David Beckham feared he would be attacked by a deadly jaguar as he spent nights camping in the Amazonian rainforest. The soccer icon headed into the Brazilian jungle for 10 days in March (14) to shoot a BBC documentary, and he has recalled his unease during the long nights in camp.
He tells The Sunday Times Magazine, "I never felt scared at any point, although sleeping in the middle of the jungle at night can be quite unnerving. It's pitch black, you hear a noise and you have no idea what it could be. Once, we pitched up in an area where we were told that jaguars roamed at night. After we were told that, we never moved from our position."
Despite reports Beckham was banned from swimming in the Amazon during the trip over fears he would be attacked by killer fish, the former sports hero reveals he did take to the river in a boat.
He adds, "You hear lots of stories about the Amazon and what lives in the rivers, so clearly you are wary. However, once you are there, armed with good local knowledge, then it's fine. There is one moment in the documentary where we are going through treacherous waters and I notice there are holes in the boat. I use a bucket to sift water out. There was no way I was going to sink."
The report also features photographs of Beckham carrying crops and whittling wood during his time in camp, and showing off his tattoos to local children, and he admits his only struggle was a lack of contact with wife Victoria and their four kids.
He says, "We had very little contact with home, which was tough, as I like to speak to Victoria and the kids every day. We were able to use a satellite phone on occasion, and it was something to look forward to after a long, difficult day travelling."
However, the famously groomed soccer ace also admits his vanity took a dent in camp, adding, "Showers and baths were clearly at a premium. That was the toughest part. As everyone knows, I like my cleanliness."
Tennis ace Serena Williams stunned guests at a beach wedding in Miami, Florida on Saturday (31May14) when she joined in the nuptials wearing just a skimpy swimsuit. The athlete was enjoying a relaxing day at Miami Beach with fellow tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, donning a striking leopard-print , one-piece bathing suit as the pair frolicked in the surf.
The pals noticed a wedding ceremony taking place nearby and decided to gatecrash the event, much to the surprise of the newlyweds.
Williams greeted the couple and their wedding party, and she even posted a photo of herself with them on her Instagram.com account, along with the caption, "Bikini wedding crasher!! Congrats!"
This is the second wedding celebration Williams has attended in the past week - she also attended her pal Kim Kardashian nuptials to Kanye West in Florence, Italy on 24 May (14).
However, the sight of a wedding could have rankled Wozniacki - her fiancee, top golfer Rory McIlroy, called off their engagement just days after they sent out invites.
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From the neon brights and fingerless gloves of an '80s era Carrie Bradshaw on The Carrie Diaries to the high-class couture sported by your favorite Gossip Girl, costume designer Eric Daman has certainly left his mark on the small screen. He's also made the fledgling CW network a much more stylish destination, turning the little network into a big name when it comes to fashion. With The Carrie Diaries ending its run and Gossip Girl having signed her last "xoxo," Daman is likely to be in high demand for productions looking for his magic touch. Until he finds his next gig, the viewing public will remain in desperate need of styling tips from our television fashion idols. Thankfully, we managed to track down Eric Daman to ask our most pressing fashion questions, from how to adopt '80s trends without looking like a throwback, to what our favorite Gossip Girl characters would be sporting in 2014.
The weather is finally warm and spring has sprung, so what are your top tips for killing it sartorially this spring? What trends should we all keep an eye out for?
ED: "For spring this year, what's trending are pretty pastels in hi-tech silhouettes. Vintage bomber jackets are getting a modern makeover. Skirts are getting longer (the retro tea length is gaining popularity). And boxy tops in shift shape are giving the body con trend a run for its money. Carrie's 'Carrie Bag' would certainly be on trend with the giant designer DIY movement underfoot. The low heeled pump is seeing a moment in the sun, while the kaleidoscopic print is still on trend and being mixed with other print patterns for emphasis. Tribal stripes and fringe are enjoying worldwide appeal. Lace and open-weave are on board this spring, and metallic hasn't lost is foot-hold either. My top tip is to be mindful of what I call the allure of the hybrid: structural, material, visual, and cultural hybrids are the name of the game overall this coming year in style."
If you were still dressing the characters of Gossip Girl today, in 2014, what would today's Serena outfit look like? What would Blair be wearing? How about Chuck?
