"I'd been scrutinised about my weight before I got pregnant, so I refused to let anyone steal the joy of my babies. My husband (Eric Johnson) and I were looking at old pictures recently, and I asked him, 'Babe, why didn't you tell me to put the brownie down?' He said, 'You looked great.' He's always loved every curve on my body. And we've always had a healthy sex life." Mother-of-two Jessica Simpson is grateful to have a man who embraces her figure whatever her weight.
TV screenwriter Kenya Barris has urged Judd Apatow to quit ranting online about Bill Cosby's sex assault scandal, branding the director's barrage of comments "strangely obsessive". The Knocked Up filmmaker took to his Twitter.com blog over the weekend (27-28Dec14) and posted a lengthy series of messages urging Cosby to openly address the growing number of sexual assault allegations filed against him in an effort to salvage his reputation after more than 20 women, including models Beverly Johnson and Janice Dickinson, went public with stories of his reportedly inappropriate behaviour over the years, with some alleged victims claiming they were drugged and raped.
Cosby's attorney has repeatedly dismissed the accusations as false, while the funnyman has remained largely silent on the controversy.
Apatow took aim at the veteran funnyman's approach to the scandal and although he insisted the 77 year old is "innocent until Proven (guilty)", he added, "He should speak publicly about how false this all is. (Provide) 30 alibis... I always wonder why some people try so hard to not believe women who have been assaulted. What is the root of that?"
However, the filmmaker's string of tweets have annoyed Black-ish creator Barris, who criticised Apatow for not ranting about other important issues, like the recent decision not to indict the New York City cop responsible for the chokehold death of unarmed black man Eric Garner in July (14).
Reaching out to Apatow online, Barris tweeted, "Dude. Enough. Not defending him AT ALL, but u do realize this borders on strangely obsessive, right? Where was ur EricGarner (tweet) (sic)".
He added, "It's like ur getn (getting) some sick pleasure from watching a black man who meant so much for so many fall", before concluding his posts by writing, "I'm sorry 2 use a public forum to say this to 1 of my idols but I think it's important to take a moment 2 say 'we get it, Judd'.
"Finally, i want 2 say that ur a genius, national treasure, maverick, & will probably now deservedly ruin my fledgling career."
Apatow has yet to respond to Barris.
As obsessive readers and fans of dismissing quality movies as inferior to their literary counterparts, it's important for us to know which books will head to the big screen ahead of time. How else will we know how Wild Reese will be, or what is going to happen to Peeta? Be reasonable. We've decided to use our research for the good of society and share the adaptations coming soon that we are most excited for.
1. The Spook's Apprentice - Joseph Delaney (Seventh Son)
Thomas Ward (Ben Barnes) is the seventh son of the seventh son, which gives him the ability to see things that others cannot: ghosts, ghasts, boggarts, and the like. He becomes an apprentice to John Gregory, the Spook (Jeff Bridges). Julianne Moore is set to play Mother Malkin, one of the most sinister witches who uses blood magic, luring young runaway women into care before sucking their blood to maintain her youth, who was then imprisoned by the Spook. Kit Harington and Djimon Hounsou also star.
2. Fifty Shades of Grey - E.L. James
Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, in case you somehow didn't know, are stepping into the roles of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey for the adaptation of the incredibly successful erotic novel. Steele, a literature student, interviews Grey as a favor to her roommate, but quickly becomes entranced by this brilliant and handsome man who is unable to resist her. He admits his desire, but on his own terms; this is a man with a need to control everything. This is also probably going to be the movie with a bunch of heavy-breathing sweaty middle-aged women trying to control themselves in the theater. You've been warned.
3. In the Heart of the Sea - Nathaniel Philbrick
The last time Ron Howard and Chris Hemsworth teamed up, they brought us one of the best films of 2013, Rush. Now, they're at it again (along with Cillian Murphy and Benjamin Walker) with this story of a whaleship attacked by one angry whale, leaving the crew shipwrecked and stranded for 90 days, thousands of miles from land. The true story inspired a little book by Herman Melville (played in the movie by our favorite, Ben Whishaw) entitled Moby-Dick.
