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May 102014
 

Donald Trump Is An American Business MagnateDonald Trump (Donald John Trump, Sr. born June 14, 1946) is an American business magnate, investor, television personality and author. He is the chairman and president of The Trump Organization and the founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts. Trump’s extravagant lifestyle, outspoken manner, and role on the NBC reality show The Apprentice have made him a well-known celebrity who was No. 17 on the 2011 Forbes Celebrity 100 list.

Considered one of best known real estate entrepreneurs in the United States, Trump is the son of Fred Trump, a wealthy real estate developer. He worked for his father’s firm, Elizabeth Trump & Son, while attending the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and in 1968 officially joined the company. He was given control of the company in 1971 and renamed it The Trump Organization.

In 2010, Trump expressed an interest in becoming a candidate for President of the United States in the 2012 election, though in May 2011, he announced he would not be a candidate. Trump was a featured speaker at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). In 2013, Trump spent over $1 million to research a possible run for president of the United States in 2016.

Apr 072014
 

Mickey Rooney Legendary Actor Dies At 93Legendary Actor Mickey Rooney Dead at 93 Rooney Shot to Fame as Andy Hardy and Appeared in More Than 200 Films

A short actor with a long career, Mickey Rooney was the biggest box-office draw in Hollywood in 1939 and spent the next 70 years trying with varying success to make his way back to that pinnacle. Los Angeles Police confirmed that Mr. Rooney died Sunday at 93 years old, the Associated Press reported. He appeared in more than 200 films and was nominated for four Oscars. He started in the silent era and appeared in every decade until the 2010s, a career of nearly unequaled length heightened by the fact that he started in show business as a toddler vaudevillian.
Legendary star Mickey Rooney has died at age 93; George Strait wins entertainer of the year at the Academy of Country Music Awards; Malaysia bans Biblical epic “Noah.”

Mr. Rooney was popular in Mickey McGuire shorts where he starred as a street-wise Irish kid, starting when he was just 7. He shot to fame as Andy Hardy, a frenetic teenager who, the Academy Award committee said in his special juvenile Oscar citation, brought to the screen “the spirit and personification of youth.”

It was 1939, the same year that Mr. Rooney starred opposite Judy Garland in “Babes in Arms,” the first of their “let’s put on a show” teamings and the top-grossing film of the year. Other notables from the period include “Boys Town,” “National Velvet” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”

Mr. Rooney’s depictions of sanitized youth flagged as he and the nation moved on after World War II, and it seemed he was destined for the kind of child-star reputation of a Jackie Coogan or Shirley Temple. But he returned in the 1950s as a TV star, continuing his movie career with smallish parts.

He continued acting, working dinner theater at times, in ensuing decades until 1980, when he unexpectedly won the best actor Tony in his Broadway debut in the burlesque musical “Sugar Babies.”

He had by then had eight marriages, including a brief one to Ava Gardner and another to a former Miss Muscle Beach who later died in a murder-suicide with her lover. He had become a born-again Christian. He had lived through bankruptcy, drug dependency and even playing Mr. Yunioshi in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”
“I am what most people would call a survivor,” he said at the time.
Born in Brooklyn, he was Joe Yule Jr., son of a vaudevillian actor and a dancer. On stage nearly from the time he could walk, he appeared in a tuxedo as “Sonny Yule” and sang tear-jerking songs from the stage to his mother.

His parents divorced when he was 5, and his mother moved to Hollywood, where he starred as Mickey McGuire, then Andy Hardy. Along the way he changed his name to Mickey Rooney and was soon the toast of moviegoers coast to coast.

Appearing as he did in an era when blackface was common, it is perhaps not surprising that his appeal may be hard to understand today. Mr. Rooney himself wrote in a memoir, “I was a gnomish prodigy—half-human, half-goblin, man-child, child-man—as wise in the ways of comedy as Wallace Beery and twice as cute.” A Wall Street Journal critic once opined, “Any picture with Mickey Rooney is bound to be more funny than otherwise.”

