Chris Brown's on/off girlfriend Karrueche Tran struggled to deal with the heavy criticism she faced while dating the embattled R&B singer, insisting she found it "very hard" to brush off the backlash. The Kiss Kiss hitmaker embarked on a romance with model Tran in 2011, two years after he was convicted of assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna on the eve of the Grammy Awards in 2009.
Brown and Tran split in 2012 as he attempted to rekindle his relationship with the Umbrella beauty, but he reconciled with the model in 2013 until they parted ways again earlier this year (14).
The model admits the intense media scrutiny of their on-again, off-again romance really got to her at times, but she refused to let public opinion sway her feelings about her involvement in such a high-profile relationship.
She tells Annex magazine, "I was going through a situation that we all are very familiar of (sic). I had a lot of criticism and comments... At the time, it was honestly very hard to deal with because people were saying really cruel things.
"Having to go through a rough time and then on top of that, having to deal with a ton of BS (bulls**t) was a bit overwhelming.
"Never allow people's opinions to justify your life. Live your life because, at the end of the day, you've only got you."
Iron Man star Robert Downey, Jr. is planning to celebrate his upcoming birthday by hosting a special screening of the new Captain America movie for 50 lucky children. The Hollywood actor will turn 49 on 4 April (14), but instead of throwing a lavish bash for himself, he has decided to treat a group of young superhero fans to a big party instead.
He tells Variety.com, "I'm having 50 kids over and I'm screening Captain America 2 on my birthday, which happens to be the day it opens (in America)."
Downey, Jr. admits he has yet to see his The Avengers co-stars Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but he is looking forward to having his own private premiere - thanks to being a part of the Marvel comics family.
He says, "That's one of the perks of being on the inside track at Marvel."
Grunge rockers Soundgarden performed their iconic album Superunknown in full for the first time at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Texas without previously rehearsing the feat. The band played the 1994 record through in full for the first time ever during an iTunes show at the Austin music/film event on Thursday night (13Mar14), and just hours before the concert, frontman Chris Cornell admitted they had not managed to rehearse it in sequence.
He told the Associated Press, "To be honest, we haven't actually really done it yet. We're rehearsing it, but rehearsals are different. I think we did try to play it in order the other day, but then we'd stop on a song and sort of go through the different parts of it, and play it over again. So actually just going through the whole set without stopping, we've never done."
The gig also marked the band's first ever performance at SXSW.
Former Miss World Rosanna Davison is marking the upcoming St Patrick's Day (17Mar14) celebrations by urging meat-eaters to adopt a vegan diet in a daring new photoshoot. The model, daughter of singer Chris De Burgh, strips down to her underwear in the campaign for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), with her modesty preserved by a layer of green bodypaint.
She sports a painted-on leotard with matching hat and stockings and is shown carrying a card reading, "Kiss me. I'm vegan!" while blowing a kiss to the camera.
Davison gave up eating animal products last year (13) and she is now urging others to follow her lead, saying, "Vegan meals are packed with nutrients and free of unhealthy animal fat and cholesterol, so they're a great way to keep your weight down and your energy up. The best thing to do for your health and for animals is to go vegan - for St Patrick's Day and every day!"
In conjunction with the campaign, PETA's U.S. website contains vegan alternatives to traditional Irish dishes such as colcannon.
May 6, 2016 is shaping up to become a day to remember for superhero movie fans amid reports Marvel Studios bosses will be releasing the third Captain America movie on the same day as the Man Of Steel sequel. Chris Evans' blast from the past Captain America will battle with Henry Cavill's Superman and Ben Affleck's Batman at the U.S. box office over the same blockbuster weekend, if the rumours are true.
Scarlett Johansson is always impressed by her The Avengers co-star Chris Evans' physique, because the actor appears to be able to drop and gain weight on a whim. The actress admits she struggled to stay in tip-top shape for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, in which she reunited with Evans, but he makes it look easy.
She reveals, "The last time I saw him was for some reshoots that we did... and he was much smaller. I don't know how he bulks up like that! I can't imagine that he ever is not eating chicken. Like, 'How much chicken do you eat a day? Be honest. Do you just wake up with meat kabobs (kebabs)?' I don't know how he does it. He puts so much bulk on."
Of her own efforts to control her diet and work-out regime during filming, Johansson adds, "It's boring 5am work-outs and salad and chicken and nothing else, pretty much.
"It's that old tried and true 'work-out-like-a-dude-and-eat-like-a-rabbit' (plan)."
Irish actor Chris O'dowd raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for animal welfare while working in a call centre by inventing endangered species to save. The Bridesmaids star took a job cold-calling before he found fame, and his main duties included encouraging donations of cash to help protect the planet's wildlife.
Most targets would refuse to agree to contribute any money, so prankster O'Dowd began making up exotic-sounding animals such as a 'Tiger Swan' or 'Dolphinwhale' to baffle his listeners - and the money came pouring in.
