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Imogen Poots admires actresses who can adapt

Imogen Poots looks up to women who challenge themselves in film.

'The Look of Love' actress - who is currently starring alongside 'Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul in 'A Long Way Down' and 'Need For Speed' - admires actresses such as Kristen Scott Thomas and Shirley Henderson for their ability to adapt to unusual roles.

She told BANG Showbiz: ''These incredible women who really challenge themselves again and again, they're like chameleons, they adapt.

''They are a huge inspiration and they inspire me to be the most terrific actress I can be.''

The blonde beauty - who made her first major film appearance in 2008 post-apocalyptic sci-fi horror '28 Days Later' alongside Robert Carlyle, Jeremy Renner and Idris Elba - says she's planning on taking some time off before her next project, which she's already lined up.

She added: ''I'm doing a film called 'Beautiful Ruins' based on the Jess Walter novel with Todd Field directing, I'm very excited about that.''



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The box office hero is ...

Captain America continues to vanquish box office foes, triumphing in ticket sales for the third consecutive week and beating formidable contender Johnny Depp.

According to studio estimates Sunday, the Marvel sequel added another $26 million to its coffers, while Depp's science-fiction thriller, "Transcendence," opened in fourth place.

Another newcomer, the religious film "Heaven Is for Real," debuted in third place, while another sequel, "Rio 2," held on to second.

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" set a box-office record as the biggest April release ever when it opened with more than $96 million in domestic ticket sales. Starring Chris Evans as Capt. America and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, the Disney release has earned more than $200 million to date in North America — the 12th Marvel film to do so.

The Canadian Press


Michelle Obama to guest star on Nashville

Michelle Obama is to guest star on 'Nashville'.

The First Lady, 50, will make a cameo appearance as herself in an upcoming episode of the ABC drama, which will air on May 7 and lead up to the season two finale.

The brunette beauty will appear alongside Connie Britton, whose character Rayna James persuades Michelle to host a charity concert at Fort Campbell, after it is revealed character Luke Wheeler has been injured in Afghanistan.

Michelle is also scheduled to guest star in the hit comedy 'Parks and Recreation' on April 24.

Michelle, who appears to have no problem oozing confidence in front of the cameras, recently admitted she wasn't against getting Botox done in the future because she believes women should have the power to feel happy in their own skin.

She said previously: "Right now, I don't imagine that I would go that route, but I've also learned to never say 'never'. Women should have the freedom to do whatever they need to do to feel good about themselves."

Meanwhile, Michelle has a busy start to the year as she turned 50 in January, and she made sure she celebrated the milestone birthday in style by arranging for Beyonce to perform at her star-studded bash at the White House.
 



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Kristen Bell's husband has portrait of Brad Pitt in bedroom

Kristen Bell's husband has hung a picture of Brad Pitt in their bedroom.

The 33-year-old actress admits her beau Dax Shepard has a serious obsession with the hunky actor and has even attached a portrait of him and Brad in matching outfits, which was given to him by Ellen DeGeneres earlier in the week, to the headboard of their bed.

Speaking on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' last night (04.18.14), Kristen said: "He just adores him, he's on a pedestal, his work, his vibe, he loves everything about him."

When Ellen asked if he actually took the portrait, which was a "joke", home with him, Kristen replied: "Can I just say something? I don't think he thought it was a joke. I think he thought it was dead serious.

"It was the first thing he showed me when he got home. He's like, 'Come out to my trunk, I got to show you what Ellen got me.' And I was like, 'Wait, how was your segments?' ... And he has already put it up and it is in the boudoir. It's resting on the headboard above our bed. It's going to need to be secured if it's going to live there."

Meanwhile, the couple, who have 13-month-old daughter Lincoln together, have been dating since 2007 and got engaged in 2010, but held off tying the knot until last year as they wanted to wait until same-sex marriage was legalized in California.
 



Ellie Goulding gets new tattoo

Ellie Goulding has got a new tattoo.

The 'Goodness Gracious' hitmaker, who already has several inkings, has added a lotus - which symbolizes fortune in Buddhism - to her collection after getting the pretty flower etched onto her ribcage.