Mr. Rooney took numerous character roles in films and guest TV spots after “Sugar Babies” closed on Broadway. He was in several sequels to “The Black Stallion,” a 1979 film for which he was nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar.
Into his late 80s Mr. Rooney maintained a busy schedule, performing live shows with his eighth wife, Jan Chamberlin, singing songs from old movies and telling stories.

Written by Stephen Miller for The Wall Street Journal

Mar 142014
 

Strapped for CashThe American economy isn’t the best it’s ever been and therefore more and more people are falling on tough times both in their personal lives and businesses. The number of Americans filing for bankruptcy has been limited only by the fact that many are too poor to even afford it, with the average bankruptcy cost being around $1,500.

Celebrities are a small section of society that many of us believe will never come across tough times and will never have to declare themselves bankrupt. However, it’s actually easier to lose money when you have a lot of it to lose. The spending of the rich – such as celebrities – tends to be more extravagant and excessive. Celebrities who have skyrocketed to stardom often find themselves with bundles of cash and go overboard. Financial planners, business advisors, etc. attracted by the celebrity of their clients don’t always have their clients’ best financial interests at heart. This results in a number of celebrities filing for bankruptcy.

A few celebrities who’ve filed for a divorce in recent years include millionaire Donald Trump, ex-boxer Mike Tyson and actor Burt Reynolds. Trump has declared his businesses bankrupt no fewer than four times, however, sensibly, he kept his personal assets separate from his work, meaning there was no huge personal financial loss. Tyson, on the other hand, squandered his millions through personal spending and racked up a considerable amount of debt which he couldn’t afford. The athlete is a prime example of how fame, fortune and being surrounded by the wrong people can influence you and land you in a financial hot water. Famous movie star Burt Reynolds was sued after it was claimed he missed over a million dollars in mortgage payments on his Florida estate.

Perhaps money management should be included as a part of high school curriculum…

(Article contributed by Lisa Bonet)

Sep 262013
 
Julia Roberts

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Julia Roberts (Julia Fiona Roberts born October 28, 1967) is an American actress. She became a Hollywood star after headlining the romantic comedy Pretty Woman (1990), which grossed $464 million worldwide. After receiving Golden Globe Awards and Academy Award nominations for Steel Magnolias (1989) and Pretty Woman, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Erin Brockovich (2000).

Her films Mystic Pizza (1988), The Pelican Brief (1993), My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997), Notting Hill (1999), Runaway Bride (1999), Ocean’s Eleven (2001), Ocean’s Twelve (2004), Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), Valentine’s Day (2010), Eat Pray Love (2010), and Mirror Mirror (2012) have collectively brought box office receipts of over $2.6 billion, making her one of the most successful actresses in terms of box office receipts.

Roberts had become one of the highest-paid actresses in the world, topping The Hollywood Reporter’s annual “power list” of top-earning female stars from 2005 to 2006. Her fee for 1990’s Pretty Woman was $300,000;in 2003, she was paid an unprecedented $25 million for her role in Mona Lisa Smile (2003). As of 2010, Roberts’s net worth was estimated to be $140 million.

Roberts has been named one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” eleven times, tied with Halle Berry. In 2011, she was named one of the “100 Hottest Women of All-Time” by Men’s Health. In 2001, Ladies Home Journal ranked her as the 11th most powerful woman in the United States.

Roberts has given her time and resources to UNICEF as well as to other charitable organizations. On May 10, 1995, Roberts arrived in Port-au-Prince, as she said, “to educate myself”. The poverty she found was overwhelming. “My heart is just bursting”, she said. UNICEF officials hoped that her six-day visit would trigger an outburst of giving: $10 million in aid was sought at the time.
In 2000, Roberts narrated Silent Angels, a documentary about Rett syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder, which was shot in Los Angeles, Baltimore and New York.