He tells British GQ magazine, "More often than not, it was a bat in New Zealand or something. I'd tell people about them, and they'd be like, 'F**king shoot it. You want bullets? Is that what you want?'... (The Tiger Swan) made me the most money. I raised more than £300,000 on that day, just by myself. A swan with the stripes of a tiger. Very rare. Lives in Mali. People would say, 'I've never heard of it!' and I'd be like, 'Well, it's f**king rare! If they were everywhere, we'd be fine! I wouldn't have called!'
"The Dolphinwhale was the size of a whale, but it loved humans. Loved swimming with people, so would always get beached. Very sad."
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Ugh... Mondays, am I right? Every week kicks off with that trademark despair so expertly articulated in Mike Judge's Office Space: you've got a case of the Mondays. Luckily, Netflix has you covered, with plenty of pick-me-up comedies to make the worst day of the week a bit more jolly. To start off our Netflix Hand-Picked Flix recommendations, we suggest The Sapphires.
Set in 1968 to a soundtrack of the biggest soul hits of the time, The Sapphires follows a family of Aboriginal Australian women (Miranda Tapsell, Deb Mailman, Jessica Mauboy and Shari Sebbens), who are discovered by a washed-up, alcoholic Irish talent scout, Dave Lovelace (Chris O'Dowd), and become a soul-singing girl group performing for troops in Vietnam.
Although the film doesn’t downplay either the political turmoil of the time or the personal struggles of the four main characters — Gail, the oldest, is trying to keep her family safe and whole, Cynthia is looking for a chance to rebel against her conservative family and live her life, Julie is torn between her young son and her dreams of being a singer, and Kay, who was stolen from her family as a child because she could pass for white, is struggling to find which group she belongs in — The Sapphires is ultimately a hilarious, uplifting film. Much of that is due to O’Dowd’s wonderfully goofy performance as Dave, who can’t keep from screwing everything up, no matter how hard he tries, and he and Mailman’s fantastic chemistry helped make the obvious romance between Dave and Gail both amusing and touching.
You can stream The Sapphires on Netflix, and make sure to check back tomorrow for our recommendations for the perfect Bluesday Tuesday movie.
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Actress Kristen Bell and screenwriter Rob Thomas dedicated the world premiere of the Veronica Mars movie adaptation to the cult show's fans on Saturday (08Mar14) as it received its world premiere at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. The stars unveiled the film version of the teen detective series at the Paramount Theatre, a year after launching their groundbreaking fundraising campaign to continue the Veronica Mars story on the big screen.
Introducing the film to the fan-filled crowd, Thomas thanked studio executives at Warner Bros. for backing his project and then told the audience, "We would not exist without you."
The screening was followed by a question and answer session with Thomas, Bell, Enrico Colantoni, Jason Dohring and Chris Lowell, among others, as they basked in the glory of achieving their crowdfunded dream.
Expressing her gratitude to the show's devotees, Bell said, "This is such an extra-special experience. It's so humbling to know that the reason we're here is because of our Kickstarter friends. We don't take that lightly that you guys are the reason this movie got made."
A second premiere event was held nearby later on Saturday for investors who had donated $750 (£470) or more.
The Veronica Mars movie will open in U.S. theatres on 14 March (14), on the first anniversary of the Kickstarter.com fundraiser, which smashed its $2 million (£1.3 million) target in less than 24 hours and went on to raise a total of $5.7 million (£3.5 million) by its 30-day deadline.
The original TV series ran for three seasons before it was axed in 2007.
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The future of Trophy Wife is unclear, but we can safely predict that its hilarious bombshell star Malin Akerman is going to be around for a long time. The Swedish/Canadian actress took on the infamous Reddit "Ask Me Anything" challenge on March 4 to answer fan queries about her current and former costars (a veritable who's who of contemporary comedy), her first reaction to her sitcom's title, and steering clear of boring "girlfriend" roles. Check out our favorite parts below and see the entire session here.
On the first thing she'd do if she were Matthew McConaughey for a day:"Take my shirt off!"
On what exactly Ben Stiller smells like:"A mix of Pine Cones and new car smell…that's if he hasn't had any Mexican food."
On working with the husband to her Trophy Wife, Bradley Whitford:"I'm officially Bradley's biggest fan after working with him. He is the biggest ham! So friggin funny. The best part is that when he is interviewed, so many people mistakenly call him Bradley Cooper and he never corrects them…he just rolls with it."
On the wackiest moment in her trip to White Castle with Harold and Kumar:"I had to lick Freakshow's (Chris Meloni) boils on our first day of shooting. Good way to ease into a role."
On holding out for the funny parts:"Not that I was offered this role, but had the chance to read The Hangover and decided to pass on the opportunity to go in for an audition. I preferred the male roles in the movie…something like Bridesmaids would have been awesome."
On her show's deceptively vapid title:"When I first saw the title of the show I said, 'Hell no! I do not want to play a vapid Trophy Wife,' but after reading the script, I realized that it was a tongue in cheek title and I absolutely loved it. From then on it was all about finding the right cast…and I feel like we hit a home run with our hilarious actors!"