Summer is the time to shape up and show more skin. If you're in need of a new routine to get you in top shape this season, give one of these star workouts try.
1. CrossFitA WOD (workout of the day) combines plyometrics, cardio and weight lifting to get you seriously ripped. Top trainer Bob Harper and Mrs. Timberlake, Jessica Biel, are CrossFit devotees.
2. TRXCreated by Navy seals, TRX utilizes straps hanging from the cieling or a wall, allowing you to train with your own bodyweight. The perfect Gisele Bundchen and Mary J. Blige love TRX.
3. SoulCycleSpinning is one of the most popular cardio workouts right now. Ashley Benson and Anderson Cooper have been known to hop on the bike to burn up to 700 calories per class.
4. Bikram YogaBikram yoga involves practicing your postures in a heated room for a greater burn. Lady Gaga and Christy Turlington are yogis.
5. The Tracy Anderson MethodTracy Anderson maintains a loyal following of slim celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow and Shakira. This workout combines light weight training with high intensity dance cardio.
6. Burn 60Reese Witherspoon makes sure to take a Burn 60 class each week to work off major calories. This interval class alternates cardio and strength training segments.
7. AKTFormerly of the Tracy Anderson camp, Anna Kaiser developed a toning dance cardio workout of her own. Kelly Ripa is her biggest celebrity advocate.
8. Barre3For a lean dancer's body, ballet-inspired workouts using a barre, ball and hand weights are gaining steam. Based in Seattle, Barre3 has even attracted Madonna.
9. PilatesPilates is all about the core using your own body weight. Miley Cyrus attributed her amazing transformation to pilates legend Mari Winsor.
10. Barry's BootcampCombining high energy cardio and strength training intervals, this workout has sculpted the bodies of everyone from Kim Kardashian to Jake Gyllenhaal.
Actor Sean Penn helped to raise $6 million (GBP3.75 million) for charity at a star-studded event in California on Saturday (11Jan14). The Milk star hosted the Help Haiti Home Gala, which was attended by rumoured girlfriend Charlize Theron, Chris Martin, Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Hemsworth, and Julia Roberts, to benefit his charity J/P Haitian Relief Organization.
U2 also surprised attendees with a performance - their first in four years.
Penn tells People.com, "This town has been very supportive of me and, more importantly, what our organization is doing in Haiti. I got a lot of gratitude and no complaints."
During the gala several celebrity attendees bid on various items - U.S. news anchor Anderson Cooper made the biggest purchase of the night, paying $1.4 million (GBP875,000) for a sculpture to be made from discarded firearms owned by Penn.
Meanwhile, Paltrow and Martin paid $650,000 (GBP406,250) for a Banksy art piece.
RCAWith everyone from the cast of A&E reality TV series Duck Dynasty to '80s pop icon Kim Wilde recently venturing into the festive market, here's a look at five of the best new Christmas albums to have been released this year.Leona Lewis – Christmas, With LoveInspired by Phil Spector's classic Wall of Sound, Lewis looks like getting her career back on track with a warm and nostalgic record featuring several new compositions ("One More Sleep," "Mr Right") which fit in comfortably with the more familiar numbers ("Winter Wonderland," "White Christmas") and an astonishing operatic take on "Ave Maria" which proves she’s still the best vocalist ever to emerge from The X-Factor.Kelly Clarkson – Wrapped In RedStamping her mark on the festive season just as effortlessly as her fellow talent show winner, the original American Idol ropes in the likes of Ronnie Dunn, Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood for an affectionate collection of yuletide tunes old and new, including arguably the most uplifting seasonal song since Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" ("Underneath The Tree").Mary J. Blige – A Mary ChristmasGiven her previously fiery reputation, Mary J. Blige doesn't seem like the most obvious candidate to celebrate the season of goodwill. But she acquits herself well on the brilliantly-titled A Mary Christmas, recruiting everyone from Barbra Streisand to Jessie J on a surprisingly traditional but typically soulful affair.Erasure – Snow GlobeConsidering their 'camp as Christmas' reputation, it's a surprise that it’s taken the synth-pop veterans nearly thirty years to commit to a holiday record. Featuring an eerie take on traditional hymn "Gaudete," a bizarre chiptune rendition of Nat King Cole's "The Christmas Song" and a macabre waltz inspired by a Hans Christian Anderson fairytale, Snow Globe won't be for everyone. But it's easily the most intriguing Christmas release this year.Tamar Braxton – Winter LoverslandAfter waiting 13 years to follow-up her 2000 debut, Tamar, the youngest Braxton sister has now released her second album in three months with a brief but heartwarming festive effort which showcases her powerhouse vocals in all their glory.
