Kelly Clarkson has brushed off harsh comments from a British columnist who called the pop star a "chunky monkey" after a recent appearance on U.K. TV.
The Since U Been Gone hitmaker paid a visit to The Graham Norton Show on Friday (27Feb15), and after seeing the singer on screen, controversial writer Katie Hopkins took to Twitter.com to criticize Clarkson's fuller figure.
Hopkins wrote, "Jesus, what happened to Kelly Clarkson? Did she eat all of her backing singers? Happily I have wide-screen."
When her followers pointed out that Clarkson gave birth to a daughter eight months ago, the British columnist added, "Look chubsters, Kelly Clarkson had a baby a year ago. That is no longer baby weight. That is carrot cake weight. Get over yourselves... She is now a chunky monkey... You're supporting Kelly Clarkson because everybody likes to have a fat friend, because the great thing about a fat friend is that it makes you feel slimmer. Every fat child has a fat parent and, that to me is why Kelly Clarkson is an important example, and she needs to allow her daughter to grow up knowing it's not great to be fat, it's much better to be healthier."
Clarkson was asked about Hopkins' comments in an interview with Britain's Heat magazine, and the singer insisted she does not let nasty remarks upset her, saying, "She doesn't know me. I'm awesome! It doesn't bother me. It's a free world. Say what you will. I've just never cared what people think. It's more if I'm happy and I'm confident and feeling good, that's always been my thing. And more so now, since having a family - I don't seek out any other acceptance."
This isn't the first time Hopkins has taken aim at an overweight celebrity - she previously singled out fellow Brit Lily Allen, calling her "hideous" after piling on pounds and suggesting she is only famous because of her father, British actor and comedian Keith Allen.
Madonna has dismissed ongoing reports suggesting she has converted to Judaism, insisting she has connections to all religions. The pop superstar grew up Catholic, but she has been a devout follower of ancient Kabbalah studies for much of her career, prompting many to believe she's a practising Jew. But she insists that's not the case.
In a new Rolling Stone expose, the Like a Virgin singer says, "I don't affiliate myself with any specific group. I connect to different ritual aspects of different belief systems, and I see the connecting thread between all religious beliefs. I have not converted to Judaism.
"I've studied Kabbalah... for many years, so there are a lot of things I do that one would associate with practising Judaism. I hear the Torah (Jewish written law) every Saturday. I observe Shabbat (Jewish day of rest). I say certain prayers. My son was bar mitzvahed (sic). So this appears like I'm Jewish, but these rituals are connected to what I describe as the Tree of Life consciousness and have more to do with the idea of being an Israelite, not Jewish.
"The tribes of Israel existed before the religion of Judaism existed, so you have to do your history... Am I Jewish? I mean, some people would say, 'Well, you do a lot of things that Jews do', but I would say I do a lot of things that people did before Judaism existed... I believe what I practice has to do with something deeper than religion, that embodies all religions."
Stars including Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep and George Clooney took the stage on Monday night (02Mar15) to help raise funds for Paul Newman's kids' camp organisation. Some of Hollywood's biggest stars gathered at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in New York City to support the late acting icon's SeriousFun charity, the summer camp he founded with wife Joanne Woodward for children with special needs.
Streep kicked off the event by paying tribute to Newman, who would have celebrated his 90th birthday in January (15), praising his work and dedication to helping children in need.
She said, "He used his resources to ensure that kids with serious illnesses would not be reduced to being their diagnoses. He wanted all kids to remain kids for as long as possible, for as long as he did. So on the occasion of his 90th birthday, we celebrate not how old Paul would have been, but how young he will stay, always, because the respect he had for the integrity of childhood captured on the faces and in the hearts of kids around the world at SeriousFun camps."
Newman's Road to Perdition co-star Hanks grew emotional as he told the story of 11-year-old camper Sammi Blasnett, who suffers from rare genetic disorder Kabuki syndrome, and how the SeriousFun camp has empowered the youngster to believe in herself.
Clooney also took the stage to talk about his idol Newman, noting the late actor is "The best version of us. And by us, I don’t mean actors or any celebrities, I mean humans... Paul, the world is better because of you. We owe a debt that is too great to ever be repaid."
Newlywed Clooney also provided some laughs by getting his statistics mixed up and stating that the camps have served more than 518,000 children and families from more than 500 countries, rather than 50 countries.
He quipped, "That would be too many. There aren't that many. My wife's the smart one!", referencing his human rights lawyer wife Amal.
