embarrassingly public axing last year, somehow we doubt it…

    Another star said to be in the running for the job is Mariah Carey. The R&B diva had made a huge impression on Simon, who is known to love her work.

    A source told the Daily Mirror that signing Mariah up to the X Factor USA judging panel would be a huge bonus for the show, commenting: "Simon wants nothing but the best for the X Factor - and Mariah is the best."

    Cowell is now said to be trying to convince Mariah to join the panel, after she was unable to do so last year, having just given birth to twins Monroe and Moroccan.

    R&B star Nicki Minaj is yet another of the big stars Cowell is said to have his eye on for the coveted role.

    Dermot O’Leary, meanwhile, is  being tipped for the hosting job, taking over from Welshman Steve Jones.

    Dermot, who currently fronts X Factor UK, was in the running to land the position last year, and was said to feel “humiliated” and upset about losing out.


    ugh not this fucking shit again. SERIOUSLY? SERIOUSLY? seriously?

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