Actress Blake Lively's father has become the first known patient to undergo genetic therapy to heal his broken heart. Actor Ernie Lively has battled health problems since suffering a massive heart attack in 2003, but thanks to a groundbreaking medical procedure he is now feeling better than ever.
The 66 year old tells People magazine only half of his heart has been functioning properly in recent years, sapping him of energy and making it a real task just to walk up a flight of stairs.
On 7 November (13), the father-of-four underwent retrograde gene therapy, in which a patient's stem cells are injected into the heart to repair damaged muscle and arteries, and he's already beginning to notice a health boost.
He says, "I woke up the other morning and told my wife, 'I haven't felt this good in years'."
And Ernie is now making big plans for the rest of his life, adding, "I moved to Utah because of the snow, but I haven't been able to ski. I literally didn't have the heart to do it. Now, I'm excited about living the rest of my life instead of sitting around."
And he can't wait for his youngest daughter Blake to start a family, adding, "She is newly married (to actor Ryan Reynolds) and wants a big family. She says she wants 30 kids. I said, 'Why don't you start with one?'"
Miley Cyrus and former basketball star Dennis Rodman have been named two of the Least Influential Celebrities of 2013 by America's GQ magazine. Editors at the U.S publication have compiled a list of the 25 stars who they believe are uninspiring to the general public, noting that this year "has been a bad year for impotent megalomaniacs."
In the shameful number one spot on the list is the ex-basketball player, who has garnered attention for his controversial friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Editors call Rodman a "Q-list celebrity willing to commit borderline treason just to hang out with a dictator who himself aspires to be a Q-list celebrity."
Embattled U.S. chef Paula Deen comes in at number two following her racial slur controversy this summer (13), and American politician Anthony Weiner rounds out the top three thanks to his 'sexting' scandal.
Meanwhile, pop star Cyrus, who turned 21 years old on Saturday (23Nov13), ranks sixth on the list for her provocative and racy performances over the past few months.
The magazine states, "Miley spent the entire year foam-finger-blasting herself, licking sledgehammers, and basically trying every inane strategy she could think of to rile up America's few remaining pearl clutchers. What's sad is that it totally worked."
Also making the list are Will Smith and his family, Justin Bieber, Ryan Reynolds and U.S. President Barack Obama at number 17.
Actor Ryan Reynolds has cleared up reports suggesting he was forced to strip down on an airplane after a woman vomited on him. The Green Lantern star was reportedly on a flight from New York to New Orleans, Louisiana with his Gossip Girl wife Blake Lively last month (Oct13), when a woman sitting in front of the couple threw up on a window, splashing the actor.
However, Reynolds reveals the story is completely false, insisting the last time someone threw up on him he was in the "fifth grade."
He tells Vulture.com, "I don't know where that stuff comes from. It's fantastic, it sounds like a great story."
A host of famous faces turned out to help Michael J. Fox raise awareness of Parkinson's disease at his foundation's annual gala in New York City over the weekend (09-10Sep13). The Back to the Future star, who has been battling the debilitating condition since the early 1990s, was joined by the likes of Blake Lively and her husband Ryan Reynolds, Julianna Margulies, Seth Meyers and Tina Fey at the glitzy bash at Manhattan's Waldorf-Astoria hotel on Saturday night (09Nov13).
Fox joined Coldplay star Chris Martin on guitar for a musical performance, while Reynolds, whose own father is battling Parkinson's, admitted he was impressed by the work of The Michael J. Fox Foundation, saying, "You meet the people who work with this foundation, and so many of them have absolutely no affiliation with the disease whatsoever other than their job, and they were brought to it by a common denominator, which is Michael, and he's so inspiring and you just see the people that work with this foundation and how tirelessly they give everything they have to it and you start to forget that you're only here because someone you care about has Parkinson's. I was really blown away by the whole operation."
Marguiles insisted she turned out at the event to help raise cash for the cause, saying, "When you raise awareness, you raise money. I mean, it's the brutal truth."
Fellow guest, actor John Slattery, added to The Hollywood Reporter, "We're trying to find a cure. Research is expensive, and the more people know about it, that's everything, so that's what he's doing."
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If you were a young girl in 1988, you remember falling in love with a charismatic ginger orphan named Pippi Longstocking. If you were a young boy in 1988 you remember falling in lust with the present-day version, Tami Erin, sometime around yesterday. It's a confusing time. The freckle-faced girl mainstream America fell in love with has fallen into an all too familiar path for child stars and orphans alike: The sex tape trade.