Meanwhile, Danny DeVito was joined by a group of campers to sing Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head, the theme song to Newman's Western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and musicians including Carole King, Renee Fleming, Natalie Cole and Aloe Blacc also took the stage to perform.
Taylor Swift has been left stunned after seeing footage of a young mom attempting to silence her crying baby using her music.
The harassed mom posted the clip of her wailing newborn on YouTube.com and Swift, like thousands of others, could not believe it when the tot stopped crying when Swift's song Blank Space was turned up. At one point, the mom stops the music and when her daughter starts crying again, she turns it back up, prompting the baby to stop and listen.
Swift loved the video and shared it on her Twitter.com page on Monday (02Mar15), along with the message, "THIS IS THE BEST THING I HAVE EVER SEEN."
John Legend risked the wrath of authorities in Bahrain by calling for change during his controversial gig in the country on Monday (02Mar15). The All of Me hitmaker performed to a sold-out crowd of around 2,000 on Monday night (02Mar15) as part of the Spring of Culture festival in Arad Fort.
Legend previously came under fire from campaigners who insisted the star should boycott the government-backed event over alleged human rights abuses in the Middle Eastern nation, but he refused to cancel the show.
During the concert, the singer performed Oscar-winning track Glory from civil rights movie Selma, and he compared the current struggle in Bahrain to the fight for rights in the U.S. led by Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 1950s and 1960s.
He told the audience, "When you look at me, you may see the international superstar John Legend, but I am also the descendant of slaves... But we fought for change.
"I wrote this song (Glory) for a film called Selma that... depicts the epic struggle for civil rights, justice and equality led by Dr. Martin Luther King 50 years ago... We believe that change is possible because we have seen it happen before... A just society is one built not on fear or repression or vengeance or exclusion, but one built on love... We continue to fight in America to move toward this just society and we pray the same for the people of Bahrain. And for those who stand for justice, accountability, freedom of expression, freedom of peaceful assembly, freedom to organise without fear of retribution, please know that I stand with you.
"The struggle may not be easy. Some have already paid the ultimate sacrifice to make this vision a reality. But I believe there is a brighter future ahead. And, one day when the glory comes, it will be ours."
While no incidents were reported at Legend's concert, there was a heavy police presence at the event and anti-riot vehicles were posted at the entrance to the open-air venue.
Jennifer Garner will always be indebted to Halle Berry for standing up for celebrity mums against paparazzi pests. Garner joined the Oscar winner in her fight to get new California harassment bill SB606 passed, convincing lawmakers that mums and their children were at risk from aggressive photographers, particularly those who prey on celebrities and their kids outside schools.
And now the former Alias star can't believe what a difference the new legislation has made to her life.
Garner tells WENN, "I don't have paparazzi outside my gate. I don't mind being in the public eye. I feel very comfortable. I love people. I love life and I take full advantage of all this wonderful and weird life this brings me and I'm comfortable with the negatives whatever they may be. One thing that went too far and was so untenable and was so out of control that if any of you would've seen it with your own eyes you would've said, 'This is ridiculous', was the hunting of my children!
"That has changed and I one hundred per cent owe that to Halle Berry; it makes me want to cry just thinking about it.
"And also Kristen Bell getting the magazines to stop printing pictures of children. I can't overstate what a huge thing it is in our lives. And that was the negative, so now it's pretty great."
Some of the greatest and most memorable movie quotes of all time were completely unplanned. Don't believe us? Take a look at 20 of our favorites below and see for yourself:
1. Annie Hall
Woody Allen's famous sneeze as his character, Alvy Singer, picks up a box of cocaine at a party, and after finding out that it's $2,000 an ounce, he asks what the appeal is...before sneezing all of the powder away into its owner's face. The sneeze was not scripted, believe it or not. The moment tested well with audiences and the other actors in the scene reacted so perfectly to it that Allen decided to keep it.
Perhaps one of the film's most memorable lines, Leonardo DiCaprio's feeling of invincibility would never have been captured had he not ad-libbed the line, "I'm king of the world!" Titanic has other improvised moments as well, like the scene where Jack teaches Rose to spit and when Rose spits in Cal's face.
3. Being John Malkovich
Though this moment is contested somewhat, we still love the story. A few extras allegedly snuck some beer onto the set to make the most of long hours of filming. One such extra, who was (may or may not have been) supposed to throw something at actor John Malkovich's head from a passing vehicle, shouted "think fast," making the scene even funnier. Rumor has it that because of the line's inclusion, the extra had to receive a generous pay raise, all because of a drunken addition to the movie.
