Monday, June 28
An A-list of stars will take to the stage July 11 at Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré for two shows of “Celebrity Autobiography,” including Bryan Batt (“Mad Men”), Mario Cantone (“Sex and the City”), Jennifer Coolidge (“American Pie”), John Goodman (“Treme”) as well as Eugene Pack and Dayle Reyfel, who developed the show, and Ryan Reynolds, who is in town shooting “Green Lantern.”
Ryan Reynolds is among the actors scheduled to take the stage in ‘Celebrity Autobiography’ on July 11 at Le Petit Theatre.
The best part about this? (Besides of course, Reynold's glorious six-pack and sensual charm?) Part of the proceeds from ticket sales will be going to a Gulf Oil Spill Relief Fund. Love love love this! Totes wish I could make it out, not just for my future hubby, but this is definitely the type of show that'd make me howl. You can read more about the show/cause after the jump =)
Saturday, June 26
Looks like Angelina Jolie didn't help Brad Pitt celebrate Father's Day this year.
The actress, 35, made a surprise trip to Haiti over the weekend instead.
No word if her longtime beau, 46, or their brood were with her.
During her secret fact-finding trip, the U.N. goodwill ambassador met with U.N. and Haitian officials -- including Haiti’s President Rene Preval -- to discuss Haitian children left homeless and orphaned by the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake.
According to the Associated Press, she also visited the United Nations Stabilization Mission (MINUSTAH) log base, where she was the star attraction at a reception.
This woman never slows down. I don't get it... I have one four-hour night's sleep and I'm a belligerent train-wreck for like, six months solid. Well, God bless her then. I'm sure aiding people in the most terrible of situations is what keeps her trucking; grabbing some Grade-F java before hitting the office for 8 hours does not, unfortunately, inspire me to the point of sleepless nights.
Jessica Simpson is looking for a mix of inspiration and intrigue this summer judging by the eclectic group of books she has lined up to read on her Kindle. The singer-actress, who turns 30 in July, is set to unveil her summer reading list on Amazon.com.
Her choices range from cookbooks to good old-fashioned crime and mystery novels. The list also has an international flavor, perhaps reflecting the time Simpson spent abroad shooting her reality show, The Price of Beauty.
I absolutely adored 'the Price of Beauty.' I cried every single ep. It was a real eye-opener for me (and her, as that was the whole point) to find out what other cultures value as beauty and the extremes women go to. Not unlike our own culture, some women's quest ended with horrifying, unalterable results. I'm glad Jess decided to take a journey like the one she did. And she's received so much support because of it. I mean, she's been invited to the Women's Conference so they obviously believe she has something important to say. So it looks like this new and true Jessica is here to stay and with that comes a profound and exciting reading list, lol. You can find Jessica's book list after the jump =)
Miley Cyrus took it off!
A few inches off the bottom of her hair, at least.
The 17-year-old ditched her waist-length extensions for a lighter, shoulder-length wavy hairdo, which she debuted at the MuchMusic Awards in Toronto, Canada, Sunday night.
Ugh, I hope more and more celebs (and regular peeps included) ditch disgusting extensions in favour of showing their (could it be?) real hair. I've always hated extensions for a number of reasons... One, because it's not cool if people know they're extensions. It's like asking me to feel your boob job. Don't tell us, DUH. Two, people get them so damn long that it's so unrealistic that you obviously assume their hair is fake. And that looks custy. And three, you have dead hair SEWN onto your scalp. I'm even disgusted by my own ends, never mind dead-for-real dead ends that used to belong to someone else. God, I was so over this before this was even popular. Read more about Miles' defending her new trampyness after the break.
Friday, June 25
Eclipse's Ashley Greene admits that despite the pressure for actresses to be skinny, she doesn't want a pin-thin frame.
"A lot of people like to be supertiny, but I don't want a child's body," she tells the July/August issue of Women's Health. "I want a woman's body that's extremely fit. It's so much sexier."
The 23-year-old actress did "side planks for my obliques, which are one of my trouble areas" while gearing up for the action scenes in Eclipse.
"And traditional planks tone your back so you don't have that little bit of fat hanging over your bra," Greene adds.
But the 5-foot-5 star says that even though she's an avid gym-goer, she isn't one to count calories.
"I don't do the diet thing anymore," Greene admits. "I'm a big believer in feeding your body what it needs. Deny yourself something and you're going to end up shoving your face full of it."
It seems like she has a good head on her shoulders and is surrounded by a great network of people who value true beauty and working hard. I am SO happy to see someone who believes in being fit and staying healthy the natural way is advocating working hard and not dieting. So many people want things the easy way and usually resort to starving themselves (obv, myself NOT included) instead of workin' up a sweat for once. Hopefully young girls and women will see how amazzzze Ashley looks and will be inspired in a whole other way; fitness is sexier! I mean, look at those abs, hot dang. I'd better hit the gym!