4. The Price of Salt - Patricia Highsmith (Carol)
W. W. Norton & Company
Patricia Highsmith, author of successful novels-turned-movies like Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley (we're choosing to ignore the recent The Two Faces of January here), wrote The Price of Salt, which will be released as 'Carol.' The novel itself, controversial for its lesbian content and unprecedented gay happy ending, is said to have inspired Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita. The film stars Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, and Sarah Paulson, with Far From Heaven and I'm Not There director Todd Haynes helming.
5. Dark Places - Gillian Flynn
Shaye Areheart Books
Gone Girl author brings us yet another chilling thriller. A young girl is the sole survivor of a massacre that leaves both of her sisters and her mother dead in an apparent Satanic cult ritual. She testifies against her brother, but 25 years later, she begins to investigate the actual events. Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Nicholas Hoult, and Christina Hendricks star.
6. A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants director Ken Kwapis is set to direct Bryson's memoir, starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte. The hilarious book describes Bryson's attempt to walk the Appalachian Trail with his friend Stephen Katz. Emma Thompson and Parks and Recreation's Nick Offerman will also star.
7. Insurgent - Veronica Roth
As conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows, a war looms for Divergent's post-apocalyptic Chicago. In this sequel, we're still following Shailene Woodley and Theo James' Tris and Four as they try to understand the reasons for Erudite's insurrection and obtain information the Abnegation are trying to protect. Kate Winslet, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, and Miles Teller return in their supporting roles, and are joined by some all-star names: Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, and Suki Waterhouse.
8. Serena - Ron Rash
The dynamic duo of mega-nominated movies Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle are back at it! Bradley Cooper plays a man trying to maintain his timber empire during the Depression, while Jennifer Lawrence plays his wife who discovers she can't have children. For some reason, we're a little terrified of JLaw in this movie from the trailer.
9. Silence - Shusako Endo
Taplinger Publishing Company
This 1966 novel about a Jesuit missionary sent to 17th century Japan where he endures persecution is set to be adapted by Martin Scorsese. It will also have an all star cast of Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, Ken Watanabe, and Adam Driver.
10. The Longest Ride - Nicholas Sparks
The producers of The Fault in Our Stars, the author of The Notebook, and the hottest Hollywood son around, this movie already has us in love with it. Scott Eastwood and Britt Robertson play two lovers and there's a rodeo or something; we don't really know, we were just thinking about how much this movie will make us cry. Time to read the book.
11. Far From the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
The Hunt director Thomas Vinterberg tackles Thomas Hardy's novel. Carey Mulligan stars as Bathsheba Everdene, a woman who has too many men in love with her and of course rejects them all until she falls for one. Three men, played by Michael Sheen, Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone), and Tom Sturridge (On The Road), all after this woman: who will she end up with? We actually just read the plot description and had everything spoiled and somehow still gasped and cried at those three paragraphs. Why didn't we know about this book before?!
12. Paper Towns - John Green
The Fault in Our Stars author John Green's next book to be adapted by the same team who adapted TFIOS (Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber). Margo and her adventures are legendary at her high school, and Quentin ("Q") has always loved her for it. Margo climbs through his window and demands he take an all night road trip of revenge, but when she goes missing the next day, Q realizes she's left clues for him and promptly hits the road again in search of her. Cara Delevingne will play Margo and TFIOS' Nat Wolff will play Q.
13. The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge - Michael Punke
Carroll & Graf Publishers
Academy Award-nominated Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman, 21 Grams, Biutiful) is set to direct Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy in this adaptation. Partially based on the life of fur trapper Hugh Glass. Leo will play Glass, who is mauled by a bear, then later robbed and left for dead by his companions. He survives and sets out for revenge against those same men.
14. The Secret Scripture - Sebastian Barry
Faber and Faber
A one-hundred-year-old woman, Roseanne McNulty, in a mental hospital for about 50 years decides to retrace her history. As the hospital faces demolition and he must choose which of his patients should be transferred and which should rejoin the community, Dr. Grene also tries to discover her history. What they find is very different, though there are some consistencies. Vanessa Redgrave and Rooney Mara will play Roseanne McNulty, Eric Bana will play Grene, with Theo James also starring.
15. Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
An oft-adapted novel, Mary Shelley's classic is to be turned into yet another film, this time directed by Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin, Push). The updated version, titled Victor Frankenstein, will be told from the perspective of the doctor's assistant, Igor. The film will explain how the doctor became the man who created the legendary monster. Daniel Radcliffe will play Igor and James McAvoy will play Victor Frankenstein.
16. The Martian - Andy Weir
Crown Publishing Group
Described as Cast Away meets Apollo 13, the novel follows an astronaut stranded on Mars, fighting to survive (which also sounds mildly like Gravity to us, no?). Ridley Scott is set to direct a pretty stellar (no pun intended) cast here: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Kristen Wiig, Donald Glover, Kate Mara, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. This sounds like a great movie already, but we'll have to wait until November to see it.
17. The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
Walt Disney Pictures is working on this live-action/CGI mash-up of the classic book, directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Chef), with a mind-bogglingly incredible cast. Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong'o, and Breaking Bad's Giancarlo Esposito will provide voices, while newcomer Neel Sethi will play Mowgli.
Rapper Young Jeezy has scored a legal victory after a gun possession charge against him was dismissed on Thursday (11Dec14). The hip-hop star, real name Jay Jenkins, was arrested and charged in August (14) after police discovered an assault rifle on his tour bus.
Authorities initially believed the weapon was used to kill 38-year-old record label boss Eric Johnson backstage at Jeezy's joint Under the Influence of Music concert with Wiz Khalifa in Mountain View, California, but new evidence made it clear the gun was not his, according to TMZ.com.
Investigators also reportedly learned the weapons were purchased legally by Jenkins' security chief.
On Thursday (11Dec14), a California judge granted a request to dismiss the felony possession of an illegal weapon charge.
The hitmaker tells TMZ.com, "I knew that the allegations and charges were based on zero facts. I'm relieved that the truth has prevailed."
Pop star Nick Lachey is thankful he didn't start a family with his ex-wife Jessica Simpson, insisting it was "probably the best thing that could have ever happened". The 98 Degrees star wed Simpson in 2002, but they split in 2005 after just three years of marriage.
Both singers have since moved on, and Lachey confesses having a baby with the blonde beauty would have made their relationship, which was documented on MTV reality show Newlyweds, all the more complicated.
During a candid interview on Jenny McCarthy's Dirty, Sexy, Funny satellite radio show, he said, "In our situation, that was probably the best thing that could have ever happened that we didn't have kids. And look, you're always going to love your kids no matter how you feel about their other parent, but all things being equal, it was the best thing probably for both of us that we went on with our lives."
Lachey has since settled down with his second wife, TV personality Vanessa, who is pregnant with their second child, while Simpson has also moved on and is now a mum to daughter Maxwell, two, and son Ace, 16 months, with her new husband, former American footballer Eric Johnson.
He continued, "She's obviously happily married with two (kids) and I'm happily married and about to have two so it all worked out the way it was kind of meant to work out."
And Lachey reveals the former couple, which divorced in 2006, has not been in touch since.
He added, "She and I don't necessarily stay in each others lives. I wouldn't say it's friends and I wouldn't say it's enemies - there is just no contact. We both moved on with our lives... it's not animosity, it's not friendship, it's just kind of nothing."
Veteran musician Gregg Allman was named a living legend at the 2014 Classic Rock Roll Of Honour ceremony on Tuesday (04Nov14). The Allman Brothers star took the top award at the annual event, which was staged in Los Angeles for the first time to mark its 10th anniversary.
The Doors were given the prestigious Inspiration honour, Queen + Adam Lambert were named Band of the Year, and miracle man Wilko Johnson - who was recently given the all-clear after living with a terminal cancer diagnosis for more than 15 months - was awarded Album of the Year for his collaboration with Roger Daltrey, Going Back Home.
After he was announced as the winner of the Living Legend award, Allman said, "I am so very honoured to be receiving this award. The magazine is one of my favourites and they are always so generous to me and the Brothers."