4. Blade Runner
As Blade Runner, a film about a bounty hunter seeking androids to "retire," reaches its conclusion, its main character, Rick Deckard, is saved by the android he is supposed to kill. Right before preparing to die, the android, Roy Batty, gives a monologue reflecting on his past experiences. Though the monologue was indeed scripted, actor Rutger Hauer added the beautiful phrase, "like tears in rain."
5. Taxi Driver
The script said "Travis talks to himself in the mirror." Robert De Niro took care of the rest. Because of this, we're left with one of the best lines in movie history, one of the greatest performances of all time, and the best idea for a theme party ever.
6. Dumb and Dumber
The original script featured the titular idiots to argue over jelly beans in order to test the nerves of the hitman they unknowingly picked up as a hitchhiker. Since this is a movie with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, it evolved into something altogether different. The most annoying sound in the world was, for better or for worse, entirely improvised.
7. Good Will Hunting
Robin Williams received his first and only Oscar for his dramatic role in Good Will Hunting. You may be able to take Robin Williams out of the comedy, but you can't keep the comedy out of him, and thus, in the midst of a pivotal scene in the movie, Williams broke into an unplanned story about his wife's flatulence. Matt Damon's uncontrollable laughter is genuine, as are the moments the camera shakes because of the cameraman's laughter. That's a magical movie moment.
The most memorable moment of Martin Scorsese's 1990 mobster movie is easily Joe Pesci's refusal to be called funny. This line was allegedly ad-libbed and inspired by a real incident where Pesci called a not-very-pleasant gangster funny.
9. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
Hardcore Star Wars fans may know this bit already: the famous Han Solo moment where he tells Princess Leia "I know" wasn't scripted. The line was originally written as "I love you too," but didn't seem to fit into character. Harrison Ford suggested they change it to something a little more in line with Han Solo's personality, and thus, the greatest response to "I love you" was born.
10. Pretty Woman
In a gloriously unscripted moment, Richard Gere's character was supposed to present Julia Roberts with a stunning diamond necklace, but instead playfully snapped the bling box closed. The unplanned move, and Roberts' perfect reaction to it, was so honest and fit the film so well, director Garry Marshall kept it in the finished version.
11. Raiders of the Lost Ark
The epic sword fight that was scheduled for this scene (or perhaps it was a whip vs. sword situation) was ignored entirely in favor of this easier-to-film scene. The moment, when Indiana Jones just nonchalantly pulls out his pistol and does away with the swordsman, wasn't scripted. Spielberg agreed to do it to make filming easier for Harrison Ford, who was feeling a bit under the weather at the time. Thus, movie history was born.
After David Duchovny's character explains to Ben Stiller's Derek Zoolander why male models have been behind every political assassination of the last 200 years, Stiller forgot the line he was supposed to stay in true Zoolander fashion, so he just repeated his previous line, "Why male models?" This prompted Duchovny's equally funny ad-lib, "Are you serious? I just told you that a moment ago..."
13. The Godfather
The Godfather has a scene where Peter Clemenza is heading out to whack Paulie, but before he does, his wife asks him to pick up some cannolis. While the scene following Paulie's death was originally scripted as just "Leave the gun," Clemenza added a bit of humor and continuity to the film by adding the second part.
14. The Shining
Stanley Kubrick's iconic adaptation of the Stephen King classic features the ad-libbed line "Here's Johnny!" Jack Nicholson improvised this line after chopping his way through the door and sticking his face in. The quote, referencing Johnny Carson's immensely popular late night show's introduction, added a bit of humor to an incredibly terrifying moment. It also, strangely, made the moment way creepier too.
Really, though, there was nothing else to be said. After seeing the shark for the first time, this unscripted moment was the only logical reaction a person could have. And now it's legendary.
16. The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up
The extremely memorable, easy-to-imitate moments from both of these films were ad-libbed entirely by stars Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd. Director Judd Apatow had enough faith in both comedians to allow them to go on for several minutes in an unedited clip. The scenes may get a little annoying, but they are undeniably funny.
17. Midnight Cowboy
Legend has it that this NYC cab ignored the indications that a movie was shooting on this street and drove down anyway. Dustin Hoffman's brilliant reaction was genuine and in character, and the rest is history.
Arguably the most iconic line in the entire film, this one was ad-libbed by Humphrey Bogart during filming. Apparently, it's something he would say to Ingrid Bergman while teaching her poker between takes.
