Demi Lovato had to give up her raw food, gluten-free diet at a recent house party because she did not want to offend host Robert Rodriguez or special guest President Barack Obama.
The singer is obsessed with healthy eating after learning she has allergies to gluten and dairy, but she had to dine and dare at moviemaker Rodriguez's home in Austin, Texas last month (Jun14), when she realised he was making pizza for everyone.
She tells Extra, "I try to eat raw food whenever possible. I don’t eat it all the time just because I’m the type of person that if I do something, if I go all one way, I get burnt out... I’m gluten-free and dairy-free because I’m allergic to them. I just eat vegan and raw as much as possible and it's really changed my body and made me feel better. "But you kind of can’t turn down pizza that Robert Rodriguez handmade - and that you are also eating with the President."
Rodriguez's star-studded house party served as a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee. Jessica Alba and Rosario Dawson were also among the guests.
Director Robert Rodriguez hosted a star-studded fundraising party for U.S. President Barack Obama at his home in Austin, Texas on Wednesday night (09Jul14). The Sin City filmmaker was joined by the stars of his upcoming sequel A Dame To Kill For, Jessica Alba and Rosario Dawson, plus his frequent collaborator Danny Trejo and pop singer Demi Lovato.
The guests paid $32,000 (£18,823) for a ticket to the event, with proceeds going to Obama's political party, the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Obama gave a speech while the guests dined in a poolside marquee.
Lovato showed her excitement on Twitter.com, writing, "Dinner w/ (with) @BarackObama tonight at @Rodriguez's castle (sic) tonight... No big deal..."
The creator of political TV drama Scandal, Shonda Rimes, and the show's star Kerry Washington will host a similar event for Obama in Los Angeles on 23 July (14).
Leonardo DiCaprio raised nearly $1 million (£625,000) by auctioning off a trip to outer space with him at the amfAR Gala in Cannes, France on Thursday (22May14). The annual charity event gathered Hollywood A-listers, who were in town for the Cannes Film Festival, at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc to raise money for AIDS research, and DiCaprio was among the stars who offered up rare items up for sale.
The Wolf of Wall Street star auctioned a place on a 2015 Virgin Galactic space trip with him, and the once-in-a-lifetime ticket sold for approximately $956,795 (£597,997), according to Variety.com.
Another seat on the trip with DiCaprio sold at last year's (13) amfAR Gala for $1.5 million (£937,500).
DiCaprio's The Quick and the Dead co-star Sharon Stone served as the auctioneer for the 2014 event, highlighting items such as a pair of gloves once owned by fashion mogul Karl Lagerfeld, a collection of red ball gowns by designers from around the world and a rare 1967 Andy Warhol painting of Marilyn Monroe.
A week's rental of the 11-bedroom yacht where Stone has been staying during her trip to Cannes was also sold during the auction.
The amfAR fundraiser brought in a record $35 million (£22.5 million).
Among the celebrities in attendance were Milla Jovovich, Heidi Klum, John Travolta, Jane Fonda, Jessica Chastain, Marion Cotillard, Rosario Dawson, Justin Bieber and Michelle Rodriguez.
The night also included performances by Lana Del Rey, Robin Thicke and classical star Andrea Bocelli, who dedicated My Way to late actress Dame Elizabeth Taylor, who founded amfAR in 1993.
Nine years isn’t such a gap in comparison to the time it took to make prequels like Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Prometheus, but it still feels like we've been waiting forever for a Sin City sequel. The first film shocked audiences with a cutting edge cinematic style and a sexy, violent trip through a beloved comic franchise. This prequel has suffered some major losses to the cast and a general loss of buzz from the original. So we're wondering if waiting a decade has actually harmed the upcoming new movie.
First off, casting. Sadly, Brittany Murphy and Michael Clarke Duncan have passed away since the release of Sin City. The lengthy delay in filming cost the film these actors and quite a few more. Dennis Haysbert will be taking over the golden-eyed role of Manute. But can he play a convincing villain if his voice makes people want to double check their insurance rates? Devon Aoki’s model good looks and silent intensity were immortalized in the character of Miho. She’s been replaced by former Real World star Jamie Chung. Chung has been action-ish in Sucker Punch and Once Upon a Time , but she also starred in the utterly horrible Dragonball: Evolution. Eva Green plays the highly coveted role of Ava Lord. She’s not the worst choice but is a bit of a downgrade considering Angelina Jolie or Scarlett Johansson could have had the role. Finally, Michael Madsen has been replaced by Ari Gold himself, Jeremy Piven.
