New mums Kristen Bell, Malin Akerman and Jaime King are celebrating after the editors of a top magazine and a popular showbiz blog pledged to stop publishing paparazzi photos of celebrities' children. The Veronica Mars actress and her husband Dax Shepard have been spearheading a new campaign calling for a boycott of tabloids which feature unapproved pictures of stars and their kids, in a bid to protect the youngsters from aggressive snappers.
The couple took its fight to U.S. TV on Monday (24Feb14), when Bell admitted she had become a savage "mama bear" since giving birth to daughter Lincoln last year (13), and her fighting talk has already won her support from People magazine and JustJared.com.
On Tuesday (25Feb14), People's editorial director Jess Cagle published an open letter online, claiming he had already taken a stand against using paparazzi photos of stars' kids since taking on the role in January (14), and JustJared.com founder Jared Eng followed shortly afterwards by announcing his own #NoKidsPolicy rule, promising not to share unapproved snaps or videos of celebrities' kids who are not public figures themselves.
The news prompted Bell to publicly thank the pair via her Twitter.com page, writing, "i'll be proud do my next interview w/ (with) @peoplemag & I'm planning something special around #veronicamarsmovie w/ (with) @justjared ! #nokidspolicy".
The Watchmen star Akerman also tweeted her approval for Eng, adding, "Im so excited that @justjared is the FIRST BLOG to apply a #Nokidspolicy! His site is a great place for Ent (entertainment) news, now w/ (with) NO MORE pedorazzi (sic)!", while King tweets, "SO PROUD of @JaredEng #BRAVE #OURKIDSTHANKU (sic)".
Jenna Dewan Tatum, who is mother to nine-month-old baby girl Everly, and actresses Ashley Tisdale and Jessica Szohr have also tweeted their support for the move.
The paparazzi boycott picked up speed last year (13) after Hollywood mums Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner joined forces to fight for new legislation to protect the kids of stars. Their successful campaign led to new laws that restrict what photographers can do around children and how close they can get.
Actor Daniel Radcliffe has no problems with fans buying tickets for his latest movie Kill Your Darlings just to see him in a gay sex scene - because it all helps boost the film. The Harry Potter star can understand why talk of his provocative new movie about Allen Ginsberg and the cult U.S. writers of the Beat Generation is focused on a short sex scene, and he won't fault any movie buff who pays the admission price just to see him naked.
He tells SiriusXM radio presenter Jess Cagle, "It's an easy headline. There's nothing more to it than that... But if that gets people to buy a ticket and they end up seeing a one-and-a-half-hour drama about the Beat Generation then I'm happy with that. They're still gonna have to pay...! They have to get through a lot of the movie before they get to that.
"There's a murder, there's a gay kissing scene that's a little warm-up to that.
But Radcliffe is surprised his gay sex scene in the film is hitting more headlines than his naked horseplay in the play Equus did, adding, "I do feel like going back to all those people, and being like, 'Why weren't you more shocked about the sort of sexual religious worship of a horse that my character has in that?'"
And he's confident his film fans won't be upset with his gay scenes in Kill Your Darlings after he famously disrobed onstage: "If they stuck with me through Equus, they're not gonna find a problem with this. And if they are, they're a really weird type of bigot. If they're like, 'No, a horse is fine, but gay people I can't stand.'"
We all know that when famous sprite Daniel Radcliffe should have been going through his growth spurt he was too busy earing $17 quintrillion to bother with, you know, growing up. Unlike Peter Pan, he's matured but – how can we put this politely – he's short. There was evidence of this everywhere last night at the Oscars, where he seemed to be the smallest person in teensy tiny Hollywood.
He was shorter than notorious dwarf Ryan Seacrest.
He was shorter than diminutive Entertainment Weekly editor Jess Cagle.
He was shorter than both average Seth MacFarlane and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (aka, the threeway of my dreams).
Even though she was wearing heels, Les Misérables' (soon-to-be-forgotten) ingenue Samantha Barks towered over him at the Vanity Fair Oscar party.
So, is there anyone who is actually shorter than the boy who lived (but didn't grow)? There isn't any photographic evidence of it from last night, but we have some contenders from the Oscars.
Both Kristin Chenoweth and Bradley Cooper's mom.
And, of course, Ted.
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Actor-turned-filmmaker Ben Affleck has been crowned the Entertainer of the Year by bosses at U.S. publication Entertainment Weekly.
The experts selected the father of three for his stand-out performance as an actor in and director of Argo, which chronicles the real-life mission to smuggle six American hostages out of Iran in 1980.
The movie, which was released in October (12), received rave reviews and has become a favourite to land the Best Picture gold at the 2013 Academy Awards - and Affleck's winning streak has already begun.
Entertainment Weekly editor Jess Cagle says, "He's directed a couple of movies before but he really reached the pinnacle of his career this year; he's going to be right up there as best director with Steven Spielberg and lots of great directors.
"George Clooney wrote the piece on him in the magazine and really talked about how he's become this great, world-class director, and the great thing is we watched him grow up and he has never let failure or success keep him down. He's just a great example of how to live and work."
Clooney actually produced Argo after suggesting Affleck should take on the lead role and direct the film.
Last year's Entertainer of the Year was Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe.
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Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and their kids have been named People magazine's first ever World's Most Beautiful Family in the new issue of the publication.
The family, photographed playing in the Namibian desert in Africa, was an easy insert into the magazine's annual 100 Most Beautiful special because of the humanity they display.
Jolie also appears on the cover of the new issue.
People editor-at-large Jess Cagle says, "They have really made charity work cool."
Pitt and Jolie aren't the only couple on the new People list--Halle Berry and her model man Gabriel Aubry are also featured.
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