"I attend lots of high-profile events, so it's important to me to always look and feel my best," said Conrad. "I know it's about making good choices regularly, like eating a well-balanced diet and drinking plenty of milk. Milk's nine essential nutrients are my beauty secret for healthy, glowing skin and strong teeth, hair and nails."
I love that uber-popular stars don this famous moustache to promote something as boring as milk! Though she no longer appears on the Hills, judging by the recent success of her two books, LC is seemingly still a popular gal and influence on young ladies. Good to see she is all for healthy bones and hair! Lauren was also the long-time face of mark (only recently replaced by Ashley Greene of Twilight) which is all about great cosmetics and an empowering message, such as ending domestic violence. Read more about Lauren's involvement in the campaign after the jump!
Cameron Diaz and Justin Bieber are among the stars participating in a telethon Monday to benefit victims of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Other stars who will appear on the special two-hour edition of Larry King Live: Ted Danson, Lenny Kravitz, Randy Jackson, Jenny McCarthy, Tim McGraw, Alyssa Milano, Robert Redford, Ian Somerhalder, Melania and Ivanka Trump, Victoria Principal, Edward James Olmos, Pete Wentz, as well as a performance by Sting.
Ryan Seacrest will host a special online "Social Suite" for those viewers participating via Facebook and Twitter.
The telethon will benefit the United Way, the National Wildlife Federation and the Nature Conservancy, among other relief organizations.
While a telethon is probably not the most effective way to send aid (ie. get down there and help clean up!), it's at least something. Anything will help those affected by this disaster at this point. I heard on the radio that the best way to help would be to keep the tourism up, as its Florida's biggest moneymaker. I will definitely be doing my part to help the Gulf Coast - I already spend a week in Madeira Beach (tourism donation, yes?) and I hope to donate to one of the relief funds, at the very least.
Wednesday, June 23
Nashville Rising was as much a celebration of Music City as it was a flood-relief benefit concert. Star after star — including surprise visitor Sandra Bullock — professed their love and admiration for the city and its people, who have been praised for handling one of the state's most destructive natural disasters with grace, dignity and charity.
Bullock, who was in "The Blind Side" with Tim McGraw, came on stage late in the show. "So listen," she told the crowd. "They say a community is only as strong as it's weakest link, right? From the look of it, there are no weak links in this community."
"I'm going to contribute some music and I'm going to bring the house down and I'm going to do it Nashville style," she said before strapping on an acoustic guitar and sitting in front of a microphone. "If I can have some quiet please," she said. She pieced out the opening riff of "Smoke On The Water" to some of the night's loudest cheers, before introducing Hill. "That's good stuff isn't it?" Hill said. "Sign that girl right away."
You can always leave it to Sandie to bring both the laughs and the sincerity with an absolute genuineness that no one else comes close to. I'm glad she made it out to Nashville - along with some of my other favourite gals, namely T-Swift - to help out the victims of the flood, even when she herself, may be hurting a little inside. What a peach =) You can check out a vid of Sandra introducing Faith Hill après la saut!
It takes quite the woman to get these heavy hitters mobilized for a cause! Oprah Winfrey, Robert Redford, Jessica Simpson, Deepak Chopra and Laura Ling are among the newsmakers and Hollywood names slated to headline at the Women's Conference 2010 hosted by California First Lady Maria Shriver and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
With a mission of "empowering, inspiring and educating women", the annual conference expands to three days this year, Shriver will announce Thursday. It kicks off in Long Beach, Calif., on Sunday, October 24, with a March on Alzheimer's to raise awareness and funds to fight the disease.
From what I've heard so far, this is something that I would love to attend. Just SO many inspirational and enlightening speakers. And to think my girl is going to be up there with DEEPAK! Also speaking are Kim Barnouin (Skinny Bitch), Erin Brockovich, Cat Cora, Giada DeLaurentiis, my mother-effing LADY Sally Field, Donna Karan (DKNY), Jillian Michaels, Suze Orman (and her jackets), Howard Shultz, Buddy Valastro (Cake Boss) and my girl Jess!! Anyone want to donate a round-tripper and a few nights accom to the "Vanessa Eve B.A. Charity for Poor SMF Students?" Either way... I'm going! More after the jump =)
In the book Blasberg goes through the qualities that define classy women in the twenty-first century – one of the models he uses to illustrate his examples is none other than Emma! Accompanying a brief blurb is a quaint little photo!
