John Legend's supermodel wife Chrissy Teigen has named and shamed bosses at U.S. clothing firm Forever 21 for firing her over weight concerns. The stunning Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model tells DuJour magazine she was kicked off a modelling job years ago for being "too fat".
She recalls, "They (Forever 21 bosses) booked me directly when I was much younger. And I showed up on set, and they asked me if they could take a photo.
"They shoot that photo off to my agency, who then calls me as I'm sitting in the make-up chair. And they say, 'You need to leave right now. They just said you are fat, and you need to come get your measurements taken'."
And Teigen has never forgotten - or forgiven - the cowardly Forever 21 bosses, adding, "I hate you, Forever 21. I hate you so much. Honestly, you're the worst."
Former Shooting Star Band frontman Ronnie Platt will replace Steve Walsh in Kansas after the singer walks away from the Dust In The Wind hitmakers following a final gig next month (Aug14). Walsh announced his decision to leave the band earlier this month (Jul14), and his bandmates haven't wasted any time in finding their next singer.
Platt's first show with the band will be in Oklahoma on 12 September (14).
Announcing his arrival on the band's Facebook page, Platt writes, "I want Kansas fans to know, first and foremost, I'm one of them. I'm a long time fan of the music and have always looked up to Steve Walsh.
"My goal is not to replace Steve; no one can do that. It is my goal and responsibility to sustain the integrity that is Kansas. This is a lifelong dream... Yes, I've got the job, but now it's time to earn it... and I take nothing for granted that has been given to me. My performance in Kansas will be how I've always performed, with passion and enthusiasm."
Drummer Phil Ehart adds, "After considering other candidates, it became clear Ronnie was our guy. He's a perfect fit musically and personally with the band. His passion for the band and the music, as well as his musicianship, is exceptional."
Walsh's former replacement, John Elefante, has revealed he was also asked to rejoin the group - but turned his one-time bandmates down.
Walsh's final show with the band will be on 16 August (14) in Iowa.
A 1978 portrait of David Bowie, taken by revered photographer Lord Snowden, has been donated to London's National Portrait Gallery. The royal snapper, who was married to the late Princess Margaret, has handed over 130 original portraits, also including shots of Dame Maggie Smith, John Hurt, Julie Christie and Agatha Christie, in what is among the largest ever collections received by the gallery.
Some of the portraits will feature in the upcoming Snowdon: A Life in View exhibition, which opens later this year (14).
A selection of portraits of the royal family are also included.
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Over the course of her career, Cameron Diaz has played everything from an ogre princess to a crime-fighting angel to the most irresponsible teacher of all time. But though she's best known for starring in goofy, raunchy comedies, Diaz's resume is filled with varied compelling roles that don't get talked about nearly as much as her underwear dance in Charlie's Angels. In fact, we'd go so far as to say that over the course of her career, Diaz has steadily delivered surprising, awards-worthy performances that often get overlooked by both the press and the public. In honor of her latest film, Sex Tape, arriving in theaters Friday, we've taken a look back at Diaz's life and career to pinpoint every single performance that shocked, moved, and impressed us... and, in a just world, would have impressed the Academy as well.
The CounselorLet’s get this out of the way: yes, Diaz’s character does have sex with a car. It’s a shame, though, that the hubbub surrounding that scene overshadowed everything else about her performance, which is insane in the best possible way. As Malkina, the calculating girlfriend/partner in crime to Javier Bardem’s Reiner, Diaz turned everything up to 11 to give an over-the-top, off-the-wall performance that is more entertaining than attempting to figure out what’s happening with Bardem’s hair. Despite a star-studded cast and a script by Cormac McCarthy, Diaz was easily the most memorable thing about The Counselor, as well as the most compelling.
ShrekOkay, so the Oscars don’t honor voice over work. That doesn’t mean that Diaz’s work as Princess Fiona isn’t worthy of praise. With anyone else voicing her, Fiona would probably turn out to be another cookie-cutter animated princess – kooky, sure but not downright weird, and probably not willing to convince a bird to sing itself to death or having a burping contest with an ogre. Diaz gives Fiona an absurd amount of personality, depth and fun, making her feel as alive as she would if it actually ere Diaz up on that screen.
My Best Friend’s Wedding Julia Roberts get all of the attention, but her Julianne Potter would be nothing without Diaz’s sweet, warm-hearted Kimmy Wallace. A character like Kimmy could have easily been one-dimensional: an unrealistic perfect girl meant to make the protagonist jealous. But Diaz’s Kimmy is a fully realized person; she’s not just sweet, she’s also naïve and awkward and genuinely open-hearted. And her ability to turn what would otherwise be a painfully embarrassing karaoke scene into an endearingly goofy moment deserves much more credit than Roberts letting Dermot Mulroney go.
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Being John Malkovich And you thought The Counselor was a strange movie. In Being John Malkvoich, Diaz plays Lotte, the unhappy, pet-obsessed wife of John Cusack’s Craig, who enters into a relationship with Craig’s work crush Maxine (Catherine Keener) while inside the head of John Malkovich. It would be easy to let the craziness of the plot outshine the characters, but Diaz, wearing a horrendously frizzy wig and a series of unflattering outfits, uses the opportunity to give a weird, intense, complex performance that is, unfortunately, often forgotten in favor of her comedic ventures.