The documentary was designed to help raise public awareness about the disease. In July 2006, Earth Biofuels announced Roberts as a spokeswoman for the company and as chair of the company’s newly formed Advisory Board promoting the use of renewable fuels. She also supports Gucci’s “Chime For Change” campaign that aims to spread female empowerment.

Sep 232013
 
Steven Seagal

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Steven Seagal (Steven Frederic Seagalborn April 10, 1952) is an American action film star, producer, writer, martial artist, guitarist and reserve deputy sheriff. A 7th-dan black belt in Aikido, Seagal began his adult life as an Aikido instructor in Japan. He became the first foreigner to operate an Aikido dojo in Japan.

He later moved to the Los Angeles, California, area where he made his film debut in 1988 in Above the Law. By 1991, he starred in three successful films and achieved greater fame in Under Siege (1992), where he played Navy SEALs counter-terrorist expert Casey Ryback. However both On Deadly Ground (1994, which he directed) and Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995) didn’t do well at the box office. During the latter half of the 1990s, he starred in three more theatrical films and the direct-to-video The Patriot. Since that time, with the exception of Exit Wounds (2001) and Half Past Dead (2002), his career shifted almost entirely to direct-to-video films (often low budget productions and shot in Europe or Asia). Between 1998 to 2009, he appeared in a total of 22 of these. At the age of 59, he returned to the big screen as Torrez in the 2010 film Machete. In 2011, he filmed the third season of his reality show .

 

Seagal is a guitarist, recording artist, and the founder of Steven Seagal Enterprises. In addition to his professional achievements, he is also known as an environmentalist, an animal rights activist, a supporter of the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, and the Tibetan independence movement.

Aug 152013
 

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood(Carrie Marie Underwood born March 10, 1983) is an American country music singer, songwriter, and actress. She rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol in 2005.

Underwood has since become a multi-platinum selling recording artist, a winner of six Grammy Awards, sixteen Billboard Music Awards, seven American Music Awards and ten Academy of Country Music Awards, among several others. As a songwriter, she has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. Underwood is also a two-time winner of the Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year award and the first woman to win such an award twice (2009/10). Underwood was inducted into and became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008. She was also inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2009.

Her debut album, Some Hearts, was released in 2005. Bolstered by the huge crossover success of the singles “Before He Cheats” and “Jesus, Take the Wheel”, it went on to become the fastest selling debut country album in Nielsen SoundScan history, the best-selling solo female debut album in country music history and the best-selling country album of the last 10 years. Underwood won three Grammy Awards for the album, including Best New Artist. Her second album, Carnival Ride, was released in 2007, with one of the biggest opening weeks by a female artist in history, and later earned Underwood two Grammy Awards, for the singles “Last Name” and “I Told You So”. Released in 2009, her third album, Play On, was led by the success of its first single, “Cowboy Casanova”, and finished the year as the second top-selling release by a female artist. 2012’s Blown Away, her fourth album, was ranked the second best-selling release of the year by a female artist. She won a Grammy Award for the album’s song “Blown Away”. With her strong album and single sales, and $100 million in tour revenues, Underwood is the biggest American Idol earner, the highest-ranked American Idol alumni on the RIAA’s Top Digital Artists of all time list and the fourth biggest album seller of the past ten years. She has sold more than 30 million singles and 16 million albums worldwide.

Described by music critics as Country Music’s reigning Queen, Underwood is the only solo country artist in the 2000 decade to have a number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and the first and only country artist to ever debut at number one on the Hot 100, as “Inside Your Heaven” topped the chart in 2005. She is also the female country artist with the most number one hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, from 1991 to present, having 12 No. 1s and breaking her own Guinness Book record of ten. Some Hearts was named the No. 1 Country Album of the 2000 Decade by Billboard and she was the top-ranked female artist on Billboard’s Best Country Artists of the 2000 Decade list.

