In 2013 Angelina Jolie-Pitt underwent a double mastectomy to lengthen her life for the sake of her children, and to prevent the onset of breast cancer. The Hollywood actress, married to Brad Pitt, filmed her directing debut ‘By The Sea’ last summer in Malta in the weeks following their August nuptials, and Angelina is beginning the never-ending press trail to promote the film. Creative Angelina wrote, produced and directed the film, and it is the first time she and Brad have appeared on-screen together since they met on the set of Mr & Mrs Smith in 2005! Earlier in the year she described herself as currently experiencing the menopause, and decided to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed.
This week she has confided to The New York Times that she understandably experienced a great deal of nerves before filming, and didn’t originally want to appear in the film herself, due to the recent physical changes and alterations to her body: “There were lots of scenes I wanted to change or cut. I realised it was going to be me naked in that bathtub. But I told myself, put all of that aside. Like, you can’t change or cut this scene because you’ve had a mastectomy, or because we’re married and people are going to analyze this or that. That would be cheating. A few days into filming I thought: This is such a bad idea. What was I thinking? This is going to destroy us before we’ve even gotten started. But by the time we got to the end of the film, we’d argued, challenged each other, disappointed each other, had good days, bad days, all of it. We’d pushed through, learned something about each other, found a new working relationship and came to like the idea of ‘Yeah, it gets really bad, but you work it out.’ I know some people are going to hate it. Some are going to like it. But it was important to me to feel like an artist again.”
“As a director I had to be very sure, very strong in opinion, stable. My character? She shouldn’t direct anything. Not even traffic. She’s a mess. The duality — being a director, then having to become a person that vulnerable — would often be hard. There’s a whole reel of me calling “Cut!” If a doctor saw it, I’d be put on medication. I’m hysterically crying and then calling “Cut!” or during a sex scene I am calling “Cut!” on Brad. You had to laugh at how bizarre it was.”
Jennifer Lawrence plays a confident, assertive feminist character as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games series, and these traits are often noticed in her own off-screen personality. The Oscar-winning actress is an activist within young Hollywood for equal pay between the sexes, and earlier this year wrote a piece for Lenny (a feminist newsletter) on the topic. When the infamous Sony email leak happened last year, Lawrence discovered that her male co-stars of a similar acting calibre were earning considerably more than herself on film American Hustle, and she didn’t want to let it go unnoticed by the press.
At a press event for the franchise’s final film offering in LA this weekend, she continued to consider the implications of the pay gap: “It was more of how did my mentality get in my own way of fighting just as hard as the men to get a better deal. I would love to straighten up that I wasn’t writing about not making as much as my male co-stars, as complaining about that I wasn’t getting paid more because I’m a woman. I hoped to just write more about how my own fears of how am I going to be portrayed, or how am I going to look, or how will people judge me. That got in my way when obviously the men in the movie don’t think that way. Thank you for completely making my point that if a woman goes and speaks up, and is assertive and has a voice, she’s going to be called a brat. I just don’t see a man being called a brat.”
Lawrence is also having to come to terms with eschewing her bow and arrow and mockingjay pin, and taking the next step in her film career now The Hunger Games is due to end: “Honestly, it’s a job. I really love acting, so I really just think of myself as a working woman. I think it will be pretty bizarre when the movie is finally out and… everything is officially done.I didn’t really feel that I said goodbye to her [Katniss]. There were a few years of getting used to it, your entire world changes. I have a new normal now, I feel very stable and normal and happy. But the pressure… you just can’t think about it. I hope I’ve grown up.”
Three months ago, Amy Schumer fans sat in a Lafayette, Louisiana movie theatre and witnessed the most terrible event not on the silver screen, in her latest movie Trainwreck, but instead in person. A man bearing a gun was seated in the audience, and shot his two innocent victims from the rows before turning the gun on himself.
This tragedy is unfortunately an ever-growing epidemic in America, and alongside her cousin, US Senator Chuck Schumer, the pair are forming a crusade against gun crime, in order to end this spiralling number of events indefinitely. On Sunday the duo held a press conference at New York City Hall, and Amy addressed the crowds on the subject for the first time since the event took place.
She began: “On Thursday, July 23rd, a man sat down for my movie, Trainwreck. I don’t know why he picked my movie. It is something I live with every day. I’m not sure why this man chose my movie to end those two lives and injure nine others, but it was very personal for me. We always find out how the shooter got their gun and it’s always something that never should have happened in the first place.”
The comedienne/ actress, who in recent weeks made her very impressive Saturday Night Live debut, has decided to use the show’s “live from New York” slogan, followed by “we’re aiming for change”, to advertise their campaign in the media. After her political appearance, she posted via her Twitter account: “Please join me and @SenSchumer in ending gun violence and tweet the hashtag #aimingforchange RT we can do this.”
The primary purpose of the emotionally-charged conference was to cover the campaign’s three key points: close background check loopholes, so that criminals can no longer avoid checks when purchasing weapons at gun shows or on the Internet; make these checks more effective and improved in order to stop domestic abusers buying guns; and to close down the illegal gun pipeline for good, with gun trafficking qualifying as a federal crime.
When a celebrity usually celebrates a birthday, their closest friends usually rush to throw some amazing surprise party together. But when you’re Kim Kardashian, turning 35 wouldn’t be complete without your biggest fans, and no megabash was in sight or necessary. The queen of reality TV, and, well…everything in general really, decided to reciprocate the love to her dedicated fan base on her special day. Kim specially flew a bunch of her super fans to a birthday brunch, also attended by husband Kanye and daughter North.