ED: "Serena would definitely be hanging out at Coachella, in maybe a soft-hard beautiful broiderie anglaise Isabel Marant top in soft pinks and whites with layer-cakey ruffley details, a lite-puff shoulder and see-through seams. She'd pair it with something by Emilio Pucci, either black-and-white graphic shorts or a rainbow metallic mini with Nicholas Kirkwood sleek pointed zig-zag leather and suede pumps in orange, turquoise, and pink. She'd throw on a shaggy Proenza Schouler coat if the evening got a little chilly, with a pair of retro-deco earrings that sparkle by the light of the bonfire."
"Blair would be having lunch at the Pierre Hotel, very much in a calf-length Burberry pencil skirt in structured lace with Byzantine inspired crystal cluster embellishments. She'd wear an Elie Saab watercolor shouldered top, under a floral embossed Christian Dior vivid orange half jacket, with an Alexander McQueen studded black nappa leather knucklebox clutch and Christian Louboutin Bollywood Boulevard PVC pumps."
"Chuck would be at the cricket club with the urban daddy crowd for a quick round in a Bastiaan Van Gaalen polo shirt, summer weight Moncler blue quilted blazer with white trim, a Salvatore Ferragamo vest, Louis Vuitton plaid trousers, and a Jimmy Choo tassled summer loafer."
What's one current trend you think the Gossip Girl characters would love? You're always taking trends and making them your own. How would you have made the trend Upper East Side worthy?
ED: "I can see a 2014 version of Uptown meets Downtown in looks where Renaissance-inspired maximalism meets tribalistic geometry."
What are the challenges of working with time period costuming for The Carrie Diaries? How do you keep things fresh while still staying true to the '80s?
ED: "We knew we had to be honest and address the '80s, but we had to be honest in a selective way from an editorial perspective. The term 'aspirational authenticity' was a guiding mantra that served reliably. I wanted to do justice to styles of the '80s that were inspiring designers from Calvin Klein to Dolce and Gabbana to Balmain to Marc by Marc Jacobs to Charlotte Ronson to DKNY, all the way down the fashion food chain to include fast fashion purveyors like TopShop, UrbanOutfitters, Zara, and H&M. There was so much '80s inspired fashion available by contemporary designers and retailers, the opportunity to select the most flattering of the range of choices was clearly the best direction."
For people who love The Carrie Diaries fashion but don't want to look like they just walked out of a vintage MTV video, how can you translate that killer '80s fashion into a more modern look?
ED: "I know what you mean. I made a point to keep it a camouflaged combination of vintage and contemporary designs, which is kind of a very '80s approach to begin with. I indulged a bit in my irresistable desire to mix and blend actual vintage pieces from the '80s, which we acquired from Bill Blass, Norma Kamali, Thierry Mugler, Arnold Scaasi, and Sonya Rykiel, with modern fashions like Missoni, American Apparel, Modcloth, Nasty Gal, and Mara Hoffman. We used accessories by Alexis Bittar, Alex Woo, Swarovski, Alex Woo, and Magdalena Stokalska among many others."
As a huge fan of Gossip Girl and an even bigger fan of the fashion, I have to ask what some of your all-time favorite looks were from the series.
ED: "That's a tough one. I'll make a deal with you. I'll tell you some of my favorite episodes and you can extrapolate the outfits from there...Season 1: 'Hi Society.' Season 2: 'Summer Kind of Wonderful.' Season 3: 'Last Tango, then Paris.' Season 4: 'The Undergraduate.' Season 5: 'GG.' Season 6: 'New York I love You XOXO.'"
What were your favorite looks from Gossip Girl and The Carrie Diaries? Share in the comments!
Top golfer Rory Mcilroy has called off his engagement to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki just days after sending out the wedding invitations. The couple became engaged on New Year's Eve (31Dec13) but now the sports ace has confirmed they have split after he realised he wasn't ready to walk down the aisle.
A statement from the 25 year old reads, "There is no right way to end a relationship that has been so important to two people.
"The problem is mine. The wedding invitations issued at the weekend made me realise that I wasn't ready for all that marriage entails.
"I wish Caroline all the happiness she deserves and thank her for the great times we've had. I will not be saying anything more about our relationship in any setting."
The pair began dating in 2011.
Actress Zoe Kravitz has sparked new romance rumours after she was spotted holding hands with DJ Noah Becker. The X-Men: First Class star was seen taking a stroll with the 20 year old in New York City last week (15May14).
It seems the pair has a lot in common as they are both the offspring of famous parents - Kravitz's father is rocker Lenny Kravitz while Becker is the son of German tennis ace Boris Becker.