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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We like spending time in the mind of Wes Anderson. Generally speaking, the more time the better, although his latest 7-minute short film is one hell of a charmer. Jason Schwartzman, a mainstay of the director's palette, appears as an American racecar driver who speeds into a tiny Italian village, crashing recklessly into a statue, and setting up shop for a long stay amongst the locals. Quickly, Schwartzman's character recognizes the community to be that from which his ancestors hail, delighting in the company of his ostensibly prescient kin, and slurping down their hooch and pastas as he sits in on what seems to be an eternal card game.
And we love it. So much so that we want more. Yes, it is the brevity and simplicity of the short film that gives it such charm, but we're inclined to ask for more. A full feature about Schwartzman's high-strung but good-natured racer who gets lodged unexpectedly in the simple livin' traditions of his distant Italian relatives — a spin on the Doc Hollywood trope. Schwartzman seems to be more open to this change in routine than his similarly diminutive Michael J. Fox counterpart was, happy to appreciate the melodies and majesties of Castello Cavalcanti.
So what do you think, Wes? How about making your next venture after Grand Budapest Hotel another European foray?
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Actress Pamela Anderson has been left feeling sore after running the New York City Marathon on Sunday (03Nov13). The former Baywatch beauty took part in the 26.2-mile (42.16-kilometre) race through the streets of the Big Apple in a bid to raise money for charity.
Anderson admitted she left her training a little late as she had still not hit the pavement in September (13), and instead she opted to use gym machines at her home to build up her stamina.
But it seems the star is now suffering the consequences of her lack of preparation - following the race, she posted a photograph on Twitter.com of herself lying in bed covering her face with a towel, with an ice pack on her right knee and another near her lower abs. Alongside the snap, the star simply writes, "Ouch!"
The actress managed to complete the race in five hours and 41 minutes and raised more than $75,000 (£50,000) for the J/P Haitian Relief Organisation's The Long Run for Haiti campaign, which was set up in the wake of the devastating 2010 earthquake in the country.
Actress Pamela Anderson turned Sunday's (03Nov13) New York City Marathon into a family affair by recruiting her brother to run with her. The former Baywatch babe laced up her sneakers to take part in the 26.2-mile (42.16-kilometre) race through the streets of the Big Apple as she raised money for charity, but she didn't do it alone - she was joined by her sporty sibling, Gerry.
Anderson, who announced her intentions to run in August (13), left her training a little late - in September (13), she confessed she had yet to actually start pounding the pavement, instead using her elliptical and Stairmaster machines at home to build up her stamina.
She said, "I really haven't attacked the running thing. I've never been a runner. I've never even run across the street hardly before."
However, Anderson managed to complete the feat in five hours, 41 minutes and three seconds to claim her finishing medal - and she proudly showed off the award on her Twitter.com page.
She also gave her sibling a shout out, writing, "So proud of my brother Gerry. Thank G. For running next to me today - love you lots (sic)".
Anderson managed to raise more than $75,000 (£50,000) for the J/P Haitian Relief Organization's The Long Run for Haiti campaign, boosting donations to Sean Penn's charity, which was set up in the wake of the devastating 2010 earthquake.
Actress Pamela Anderson is facing a race against time to train for November's (13) New York City Marathon after confessing she's yet to really tackle "the running thing". The former Baywatch beauty announced her intention to raise money for charity by taking part in the 26.2 mile (42.16 kilometre) challenge in late August (13), but she only recently got around to shopping for running sneakers with her trainer and she's yet to actually lace them up to pound the pavement.
She confesses to the New York Daily News, "I really haven't attacked the running thing. I've never been a runner. I've never even run across the street hardly before."
Instead, Anderson has been building up her stamina by jumping on elliptical and Stairmaster machines and lifting small weights at home.
