Australian actress Melissa George refused painkillers and struggled through a marathon three-day labour to give birth to her son last month (Feb14). The 37 year old welcomed a little boy named Raphael, her first child with French businessman Jean-David Blanc, in Paris, France on 6 February (14), and George opted for a natural birth.
The former Home and Away star refused medication and spent three days in agony during a lengthy labour.
She tells Britain's Hello! magazine, "(He was) huge! I'm paying for that now - I'm still recovering... They (the French nurses) said, 'Oh, those Australians are crazy! They are so tough!' I thought that was hilarious... They had all the instruments ready in case, and I looked at the vacuum and the forceps and thought, 'There is no way on this planet they're coming near me'... I was in labour for three days."
However, George insists she doesn't regret her choice, adding of the birth, "It was magic and JD (Blanc) was right beside me. It was amazing... I just couldn't believe the body could do that."
Britney Spears' little sister is a married woman - country singer Jamie Lynn married fiance Jamie Watson in Las Vegas on Friday (14Mar14). The 22 year old exchanged vows with her 31-year-old beau at the Audobon Tea Room.
The bride's father walked her down the aisle and her daughter Maddie was the flower girl. Big sister Britney and her boyfriend David Lucado were among the guests, and her sons Sean Preston and Jayden James were ring bearers for their aunt and new uncle.
Thrilled Britney took to Twitter on Saturday to congratulate the newlyweds, writing, "So happy I could be a part of my little sister's big day... Yesterday was magical. Congrats @jamielynnspears!!"
This is Jamie Lynn's first wedding; she was previously engaged to Maddie's father, Casey Aldridge.
Marlene Dietrich's grandson has defended the family's decision to sell off the movie legend's belongings at an upcoming auction, insisting the items were simply "gathering dust" in storage. A number of the Hollywood actress' grandchildren, including David J Riva, are selling off Dietrich's personal items including clothes, sunglasses, photographs and letters, and the sale is expected to raise thousands of dollars.
Riva has now spoken out about the decision to sell off Dietrich's belongings, and he is adamant her relatives are not just out to make a quick buck.
He says, "To be honest, I hate to part with most of these things, but a friend recently reminded me that Marlene has so many new and old fans that it was pretty stupid to let some of these iconic items just sit in safety deposit boxes or even worse, in storage...
"I have never felt that displaying these things was right, as her grandson it felt a little - if not a lot - pretentious. So, in fact, I wasn't enjoying them either. The best solution was to let them go to good homes where they can really be appreciated and not just gather dust."
The sale takes place online later this month (Mar14).
Britney Spears' little sister Jamie Lynn will become Mrs. Watson by the end of the week (17Mar14), according to reports. The 22 year old and her fiance Jamie Watson have obtained their marriage licence in Louisiana, and insiders claim they are planning to exchange vows on Friday.
Indeed, the couple has listed 14 March (14) as the date of the nuptials on its gift registry page with home furnishings store Bed, Bath & Beyond.
On Thursday (13Mar14), older sister Britney and her boyfriend David Lucado were even spotted arriving at Los Angeles Airport to catch a flight to her homestate of Louisiana.
The couple became engaged a year ago (Mar13).
This will be Jamie Lynn Spears' first marriage; she was previously engaged to Casey Aldridge, the father of her five-year-old daughter, Maddie.
It's the middle of the week, and your brain has all but lost its functional juices. You need an intellectual jump — a compelling lesson in history, science, or art, but without entailing that troublesome task of reading. What you need is a documentary. This week, our Netflix Hand-Picked Flix recommendation for Docu-Wednesdays is Jiro Dreams of Sushi.
Prepare to feel inadequate. Jiro is the world's foremost sushi chef, and at the age of 85, he is nothing short of a workhorse. Jiro Dreams of Sushi is an intimate display of the virtue of effort. The film showcases decades of study and trial and error all go into an exacting knowledge of how to make the best sushi in the world. while it might look like a madman obsessing over minutiae, the beauty of the doc is witnessing just how completely Jiro puts every single grain of his being into mastering his chosen profession, and how refined simplicity can give way to deep complexity.
It's both inspiring and a bit depressing, knowing you could never possibly put forth that kind of unadulterated effort into any pursuit. It's utterly fascinating to peak inside of Jiro's worldview and take a tour through his daily life and dedicated philosophy. This one should not be missed... it might even convince you to do your own cooking a little more often.
You can watch the movie on Netflix, and check back tomorrow for our Throwback Thursday recommendation.
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In 2013, Julianne Moore began a plot of world domination so quiet that you might not have noticed. The four-time Oscar nominee delivered some amazing performances in Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Don Jon, the Carrie remake, the indie film What Maisie Knew, and another excellent independent feature The English Teacher, where she played a high school teacher having an affair with a former student. She was brilliant, and we sort of wish more people would address that!