There’s Something About Mary The Mask may have put her on the map, but it was the Farrelly Brothers’ comedy that really made Diaz a star. The entire movie hinges on her being the most irresistible woman in the universe, so she needs to win over the audience in addition to the characters. Diaz does exactly that. Her performance is bright, charming and effortlessly funny, and it’s not hard to see why everyone fell in love with her hilarious and heartwarming character.
In Her Shoes In Her Shoes is a much better movie than it appears in its trailer, and much of that is due to Diaz’s performance as Maggie, the free-spirited wild child sister of Toni Collette’s Rose. It would be easy to turn Maggie into a flighty, one-dimensional character, but Diaz manages to turn a somewhat trite reveal – Maggie is dyslexic and has trouble reading and doing basic math – into an opportunity to showcase the insecurity, doubt, and hurt that has turned Maggie into the frivolous party girl that she is. It’s a surprisingly layered performance for a light-hearted movie about the relationship between sisters, and Diaz easily holds her own opposite Collette and Shirley MacLaine, both of whom received more attention.
Vanilla Sky Whether you loved Vanilla Sky or found it impossible to get past Tom Cruise’s melted face, there’s no denying that Diaz’s performance was the standout of the film. As Julie, the suicidal, jealous ex-girlfriend of Cruise’s David Aames, Diaz is simultaneously terrifying and heartbreaking, showcasing all of the hurt, anger, and instability that drive her to extreme measures. More than just the femme fatale or the vindictive ex, Diaz’s Julie is a tour de force performance that unfortunately got overshadowed by some terrible prosthetics.
A huge sculpture depicting Monty Python's iconic dead parrot has been erected in central London. The comedy quartet's famous sketch, in which John Cleese attempts to return a deceased bird to a pet store, has inspired an artwork which was unveiled on the banks of the Thames River close to Tower Bridge on Monday (14Jul14).
The 50-foot (15-metre) long dead parrot, which is made from fibreglass, was suspended from a crane before it was laid to rest on its back at Potters Fields.
The parrot was created as a tribute to the comedy troupe and to celebrate the current reunion run at London's O2 Arena, which will be broadcast on TV in the U.K. on Sunday (20Jul14).
Movie producers have acquired the rights to develop the story of a Boston Marathon bombing survivor for the big screen. Jeff Bauman's autobiography, Stronger, will be adapted into a movie thanks to bosses at Lionsgate.
The book recalls his near-death experience during last year's (13) attacks at the annual sports event, as a bomb exploded at the finish line while he was waiting for his girlfriend to complete the race.
The 28 year old subsequently lost both of his legs, and a photo of him moments after the blast being carried away in a wheelchair became one of the most memorable images in the aftermath of the atrocity.
Playwright John Pollono, who wrote and co-starred in the Off-Broadway play Small Engine Repair, will pen the script.
Broadway's Tupac Shakur musical Holler If Ya Hear Me is to close early due to disappointing ticket sales.
The stage show, based on the music of the late rapper, officially opened at New York City's Palace Theatre on 19 June (14) and less than two months after its debut, the curtain will come down for the last time on Sunday (20Jul14).
Producer Eric L. Gold made the announcement on Monday night (14Jul14), attributing declining sales to the show's ultimate demise. He says, "We are so proud to be a part of this ground breaking production... My hope is that a production of this calibre, powerful in its story telling, filled with great performances and exciting contemporary dance and music will eventually receive the recognition it deserves."
"It saddens me that due to the financial burdens of Broadway, I was unable to sustain this production longer in order to give it time to bloom on Broadway. Tupac's urgent socially important insights and the audiences' nightly rousing standing ovations deserve to be experienced by the world."
The production reportedly cost $8 million (£4.7 million) to stage, and, after receiving mixed reviews from critics, box office figures have been declining ever since the show began previews on 2 June (14).
Veteran British rocker Bryan Ferry returned to his alma mater in Newcastle, England on Friday (11Jul14) to receive an honorary doctorate. The Roxy Music icon graduating from Newcastle University with a bachelor's degree in Fine Art back in the early 1970s and he was back on familiar ground on Friday as he was made a Doctor of Music.
Speaking before the ceremony, Ferry declared, "I feel honoured to have been awarded this doctorate from my former university. I enjoyed my time at Newcastle, and was fortunate to study with some great teachers and fellow students.
"It was an inspiring time to be an art student in Newcastle, and the city also had an exciting music scene. Music and art have guided my life, and it all started at Newcastle University."
Newcastle University's registrar, Dr. John Hogan, adds, "We are delighted to welcome back and honour one of our graduates who has achieved so much in his field.
"Newcastle University has an excellent reputation for education in art and music and Mr. Ferry is a great example and inspiration to our students graduating in those disciplines this summer."
Ferry isn't the only ageing rocker to head back to school this week - AC/DC's Brian Johnson collected an honorary degree from nearby Northumbria University on Wednesday (09Jul14).