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Stodden's stand for sheep

Courtney Stodden has made a stand for animal rights.

The 21-year-old beauty visited the Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles dressed up as Little Bo Peep in support of PETA's Save The Sheep campaign earlier this week.

She warned: "The shearing industry is heartbreaking. Not many people are aware of how torturous it really is. Sheep are deprived of food and water before being sheared, in part so that they'll be too weak to put up resistance. But when these naturally nervous prey animals do panic, the shearers stomp and stand on their heads and necks. Workers throw scared sheep around and slam their heads and bodies against hard wooden floors. It's terrible."

Courtney - who was wearing a revealing adult version of the popular nursery rhyme character's costume - advised people not to buy clothing made of wool for Christmas presents this year and to purchase items that are made from cotton or "plant-based" sources.

She told PerezHilton.com: "Also, Shearers are usually paid by the volume, not by the hour. This encourages fast, rough work which leaves the sheep with large bloody scrapes on their bodies... including on their penises. Please don't be a part of this by purchasing wool this holiday season. Instead, opt for cotton, acrylic or other plant-based options."


What stopped Tom Hanks?

Tom Hanks admits life stopped his wife when Rita Wilson was diagnosed with breast cancer last year.

The 59-year-old mother-of-two underwent a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery after she received the devastating news in December, and whilst Rita is finally cancer-free, her husband has opened up about the "hell" their family were in during that time.

Tom, also 59, shared: "What has been so amazing about it is how powerfully it plays out in a relatively short period of time.

"We all know by now what hell that sort of health crisis is.

"It just comes along out of the blue and everything else stops because the only thing to do is to drop everything else and pay attention to myriad stuff that needs to be attended to.

"Rita found out last December. That meant Christmas and New Year was a completely different version of how it had been on any year before, and now here we are a year later and she seems to be out of it."

The Oscar winning actor feels blessed that they could afford the best healthcare and added he was in awe of how Rita coped with her ordeal.

In an interview with the Daily Mail newspaper, he said: "Rita and I are lucky because we can afford the best healthcare in the world, we knew that blessing right off, but while it was happening, all I could do was bow down before the courage of my wife."

Underwood wants cows

Carrie Underwood wants a herd of cows.

The 32-year-old singer - who has a nine-month-old son, Isaiah, with husband Mike Fisher - has fond memories of growing up on a cattle farm so is keen to have her own animals on her countryside estate in Tennessee.

She said: "We're still in the early stages of planning our house. It's very quiet here, which is just how we like it.

"And we want cows, chickens, goats, horses, and our two dogs, Penny and Ace, wandering freely on the land.

"I want cows for no reason, they can just be happy and roam. I grew up on a cattle farm and had certain cows I loved and they knew me.

"I bottle-fed calves in our front yard, those who had a rougher start in life. As soon as I found out what happened to them - when I was 13 - I stopped eating beef."

Though Carrie has been vegan since she was 21, she insists she never inflicts her views on other people.

She told Britain's HELLO! magazine: "My husband and parents still eat meat, but it's not OK for me so I don't. And I feel a lot healthier for it.

"But I don't preach to others or try and convert them. I stay balanced and calm about what I believe."


Lambert's lonely nights

Miranda Lambert spent some nights "crying and drinking whisky" when she split from Blake Shelton.

The 'House That Built Me' hitmaker announced she was divorcing the 'God Gave Me You' singer in July and whilst she praised her "amazing" ex-husband, she admits she hit a low after they went their separate ways.

She told Cosmopolitan magazine: "I had a great relationship with an amazing man, so I know what good is. I have a great launching pad for the future. I will never take that for granted.

"Some of that might mean nights on my porch crying, drinking whisky, and going, 'Man, this sucks right now.'"

Meanwhile, it was previously claimed the 32-year-old singer was not "surprised" to find out Blake has always been flirty with his new girlfriend, Gwen Stefani, but accepts their romance.

The source said: "She was not surprised to hear of the romance between Blake and Gwen. They were always pretty flirty. Miranda and Blake were on the rocks on and off and knew that this could always be a possibility.

"Blake is just a flirty kind of charmer. She has nothing against Gwen and thinks she is a very talented artist. Whomever Blake is with she wishes them the best.

"Miranda is at a point in her life where she is really focusing on herself and her music. This is a new chapter for her to create new relationships and really move on. Miranda has been going through many personal changes over the past few months, but it's all for the better."

Smith: I try not to over-act

Will Smith is determined to not over-act.

The 47-year-old Hollywood star is among the world's most recognisable actors and he has admitted that one of the secrets to his success is to ''not act too much'' as he believes this deters viewers.

He said: ''That's an obsession for me, to not act so much that people don't want to see it.

''You act so much that you turn people off, or you put so many creatures in it that now people don't take the acting seriously.''

Will also revealed that he attempts to combine intimate character details with blockbuster elements.

