Although she made her film debut in the atrocious Pootie Tang, this plucky actress had much better luck with her subsequent projects. After studying at NYU's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, she...
Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard's 18-month-old daughter, Lincoln, uses sign language to communicate.
The Frozen actress has revealed the toddler's speech is improving but she is particularly good at signing. Bell, who is pregnant with her second child, tells People magazine, "(She can say) a lot of two-syllable words, but she signs mostly because she's really good at it." The star insists teaching the youngster sign language will boost her communication skills, adding, "People recommend doing signs because the baby can communicate with you and say, 'I want an apple' or 'Look at the black dog,' and you can actually form sentences." She adds of her second pregnancy, "Thank my lucky stars, it's been a virtually identical pregnancy. Pregnancy can be really hard for women, and I'm lucky that I'm not really symptomatic. I'm okay with being on my feet and I'm lucky that my body feels really good."
"My deep fear was that it would look like a werewolf trying to escape my butt crack, so I asked Kristen... She's the only person I would feel comfortable... well, I didn't even feel comfortable with her doing it. It was a terrible experience." Actor Dax Shepard felt awful having to ask his wife Kristen Bell to shave his backside in preparation for a bum-baring scene in new film This is Where I Leave You.
Actress Hilary Swank is to host a star-studded TV charity event in aid of rescue dogs. The Million Dollar Baby star will helm The Great American Dog-a-Thon in the U.S. on Thanksgiving (27Nov14), and the show will include special guest appearances from Scarlett Johansson, Josh Duhamel, Fergie, Kesha, LeAnn Rimes and Kristen Bell.
Swank says, "I have long been an advocate for animal adoption and know first-hand the immense joy a shelter animal brings to our lives. Yet, every year more than four million animals are euthanised (sic) because of overcrowding in shelters. We are so fortunate to have an animal advocate in the Fox network that not only sees the need for more awareness surrounding this issue, but is willing to set aside a two-hour block for this important cause."
The event is a two-hour TV special celebrating rescue dogs. During the broadcast, viewers will be invited to foster or adopt one of the pooches.
"Most guys really remember the date of their wedding because they wrote so many cheques... but as you may recall I got in and out of that courthouse for, like, $30... A lot of guys don't like me because I took Kristen Bell off the market but I also think they're double mad I took her off the market for $30." Actor Dax Shepard on his bargain wedding day last year (13Oct13). He and Bell had planned to just pick up their wedding license but decided to do the whole thing on the spur of the moment.
Pregnant actress Kristen Bell is convinced her campaign to boycott tabloids which publish photos of celebrity children is working, because she is no longer having to hide from the paparazzi while she's out and about. The Frozen star teamed up with her husband Dax Shepard for the No Kids Policy earlier this year (14) and vowed to shun publications which buy and print snaps of celebrity families without parental permission.
Bell, who gave birth to her first child, daughter Lincoln, last year (13) managed to convince editors at a slew of top magazines to curb their use of such pictures and she admits her efforts - and those of fellow famous mums Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner - have really had a great impact on her life.
She tells the Associated Press, "I feel a lot safer because I'm not followed at all now. It makes me feel like we all rallied and did something - the good people that were on the side of responsible parenting and passionate about child welfare spoke up and made a difference, and that is a really invigorating feeling."
And Bell insists the public support for the campaign proves that everyone understands where the celebrity parents' plight.
She adds, "The response has been so overwhelming that it's really almost a moral stance that the consumer demanded their publications take. We're all consuming healthier media now."
Hollywood mums Berry and Garner joined forces to fight for new legislation to protect the kids of stars. Their successful campaign led to new California laws that restrict what photographers can do around children and how close they can get.
"I don't like wearing jewellery, but I felt obliged to warn all the men that I'm taken. So, I thought a tattoo would be fitting. And her last name conveniently is an object I could tattoo." Actor Dax Shepard on his new finger tattoo tribute to wife Kristen Bell.
"I'm not immune to being interested, like, of course I want to know what Jennifer Lawrence's boobs look like. And if she wants to show them me one day, great! But if she's not willing, why on earth would I want to violate another person and look at their private photos? To me it feels kind of classless." Actress Kristen Bell weighs in on the recent celebrity photo hacking scandal.
Actor Dax Shepard has honoured his pregnant wife Kristen Bell by tattooing an image of a bell onto his ring finger. He debuted the new skin art on Monday (15Sep14) as he walked the red carpet at the Los Angeles premiere of his new film This Is Where I Leave You. The couple wed last October (13).
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The characters from smash-hit Disney movie Frozen are heading back to the big screen for an animated short that will hit cinemas in the spring (15).
The big news was announced at the end of a 'making of' special that aired in America on Tuesday night (02Sep14).
Frozen Fever will be directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, the pair behind last year's (13) hit movie, and it will feature a new song written by Oscar-winning songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. The married couple created instant classic songs like Do You Want to Build a Snowman? and Let It Go for Frozen.
Confirming the news, a Disney spokesman says, "In Frozen Fever, it’s Anna’s birthday and Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever, but Elsa’s icy powers may put more than just the party at risk."
Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad will reprise their original Frozen roles in the new film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Actress Kristen Bell surprised an audience at a Frozen sing-along event in California on Friday (22Aug14), by making an appearance to introduce the film. The Veronica Mars star, who voiced Princess Anna in the animated movie, took to the stage at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, where she was joined by characters dressed s Anna and her sister, Queen Elsa.
After the appearance, which landed Bell a standing ovation, she told EW.com that she's still pinching herself in disbelief about the 2013 animation hit's international success.
She said, "There is no way to foresee a movie's success or how much it would touch people. You strive to make the best movie possible and I felt like we did that...
"It's especially invigorating because music is what brought me to performing and acting in general. From doing so much non-singing work and being satisfied with that, to have it then be able to reincorporate music into what you do as a performer - which is hopefully tell a good story - it feels weirdly full circle. To be able to do it is one thing, to be hired to do it is really lucky."
Disney’s Frozen Sing-Along is set to run at El Capitan until 7 September (14).
Made her Broadway debut in 2001 in a musical version of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, playing Becky Thatcher.
On becoming famous: "You just have to hope you can keep your head on straight," she told TV GUIDE. "I'm really scared about the lack of privacy."
Named by Jane magazine as one of the 11 People You'd Most Like to See Naked.
Although she made her film debut in the atrocious Pootie Tang, this plucky actress had much better luck with her subsequent projects. After studying at NYU's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, she quickly found stage work, including a leading role in the campy off-Broadway musical Reefer Madness, which was eventually turned into a TV-movie also starring Bell. The small screen ended up being her primary medium, and she had a number of guest appearances and TV-movies under her belt when she landed the title role of a teen-outcast-turned-investigator on Veronica Mars.
Shrine Catholic High School, Royal Oak, MI
New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, New York, NY