19. The Silence of the Lambs
While the line about eating a census taker's liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti may have been in the script (as well as the book), the terrifying slurping hiss Anthony Hopkins lets out next was certainly not. It was left in the film because, hello, it's totally the creepiest thing a cannibal could do after discussing a meal.
Bill Murray, as surely everyone knows, can do literally anything. He's the greatest. Clearly director Harold Ramis knew that too -- the script for Caddyshack featured a scene where Murray's character Carl emulates a kid announcing his fantasy sports moment. Murray simply asked for four rows of mums, and boom! Movie magic.
Actress-turned-TV commentator Stacey Dash will be opening up about the backlash she has received as an outspoken conservative in an upcoming memoir. The Clueless star has inked a deal with Regnery Publishing to release There Goes My Social Life, which is scheduled for release this summer (15).
Dash came under fire in 2012 after making negative remarks about Democratic U.S. President Barack Obama on Twitter,com, while endorsing Republican rival Mitt Romney's run for office in the White House.
Hollywood's liberals were stunned by her statements, and Dash is expected to detail the "swift and brutal backlash" from her peers in the book.
Last year (14), Dash was recruited as a contributor for America's Fox News network, which is known for its more conservative views, and she hit the headlines earlier this week (beg23Feb15) when she criticised fellow actress Patricia Arquette's Oscars acceptance speech, during which the Boyhood star called for all minority groups to stand firm with women over the equal wage debate.
Appearing on U.S. TV show Fox & Friends, the Clueless star said, "I was appalled. I couldn't believe it. First of all, Patricia Arquette needs to do her history. In 1963, (President) Kennedy passed an equal pay law. It's still in effect. I didn't get the memo that I didn't have any rights."
R&B star Ciara has blamed promoters behind her troubled tour of New Zealand for selling VIP meet-and-greet packages without her knowledge or consent after coming under fire for skipping the fan sessions. Fans in Christchurch were left disgruntled and disappointed when the Goodies hitmaker performed there last week (ends20Feb15) and walked offstage at the University of Canterbury after a 10-minute set.
Ciara was also accused of snubbing devotees who had paid to spend time with the singer at the show Christchurch and another gig in Wellington, but, addressing the allegations, she insists she had not agreed to the meetings in the first place.
The star claims she honoured the commitments once she learned promoters had organised them behind her back, and she has since demanded they provide refunds for fans who missed out on meeting her.
Ciara shared a collage of photos with fans during one of the latest meet and greet sessions on Instagram.com on Tuesday (24Feb15) and explained her position in the accompanying caption.
The post reads: "I Am Truly Blessed With Some Of The Best Fans! It Is Is Truly Your Love And Support That Keeps Me Going!!
"This Second Leg Of Shows Are Done By Different People Than The Ones In New Zealand... That Being Said, I Have Talked With Them About Getting You Guys Compensated For Any VIP Meet and Greet You've Paid (for)!! I Don't Believe In That!!
"Furthermore, Once I Discovered These Meet And Greets Truly Existed, I Am Doing Them, However The Promoters Must Compensate You In Some Way!! I Don't Support That And They Know This. Promoters Please Don't Let Me Down! It's Your Word!! MyFansMeanEverythingToMe (sic)!"
Meanwhile, a show set to take place in Auckland on 3 March (15) has also been scrapped amid a dispute over contracts between Ciara's U.S. booking agent, a New Zealand promoter and another agency, according to the New Zealand Herald.
Not Another Teen Movie came out 14 years ago but it's still extremely relevant - and hilarious - to this day. High school movies are so played out.
1. This magical 10 Things I Hate About You reference will never get old:
"Sing a song with her name in it."
2. This very meta Pretty In Pink moment:
3. No 80's teen movie was safe:
4. This movie perfected the arrogant, star jock:
5. And the unique girl who didn't "fit" into any high school clique:
6. It really calls out what it means to be popular:
7. It had very appropriate teenage reading materials:
8. This was Chris Evans greatest acting achievement to date:
9. Or maybe it was this one:
10. It had the tortured artist mourning the loss of a parent:
11. And cheerleaders who definitely did not steal this routine:
12. They were the cheerleaders that knew how to bring "it":
13. Jake's dad had the perfect way to cheer him up:
14. It made fun of how people actually use slang words:
15. This movie even had the "token" black guy:
16. This punch sequence is now infamous:
17. It nailed every movie makeover ever:
18. It perfectly got how we all feel about teen movies:
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