Dr Woo, a tattoo artist at Mark Mahoney's Shamrock Social Club in California, unveiled his handiwork on his Instagram account yesterday (04.18.14).

Alongside the black and white snap, he wrote: "Lotus craze on the homegirl @elliegoulding thanks for the laughs. (sic)".

Meanwhile, the 27-year-old singer is no stranger to the tattoo chair as she also has the letter 'J' carved onto her left side, a red triangle on the inside of her right wrist and an arrow in white ink on her right index finger.

She also has the Tibetan mantra 'Om mani padre hum', meaning 'Jewel in the lotus', etched in red on her left wrist.

Meanwhile, Ellie, who is currently at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California, is yet to comment on her new tattoo, but she's already flashed the new artwork on stage while wearing a tiny crop top and shorts.
 



Kim Kardashian gone into 'extreme dieting mode' for wedding

Kim Kardashian has reportedly gone into "extreme dieting mode" in time for her wedding.

The 33-year-old reality TV star - who is following the high-protein Atkins diet - has banned any liquids apart from water entering her mouth in order to shift 5lbs before her and her fiance Kanye West's big day next month.

A source told OK! magazine: "She doesn't really drink, but she likes a glass of red wine with dinner and coffee in the morning but her Atkins mania won't allow her those anymore. She won't even have a sip."

The brunette beauty - who has already lost 50lbs since giving birth to her daughter North last June - has been eating lean protein and green vegetables to help her achieve her slim physique.

However, she's terrified she'll slip off her diet plan, so she makes sure she has healthy snacks on hand at all times.

The source explained: "Her assistant has a bag of celery sticks with her at all times."

Meanwhile, Kim, who is set to tie the knot in Paris on May 24, has recently upped her workouts to five times a week and has banned carbohydrates, including bread and pasta, from her house in order to avoid temptation.

An insider said previously: "She'll eat veggies, but no noodles, rice or bread. It shocks her body. It's the only way to get the weight off. She does 100 squats each morning to lift her booty."



Jeremy Piven 'flirting' with Nina Agdal

Jeremy Piven and Nina Agdal were spotted "flirting" with each other at a charity event yesterday (04.18.14).

The pair, who were taking part in 60-second cycling competitions on Flywheel bikes in New York City, seemed to be enjoying each other's company as they competed against one another to raise money for Food Bank for NYC.

A source told E! News: "They were definitely flirting and chatting a quite a bit, although that's not out of character for Jeremy."

The stars then took their flirtatious chemistry one step further when Nina, who won the cycle challenge, thanked Jeremy on Twitter for taking part in the competition, which was held in Kiehl's since 1851.

She wrote: "Had so much fun riding for charity @FoodBank4NYC with @Flywheel @Kiehls thanks to @jeremypiven for competing with me. (sic)".

Jeremy, 48, replied with: "I want a rematch."

Meanwhile, the model recently split up with the Wanted's Max George after they began to grow apart.

A source said previously: "It was hard for Max to dump Nina so soon after news broke that The Wanted are breaking up.

"But they just wanted different things out of the relationship and had grown slightly apart."
 



Beyonce and Paul McCartney work out together

Beyonce and Sir Paul McCartney have been working out together.

The two global superstars were spotted together at the Four Seasons hotel in Los Angeles, and the pair have had a number of sessions together "joking like old pals" as they look to stay in shape.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "Jaws of guests dropped when they saw them together. They strolled in laughing and joking like old pals and hopped on the treadmill.

"Paul had a remarkably good pace. Beyonce then got off to join her trainer, who was trying to get Paul to join in. The pair then moved on to the studio where they stretched and did some gentle Pilates.

"People think it was a coincidence but it isn't the first time they have been to the gym together."

It is said the unlikely pair were both at the hotel for Coachella Festival, which the Beatles legend attended with his wife Nancy Shevell.

Meanwhile, Beyonce - who is married to rapper Jay Z - has recently insisted that "women should own their sexuality".

