The hot wives of singers John Legend and Caleb Followill have landed the coveted cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Legend's new bridge Chrissy Teigen and the Kings of Leon frontman's wife Lily Aldridge share the front of the annual magazine with Nina Adgal, who has romanced singers Max George and Adam Lambert.
The trio of models end Kate Upton's two-year stint as the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue's cover girl.
Legend reveals Teigen sobbed when she learned she'd be on the cover of the magazine.
He says, "She cried like a baby. She was so excited... It was a surprise, because you never really know who's going to be on the cover. There are all these beautiful women.
"She's been in the issue for several years now, and every year, it's been someone else. And this year it's her. We're very excited about it."
Expressing her excitement on Twitter.com, Teigen adds, "I just cannot believe it. What an honor. Never, ever, ever have (I) felt this kind of pure joy. Crazy crazy."
"So proud of my beautiful wife Chrissy Teigen!!! 50th Anniversary SI Cover Girl!!!" Singer John Legend is proud of his model wife after she landed on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine's 50th anniversary swimsuit issue. She shares the honour with fellow models Lily Aldridge and Nina Agdal.
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Lone Survivor isn't a film for the faint of heart. It's a film that beats you down and only lets you up for a few precious moments before the credits roll, but that emotional throttling is what helps make the film such a powerful experience.
Peter Berg's Lone Survivor tells the story of Operation Red Wings, primarily focusing on a group of four Navy SEALs who are sent to the mountains of Afganistan to capture or kill a member of the Taliban. The plan goes wrong, and the team has to fight for their lives to escape the enemy-infested area. The film does a marvelous job of ratcheting up the tension before collapsing into its main action sequence, one that is as thrilling as it is unsettling. The long sequence brings forth memories of the infamous D-Day opening of Saving Private Ryan, except this film's fire-fight stretches out the violence like a medieval torture device. The langourous scene is, at times, hard to sit through. Each moment slips by in coiled tension. It's undoubtedly uncomfortable, and the film makes a point to never make the violence fun or enticing. The action isn't consequence-free, and every bullet fired carries weight, making the scenes brutal and unrelenting because of it. The film takes on the aura of a horror movie that wants you to feel every second that ticks by, and director Berg makes sure that a pressing hopelessness starts to weigh on the viewer just as it does on the soldiers.
Mark Wahlberg is plenty capable as Marcus Lutrell, a member of the SEAL unit that is sent on the mission. The supporting cast plays its parts admirably by believably infusing a diverse set of personalities and values into the soldiers, while still keeping them in tune with the same military culture that governs much of their thoughts and actions. There's a great scene where a difficult decision has to be made, and the viewer gets to see the different directions to which some of the character's moral compasses are tuned. Sometimes the right thing can mean different things to different people when the risk of death is on the table. The real standout in the cast is Ben Foster, whose SO2 Matthew Alexson swirls with barely contained fury. He is darkly intense and has electric screen presence that really starts to manifest when the bullets star flying and things become dire.
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For all the good will that the film builds up in its first and second act, the final third of the film hits some snags as history demands that the story take itself to a different location, sacrificing some of the tension that it has built up. In the last 30 minutes of the film, there are some odd tonal choices that don't gel with the tension brimming in the first half. A comedic scene involving a language barrier stands out in particular.
The movie makes a point to steer clear of any political judgment, and it doesn't try to lay blame for the botched mission on any one head. And while the film never outwardly states and opinion on the conflicts that America found itself embroiled in during this time period, the searing brutality depicted in the movie highlight that no one should be subjected to the pain that these men were faced with. Made abundantly clear is the soldiers' willingness to drop everything and serve their country the best way they know how. Lone Survivor tries to honor the soldier, but not glorify war.
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Lone Survivor is at its best when it makes you feel the worst. It gives soldiers their due reverence by showcasing the true terror of the battlefield, and while the film does start to sag a bit in its third act, it's still more than worth the experience in order understand the consequences of war, and its toll on the people in the trenches.
Model Jessica Hart has criticised Victoria's Secret fashion show producers for booking Taylor Swift as the main performer at Wednesday's (13Nov13) annual event, insisting she was out of place on the runway. The I Knew You Were Trouble singer was the headlining act at the Lexington Avenue Armory bash, where she was joined on the catwalk by beauties including Lily Aldridge, Adriana Lima, Erin Heatherton, Cara Delevingne and Behati Prinsloo as they strutted their stuff in sexy lingerie.
Swift won high praise from many of her model co-stars for her hits-packed set, but one Victoria's Secret stunner wasn't a fan.
Hart tells WWD.com, "I think, you know what, god bless her heart. I think she's great. But, I don't know, to me, she didn't fit. I don't know if I should say that."
Asked if Swift could pull it off as a Victoria's Secret model, Hart bluntly stated, "No", before adding, "I think what you find is that for a lot of us, we've been working for 14, 15 years; what it takes to make it here comes from experience and confidence and knowing how to be confident with yourself. I think it comes with age. It's definitely the benchmark of all jobs."
