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Jul 212013
 
Mick Jagger's 70th Birthday

Photo of Mick Jagger arriving at his 70th birthday bash courtesy of Daily Mail UK

It’s hard to believe that the symbol of rock’s young rebellion is turning 70! (on July 26th)
Mick’s early birthday bash at the Loulou private members’ club in Mayfair brought together the Rolling Stones (except of Keith Richards who by all appearances wasn’t feeling well); celebrities, friends and Jagger’s children. The birthday boy spent the evening in the company of his current lady love, designer L’Wren Scott.

Mick Jagger was born Michael Phillip Jagger on July 26, 1943, in Dartford, England, to a family of a school teacher and a stay-at-home mom.
Well-liked and a good student, Jagger was accepted into the London School of Economics. In his spare time, he enjoyed American blues and R&B. About this time, he bumped into Keith Richards, a childhood friend he’s known since the age of four. Together they embarked on an exploration of London’s emerging blues scene where they’ve seen Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated perform. It was there that Mick Jagger appeared as a vocalist for the first time and where Jagger and Richards met the guitarist, Brian Jones.

Soon after Jagger, Richards, Taylor and Jones began forming Rolling Stones. Over time there were several changes in the group. Among past members were Brian Jones (who died in 1969), Ian Stewart, Bill Wyman, Mick Taylor, Dick Taylor and Tony Chapman. (Today’s Rolling Stones’ members are Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood.)

From the very inception of Rolling Stones, the group was promoted as outrageous. Mick Jagger’s sex appeal, relentless energy and on-stage charisma sealed the group’s image.
As a group, the Rolling Stones have arrived at the music scene in 1964. Their first album – aptly named Rolling Stones – was released the same year. By 1965, they’ve had their first #1 hit in the UK: “The Last Time”, and shortly after, another: “(I can’t get no) Satisfaction”. Their second album “Sticky Fingers” released in 1971 cemented their position as UK’s rock stars, with “Brown Sugar” and “Wild Horses” gaining worldwide popularity. By 1989, the Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Along the way there were tensions, competition and creative differences between the band members (most notably between Mick Jagger and Keith Richards) which caused the group’s several separations and eventually, reunions which produced new, successful collaborations such as Steel Wheels (1989). More recently, 1994’s Voodoo Lounge received critical acclaim as well as a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album.

Even though a post celebrating Mick Jagger has to emphasize his role and contributions to the Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger’s individual work is notable as well. Mick achieved recognition for his solo career as a songwriter and artist and as a film producer. His many successes earned him the title of a knight bestowed upon him by the Queen Elizabeth II in 2003.

Mick Jagger’s life included plenty of sex, drugs and rock-n-roll. There were tensions between the Rolling Stones’ members. There were Mick’s more successful (1985’s She’s the Boss) and less successful (1987’s Primitive Cool)  attempts at a solo career which led to renewed coming together with the band. There were loves: many, many loves….. There were marriages (to Bianca Perez Moreno de Macias and Jerry Hall) and seven children…

There were a few sharp quotes, like: “All dancing is a replacement for sex.” or “As long as my face is on page one, I don’t care what they say about me on page seventeen.”

The passage of time and wrinkles not withstanding, Mick Jagger is a legendary artist who’s ageless and still rocks! Happy 70th Birthday Mick Jagger!

Jun 022013
 

Actress Jean Stapleton, known as Edith Bunker on 'All in the Family,' dies

Actress Jean Stapleton, Beloved as Edith Bunker on ‘All in the Family,’ Died /
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Jean Stapleton is best known for her role as Edith Bunker – Archie Bunker’s wife – in the TV hit series All in the Family (1971–79) for which she won unprecedented THREE Emmy Awards! In the role of Edith Bunker, Jean Stapleton portrayed the quintessential, American wife and mother of the time: subservient to her husband, she nevertheless outshone him; projected warmth and wisdom in spite her alleged “naivete”.

Jean Stapleton was born on January 19, 1923, in New York City. She made her TV debut in Robert Montgomery Presents (1952). Stapleton appeared in the original Broadway casts of musicals Damn Yankees, Bells Are Ringing and Funny Girl. After the 8-year run of “All In The Family”, Jean returned to theater and continued acting on TV and in film.

Early Career

Stage and television actress Jean Stapleton attended Hunter College and worked as a secretary before studying acting. In 1949, she got her acting break, appearing in the national tour of the play Harvey. She worked as an actress Off Broadway, in stock and regional theater and then stepped into a starring role on Broadway in the 1953 production of In the Summer House.

Stapleton continued to perform in the theater, receiving attention for her role as Sister in the 1955 Broadway production of Damn Yankees, for which she sang the classic show tune “You Gotta Have Heart.” Other notable Broadway roles include playing Ella Peterson’s cousin Sue in the 1956 production of The Bells Are Ringing and Mrs. Strakosh in Funny Girl, the 1964 Broadway musical that launched Barbra Streisand’s career. She also appeared in the 1961 play The Rhinoceros and reprised her stage roles in the film versions of Damn Yankees and The Bells Are Ringing.

All in the Family

Stapleton broke into television, making guest appearances in Dr. Kildare and The Defenders. But it was her nasal-voiced performance in Damn Yankees that attracted the attention of television producer Norman Lear, who asked her to audition for what would become her most recognizable role, Archie Bunker’s wife Edith in All in the Family. She won the role in 1971.

Stapleton’s portrayal of bigoted Archie’s charming “ding-bat” wife earned her 8 Emmy nominations and three wins during her eight years on the show. The groundbreaking TV show confronted social and political issues including Edith’s breast cancer, menopause and death when Stapleton left the show in 1979.

Intelligent, liberal and outspoken off-screen, Stapleton strived to break away from being stereotyped as “Edith” after All in the Family ended. “My identity as an actress is in jeopardy if I invest my entire career in Edith Bunker,” Stapleton said in an interview with the AP in 1979.

Later Career

After leaving All in the Family, Stapleton took on many TV, film and stage roles. She made guest appearances on TV shows including Murphy Brown, Touched By An Angel and Everybody Loves Raymond and in movies including Michael in 1996 and You’ve Got Mail in 1998, both directed by Nora Ephron.

She also returned to her first love, the theater, starring in Eleanor, a one-woman show about Eleanor Roosevelt.

(She had also played Mrs. Roosevelt in a 1982 TV movie Eleanor, First Lady of the World, which earned her an Emmy nomination.) And she performed at the Totem Pole Playhouse in Pennsylvania, which was run by her husband of 25 years, director William Putch. In 1983, Putch died of a heart attack while he and Stapleton were touring in a play he had directed.

Death

Jean Stapleton, the veteran stage, film and TV actress died at the age of 90 of natural causes at her home in New York City on June 1st 2013. Norman Lear – the creator of “All In The Family” paid a tribute to the beloved actress: “No one gave more profound ‘How to Be Human’ lessons than Jean Stapleton.” US Celebrity Blog couldn’t agree more.

Respectfully excerpted from Biography.com (© 2013 A+E Networks)

Nov 172012
 

Overzealous paparazzi caused the death of Princess Diana. Many celebrities complain about being hounded by paparazzi and celebrity news reporters. One of the more famous episodes of harassment by paparazzi occurred when Alex Baldwin was picking his then-wife Kim Bassinger and their brand new baby Ireland from the hospital. More recently Jennifer Garner complained about paparazzi stocking her children. Paparazzi are in hot pursuit of Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Pamela Anderson and others. MANY celebrities have been photographed without permission, slandered and even stocked.

Let’s ask three questions:

1/ Who is a celebrity?
A celebrity is a famous person often shown and mentioned by the media. It can be an actor, artist, singer, dancer or musician as well as a businessman or… a regular person who stood out of the crowd as a hero, high achiever, undiscovered talent, or a participant in a scandalous event or sometimes even crime.

