Rocker Ringo Starr is planning to make Los Angeles his permanent home once he sells off his base in his native Britain. The former Beatles drummer reveals he is offloading his 200-acre estate in Surrey, England so he and his wife Barbara Bach can make full use of their Beverly Hills mansion and embrace the clean-living Los Angeles lifestyle.
He tells Britain's Mail on Sunday newspaper, "We're selling our house in Surrey and moving to L.A. We've had it for 15 years but we don't spend enough time there, and L.A is the right place for us to be now.
"It's not that sad, because it's time for a change... and the weather is better over there. I'm really into the healthy lifestyle that they have out in L.A."
Starr bought the Surrey property in 1999. He also owns an apartment in London.
"Look at the ancient Greek and Roman villas, and there on the living room wall is a huge picture of two men having sex. So, we are slipping into the Roman attitude. The whole thing of porn. I hate porn and I find it disgusting. But on the other hand, maybe the desensitising of us all to that sort of thing is healthy?" Dame Helen Mirren is glad attitudes towards sex are changing.
Actress Chloe Grace Moretz and America's First Lady Michelle Obama have teamed up to star in a spoof of dystopian film Divergent to promote healthy eating. The Carrie star is featured as the lead role in a trailer for a fake film titled Snackpocalypse for comedy website Funny or Die.
Similar to the blockbuster action film starring Shailene Woodley, Moretz is a student unlike the others at her high school as she chooses to snack on fruits and vegetables instead of junk food.
Teen Wolf hunk Tyler Posey also joins Moretz as they survive on healthy eating while they watch the other students turn into zombies eating unhealthy food.
Obama, who is an advocate for exercise and healthy living, makes an appearance at the end, sitting on a couch with a couple of friends and eating a carrot.
She quips, "Don't you hate when trailers give away the whole movie? Can we just watch Frozen again?"
The First Lady follows in the footsteps of her husband U.S. President Barack Obama, who starred in a popular Funny or Die sketch with Zach Galifianakis earlier this year (14) for his series Between Two Ferns.
The video promoting the politician's health care initiative went viral, and even nabbed an Emmy Award last month (Aug14) for the Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program.
Today, August 29th, 2014 marks the 21st birthday of Liam Payne. Daddy Direction can legally drink in America! An important thing for us grown-up Directioners. To celebrate the day, we’ve got 21 fun-facts about Liam. Not that boring stuff, like his zodiac sign (Virgo) or his middle name (James, just like his band-mate Niall Horan).
1. He is afraid of spoons. It’s not that weird, it’s kind of cute.
2. Of the band, he’s the only one who comes to work with his hair done. The other band members show up with their hair all over the place, but he won’t leave his house without doing his hair.
3. If he wasn’t a singer, he would make a fabulous journalist:
He might have been drunk, but he actually asked all the questions a fan wanted to know after watching the Brit Awards.
4. His favorite film is the Toy Story trilogy.
5. Liam once told TOTP that he had the best dance moves and he was, “The king of the dance floor!” With his signature 1-2-3 flick. Recognize those moves anywhere?
6. Liam’s dream job, aside from the one he is currently living as a pop-star, is a fire fighter.
7. He once had his underwear stolen (and then later worn) by a fan.
8. If Liam could invent an ice cream flavor, it would be “Krispy Kreme Donut.”
9. He once confessed to owning a pair of pink hair straighteners. We can see the evidence of that here.
10. He has said that Justin Timberlake is one of his biggest inspirations. He also sang “Cry Me A River,” at his 2010 X Factor audition. Good thing too, since look where that got him!
11. Once, he was asked what food he would be, he responded: “I’d be 7 bananas because it’s too much potassium and that’s dangerous.” Gotta love a bad boy.
12. His favorite color is still purple (had to include this because it’s adorable).
13. Liam once had no idea what YOLO and DTF stood for, so he guessed “Yummy Oreos Love Origami” and “Dedicated To Fans.” Better abbreviations, in my honest opinion.
14. Liam wishes he’d written the song “99 Problems,” by Jay Z. We wonder why?
15. All of his band-mates have said he’s got the best abs in the group. We cannot deny this.
16. Liam has a man-crush on Twilight star Taylor Lautner.
17. He has two pet turtles named Boris and Archimedes. He also has an adorable little husky named Loki (with his ex-girlfriend Danielle Peazer).
liam w/ loki is the cutest thing ever #liampayne pic.twitter.com/QM04PgaUru
— Hana (@hana1999hana) August 26, 2014
18. One time Liam was left behind and when the tour bus took off, he started running after it while waving his arms. The rest of the band mistook him for a fan at first.