The other performers at the 2013 lingerie show were Fall Out Boy, A Great Big World and Neon Jungle.
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Models and musicians – the pairing is as perfect as pancakes and syrup. Just last week, U2 bassist Adam Clayton married his model girlfriend Mariana Teixeira de Carvalho in Dublin, entering a long, distinguished line of rockers who have said “hell yeah” to fashionistas and models around the globe.
Here’s a rundown of some of the best model/rocker pairings over the years.
Kate Moss and Pete Doherty Kate Moss may be happily married to The Kills’ Jamie Hince, but before there was Jamie, there was her busted relationship with Pete Doherty. Moss was hardly a vision of innocence herself, but hooking up with a notorious, self-admitted junkie made for pure tabloid gold. Drugs and scandal followed, with Doherty claiming everything from “loving her bones” to saying that Moss was a “nasty old rag” who once kicked him in the head. In his mind, the pair broke up because, according to Doherty, “I can’t buy her diamonds.”
Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley The Piano Man definitely loves his statuesque blondes, and supermodel Christie Brinkley is no different. Brinkley starred in Joel’s video for “Uptown Girl,” which, contrary to popular belief, wasn’t actually written about Brinkley, but another one of Joel’s model exes – Elle McPherson. The pair married in 1985, but their marriage was strained due to Joel’s philandering and love for booze, and they finally divorced at the end of 1993.
Jack White and Karen Elson This couple was smoking hot and seemed like they were made for each other. White and Elson met when the former starred in the White Stripes video for “Blue Orchid,” and the pair married in 2005. Although they divorced 6 years later, they were awesome enough to hold a divorce party in 2011, so everyone thought that all was well between the two. However, lately Elson has accused White of basically being a douchebag (who really has it out for the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, for some reason), and White has countersued her in what’s become a messy ending for the once-reigning Couple of Cool.
Caleb Followill and Lily Aldridge Son of a preacher turned rock star who has fire-sex meets California girl at overexposed music festival, and they live happily ever after – that’s essentially the story of Kings of Leon’s Caleb Followill and Victoria’s Secret Angel Lily Aldridge. The two met at Coachella in 2011 and married later that year. Their daughter, Dixie Pearl Followill, was born in June last year.
Simon Le Bon and Yasmin Parveneh Not all model/rocker pairings end badly. Simon Le Bon has been married to Yasmin Parveneh since 1985. At the time of their marriage, their relationship was all over the gossip headlines – Le Bon was the lead singer of Duran Duran, one of the biggest bands of the 1980s, and Parveneh herself was one of the highest-earning models of the decade.
Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo Previously trying his darndest to be the Leonardo DiCaprio of the pop world, Adam Levine has had a long list of models by his side. His latest model girlfriend, Behati Prinsloo, is set to be his future wife, putting to rest his image of the perpetual pop bachelor. Though the pair had briefly broken up and Levine wasted no time in hooking up with model Nina Agdal, the two got back together and decided to get engaged.
Agyness Deyn and Albert Hammond, Jr. When Agyness Deyn and Albert Hammond, Jr. hooked up in 2008, it seemed like a match made in hipster heaven. Usually seen in paparazzi photos holding hands and walking dogs, the relationship was rumored to be much rockier than it initially seemed, and the couple finally broke up a year later. Deyn has definitely dated her share of rock stars, including The Paddingtons’ Josh Hubbard, Phantom Planet’s Alex Greenwald, and Last Shadow Puppets frontman and solo artist Miles Kane. The world is waiting for a supergroup of all the model’s exes, hopefully called Deyn’s Discards.
Rod Stewart and Rachel Hunter Like Billy Joel, Rod Stewart likes his women tall and blonde (and nearly identical-looking). In 1990, Stewart married model Rachel Hunter, the woman responsible for millions of young men saving up their dollars for Sports Illustrated issues in the 90s. The two separated in 1999 and officially divorced in 2006, and Hunter went on to have it going on as “Stacy’s Mom,” while Stewart – what else? – married another model.
Iman and David Bowie Arguably one of the coolest couples ever, Iman and David Bowie have been married since 1992. The union of Ziggy Stardust and the most gorgeous advocate for social aid had the entertainment world in a frenzy. Forget haters, barely anyone thought that this marriage would last, but twenty-one years later, the couple is still going strong.
Axl Rose and Stephanie Seymour From the documentation of his behavior in the media, it’s safe to say that anyone who dates Axl Rose is probably making up for some bad karma in a past life. Allegations of physical abuse, theft, and violence Rose’s relationship with Seymour, but for some reason, the couple still decided to get engaged. The engagement was short-lived, due to Rose accusing Seymour of being unfaithful (because why would anyone cheat on a prize like Axl Rose?) and the couple finally broke up.