2/ What makes famous people so interesting to us?
They represent success (fame and fortune) and we all want to be successful. They have achieved what most of us are striving for or survived something we ourselves are struggling with. Take for example:

  • The mother of Gabby Douglas – Olympic gold winner – had to contend with severe financial hardship and make many sacrifices to help her daughter pursue her Olympic dreams. Her sacrifices resulted in Olympic gold, pride and lucrative endorsements. Especially in today’s economy when so many are still losing their homes and are unable to find employment, the Douglas family’s tough road to success gives us hope.
  • David Hyde Pierce, Angie Dickinson and Maria Shriver and their personal connection to Alzheimer’s disease. Knowing about their experiences caring for / living with loved ones affected by the cruel disease gave heart to many under similar circumstances.
  • Jennifer Hudson’s spectacular weight loss inspired many to try and slim down.

There are MANY examples of celebrities overcoming major odds to assert themselves and succeed. Each is meaningful and inspiring.

Celebrities have the power to inspire us at many levels: they can give us motivation, encourage stick-to-itiveness, commitment to hard work, persistence in a pursuit of a goal, and on a light-hearted note, inspire fitness and fashion trends and hair styles we love to copy. There is nothing wrong with it.

3/ What are our rights AND theirs
As the saying goes “we have the right to know”. Being informed is one thing, but do we have the right to pry, intrude, exploit and feed on? Doesn’t EVERYBODY have the right to some privacy? The fact that we’re welcomed to see a new movie starring so-and-so or a concert of so-and-so doesn’t mean that we’re entitled to watch so-and-so in his or her bathroom or a bedroom. Performing in a movie or on stage is a job. Anyone’s bathroom or bedroom is – and should be – off-limits.

The latter is US Celebrity Blog’s point of view. There are countless celebrity blogs out there bent on spying and “uncovering” at any cost. We don’t believe in such approach. We don’t feed on car wrecks. We don’t believe in hunt and harassment. We don’t support destroying myths. We don’t work AGAINST celebrities but WITH them. The stars’ participation, input and comments are welcome here! Our approach has its benefits and the main ones are:

Preserving the stars’ privacy
The stars are human like the rest of us. They have their high and low moments; they make an occasional mistake or stumble; like all other human beings they have their weaknesses and vices. Exploiting yours in public would be unconscionable. Isn’t exploiting theirs exactly as bad?…. Shouldn’t the focus of our attention be on the body of a star’s work as opposed to on some star’s hemorrhoid surgery?

Writing with integrity
Look at it this way: it takes an artist to create a statue. Any moron can knock of a statue of its pedestal. BUT does it make the moron bigger than the artist? The same goes for a star’s image: it takes a lot to develop it and a second to trash it. Unlike those capitalizing on “the juice”, US Celebrity Blog doesn’t want to accelerate the global warming by contributing more trash.

Preserving myths we love
Public stripping of any celebrity is bound to expose some frailty. Once a frailty is out for all to see, no star could maintain its myth.
US Celebrity Blog is Fan AND Star-Friendly. Beliefs are empowering. Loss of faith is not. Who is a blogger to tell you that there is no Santa Claus?… Belief is a choice. US Celebrity Blog chooses to believe because life without a margin of possibility, hope and inspiration isn’t worth living.

Sep 062012
 
Michael Clarke Duncan

Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard – © WireImage.com – Image courtesy WireImage.com

We all loved him in the “The Green Mile” and it seems that the warmth and integrity of his screen character was in fact his own.

Michael Duncan – with his gorgeous, deep voice and imposing presence of 6’5” – was born in Chicago. He dreamt of a career in football but was not allowed to pursue it by his mother. Unfazed by drugs and crime that surrounded him, he focused on education instead. Michael graduated from high school and went to a community college, all along dreaming of becoming an actor. The dream came true but neither fast, nor easily. To get to where he wanted to be, he had to dig ditches for a Chicago gas company for a while and earn a living as a bouncer and a bodyguard.

His acting career’s begun about 1995 with bit roles. In 1998 he played a small role in “Armageddon”. This role – or perhaps the connections he made during the filming of “Armageddon” – led to his role and breakthrough performance in “The Green Mile” (1999). At this time Big Mike was 42.  His career continued successfully ever since. He was recognized for his acting talent as well his sense of humor: it’s been said that he would pay $5 to any fan that recognized him on the street and knew his full name.

On February 12th of 2012 he proposed to Omarosa Manigault and the two were planning a wedding in Africa. Omarosa distinguished herself as a less than sympathetic character on The Apprentice, but it was Omarosa who found Michael unconscious following a heart attack, was able to resuscitate him and summon help. She was at his bedside throughout his ordeal. Unfortunately, and in spite the doctors’ prognosis, Michael didn’t recover from his heart attack. Big Mike died – from complications following the original heart attack – on September 3rd 2012 at the age of 54. His fiancé, Omarosa Manigault, his many friends and fans will miss him.

Michael Duncan fulfilled his dreams. He made it as an actor, earned fame and found love, in the end that’s all that counts.

Sep 062012
 

Angelina Jolie was born on June 4th 1975 in Los Angeles to an Oscar-winning father (Jon Voight) and an actress mother, Marcheline Bertrand. (Not surprisingly, she appeared in her first film at the age of 5.)

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie: This image is a work of a United States Department of State employee, taken or made during the course of an employee’s official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government, the image is in the public domain per 17 U.S.C. § 101 and § 105 and the Department Copyright Information.

As a teen she tried modeling, appeared in music videos and studied at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute. Later, she attended also New York University.
She began her career as an actress in earnest in the 90s. Her first huge achievement was in the role of Gia for which she’s won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. For her dramatic performance in 1999 Girl, Interrupted Angelina Jolie was awarded Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Jolie took interest in different genres as well and took on the role of Lara Croft in the successful Lara Croft franchise and starred in other action-adventure films including Taking Lives (2004), Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005), and The Good Shepherd (2006).
In 2007, Angelina Jolie returned to drama in A Mighty Heart, the film about the abduction and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Danny Pearl. She’s gifted us with a tour-de-force portrayal of the pregnant during the crisis Mariane Pearl, Danny’s wife.

It seems that Angelina’s equally suited for roles as an action hero as for demanding dramatic roles. In the first case, our focus is on her beauty; in the second, her acting talent shines. (Since then Jolie appeared in several films and has produced and directed one as well.)

This much: now you know where she comes from and that she’s a successful actress. The rest of the story takes place in the context of her roots and career. She was born into an entertainment business family and continues her family’s tradition. As a working actress she didn’t grow up away from the limelight but in it. As an entertainer, she was surrounded by eccentricity and experimented with it. She didn’t date Bob who works at a fast food restaurant but her costars. That’s why her romances were better known than ours.

In the words of Angelina Jolie:
“I grew up in front of everybody, really. The big years of exploration. There was a certain madness I was going through. I learned a lot about myself. People tend to sum up times in your life and simplify. I would say there’s a way of being bold when you’re young that seems very brave… What’s perceived as tough is a very funny thing. I think to be a parent is one of the scariest, boldest things to do, as opposed to, um, getting a tattoo… Much more than jumping into a pool when you’re 20.”

She married her coworkers. At 19, she married Jonny Lee Miller (her costar in Hackers). The marriage lasted 4 years. In 2000 she married another actor, Billy Bob Thornton; they stayed together for 3 years. It appears that the marriage broke up over Angelina’s decision to adopt a child. She adopted Cambodian orphan (Maddox) and gave up on a husband unwilling to shoulder responsibilities of fatherhood. (As we all know she added another two adopted children to her single mother family.)
While filming Mr. and Mrs. Smith in 2004, Jolie met Bratt Pit. The rest is history, it appears that the two are compatible: both have strong values and personalities, they raise the adopted children together and have added three of their own to the brood. (Steeling a husband? Please! Have you ever heard of a happy husband abandoning his spouse? Neither have I.)