Kravitz split from actor Penn Badgley last summer (13) after two years together.
Rocker Ace Frehley has reteamed with Kiss album artist Ken Kelly for his latest release. The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee reached out to Kelly and asked him to create the cover for his upcoming album Space Invader.
Kelly, who created the iconic cover art for two of KISS' bestselling albums, Destroyer and Love Gun, says, "It was very exciting when I was approached with the idea of doing an album cover for Ace."
Kelly also created the iconic artwork for the classic Conan the Barbarian novels.
Frehley tells Rolling Stone, "I've been talking with Ken Kelly since 2007 about painting a CD cover for me and it has finally happened! I couldn't be more excited about the new Space Invader cover and the music behind it is also going to rock your world!"
The album, which features a cover of Steve Miller's The Joker, is scheduled for release in July (14).
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Mission BriefingIt's all comes down to this. Coulson and his team mount up for one last life or death mission to take out Garret and Ward, but as Coulson surely knows by now, nothing ever comes easy. Garrett has recently gotten a serious upgrade by way of GH-235, while Fitz and Simmons are still stranded at the bottom of the ocean. Can the team defeat a superpowered Garrett and save their missing tech team.
Mission FalloutAfter getting injected with GH-235, Garrett is looking particularly limber. The chemical compound has not only healed Garrett and made him stronger than ever, but the drug has also changed his brain chemistry, making Garrett prone to waxing on about "the truth" and scrawling odd diagrams on walls. Ward fears his mentor has become mentally unhinged, but Garrett's new outlook has given him newfound vision.
In Cuba, Coulson and his team have fought off the Cybertek soldiers, and managed to implant Skye's trojan horse into their system, which allows her to break into all of Cybertek's computer systems. The team is able to track down the bus thanks to Fitz/Simmons' tracker, but the two agents aren't answering the communications, and the team fears the worst. The agents mount up for a final strike on Garrett and Cybertek, and track him down to a Cybertek facility in New Mexico. The team breaks into the compound, and Skye reprograms the super-soldiers to lead them right to Garrett. Meanwhile, Fitz and Simmons have devised a plan to escape their underwater prison, but the storage unit only has enough air for one person to survive the ascent to the surface. Fitz sacrifices himself by giving Simmons the last of his air, and The two make it to the surface, and into the waiting hands of Director Nick Fury. Fury reveals that he's been looking for Coulson, and heads to New Mexico.
Back at the Cybertek compound, May faces off against Ward while Coulson confronts Garrett and Deathlok. May is able to subdue Ward after some sexually charged fist-a-cuffs, and Fury (A.k.A Director deus ex machina) shows up just in time to give Coulson a much needed hand. Deathlok is about to incinerate Coulson and Fury, but gets a message in his system from Ace. Skye managed to save Mike's son, freeing him of Garrett's control. Mike changes his sights to Garrett and blasts a hole through his chest before stomping him seemingly out of existence. Mike ensures that his son is in safe hands before escaping, claiming that he needs to redeem himself before seeing his son again. With the day won, Coulson demands answers from Fury about project T.A.H.I.T.I., with the former director saying it was an emergency situation, and that he had to do what was necessary to revive his best agent. Fury gives Coulson a small box which he says will help Coulson rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D. before making Coulson the new Director. Coulson follows coordinates found in Fury's box to a new, underground S.H.I.E.L.D. base run by agent Billy Koenig, an agent that looks exactly like the recently desceased Eric Koenig. They could be twins, but were betting Fury might have dabbled in cloning on his off hours.
Later, Rayna meets with a bloodied man and tells him that she knows where his daughter is before handing him a picture of Skye. Coulson wakes up in the middle of the night and begins scrawling the same cryptic diagrams that Garrett has been writing earlier. A likely side-effect of the GH-235 serum that they both ingested.
Most Valuable Agent AwardThe final award of the season goes to Deathlok for giving Garrett what he had coming to in. Hopefully, this isn't the last time we see Mike Peterson.
Mission Highlights and Other Observations- It's been rough ride, folks, and at times things looked bleak. But over the course of the season, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has settled into a good hour of television. The season finale was a perfect synecdoche of all the things that work, and don't work, on the show. Good action is hampered by clunky dialogue, and ambitious setpieces are blunted by cheap looking sets and drab direction. Hopefully, S.H.I.E.L.D. can work on these things over the summer break and come back swinging in the fall.- While the finale was enjoyable, and did its due diligence in setting up some intriguing mysteries for the fall, we do wish we received a bit more in the way of answers. Yarns that have been stretched and teased throughout the entire season still haven't come close to being answered yet. We've learned precious little about who Skye is, and we still don't know the full details about project T.A.H.I.T.I. Did they forget about the big blue alien?- Ward: "Reminds me of the old days." / May: "You were never on top."- When was the last time anyone saw a tag-team wrestling match with four dead guys?"
