Actress Jaime King struggled to become a mother for five years before she successfully gave birth to her son last year (13). The Hart of Dixie star and husband Kyle Newman welcomed their first child James in October (13) and King has now revealed she suffered from conditions including Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis, which meant she struggled to have a baby for nearly five years.
She endured five miscarriages and five rounds of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) before she finally had a child, but even then, her problems were far from over.
King revealed her health woes on Instagram.com on Friday (25Jul14) to assure other women struggling with infertility that they are not alone, writing, "8 yrs of pain & undiagnosed PCOS & Endometriosis. 5 miscarriages, 5 rounds of IVF... most with no outcome, 4-1/2 years of trying to conceive, 26 hours of brutal labour, early delivery b/c (because) of sudden preeclampsia, tearing and tearing after the stitches were in once I was home, milk supply issues... uncontrollable crying while breastfeeding, worked until the day before I have birth and went back after 6 weeks after because I was afraid of letting others down."
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Whether you loved the way it neatly wrapped things up or hated the cheesy fairy tale ending it gave the series, the epilogue to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has been, for the most part, the only real glimpse that fans got at the lives of Harry, Ron, and Hermione after their time at Hogwarts concluded. Though many have been able to get their fix of the Wizarding World through the snippets that J.K. Rowling has posted on Pottermore, she's been silent on the fate of the Golden Trio and the rest of Dumbledore's Army... until Tuesday morning, that is. In honor of the Quidditch World Cup — which conveniently coincides with the muggle world's World Cup — the author has released a series of short stories and mock articles about the game, its history, and now its famous spectators.
But while the always reliable Rita Skeeter has filled us in on what Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Ginny have been up to in the years since school (working as an Auror, helping George run Weasley's Wizard Wheezes, working up the ranks in the Ministry, and becoming a Quidditch reporter, respectively), there are still so many more characters whose fates were not addressed. In fact, Rita's article brings up more questions than answers, since everything it reveals leaves us wanting to know more about the Wizarding World. On the off chance that Rowling is looking for inspiration for another Pottermore update, we'd recommend she start by tackling some of these burning questions:
Where’s Draco Malfoy? We don’t expect Draco to be hanging out with Dumbledore’s Army any more now than he did when they were all at Hogwarts, but does Rowling really expect us to believe that he would pass up any opportunity to swan around a VIP area and brag about his success, real or exaggerated? Surely, if everyone were gathering at the World Cup, he would be there, flanked by Crabbe and Goyle and ready to start a fight, just as he always was. Draco Malfoy never shies away from a potential spotlight.
Did Lee Jordan Ever Make It as a Quidditch Announcer? Perhaps the greatest sports announcers – real or fictional – of all time, Lee Jordan had a gift for adding color and sass to even the most boring of calls, and even if Professor McGonagall didn’t appreciate his admittedly biased reporting, readers certainly did. It’s hard to imagine a career that suits the Weasley twins’ former partner-in-crime better.
How Does Rita Have Trouble Telling the Weasley Boys Apart? They might all have red hair, freckles and hand-me-down clothes, but all of the Weasley boys are distinct entities, and if she’s already got Ron and Bill down, it shouldn’t be too difficult for her to figure out the other three. Here’s a cheat sheet: if he looks self-important, slightly nerdy, and wears glasses, it’s Percy; if he’s ruggedly handsome and desert-worn, it’s Charlie, and if he has one ear, is constantly joking around and seems like there should be another one of him standing right there, it’s George.
Has Luna Mellowed Out Since School? Rita seems intrigued by Luna’s World Cup outfit, but we’re a little disappointed by it. What happened to the elaborate roaring lion’s head she broke out for a Gryffindor vs. Slytherin match in the sixth book? Where are her radish earrings or her Spectrespecs or her colorful shoes? This is the tamest Luna costume we’ve seen, and it makes us a bit worried that she’s lost some of her unique, spacey edge.
What Did Hannah Abbott Do Before She Married Neville? The epilogue revealed a bit about what the other potential Boy Who Lived has been up to since school has ended, but we know next to nothing about the new Mrs. Longbottom. What were her school years like? What did she get her OWLs in? How did she and Neville meet and fall in love? How long have they been married? What did she do for work before deciding to become a Healer and move to Hogwarts with Neville? Forget the Marauders; we want to hear a lot more about Neville and Hannah.
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Where’s Angelina Johnson? There’s no way that the former Gryffindor Captain would let her husband George Weasley attend the Quidditch World Cup without her. After all, this is the one person who was as obsessed with the sport as Oliver Wood, who captained the team with a drive and determination that would have made even her predecessor request a day off. The only possibly explanation, therefore, is that she’s a Chaser on the English National Team and was getting ready for the match at the time Rita observed her friends.