Here you have it: a girl looked for love and found her true calling as a humanitarian in the misery of after-war Cambodia. It is there that she saved a child and found herself. It seems that Angelina Jolie has found her contentment with the right partner and with the family she created.

Here is another aspect of Angelina: after over a 7 year battle with cancer, Angelina’s mother passed away. Angelina was very close to her mother, the loss hit her very hard and further affirmed her commitment to her own family.

To quote Angelina:
“I’d like to believe that the people that have supported me in my work or identified with me in films, the people that feel they know me, they do and they don’t have misconceptions – they understand. I believe that.”

Angelina Jolie and Condoleezza Rice

Angelina Jolie and Condoleezza Rice during the World Refugee Day at the National Geographic Society on 15 June 2005. Photo: public domain

Angelina Jolie is as famous for her tireless humanitarian efforts as for being a movie star. Her dedication and compassion have been recognized: she’s been appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency in 2001. She fought hard for the rights of refugees and victims worldwide; she raised funds to end suffering and continually pours 30% of her income to relieve human suffering be it in Pakistan, Darfur, Cambodia or elsewhere. The United Nations Association of the USA bestowed on her the Global Humanitarian Action Award in 2005.

Angelina Jolie’s Journey to Cambodia (Angelina Jolie is the latest celebrity to pose for Louis Vuitton’s popular “Core Values” campaign.)




This is Angelina Jolie’s brief insight on her confrontation with refugees’ suffering:
“[on Cambodia and her humanitarian work] – One of the first camps I went to had 400,000 people. It was a sea of human misery. In Sierra Leone, I saw tens of thousands with their arms and legs cut off [by rebels], orphaned children. I felt completely overwhelmed. I cried constantly. I felt guilty for everything that I had. Then I realized I wasn’t doing these people any favors by crying. I kept getting angry at the injustices until I couldn’t think straight. I took a deep breath and focused on how I could help. I discovered that I was useful as a person. When I met suffering people, it put my life into perspective. It slammed me into a bigger picture of the world.”

This post has been written in the aftermath of Prince Harry’s nude romp in Las Vegas. For a while the spotlight of worldwide media focused on his nudity. Beats me. (Anybody who didn’t have a nude romp at some point, please stand up!) I don’t see why a picture or a video of Prince Harry in the buff is more attention-worthy than all aspects of his life combined. (Did you even know that he’s actively involved in many of the same charitable causes his mother was supporting?)
Why this departure from Angelina Jolie? Because the same seems to be true in her case. The tabloids feed on her every tattoo, every relationship, every eccentricity. Angelina Jolie is stunning, interesting, charitable, active and successful so the interest in her is certainly justified. The focus however is off.

Angelina Jolie is amazing because:

  • she’s an independent and powerful woman
  • she’s is an accomplished actress
  • she’s a very successful business woman
  • she’s dedicated to humanitarian causes (she makes a great deal of money and gives 30% of it to charity!)
  • she’s compassionate
  • she’s a licensed pilot
  • she leads an independent life true to her convictions
  • she’s inspirational
  • last but not least, she’s very beautiful: outside and INSIDE

If I were to say right now – following all of the above – that she’s just gotten a new tattoo and you’d run to get a similar one as opposed to supporting humanitarian causes, earning a pilot license or starting lucrative business, the problem lies with you. When all is said and done, it’s easier to lie on a tattoo table and spend a few bucks than stand up and fight for one’s beliefs or work hard to accomplish something of significance…. (You don’t have to be rich to be like Angelina, but it takes guts: volunteer to teach English as a second language or to help feed the homeless. Side effect? Beauty attracts people and the true beauty is HEART!)

A girl had to experiment to get things right. Angelina’s experiments may have been more extreme than our own but they paid off, the conclusions she arrived at are also above the average. The final product of her many experiments is a spectacular self birth, she’s an independent woman with guts and many achievements to her credit. A gorgeous woman and a beautiful human being.

Looking for inspiration? Angelina Jolie said:
“Love one person, take care of them until you die. You know, raise kids. Have a good life. Be a good friend. And try to be completely who you are. And figure out what you personally love. And like go after it with everything you’ve got no matter how much it takes.”

Forget the tattoo, try to become just ONE aspect of Angelina Jolie!

Aug 222012
 
Rosie O'Donnel

Rosie O’Donnel
Photo: public domain

A few days ago, Rosie O’Donnel suffered a dangerous heart attack. The circumstances preceding it – she helped an overweight woman into the car – had her question her symptoms. She assumed that her chest pains were related to the physical strain but couldn’t bring herself to believe that they could be signaling a heart attack. Just to be on the safe side, she’s taken a Bayer aspirin before going to sleep. Next day, she’s decided to see a cardiologist to rule out the possibility of a heart attack. Sure enough, the cardiologist run an EKG and found that Rosie O’Donnel’s Left Anterior Descending Artery was 99% blocked. She’s been sent to a hospital immediately and had a stent inserted into the blocked artery to ensure normal blood circulation.

From what we know so far, Rosie saved her own life by taking an aspirin even though she wasn’t certain whether it was the heart or a strained muscle that was bothering her. Surely, seeing a cardiologist ASAP was a smart idea as well.

Rosie O’Donnel is on the mend as we speak and US Celebrity Blog is rooting for her speedy recovery. As some sources have it, even Donald Trump – her adversary – joined the many well-wishers and sent her a “get well” message. Nice touch!

We are happy to know that Rosie is getting better. She is talented, successful, prolific and by all accounts, an extra-ordinary person. Every woman however should take Rosie O’Donnel’s experience personally.

WOMAN’S SYMPTOMS OF A HEART ATTACK ARE DIFFERENT FROM THOSE EXPERIENCED BY A MAN! Most women don’t have crushing pain in the chest. The majority of women have vague symptoms which can range from those of indigestion, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue, even: back pain. Female patients are seldom sure that they’re having a heart attack and unfortunately, many doctors misinterpret the symptoms of a female attack as well.

This is why “50% of women having a heart attacks never call 911 and 200,000 women die of heart attacks every year in the US” (quoted from Rosie.com)
Girls, please REMEMBER: if you have a suspicion that you might be having a heart attack, INSIST ON EKG that’s the only way for a doctor to actually see the condition of your heart and arteries.

Women are caretakers by nature and habitually diminish their own aches and pains. Don’t ignore your symptoms: when in doubt, take an aspirin, call 911 and have an EKG.

Thank you Rosie O’Donnel for sharing your experience: it may save lives.


Aug 182012
 

Kate Middleton was born on January 9, 1982, in Reading. She is the eldest of three children. Kate has a brother, James, and a sister, Pippa.
Her parents met when her mother was a flight attendant and her father a flight dispatcher for British Airways. While working for British Airways they lived for two years in Amman, Jordan. Eventually, Carole and Michael Middleton built a multimillion dollar mail-order party supply company.

The already affluent family was able to provide its children with first class education at Great Britain’s top boarding schools. Kate attended St Andrew’s School in Berkshire and later Marlborough College in Wiltshire. (She was the first member of her family to attend college.) Later, Kate enrolled into the University of St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland to study History of Art. There – while Middleton dated Rupert Finch – she met Prince William.

Prince William, the older son of Prince Charles and Lady Diana and the next – after his father – heir to the British throne seems to have inherited many fine traits of his mother. He is respectful of his family’s royal heritage but at the same time he’s young and in tune with the realities of today.

Kate and William shared several classes and became friends. Prince William invited a group of friends – including Kate – to share an off-campus apartment with him. It was during this time – when they were roommates – that Kate Middleton modeled a Charlotte Todd’s skirt / dress at the university’s charity fashion show that Prince William’s begun to look at her in a different way. In 2002, Kate Middleton’s then-boyfriend graduated and left the university. Their relationship eventually fizzled.

