Trolls: Film Review

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I love a children’s animation and I love a musical so Trolls, based on the popular kids’ toys, has the perfect combination and I loved it so much. If you don’t leave the cinema bopping and singing along, there is something wrong with you.

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Katy Perry blasts latest Russell Brand story

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Katy Perry has got the right old hump with a reporter from the Australian Daily Telegraph and she has every right to be. Basically a reporter ran an interview at the weekend in which Katy talked about her ex-husband Russell Brand (I still can’t believe she married him!) and that they haven’t spoken since their divorce in 2012.

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Big Pics: Beyoncé, Rihanna & Russell Brand

Beyoncé & Jay-Z

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Beyoncé and Jay-Z went out to meet the people of Cuba while on holiday. The pair were celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary. I’m sure they wanted some privacy but spent a bit of time heading out, seeing the locals.  I LOVE B’s hair like this!

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Jamie Lynn Spears

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Jamie tweeted such an old picture of her on Justin Timberlake’s lap while he is next to his girlfriend, Britney Spears. It just gives a cool insight into how they were back then. She actually tweeted this TO Justin saying: “‘@jtimberlake Weird hearing ur music as an Adult. Ha Not only do I appreciate it. I GET it. #jay #crymeariver #mirror.” What a sweet message.

Rihanna

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Ri headed back to her native Barbados to celebrate her mum Monica’s birthday. She wrote: “Me and Mama Fenty doing some bday damage! She’s radical man! #phuckyobirthday” and in the second pic (below), she wrote: “The way she looks at me is as epic as the way Dolly looked at me! Love u mommy #AriesLife”

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Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart

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OMG! They’re holding hands in public! This never happens. You never see any picture of them being romantic at all so this is so sweet to see and answers the rumours that say they’re aren’t “on” anymore.

Russell Brand

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Russell seems a bit crazy here! He is wearing many random things and he is in Y fronts! He wrote: “Model wears “Found in Garage collection”. West Ham jacket, cowboy hat (worn in vegas w Diddy), rootin rootin boots.” What a weirdo!

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Russell Brand: “will not compromise my ex-wife’s vagina”

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Yes, Russell Brand said that during a radio interview with Howard Stern. Brand was promoting his return to comedy but Howard wanted to talk about his ex-wife, Katy Perry.

Russell must have expected it really as their marriage and subsequent divorce are still big talking points and he probably can’t go a press day without being asked about it.

Howard had a slightly different angle as he asked Russell about his take on Katy’s relationship with John Mayer.

Russell honestly replied: “You have to let go of the instinct to protect someone once you divorce them.”

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Howard kept asking him questions about Katy and her body parts so Russell said this to shut him up: “So help me God, Howard Stern, I will not compromise my ex-wife’s vagina for the sake of ratings! That woman was perfect from top to bottom.”

Talking about his ex-wife’s downstairs is a bit weird but in the context, I think it is sweet because he is basically saying that he won’t talk bad about her because she was perfect. I think it’s great that he still thinks a lot of her and won’t badmouth her after all their problems. I think, in a perfect world, they would have stayed together if they didn’t have careers which kept them apart for great lengths of time.

Despite rumours of a romance on Russell’s side, he confirmed that he was single.

“I’d like a romance,” he said.”Not so much playing the field, just going through life, meditating, doing yoga, concentrating on this TV show and trying to find a nice wife.”

Another one so soon?! He and Katy had a whirlwind romance as they got engaged in 2009 (the year in which they met!) and married in October 2010. Russell filed for divorce on 30th December 2011 citing irreconcilable differences. They have been officially divorced since July last year. It still makes me a bit sad that it was all over so quickly.

Big Pics: Ryan Gosling, Amanda Bynes, Justin Bieber & Russell Brand

Ryan Gosling 

Not going to lie, it kills me a little bit to see that Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes are still together. Yes, it’s lame I know but he is just so hot and it’s horrible knowing that he is taken (with such a gorgeous woman too!) The pair were spotted in New York over Thanksgiving. They haven’t been seen out together for quite some time due to conflicting work schedules. I had hoped that meant they were done but this proves they are definitely still an item. DAMN.