19. Until he was 19-years-old, Liam suffered from kidney problems (1 scarred and dysfunctional kidney) that kept him from drinking and he had to lead a very careful life. Luckily, he’s all healthy now and can legally drink with his American fans!
20. The one person guaranteed to make him laugh is band-made, Louis Tomlinson! “Even if I’m in a situation where I’m mad at him, the person that can make me smile is Louis. Whatever happens he’ll make me laugh about something.”
21. One of Liam’s tattoos (the feather and lyrics) is dedicated to his Nan.
Happy Birthday Liam! We hope you have an awesome day and get to relax a little, if that's possible to do in the middle of a world tour.
Which is your favorite Liam fact? Tweet us yours along with the hashtag #Happy21stBirthdayLiam!
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A representative for actress Amanda Bynes has spoken out to reassure fans following the actress' stint in a rehabilitation clinic for psychiatric issues last year (13), insisting the star is not schizophrenic. The former child star sparked fears for her health with a series of bizarre incidents and was eventually hospitalised in July (13) on a mental health evaluation hold after starting a fire on the driveway of a neighbour's house in California.
She was released in December (13) and has refused to speak publicly about her illness, but a spokesman for the Hairspray star has now spoken out to end speculation about her condition.
Lawyer Tamar Arminak tells People.com, "There has been much speculation about Amanda's medical condition. She has remained silent because she believed it was best to keep her mental health diagnosis private.
"However, she asked me to dispel certain rumours. For the record, Amanda does not have schizophrenia, nor has she ever been diagnosed with it.
"Amanda currently is on zero medication. She's devoted to living her life as healthy as possible. She's never had a history of abusing alcohol or hard drugs, and she's proud to say she's been marijuana-free for the past nine months."
Since her release, Bynes has enrolled as a student at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise in California, and Arminak adds, "Amanda is very happy studying fashion and she hopes to one day design her own line."
Troubled actress Amanda Bynes returned to the public eye on Friday (21Mar14) to attend a fashion show in Santa Monica, California, marking her first public appearance since her 2013 meltdown and rehab stay. The former child star was hospitalised last August (13) on an involuntary psychiatric hold following months of bizarre behaviour, and she completed a stay in rehab in December (13).
She is now living with her parents in California and studying at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Orange County, and Bynes proved she has bounced back by attending the college's fashion show.
Bynes detailed her outing in a series of posts on her Twitter.com page, sharing snaps of herself looking happy and healthy, and posing with her parents at the event.
She returned to Twitter.com at the beginning of this month (Mar14) to address her fans after months of silence.
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Shailene Woodley is right on the precipice of becoming Hollywood's new it girl. Although her name is relatively new to this level of stardom, Woodley didn't come out of nowhere. The actress has been handing in impressive work here and there for years, and some of her back catalogue deserves a second look. Now, Woodley is set to appear in the upcoming YA blockbuster Divergent, in which she plays a teenager living in a dystopian future Chicago that separates its citizens into different factions. Before watching Woodley as Tris Prior in Divergent, Check out some of her other notable work.
The Secret Life of the American Teenager
What's It About? In the ABC Family soap, Woodley plays Amy Jurgens, a freshman at high school who becomes pregnant after a one-night stand at band camp. Cue the drama.
How's Shailene? This is Woodley's first starring role on television. Compared to her other films, this teen soap is some pretty inconsequential stuff. But the actress' talent does shine through the soapy mess when she's onscreen. If you really have a hankering for some Woodley before Divergent, there are six whole seasons of baby mama drama to watch.
What's It About? In Hawaii, attorney Matt King (George Clooney) struggles to cope with his wife's coma and infidelity while playing dutiful father to his ruffled daughters. In the film, Woodley plays Alex, a bawdy teen who is slowly unraveling after her mother's accident.
How's Shailene? In Woodley's breakout film role, she portrays Alex as a rebellious and conflicted teen who's not equipped to deal with the tragedy at hand. She's forced to hide her mother's affair from her dad, and Woodley confidently navigates a tricky performance that asks her to convey conflicting emotions, especially when dealing with the subject of her dying mom. It's a great performance that really puts Woodley on Hollywood's radar.