In 2003, Prince William and Kate fell in love. They started dating but kept their romance secret.
In June 2003 Kate graduated with honors and a bachelor’s degree in art history. Her first job was as accessories’ buyer for the British clothing chain Jigsaw. After that Kate’s begun working part-time for Party Pieces, her parents’ company.

In 2004 the pair’s secret relationship was discovered by the media and that’s when Kate became the target of paparazzi and gossip magazines. Middleton, her comings and goings, her friends, family, the way she dressed and her romance with the prince became tabloids’ headlines and frequently, subject to scrutiny.

Kate Middleton and Prince William

Kate Middleton and Prince William Casual Style: would you’ve guessed they’re royals?
Photo public domain

Over time, the relationship of William and Kate had a few ups and downs, including a public split in 2007. Suffice to say, the split didn’t last (they’ve been seen together just a few months later) and the relationship survived.
The pair dated for seven years and apparently got not just to know but value each other. Clearly, they’re in sync and doing things their way. (Many made fun of their long relationship prior to engagement and even called Kate “waiting Katie”. As much as no one knows the reasons for their delayed engagement and wedding, it could have been cold feet as much as fears of paparazzi whose relentless pursuit of Lady Diana led to her tragic death.)
When William and Kate vacationed together in Kenya in October 2010, Prince William popped the question. Clarence House announced the couple’s engagement in November. (Prince William gave Kate his mother’s engagement ring, a meaningful gesture of his commitment.)

Shortly before the wedding, Queen Elizabeth conferred on Prince William the title of His Royal Highness, The Duke of Cambridge. After the wedding, Kate Middleton as his wife took on the title of Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge.

The royal wedding – watched on TV by 300 million people – took place in Westminster Abbey on April 29 2011. Kate worn a spectacular wedding gown designed by Sarah Burton.




 

The wedding had all the markings of a fairytale with a few modern touches the young couple insisted on: Kate didn’t arrive in a carriage but in a motor vehicle; the couple left their wedding reception in a car driven by William himself. The spontaneous kisses exchanged by Prince William and Kate following the wedding and in full view of the public may have violated the official protocol but made them seem more like the rest of us and less like stiff royals of the past.

The couple honeymooned on the Seychelles. Upon return they settled in a secluded area of North Wales, where Prince William was stationed with the Royal Air Force. They insisted on leading a normal life. They had no servants, Kate shopped for groceries in a local market and both were seen hanging out in a local pub. They were well liked by their new neighbors who were very protective of the young couple’s privacy.

Kate and William have begun creating new image of royalty, early on. They met outside royal circles; are the same age; lived together before getting married, but most importantly perhaps, they sent a clear message that they’re not pampered royals who can’t survive without extravagant purchases, an entourage and an army of servants. In many ways, they are like us.

They’ve both grown and evolved since…
(Return to US Celebrity Blog to read part two of the story to learn more about their new digs, Kate’s transformation and her winning fashion style.)

Aug 172012
 
Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone talks about Expendables 2

 

Expendables 2 is the title of the new movie that opened in theatres on August 16th. But good friends are not expendable. Sylvester Stallone learned it first hand as his old friends rallied around him in his time of need.
The sudden death of Stallone’s oldest child – Sage Stallone who was 36 years old at the time of his passing – left the star devastated. (The official cause of Sage’s death remains undetermined. Speculations seem to suggest that he overdosed on pain medication following multiple teeth extraction.)
Sylvester Stallone’s Expendables 2 co-stars and old friends Chuck Norris, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Bruce Willis (among others) were there to offer him their support in his time of grief.
It’s good to have friends, even if you’re a super star.



Hang in there Rocky, your son knew you loved him.


May 242012
 

Her death was caused by drowning (likely due to heart disease and drug use). But did she HAVE TO die?

Heavenly talented, spectacularly beautiful, in her prime, much loved by her family, her daughter, friends and legions of fans and… dead. Why?!

The official autopsy results are in. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office issued Whitney Houston’s official cause of death, ruling it an accidental drowning. The drowning has been attributed to atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use. Even though no cocaine was present in Whitney’s bathroom, it was found in her system. There are some speculations suggesting that the scene of Whitney Houston’s death has been “cleaned up” before an ambulance was summoned.

Years of drug abuse have seriously damaged her heart, not just her powerful, crystal-clear voice. Worse, she didn’t clean up her act as so many believed. She continued using cocaine up to the end which undoubtedly sped up her death.
To me personally – especially in the video of Whitney’s rendition of the national anthem – she’s the symbol of life. Her joy, energy, the sparkle in her eyes, her smile that could brighten a stadium are as memorable as her voice. To accept that all that succumbed to a drug addiction is next to impossible.

The mystery of Whitney Houston’s passing might be solved; many questions however continue to linger.

– who supplied the drugs?
– who knew that she’s still addicted?
– why no action was taken to help her deal with addiction?
– who were the secret enablers? (They’re always there and always immune from prosecution!)

Finally, a drug-related death of a celebrity makes a regular person wonder what are the chances of combating drug addiction without the money, fame and support celebrities have. If so many of the rich and famous succumb to drugs, unable to ever beat the habit, can a “regular mortal” succeed?

Whitney Houston is gone. The mystery of her death has been solved. The disbelief, if not outrage over her untimely passing will have us perplexed us for a long time.

Read Thinking of Whitney Houston

May 242012
 

US Celebrity Blog is honoring her memory, asking what corrupted Whitney and what we can learn from her life.

In the aftermath of Whitney Houston’s unexpected death all media commemorates her life and career. Let’s not repeat the information that’s available everywhere else on US Celebrity Blog. A dramatic event such as a sudden death of a famous artist calls for a remembrance, respect AND reflection.

Whitney Houston was spectacularly beautiful, vibrantly alive and extra-ordinarily talented. She was a “good girl” from a traditional, church-going family. She worked hard, was an incredibly prolific artist, she was accomplished and successful.

Before meeting Bobby Brown, Whitney wasn’t a party girl. She wasn’t known for excessive drinking, drug use, sexual escapades or scandals. I didn’t know Whitney personally, to an outsider however it appears that meeting and marrying Bobby Brown have corrupted Whitney and damaged her limitless potential beyond repair. After all, the period of time that separates the image of the vibrant Whitney Houston belting out Star Spangled Banner from the ravaged, tired shadow of her former self (the way she appeared during her failed come-back attempt during which she was booed out off stage) is the time spent with Bobby and later, recovering from the relationship and its negative impact on her life. (Listen to Whitney Houston’s unforgettable rendition of our National Anthem, one more time!)

The Whitney Houston who didn’t “just” sing but expressed her beauty and life’s energy with her amazing voice (in an entirely different style but with the level of passion akin to Edith Piaf’s); The Whitney that was a role model for so many young girls; the Whitney who could have “reigned” the world, succumbed to a destructive company, stress, self-doubt, alcohol and drugs. No, I’m not trying to assign blame; of course, Whitney was responsible for her decisions. Still from the vantage point of a stranger, someone or something must have caused her to doubt her talent, beliefs and value. There is no other reason I can conceive of that could explain such a horrendous waste. Whitney struggled to recover from her demons and appeared to be succeeding. (At the time of this writing, the cause of her death hasn’t been released yet however the use of illegal drugs is not suspected.) I believe that regardless of the actual cause of death, years of drinking and drug abuse have contributed to Whitney’s demise.