Justin Bieber 

What do you wear when meeting the Canadian prime minister? Dungarees of course! Justin has been slammed online for his poor outfit choice. Justin defended his clothes, writing, “The pic of me and the Prime Minister was taken in a room in the arena where i was performing at that day. I walked straight from my meet and greet to him, if you . . .expect me to have a change of clothes let a loan [sic] a suit at that specific time that’s crazy.”

Amanda Bynes

Amanda has been off the radar since her crazy antics over the past few months. But what a picture she chose to make a comeback to! The lips, the over-sized sunglasses and the fur coat- she looks so bad!  She posted the picture to Instagram to encourage people to follow her on the photo-sharing site.

Anna Paquin

Man, imagine having to carry around TWO children. They must weigh you down after a while! True Blood star Anna Paquin was spotted walking around Venice Beach with her three-month-old twins. She and husband Stephen Moyer have remained tight-lipped about the gender and names of their children, so we’ll have to keep guessing!

Russell Brand 

Who wants to see a picture of Russell in the bath?! Not me! EWWW. The comedian posted this picture to Twitter, swiftly followed by the pictures below which was captioned “Dontcha wish your girlfriend was a Sikh like me?” Oh Russell.

Russell Brand hangs out with The Beckhams

Who knew they were friends?! Russell Brand was spotted watching LA Galaxy play Seattle at the Home Depot Center on Sunday. He seemed to be chummy with Victoria Beckhams and her children as well Gordon Ramsey, his wife Tara and their children.

 

He was seen next to Harper Beckham who was cheering on her dad David along with her brother Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz. He was also chatting to Gordon Ramsay, who has been close friends with the Beckhams for years. I never knew Russell was acquainted with them though.

 

There are also a few amazing pictures of Harper clearly becoming an avid football fan already. Despite being only 15 months old, she was happy to cheer with the rest of them while standing in Victoria’s lap. She did have a few squabbles and the boys took turns looking after her when mum wanted a break!

 

 

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.

Russell Brand escapes charges for iPhone bust-up

Russell Brand has managed to escape a jail sentence after throwing a pap’s iPhone through a window in March.

Brand had an altercation with the photographer who was tailing him and his girlfriend. During the bust-up, Russell threw the pap’s phone, which smashed through a window.

The comedian pleaded not guilty to criminal damage. His lawyers (who appeared in court on his behalf) managed to cut a deal with prosecutors to get him out of a six-month prison sentence.

The case will be dismissed if he pays £300 in court fees and carries out 20 hours of community service.

Big Pics: Uma, Harper Seven, Kim K & Russell Brand

1. Check out the first picture of Uma Thurman with her baby girl ALREADY. She only gave birth a few days ago! And looking her at wrists, she still has her hospital wristbands on! The actress was spotted in a cafe with her girl, yet to publicly named. This is her first child with partner Arpad Busson, but her third in total. She has two children with her ex-husband Ethan Hawke.

2. Harper Seven Beckham is getting her walk on already! It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was writing about her birth! The one-year-old showed off her skills at fashion store Brown Thomas in Dublin. Victoria has been doing a promotional tour for her fashion company recently and she was launching the Victoria Beckham collection within Brown Thomas. I think Harper stole the show though, let’s be honest!

3. Check out their faces! Kim Kardashian posted a picture to Twitter of an on-ride photo of her, Kanye West and Kendall Jenner (who is cropped out of the picture below). The trio were on a ride at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Kim’s face is hilarious whereas Kanye appears cool as always. Nothing fazes him! It also shows that Kim isn’t afraid to poke fun at herself. Her face just cracks me up!

4. Check out Russell Brand’s new girlfriend Isabella Brewster! The Hollywood agent is the sister of Fast and Furious actress Jordana. Not much is known about the relationship but Russell has himself confirmed it. So unlike the many other women he has been spotted with since divorcing Katy Perry, this one is actually a proper love interest. He confirmed it to Howard Stern during a radio interview.

Also during the interview, Russell opened up a bit more about his marriage to Katy, explaining that it didn’t work out “for practical reasons” which can only suggest long distance was a big factor.

