Adam Levine's ego took a hit almost immediately after he was named People magazine's 2013 Sexiest Man Alive, because his fiancee Behati Prinsloo found the new title hilarious. The Maroon 5 frontman was officially unveiled as the successor to Channing Tatum on Tuesday (19Nov13), but he admits not everyone was impressed with his latest honour.
He reveals he casually broke the news to Victoria's Secret lingerie model Prinsloo by asking her out on a date, saying, "Hey, how ya doing? Let's go to dinner tonight. And People magazine says I'm the Sexiest Man Alive.'"
But her response wasn't quite what he had expected: "(She reacted with) laughter, a lot of laughter. She's keeping me humble."
Levine admits he is determined not the let the high praise go to his head, and he knows his friends and family will be helping to keep his feet on the ground by constantly poking fun at him.
He says, "It's hard to talk about it because you feel like you owe it to be kind of self-deprecating about it because it is an iconic thing, but also silly. I'm not going to comment on anything other than it's really flattering and I feel lucky...
"It's going to hit me when I'm constantly the butt of every joke every friend and family member makes for the next 20 years of my life, but I'm ready to handle it all."
Others named on the annual 'hot list' include singers Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Pharrell Williams and Luke Bryan, soccer star and model David Beckham, actors Idris Elba and Chris Pine and Jennifer Aniston's fiance, Justin Theroux.
Actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson had to be put on vocal rest after sneezing and rupturing a vocal cord. The Modern Family star was forced to rearrange his filming schedule to nurse the injury, which set him back $2,000 (GBP1,333).
He tells U.S. late night host David Letterman, "It's so weird, I was on set and I stifled a sneeze and I haemorrhaged a vocal cord... I had to go to the EMT (emergency medical technician) and he scoped, they put a little camera on the end and they can see any part of your body while you're awake, and it's terrifying, and I had what Adele had, when she was on vocal rest for two months.
"They're like, 'You have got to be on vocal rest for at least a week...' and I was in the middle of shooting. I had to rearrange my whole schedule. I had this pad of paper... (and) I wrote (husband) Justin (Mikita) all these notes.
"The bill came in from the EMT doctor and it was a $2,000 sneeze. I went a whole week without talking and it drove me crazy, it was torture."
British singer Craig David has cut back on his punishing exercise routine after admitting he became hooked on lifting weights and working out. The Fill Me In hitmaker became fitness focused after moving from Britain to Miami, Florida and shocked fans last year (12) after posting a picture on Twitter.com of his excessively muscly body.
The star has now admitted he took his obsession with staying healthy too far and explains how his memories of being an overweight child drove him to work harder in the gym.
He tells Britain's The Sun, "I took the exercise to the extreme. I wanted to see how ripped I could get. I wanted to prove to no one else but myself that I could take it that far.
"I was religious with the exercise. You can get addicted after a while and it became a big part of my life. I did it because it was a mission I needed to complete. I was trying to prove to the fat kid I was that I could take it to the extreme the other way.
"I'm comfortable with my body now. I never wanted to be a bodybuilder, I was just trying to get to my goal weight. You can't be like that all the time, it makes you lethargic and tired. It's not healthy. But I never want to be that fat kid again. It was not good for my self-esteem or my health."
The hat worn by Michael Jackson during the most-watched TV special in history has sold at auction for $5,760 (£3,840). The late King of Pop sported the black fedora while he performed his hit track Billie Jean on a televised show to celebrate his 30th anniversary as a solo performer in New York in 2001. The programme pulled in 450 million viewers worldwide.
The item was one of 17 items put up for sale by the Thriller hitmaker's friend, producer David Gest, at Fieldings auction house in England on Saturday (16Nov13). The sale raised a total of $45,000 (£30,000).
Jennifer Hudson's son made an unscheduled cameo appearance in her new movie by sneaking into a shot without permission. The singer/actress recently revealed her little boy David, four, makes a brief appearance in her holiday movie musical Black Nativity, and now she has admitted he wasn't meant to be in the film at all.
She tells New York Post gossip column Page Six, "He kind of snuck (sic) into the shot and ended up just sitting there, and the camera was rolling, and it's like now you can't move, now you're on the clock... He saw the movie and he's like, 'That's it? Where's the rest of my shots?'"
Hudson also struggled to explain the concept of her onscreen son to David, adding, "(He) doesn't get the concept of me having another son in the film. He'll say, 'No, mommy, I'm your son. That's not your son.' He's only four so he's still trying to grasp all that."
Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine has been named People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive. The 34-year-old singer follows in the footsteps of 2012's honouree, Magic Mike star Channing Tatum, and fended off competition from fellow hunky celebrities including Justin Timberlake, David Beckham and Idris Elba.