Keith Richards and Patti Hansen Who would’ve ever thought that Keith Richards would be the guy to be married to his wife for thirty years? Richards married model Patti Hansen in 1983 and have been together since then. A couple that makes it through drugs, rock and roll, Mick Jagger, and everything in between, is definitely a couple that stays together.
Paulina Porizkova and Ric Ocasek When these two hooked up, most people were scratching their heads, thinking “….what?” The gorgeous, then-19 year old Paulina Porizkova was featured in the Cars’ video for “Drive,” and although lead singer Ric Ocasek was still married at the time (and 35 years old), the two started dating and have been together ever since. Porizkova has also gone on to say that Ocasek is better-looking than George Clooney.
Paul McCartney and Heather Mills And the award for the most notorious rocker/model pairing goes to Paul McCartney and Heather Mills. Mills is a former model, famous for 2 things: having a prosthetic limb as part of her leg and for trying to suck Sir Macca drier than anyone else ever could. The pair married in 2002 and divorced 6 years later, with the divorce becoming a highly-publicized affair for the settlement amount that the celebrities were fighting for. Mills wanted £125 million – McCartney offered £15.8 million. Because is £15.8 million is obviously pennies, Mills kept fighting for more, eventually ending up with a total of £24.3 million, plus £35,000 per year to take care of their daughter. The best part of this is that Mills fancies herself to be a charity campaigner.
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Designer Michael Kors was honoured with a special fashion award in New York on Wednesday (04Sep13). The former Project Runway star was handed the Award for Artistry of Fashion from the Couture Council of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, following in the footsteps of style luminaries Karl Lagerfeld and Oscar de la Renta.
Oscar winner Hilary Swank was on hand to present Kors with the prize, telling the star-studded crowd, "His instinct for fashion was evident early on. At age 5, he advised his mother to cut the bows off her over-the-top wedding dress. He's come a long way since... He is the king of American sportswear, he understands glamour and sex appeal, he understands the idea of being smart and pragmatic all at once."
Guests at the ceremony at New York's Lincoln Center included Vogue editor Anna Wintour, and models Doutzen Kroes and Lily Aldridge.
"My husband's going on tour for the summer, so that's where I'll be! It's a family affair. We'll stay in one place (together) and he'll go and play and tour and then come back every night. It's going to be great. We're excited to take Dixie to the London Bridge and on little tours." Caleb Followill's wife Lily Aldridge and his baby daughter Dixie will be heading to the U.K. on his band Kings Of Leon's upcoming tour.
Revered TV director and one-time Directors Guild of America President Jack Shea has died following a battle with Alzheimer's Disease. The 84 year old, who was the man behind many of Bob Hope's Christmas specials series, episodes of The Jeffersons and Silver Spoons, passed away on Sunday (28Apr13).
Shea served three terms as DGA president from 1997 to 2002, and he was honoured with the organisation's prestigious Robert Aldridge Award in 1992.
As well as directing Hope's beloved festive TV variety shows, he also toured U.S. Army bases around the world to film Hope onstage, entertaining the troops.
He also directed 110 episodes of The Jeffersons, according to The Hollywood Reporter, 91 episodes of Silver Spoons, 22 of The Ropers, 15 of Sanford and Son and 14 of Designing Women.
He was nominated for an Emmy Award twice.
Former supermodel Kristen Mcmenamy is divorcing photographer Miles Aldridge after 17 years of marriage. The American catwalk star, 46, was granted a decree nisi, the first legal step towards dissolving the union, at London's High Court earlier this month (Apr13) on the grounds of adultery on Aldridge's part, according to Britain's Daily Mail.
The divorce will be finalised later this year (13).
McMenamy tells the publication, "Obviously it's a relief to get the nisi but it won't be over properly until the summer. We have as good a relationship as you can expect after everything that's happened."
The pair wed in 1997 in a glamorous London ceremony, with Chanel boss Karl Lagerfeld walking McMenamy down the aisle and Naomi Campbell acting as a bridesmaid. They have two children together, while McMenamy has another daughter from a previous relationship and Aldridge has a son with another mother.
Aldridge's half-sister, Victoria's Secret model Lily Aldridge, is married to Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill.
Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill and singer-songwriter wife Jessie Baylin, 28, welcomed their first child, a healthy baby girl on December 26.
The 33-year-old new dad tweeted about their happy arrival, on the 27th: "I can proudly announce the birth of my sweet angel Violet Marlowe Followill. My heart has been stolen and it feels so good."
The baby was born in Nashville at 4:01 pm, weighing 7 pounds, 13 ounces, says a rep for the Grammy-winning "Sex Is on Fire" band.
Violet is the latest addition to the band's Followill family, with singer Caleb Followill welcoming daughter Dixie Pearl in June with his model wife Lily Aldridge and guitarist Matthew Followill welcoming son, Knox Cameron, last May.
The band canceled their U.S. tour due to exhaustion last year. With so many babies and a new album expected next year, try and get some sleep, guys.
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