Maybe Americans have finally gotten bored with Hollywood’s Barbie doll perfection in its stars – skinny, with perfect skin and designer clothes that look great on TV but couldn’t be further from what most people actually look like (unless you live in L.A, that is).
Because, the most popular new show on US television today is about someone who clearly isnt skinny, well-dressed or with great hair or skin. Its Ugly Betty, and everybody loves her, scoring higher in the ratings than any other new programme this season.
The ABC show, which is based on a Columbian telenovela, features America Ferrera, a plain jane from Queens trying to make it big in the fashion world. It got 16.1 Million people watching on its debut night.
The budding Latina star first made her mark in the HBO film “Real Women Have Curves”.? Heres what she had to say about being pegged as a “Latina actress”:
“I grew up in her (mother’s) office so I’ve seen these women. They are trying to survive…My mother was skeptical but I got a waitress job to pay for my classes, pictures and other expenses.”
“I taped an audition and sent it back but I didn’t expect anything….I was immediately attracted to the character because I’ve been experiencing similar things in my own life. As a first-generation Latina, the constant question is ‘Are you Latin or are you American’?”
“I never even saw myself as Latina until I started to audition for roles, but I could relate to the economics of my character’s situation as well as to the image issue. Caring about your appearance is universal. I know 45 year old women who still hate their bodies. There are no magazines that say ‘love who you are on the inside first, and worry about the outside later’.”
It wasn’t just me who was surprised to see the late great Audrey Hepburn on the chain store’s latest TV commercial – apparently everyone who saw the ad wondered if it was the icon herself. After all, it was 50 years ago when she looked like that, right?
Anyway, for those who werent exactly sure, the Gap has confirmed that YES, Audrey is indeed the Gap’s new model/icon/muse for the re-launch of their skinny black pants. In case you thought Audrey’s fashion legacy was only about the little black dress from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, she was also someone who looked fabulous in the black cigarette pants and started its trend. So who else could be more perfect?
Only Audrey can get away with dancing to an AC/DC song while still looking chic and stylish and in the ad she masterfully does so, as the character in her film “Funny Face” to the tune of “Back in Black”.
For more retro Audrey-mania around the globe, watch out for the black Givenchy dress from Breakfast at Tiffany’s as it goes on display at Christie’s New York from October 6th-13th. The sale will take place in London on December 5th and is expected to fetch between $94,000 – $132,000. Proceeds will go to the “City of Joy Foundation” to help needy children in India.
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Hollywood has always been known as the land of the skinny celeb – gain a few pounds at your peril and one way or another the paparazzi are sure to catch baglady-esque photos of you, stuffing doughnuts in your mouth at an ungodly hour.
Formerly chunky (using the Hollywood-meter) celebs like Nicole Richie and Kate Bosworth are in every magazine looking bony and gaunt – not exactly the ideal model for young wannabees looking for idols.
In retalliation, the full-figured Kate Winslet, a mother of 2, has been outspoken in her distaste for skinny women being Hollywood’s role models, even banning her husband, director Sam Mendes to speak of the topic at home.
In a recent interview, Kate told the media how she felt that as a role model herself, it was her responsibility to maintain a healthy weight. She said:
“This skinny thing, it angers me so much. It disturbs me. In our house, we don’t talk about weight, we don’t talk about body image.
“I don’t understand the fascination with it. The interest in certain people, like Nicole Richie, in regards to weight, is incredible, and it’s a mystery to me….now, more than ever, I feel this tremendous sense of staying the same shape and saying, ‘Look! I get pimples too!”
“In the past, people have been a little unkind when it comes to discussing my weight, but I’m happy with my shape and size – I work out when I get the time. I accepted a long time ago that I wasn’t going to be able to wear skinny jeans.”
Freshly separated for barely a month and the Hollywood grapevine is already awash with rumours that the golden-haired star of “You Me and Dupree” is in a romantic relationship with her co-star.
Well, media reports say that the two have been spending a lot of time together, most recently being seen in Hawaii together, where the 27-year old Kate Hudson was holiday-making with her 2-year-old son Ryder.
Owen Wilson, 10 years her senior was said to be staying at a friend’s home nearby and was allegedly seen looking enamoured with Kate in the island. The prying paparazzi have caught them “gazing at each other’s eyes”, but who knows with Hollywood? Hmmm…maybe he was trying to get out some dirt from her eye.
However, there may be some truth in the rumours as the Hawaii incident was not the only evidence. Friends and other onlookers have observed that the couple have shown willingness in being seen in public together recently (at her Pacific Palisades home and at restaurants), added to the fact that they have an obvious deep fondness for each other – so it all seems fairly obvious that such a conclusion has been made. Besides, they do seem to suit each other very well, don’t you think?
Hollywood sometimes reminds me of my hometown where everyone from high school married in the same circles, or is connected by some weird way or another.
So when the UK press like the Evening Standard and Daily Mail started talking about Tom Pitt replacing Brad Cruise….sorry…um….Brangelina, no…Tomcat…ok.. well, you know who I mean – for the next installment of the Mission Impossible films, well, it just goes to show what a small town Hollywood really is.
Brad Pitt, who seems to be getting even more good-looking and personable in his new daddy role, will apparently NOT be playing Ethan Hunt, the character of Tom Cruise, who by comparison is on a downward, headed-to-creepyville spiral in both looks and popularity.