Unlike many former child stars, this 39-year-old actress isn't trying to shed her Pippi image. If anything, she's using the kid-friendly character who made her famous to make her naked body sort of famous. This has become such a problem Columbia Pictures is threatening legal action for any adult site that uses the image of the 14-year-old Pippi. It kind of feels like we should all threaten legal action for that. Grossly enough, this tactic is working. According to TMZ the two leading Pippi porn sites average 200k views per day. A bulk of this traffic comes from Sweden, where children's author Astrid Lindgren wrote the original story of the pigtailed red-head in the 1940s. Yep, it's pretty creepy stuff.
Erin's situation is seemingly sympathetic. She claims she only released the tape to beat her ex to the punch. Since many sort-of-celebs have made similar claims in the past, the theory about releasing a sex tape without her consent has been debunked. No one is buying this story even when they are buying the smut. It seems that back in August when Erin was "fighting" to keep the video from being released, she may have been just sympathetically promoting it.
Erin sold the video to Zero Tolerance Entertainment for $10,000, which is not nearly enough money to be thrown in the category of Flick from A Christmas Story, Screech Powers, and that teen mom everyone hates. Making a sex tape is such an obvious choice next to reality TV and going to rehab, and let's face it she'll likely do it all. While it's cool that people are celebrating an older woman's sexuality and body, it would be a lot cooler if she wasn't exploiting her childhood image in the process. Leave that iconic mystical hobo-kid alone.
"I want a Burt Reynolds moustache. It would take me six months to get a really good full, monster 'stache. It's so manly. I wanna be the Bandit from Smokey and the Bandit. The Bandit was so cool." Ashton Kutcher expresses his desire to grow facial hair like Burt Reynolds.
Jessie Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart are joining forces to be tepidly awkward together once again, but not for the hotly anticipated Adven2reland. The pair will star together in American Ultra, an action comedy directed by Nima Nourizadeh. The film's screenplay was written by Max Landis, the scribe of 2012's super-hero thriller Chronicle.
In the upcoming film, Mike (Eisenberg) is a lazy stoner who lives with his girlfriend Pheobe (Stewart). One night, their lives take an unexpected turn when Mike's past comes back to haunt him, and he becomes the target of a government operation set to wipe him out.
The two stars possessed a nerdy charm and chemistry that made Adventureland an enjoyable indie hit. Hopefully they can transfer that chemistry to this new film which sounds like it has more of a moving plot then a coming of age amusement park dramedy. Ever since Adventureland, the two stars have had divergent career paths —Eisenberg successfully taking on high profile projects like The Social Network and being nominated for awards, while Stewart stormed the box office (and the gossip columns) as Bella Swan, but has had trouble kicking off a new film franchise. After the Twilight explosion ended and Snow White and the Huntsman flopped, Stewart has been seeking shelter in indie projects. While this mini Adventureland reunion could be a satifying dose of 2009 nostalgia, it is missing a key component. Unfortunately, creepy Ryan Reynolds will not be taking part in the new film.
Lady Gaga is set to make her hosting debut on U.S. sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live. The Born This Way hitmaker is heading back to the SNL stage on 16 November (13), as host and musical guest - a double act only a handful of performers, including Justin Timberlake and Miley Cyrus, have carried out.
It will mark the singer's third appearance on the show, following stints in 2009 and 2011, in which she performed and acted in several skits alongside hosts Ryan Reynolds and Timberlake.
Producers of the show have also announced that The Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson will make his hosting debut on 23 November (13), the day after the highly-anticipated Catching Fire sequel hits theatres in America.
Actress Blake Lively is set to be the new face of beauty brand L'Oreal Paris. Ryan Reynolds' wife has inked a deal to appear in a series of ads starting next year (14), according to Eonline.com.
She will join fellow celebrity spokesmodels including Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani and Beyonce.
Hollywood stunt legend-turned-moviemaker Hal Needham has died, aged 82. A former stunt double for Burt Reynolds, he made his filmmaking debut with Smokey & the Bandit in 1976 and was once one of Hollywood's highest-paid stuntmen.
He was presented with an honorary Oscar last year (Nov12) at the Governors Awards and he also earned the Motion Picture Academy's Scientific and Engineering Award in 1986 for the design and development of the Shotmaker Elite camera car and crane.
He passed away on Friday (25Oct13) after a short battle with cancer, according to The Hollywood Reporter.