Levine was officially handed the title during Tuesday's (19Nov13) live episode of U.S. talent show The Voice, on which he serves as a judge and mentor.
In an accompanying article in the magazine, he says, "As a musician, you have fantasies that you want to win Grammys, but I didn't really think that this was on the table. I was just amazed and stunned and it almost seemed like they were kidding, but they weren't, so that's cool."
Prior to the announcement, the sexy singer told Access Hollywood that if he picked up the prize, he will be constantly teased by his pals.
He said, "There is no way that I’ll ever be able to live it down. I'm going to be getting pranked by everyone, if it does happen. I'm going to be getting pranked by every single person I know!"
It's been a great 2013 Levine - he became engaged to model Behati Prinsloo in June (13), shot his first feature film and even launched his own men's clothing line at American department store Kmart.
Also making the annual 'hot list' are singers Luke Bryan, Bruno Mars, Pharrell Williams, actors Chris Pine and Justin Theroux, U.S. talk show host Jimmy Fallon, and Mia Farrow's political journalist son, Ronan Farrow.
Former Pink Floyd star David Gilmour has recruited fellow rock legends David Crosby and Graham Nash for his new solo album. Working on the follow-up to his 2006 release On an Island, which also featured the duo, the guitarist called on two thirds of Crosby, Stills & Nash to join him in the studio again.
Nash reveals, "He said, 'What the hell would it cost you to have David Crosby and Graham Nash getting on a bloody train to Brighton to sing with you?' We’re musicians. We love good songs. We’ll sing them until we are dead."
Moviemaker Alfonso Cuaron regrets signing on to adapt Charles Dickens' Great Expectations for the big screen, because he agreed to direct the movie for all the wrong reasons. The Gravity director took on the task of modernising the classic story in 1998, but was extremely hesitant about taking on the project, especially after his success with critically acclaimed film The Little Princess in 1995.
During a recent roundtable interview with Cuaron and other high-profile directors for The Hollywood Reporter, the Mexican filmmaker admitted he was in a bit of a slump following The Little Princess, and his judgment was clouded as he began to take on new jobs.
He confessed, "I got a bit engaged in the machinery. I forgot that I used to do my own stuff, and I became this reader of screenplays that they were sending to me. And I started forgetting that I had a voice. It started to become more about the industry.
"And then I did a film that was a horrible experience, Great Expectations. That is a film that I should have not done. I passed many times, and then I ended up saying yes for the wrong reasons."
The Dickens adaptation, which starred Ethan Hawke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anne Bancroft and Robert DeNiro, garnered mixed reviews from critics, but one person who was more than eager to take on the project was Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell.
During the roundtable Russell exclaimed, "I was jealous that you got to make that film because I wanted to make it!", to which Cuaron responded, "Really, you should have."
Well, it turns out that selfies are officially no longer as completely ridiculous as they used to be. Oxford Dictionaries, the go-to guide for the English language, has just named "selfie" 2013's international Word of the Year. We should all be very, very ashamed for making that possible.
According to the Oxford Dictionaries, the official definition of '"selfie" (also, selfy; plural selfies) is "a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website."
Up against "selfie" for the Word of the Year prize were "bedroom tax," "binge-watch," "bitcoin," "olinguito," "schmeat," "showrooming," and, of course, "twerk." But luckily for us, the fact that the frequency of the word "selfie" in the English language increased by 17,000 percent since this time last year caused it to beat out all of the other words. (We're assuming we can thank Kim Kardashian for about half of that number.)
Check out our gallery of some of the best celebrity selfies while you bask in the glory of what the English language has become.
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The Futureheads frontman Barry Hyde is trading in his guitar to pursue a long-held dream of becoming a chef. The British rocker became interested in the culinary field after working with Juniper's Pantry owner David Gill, who organised the Gourmet Tent at the Split festival the band organised.
After Gill advertised for a trainee chef, Hyde applied and has been working at Juniper's Pantry deli in Sunderland, England for the past few weeks.
He tells NME.com, "I'm at the bottom of the ladder. I get to wear the whites (uniform), but I mainly do preparation, get shouted at and clean up after messy chefs."
Hyde compares preparing food to making music and explains he draws on his talents to help him.
He says, "There are similarities between music and food. They are both about creating something that exists in a moment in time, then it's gone and it's never quite the same next time you do it."
The 32 year old is hoping his new-found career takes him around the world to learn "about different country's cuisines," but stresses it doesn't mean the end of The Futureheads.
He continues, "I don't think we'll ever break up. It's just that we've been doing he band almost constantly for 10 years and we all wanted to do something different. We'll definitely be back, but for the moment we're on hold and I'm concentrating on this."