Ever since she used the term "conscious uncoupling," Gwyneth Paltrow has had her personal life under a microscope. But Paltrow is no stranger to oversharing, bringing the details of her lavish lifestyle to her weekly GOOP newsletter (much to the ire of working moms everywhere). Thankfully for celebrities like Paltrow, there is more than one bright side to splitting up.
That's why even in the midst of a very public divorce, GP is still sitting pretty -- compared to the rest of us, at least. Here's why your day-to-day just doesn't measure up:
You have to work all year round. Paltrow has said she only makes one movie a year, for which she cuts a multi-million dollar paycheck. How many vacation days have you saved up so far?
You don't have time to know what "macrobiotic" means.Following Paltrow's customized diet would drain both your bank account and your sanity.
You wear "real" clothes.Your monthly clothing budget looks more like your water bill than your mortgage. Paltrow is BFFs with A-list designers like Stella McCartney.
Your gifts suck.When the holidays roll around, you and your girlfriends play white elephant with a budget in the double digits. In her 2013 GOOP gift guide, Paltrow recommended a set of PJs for your BF that would set you back almost $450 -- before the custom monogram.
Your personal trainer is your DVD player.And by making house calls to check your form, you mean your toddler climbing on your back during plank. Paltrow is a Tracy Anderson protege and her business partner.
Your self renewal process is (fingers crossed) a morning shower.Paltrow famously endures multiple detoxes each year to heal and cleanse -- every day is a detox for you because you don't have time to eat until dinner.
You're still trying to get a reservation at Babbo.When Paltrow wanted to learn the finer nuances of Italian cooking, she went on a road trip with chef and owner Mario Batali.GIPHY
You and your girlfriends enjoy a cocktail or two.Paltrow told the The Guardian in 2006 she didn't "like" drunk women and had no "drunk friends." Guess you'll be stuck hanging out at those lame places for drunk people: bars, clubs, concerts, events, etc. (Okay, maybe this is a reason your life is better.)
You only have one closet.For someone like Paltrow, who is constantly acquiring new pieces for her wardrobe, space is at a premium. So she calls in the experts at Vault Couture to catalogue and store her garments off-site. By browsing her online "vault" she can select items for rapid global delivery whenever she wants. Yes, she basically has the Clueless closet.
Your vacations are anything but transformative.Even though she described the accommodations at Mii amo Spa in Sedona, Arizona as "nothing to write home about" in the December 11, 2013 issue of GOOP, she still suggests shelling out between $2,265 and $2,500 for a three-day therapeutic journey in a double-occupancy room. Per person.
You're stuck living within your means.Perhaps justifying her anything-but-normal life, Paltrow told Elle UK in 2009 "I am who I am. I can't pretend to be somebody who makes $25,000 a year." We could give her some tips.
You've consumed your share of subpar dairy.At the iTunes Festival in 2011, Paltrow declared, "I'd rather smoke crack than eat cheese from a tin." Who knew Cheese Whiz was a gateway drug?
If this sounds like you, don't fret. At least no one has to know.
Fans of The Bachelorette can’t help but obsess over the exotic and romantic dates on the show. And while Emily Maynard’s season has been a bit calmer (so far) than the ones before it, there are still typical date formats that the show continues to utilize this season. Whether Emily is getting on a private jet with frontrunner Arie to spend a private day at Dollywood or dancing in the arms of handsome Chris as Luke Bryan serenades them with a special concert, The Bachelorette/Bachelor franchise has carried on the tradition of it’s over-the-top, dream-like dates — and we can’t but help buy every little piece of it. But there is one question we all seem to wonder: do the stars of this show actually have anything to do with planning these dates?
Well former Bachelorette star Trista Sutter reveals the truth to Hollywood.com exclusively about how the date planning gets done. “Things have changed so much that I'm not sure if it's handled the same, but during my season, the producers did all the planning," she explains. "I did have an initial meeting with the producers, and we talked about all the kinds of things that I would love to do, and what I would like to see planned, but then they took over."
“I don’t know for certain that Emily, or any of the other Bachelors or Bachelorettes, haven’t had a hand in planning,” she continues. “But I have to say that I kind of chuckle every time I hear a contestant say, ‘This is a great date that you planned,’ — because it really is the brainchild of the producers, usually. It’s their show, so they need to get all the permits and do the scheduling, etc, etc, etc. It really has to be producer-driven in that way.”
But whether the producers plan the dates or not, like us, Sutter can’t get enough of certain common aspects of the dates that we see each season. Sutter reveals her three favorite date moments.
1. Trista loves to see dates where people seem most at ease, for example, Emily’s home cooking date with Ryan. “I love the kind of dates where they just hang out at home, go to the grocery store, or do something that they would normally do in their everyday life,” Sutter notes. "It helps to bring reality to reality TV."
2. Sutter also gets swept away by the “fantasy” of some dates. “The private plane rides and the flashy cars — the fantasy that most people normally don’t get to experience,” Trista remarks, “In my season, they got an Aston Martin for me, which is my ultimate dream car. [For Emily] even though Dollywood wasn’t head-to-toe fantasy, they took a the private plane, had Dolly Parton show up, write a song just for them, and even shower Emily with advice on love. It's a fun fantasy, but a fantasy nonetheless because it's not something just anyone can say they've experienced.
3. Sutter also loves the exotic aspects of dates. “I know it’s cliché, but helicopters and far away places get me excited," she admits. "That, or having dinner in an unusual spot, like the top of a building. Once in a lifetime opportunities that everyone else can only dream of are what it's all about."