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich thanked fans via a video message after the band's concert movie Through The Never scooped Film of the Year, and rocker Ozzy Osbourne celebrated when his debut solo record Blizzard of Ozz was named Classic Album and his wife Sharon won the VIP award.
The ceremony, which usually takes place in London, was held at The Avalon in Hollywood.
The full list of winners is:
Living Legend - Gregg Allman
Inspiration - The Doors
Band of the Year - Queen + Adam Lambert
Film of the Year - Metallica, Through The Never
Album of the Year - Wilko Johnson and Roger Daltrey, Going Back Home
Classic Album - Ozzy Osbourne, Blizzard Of Ozz
Outstanding Contribution - Jeff Lynne
Reissue of the Year - Led Zeppelin I, II, III Deluxe Editions
Maestro - Joe Perry
Metal Guru - Dave Mustaine
The Bluesman - Eric Burdon
The VIP - Sharon Osbourne
Best New Band - The Cadillac Three.
Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross have tied the knot.
The couple exchanged vows on Sunday (31Aug14) during a private ceremony at the Greenwich, Connecticut mansion of the groom's mum, Diana Ross, according to multiple reports.
The bride's newlywed sister Jessica Simpson served as Ashlee's matron of honour, almost two months after her own wedding to husband Eric Johnson, while her kids Maxwell, two, and son Ace, 14 months, took on the roles of flower girl and ring bearer, respectively. Bronx Mowgli, Ashlee's five-year-old son with ex-husband Pete Wentz, walked his mum down the aisle.
This is actor Ross' first marriage and the second for Simpson, who was married to the Fall Out Boy rocker from 2008 to 2011. Ross proposed to Simpson in January (14) after just six months of dating.
The bride's father, Joe Simpson, was clearly thrilled about the big day, posting a tweet hours before the nuptials, which read, "Today my little girl gets married. Congrats Ashlee and Evan."
Reports suggest Simpson wore a pearl-embellished white wedding dress and $750,000 (GBP441,000)-worth of Neil Lane rubies.
Rapper Young Jeezy has been released from jail after posting $1 million (£588,000) bail for a gun possession charge linked to a fatal shooting at a recent concert. The hip-hop star, real name Jay Jenkins, was taken into custody last Sunday (24Aug14) after police discovered an assault rifle on his tour bus.
Detectives believe the firearm is the same weapon used to kill 38-year-old record label boss Eric Johnson backstage at Jeezy's joint Under the Influence of Music concert with Wiz Khalifa in Mountain View, California on 22 August (14).
Jeezy and five members of his entourage were arrested and charged as no one came forward to claim ownership of the gun.
He pleaded not guilty to the count during a court hearing in Newport Beach, California on Tuesday (26Aug14) and he walked free from jail on Thursday night (28Aug14).
The rapper also posted bail for his five associates. He is due back in court next Friday (05Sep14).
Rapper Young Jeezy has pleaded not guilty to charges of possessing the assault rifle believed to be the gun used to kill a record label boss backstage at a concert last week (22Aug14). The 36-year-old MC, real name Jay Jenkins, was arrested on Sunday (24Aug14) during a raid by police officers investigating the fatal shooting, which took place backstage at the rapper's Under the Influence of Music Tour concert with Wiz Khalifa on Friday (22Aug14) in Mountain View, California.
Cops suspected the weapon found on Jeezy's tour bus was the same rifle used in the shooting incident, and when no one came forward to claim ownership, the rapper, along with five members of his entourage, were taken into police custody.
On Monday (25Aug14), the hip-hop star's bail was set at $1 million (£588,000), and on Tuesday (26Aug14) he pleaded not guilty to possessing an illegal assault weapon in a Newport Beach, California, court.
Despite the fact weapons charges have been filed, police have yet to arrest a suspect responsible for the shooting death of 38-year-old record label boss Eric Johnson.
Meanwhile, Wiz Khalifa's Under the Influence of Music tour stop in Chula Vista, California on Saturday (23Aug14) was cancelled following the tragedy, and another date scheduled for Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan next month (Sep14) has also been axed due to "Michigan State University's review of recent events and assessment of campus concerns".