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 202013
 

Actor James Gandolfini dead at age 51

By Chelsea J. Carter and JD Cargill, CNN
updated 12:14 AM EDT, Thu June 20, 2013

James Gandolfini, best known for his role as an anxiety-ridden mob boss on HBO’s “The Sopranos,” died Wednesday while on vacation in Italy. He was 51.

The exact cause of death is not known, but his managers said it was possibly a heart attack.

“It is with immense sorrow that we report our client, James Gandolfini. passed away today while on holiday in Rome, Italy,” managers Mark Armstrong and Nancy Sanders said in a joint statement. “Our hearts are shattered and we will miss him deeply. He and his family were part of our family for many years and we are all grieving.”

The actor had been scheduled to make an appearance at the Taormina Film Fest in Sicily this week.

Gandolfini won three Emmy Awards for his portrayal of Tony Soprano, the angst-wracked mob boss who visited a therapist and took Prozac while knocking off people. “The Sopranos” aired from 1999 to 2007.
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“Jimmy was the spiritual core of our Sopranos family, and I am stunned at this devastating loss,” said Chris Albrecht, the former president of HBO who gave the green light to the show. “He was a great talent, but an even better man. My thoughts are with his family.”

Actor Steve Van Zandt, who played Tony Soprano’s confidant Silvio Dante, felt equally close to Gandolfini in real life. “I have lost a brother and a best friend,” he posted on Twitter. “The world has lost one of the greatest actors of all time.”

Gandolfini was born September 18, 1961, in Westwood, New Jersey, according to Biography.com.

He graduated from Rutgers University and, as the story goes, worked as a bartender and a bouncer in New York City until he went with a friend to an acting class.

He got his start on Broadway, with a role in the 1992 revival of “A Streetcar Named Desire” with Jessica Lange and Alec Baldwin.

Gandolfini’s big screen debut came in the role of a heavy in the bloody “True Romance” in 1993. His breakthrough on the small screen came in 1999 with the role of Tony Soprano.

“He was a genius. Anyone who saw him even in the smallest of his performances knows that,” David Chase, who developed “The Sopranos,” said in a statement. “…A great deal of that genius resided in those sad eyes.”

Gandolfini, who was notoriously press shy, had a reputation in the tabloids for being sometimes difficult.

“He wasn’t easy sometimes. But he was my partner, he was my brother in ways I can’t explain and never will be able to explain,” Chase said.

While Gandolfini was known for sometimes ruthless, often imposing characters, those who worked with him described an actor who put his heart into a role.

“He was just so good at the emotion. A very passionate man and a very, very tender man,” Matthew Warchus, who directed Gandolfini in the 2009 Broadway play “God of Carnage,” told CNN. “I really loved him and admired him a great deal.”

Larry King, who saw Gandolfini in Las Vegas just weeks ago, told CNN the actor was “jovial and seemed happy.”

“He stamped himself in ‘The Sopranos’ so much, people have overlooked his many diversified roles he’s performed,” King said. “He was a very diverse character actor, who became a star.”
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Gandolfini’s acting credits included roles in “The Last Castle” with Robert Redford, “The Mexican” with Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts and “Surviving Christmas” with Ben Affleck.

In recent years, he had starred in several movies, including the Oscar-nominated “Zero Dark Thirty,” “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3” and “Killing Them Softly.”

Gandolfini was also known to children, voicing Carol, a wild thing, in the 2009 movie adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s classic “Where the Wild Things Are.”

He took to the stage to do a reading of Sendak’s “In The Night Kitchen” to mark the author’s 80th birthday.

News of the actor’s death spread quickly, drawing shock and sadness from those who had worked with him.

“James Gandolfini was a kind, funny, wonderful guy. I’m so lucky to have worked with him. Sending love to his family. Such a sad, sad day,” Olivia Wilde, who starred with the actor in “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” said in a post on Twitter.

