They’re one of Hollywood’s cutest couples, but Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger won’t be tying the knot anytime soon. Despite the fact that they have been dating for six years now, Josh tells Life & Stylemagazine that the pair don’t need a piece of paper to cement their relationship, or to prove their love for one another.
But it’s not to say, that he isn’t utterly besotted with his real-life leading lady.
No ring required! Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger began dating in 2006, but don’t expect them to get hitched any time soon. “Neither of us is religious, and the picket fence isn’t what we’re aiming at,” Joshua, 33, confides to the new issue of Life & Style, on newsstands now.
“We’re together for six years now, so for all intents and purposes, we are [married]. I have no need for a priest to tell me that!”
Joshua recently showed his love for Diane, 35, by treating her to a $45,000 Carla Amorim necklace adorned with almost 12 carats of diamonds. “There’s no recipe [to our success],” shares Josh. “Just make sure you put the work in.” Diane chimed in, “I’m keeping my fingers crossed and knocking on wood each day!”
Amanda Bynes has been accused many things of late, with the latest report claiming she “slammed into a car on the 101 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley on April 10″ and drove through a red traffic light to escape the scene.
The actress took to twitter on Sunday to deny the incident, which was reported by TMZ, and she took the time to clear up some other matters.
“I can’t help but laugh at all of you writing fake stories about me. I was not in any hit and runs,” Bynes she wrote. “I don’t drink so the DUI is false.”
Bynes was arrested on April 6 after she sideswiped a police car after she was reportedly drinking the Standard Hotel in Los Angeles.
So, is the 26-year-old actress following down Lindsay Lohan’s wayward path? Or have the media got it wrong?
Richard Taite, President and CEO of Cliffside Malibu shares his expert views on what is perceives to be going on the actress.
Question: Why isn’t someone stepping in and saying, enough already, you have a problem?
Richard: If the reports is true, young actresses like Amanda Bynes have probably been coddled since their early years being the main supporters of the family or TV series and many people don’t want to upset the apple cart. However, years of this kind of leeway can lead to a permissiveness that most families and friends never contend with. How do you start saying NO after years of looking the other way? How do you cut down your money tree? But what they have to understand, is that there is a young woman who is obviously crying out for help and unless someone does something about it she can hurt herself of an innocent bystander.
Question: At this rate, will Amanda be the next Lindsay Lohan in terms of a good career going sour because of drugs/alcohol?
Richard: Again, if this is true, I absolutely see this as happening. Bynes, like Lohan, was all over the place, TV, Movies, Award Shows… Then rumors of drugs/alcohol abuse took over and the legitimate job offers dried up. Its only after years of abuse, jail time and rehab that Lohan is finally making a come-back and finally has America rooting for her.
Question: Whether it’s true or not, if she does have a problem, how would you council the Bynes team as a plan of action to salvage her career/life?
Richard: I don’t care what anybody believes, the truth has a way of coming to the surface. This is not something that she will be able to hide from. So again, if the reports are true, Amanda needs to check herself into a treatment facility immediately and stay the course until her treatment is complete and that usually means 3 months, not just some 30 day treatment program that in this case wouldn’t work based on her lack of accountability. She needs to learn how to function without drugs and alcohol, and thrive in the process. Believe me, at a top-notch facility for 90 days this is not only a possibility but a probability and the worst period of her life will turn out to be the best period in her life.
She’s already amassed one billion dollars in sales of her fashion line, but that doesn’t mean that Jessica Simpson would just take the Beyonce route and post the photos of her newborn on the internet.
According to reports, the star netted $800,000 for the exclusive photos that appear in this week’s issue of People magazine.
Admittedly, it’s not the staggering amounts once paid to celebrities to show off their new babies, but in these times, it’s still a nice little side earner.
Coupled with the news that she has a deal with Weight Watches and is designing a maternity line, Jessica is laughing all the way to the bank.