The Spectacular Now
What's It About? Sutter Keely (Miles Teller) is a charismatic high school senior who keeps his doubts about the future at bay with a healthy amount of alcohol, and has no interest in his building a life for himself outside of the four walls of his high school; that is, until he meets Aimee, played by Woodley.How's Shailene? Shailene's Aimee is a geeky every girl. She's the shadow in the back of the class who Sutter never really notices until he finds himself passed out on a neighbor's lawn. In what many consider to be Woodley's finest performance to date, she's plays Aimee as a shy and vulnerable yet eclectic and intelligent young woman who could thrive if given the chance. Woodley gives her character such depth in the role, and she could apply those acting chops to Tris, another character that juggles many distinct character traits.
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The best friends on Grey's Anatomy have become fierce enemies. Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and Dr. Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) used to be the type of buddies who laughed often, confessed secrets, and hugged when the rigors of life and practicing medicine got difficult. Now, their friendship is strained, they have philosophical differences, and they have trouble being in the same room together. Luckily, we have the luxury of maintaining alliances with both parties in this battle. But if you had to pick a side...
Strengths: Compassionate, eager, married to a neurosurgeon god (Dr. Derek Shepherd played by Patrick Dempsey). Grey is the type of doctor you want to hear bad news from. She has a great bedside manner thanks to caring for two young children. Yes, she has fallen behind other doctors in the operating room, but she wants to make up for it by researching organ replacements using a 3D printer.
Weaknesses: Sub-expert surgery skills, jealousy, living in the shadow of her husband. Grey knows what she's doing when the surgery gloves go on, but she's not great. This feud with Yang has made her delusional — Grey is not on par with her in the OR. And unless she cures cancer or the common cold, she will never equal the celebrity of Shepherd.
Strengths: Emerging cardio surgeon superstar, success is her top priority, admiration. If a major surgery is needed, Yang is the one to call. She will exhaust all resources to make her patient healthy. The other docs around the hospital know she's quickly become the ace of the staff.
Weaknesses: Coldhearted, lack of social life, elitist. Surgery and success are all Yang knows. Sacrificing relationships and real friendships could be her downfall. She isn't the most caring doctor. Unfortunately, Yang knows she's better than most of her colleagues. Hubris is never a good trait for the mighty.
So who's it going to be? Team Grey or Team Yang? Vote below!
It was just over a year ago when How I Met Your Mother pulled what I consider its most offensive move to date: the Barney-Patrice gambit that ultimately hooked Robin into realizing her feelings for the duplicitous suitor. It was in this experiment, one that advertised the impossibility of a fit central character drumming up feelings for a full bodied woman, that the CBS sitcom showed off a peak in immaturity — a long-gestating immaturity that had taken form in the hearts of Barney, Robin, and, most of all, our hero Ted.
Ted's vantage point has always celebrated a very specific idea of romantic love. The kind that you'd find in a decade-long Meg Ryan movie. In universe, Ted has endured some treacherous punishment for his pursuit of this singular manifestation of love — not even in pursuit of a return of that love, but of the love itself. Ted needs to love the way he understands love to take form. The restrictive, illogical, selfish, immature way that he (and, let's be honest, we) defines this all-consuming phenomenon. And although it's more enchanting to view love this way, it isn't fair.
It isn't fair to the people we love — to Robin, in Ted's case — or to the people doing the loving. To dismiss your feelings is deemed cynical by films and television shows like How I Met Your Mother. To get over someone after years of desperate, agonizing passion would render these years illegitimate. There is only one kind of love, the show has affirmed, and it doesn't change.
A third party to whom this mentality isn't fair: everyone else. Everyone who hasn't been loved like this, or who hasn't felt this specific kind of love. Anyone who didn't meet his or her soul mate on the first day of college (Marshall and Lily), who wasn't saved from a lifetime of destructive behavior by the only person "as messed up" as him (Barney), or who didn't spend nine years stealing blue French horns, setting up elaborate Christmas decorations, retrieving lockets, and destroying himself over the one (Ted). To everyone who hasn't experienced this kind of love and who has been made to feel like he or she is not experiencing real life because of it, this whole maxim isn't fair. And it's more or less a lie, too.
But for 199 straight episodes, How I Met Your Mother seemed bent on upholding the idea of love that it inherited from everything in between Casablanca and When Harry Met Sally, laying waste to the toxicity it instills in the lover and the lovee, a party reduced to an idealized end-goal who is robbed of her own industries, passions, and feelings of organic love as they are devalued as little more than roadblocks in this sprawling romantic quest (Robin). In universe, Ted was punished for his journeys, but we all knew that How I Met Your Mother was rewarding him for his "uniquely pure heart" by repeatedly crowning him a tragic hero. And to all those who've endured Ted's path before, the tragic hero title is a nice compensation prize, ain't it? Just enough to keep you going, to keep you adhered to the journey.