Actor Steve Carell, who also appeared in the movie, simply said on Twitter: “James Gandolfini. What a great loss.”

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie described himself as a “huge fan” of Gandolfini.

“It’s an awful shock. James Gandolfini was a fine actor, a Rutgers alum and a true Jersey guy,” he said.

Gandolfini is survived by his wife, Deborah, and their 9-month-old daughter, Liliana. He is also survived by a son, Michael, from another marriage.

CNN’s KJ Matthews, Douglas Hyde, Elise Miller and Henry Hanks contributed to this report.

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)

May 062013
 
Madonna

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Madonna(Madonna Louise Ciccone born August 16, 1958) is an American singer-songwriter, actress, director, dancer, and entrepreneur. Born in Bay City, Michigan, she moved to New York City in 1977 to pursue a career in modern dance and performed in the music groups Breakfast Club and Emmy.

Madonna is known for continuously reinventing both her music and image, and for retaining a standard of autonomy within the recording industry. She attained immense popularity by pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music and imagery in her music videos, which became a fixture on MTV. Critics have praised her diverse musical productions which have also been known to induce controversy. Madonna released her self-titled debut album in 1983, and followed it with a series of successful albums, including the Grammy Award winners Ray of Light (1998) and Confessions on a Dance Floor (2005). Many of her songs peaked atop record charts, including “Like a Virgin”, “Into the Groove”, “Papa Don’t Preach”, “Like a Prayer”, “Vogue”, “Frozen”, “Music”, “Hung Up”, and “4 Minutes”.

Madonna received generally positive reviews for her role in Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), though her later film appearances received mixed commentary. She received critical acclaim and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for Evita (1996), but has received harsh feedback for other performances. She has been recognized as an acclaimed businesswoman, involving herself in fashion design, writing children’s books, and film directing and producing. In 1992, she founded entertainment company Maverick as a joint venture with Time Warner, which also included the label Maverick Records. In 2007, she signed a US $120 million record, touring and merchandising 360° deal with Live Nation, resulting in her leaving Warner Bros. Records, her label since 1982.

Madonna has sold more than 300 million records worldwide and is recognized as the best-selling female recording artist of all time by Guinness World Records. Time considered her to be one of the “25 Most Powerful Women of the Past Century” for being an influential figure in contemporary music. Madonna is the best-selling female rock artist of the 20th century and the second best selling female artist in the United States, with 64.5 million certified albums. Considered by Forbes and other publications as a cultural icon, She is often referred by the international press as the “Queen of Pop”. In 2008, Billboard ranked her at number two, behind only The Beatles, on the Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists, making her the most successful solo artist in the history of the chart. She was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the same year. In 2012, she was crowned the “Greatest Woman In Music” by VH1. As of 2013, some sources report that Madonna’s net worth has crossed over one billion dollars.

 

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

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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

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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.


Aug 162012
 
Mayim Bialik

Mayim Bialik
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Bialik, was driving on Hollywood Boulevard in L.A. when the accident occurred. According to reports, a car with tourists from Chile side-swept hers. Mayim Bialik sustained serious injury to her hand but as she twitted tonight – with her hubby’s help – she’ll be able to keep all her fingers.

Mayim Bialik is currently playing the nerdy scientist-girlfriend of Jim Parsons’ aka Dr. Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory and quite frankly is fantastic in the role. The nerdy and socially-inept aspects of the role aside, casting Mayim as a scientist was right on the money: she’s a scholar and holds Ph.D in neuroscience.

Mayim Bialik started her acting career as a child and became a regular on such popular shows as The Facts of Life and Webster. In 1989 she portrayed young Bette Midler in “Beaches”. Her starring role on Blossom (1990-1995) established her as a household name.

Mayim has a long list of TV roles and didn’t slow down even while pursuing her education. She continues being busy today. She’s married, raises her two small children, is a regular on a hit show and has just published a book “Beyond the Sling”. She’s a vegan and a spokesperson for the Holistic Moms Network.