Is Hagrid Still Working at Hogwarts? That mention of Neville and Hannah hoping to move to the school’s grounds reminded us of the only non-dormitory living quarters we’ve seen: Hagrid’s hut. So, naturally, we’re curious as to what the Wizarding World’s foremost foster parent to dangerous animals is up to now. Is he still working as the Keeper of the Keys and Grounds? Did he and Madame Maxime ever manage to work things out? Did he ever get his pet dragon? For the sake of everyone else on the Hogwarts grounds, we’re hoping the answer to that last one is still “no.”
Is Professor McGonagall Still Headmaster? She was, after all, the natural successor to Dumbledore. And more importantly, is she still the toughest, kindest, smartest, most sensible and admirable woman in the Wizarding World? Actually, we can just answer that one ourselves. She definitely is.
Who’s the Current Minister of Magic? We know that the Department of Magical Transportation falls under Percy’s jurisdiction, and that Hermione is, as expected, quickly working her way up the ranks at the Ministry, and is currently the Deputy Head of Magical Law Enforcement. But what we don’t know is who Hermione would potentially be outsing as Minister of Magic, should she ascend to the position. Last we heard, it was Kingsley Shacklebolt, but knowing the Wizarding World as well as we do, it’s entirely possible that power has changed hands since then.
Who Is Still Hiring Rita Skeeter as a Writer? Was the Daily Prophet so desperate for subscriptions that they kept her on? Or does the Wizarding World have its own version of TMZ, where Rita can write and publish all of the gossip her QuickQuotesQuill can possibly come up with? Is there a publication out there that could keep up with the sheer number of slander lawsuits she’s probably had filed against her?
Charlie Weasley Is Basically the Wizarding World’s Equivalent of George Clooney, Right? Handsome bachelor, more focused on his glamorous job than his love life, unlikely to settle down any time soon, but making people swoon everywhere he goes? All Charlie needs is a villa in Italy, and they’d be the exact same person.
Members of the Hollywood elite, including Bradley Cooper, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley, mingled with royals and rock stars at the annual Serpentine Gallery Summer Party in London on Tuesday night (01Jul14). Famous faces from the world of film, fashion and music mixed with royals including Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie at the lavish bash, which is held every year in Kensington Gardens to mark the unveiling of the new pavilion design.
Pharrell Williams performed during the event, thrilling the crowd with hits including Happy and his Robin Thicke collaboration Blurred Lines, while guests rubbed shoulders with music stars including pop singer Lily Allen and former Oasis rocker Noel Gallagher.
Models Naomi Campbell and Cara Delevingne were also in attendance, along with Hollywood stars Cooper, Bloom and Knightley, who was with her rocker husband James Righton. Cooper attended with his model/actress partner Suki Waterhouse.
Other famous faces at the bash included actress/singer Samantha Barks and TV star/model Alexa Chung.
Barbra Streisand addressed politicians in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday (11Jun14) to call for more research into heart disease in women.
The veteran singer/actress is a longtime campaigner for the cause and even set up the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles in 2012 in a bid to improve standards of care and promote early diagnosis. Streisand took her campaign to Capitol Hill this week (beg09Jun14) by teaming up with expert cardiologists to address two committees and call for more funding into the condition.
The star says in a statement, "A woman's heart is different from a man's, yet women's hearts are under-researched, go untreated and are misdiagnosed. Together, we can change that... The time is now... We cannot let another year pass when another 400,000 of our fellow women die because these disparities aren't addressed."
Actress Jaime King has shared an intimate picture of herself nursing her young son in a bid to dispel taboos surrounding breastfeeding. The Bulletproof Monk star and husband Kyle Newman welcomed their son James Knight in October (13) and on Monday (09Jun14), the actress shared a personal snap with her online followers.
The Instagram.com picture shows King lying on a bed with her dog while the baby breastfeeds, with the caption, "James Knight is now 8 months old! These are the moments a mother lives for."
The actress insists breastfeeding should not be a taboo subject, and also backs mothers' rights to use bottles instead, adding, "Breastfeeding should not be taboo - and bottle feeding should not be judged - it's ALL fun for the whole family."
Actress Sandra Bullock is laughing off recent rumours she is romantically linked with Captain America star Chris Evans. Speculation has swirled recently that the Oscar winner has been secretly dating the 32-year-old Hollywood hunk after they were spotted having dinner with friends in Los Angeles last month (May14).
However, Bullock is keen to shrug off the rumours, telling Entertainment Tonight, "I'll tell you what happened. We've since married. And it just started breaking apart and now we're filing for divorce. And I hope everyone can respect our privacy. "But we're gonna remain friends and share the responsibility of the farm animals we've taken on, because you can just abandon the animals."
Bullock divorced ex-husband Jesse James after five years of marriage in 2010, and Evans split from actress Minka Kelly last year (13).
Actress Sandra Bullock has obtained an emergency protection order against a man suspected of attempting to break into her Los Angeles home. Joshua Corbett, 39, was arrested and booked on suspicion of residential burglary after he was allegedly caught trying to gain access to the Gravity star's property early on Sunday morning (08Jun14), hours after she attended the Guys Choice Awards in Culver City, California on Saturday (07Jun14).