She said: I'd like to believe that my music opened up that conversation. There is unbelievable power in ownership, and women should own their sexuality.

"There is a double standard when it comes to sexuality that still persists. Men are free and women are not. That is crazy. The old lessons of submissiveness and fragility made us victims.

Women are so much more than that. You can be a businesswoman, a mother, an artist, and a feminist - whatever you want to be - and still be a sexual being. It's not mutually exclusive."



Idris Elba and girlfriend welcome a baby boy

Idris Elba's girlfriend has given birth to a baby boy.

The 41-year-old actor, who recently played the late Nelson Mandela in 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom', and his make-up artist partner Naiyana Garth welcomed their first child, Winston Elba, into the world on Thursday (04.17.14).

The 'The Wire' star announced the news on Twitter on Friday (04.18.14), tweeting: "My son, Winston Elba, was born yesterday. Truly amazing."

The British actor also shared a photograph of his baby's tiny hand clutching his finger.

The Golden Globe winner already has an 11-year-old daughter, Isan, with his ex-wife Dormowa Sherma.

Idris and Naiyana started dating in March 2013 and sources confirmed in November that she was pregnant, shortly after they went public with their romance at the Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year awards in London.

A source said at the time: "They've been together for a few months but it's really ramped up recently. They get on brilliantly and she's a real hit with his family and friends. Idris is known as a ladies' man but he's really not at all. He'd rather have banter at the bar than spend all night grafting on women. Although he doesn't have to try anyway, women flock to him."
 



Kris Jenner doing 'great' after health scare

Kris Jenner is doing "great" after being rushed to hospital on Wednesday (04.16.14).

The 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians' star insists she's feeling better and is looking forward to Easter after being hospitalized for "internal pains" earlier this week.

Speaking to E! News, she said: "I'm feeling well and looking forward to a relaxing Easter holiday."

The 58-year-old talent manager has already been busy getting the Easter treats ready for her grandchildren Mason, four, Penelope, 21 months, and North, 10 months.

Taking to Twitter yesterday (04.17.14), she shared a snap of her bunny-inspired table decorations and some tasty snacks for the little ones.

She accompanied the photo with: "Easter sweets and goodies for my precious Bunnies!! #EasterLove (sic)".

Kris was taken to a medical center in Thousand Oaks, California, on Wednesday morning by her estranged husband Bruce Jenner following her doctor's decision to run a scan after experiencing severe discomfort.

Olympic gold medalist Bruce, 64, was spotted taking Kris, whom he announced he was separating from in October after 22 years of marriage, to the emergency room and it is believed he drove from his bachelor pad in Malibu to be by her side in Los Angeles.
 



James Franco's ex-manager stole from him?

James Franco's ex-manager is being sued for allegedly stealing from the actor for eight years.

Miles Levy, who represented the 'Oz the Great and Powerful' star for 20 years until last year, has been accused by his former business partners, Randall James and Kenneth Jacobson, of diverting the actor's commissions to one of his own companies between 2006 and 2013.

They claim that Levy informed them the star was reducing their commissions from 15 percent to 10 percent in May 2006, but later discovered James "had never directed any such thing," and Levy diverted the five percent difference to his other company Down Goes Frazier.

Court documents - filed on Friday (04.18.14) in Los Angeles Superior Court - also state that Levy made "substantial" personal credit card charges on a card provided to him by the 35-year-old star, according to Variety.com.

James' financial manager, Steven Blatt, and his accounting firm, Tanner & Mainstain, were also named in lawsuit, which claims Blatt helped Levy set up the side venture "for the sole purpose of facilitating this theft."

The 'This Is the End' star fired Miles as his manager last September and reached a confidential settlement with him in December.
 



Taylor Momsen loves New York

Taylor Momsen needs "grit" in her life.

The Pretty Reckless singer tries to stay out of the limelight by living in New York where she can "hide" and claims she has never really "cared" about mixing with celebrities.

She told BANG Showbiz: "I'm actually quite shy and introverted - I'm not one to go out much. I'll have a beer or something or a glass of wine.