Speedy recovery and to your continuing success from US Celebrity Blog, Mayim!

Aug 152012
 
Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron
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The story of Charlize Theron has its tragic moments but it is – without a doubt – inspiring.

Charlize was born and grew up on a farm in South Africa. She was an only child. Both of her parents were of European descent. Charlize was named after her father, Charles. Charles was an abusive alcoholic. During one of his drunken rages he attacked Charlize’s mother who shot him to death in self-defense. She was acquitted. Charlize Theron’s bond with her mother continues to be strong, with her mother being her strongest supporter.

Charlize view of the tragedy that took place when she was a child? In Theron’s own words:
“I don’t believe in charmed lives. I think that tragedy is part of the lesson you learn to lift yourself up, to pick yourself up and to move on.”

It was Charlize’s mom who realized that Charlize’s remarkable beauty requires wider exposure than South Africa could offer. Shortly after winning in a local modeling contest at the age of 16, Charlize went to Europe where she begun her modeling career. (She tried her talent at ballet as well but a knee injury put an end to her dancing ambition.) Still, Theron wasn’t happy as a model and set her sights on Hollywood.

Upon arrival in Hollywood (with a one –way ticket no less!) she approached most Hollywood agents looking for a way into the movie industry. No one took an interest in her. She run out of money shortly after and when a check from her mother arrived, the bank put a hold on it. As luck would have it, her outburst at the bank attracted the attention of a Hollywood agent. (Apparently, one she didn’t contact before.) He helped her under the condition that she improves her English and learn American accent. Charlize obliged. This was the beginning of Charlize Theron’s Hollywood career. Only two years later her actual climb to the top was underway.

In 1996 she played Helga in 2 Days in the Valley; her performance led to the role of Tina (That Thing You Do!). Starting in 1997 richer roles seem to have been falling in Theron’s lap:

  • 1997 Trial and Error
  • 1997 The Devil’s Advocate
  • 1997 The Devil’s Advocate
  • 1998 Celebrity
  • 1999 The Yards
  • 1998 Mighty Joe Young
  • 1999 The Astronaut’s Wife
  • 1999 The Cider House Rules
  • 2000 Reindeer Games
  • 2000 Men of Honor
  • 2000 The Legend of Bagger Vance
  • 2001 Sweet November
  • 2001 15 Minutes
  • 2001 The Curse of the Jade Scorpion
  • 2002 Trapped
  • 2002 Waking Up in Reno
  • 2003 The Italian Job

It was however her non-glamorous role in Monster (she had to gain a lot of weight for the role) in which she portrayed a real-life prostitute who became a serial killer that’s proven her acting talent, resulted in an avalanche of glowing reviews and culminated in an Academy Award, the official recognition of her peers.


 

Since then Charliz Theron starred in several notable films such as (this is not a complete list):

  • 2004 Head in the Clouds
  • 2004 The Life and Death of Peter Sellers
  • 2005 Arrested Development (starred as Rita in the TV series)
  • 2005 Æon Flux
  • 2005 North Country
  • 2007 Battle in Seattle
  • 2007 In the Valley of Elah
  • 2008 The Burning Plain
  • 2008 Hancock
  • 2008 Sleepwalking
  • 2009 The Road
  • 2011 Young Adult
  • 2012 Prometheus

Most recently, she portrayed Ravenna in Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) opposite Kristen Stewart as Snow White.

In her personal life, Charlize Theron wasn’t quite as lucky. Her relationship with Irish actor Stuart Townsend, didn’t survive the test of time. So what’s a gorgeous woman in her thirties to do when she’s ready for a family of her own? Charliz had the answer: she became a mother of an adopted baby. More power to her, after all she’s earned her success, fame and fortune and it’s up to her when and with whom to share it.
Here is an interesting – and actually out of context – quote by Charliz Theron:
I think women are way more conflicted than men, and I think we come from a society that’s very comfortable with the Madonna-whore complex, you know. We’re either really good hookers or really good mothers.