Additionally, the buzz may have all but faded. Die hard Frank Miller fans will come out for the film regardless of the questionable casting and the long delay. However, a lot of the major excitement riding off the first movie has dissipated. Sin City was monumental, but films that have come since and borrowed the same ilk, like Watchmen and Sucker Punch, have done poorly in theaters. In the last nine years, stars like Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, and Rosario Dawson have lost a lot of their A-list appeal, lowering their grade to the likes of Good Luck Chuck, Iron Man 2, and The Zookeeper respectively.
The casting may be less exciting than the original but Joseph Gordon-Levitt has joined the cast. A Dame to Kill For is also one of the most exciting and intricate stories of the comic book franchise. It’s also the entire driving force behind Clive Owen’s character in the original film. Only time will tell if the film will be as great as the original. However, the geek appeal will definitely draw some butts to seats.
Has nine years left you indifferent or dying to see the sequel?
It’s hard to believe that after replacing music videos with inspirational gems like Jersey Shore and Teen Mom that MTV could make any good programming. However, Awkward has proven to not only be a witty, entertaining series, it also gives voice to a whole generation. There are children raised on the avid vocabulary of Dawson’s Creek, the sexual freedom of a world with condoms in schools, and they’ve never seen My So-Called Life.
Jenna Hamilton (Ashley Rickards) is a smart but marginally unpopular high school student that loses her virginity to her teen dream Matty McKibben (Beau Mirchoff) and gets a mean mysterious letter all in one day. She has an accident and everyone thinks she tried to commit suicide. With her social life in the balance, she starts to make more outgoing decisions. Her allies include wacky wordsmith Tamara (Jillian Rose Reed) and meek and geeky Ming Huang (Jessica Lu). She records all of her musings on her blog. As the show progresses she gets into a love triangle and evolves as an adult.
The teen comedy subverts expectations by accepting certain truths about teenagers today. Teenagers have sex so Jenna has sex. However, she makes thoughtful choices of partners and has safe sex thanks to lessons from her former teen parents, Lacey (Nikki Deloach) and Kevin (Mike Faiola). Jenna also deals with all the complexities of DTR-ing or defining the relationship in a digital age.
One of the greatest parts of the show is Sadie Saxton (Molly Tarlov). The character is monumental because Tarlov has a couple extra pounds. It’s amazing to see a girl with a real body playing the popular girl and having the freedom to act however and say whatever she wants.
The show is hilarious but it really does address what’s going on with kids today. Over-exposure via the Internet, suicide attempts, drinking, drugs, and bullying are all issues kids struggle with but Awkward deals with them with a sense of humor and levity.
Jenna Hamilton captures the Millennial generation. She is educated but makes poor choices. She’s insightful but also slightly self-absorbed and entitled. She represents the every girl…except she’s way more witty, expressive, and self-aware.
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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Since we first slipped on a pair of Vanderbilt jeans to the endless succession of bandage dresses of the Kardashian Kollection, we've all been well versed in the appeal of celebrity "fashion" lines. But for every mogul-in the making who ranks in millions such as Jessica Simpson who got rich off peep-toe shoes to Jay-Z's expansive streetwear brand, Rockawear – there are those whose designs either fly under the fashion radar or are an insult to design itself. Here are a number of celebs to add to your designer vocabulary.
If you're not a 13 year-old girl or are not the parent of one, chances are you've been living your life blissfully unaware of Avril Lavigne's career and her budding fashion line. This modest juniors brand, Abbey Dawn, first emerged in 2008, exclusively available at Kohl's featuring atypical "rock and roll" styles such as baby tees with safety pins and plaid skirts. Since then, the princess of pop punk has added accessories, menswear and three perfumes to her line and even showed at New York Fashion Week. Tees emblazoned with bow-adorned skulls and messages like "I F**king Love You B*tch," inside a heart are at the core of the brand. So the next time you're stuck at the beach without edgy enough flip-flops, Abbey Dawn has got you covered.
Perpetually enthusiastic and general beacon of light, Richard Simmons was never known for his sophisticated style. After all, the man makes his living wearing bedazzled tank tops and hot pants. So it should come as no surprise that his foray into fashion contains equal flash and inspirational messaging in the form of his jewelry line Sparkle, for Jewelry Television. Inspired by his greatest loves: fitness, fashion and animals, he has designed three niche collections for the retailer. There's "Pawmates," featuring "Cat Lover" necklaces, the "Signature Collection," as his ode to the rocking oldies with music notes and many more trinkets to choose from. Time to stick to the leg lifts, Richard.