Brad has not confirmed nor denied the allegations, but the producers are intent on casting him as the studly new operative head of the dangerous missions (while Ethan is shipped off to retirement with a new wife- curiously like what Paramount did in real life), and they are offering him a princely sum of $39 M – making Brad the highest paid actor in the universe.
It seems like when you’ve done it once (divorce, I mean) in Hollywood, you tend to do a repeat performance, or two, three or four…after that, well you’re just doing a Liz.
Well, this week the latest celeb to head for splitsville is all-American gal, ex-supermodel Christie Brinkley. After telling the media just a few months ago on how “full and rich” her life was, the former “Uptown Girl” is now leaving husband #4, her husband of 10 years, architect Peter Cook.
The story is that Peter Cook was a naughty boy, having had a tawdry affair with his 18- year-old-assistant – and surprise, surprise, Christie found out and has now promptly filed for divorce.
Norman Sheresky, Peter Cook’s lawyer confirmed that his client was indeed served with divorce papers, and that the next step was negotiations for a settlement.
Cook’s business partner David Aronson said that the remorseful Cook was hoping that he and Christie could work through their marital problems, but since the legal papers had been presented, he had no choice but to respect Christie’s wishes.
Anyone who watched RockStar:Supernova‘s finale last night will agree that the obvious favourite of the band was the young Toronto native, Lukas Rossi.
After his electrifying performances of Cold Play’s “Fix You” and his original broody accoustic compsition “Headspin”, judges and audience alike were showering the black nailed rocker with glowing compliments like the devlish Dave Navarro saying that he’d pay good money to watch Lukas perform, to G n’ R guitarist’s Clarke calling it “fearless” and Tommy Lee’s “Cooler than hell”.
With Paula Abdul’s standing ovation and a frenzied audience, one would wonder why a small (?) but significant peice of news did not hamper the party atmosphere – that Clarke, Lee and Newsted’s band was BANNED from being called Supernova.
This was due to the band’s “original” members/owners, Mitchell, Lawerence and Collins sued CBS, Mark Burnett productions and the famous trio from using the name in every capacity saying that it was still in their posession, meaning that whoever Burnett and co bought it from was a fake.
So the question to ask perhaps is not whether Lukas does wins the coveted lead role, but what’s the band called?
While in Rome filming a series of commercials for Sky TV Italia, Nicole Kidman was barred from filming her scene as angry residents stopped filming before cameras rolled because they wanted more money.
The commercial was to portray Nicole as a resident of their building, 41 Via Vespucci in the Testaccio neighborhood of Rome. Disguised as an Italian housewife, she tells an Italian boy to “never stop dreaming” – the tagline of the pay-tv company.
When residents (280 of them) discovered it was bella Nicole gracing their building, they angrily stormed down into the courtyard where the crew was peacefully about to begin – and said that the paltry ?6,000 fee agreed by the building manager was like ” a plate of lentils”.
They then hotly argued that their compensation for the 5 days shooting should be increased, and in the end won the settlement to the tune of ?25,000.
Throughout the Fellini-esque meyhem, eyewitnesses say that the ethereal Nicole lay ensconced in her trailer apparently unaffected by the noisy goings-on – only to glide out after the dispute, glowingly greeting the financially-savvy residents in effortless Italian.
Not that any young celebrity wouldn’t regret being booked and charged by the police, but this was one scenario which Paris would definitely not describe as “hot”.
The media reported that on Thursday, Paris Hilton was pulled over in Hollywood a little past midnight. After taking a breathalyzer exam which showed evidence of alcohol being above the legal blood levels, Paris was handcuffed, arrested and taken to the police station. She was in the car with Kimberly Stewart (Rod’s daughter), who was in the passenger seat.
When initially interviewed, Paris said “it was nothing”, but later this seemingly blase attitude (very Paris) was corrected by her rep:
“Paris regets the entire event…. she had never been arrested before so to go through the police procedure was very disorienting to her. It was personally humiliating for her…she is not taking it lightly or frivolously”
Yes..em..right. Another very “believable” statement was the one where her rep explained why such an unlikely (??) event occured – that Paris, the work horse she is, was working all day on an empty stomach and it was but ONE margarita that set her blood alcohol level shooting up to arrest-heights.
Considered the Granddaddy of all Hollywood gigs, hosting the Oscars is by far the most coveted in the industry.
And next to host Hollywood’s biggest night of the year is Ellen DeGeneres, who accepted the offer in LA at the end of the week.
DeGeneres said: “When Laura Ziskin called, I was thrilled. There’s two things I’ve always wanted to do in my life: One is to host the Oscars. The second is to get a call from Laura Ziskin. You can imagine that day’s diary entry.”
Ellen, who proved her worth to the jaded Hollywood community while hosting the Emmys by receiving a standing ovation, has been the strongest contender alongside Steve Martin and Oscar veteran Billy Crystal (who ealier expressed disdain at hosting again).
The 48-year-old comedienne told Reuters:
“It’s the award show of awards shows – there’s a spontaneity to doing something live. It’s my version of jumping out of a plane. It’s dangerous and yet thrilling.”
After her acceptance (as the 2nd woman host since Whoopi Goldberg in 2002), on Thursday night, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences named DeGeneres the host for next February’s 79th annual Academy Awards.