Charlize is a lady not afraid to MAKE her own luck! Congratulations on your motherhood Charlize: US Celebrity Blog wishes you many more blessings in your professional and personal future!

Charlize Theron is classically beautiful, graceful, powerful and wise. (“If you wouldn’t wear your dog, please don’t wear any fur.”) Here’s a movie star worth looking up to!


Aug 142012
 

Miley Cyrus New Haircut

Miley Cyrus New Haircut

Miley Cyrus New Haircut

We watched her on Disney channel as a sweet kid. We watched her transform from a teen into a sultry temptress. We watched from afar and wished her well in her career and personal life. We didn’t think that she can surprise us and here we go again: a new cool haircut changed her image allover again! She’s all grown and liberated… even from her hair.
Some fans were initially disappointed but now legions of them are lining up for Miley’s haircut. Yes, the new Miley Cyrus looks terrific!

Robert Pattinson Goes Public

While Rupert Sanders’ wife has been seen in public alone and without her wedding ring, Robert Pattinson emerged from his seclusion to promote a new film “Cosmopolis”. He’s been his usual charming self with fans, press and on Jon Stewart show.
It bears mentioning as well that he didn’t utter a word about his broken heart. (He’s English after all, the English are known for maintaining stiff upper lip under any circumstances.) Praiseworthy, if I say so myself and certainly beats releasing a public announcement even if such an announcement is an apology.
Celebrities frequently complain about the loss of privacy. To some degree that’s surely a problem. Maintaining privacy however seems to be an art not every celebrity has mastered. Kudos to Robert Pattinson!


Jennifer Aniston Engaged

It seems like yesterday there were rumors of an impending breakup of her romance with Justin Theroux flying and yet, last Friday (08/10/12) the pair has gotten engaged and wedding preparations can’t be far behind. Congratulations to the happy couple!

More Celebrity updates are on the way: stay in the loop with US Celebrity Blog!

Aug 142012
 

When the photos featuring what appeared to be romantic moments between Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders – who directed her in “Snow White and the Huntsman” – were released they caused an uproar.

Everybody knew that Kristen’s been in a relationship with Robert Pattinson and the two shared a home, at the time. Sanders who is married to a Vogue model is a father of two.

While gossip was beginning to brew, Kristen released a public statement in which she apologized to Pattinson – the statement for all intents and purposes became an admission – and that’s when the whole thing turned into a scandal. As a result hearts were broken; a myth beloved by Twilight films’ fans has been ruined and at least one relationship has been damaged beyond repair.

Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart’s photo by Jason Merritt – © Getty Images – Image courtesy WireImage.com

In an interview Kristen once said:  “You should have the opportunity to be more than one person with different people – because you have that within you. It’s not like you’re faking it. If everyone knows you so well and can always get a hold of you, then you’re stuck to this thing that people think you are. You should have the opportunity to reinvent yourself. Because you do. Naturally.

Let’s not forget that even though Kristen Stewart shot to stardom with her role in the Twilight films, she has been working as actress since 1999. She may well have been too busy to fully grow up.

I don’t know any of the parties involved personally and I’m not about to take sides, either. However since this is a celebrity blog and not a church pulpit from which to pass moral judgment, let’s take a look not at the right or wrong of the story but at the double standard involved.

There have always been cheating men who instead of scrutiny generated admiration from both genders. To name only one example, there is a current male celebrity – to avoid naming names let’s just say that he’s known for the use of the expression “winning” – who has had sex with most of the female population of the United States and yet, we all think of him as charming. Why isn’t the same standard applied to girls who saw their wild oats? Male or female, aren’t we all equally human? Why is it then that indiscretions committed by men are seen as insignificant and forgivable, while a girl’s single indiscretion is interpreted as a lack of integrity?… A broken heart or two aside (those usually heal), no one died.