In addition to releasing their own explicit videos and having parents who are already famous, celebrities have become notorious for their effortless, immaculate good looks. But in recent decades, the public has discovered that they aren’t necessarily an elite group of naturally beautiful people, more like surgically altered attention whores. Typically, when we hear about plastic surgery, we picture the extreme cases like Pamela Anderson opting to carry the equivalent of a small child on her chest; or Joan Rivers, whose face is now pulled back so far that she has officially changed ethnicities. So you can imagine our surprise when our friend, Lisa Kudrow, recently admitted to the Saturday Evening Post that she got a nose job at the age of 16.
“I went from, in my mind, hideous to not hideous,” Kudrow told Lawrence Grobel. She described the surgery as “life-altering,” and explained further: “I did it the summer before going to a new high school. So there were plenty of people who wouldn't know how hideous I looked before. That was a good, good, good change.”
Undergoing a nose job before reaching the legal age to vote seems to be the antithesis of the character who Kudrow is most well known for playing, the formerly homeless hippie Phoebe Buffay. But it’s clear that she isn’t the only celebrity who's used rhinoplasty as a catalyst to a career. Throughout the years, alleged before-and-after photos have surfaced of other celebrities that raise some serious questions about the validity of Hollywood's nasal passages. Ryan Gosling, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Aniston and Tyra Banks are a few celebrities who are often praised for their beauty. And yet after seeing these photos, it’s hard not to picture all of them crying to their parents about their insecurities as snot dripped from their bulbous, average people noses.
There’s one photo, however, that really causes us to wonder how long this has all been going on:
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Before becoming Marilyn Monroe, it’s rumored that Norma Jeane Mortenson underwent rhinoplasty, a chin implant, had her teeth straightened and her hairline raised. Plastic surgery was relatively new in the late 1940s, so her transformation went surprisingly under the radar at the time.
Whether it’s Lisa Kudrow getting a nose job at 16, Heidi Montag having ten surgeries in one day, or Marilyn Monroe pioneering what we’ve come to know as general cosmetic procedures, we know that it’s pretty common for drastic measures to be taken for beauty under the scrutiny of the public eye. Perhaps as a society, one day we can change our expectations of what celebrities look like, judge them at their craft and allow them the freedom be as ugly as everybody else. But, we probably shouldn’t.
Leslie Knope might be passionate about Pawnee, Indiana, but Amy Poehler is apparently a big fan of Sweden. The actress has teamed up with her brother, Greg Poehler, to executive produce a new sitcom, Welcome to Sweden. Originally commissioned by the Swedish channel TV4 as their first English-langauge series, the show was created by and will star Greg, in his acting debut. NBC has acquired the rights to broadcast the show in the US, which means that there is a double dose of Poehler heading to our televisions.
The autobiographical comedy centers around Bruce, an accountant from New York who falls in love with Emma (Josephine Bornebusch), and follows her back to her home country of Sweden. Welcome to Sweden will have a partly Swedish cast, including Lena Olin as Emma's mother, and will film in Sweden, New York and Los Angeles. On the American side of things, Bruce's parents will be played by Illeana Douglas and Patrick Duffy, and the show will feature cameos from Aubrey Plaza, Will Ferrell, Gene Simmons, and, of course, Amy Poehler.
Hearing about these two siblings teaming up can't help but make us think that surely a crossover between Parks and Recreation and Welcome to Sweden is bound to happen at some point. It could work out surprisingly well, too — after all, Leslie is a politician, so maybe she needs to travel to Sweden to accept another award or to take her Model U.N. skills international. And since Bruce is an accountant, it's completely possible that he and Ben were friends in college, or that he worked with Ben and Chris before the move to Pawnee. Perhaps Tom hires him to help manage the finances for Rent-A-Swag now that Ben is busy working for Sweetums. He might even have become friends with Andy while he was running that non-profit in London, and, of course, there's always the possibility that Bruce is one of Donna's ex-boyfriends. Now, all the Poehlers have to do is make one of those suggestions a reality.
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Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Hudson and Kerry Washington were among the Hollywood stars recognised for their charity work at a special industry event on Saturday (05Oct13). Comedienne Amy Poehler, Charlize Theron and Elizabeth Banks were also feted at the Beverly Wilshire hotel during Variety magazine's annual Power of Women ceremony, which honours celebrities for their philanthropic efforts.
Kidman was praised for her work with UN Women (United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women), telling the crowd, "I became involved with this organisation because I was raised by a feminist mother - and she said to never be frightened of using the 'F' word!"
Meanwhile, Hudson was feted for the foundation she set up in memory of her slain nephew, and Washington took the stage to talk about her work campaigning for arts education in low-income areas.
And Theron, who advocates for HIV/AIDS awareness and research, fought back tears as she dedicated her trophy to her own mother in the audience.
She said, "It's impossible for me to accept this award because there's someone here so much more powerful than me. I hope you're OK with me giving this award to my mum. That b**ch was building roads in Africa when no woman was doing that. I thank you, Mum, for teaching me by your actions how to be a strong woman, and for turning me into a p**sy every time I talk to you."
