Celebrity swimsuit selfies: What we can learn? Positives or Negatives.

Oh look, it’s Heidi Klum posing in a bikini again. There’s Rihanna taking another selfie on the beach. And J-Lo, how awesome you look in your cossie.

Excuse me while I scoff a packet of Twisties, won’t you?

Flicking through Instagram for inspiration is one thing, but lately, every celebrity and their C-grade sidekick has been posting swimsuit selfies (swelfies) that may as well be a styled shoot, fit for a magazine. And you know what? It probably is.

Yes folks, before we get even more jealous (in one study, Instagram was 11 per cent more likely than other social media sites to induce pangs of envy), of their apparent 24/7 perfection, we should remember that celebrities control their image, and even if they’d like us to believe these shots are spontaneous, they’re probably meticulously planned.


Until we see a pic of Kim Kardashian awkwardly applying sunscreen to the tricky part of her back, or Beyonce frantically searching for keys in an overstuffed beachbag, hair flying in her face while Blue tries to feed her an old chicken and mayo sandwich that’s fallen in the sand, I think we can safely say these shots are BS.

Because we all really know what those trips to the beach are like, and while some mayget away with posting a one-off glamour pic, you know that just out of shot are the buckets, spades, beach balls and toy trucks, not to mention the sticky baby, who is determined to shovel sand in her mouth while you’re trying to fend off seagulls and clean up icecream that’s melted onto your toddler.

So when Gisele posts a pic of herself mid-cartwheel, in a bikini that flaunts her muscular bottom (ever heard those two words together in a sentence? Muscular. Bottom. It’s plain wrong), just know she’s projecting an image. That’s all it is. Smoke ‘n’ mirrors. It ain’t real. And the best bit about that is we can copy it, if we want to.

I’m not saying we should try and be perfect in a bikini. Hell no! I’m just saying we can lie. Here, the tricks to help project a celebrity image. And of course, take a better swelfie.

1.      Choose a swimsuit that fits. Not too sloppy, not too tight. A great secret is that a tie-side bikini might look skimpy, but suits most sizes because the ties are adjustable. Loosen after lunch.

2.      Pick a body part you like and emphasise it. If you have great breasts, choose a top that flatters and wear a necklace to show it off. Razzle dazzle up the top half and nobody will pay attention to anything else.

3.      Is your cover-up an enormous towel you tie around your waist as you wander up for hot chips (or is that just me?). Tsk tsk. I recently discovered the power of a great cover-up and it’s not a sarong, nor a kaftan, which makes you look about three sizes bigger. It’s a soft, lean, man-style shirt that you can then tuck into a pair of shorts and go shopping afterwards. Trust me, I learnt this one from the Master (otherwise known as Kate Moss).

4.      Two words: fake tan. That’s all.

Then we can all relish in the greatest meme going around on Instagram at the moment. “Q: how do you get ready for bikini season?”

“A: Buy a bikini.”


The big new pizza trend
From the “what will they think of next” files, comes the news that pizzas are a fashion thing now. First, Beyonce was spotted in a Kiko Mizuhara for Opening Ceremony pizza-printed top and pants earlier this year. Sounds bizarre but it was actually quite chic. Following this, Reformation released a T-shirt with the slogan, “Kate Moss and some pizza slices” – weird considering Ms Moss probably never eats pizza, but it’s a nice thought. Then Cara Delevingne and Katy Perry were seen out and about in the same Beloved, peperoni pizza-printed onesie, which looks more like a gigantic mess than a piece of clothing. Cara even had her hooded onesie done up over her face! Now the plot thickens (but still makes no style sense) with the announcement of McCain’s collaboration with fashion bloggers Tash Sefton and Elle Ferguson from and their very own pizza-print onesie you can win with a McCain Pizza Single purchase (see It really is an inexplicable phenomenon when you think about fashion folks and their eating habits. Perhaps they’re trying to get satiated through their clothing.

Wanted: A charge clutch
It was only a matter of time: a slimline clutch that was capable of not only holding your sleek smartphone or tablet but charging them too. Introducing the H & Butler MightyPurse, a handheld clutch bag with a built-in charger. We’ve all been in that anxiety-inducing position where our phones are about to run out of power. You know you’re in trouble when you start limiting communication to texts only to save battery and don’t even check Facebook. Well, no more. Charge up the clutch at home before you leave, and while you’re out, the MightyPurse can recharge you two and a half times over. Available in finishes including patent leather, ponyhair and leopard, it’s $109.95.



Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt Married: How They Spent Their Days Before and After Surprise Wedding

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The Week Before Wedding: Arrive en France!
Jolie, 39, and Pitt, 50, touched down in the airport of Nice, France, aboard their private jet. After a busy year, including Jolie’s massive promotional tour for summer blockbuster Maleficent, the Jolie-Pitt brood headed to France, ahead of their top-secret nuptials.
“All the work on the house is almost finished,” a source told Us of their Chateau. “Each kid has his/her own bedroom in the main house, and the lavish estate includes amenities like a theater, gym, and indoor and outdoor pools. “Everyone loves it and they’ve spent the last week having some real quality time as a family,” the insider told Us.
PHOTOS: Brad and Angie’s surprise celeb BFFs!
Saturday, Aug. 23: Wedding Day
The A-list couple exchanged vows in a private nondenominational civil ceremony at their Provence estate, Chateau Miraval, attended by close family and friends, a spokesperson told the AP. Their children — Maddox, 13, Pax, 10, Zahara, 9, Shiloh, 8, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 6 — were involved in the wedding.
Sunday, Aug. 24 on: Relaxation
The Jolie-Pitt brood spent time celebrating and relaxing at Miraval before mom and dad had to return to work.