But, she goes to great lengths to insist that motherhood is her greatest role yet. The 31-year-old who welcomed their daughter Maxwell Drew on May 1, gushes to People magazine: “Life has completely changed.”
She adds: “From how I sleep to what I think about, Maxwell has definitely taken over everything!”
In the issue, which is on stands now, Jessica poses up with fiancé Eric Johnson and their daughter, and reveal that they stare at their child “all the time”.
And despite saying that she “can’t get enough” of her tot, Jessica concedes that being a mom is a “full-on job”.
We’re sure many working moms, without Jessica’s vast fortune, would be inclined to agree with this and hasten to add, that is a hell of a lot harder for them.
Do you think it’s time celebrities stop selling off photos of their newborns? Or it justifiable based on the public’s intense interest? Let us know your thoughts.
Kate Middleton recycles $1,800 dress and is applauded for being “thrifty”.[Dailymail.co.uk]
And, ironically, the photo above comes on the back of Prince William admitting that he missed his mom on his wedding day. [ABC] You see where we are going with this…
Tori Spelling follows the well-worn path of fellow celebrity moms of parading her growing belly in next-to-nothing. [People.com]
Katy Perry is a barefaced beauty, and shows off her natural side in her tour film Part Of Me in a wardrobe. [Various]
Phillip Phillips isn’t having surgery just yet…. it is on hold after he falls ill with a fever. [TMZ]
Baby, baby, baby… Justin Bieber may have landed himself in some trouble. [TMZ] We’re sure it’s nothing he can’t buy his way out of.
In one of the most disturbing tales for some time, Rudy Eugene, the naked man shot and killed by police after being found eating another man’s face may have been under the influence of an LSD-like drug called “bath salts,” according to Armando Aguilar, the president of the Fraternal Order of Police, [CBS Miami]
Meanwhile, someone is trying to cash in on this gruesome act by attempting to sell the photos. [Radaronline]
And, to end the afternoon on the right note, let’s try and guess this blind item, which suggests a gay actor is about to come out (shock horror, someone is in the closet in Hollywoood?)
Holy Roller Is Coming Out
BlindGossip] This very talented actor has been nominated for one major award and won another major award. He has been debating about coming out of the closet for a long time now. That time has finally arrived. We hope he doesn’t pay a price for his honesty.
The timing will coincide with his starring in a new project this fall. We expect that his coming out might upset some in a certain religious community. No, our actor isn’t really a holy roller. He just knows how to pretend to be one. Come to think of it, so does his boyfriend. And his new costar.
Just a few days shy of his 72nd birthday, Sir Tom Jones has released his 38th studio album. Already out in the UK and in the Top Ten, with a US release date just around the corner, “Spirit in the Room” is his first since 2010’s “Praise and Blame”.
With producer Ethan Johns once again at the helm, “Spirit” follows a similar formula to the previous album, with Jones this time around tackling stripped down cover versions of material from songwriters such as Paul McCartney, Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen.
The album opens up with Cohen’s “Tower of Song”, containing the line “I was born with the gift of a golden voice.” Jones’ voice has indeed been a gift for over five decades now, but for so many years has floundered in the choppy waters of collaboration and reinvention, struggling to be relevant. Here he eschews his customary testosterone fuelled bellow for a restrained thoughtfulness more in keeping for an artist in the twilight of his career.
It may seem at first that Jones doesn’t quite belong here, as if his voice is too big for the material, or that at any moment we expect him to start belting it out and shaking his hips. Or is it that after one or two ill-conceived and age inappropriate reinventions in the past, we don’t quite buy what we’re hearing?
The thing is though; Jones has always had the blues in his voice, if not much of his material. He grew up, like so many British artists of the sixties, influenced by black American music, and here as on his previous album, he seems to be finally giving us a taste of what he’s really all about; soul. Not the musical genre, per se, but the emotion, the delivery, the importance of what he’s singing. The songs on “Praise and Blame” were perhaps blacker, bluesier and more old school than on “Spirit”, but the interpretation and the feel is continued. “All Blues Hail Mary”, and “Soul of a Man” are as soulful as anything Sir Tom has recorded. Is it possible that these are the sorts of records Jones always wanted to make?