Whitney’s shocking departure is a huge loss to her family, friends and fans. But it has also a profound and universal meaning.
Those of you who’re facing crossroads, think of Whitney and before settling for a compromise (or compromising your beliefs), honestly assess your value. Seek support of your family or friends before choosing to escape your troubles through substance abuse. Remember that you’re the one who puts the price tag on you and put the right price!
If there are young people in your life who aim too low, tell them about Whitney; explain to them that sky is the limit for those who’re willing to do the work, have healthy self-esteem and stay on the straight and narrow…

Honoring a star can take different forms. One could buy a CD, deliver flowers, send condolences, or… learn from a tragedy. You could tweet about Whitney’s death or strive to avoid her mistakes. Which one would be a better-fitting tribute? The choice is YOURS.

Read about Whitney Houston’s Cause of Death

May 242012
 

The Mystique Of Johnny Depp: learn about Johnny Depp, Johnny Depp’s career, watch Johnny Depp Video.

Without a doubt, the appeal of Johnny Depp is first and foremost his originality as an artist. He is not afraid of a challenge, just the opposite when it comes to his choice of roles, especially since 1990, Johnny Depp is fierce. His personal life perpetuates the mystique of Johnny Depp even further.

Johnny Depp was born on June 9, 1963 in Owensboro, Kentucky and was raised in Florida. (He is the youngest of four children.) His parents divorced when he was 15. The divorce affected the whole family deeply. Johnny dropped out of school about the time of his parents’ divorce to follow his dream of becoming a rock star. Music was his first love and in spite of his successful acting career Johnny’s affair with music continues. “There’s nothing – you know – nothing else like music. Nothing that touches us on that, uh, that deep level. Music can open up so many emotions that we didn’t know we had. It’s the magical thing about musicals, you know, on the stage or on film or whatever. Love songs. They work so well because music touches us, emotionally, where words alone can’t.”

His acting career came about quite accidentally when – during a visit to L.A. – Johnny Depp’s wife at the time, Lori Anne Allison (Lori A. Depp), introduced him to Nicolas Cage; the rest – as they say – is history.

Johnny Depp’s first role was in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). His big break came in 1987 when he replaced Jeff Yagher in the TV series “21 Jump Street”. In 1990 he met the director, Tim Burton which was the beginning of their friendship and artistic collaboration which started with Johnny portraying the title character in Edward Scissorhands and continues till today. (Johnny is the godfather of Tim Burton’s son and has written the foreword to Mark Salisbury’s biography of Tim Burton, “Burton on Burton”.) Tim Burton and Johnny Depp on The Early Show:

The film (“Edward Scissorhands”) has been very successful and helped Depp develop the image of a serious dramatic actor not afraid of creative challenges.

He was able to sustain this image by earning critical acclaim for his performances in several feature films that followed. In 1994 he’s gotten together with Burton for a lead in Ed Wood. 1997 brought him recognition for his role in Donnie Brasco, opposite Al Pacino. Many other roles followed, in such films as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas; The Astronaut’s Wife and his memorable portrayal of Ichabod Crane in Burton’s Sleepy Hollow in 1999.
Many of Depp’s roles have gained critical praise. Looking back, it was probably his magical interpretation of Capt. Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) with a cast featuring Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, and Geoffrey Rush that has cemented his position as one of Hollywood’s most valued actors. (The role earned him an Academy Award nomination as well.)

In 2005 Johnny’s starred as Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. (An ironic fact: Depp was allergic to chocolate as a child…) He appeared as the lead in the film Secret Window based on a Stephen King novel. Played the novelist James Barrie in Finding Neverland (2004), costarring with Kate Winslet. Then came, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street; Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson; The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and Public Enemies. In 2010 Johnny played in When You’re Strange and The Rum Diary. His latest film scheduled to be released soon is The Tourist directed by a German director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck co-starring Angelina Jolie.
“The characters I’ve played, that I’ve responded to, there has been a lost-soul quality to them.” said Johnny Depp.

As much as Johnny Depp’s acting career has been successful nearly from the beginning, his life off-screen was quite stormy.
Johnny has been married once in the early 80s (to Lori Anne Allison) but the marriage lasted mere 2 years. His love life, on the other hand, was rich. He’s been romantically linked to a number of celebrities and engaged several times: to Sherilyn Fenn, Jennifer Grey, Winona Ryder and Kate Moss.
A fair share of legal trouble is also a part of his history. There was his alleged involvement in drug dealing in The Viper Room; an arrest that followed an act of vandalism (he virtually trashed a New York hotel suite); and another arrest for fighting with a photographer in London. (Johnny himself admitted that as a youth he experimented with drugs and alcohol.)

A lot is known about Johnny Depp so why does he remain so interesting? Perhaps because unlike many other actors and celebrities, he doesn’t pursue the limelight. Johnny Depp values privacy. “I’m shy, paranoid, whatever word you want to use. I hate fame. I’ve done everything I can to avoid it.” Johnny found privacy in France where he created the home life he longed for with his long-time lady-love Vanessa Paradis (French singer, songwriter and actress) with whom he has two children: a daughter Lily-Rose Melody (born in 1999) and a son called Jack (born in 2002), both named after the lead characters of his 1985 film “Legend”. The family splits its time between France, United States and Johnny Depp’s private island in the Bahamas. (It seems that the loss of his beloved grandfather, the divorce of his parents, and his own not always successful pursuit of happiness have taught Johnny the value of having a family.) Speaking of Vanessa he said:
“I pretty much fell in love with Vanessa the moment I set eyes on her. As a person, I was pretty much a lost cause at that time in my life. She turned all that around for me with her incredible tenderness and understanding.”
Speaking of their life together, Johnny says: “I love our house in the country. I can walk to the nearby village and have a coffee and no one pays any notice. I’m just another dad with my daughter on my knee. The time I’ve spent in France with her has solidified my belief that I can keep a major distance from Hollywood and still keep in the game. Acting is my living, but I don’t want to live it. Living in France is the first time I can honestly say I feel at home.”

His thoughts on parenthood? “Having kids was a huge change for me. Becoming a father. But I think more than changing, I feel like I’ve been revealed to myself, I kind of found out who I was. When you meet your child for the first time and you’re looking at this angel, you start realizing what an idiot you’ve been for so many years and how much time you’ve wasted. As far as being feet-on-the-ground, once again my kids and Vanessa have given me a proper foundation. A sense of home that I never had in my life, a real sense of a place to be.”

He’s created a family of his own; separates his personal life from his work; and protects his personal life from media intrusion. It appears also that the French way of life serves him well. Different sources mention that he cultivates grapes and produces his own wine. While living in France Johnny and his family enjoy relative anonymity which allows the Depp clan to live a normal life at a European pace. In his own words: “France and the whole of Europe have a great culture and an amazing history. Most important thing, though, is that people there know how to live! In America they’ve forgotten all about it. I’m afraid that the American culture is a disaster.” Some of his statements in which he expressed his appreciation for Europe and its values have been misconstrued and some media outlets attempted to portray Johnny as a traitor of American values. Not so, any transplant to Europe will tell you that unlike Americans who live to work, Europeans work to live. No wonder Johnny Depp – like so many others – was bowled over by the contrast.

Johnny Depp resents the media’s intrusiveness. As he’s stated on several occasions a lot of the information published about him is inaccurate. He firmly believes that his contribution to fans is his work and public appearances and believes that once he completes a project he is entitled to keep his private life private. He is right; on the other hand, he’s also well-read. Throughout history, the public was fascinated by high profile individuals and whether it comes to Cesar and Cleopatra, Benjamin Franklin, Picasso, or Greta Garbo we know not only of their public pursuits but their private lives as well. I believe that no one has the right to violate the stars’ privacy, but let’s be honest: we want to know the people we admire and the only way to know and / or understand a person is in the context of his or her private life. Because the private lives shape who they become, define their work, and often inspire others …

Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie Interview about their film “The Tourist”

May 242012
 

The Enigma of Lady Gaga, Wisdom of Lady Gaga, Lady Gaga Bad Romance Video…

The Enigma of Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

Who is the “real” person behind the enigmatic artist we know as Lady GaGa?