A representative for Bullock, who was home at the time of the incident, has assured fans she is "fine" and "unharmed", but the actress has since taken legal action to ensure the suspect doesn't get too close for comfort again.
According to TMZ.com, the Oscar winner, mother to young son Louis, obtained the restraining order shortly after the incident.
Corbett is currently being held on $50,000 (£31,250) bail.
He is not thought to have a history with Bullock, but the actress has reason to be fearful - she has previously been granted permanent restraining orders against overzealous fan Thomas James Weldon, who began harassing her in 2003. She had the court order renewed in 2010 and he was subsequently committed to a mental institution in Wyoming.
Bullock also had to obtain a protective order against another obsessed devotee, Marcia Valentine, in 2007 after the fan dumped pieces of animal fur in the star's backyard and hurled abuse at her then-husband Jesse James when he tried to note her car licence plate.
Keira Knightley and her rocker husband James Righton hosted a secret second wedding ceremony for their close friends after tying the knot in France last year (13). The couple exchanged vows in an intimate ceremony at the town hall in Mazan in May, 2013, and the Hollywood actress has now revealed they had a second ceremony in a romantic woodland setting for just their close friends.
Speaking to Elle magazine, Knightley explains she had another wedding dress made by designer Valentino for the outdoor ceremony, saying, "I wore it for the ceremony we had just for our friends, in a wood, because you have to have flowers on a dress in a wood."
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If you take a gander at the top grossing films of 2002, you'll find a wholly unsurprising bunch: epic fantasy sequel — variety: Tolkien, epic fantasy sequel — variety: Potter, superhero movie, Star Wars, Will Smith, James Bond, alien thriller, sweeping animated schlock, and... wait a minute. A family-oriented culture clash rom-com written by and starring a complete unknown? Coming in ninth for the year and grossing almost $370 million? How the heck did My Big Fat Greek Wedding happen?
We'll never be quite sure, save to theorize that maybe, just maybe, it was pretty good, so people liked it (hogwash). But 12 years later, multihyphenate Nia Vardalos is attempting to recreate this unprecedented magic (via Variety) with a sequel to her breakout role/career ender. The questions ignite. Can Vardalos scale the same box office mountain in the post-Avengers era? And, more importantly, what exactly will My Big Fat Greequel be about?
My Big Fat Greek MarriageWe've already seen the Big Fat Greek Life shtick take form in three cameras, airing as a sitcom (with dry toast husband I-yan Mill-er recast) on CBS for exactly seven episodes. But that doesn't necessarily rule out the possibility of your typical ain't-marriage-hard! dramedy.
My Big Fat Greek ChildVexing title aside, an ain't-parenting-hard! dramedy might be preferable.
My Big Fat Greek DivorceSomber, yes, but it happens. Now that Toula is a single woman once again, it's time to hit the town with her promiscuous couisin.
My Big Fat Greek VacationYou thought being married to Greece was tough, I-yan? What about uprooting altogether from your Chicago homestead and shoving off to Ioannina?
My Big Fat Greek Mortgage CrisisThis economy is effecting everyone! When the Portokaloses (Portokali?) have to sell their beloved eatery and get office jobs in the corporate world, they learn that maybe the non-Greek lifestyle isn't so bad after all.
My Big Fat Greek Music CareerShifting focus to cousin Angelo (Joey Fatone), we watch Greek culture pervade the American zeitgeist as all the tweens go nuts for the latest pop band Nu-Sync.
My Big Fat Greek ScandalThe Greek ambassador is caught in bed with the First Lady, and only Toula Portokalos has the appropriate footing in both camps to save the world from international warfare.
My Big Fat Greek ApocalypseAgain offset by the mortgage crisis, Toula channels her people's history with various odysseys and illiads and hiding in wooden horses to win a nationwide battle royale for herself and her family.
My Big Fat Greek Dawn of JusticeWhen crime hits the Illinois suburbs, Toula organizes a team of Greek vigilantes to ensure that no crime goes unpunished. No spanakopita goes unfeta'd.
How I Met Your Big Fat Greek MotherThis time, we get the story from I-yan's point of view, going back through the decade before he met Toula, which he spent sleeping around in Chicago.
My Big Fat Greek WeedingA simple 25-minute gardening video, hosted by the lovable John Corbett.
It seems only natural that My Big Fat Greek Wedding get a sequel, seeing as every other dominating property from 2002 is coming back into play. We're in the age of a second Spider-Man series, more Star Wars films, a follow-up Tolkien trilogy, a neverending supply of Bond movies and cartoon mayhem, and even more Rowling in the works. No telling how well My Big Fat Greek Funeral/Dance-Off/Temple of Doom will fare in the modern climate, but at least there's hope now for a Connie and Carla franchise.
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Actress Christina Ricci is pregnant with her first child. The Addams Family star, 34, is expecting a baby with her husband James Heerdegen, who she married in New York City in October (13).
Ricci's representative confirmed the happy news to Justjared.com and the star has been pictured sporting a large baby bump.
The couple met on the set of TV show Pan Am.