One thing’s for sure; “Sex Bomb” it ain’t!
The mood is fairly constant throughout, ranging only marginally from the melancholy of McCartney’s “(I want to come) Home”, to the brooding blues of “Soul of a Man”, to the austere gospel of “Charlie Darwin”. All the while Jones’ voice retains its gravel and tone of old but is understated and even fragile and tender in places.
There is, of course, precedent for this kind of late in life artistic reflection. Rod Stewart came over all loungey with his “American Songbook” series, but here Jones and Johns wisely opt for the more rootsy, bare bones approach adopted by Johnny Cash and producer Rick Rubin on Cash’s interpretations of classic American songs in the years just before his death.
The album is shot through with tasteful, low-key production. Acoustic guitars and pianos are punctuated with sparse percussion and the occasional electric guitar dripping with fifties era tremolo and reverb.
Despite its mellowness, “Spirit” doesn’t ever really feel one paced. The one track where the instrumentation truly livens up is Tom Waits’ “Bad as Me”, coming across like a booze addled snake charmers strain, with its gin-soaked rumba and weaving guitar lines. Jones, obviously enjoying himself, plays with characters within his voice to suit the mood and Waits’ nether world lyrics.
Contrast this with the following song, Richard Thompson’s beautiful “Dimming of the Day”. Accompanied only by an acoustic trio of guitar, bass and drums, Jones’ simple and honest delivery, allows the song ample room to breathe, focusing on the emotional content of the lyrics and melody.
And there it is; the new silver-haired Tom Jones, no longer relying on belting out blustery pop favorites for middle-aged women eager to use their underwear as stage bound projectiles, but a fine singer acting his age by performing ageless material with an understated delivery and motionless hips! This may not be the Tom Jones everybody wants, but it brings a touch of class and dignity to one of the UK’s most treasured musical knights. I wonder if Jagger has heard it yet…?
She was single for six years before her romance with Brandon Blackstock blossomed in 2011.
And it appears being in love is not only good for Kelly Clarkson’s mind, but also her health, with the star showing off a noticeably slimmer figure last week.
Now, Kelly is opening up and love and happiness to Life & Stylemagazine.
Her chart-topping song is called “Stronger,” but “slimmer” was the buzzword when Kelly Clarkson flaunted her fab new physique at the May 24 premiere of her TV series, Duets.
Now the star opens up to Life & Style about her hot new shape — and new man! “I didn’t lose weight for work. I did it for me!” Kelly tells Life & Style.
But boyfriend Brandon Blackstock, whom Kelly’s been dating since late 2011, has certainly helped the star amp up her exercise and eat more healthfully! “I’ve always fluctuated,” the 30-year-old singer says, “but now I’m in a happy relationship. He gets my life. I’m just more active with him.”
Kelly, who’d been single for six years before Brandon came into her life, admits, “No one wants to be untoned when you’re dating someone.”
And although they share the same trainer, Kelly and Brandon don’t work out together. “We did that once, and I don’t like huffin’ and puffin’ in front of my man and looking all red and gross and sweaty,” Kelly tells Life & Style.
For more on Kelly and other slimmed-down stars, pick up the new issue of Life & Style Weekly, on newsstands on Wednesday.
Summer is well and truly here, and to toast to the warm weather, a slew of famous faces turned out for the Chandon bash to launch their limited edition summer bottle in New York last week.
The bash featured a pro ping-pong tournament in collaboration with SPiN New York and The Standard, and delicious drinks…. naturally.