Banks gave a comedic speech about women's health, the cause closest to her heart: "There's a lot of talk about boobies, and I'm all about boobies. But you are four times more likely to die from heart disease than breast cancer... I mean, when was the last time your gyno (gynaecologist) checked your cholesterol?"
Nick Offerman consistently delivers, whether it's in his new book, Paddle Your Own Canoe, in late night appearances, or in Reddit Q&As. He rarely wavers from his sexy, masculine woodsman persona, one that resembles, but doesn't mimic, that of his Parks and Rec character Ron Swanson. Find out what Offerman had to say at his much anticipated Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA). And man, does this guy enjoy dropping the S-bomb.
The manliest sentence he can write: "I give you my word."
On the biggest similarities and differences between himself between himself and Ron Swanson: "Most like - Tammy 2 [played by real-life wife Megan Mullally] turns me into a rutting sex ox. Least Like - Ron's in the dark ages, whilst I'm up to date with all the kids "kool" lingo, like "neato fresh" and "funky bitchin'"."
His perfect Sunday: "June 22, 1986"
Some parenting advice to a new father: "I have not raised a child, but I believe the fact that you're asking questions and paying attention are very good signs. Love your bairn, try to gently steer him/her towards handtools and away from CNC driven woodworking, which is basically robot craftsmanship. Make sure he/she knows to raise the grain before finish, especially in walnut. When the time is right, introduce charcoal/wood as the clear alternative to gas. Simply put: Give a s**t."
His greatest achievement: "Making my wife scream with a desperate, ragged orgasm that tore her vocal chords and we had to go to the hospital."
On his famous giggle: "I do not giggle, nor ever engage in any activity that could be described as 'adorable.' I sometimes utter a manly guffaw when I see something like football of ultimate fighting. Is that what you meant?"
The men he would kiss on the lips if he had to: "I suppose Meatloaf's lips would be flavorful with bacon and beef. Although I'm tempted to say some homophobic asswipe like Swaggart or Limbaugh, because I would bring them around to the good guys' side with one smooch. I'm that good."
His secrets to marital success: "Have a great sense of humor, be respectful and always communicate fairly, and engage in a s**tload of 69. Appropriate amount of Lagavulin to have on hand? 1-2 shelves."
On redheads: "Redheads are the greatest. Rupert Grint? Forget about it!!"
Something he's never told anyone else: "I have 7 testicles."
The best scotch and whiskey to eat with a steak: "What an incredibly fortunate time and place we live in, to have the extreme luxury in our lives of pondering which scotch is best paired with a steak, a query that presupposes the possession of both steak and whisky. I suppose my answer would have to be 'the best scotch/whisky to eat with a steak is America.'"
The Parks and Rec star who makes the cast laugh the most: "Pratt, easy [Chris Pratt]. Lots of mad talent in the ensemble, and Amy is in a league of her own, like the league of Tina and Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon, but Pratt has the wildcard flavor to make us all s**t little green apples."
The best way to start chatting up a girl: "speak."
How to fix loose metal knobs on a drawer:"Remove knob. Drill slightly larger hole. Glue in a piece of dowel pre-cut to size. Drill new hole. Enjoy an intoxicant. You can also jam a bunch of toothpicks in the hole with glue, then trim them flush after the glue dries, but that method is much less elegant."
His best life advice: "I always tell people to figure out what it is they love to do, and then find a way to get paid to do it. I've been a lot happier in my life getting paid a little bit to do what I love (like acting in theater) than when getting paid a lot to do something I hate."
His favorite adverb: "Verily."
The secret to his facial hair: "No secret. I was lucky enough to have been born with some bracken-like whiskers. If you do not share that fortune, I suggest you cultivate an interesting hair coif or perhaps some pleasing accessories, like a driving cap."
On his recent visit to Scotland on Parks and Rec: "Ah, Scotland! My first time indeed, saw me traipse clear up to Islay, where I had a Swansonian number of wee drams. Also some middle-sized drams. Many of the long, wide shots of Ron on the cliffs would reveal tears of joy and gratitude streaming down my cheeks, were you to zoom in tightly enough, as the beauty and charm of that fair isle had me utterly besotted. The folks at Lagavulin were top-drawer, and I was as giggly as a pig in s**t. A very giggly pig. Also, sheep tend to appreciate my scent. It's flattering at first, but then their nuzzling can begin to bruise."
Read the rest of his charming, and highly sexual, interview here.
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Drew Barrymore and Anjelica Huston's publicist Eddie Michaels has lost his battle with cancer at the age of 49. The Hollywood representative passed away on Thursday (08Aug13) in Los Angeles after a long fight against brain cancer, according to his wife Lorin.
In a blog post on Thursday, she wrote, "Tonight after 7 years of various treatments, setbacks, hopes, dreams, successes, trials, perseverance, fight, commitment and love for the kids and me, Eddie finally laid down his sword and stopped the fight with the kids' and my blessing..."