When you write a book about classy women, people tend to want to know whom you consider the classiest of all. And while I’ve just listed about two dozen shining examples, the one I think of most is actress Emma Watson. In the public eye since the age of nine, in the most successful movie franchise of the first decade of the millennium, and a veritable fashion force—it might be easy for such a person to lose her footing in the real world. But not Emma: smart (she goes to an Ivy League school), thoughtful (she doesn’t forget birthdays), and sweet (her go-to gift is a delicious fruit basket, as I learned in April), Emma is aces! Here she is at Sonia Rykiel’s 30th-anniversary party, in Paris, in October 2008.
The girl doesn't even forget birthdays. God I love her...
Sunday, June 20
Angelina Jolie left Brad Pitt at home with their brood in LA to spend time with refugee children in northern Ecuador this week. The UN Goodwill Ambassador, who was dressed in a white vest and jeans, visited a local daycare centre where she shared a laugh with little ones while playing with a toy set.
The Wanted actress is drawing attention to the plight of thousands who fled the conflict in Colombia to start a new life on the other side of the Ecuadorian-Colombian border.
This woman just gives, gives, gives... If every celeb gave even a tenth of she gives I could only imagine the vast difference it would make. Even us ordinary folks could give a little more right? Despite how us students may feel at times there are ultimately people who are way poorer and worse off than we are. Read more about Ang's mission after the jump.
Tuesday, June 15
Emma Watson's new clothing line collaboration with People Tree is not only eco-friendly, but it will help countries in need, as well. That's why we back Emma's new venture 100 percent.
The UK brand People Tree is known for being a fair-trade company. What does that mean? Well, they basically work with developing countries -- paying higher prices for their locally-grown cotton, weaving, dyeing, embroidery, stitching etc. -- to help get them out of poverty and promote sustainability.
"The first time I heard about fair trade was during a geography coursework project, and I remember thinking, 'Why isn't everything fair trade?'" the 19-year-old tells the Daily Mail.
"Everyone knows about fair-trade bananas and coffee, but of course anything can be fair trade. Fair-trade fashion costs a bit more but allows those who make it to earn a decent living; to be able to take care of their families and live with dignity."
Ah, I can't say enough about my bff Em... She really does it for me. Beauty, smarts, class... She is definitely one of my favourite favourite people. And I wish more and more celebs would start clothing lines based on great, ethical decisions rather than just making shit for the public to consume. (Ahem, anyone check out Lohan's Legging collection? Didn't hope think so.) Read more after the jump!
Wednesday, June 2
The 'Teardrops On My Guitar' singer will greet members of the public at a free event between 8am and 9pm at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on June 13. She will also perform an acoustic set at around 2pm.
In a statement posted on her official website, she said: "Thirteen is my lucky number and the 13th is during Music Fest, so I think spending 13 hours with my fans is going to be amazing."
Swift recently surprised fans at an event at Auburn University, when she turned up to greet two college students who had started a campaign aiming to secure a hug from her.
What an unreal way to thank your fans! And for free! Taylor has always struck me as someone who really gives back to the people who support her. AND she's humble about it. Read more after the jump about why Taylor decided to host this awesome event... and to reiterate, FOR FREE!!
Alliance for Women in Media and Dove created the Dove Real Beauty Award to honor an individual who best embodies and expresses the “substance and spirit” of real beauty through her life and career. As an entertainer and business woman growing up in the spotlight, Jessica Simpson represents real women’s challenges with beauty and demonstrates how to face them with grace and courage. Jessica is now using her own experiences to inspire and encourage women everywhere to believe in themselves.
Although this event has already passed, I thought it was still important to post. Jessica Simpson has always been - and probably always will be - one of my favourite people. The fact that she is on her own quest to find true beauty just makes her that much more wonderful. Who goes make-up free and untouched on a mag cover these days? I just love her! Read more about Jess' fabulous award and Dove's Real Beauty Mission after the jump...
The whole point of this is: I wanted to create a place on the Internet where celebs could only be appreciated. Now, everyone who knows me - and who are at the moment, undoubtedly, the only folks reading this! - know I love my share of celeb sites, where their outfits, hairstyles, divorces, cellulite, fake boobs, bad dye jobs, etc, etc, are gossiped about and more often than not, trashed. One day, I decided I was tired of it. I was tired of reading about my favourite ladies and gents in a negative way.
So I created celebritivity - "celebrity positivity."
Even if it becomes only for myself, I wanted a little niche on the WWW where people can be appreciated and admired for all the things weight gain and break-ups seem to trump.
Here you will find inspiring news about my favourite celebs, at least, and maybe down the road, it will make you consider others - including celebs - in a more positive light.
Now, to the true beauty!