Guests such as Estelle, Charlotte Ronson, Mario Cantone, Lorenzo Martone, Melanie Fiona, Jennifer Missoni, and alice+olivia’s Stacey Bendets sipped on bespoke Chandon cocktails including the Skinny Dip and Summer Fling while watching several professional players including Dora Kurlmay, Marty Reisman, Kazayuki Yokayama and Matthew Suchy being put to the test.
Summer is upon us and this is normally the time when a lot of people run around trying to get fit as quick as they can in the shortest time period. They normally want six weeks training results in two weeks or under, and will do anything to get the desired results. You can see them in every gym or being trained outside in the parks or open spaces by their personal trainers doing their utmost to shape their bodies quickly. And, while I admire their determination I can’t help but think about how great that focus when put into a long-term fitness plan.
If you happen to fall into the category of wanting a quick fit fix, then this is for you. If you don’t, then these tips are also good to keep in mind,
Firstly, lets set the mind right from the start. To win is to try to succeed, to learn is to try and fail, and to lose is not to try at all. This means the important thing, is always to try because your chances are exactly 0 if you don’t, and at the least you will find out more about yourself if you fail which will help you succeed in the future.
Secondly its calories you put in your body against calories you burn out. I remember kind of scaring British singer Pixie Lott with this when I met her at Mariah Carey’s album launch party at Jalouse nightclub in London a few years ago. A client/friend of mine Hofit Golan took me along and in the VIP area Hofit, asked me if she could have a slice of cake and I said “NO” (I was only jokingly, by the way) but poor, sweet Pixie thought I was serious and said to me “you’re the strictest fitness trainer I’ve ever met”.
Anyway, to tone up fast, make sure your exercising is using up more calories than your putting in. Don’t eat until your full, eat until you feel reasonably satisfied and avoid the full feeling if you want great results.
Try and remember this formula! FITTA! F = Frequency I = Intensity T = Type T = Time=Adherence.
Frequency, how often? Try to aim for three times a week at the least. Intensity, make sure you’re in your training zone! Type, make sure the exercise is the most effective kind of workout for you. Time, make sure you spend the correct amount of time you need for the best results. Adherence, make sure you have the willpower in place to keep you on the road to success.
When you go jogging try to find a hilly terrain as hill running improves your fitness level so much more effectively than jogging on flat surfaces. If your on a treadmill, then start on a 1.5 gradient and then aim to do uphill intervals of between 1 to 5 minutes for 3 to 10 sets with the equal time for recovery depending on your fitness level. If jogging isn’t your ‘type’ then powerwalking or indoor cycling or the cross-trainer will suffice. Speaking of indoor cycling, if you belong to a gym try an indoor cycling or spinning class. They are very effective into getting you fit fast, led by a tough but fair trainer similar to myself and your get results well done.
Step Ups, where you step up onto a bench or step, get the height that will challenge you but not put too much pressure on your knees. Aim to do 1 -3 minutes and 3 – 5 sets of alternate leg step ups. Add hand weights to bring your upper body into play and you have a real great workout.
Try a boxing or kickboxing class. You don’t need to do the sparring/fighting side just the padwork/bagwork and calisthenics. Ask your trainer for alternatives or modifications if you find an exercise too difficult or not suitable for whatever reason there could be. Any good trainer can offer you this, be very wary of someone who doesn’t as that’s not a sign of a good trainer.
For specific leg conditioning exercises or abdominal/core exercises go to my YouTube channel as you will find 1 leg conditioning video and 3 abdominal/core videos which will give you plenty of ideas.
Remember to adapt the exercise to your body: If it’s too hard, do less repetitions or modify it until your fit enough to do the full version.
I’m into building your body up not breaking it down and injuring you! Learn to listen to what your body is telling you as this will help you to not overdo it and set yourself back.
If you’re interested in my personal fitness tips, reach out to me on twitter.
P.S With the final of “Dancing with the Stars” last week, I would just like to say how cool a character Bruno Tonioli is. He works out at one of the gyms I freelance for in London and pushes himself hard in his workouts. He has always been polite to me every time I’ve met him there.