Lady GaGa was born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta to Internet entrepreneur parents on March 28th 1986 in New York City. (She’s of Italian descent.) She was a child protégée, learning to play the piano by ear at the ripe age of four. GaGa begun composing her own music by the time she was 13 and started performing at open mic nights at the age of 14.
She attended a private Catholic school in New York City alongside with Paris and Nicky Hilton. While working with a vocal coach and studying classical piano, Lady GaGa performed in her high school’s rock band.

Her artistic accomplishments earned her a rare, early admission to the New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts from which she’s dropped out at 19 to pursue music career full time. She’s worked as a waitress, danced in clubs and sung in bars at night designing her stage costumes during the day.

Her first record deal with Island Def Jam fell through, but still Lady GaGa managed to land a contract with Interscope by her 20th birthday. Her first single “Just Dance” landed her at the number one spot of Billboard’s Hot 100 list.
But she’s first and foremost a consummate artist that consistently “produces” hits. A string of three number one hits (“Just Dance”, “Poker Face”, and “LoveGame”) on her debut album, made her a phenomenon of sorts and only the third artist in history to boast of such an achievement.
At the 2010 Grammy’s GaGa scored an award for best dance recording and an award for best electronic dance recording. Shortly after the Grammy’s another of her songs “Bad Romance” reached the top of the charts, her 5th number one hit.
At the MTV Video Music Awards in September 2010 GaGa received an astonishing EIGHT awards, which included the Video of the Year Award for “Bad Romance”.
All the while, her eccentric costumes generate nearly as much attention as her music and performances…..

There is no doubt that Lady GaGa is a talented and prolific artist but what’s equally impressive is her hard work. On her latest tour she’s performed 138 shows…… (Oh yes, and somewhere in between – in the early stages of her career – she’s penned several songs for Brittney Spears whom she holds in high regard.) The Enigma of Lady GaGa is her stage persona. In reality, the story of Lady GaGa isn’t that of Cinderalla made by a prince or a lucky coincidence, but of a powerful artist who’s made her own way to the top.
Wisdom of Lady Gaga

With the “Enigma” of Lady Gaga explored above, her own words paint an interesting picture of her.

“I love Dolce & Gabbana. I love Versace. I love the crazy, more eccentric stuff. I can’t pay my rent, but I’m f—ing gorgeous.” (She sounds like a committed “fashionista”…)

“I dropped out of NYU, moved out of my parent’s house, got my own place, and survived on my own. I made music and worked my way from the bottom up. I didn’t know somebody, who knew somebody, who knew somebody. If I have any advice to anybody, it’s to just do it yourself, and don’t waste time trying to get a favor.” (That’s an advice we respect, admire and know to be correct based on our own experiences.)

“Writing a record is like dating a few men at once. You take them to the same restaurants to see if they measure up, and at some point you decide who you like best. When you make music or write or create, it’s really your job to have mind-blowing, irresponsible, condomless sex with whatever idea it is you’re writing about at the time.” (True, deep and insightful description of the creative process.)

“You must never ever let a guy know how much you like him, because then he’ll run in the other direction … Well, I just sign that when you don’t play hard to get, if you’re too easy or you come off too eager, they run away so you gotta keep your pokerface on.” (We wonder whether Lady Gaga is a poker player. If so, she must be a good one!)

Lady Gaga Bad Romance Video

May 242012
 

Taylor Swift RulesLearn about Taylor Swift, 2011 AMA Artist of the Year. Taylor Swift’s life and career. Feature contributed to US Celebrity Blog by Oscar Kesh.

Taylor Swift was visibly moved and genuinely surprised as she won the prestigious AMA Artist of the Year for the 2nd time. Since 2007, Taylor has accumulated over 140 award nominations, and has won 90 awards, and she’s only 21! She dominated this year’s AMA’s by winning 3 awards: Artist of the Year, Favorite Country Album, and Favorite Country Female Artist. Taylor came from humble beginnings. She grew up in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, on a Christmas tree farm. She began writing songs at the young age of 5. When Taylor was in 4th grade, her 3 page poem, “Monster in My Closet” won a national poetry competition. Her parents, Scott and Andrea, recognized her talent early. When Taylor was only 11 years old – on her insistence – Taylor and her mom visited Nashville. Taylor dropped off her demo tape at nearly every record label in the area. She was understandably disappointed when the trip failed to produce any offers. But Taylor didn’t give up. At the age of 13, she was signed by RCA records. The following year, she’s made the decision to leave because the studio didn’t approve of her singing her own songs. Taylor preferred to sing her own material and maintains the same commitment today.

Taylor Swift would eventually move to Nashville at the age of 14. After seeing Taylor perform at the Bluebird Café in Nashville, Scott Borchetta, a veteran of the music industry, convinced Taylor to sign under his new record label, Big Machine Records.
In 2006, Swift released her debut single named Tim McGraw who was a big childhood influence and an inspiration to Taylor. (She wrote the song in her 9th grade math class.)
Her self-titled debut album launched her into stardom at the age of 16. By her next album, called Fearless, she was a household name. At the 2009 VMAs, even though Kanye West stormed the stage and at least attempted to ruin the biggest night in Taylor’s life, she acted with maturity quite rare at her age.

Taylor is among the most successful musicians in all genres for the past 5 years. She sold over 20 million albums (more than anyone else), and 25 million digital songs (most for any country singer), during this time.
And she is just getting started. Her 3rd, and most recent album, released in 2010, called Speak Now, is a huge success too, and it is Certified Platinum. Taylor Swift rules!

Taylor’s talent, determination and work ethics are impressive. She’s managed to stir clear of the temptations of early fame and fortune which led many others astray. (Quite a few young stars, like Britney Spears, Amy Winehouse, or Lindsey Lohan, to name just a few jeopardized their careers and image by overindulging.) Clearly, Taylor Swift is different and has not only a beautiful face, but a fine head on her shoulders. She’s a good role model for her fans and aspiring young artists. Taylor Swift rules: may she rule for many years to come!

“Taylor Swift Rules” article was contributed by Oscar Kesh

Taylor Swift Rules

 

May 242012
 

Stylish Gwen Stefani: about the artist and fashion designer Gwen Stefani. Gwen Stefani video and interview on US Celebrity Blog.

Gwen Stefani is a Libra, which explains her creativity, love of performing and unique sense of style. She was born on October 3, 1969 in Fullerton, CA. Her father is Italian and her mom is of Scottish / Irish descent. Gwen has three siblings.
Gwen’s brother Eric created the band No Doubt, she was only a teenager at the time and a backup singer. When the band’s original lead singer John Spence took his own life, Gwen became the lead singer of the band.

No Doubt with Gwen at the helm produced a number of memorable hits: Don’t Speak (1996); Just a Girl (1995); Hey Baby (2001) and Hella Good (2002) . (While with the band Gwen dated the band’s guitarist Tony Kanal for seven years.) Eventually, Gwen became ready to embark on a solo career. (She has also met – and fell in love with – English rocker, actor and composer Gavin Rossdale whom she has married in London in 2002).  Reminiscing of her announcement to the band – about her wish to go solo – Gwen said: “They are my best friends, so when I told them that I wanted to try something solo they responded in the way that best friends do. It was a matter of timing. We’ve all been growing up and our priorities have changed. Then I went and got married and my priorities certainly changed.” (The mutually-supportive relationship with the band continues and produces occasional collaborations.)