This will be another big year for the actress with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, where we'll see her take on the pivotal role of President Alma Coin. But before that, she takes the lead in Maps to the Stars, a film that also stars Robert Pattinson, John Cusack, and Mia Wasikowska. David Cronenberg is directing, and the fact that he's finally teaming up with this brilliant actress is enough reason to get excited (this is the guy who brought us The Fly, A History of Violence, and the recent gem Cosmopolis). Described as "a vicious look at a twisted Hollywood dynasty", Maps will also work as a critique of celebrity and pop culture in Western society. Yes, please.
This month we get to see her go thriller with Liam Neeson and Lupita Nyong'o in Non-Stop., in theaters now.
While the plot to this one seems a little less compelling than some of her other upcoming projects, we have already declared this the year of Julianne Moore and, therefore, are excited for every single one of her movies. And Moore is excited as well. She recently gave an interview to The Telegraph and talked about Jennifer Lawrence, her life as a "shockingly domestic" mother of two, and the fact that she is living a wonderfully priveleged life — and she's grateful for it. In general, she just came off like the amazing goddess, movie star that we believe her to be. So it was good to have that confirmed.
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This Sunday marks the highly-anticipated return of CBS's The Good Wife, and many of us have been practically itching with excitement. Season 5 has been nothing short of explosive, with every episode kicking off or going out (or both) with a bang. In case you need a refresher on all of the madness between Alicia Florrick, Will Gardner, and the rest of the gang, here's a little recap to help you mentally prepare for this Sunday:
It's [Still] All About Alicia & Will
This has been an excellent season for the former lovers. After some serious sexual tension last season, it looked like, if only for a moment, there was a chance that the Willicia reunion many of us had been hoping for was afoot. But then Peter started making goo-goo eyes at his wife again, and Alicia went and left the firm, and that was the end of that. They've spent the majority of Season 5 being awful to each other (mainly Will), fighting over clients and using their sexual and romantic past to get back at each other in the court room. It's made for some great TV, and we can only assume that things will get more heated as the season progresses.
Peter's in Trouble... But at Least He's Not the Babydaddy
The new episode will pick up with a focus on this whole stolen election scandal. Did Peter actually, truly, steal the election? And is his time as Illinois state Governor coming to an end? This is some serious drama, but at least we know he's not the father of Marilyn Garbanza's baby. That pregnancy storyline was positively frightening.
Grace Got Hot; This May Still Be An Issue
Amidst all of this political scandal and courtroom drama, let's not forget that little Grace Florrick... uh... blossomed this season. Thankfully, she's still got her head in the books (and in her Bible), but it's going to be interesting to see if this comes up in the plot again. Earlier in the season she ended up on that hot political daughters website that was actually hacking into her computer, and she was also a huge distraction to some members of Florrick Agos and Associates.
Will Alicia's Firm Survive?
Between her husband's scandal and the devious antics of her ex, Alicia Florrick's new firm is in a pretty awkward position. We've all been rooting for Florrick Agos; they're the underdog now that LG (previously known as Lockhart Gardner) is the big firm in town. But something tells us this David and Goliath battle will be playing out for some time.
The Only Thing You Really Need to Get Ready for Sunday
Seriously. The Good Wife "Thicky Trick" cast video is all you'll ever need in life. You're welcome.
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For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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British singer Lily Allen has vented her anger online after she was criticised for her views on feminism this week (begs03Mar14). The Hard Out Here singer guest edited an issue of free London magazine ShortList with the theme 'How to be a man - by women', and she told readers she hates the word 'feminism' because "girls are pitted each other" and women need to "stop being so horrible to each other".
Her comments sparked a backlash on Twitter.com, but Allen has now spoken out to defending herself amid the fan furore.
She tells gossip website Holymoly.com, "I think you rather missed my point. I said that I believe women are equal to men, we are all human. I can't believe that we're still having to have discussions about feminist (sic) because sexism should not exist anymore... ps, I did not chose the 'how to Be a Man ' title either. I am very greatful (sic) to Shortlist for having me on their cover but they did ham that interview up a little."
She then penned an angry message to her critics, insisting they have no right to judge her unless they are campaigning outside British Prime Minister David Cameron's official residence in Downing Street.
In a post on Twitter.com, she writes, "Unless your (sic) standing outside downing st (street) with one of those Australian Bush Hats with dirty tampons in place of corks 'shouting equal rights for men and women' you've got no place telling me what kind of feminist I am or am not. F**k off."
British director Guy Ritchie is reportedly expecting his third child with his model fiancee Jacqui Ainsley. The couple is already parents to two-year-old son Rafael and a daughter, who was born in 2012. The little girl's name was never publicly revealed, but reports suggest she is called Rivka.
Now new pictures have emerged showing Ainsley with a blossoming baby bump. The model was spotted in London with her husband and kids with a protruding belly.
The baby is due in June (14), according to editors at Britain's The Sun on Sunday newspaper. The Sherlock Holmes director is also a father to 13-year-old Rocco, with his ex-wife Madonna, as well as their adopted son David.