Before Amanda Bynes' complete unraveling became schadenfreude material to the entire public, she was just the chipmunk-cheeked girl next door with her own teen fashion line. Back in the bygone days of 2007, she launched her line, "Dear" for the now since defunct Steve & Barry – featuring wholesome hoodies for pre-teens and lots of awkward layering. After the line and the retailer both fell victim to the recession and good taste, Bynes announced this year that she's gearing up for another line, post her psychiatric stint. Her archival tunic dresses and "walking shorts" are still available through Amazon for those devoted completists.
For a man who's better known for his lack of clothes, it seems an odd choice for Matthew McConaughey to come out with his own clothing line. His "Just Keep Living," line will feature basic sportswear pieces like: moisture-wicking tees so you don't have to strip off your shirt when paparazzi come round, and other "all-journey gear" whose description sounds like those zip-off cargo pants that are beloved by Dads everywhere. Shilling your brand aside, a portion of each purchase of the line will go towards McConaughey's charity of the same name. Until JKL hits Dilliards this fall, you'll just have to settle for those "Life is Good" t-shirts at the airport.
Given the Renaissance woman she is and all-around cool person, it seems the former Sonic Youth frontwoman can do no wrong in anyone's eyes. While her latest art exhibition gives us pause, her past clothing collaborations are certainly more approachable than most. Her X-Girl line in the early nineties was modeled by It-girls Chloe Sevigny and Sofia Coppola and later, she teamed up with Urban Outfitters for her capsule collection Mirror/Dash in 2009. Her slouch sweaters for the brand weren't much to shrug at, but then again she's never been one for flash. Gordon rounded out her fashion repertoire most recently with the cult-brand Surface to Air, featuring sleek stagewear and plenty of ankle boots – satisfying the hearts of many a fashion blogger.
While every day a new celebrity fashion line springs forth, there are simply too many to mention, but there are a few to keep your eye out for. For the Civil War reenactment enthusiasts and anyone who self describes themselves as bo-ho, John Mayer has the accessory for you! His continuing collaboration with leather maker Barrett Alley has yielded $190 bracelets featuring Civil War-era bone button closures and deerskin wallets called the Judas Pouch -- a subtle gift for that boyfriend who cheated on you. Also pinch those pennies for Sylvester Stallone's Rocky-inspired line, "Sly Inc," which will launch next year and include everything from jeans, shirts, outerwear, underwear, watches and probably free tickets to see the new Rocky musical.
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Lady Gaga is set to showcase her acting skills with a cameo appearance in the sequel to cult hit Sin City. The Poker Face hitmaker was hired to star in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For by director Robert Rodriguez, who has already worked with the singer in his upcoming film Machete Kills.
One of the film's stars, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, reveals the superstar performer was a natural in front of the camera.
He says, "Lady Gaga is in a scene in it, and I gotta say she did a really good job, like she's a great actress. And I didn't know that!
"You know she came in and I was like 'OK sure, they're having a huge pop star do a scene in the movie, I understand.' But then she came in and like, nailed it! She had her character down, and she was like a total pro, and did a great job, I was really impressed."
Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson and Mickey Rourke will all return to their roles in the sequel, which is due out next year (14).
It looks like you'll have to wait another year to see Jessica Alba hit the big screen again as Nancy Callahan. According to Box Office Mojo, the release date for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For has been pushed back from October 3, 2013 to August 22, 2014. Gee, we've already been waiting eight years for this movie. What's one more?
Seeing as production for the film only began earlier this year, it makes sense that they had to delay the release. After all, Sin City was a highly stylized, special effects-filled monster of a blockbuster — and that was back in 2005. Sin City 2 promises to be even more visually stunning, with a stellar cast to match. In addition to Jessica Alba, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For also stars returning cast members Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King, Powers Boothe, and Mickey Rourke, along with newcomers Eva Green (as the titular dame), Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeremy Piven, Juno Temple, and many others.
So the Sin City sequel has been postponed for 10 months. We can only hope this means that the movie will be out of this world. The pressure is on, Robert Rodriguez. The pressure is on.
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Fans of Robert Rodriguez's crime thriller Sin City will have to wait more than a year to see sequel A Dame To Kill For as its release has been pushed back. The follow-up to the 2005 cult classic stars Eva Green, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba and Rosario Dawson, and it was due to hit cinemas in October (13).
However, fans will now have to wait until August, 2014 to see the long-awaited movie, according to Boxofficemojo.com.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is now due to hit cinemas on 22 August, 2014.