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Movie fans don’t always agree with the critics, it’s just a fact of life. However, Rotten Tomatoes has become the place to find out both the audience and critic ratings of any film so viewers can compare and make an informed decision. While critics and fans agree on a lot of films, there are many comedies that reviewers panned even though they were loved by the audience. We’ve put together a list of the 10 most surprisingly rotten comedies because, at least on these occasions, the critics are totally wrong!
Wet Hot American SummerCritics Score: 31%Audience Score: 82%The cult hit that is Wet Hot American Summer remains popular among fans to this day, possibly because its cast included some major comedians like Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Michael Ian Black, and Bradley Cooper.
Ace Ventura: Pet DetectiveCritics Score: 45%Audience Score: 57%Though Jim Carrey’s wacky humor isn’t appreciated by everyone, to some, Ace Ventura is one of the funniest movies they’ve ever seen. If nothing else, it’s certainly unique.
Tommy BoyCritics Score: 44%Audience Score: 91%The comedy starring two Saturday Night Live favorites, Chris Farley and David Spade, is a classic! It’s surprising that Tommy Boy received such a low score, and if you narrow the Rotten Tomatoes score from all critics to just the top critics, the score goes down to 18%.
Billy MadisonCritics Score: 46%Audience Score: 80%It may be debatable which of Adam Sandler’s films is his best, but many fans are sure to name Billy Madison. Even if it’s not the best Sandler comedy, it’s easily top five.
Super TroopersCritics Score: 35%Audience Score: 90%Perhaps its silly humor didn’t appeal to the critics, but it did make Super Troopers a hit among movie viewers.
Bring It OnCritics Score: 64%Audience Score: 66%Rotten Tomatoes failed us all around on this one. Bring it On is one of the funniest movies of the past two decades. “We’re awesome, we’re hot, we’re everything you’re not.” You tell ‘em, girls.
Hot RodCritics Score: 40%Audience Score: 64%As Andy Samberg’s first lead role, Hot Rod was the movie that launched his career — with the help of Saturday Night Live, of course. Cool beans!
National Lampoon’s Van WilderCritics Score: 18%Audience Score: 74%Sure, Van Wilder may be a gross-out comedy, but it also launched Ryan Reynolds’ career. And if you can sit through it without laughing, you are a stronger person than I.
The Hot ChickCritics Score: 21%Audience Score: 60%Rob Schneider adopting the airs and mannerisms of a teenaged girl, plus Rachel McAdams portraying a gross small-time crook? C’mon, it’s one of the best body-switching comedies out there.
Grandma’s BoyCritics Score: 18%Audience Score: 86%Another silly-and-gross comedy that critics weren’t amused by is Grandma’s Boy. However, its raunchy humor was such a hit among fans that the movie’s ratings have the biggest disparity of all the comedies on this list.
Actress Olivia Munn is reportedly overcoming the pain of her split from fellow Hollywood star Joel Kinnaman by dating sportsman Aaron Rodgers. The Newsroom actress announced last month (Apr14) that she had split from the Robocop star after two years together.
Now she is attempting to forget her heartache by heading out on dates with American football ace Rodgers, according to Usmagazine.com.
Sources tell the publication Munn and Rodgers were seen dining out with friends at a restaurant in Malibu, California on Saturday (10May14), where they enjoyed several stolen kisses when they thought no one was looking.
The reported romance comes after they took to the stage together at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas last month (Apr14) to present an award.
Jessica Simpson is reportedly set to wed on America's Independence Day (04Jul14). The singer-turned-fashion mogul will walk down the aisle with sports star fiance Eric Johnson in Santa Barbara, California over the major U.S. holiday weekend, according to editors at Usmagazine.com.
The couple had originally planned to exchange vows in a lavish ceremony in Capri, Italy, but decided to throw a more low-key affair on home soil. Simpson revealed her plans for a 2014 wedding in January (14), saying, "The new year will definitely bring on the wedding bells, which is exciting... I think it's about time."
The pair is parents to daughter Maxwell and son Ace. Simpson was previously married to singer Nick Lachey between 2002 and 2006.