The 'Men In Black' star told the 'Awards Chatter' podcast: ''I'm obsessed with trying to put small character dramas into the middle of blockbuster packages.

''The most successful I've ever been with that concept is 'I Am Legend'.

'''I Am Legend' easily could've been a stage play, right? You know, a one-man show, a dude with a dog.

''You generally would think you need a little bit more than that for a blockbuster, but to date that's my biggest opening and my second biggest film.''

Kylie Jenner's diva demands

Kylie Jenner reportedly demanded two dressing rooms during a recent TV appearance.

The 18-year-old reality TV star wanted two separate rooms for herself and her glam squad when she was a guest on Ellen DeGeneres' chat show.

A source told RadarOnline: "In addition to refusing to use Ellen's hair and makeup team, Kylie also needed to have two dressing rooms - one for her and one for her squad.

"Kylie also insisted that she have two VIP parking spots, because she did not want to walk from the parking structure to the studio, which is less than a block away."

During the interview with Ellen, Kylie opened up about her boyfriend Tyga, insisting that the pair have always been "best friends".

Kylie and her 26-year-old rapper boyfriend - who were recently reported to have split - have known each other for a number of years, and Kylie said they were happy being pals before their relationship took a romantic turn.

She shared: "We just honestly ... We became best friends before anything happened so I think that, that's awesome and we're just like ... I don't know. Hanging out. Living life."

Kylie also rubbished speculation that she and the hip-hop star are no longer an item.

She said: "No. We're not broken up."

Victoria Justice is single

Victoria Justice has split from her boyfriend.

The 22-year-old actress and her 25-year-old actor beau, Pierson Fode, have reportedly called time on their romance after two years of dating.

A source told Just Jared: "They've been on a break for a couple of months. They are hoping to work things out and still care for each other a lot."

However, the pair are still close and celebrated his birthday together two weeks ago in Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, Victoria recently revealed she is battling Hashimoto's disease.

The starlet was diagnosed with the condition, in which the immune system attacks the thyroid, a few years ago and has finally gotten it under control after weight fluctuation and skin breakouts.

She said: "A few years ago, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's, which is a thyroid autoimmune disorder [that can interfere with thyroid function and affect metabolism].

"They had put me on this thyroid medication, and I think the levels were too high for me because it caused my skin to break out. All my life I've always had great skin, so it was really devastating. Also, at first, I was losing a lot of weight, then I went on tour and I started gaining weight, and it was the most I'd ever gained in my life. I was, like, 115 pounds. Then when I filmed a movie last summer, I actually went under 100 pounds. It was crazy, but things have leveled out, and I'm back to normal.

"I still have Hashimoto's. But my numbers are back to normal, and I'm not on medication. I feel good."

Walker's dad suing Porsche

Paul Walker's father is suing Porsche over the crash which took his son's life.

Paul William Walker III has filed a lawsuit against the luxury car company for wrongful death and negligence following the tragic incident in Santa Clarita, California, in 2013, in which Walker's pal Roger Rodas lost control of a Porsche Carrera GT they were travelling in and crashed into a tree.

In the lawsuit, which was filed yesterday (25.11.15) and obtained by Entertainment Weekly, the late actor's dad claims the car lacked safety features.

He also claims Porsche knew that model had a history of instability.

Walker III is seeking unspecified damages for the incident.

Both Walker, who was in the passenger seat, and Rodas died in the crash.

This comes a week after Porsche hit back at a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the former 'Fast and Furious' actor's daughter Meadow, 16.

The company claimed Walker was "a knowledgeable and sophisticated user of the 2005 Carrera GT", and the organisation is said to be convinced the vehicle Rodas and Walker were travelling in had been "abused and altered, and was misused and improperly maintained".

Meadow filed a lawsuit against the company two months ago as she believes the car wouldn't have spun out of control if it had a substantial stabilization system.

She also disputed law enforcement's assertion that the crash was caused by speeding, with Roger driving between 80 to 93mph, as she claims his actual speed was between 63 and 71mph.

Meadow's lawsuit claimed a "defective" seat belt prevented Walker from escaping the crash after the safety feature "snapped Walker's torso back with thousands of pounds of force, thereby breaking his ribs and pelvis" and left him trapped.

John Cleese free from ex

John Cleese feels "free" now that he's paid off his ex-wife.

The 76-year-old comedian - the creative genius behind 'Fawlty Towers' and 'Monty Python' - has been paying his third spouse, American psychotherapist Alyce Faye Eichelberger, hundreds of thousands of dollars a year for seven years since they divorced in 2008 after 16 years of marriage.

Cleese no longer has to give Alyce - who was awarded a total of $20 million in finance and assets - any money and he is delighted doesn't have to take on any more work that doesn't "interest" him just to pay her.

He famously went on the road with his 'Alimony Tour' in 2011 to raise cash for Alyce's settlement and he admitted the divorce bill was one of the main motivations for him to rejoin the Pythons for a series of live shows.