However, the model/actress, who has previously competed on reality TV show Dancing With the Stars and Britain's Dancing on Ice, is determined to succeed and prove her critics wrong on 3 November (13).
She says, "People think I'm crazy... I like to do things that people think maybe I can't do, and this is definitely one of those things. You know, somehow I learned to dance, learned to skate, and all these things that people thought I couldn't do. Now, I'm running a marathon."
Anderson will join five Haitian marathon runners as part of J/P Haitian Relief Organization's The Long Run for Haiti campaign and her efforts will help to boost donations to Sean Penn's charity, which was set up in the wake of the devastating 2010 earthquake.
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It seems a bit odd to take on a movie review of Courtney Solomon's Getaway, as only in the loosest terms is Getaway actually a movie. We begin without questions — other than a vague and frustrating "What the hell is going on?" — and end without answers, watching Ethan Hawke drive his car into things (and people) for the hour and a half in between. We learn very little along the way, probed to engage in the mystery of the journey. But we don't, because there's no reason to.
There's not a single reason to wonder about any of the things that happen to Hawke's former racecar driver/reformed criminal — forced to carry out a series of felonious commands by a mysterious stranger who is holding his wife hostage — because there doesn't seem to be a single ounce of thought poured into him beyond what he see. We learn, via exposition delivered by him to gun-toting computer whiz Selena Gomez, that he "did some bad things" before meeting the love of his life and deciding to put that all behind him. Then, we stop learning. We stop thinking. We start crashing into police cars and Christmas trees and power plants.
Why is Selena Gomez along for the ride? Well, the beginnings of her involvement are defensible: Hawke is carrying out his slew of vehicular crimes in a stolen car. It's her car. And she's on a rampage to get it back. But unaware of what she's getting herself into, Gomez confronts an idling Hawke with a gun, is yanked into the automobile, and forced to sit shotgun while the rest of the driver's "assignments" are carried out. But her willingness to stick by Hawke after hearing his story is ludicrous. Their immediate bickering falls closer to catty sexual tension than it does to genuine derision and fear (you know, the sort of feelings you'd have for someone who held you up or forced you into accessorizing a buffet of life-threatening crimes).
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The "gradual" reversal of their relationship is treated like something we should root for. But with so little meat packed into either character, the interwoven scenes of Hawke and Gomez warming up to each other and becoming a team in the quest to save the former's wife serve more than anything else as a breather from all the grotesque, impatient, deliberately unappealing scenes of city wreckage.
And as far as consolidating the mystery, the film isn't interested in that either, as evidenced by its final moments. Instead of pressing focus on the answers to whatever questions we may have, the movie's ultimate reveal is so weak, unsubstantial, and entirely disconnected to the story entirely, that it seems almost offensive to whatever semblance of a film might exist here to go out on this note. Offensive to the idea of film and story in general, as a matter of fact. But Getaway isn't concerned with these notions. Not with story, character, logic, or humanity. It just wants to show us a bunch of car crashes and explosions. So you'd think it might have at least made those look a little better.
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Pamela Anderson will be running in this year's (13) New York City Marathon. The busty former Baywatch babe is currently in training for the big run after signing up to pound the streets of the Big Apple and raise funds for Sean Penn's J/P Haitian Relief Organization.
She tells U.S. news show Entertainment Tonight, "I've never taken on a physical challenge like this but I am willing to do something to show my dedication. It is incomparable to the struggle people (there) face. I didn't just want to be the kiss at the finish line. I wanted to do more and if I can raise $500,000, it is going to be a blessing to Haiti.
"I've been a supporter of JP from the early stages. In the last few years I have become more involved. If you go to Haiti, you fall in love. It is intoxicating."
She adds, "I have worked to defend animal rights and environmental warriors for decades... and Haiti has been mostly deforested, sadly, which affects wildlife and people. It is vulnerable. I really believe Haiti might be the heart of the world."
Anderson will join five Haitian marathon runners as part of J/P HRO’s The Long Run for Haiti campaign - the athletes, Astrel Clovis, Petrus Cesarion, Jean Macksony, Bertine Laine, and Carline Lamour will all be making their first-ever visits to the United States when they take part in the marathon alongside the actress/model.
Penn set up the J/P Haitian Relief Organization in the wake of an earthquake, which devastated the nation and left thousands homeless in 2010.