Michaels began his career with his mentor, Joe Sutton, at Freeman & Sutton. In 1992, he founded Eddie Michaels & Associates and relaunched it as Insignia Public Relations in 2004.
Throughout his career, Michaels represented many of Hollywood's top stars, including Barrymore, Huston, Noah Wyle, Lou Diamond Phillips, Jeremy Piven, Marg Helgenberger, Mary Steenburgen, Patrick Dempsey, Jason Biggs and Dougray Scott, among many others.
A statement issued by former ER star Wyle reads: "Eddie was indeed of the old school but never became cynical. He was experienced but without being jaded. Above all, he was honest, sometimes painfully so, but that only made him more trustworthy. In an industry fueled by hyperbole, his candor was refreshing, his perspective invaluable."
A funeral is due to take place at Mount Sinai Memorial Park on Sunday (11Aug13). In lieu of flowers, family members have asked that donations be made in Michaels' honour to Wilshire Boulevard Temple or to the Johnnie Cochran Brain Institute.
Pop star Kylie Minogue was honoured for her bravery in the face of cancer at a special awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Thursday (02May13). The Spinning Around hitmaker, who battled breast cancer in the past, was handed the 2013 Courage Award from the Entertainment Industry Foundation's (EIF) Women's Cancer Research Fund.
Fashion designer Carolina Herrera took home the Nat King Cole Award in honour of her philanthropy at the star-studded event, titled An Unforgettable Evening.
R&B star Bruno Mars took to the stage at the Beverly-Wilshire Hotel to entertain guests, while funnywoman Chelsea Handler hosted the glitzy ceremony.
Minogue later took to her Twitter.com page to share a snap of herself with fellow honouree Herrera, writing, "Thank you for an Unforgettable Evening (Entertainment Industry Foundation) and congratulations on all your good work."
Cancer survivor Kylie Minogue is to be honoured in America for her work helping others battling the disease. The Australian pop star, who has fought breast cancer in the past, will be presented with the 2013 Courage Award from the Entertainment Industry Foundation's (EIF) Women's Cancer Research Fund.
Minogue will be handed the honour at a glitzy ceremony in Beverly Hills, California next month (May13) in recognition of her "fight against breast cancer and dedication to raising awareness for (sic) the disease".
Fashion designer Carolina Herrera will take home the Nat King Cole Award in honour of her philanthropy.
The gala, titled An Unforgettable Evening, will be hosted by funnywoman Chelsea Handler at the Beverly-Wilshire Hotel on 2 May (13) and will feature a performance from singer Bruno Mars.
Meet The Parents director Jay Roach was also feted at the dinner held by The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California to celebrate the anniversary of America's Bill of Rights, which was written to protect citizens' rights to liberty.
Actresses Sophia Bush and Amber Riley, funnyman Will Ferrell and singers Usher and Carly Rae Jepsen all showed up to see the trio receive Bill of Rights Awards during the event at Los Angeles' Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
The ACLU trophies are handed to individuals who have carried out "extraordinary work to preserve civil liberties and equal rights".
Braun later took to his Twitter.com page to reflect on the tribute, writing, "Tonight I was honoured by people I admire. In this world we all have a responsibility to each other. To stand up for each other. Never be a silent bystander. Speak out. Ignorance has no place (if) we raise our voices against it. ACLU, thank u (sic) for the night. Honoured."
Rose Schlossberg, 24, whose mother is the assassinated U.S. President's daughter Caroline Kennedy, was sued over allegations she crashed her Chevy Impala into another car on the city's Wilshire Boulevard.
The other driver filed a lawsuit at L.A. County Superior Court alleging he suffered physical and mental injuries as a result of Rose's driving and demanded more than $25,000 (£16,625) in damages.
The unnamed male motorist has also named Caroline Kennedy in the lawsuit, but his attorney reveals the case has now been settled out of court, telling TMZ.com, "Everybody, including the Kennedys, and their insurance company, were very caring, understanding, ethical, and honest. They were first rate people, we're very satisfied."
Katherine Heigl and Queen Latifah were also feted at Variety magazine's annual Power of Women ceremony, which recognises celebrities who have dedicated their time to philanthropic efforts.
Jennifer Garner was full of praise for her friend Biel as she presented her with her prize in honour of the work she does for clean water project Charity: Water, declaring, "Anyone else who has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for their organisation, please raise your hand."
Biel's fiance Justin Timberlake beamed with pride as his partner accepted the honour, and the actress later declared on her Twitter.com page, "Was thrilled to be with these kick-a** women at variety powerofwomen event. So lovely, so unstoppable."
Heigl and Huffman were recognised for their devotion to cancer charities, and the former Desperate Housewives star, whose sister has faced breast cancer, told the audience at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel, "Allowing me to be part of a solution gives me hope."
Latifah was chosen as an honouree for serving as the founder of the Lancelot H. Owens Scholarship Foundation, which provides financial support to struggling students, and Berry was picked for her commitment to the anti-domestic violence organisation Jenesse Center.
Accepting her accolade, the Monster's Ball star pledged her devotion to the cause, telling the organisation's executive director, "I will never leave this place."