Asked what's in store for the future, he mused: "The past seven years I've been earning to pay off the alimony. But I'm now free to do things that interest me. I've adapted a Georges Feydeau farce called 'Bang Bang'. There's a good chance it will be on in the West End. It will get a terrible review in the Mail of course."

Cleese got remarried in 2012 to Jennifer Wade in the exotic location of Mustique, and despite her being 28 years his junior and encouraging him to stay on top of modern culture, he still worries about losing touch with what's relevant as he ages.

He said: "One of the things about getting old is that you lose touch with the contemporary scene. I find it rather amusing that I'm still managing to earn a living despite the fact that I have no idea why anybody would use Facebook."

Cleese was married twice before his union to Alyce.

He was wed to his 'Fawlty Towers' co-star Connie Booth from 1968 to 1978 and then to American actress Barbara Trentham from 1981 to 1990.

Adele's surprise 2016 tour

Adele has announced a 2016 arena tour of the UK & Ireland and admitted she's been ''bluffing'' about not touring her new LP '25'.

The 'Hello' hitmaker posted a video on her Instagram account on Thursday (26.11.15) saying she'd been teasing about not doing shows in support of her third studio album and said she's ''excited'' to get back on the road.

In the video, she said: ''Hello, it's me, Adele... God, I can't even say that anymore! I have been bluffing this whole time and I am so relieved to finally tell you that I am, of course coming on tour, and I can't wait to see all of you there. So see you all very very soon(sic)!''

The 27-year-old singer hasn't been on tour in five years and last played a series of dates in 2011 in support of her second record '21'.

Adele has been keeping tight-lipped about the shows by saying in interviews she has a ''fear'' of performing in front of large crowds.

She previously said: ''I always wish I had the nerve to do a few more things. I would love to tour, I really would.''

And recalling a scary moment at Glastonbury, she added: ''I went to Glastonbury to watch Kanye.

''It was the biggest crowd I've ever seen. I froze of fear.''

Adele's upcoming 2016 tour dates are:

February 29 - March 1 - SSE Arena, Belfast

March 4 - 5 - 3Arena, Dublin

March 7 - 8 - Arena, Manchester

March 15-16 & 18-19 - The O2, London

March 25-26 - SSE Hydro, Glasgow

March 29-30 - Genting Arena, Birmingham

Kelly Osbourne loses car

Kelly Osbourne lost her car in Australia on Tuesday (11.24.15).

The 30-year-old star is Down Under appearing as a judge on 'Australia's Got Talent' and she got in a panic on her way to record the program when she realized she couldn't remember where she had parked her motor.

Realizing she was going to be late for filming, quick-thinking Kelly jumped in a rickshaw to get to the studio as quick as she could.

In an Instagram post - accompanied by a photo of her laughing in the back of the bike taxi - she revealed: "Look how I showed up to work today because I could not find my car! The fresh air was amazing @gottalentau (sic)"

Kelly got to the 'Australia's Got Talent' studio in time to cast her eye over the auditions and managed to relax before taking her seat on the panel by practicing her best "duck face" with fellow judge Sophie Monk.

In other Instagram posts, she wrote: "Backstage practicing my duck face with @sophiemonk @gottalentau ... What do you guys think of today's look? (sic)"

Kelly and Sophie are joined on the 'Australia's Got Talent' judging panel by Ian 'Dicko' Dickson and Eddie Perfect.

Figure painting workshop

This December, the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan (ARTSCO)  is presenting an outstanding painting workshop to the Central Okanagan community. Taught by world-renowned painter, Kristy Gordon, students will learn classical techniques for figure painting.  

“It is certainly very exciting to have someone of Kristy Gordon’s caliber coming to Kelowna,” Katie Brennan, Executive Director of ARTSCO explains. 

Gordon has ties to the community and grew up in Nelson, BC. She currently makes her home in New York City. Gordon has nine years of experience teaching and conducting painting workshops, lectures and classes throughout North America. Her own paintings are a frank and intimate reflection of her curiosity about other people, transformations and self-discovery.

With a focus on painting the nude figure using a limited colour pallet, students will develop the ability to perceive tonal values and control temperature variations while maintaining colour harmony. 

This workshop will be held in the Ellis Art Studios located at 1021 Ellis St, a great space with big windows and impeccable lighting perfect for painting. Participants will learn how to achieve a better likeness as well as how to paint convincing flesh tones. Each day will include a painting demonstration, discussion and individual instruction at the easel.

This workshop will run over 3 days from December 17th to 19th from 10 - 4pm each day. This workshop is available for students of all abilities. 

To find out more information and to register, visit artsco.ca

Workshop details: 

Figure Painting Using Classical Techniques with Kristy Gordon
December 17-19th, 2015
10am to 4pm daily
Ellis Art Studios

1021 Ellis Street, Unit 203, Kelowna, BC
$350 + model fees (approx. $30) to register, visit artsco.ca 

Students provide their own supplies - visit artsco.ca for full supply list 

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