And then came the big 2-0-0, last week's episode, when we were treated to the backstory of the still nameless Mother. The episode, titled "How Your Mother Met Me," gave us the first big surprise of the season: Ted would not be her first love. Years before taking up with Mr. Mosby, The Mother was deeply and devotedly involved with another, Max, whose untimely death was the only cause for their relationship's end. No, he wasn't proven to be "not quite the one" (although a subsequent pre-Ted beau would). This Max, for all we know, would have made The Mother the happiest woman on Earth. But we were surprised to hear our old, traditionally immature friend How I Met Your Mother assure us that this doesn't mean Ted can't do the same. For the first time in its nine year span, the show admitted that there might not only be one kind of love.
A week later and our surprise is doubled. We find Ted on Central Park's Bow Bridge (the most romantic place in New York City, you know), begging his nutty ex Jeanette (Abby Elliott) to return the locket that he has been dying — really, killing himself! Contacting old girlfriends like Stella and Victoria and flying across country just to figure out where he stored the thing — to retrieve as Robin's wedding gift. In a rare moment of earnestness, the kooky Jeanette challenges Ted's judgment, insisting that he needs to get over Robin and that he's better off without the locket. But Ted disagrees. He can't stomach the idea of getting over Robin, as it would mean that his years of devotion to her meant nothing. And, as said love is what he used to define himself altogether, it would mean that he meant nothing. And for the first time, after so many romantic diatribes in which Ted has spelled out his aching, ceaseless, unwavering obsession with his own love, we see How I Met Your Mother take a different stance.
"I'm in love with her. If you're looking for the word that means caring about someone beyond all rationality and wanting them to have everything they want no matter how much it destroys you, it's love," Ted cries. "And when you love someone, you don't stop. Ever. Even when people roll their eyes or call you crazy. Even then. Especially then. You just — you don't give up. Because if I could give up, if I could just take the who world's advice and move on and find someone else, THAT WOULDN'T BE LOVE. That would be some other disposable thing that is not worth fighting for." And then, Ted manages one desperate, "That is not what this is," almost too worn out to convince Abby or himself.
For the first time, the show seems to understand that this isn't right. That this isn't how someone should feel about love. That it shouldn't be something that destroys you, or that you adhere to obsessively in an effort to become what you wish you were. And that if this is the sort of "love" you are experiencing, then you might be better off tossing your locket into The Ramble and Lake... which, of course, is what Jeanette does next. An act of malice on her part, but one that sets him free.
And so, we flash forward to the wedding weekend, with Ted sitting beside Robin on the beach as the sun comes up, waiting for Barney to stumble back from his drunken night of tutoring two young schmoes in the art of wooing women (the passing of the torch, you could call it), finally deciding that everything in his cold, concrete definition of love needed to change. And so, he decides to let her go. Forever. And more importantly, to let go of his belief that his love for Robin is not just the only thing worth fighting for, but worth living for. Because love doesn't have to be defined by Casablanca or When Harry Met Sally or Marshall and Lily. Some people find it in Paris, some people in road trips, some people in college hallways, some people in New York City pubs, some people on dating websites, some people through set-ups, and the list goes on. Some people find it once, some people find it over and over. It's different for every one who experiences it — any two cases are incomparable. Every case has its own, unique, honest story. And after trying to capitalize on everything he thought it should be for so many years, the fellow telling his story via Bob Saget voiceover to the two kids on his living room couch is finally ready to begin it.
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Supermodel Kate Moss took a break from her wild 40th birthday celebrations for a bit of healthy living - she played tennis and went swimming in between parties, according to her best friend Sadie Frost. The British beauty enjoyed a wild, five-day celebration when she reached the milestone earlier this month (Jan14) but actress-turned-fashion-designer Frost insists Moss spent a lot of her time exercising and relaxing.
She tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "Kate's party was a lot of fun. I went for the whole five days from beginning to end. We all played a lot of tennis and did healthy stuff - went in the pool, played tennis, went for walks. It was just a really recreational holiday, which was nice.
"It was opposite to the image. People paint a picture about things and it's often wrong. I came away feeling refreshed."
Moss headed to Sir Richard Branson's Necker Island with her family and friends in the run-up to her big day, and when she returned to the U.K. she hosted dinner at a restaurant in London's Mayfair, where guests including supermodel Naomi Campbell helped to rack up an $8,000 (£5,000) bill. They later continued the party at the Dorchester hotel.