The brunch took place at the Four Seasons in the Westlake Village suburb of California over the weekend, and the selected fans had all their travel arrangements and expenses covered by Kim. Kanye‘s influence was obvious from the extremely neutral colour scheme used throughout in photos and in floral arrangements, with the only sign of vibrant colour being the fruit-filled martini glasses at each place setting. Each fan received their own handwritten note from Kim thanking them for attending, and the lucky few posted a group photo to Instagram of their signed phone cases following the event.
Kim wrote on her Twitter page: “I just had the best brunch today. I flew out every fan I follow on social media to celebrate my birthday! I loved putting all of the faces with the names & am so grateful for all of the fan accounts!I wish I could have flown out more people but I’m making this a tradition and will start selecting new fan accounts soon!I love you guys so much and am so grateful to have met you guys today! Can’t wait to post all of the pics & video on my website & app. So happy Kanye brought North to celebrate too & meet everyone! ”
Her gratuitous fans wrote several messages alongside their photos with Kim, including the following:
“Thank you @kimkardashian for giving me this opportunity to celebrate your birthday with you in Los Angeles. I will never ever forget this day and these memories will last me a life time.”
“Thank you so much Kim for flying both of us out to LA to spend this amazing weekend with you! We are so grateful for everything you do for us. Thank you Kanye for being so dope with us and thank you to the best hotel @fswestlake for their hospitality too! 😍”
“Thank you SO much for flying me out to LA to celebrate your birthday with you!!!!! I am so beyond grateful!!!!! Love you more than words!!!! #HBDKKW”
This was the second part of her birthday celebrations; earlier in the week she arrived at an LA movie theatre, where her friends and relatives were waiting for her wearing fake baby bumps, who presented her with a “happy pregnant birthday” cake!
It has been four years since Adele released her sophomore album, and aside from her Skyfall recording, fans have heard very little from her since. She had a son with Simon Konecki, and lived a very reclusive existence, rarely being spotted outside her London home. Now she has shocked her millions of fans by announcing her third album ’25’ will released in just over a month, November 20, and the 30 million people that purchased her last effort ’21’ will no doubt find the next month to be agonisingly long. Her first single from the album ‘Hello’ is released tomorrow; her hardcore fans recognised her vocal from the track being used in an X Factor episode earlier this month, and have been suspicious ever since.
In an amusing and ramble-filled website post yesterday, she listed her many regrets over the last 25 years, including dodgy hair cuts, and advises fans that it is far better to break the rules, than to make the rules! She continues: “My last record was a break-up record and if I had to label this one, I would call it a make -up record. Making up for lost time. Making up for everything I ever did and never did. Turning 25 was a turning point for me, slap bang in the middle of my twenties. Teetering on the edge of being an old adolescent and a fully fledged adult.”
A week ago Lamar Odom was discovered unconscious in a Las Vegas brothel by an employee, after alleged excessive consumption of drugs and alcohol. He was admitted to the Sunrise Hospital in Sin City in an initially critical condition, but over the last seven days his speech has returned, and he has been able to communicate with a number of relatives, including his two children. He has now reached a stable enough level to be transferred, so today he was flown to Cedars-Senai hospital in LA.
Despite being separated from Khloé Kardashian, he is still married to her in the eyes of the law as a judge has never finalised their divorce, and she has been responsible for any medical decisions during his period of hospitalisation. The one-time NBA legend notoriously married Khloé after less than a month of dating, but since has struggled with rumoured substance issues. This ultimately led to a decline in not just his performance on the court, but also in his relationship. Heartbreakingly Khloé has never fallen out of love with the basketball player despite his many downfalls, and has even reiterated this in a recent magazine interview.
Khloé has kept a respectful silence since his hospitalisation, and refused to leave his side while she waited for him to wake up. Very little has been said by the Kardashian clan, but in the last 48 hours Kim has tweeted: “I believe in the power of prayer! Thx 4 ur prayers Lammy– So happy Kendall & I could make u smile 2day God is good!” One by one each member of the Kardashian brood flew to Vegas last week to wait at his bedside, wishing for signs of improvement.
Khloé posted his first official statement on her website today: “The past week has been incredibly difficult. I am so thankful to family, friends, and fans, who have sent nothing but prayers and well wishes to Lamar. I also want to take a moment to thank everyone at Sunrise Hospital, including the amazing doctors and nurses for their kindness and diligent work. Under their amazing care, incredible strides have been made. You can never be prepared for an experience like this, but without the outpouring of love and endless prayers that Lamar has received and the strength I was given from my loved ones, it would have been difficult to endure. Thank you for your continued support. God is great!”
Let’s pray that Lamar will fully recover and get the help he needs, I need Khlomar back together already!
In 2013 Disney fans were gossiped within their community about the possibility of Selena Gomez having a substance abuse problem, a la Demi Lovato, her friend. She cancelled her Asian and Australian tour, and then entered a rehab facility. Upon her cancellation of the tour, she wrote to her fans: “My fans are so important to me and I would never want to disappoint them. But it has become clear to me and those close to me that after many years of putting my work first, I need to spend some time on myself in order to be the best person I can be. To my fans, I sincerely apologize and I hope you guys know how much each and every one of you mean to me.”
After all this time, she has eventually confirmed the genuine cause for her rehabilitation- she is undergoing chemotherapy treatment for the condition lupus. In an exclusive deal with Billboard magazine, she confides: “I wanted so badly to say: ‘You guys have no idea. I’m in chemotherapy. You’re assholes’. I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again. I’ve been working since I was seven. I’ve been a Unicef ambassador since I was 17. It’s so disappointing that I’ve become a tabloid story.”
She has just released the first dates for the US and Canadian leg of her new Revival tour, an album which she will release tomorrow. I hope all those that have criticised her changing body size lately see really what has been going on behind the scenes!