Her 2004 debut solo album Love.Angel.Music.Baby. (L.A.M.B) confirmed Gwen’s star power. Her rare ability to blend seemingly unrelated styles of music (from pop, hip hop, New Wave, electro and Broadway’s musical) into harmonious compositions was embraced by her fans.
“Hollaback Girl” reached number one in the US and Australia. (Her “Rich Girl” has also gained remarkable popularity.) Gwen was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 2005 Grammy Awards and in 2006 she received five nominations including Album of the Year.
Her second solo album The Sweet Escape – collaborations with Tony Kanal from No Doubt, the Neptunes and featuring Akon – was released in late 2006.  It didn’t quite measure up to the success of her debut album but the title track has made its way into the charts.

Gwen Stefani’s artistic accomplishments include two Grammy Awards for “Best Pop Performance By Duo Or Group With Vocal” in 2002 (“Hey Baby”) and 2003 (“Underneath It All”) which she’s earned as a part of No Doubt. As a solo artists, Gwen won two MTV Video Music Awards in 2005: for Best Choreography for “Hollaback Girl” and for Best Art Direction for “What You Waiting For?” Stefani won all four nominations that she received at the Teen Choice Awards, among them: Choice Breakout, Best Female Video, and Choice Collaboration for “Rich Girl”. In 2005 Gwen Stefanie was named the World’s Best New Female Artist at the World Music Awards back in 2005. Last but not least, she received six Grammy Awards nominations as a solo artist.

As if her musical success wasn’t enough, Gwen Stefani – considered a fashion icon for her ability to combine thrift store finds with designers’ duds into memorable outfits – launched her own clothing line, naming it after her first solo album, the L.A.M.B. Her line became an instant hit with celebrities; to make her fashions more affordable to her fans Gwen followed it with a second line Harajuku Lovers – focused on lower priced accessories – shortly thereafter.
Gwen tried her hand at acting as well making her film debut in Martin Scorcese’s biography of Howard Hughes, The Aviator; she was cast as Jean Harlow.
Beautiful, famous and successful, Gwen has been listed among “102 Sexiest Women in the World” by Stuff magazine (2002) and voted one of People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People (2004), to name just two of the distinctions.

Gwen Stefani and her husband Gavin Rossdale share their time between residences in London and in California. They have two children. Gwen’s said once: “I have a dream about spending time in my house with my kids. Being a mom was all I ever dreamed about. Now that it’s come true it makes me feel like my life has come together. Nothing else matters.”
For a while it seemed that she was taking time to live this dream however just days ago Tom Dumont of New Doubt announced that the group and Gwen Stefani are currently recording their first album together in 10 years which will feature 10 brand new songs………

Gwen Stefani, a prolific artist, an interesting person, a beautiful woman,  wife and a mom is  going strong and sure to surprise us with her versatile musical style and always changing image, again. To your continuing success Gwen!

Gwen Stefani – Cool

Gwen Stefani Interview with Vogue

 

May 232012
 

Obsession with The Kardashians: Kim Kardashian Video and Kardashians Video. Khloe, Kourtney and Kim Kardashian phenomenon explored on US Celebrity Blog.

The three Kardashian sisters: Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney have become an obsession for many. They have a successful reality TV show, grace the covers of magazines, are treated as the cream of society, set trends (and undoubtedly, some standards as well) plus run a business empire worth millions. What’s behind our obsession with the Kardashians? What makes them so fascinating?………. Take a look at the Kardashians videos below and let’s draw conclusions once you’ve got your “dose” of the Kardashians.

Kardashian Video: Kim’s Fashion Spin

Kardashians Video: Kourtney and Khloe: Ladies Night

Kardashian Video: Kim’s Bikini Body

Kardashians Video: Kardashian Sisters on Family and Fights

Kardashian Video: Kim’s Carl’s Jr. TV commercial

Kardashians Video: Chelsea Lately: The Kardashians

So, let’s draw some conclusions about the obsession with Kardashians. What’s so extra-ordinary about the Kardashian sisters? Are they pretty? Yes. Sexy? Definitely. Well-connected? Absolutely. But what are we fascinated by? It obviously can’t be their intellect, talent, or work.  (Incidentally, I researched definitions of celebrity well, most of them cite  talent or accomplishment as a prerequisite for celebrity or fame.)
When it comes to the Kardashians, I’m left amazed at their business acumen, it must have taken a brilliant mind (or brilliant minds) to turn one sexcapade into a claim to fame and a multimillion dollar enterprise. (Pretty much the Paris Hilton method.)
What do you think?……….

Read Kardashian Facts and Gossip

May 232012
 

Memorable Moments from 2011 Oscars: David Seidler’s Oscar acceptance speech and Melissa Leo’s tribute to Kirk Douglas.

Millions and millions of people from all over the world were watching the Academy Awards’ Gala. Each of the viewers having their own subjective experience. For the Editor of US Celebrity Blog these were the memorable moments of 2011 Oscars.

David Seidler’s Oscar Acceptance Speech

David Seidler at the 83rd Academy Awards

Upon the receipt of the coveted golden Oscar statue for Original Screenplay for work done on “The King’s Speech”, David Seidler said:

“The writer’s speech, this is terrifying. My father always said to me, I would be a late bloomer. I believe I am the oldest person to win this particular award. I hope that record is broken quickly and often. I’d like to thank my daughter, Maya, my son, Mark, for having faith in their dad as I have faith in you. And I would like to thank my producers, my director, my cast, there’s so many people and they are saying “wrap up now.” I’m sorry. I would like to thank her Majesty, the Queen, for not putting me in the Tower of London for using the Melissa Leo “f” word. And I accept this on behalf of all the stutterers throughout the world. We have a voice, we have been heard, thanks to you the Academy.”

David Seidler is 73. His defiant “My father always said to me, I would be a late bloomer. I believe I am the oldest person to win this particular award. I hope that this record is broken quickly and often.” left an indelible impression on me.

Kirk Douglas, Hollywood Star From the Golden Era

The other memorable moment for me was the appearance of Kirk Douglas. Say what you will, but Hollywood is about legends, dreams and memories. As much as I found Anne Hathaway irresistible and James Franco charming in his own way, Kirk Douglas represents Hollywood from the years past. He is a legend from the Golden Era of Hollywood. In spite of his age, Kirk Douglas’ charm, sense of humor, acting talent and timing remain intact……..
When he announced that Melissa Leo, won an Oscar for Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for her role in “The Fighter”, she was quite surprised.

Kirk Douglas and Melissa Leo

Melissa Leo with her Oscar and Kirk Douglas. Photo credit: Richard Harbaugh / ©A.M.P.A.S.

We’ll never know – after all she’s an Academy Award winner! – whether she’s planned the curtsy in front of Kirk Douglas or it was a spontaneous gesture. To me personally, for a split second it appeared to be a tribute. True, they both covered up the moment with humor. Still, whether the scene was improvised or deliberate,  it was an Oscar-worthy moment to behold. Since the Oscars are about peers honoring peers the curtsy couldn’t have been more poignant…….  (Way more memorable than her snafu during the acceptance speech.)

May 232012
 

Martina Navratilova A True Champion No Matter What, Dancing with the Star not withstanding.

The spotlight is once again, on Martina Navratilova as she competed on Dancing with the Stars. Her initial appearance took everyone by surprise: she is radiantly beautiful! But did we really have a right to be surprised? She’s proven her beauty and integrity throughout her life.

Martina achieved fame, fortune and recognition for her unparalleled achievements on the tennis court. To quote from her Website: “She won 59 grand slam titles, including a record 9 Wimbledon singles championships.” According to other sources Navratilova won more professional Singles titles (167) than any other woman or man in the history of tennis!

Even this is not the full description of Martina Navratilova. She faces life with the same integrity she demonstrated throughout her long and illustrious career on the tennis court. Openly lesbian, she was confronted with many roadblocks along her way and faced them with courage. She’s always been supportive of LGBT causes and is one of the founders of The Rainbow Endowment. Martina is a recognized author, vegetarian, splits her time between her homes in Florida and Colorado…. and at 56 had the courage to start dancing!