"I'm a writer, I'm very neurotic, I like to be alone with my thoughts. Everyone in New York has the mentality of, 'Mind your own s**t, mind your own business', it's a little easier to get away with hiding.

"But every time I get to California, I'm like, 'Why don't I live here, the weather is amazing, everything is pretty'.

"Then after two weeks, I get back to New York and I'm like, 'That's why ... I need a bit of grit in my life'. I even miss the smell of p**s on the street."

Although the 20-year-old star - whose new album 'Going to Hell' is out now - is more focused on music than partying these days, the former Gossip Girl star has hung out with Lindsay Lohan in the past but claims she has never tried to give her life advice.

She said: "I know Lindsay, I've hung out with her a couple of times, she's a super sweetheart, I know she gets a bad rep, but it's entertainment, if she's not in some sort of controversy it wouldn't be entertaining for people.

"I'm not one to give her advice, I haven't seen her in a couple of years but I wish her the best."
 



X-Men director's lawsuit

Credit card receipts, telephone records and production schedules show that "X-Men" franchise director Bryan Singer was not in Hawaii when a lawsuit claims he sexually abused a 17-year-old on the islands, a defence attorney said Friday.

Singer was mainly in Toronto working on the first "X-Men" movie from August through October 1999, defence attorney Marty Singer told The Associated Press.

A lawsuit filed by a former child model, Michael Egan III, says Bryan Singer abused him several times over those three months as well as earlier in California as part of a Hollywood sex ring led by another man convicted of luring minors across state lines for sex.

"This was Bryan's first studio film," Marty Singer said. "Clearly, he's not going to take a break in the middle of this movie while you're shooting and prepping it to go to Hawaii."

Egan's lawyer, Jeff Herman, did not immediately respond to phone calls seeking comment.

Egan said Thursday that he was abused by Bryan Singer and others starting when he was 15. He said he was given drugs and promises of a Hollywood career while being threatened and sexually abused in Los Angeles and Hawaii.

The AP does not typically name victims of sex abuse but is naming Egan because he is speaking publicly about his allegations.

Marty Singer, who said previously that he and the director are not related, declined to provide any of the personal records, saying they were private.

He said the filming records were available publicly but 20th Century Fox did not immediately return a phone call and email seeking comment.

"X-Men" was released in July 2000. Singer has directed three films in the blockbuster franchise, including the fifth installment, "X-Men: Days of Future Past," to be released next month, as well as other films including "The Usual Suspects."

His lawyer said the director was never interviewed by any authorities about the claims by Egan, who said Thursday he reported the Los Angeles acts and doesn't know why charges were not pursued.

The lawsuit was filed under a Hawaii law that temporarily suspends the statute of limitations in sex abuse cases. The law has led to several lawsuits against clergy members and others.

A judge in Hawaii set a July 21 scheduling hearing in Honolulu for the lawsuit, which was filed Wednesday.

 

The Canadian Press


Ryan Seacrest to quit 'American Idol'?

Ryan Seacrest is reportedly planning to quit 'American Idol.'

The 39-year-old star, who has hosted the US reality singing competition since its first season in 2002, wants to jump ship before the FOX series is cancelled due to declining ratings.

A source told gossip website RadarOnline.com: "Ryan is telling friends that this season of 'Idol' is likely to be his last. He's lost the passion for it, and desperately wants to do different things at this point in his career, like produce the Oscars and start developing more of his original ideas."

The presenter, who also hosts E!'s red carpet coverage at major award shows, is coming to the end of his $30 million two-year contract with 'American Idol' and is ready to focus on his career as a producer, as he has already had a lot of success with shows, including 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians.'

The source explained: "Ryan's reduced role in this year's Emmys red carpet coverage is a clear move toward a life that involves less hosting and more producing. He wants to transition to behind the scenes more, and is getting fed up with the 'interviewing people' part of his job, when his heart is really in the work he does as a producer."

The insider added: "This season of 'Idol' going to be a real endurance test for Ryan. 'Idol' is holding him back right now, but it's also the most money he's ever been paid for anything, so he has to be a politician about it."




 





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