“She’s young, successful and dedicated. [The reality is] you can’t fully understand it until you do it. I was really into the idea of marriage and having children.”

So it seems they had differing views on what they wanted in life at that time. Russell didn’t go into personal details because he didn’t “want anything to hurt her”. Bless him for opening up but not saying too much. Here is the pic of him and Isabella below.

Rock of Ages: Review

I really enjoyed this because it is fun, a laugh and will leave you with a smile on your face yet there are times when I doubted this. It isn’t consistently good. It was weird in places and I wasn’t 100% convinced on the singing and acting abilities of the two leads- Julianne Hough (Sherrie) and Diego Boneta (Drew).

In the 1970s, Sherrie moves to LA from Oklahoma to pursue a singing career. Upon arrival in the city, she is mugged outside rock club, The Bourbon Room. Drew, a bartender, helps her out and tries to sort her out with a job there. Romance blossoms between the pair but all that changes once Drew gets his first gig opening for Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise). Jaxx is the lead singer of Arsenal who is planning to go solo. He has got to the level of fame where nobody says no, he is arrogant, an alcoholic, ladykiller and always gets his way. It has turned him into a bit of arsehole.

There are plenty of supporting characters so the plot doesn’t just focus on Sherrie and Drew. Russell Brand is the manager of The Bourbon Room and Alec Baldwin is the owner. They are having financial difficulties with staff walking out, to Stacee’s greedy manager (Paul Giamatti) taking all their money and the possibility that rock music is dying out and being taken over by pop music. Catherine Zeta-Jones is the mayor’s wife who has a vendetta against Stacee and plans to ruin The Bourbon Room because of it.

Like I said, the film is very enjoyable and that is mainly due to the amazing rock songs used with it such as We Build This City, Here I Go Again, Hit Me With Your Best Shot and many, many more! However, there is a stage in the movie where the musical numbers are really close together and you start to lose the excitement. You just groan and think “not another one”. The numbers were good but the film was saturated with them in parts.

The cast also have questionable singing abilities- on some songs, I really like Hough’s voice and in others, I thought it was weak and childish. I was only convinced about the singing talents of Zeta-Jones and Boneta. I was impressed that all the cast could sing (including Tom!) but not all amazingly. With the songs being rock, they can get away with shouting or speaking some of the lyrics so the song choices hide weaknesses well. Diego and Julianne are both relatively new actors in a sea of seasoned professionals (bar Brand!) and it did show in some places. Some of their lines I cringed on for being so cheesy or cliched. They definitely grew throughout the duration of the movie and they became really convincing as the film progressed.

The main problem I have with this movie is the casting of Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx. I’m not saying I hated it but I just had trouble taking the character seriously. I just kept thinking “I can’t believe Tom Cruise is playing this part!” It is a very bold move for Tom and I commend whoever sent him the script. It is such a departure from his normal roles that is is hard to get into his character. Jaxx is an arse who talks a lot of mumbo-jumbo and a lot of time I just wanted him to shut up. Once you’ve got over the novelty of the character, he becomes quite annoying. You also wish he would put a top on because I was getting grossed out by his torso after a while. For me, he wasn’t convincing as a rockstar. My favourite part of his was when you first met him and when he is trying seduce journalist Constance (Malin Akerman). Their musical number together is hilarious and Malin is a great singer!

There was a weird scene where it was revealed that Russell and Alec that were homosexuals or just had feelings for each other. It came out of nowhere. They started singing “I Can’t Fight This Feeling Anymore” on their own in the empty club, ended up dancing together and then kissing. It was awkward and unnecessary because it was never referred to again and it seemed completely irrelevant to the plot so I just wish it was cut.

So, as you can see from my examples, there are some things about Rock of Ages that didn’t quite work for me. There were some “WTF?!” moments, but not in a good/funny way, but in a “that’s just too weird to enjoy” way. It’s not as innocent as some other musicals and it can be a bit sexual and also a bit bleak at times. Besides those instances, the film is really enjoyable and funny. It is great laugh and you will have the songs in your head for ages afterwards.