But, while Sutter enjoys the consistencies in the dates each season, she does wish that the show would leave the villains out if it. “I wish they would let it go, and let it be a love story,” she says. “I know that they pretty much have to, as a television show, include some sort of drama. When you write a story, you have to include the villain and the hero. So, naturally, I think it’s their job to include a villain. I just wish that they didn’t have to. I wish they could just focus on the love story that is happening, period, end of story.”
Unfortunately ABC has already teased the two villains of this season: Ryan and Kalon. Ryan appears to be the one that will be involved in the drama of the house. “The comments that he made on Monday night about if she got fat after they were married were completely unnecessary, I thought,” Sutter says. “Even if you think it, there are much more considerate ways of conveying your opinions on the type of person you would like to marry.”
And Kalon seems like he’s going to be just as bad. “When you’re trying to impress a girl, you don’t continuously cut her off and then try to communicate that you would like to finish your story but do it in an incredibly condescending and rude way,” says Sutter. “I just thought he was incredibly inconsiderate.”
Still there is one guy who continually proves to be a winner and that is Arie. “Arie has definitely jumped up to the top,” says Sutter. “I think that Monday night they really touched on if she would be able to fit into his race car lifestyle and that they’re being realistic about it. She has known that life before. She knows what comes with it. I don’t think that she would honestly give him the time of day if she didn’t feel that she could once again fit into that lifestyle. I don’t have any concerns. I absolutely think they are adorable.”
You can reach Sutter on Twitter @tristasutter — and her website, TristaSutter.com, will be live soon. Plus, check back here every week for more of Trista's Bachelorette blog. Besides working hard as a mommy, Sutter is also a designer for Vintage Couture. Click on this link to check out her collections at Vintagecoutureinc.com/trista_collection.html. [Photo Credit: CaraLeonardPhotography.com] More: Trista Sutter's Bachelorette Blog: Classy Is As Classy Does Trista Sutter's Bachelorette Blog: My Three Favorite Guys and More Bachelorette Emily Maynard Kisses Frogs: 15 Cliché Quotes from the Franchise
Its looks like the dudes beat the chicks this as the stars of Lionsgate’s “The Expendables” told their audience to stop being girlie men and head to theatres this weekend, while Julia Roberts may have the last laugh with “Eat Pray Love” and “Scott Pilgrim” searches for a dance partner.
Friday the 13th brought good luck to Lionsgate’s “The Expendables” as it earned an action-worthy $34.8 million weekend gross. This seems to be a magic weekend for genre movies as evidenced by last year’s same weekend $37.3 million debut of “District 9.” Directed by and starring Sylvester Stallone, the film challenged the notion that star power doesn’t matter anymore and to prove the point threw about a million action stars into its R-rated mix. With the watering down in recent years of movies for guys to a more “audience friendly” PG-13 sensibility, it’s great to see some good old-fashioned R-rated cringe-inducing violence and mayhem. It did not hurt that Stallone enlisted a veritable who’s who of the action world including Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture and Steve Austin. This testosterone-fest flexed its considerable muscle, sent all the girlie men packing and easily dispatched all comers in this weekend’s box office battle of the sexes. Even Julia Roberts' big brother Eric Roberts joins the proceedings - see my story on Julia Roberts vs. Eric Roberts at the box office.
“Eat Pray Love,” three words you will most certainly not hear used in a sentence in “The Expendables,” took the number two spot. Not to be upstaged by her decidedly macho competition, Julia Roberts may have the last laugh in the long run with the potential for strong word-of-mouth and a possible Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for co-star Richard Jenkins. $23.1 million for the weekend (and only a 4% drop Friday to Saturday) shows that women are still a box office force to be reckoned with as they lined up to follow this romantic journey of enlightenment with one of the biggest female stars in the world.
The third spot belongs to last weekend’s number one film as Sony’s “The Other Guys” drops 51% and earns another $17.4 million thus bringing its cume to $69.9 million in domestic revenue. Starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, the film was number one Friday through Thursday of last week and has enjoyed terrific reviews and strong audience reaction. In a twisted way, director Adam McKay is to Will Ferrell what Martin Scorsese is to Leonardo DiCaprio with McKay having also directed Farrell in “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” and “Step Brothers.”
Of course, Warner Bros.’ “Inception” would never dream of leaving the Top Five and continues to pose a major competitive threat as it marches toward the $300 million domestic mark. With another $11.3 million in the pillow case and only a 39% fifth weekend drop, the film has an impressive domestic total to date of $248.5 million.
Universal’s unique and visually stunning “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World” starring Michael Cera debuted in fifth place with $10.6 million. In fewer theatres than the other newcomers the film faced a major challenge from the very male-oriented "Expendables," “The Other Guys” and even “Inception.” Too many dudes on this particular dance floor made it hard for “Pilgrim” to get noticed with so many “guy movies” in the marketplace. Still the film has gotten a positive response on the social networking platforms so that's a plus.
A major box office milestone this weekend as “Toy Story 3” became only the eleventh film in history to cross the $400 million mark in domestic revenue. Congrats to Disney/Pixar and the creative, marketing and distribution teams that perfectly put together the pieces that created this stunning box achievement. See related story - Toy Story 3 finally hits $400 million!
An “up” weekend (barely) vs. last year gives us solid momentum as we head into the home stretch of the summer movie season. Five wide releases (including the start of my Academy Awards campaign for “Piranha” in 3D) hit theatres next weekend as the final mad dash to the end of the summer begins.