Why celebrity lifestyle sites are just a bad idea

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Celebrities should not create lifestyle websites. Full stop. It is not a good idea. It just makes people dislike them. The most famous example is Gwyneth Paltrow and GOOP, which just emphasised how out-of-touch with the real world she actually is and just alienated her from us even further. A number of her posts were subject to ridicule due to the cost of items recommended, the expense or rarity of ingredients used in recipes and annoying tips.

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Big Pics: Gossip Girl wrap party

The cast of Gossip Girl celebrated wrapping the sixth and final season with a party. Stars Chace Crawford (Nate) and Blake Lively (Serena) documented the event via their Twitter/Instagram account.

I’m sure the party was emotional too as the cast have been together since 2007. This season will only consist of ten episodes, which is why they have finished filming so early on.

They certainly look like great friends and that they had a good laugh. Check out Chace covered in cake icing! The other co-stars- Leighton Meester (Blair), Ed Westwick (Chuck), Penn Badgley (Dan) and Michelle Trachtenberg (Georgina) all posed for pictures to celebrate the end of an era!

While I love the show, I think this is the perfect time to end. I feel the storylines are either getting too repetitive or too ridiculous so I would rather them finish on a high than keep going for the sake of it. I feel positive about this being the final season but that doesn’t mean I won’t get emotional!

 

Big Pics: Ashton & Mila, Tom & Suri, Katy Perry & John Mayer

1. Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have jetted off to Bali for a romantic break together. Looking at the airport snaps, they are DEFINITELY a couple! They are so cute!

 

 

 

2. Look at Russell Brand channeling Captain Hook for a set of photographs taken by Anne Leibovitz. She is shooting a set of promotional photos for Disney Dream Parks, in which celebs immortalise famous Disney characters.

 

 

 

3. What is going on with Katy Perry and John Mayer?! The pair were caught out last night heading to the Chateau Marmont after being in a restaurant.

 

 

 

4. This is cute picture 🙂 Tom Cruise enjoys a day out at Disney Land with Suri. It is nice to see them enjoying time together after all that has happened in recent months. Tom looks happy too, which makes me really like this picture.

 

 

 

 

5. What is Alexa Chung doing on the set of Gossip Girl?! The model was spotted in New York today. It is unknown what her role is and how many episodes she will appear in. I never had her down as an actress so I will be interested to see how she gets on.

Leighton Meester wins court case against her mother

Yes, you read that correctly. Leighton Meester has won her court case against her own mother, Constance.

In July last year, Leighton filed the lawsuit because her mother was using Leighton’s money to pay for cosmetic treatments, such as Botox and hair extensions, when Leighton had actually sent the money to help fund her brother’s medical bills. Her 18-year-old Alexander has a multitude of health problems and is thought to have recently undergone brain surgery.

Leighton claims she sent her family $7,500 (around ÂŁ4,700) every month to help cover medical expenses. At the time she filed the lawsuit, Constance countered that by filing a $3 million damages claim. She believed Leighton owed her this money because she helped her lead a successful life. Constance later dropped the suit.

The Gossip Girl actress did not seek any money from the case but simply wants her brother to get the money he needs and for her mother to stay out of her life. It is also thought that Leighton wants Alexander to come live with her.

This is not the first run-in her mother has had with the law. Constance gave birth to Leighton while completing a prison sentence for her involvement in a drug ring which smuggled marijuana from Jamaica to the US.

Top News Today: R-Patz, Keira, Elton and Kylie

1. Keira Knightley has got engaged to her boyfriend, Klaxons musician James Righton. Her publicist has confirmed the news. The pair have been dating since April 2011 after meeting through mutual friend Alexa Chung.

2. Robert Pattinson is rumoured to be moving from one franchise to another. He has apparently been offered the role of Finnick Odair in the next Hunger Games film, Catching Fire. I find it odd that he would want a part in another mega-successful franchise so soon after The Twilight Saga. Finnick is a District Four winner and will be in both Catching Fire and the concluding movie, Mockingjay. Production company Lionsgate will neither confirm or deny any casting rumours. Chace Crawford from Gossip Girl has also been considered for the part.

3. Justin Timberlake is set to return to music, six years after his last album FutureSex/LoveSounds. Justin will compose the soundtrack for Jessica Biel’s movie, The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea, which also stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Chloe Moretz. I hope Justin will start on his own pop music after this theatrical venture. I know he has been concentrating on films recently but I really like his music and am excited for what he will put out in the future.

4. Elton John has been hospitalised with a respiratory infection. He was admitted to the Cedars-Sinai hospital in LA and was later discharged after having a number of tests. Elton has been forced to cancel four concert shows which he was due to perform this weekend in Las Vegas. He has already apologised to fans and plans to complete his shows in October.