So, Martina Navratilova didn’t win this time. But she competed with the best of them, true to her motto: “Just go out there and do what you have to do.” It was a privilege to see yet another dimension of Martina Navratilova, Champion on and off the tennis court.

Learn more about Martina Navratilova on her Website.

May 232012
 

Katy Perry Hot in 2011: read about Katy Perry, watch Katy Perry Video I Kissed a Girl and more on US Celebrity Blog.

Katy Perry Hot in 2011

Katy Perry was born on October 25th 1984 in Santa Barbara, CA to a devout Christian family (both of her parents are pastors) that encouraged her to sing gospel in churches and protected her from exposure to secular music.

She discovered the world of pop music as a young teenager and followed her calling all the way to Nashville, TN at the age of 15. It is there that she built her music industry relationships and begun her career. Her first album which contained Christian songs was released in 2001 under her true name: Katy Hudson. Since her birth name is easy to confuse with that of Kate Hudson, the well-known actress, Katy eventually decided to take on a stage name Katy Perry. (Perry, the name she’s made famous is her mother’s maiden name.)

On her way to success she encountered and was influenced by Glen Ballard (the mentor of Alanis Morissette in the album “Jagged Little Pill”). It is her work with Ballard that brought her the attention of Blender magazine and later Jason Flom who signed her for Capitol Music.

Her major breakthrough came when she provided a free download of her song Ur So Gay on her MySpace page. The song became instantly popular and propelled her second single I Kissed a Girl to the top. (Used on the popular teen TV series “Gossip Girl” the song climbed up Billboard Hot 100 chart and landed at the coveted #2 spot.)

Katy Perry

Katy Perry (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage.com)

Katy Perry has had several notable hits since: Hot N Cold, Waking Up In Vegas, Thinking of You, Ur So Gay, One of the Boys, Fingerprints, I’m Still Breathing, Mannequin, and Lost. Still, I Kissed a Girl is favored by many of her fans.
Katy is used to breaking conventions and once said famously: “If people want a role model, they can have Miley Cyrus.”

In October 2010 she married British actor, writer, and producer Russell Brand and according to some sources is considering changing her stage name to reflect her marital status…. (The marriage is currently over, the divorce proceedings are underway and other than Katy’s lyrics, it appears that both parties have moved on.)

Katy Perry was ranked #1 on Maxim magazine’s Hot 100 of 2010 list; we believe that her spot on the Hot List 2011 is assured.

Katy Perry Singing California Gurls (Video)

May 232012
 

Kim Kardashian got flour-bombed; Kim to support charity for women, more.

Kim Kardashian helps women improve their lives

Except of Kim Kardashian’s brief marriage on which we didn’t comment (after all, not only celebrities mess up their personal lives!) we kept up with some of the turbulent events in the Kardashians’ lives.

We’re not fans of the family or their reality show. But even we couldn’t help but notice that the shrewd sisters are not only spectacularly successful in business but gradually becoming – if not respectable – than likeable!
It seems that they begun noticing the world around them, took interest and – lo and behold – action to make things better!

Khloe Kardashian hosted a toy drive for the Children’s Hospital of Dallas last year. Kim Kardashian was pitching in for Los Angeles Mission and other causes in the past. This time Kim pledged her support for Dress for Success Worldwide. (To quote from Dress for Success Website: “The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.”) She’s even planning to donate some of the profits from the sales of fragrance (True Reflection) to the charity.

We may not admire careers built on a flash in the pan, but we acknowledge charitable affords: way to go Kardashian sisters!
Perhaps the troubled siblings are beginning to grow up. If their hearts match their exteriors we may all become fans, eventually.

Kim Kardashian Flour-Bombed

We’ve heard it; we’ve seen it: a member of the public, allegedly offended by Kim wearing real fur, “attacked” her with a bag of flour ruining Kim’s perfect hair and makeup, not to mention her outfit. Kim didn’t press charges; dusted herself off – literally! – and completed the event.

Altogether, not a world-shattering event; just a bit of disorderly conduct, responded to in a surprisingly classy way by Kim. The larger questions behind the otherwise minor incident are:
1/ the issue of personal safety of celebrities
2/ the definition of a socially-acceptable, civil behavior

As for Kim Kardashian’s security; it failed to protect her from a relatively harmless attack. (It would have failed also if the attack wasn’t harmless.)
As for the alleged animal rights’ activist – and let’s be clear: I don’t condone wearing animal skin as a garment – it seems to be a case of a confused fame-seeker. A young woman who decided to snatch some attention for herself at a public event, at the expense of another.

I have expressed my feelings about the Kardashians on US Celebrity Blog in the past and I’m not a fan. Still, in this case I find Kim’s conduct praiseworthy. I also believe that the behavior of the thrill-seeker should be punished, at the very least by a citation. Having differing convictions doesn’t justify ANY form of physical assault with flour or otherwise. The flour-bombing was inappropriate, there are safer, smarter and more effective venues for expressing one’s views.

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15 year old Oscar Kesh shares his thoughts on Justin Bieber and his accuser Mariah Yeater. Justin Bieber and Usher on US Celebrity Blog.

Millions of teenage girls can breathe a sigh of relief now that it seems that the Bieber’s baby scandal was nothing more than a false accusation. Mariah Yeater, a 20 year old woman from California, filed a lawsuit claiming that Justin Bieber is the father of her 4 month old son. Yeater went on to say that she was impregnated by Bieber during an encounter they had backstage, after his Oct. 25, 2010 concert at the Staples Center, in L.A. Bieber and his legal team have denied all the claims made by Yeater and, reportedly, Justin took a DNA test on Friday (11/18/2011), to prove Yeater’s accusations wrong. In what pretty much wraps this up, Yeater seems to be avoiding a DNA test for her baby. Also, she dropped her lawsuit. Bieber stated that he is going to sue Yeater for her false claims.

Justin Bieber was born in Stratford, Canada, to a single teen-mother. As a child, Bieber taught himself to play several instruments and sing. At the age of 12, Bieber entered a local talent competition called the Stratford Idol. He went in just to have fun, and left having won 2nd place. To share his performances in the talent show with his friends and family, he uploaded the videos to YouTube. The videos became popular and eventually attracted the attention of a talent agent, Scooter Braun. He flew the 13 year old Bieber to Atlanta to meet with Usher. The first words between the two future business partners were, as Bieber remembered, “Hey Usher, I love your songs, do you want me to sing you one?” Usher then said, “No little buddy, just come inside, it’s cold out.” In 2009, Bieber’s debut album, My World, was a major success, and is now Certified Platinum. He followed it up with his even more successful, 2x Platinum, album My World 2.0. And he’s just getting started. So far, it seems that Bieber has a very promising future.

Every young star growing up in the unforgiving limelight of Hollywood is exposed to potential scandals and controversies. This is Justin’s first one, and hopefully the last. It seems like Bieber’s career easily survived its first test, and it appears that his relationship with his fans, business partners, and his girlfriend, Selena Gomez, will survive it unscathed as well.
Personally, I think that it was a really dirty thing for Yeater, basically an adult at 20 years old, to lie about her sexual encounter with the 17 year old Bieber. It could have destroyed his reputation, career, and future. I strongly support Justin Bieber’s plan to sue Mariah Yeater because I believe that it would discourage other opportunists from trying to besmear his name and sabotage his career. It must have taken not only talent, but hard work and strong character to achieve stardom and to have it all jeopardized by an imposter is simply disgusting. Just saying.

As a 15 year old, and also in the music / entertainment business, I can relate to what Bieber is going through. Having a lie threaten to wipe all my efforts away, would be really hard to deal with. I found that Usher’s word of advice to Bieber sums up exactly what I would tell him: “Stay strong. And know that all of this comes with the territory.”

Oscar Kesh

"Justin Bieber Baby Scandal" article was contributed by Oscar Kesh