5. You would think reaching 43 would stop Kylie wearing skimpy outfits, but no. Check out that bum-skimming dress above! Not to mention all the cut-outs on it. This type of outfit isn’t particularly new for Kylie, if you think back to the Spinning Around video, but I just think she shouldn’t be dressing like this anymore. I suppose the “if you’ve got it, flaunt it” mantra applies here but it still shocks me. She wears this in the video for her latest single Timebomb.

6. Gossip Girl has been commissioned for a sixth and final season recently. The CW based it’s decision on the dropping ratings and the fact that the majority of the main cast want more film work.

 

Sex and The City prequel is on

YES! I am thrilled about this news. US TV network CW have ordered a pilot for The Carrie Diaries- a prequel to Sex and The City.

The series, if picked up, will feature Carrie as a high school student from Connecticut who then moves to New York. The series will be based on the book of the same name by Candace Bushnell.

It is thought that Samantha will be part of the show but Miranda and Charlotte will not as they do not feature in the book. Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall obviously won’t be able to play their roles and names which have been thrown into the mix include Blake Lively for Carrie and Emma Roberts or Chloe Moretz for Samantha.

Original series producer Michael Patrick King won’t be involved in the project. Current names attached to the programme are Gossip Girl producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage.

I’m so excited! I love the series and the films and I’m sure I will absolutely love this. I hope the pilot is successful enough for a whole series to be commissioned!

Teen Choice Awards 2011 Round-Up

The Teen Choice Awards always have so many categories that it would be impossible to list them all. Instead, I will go through the main winners. The show took place last night at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, Los Angeles. The show was aired live for the first time ever and was hosted by Kaley Cuoco, star of The Big Bang Theory.

In the film section, both parts of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows did amazingly well and came out top winners of the night. Other multiple winners were The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Bad Teacher, Easy A,  Black Swan and The Tourist. I can’t believe The Tourist did well. I wish Bridesmaids had got some recognition- I can’t believe it was beaten by Bad Teacher in all comedy categories!

In TV, Glee, Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries, Jersey Shore and Pretty Little Liars were the main winners in their respective categories. Glee was top in comedy as was Cory Monteith (Finn) and Darren Criss (Blaine) and Gossip Girl was named top TV drama with Blake Lively (Serena) and Chace Crawford (Nate) walking away with surfboards. The Vampire Diaries owned the fantasy/sci-fi section, Jersey Shore with the reality TV section and Pretty Little Liars in the summer TV drama section. Each show got awards for best male/female too. It would be interesting to see what show would win if there was a simple “Best TV show” category.

In music, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Paramore and Bruno Mars did well, which isn’t very surprising. I would have liked Selena Gomez and The Scene to have got less awards because I don’t think their music is that great.

Taylor Swift also got a special award for “Ultimate Choice” and Demi Lovato was given a special “Inspire Award” after her battle with depression, self-harming and bulimia. I am generally pretty happy with these results. I’m so happy that Harry Potter did well. What do you guys think?

Gossip Girl films in LA

Gossip Girl stars Blake Lively, Chace Crawford and Kaylee DeFer were spotted in the Venice Beach area of Los Angeles, California while shooting scenes for the new series of the show.

Gossip Girl is usually set in New York so I wonder why they are here. I’m trying to think of potential plotlines. My first guess is that this will be their summer vacation before they return to NYC for start of their new semester.

Kaylee DeFer, who plays Charlie, has clearly returned so it will be interesting to see what story arc she is going to have.

The Mail Online said Chace and Blake were walking along the Venice beach boardwalk as part of a scene before heading to a medical marijuana dispensary. Hmmm…I am oh-so intrigued! Can’t wait for the series to come back onto our screens. It will be a while yet though, the cast only returned to work last Monday.

Leighton Meester accused of attack

 

Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester has been accused of attacking her mother, Constance Meester.

Constance claims that Leighton threw her on the ground and repeatedly ‘hit her with a bottle’ during an argument in December last year. She filed the suit at LA County Superior Court today.

It comes just days after Leighton filed a lawsuit against her mother for misusing the money she sent to her. Leighton gives Constance $7,500 a month to pay for medical bills for her younger brother which Constance has apparently used for her own personal spending.

This is madness! I cannot believe this would go on between family plus I don’t believe Leighton would do that. She doesn’t seem that kind of person, whereas her mother sounds like trouble. She gave birth to Leighton while she was in jail for a drug smuggling conviction for goodness sake! I do hope the family resolve this problem.

Two Gossip Girl characters ditched

Taylor Momsen and Jessica Szohr have been dumped from Gossip Girl and will only be returning to the show on an as-needed basis.

Taylor’s character Jenny Humphrey has not been seen in the show much this season as Momsen wanted to focus on her career and was a bit too reckless for the producers liking. To be honest, we had pretty much forgotten about Jenny anyway and she was an awful character.

Similarly, Jessica’s role of Vanessa has not been very regular this season and recently her character announced she would be studying abroad. I think her story arc was complete and there was not much else to do with her. Also, she did not have much likeability after the whole Juliet fiasco. I wonder how they felt about this news!