Wednesday, Aug. 27: Malta!
The couple landed in the Mediterranean island country at 3 p.m. local time, where they are shooting their new film, By the Sea.
Thirty minutes after arriving in Gozo, Jolie went to work and inspected the set. She was dressed in black trousers, a black top, and white jacket. According to an insider, Jolie was pleased with the set and “quite satisfied” with work. By the Sea was written by Jolie, and will be directed by the Oscar winner when filming begins next month.
Her husband Pitt, meanwhile, stayed in with the kids at an eco-friendly villa where they are residing. The family has a boat named “Getaway,” which they will most likely use to cross over to Malta’s main area.

News broke Thursday morning that the engaged couple of nine years were married.
Somewhere in between, Pitt flew to England for work. The Oscar winner attended a photo call for his WWII film, Fury, at the Bovington Tank Museum in Dorset, England. While on official business, Pitt was snapped wearing a wedding band on his left ring finger.

Thursday, Aug. 28: Brangelina Breaks the Internet, Brad Wears Ring in England

News broke Thursday morning that the engaged couple of nine years were married.Somewhere in between, Pitt flew to England for work. The Oscar winner attended a photo call for his WWII film, Fury, at the Bovington Tank Museum in Dorset, England. While on official business, Pitt was snapped wearing a wedding band on his left ring finger

The Week After Wedding: Their Amazing Villa!

While mom and dad work, the Jolie-Pitt kids get to play. A source tells Us that the couple brought along four nannies to help out at home.

The villa at which they are staying was built in the ’60s, and is owned by a winemaker. It’s a short walk to the beach and includes a small passageway which links directly to the sand and surf.




Kim Kardashian & Kanye West Fighting Over Baby- Marriage In Trouble

A latest report claims that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West  are fighting ‘constantly’ over whether or not to have another baby.

Kim Kardashian, 33, is ready to welcome a second child into the world — but her husband, Kanye West, 36, thinks it’s time to pump the brakes on baby-making for a little bit. Could a second baby be the demise of their still brand-new marriage

Apparently, the newlyweds are at odds over whether or not to have a new baby. While Kim is gung ho about giving North West, 1, a little brother or sister, Kanye would rather wait a little bit.

Kim has made no secret for her desire to get pregnant right away with another baby,” a source close to the couple revealed to Radar Online. “However, Kanye is resisting because he is going to be going on a worldwide tour after the release of his upcoming album. The couple doesn’t even have their own house to live in! It’s just too much chaos for Kanye to handle.

Kanye Not Happy With Kim’s Constant Need For R&R

The same report suggesting that Kim and Kanye are on the rocks over babies is claiming that he has absolutely had it with Kim’s need to be on a constant vacation.

Kim, Kanye, and their sweet little Nori recently went on a trip to Punta Mita to enjoy some quality time together, but Kanye thinks Kim spends far too much time “relaxing.”

“Kanye can’t understand Kim’s love of just lounging around for days at a time,” the source explained.

This makes sense, because Kanye is a bit of a workaholic. If he’s not in the studio working on new music, he’s usually on tour. It must be difficult to work 24/7 while your wife is lounging by the pool all day.

What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Could Kim and Kanye really be at odds over having a second baby? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!


New Maze Trailer Arrives

Though it cannot be said that 20th Century Fox enjoyed a vintage panel at Comic-Con this past weekend, the studio did at least get a warm welcome for novel adaptation The Maze Runner and the charismatic cadre of cast and crew it brought to the stage. Also included in the presentation was the new trailer for the film, which you can view below via Yahoo. 



Adapted from James Dashner’s 2009 novel,As in its theme it was best sold till the time in now. which has been in development almost since it was published, The Maze Runner stars Dylan O’Brien as Thomas, who wakes up in a strange elevator transporting him into a massive maze filled with other boys. With no memory of exactly who he is, and plagued by strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as WICKD, he soon discovers that he’s in a very dangerous place. 

Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a means of escape. But with the obstacles ever changing, horrifying creatures known as Grievers lurking in the maze and a surprise twist in the arrival of a young woman (Kaya Scodelario), it won’t be an easy task. 


What we saw of the film at Comic-Con was by turns intriguing and full of threats to the young cast, so hopes are high for this one. With Wes Ball and Will Poulter and Thomas Brodie-Sangster also among the ranks, The Maze Runner will be out here on October 24.


‘I’m so excited!’: Kim Kardashian ‘set to earn nearly $200 MILLION’ from hit video game that is ranked number three on iTunes chart

Kim Kardashian 1Video star: Kim Kardashian reportedly stands to make $200million from her hit video game Kim Kardashian: Hollywood

Kim Kardashian has scored a hit with her new video game that could bring her annual revenue reaching $200 million, it has been reported.

The 33-year-old reality star has proven to be a virtual reality magnet as her free game Kim Kardashian: Hollywood ranked number three on Monday on the iTunes charts.

Kim released the video game on June 25 ranking as high as second in the most-downloaded free apps category, and Bloomberg suggest that it could be the star’s most lucrative venture yet.

‘This project has been an amazing experience. I’m so excited that people are enjoying the game!’ Kim told E! News in an article on Monday.

‘I partnered last year with a fantastic company called Glu Mobile to create what is now the No. 3 Free and No. 5 Grossing game on the Apple App Store. We collaborated on every aspect of the game’s design details and continue to do so with the updates we are bringing out,’ she added.

Kim Kardashian 2Popular game: Kim, shown earlier this month in Paris, also has clothing, jewelry and cosmetics lines

The game has been popular while also achieving a five-star rating from players.

Kim Kardashian: Hollywood could reach $200 million in annual revenue, said Cowen & Company analyst Douglas Creutz in a recent Bloomberg article.

‘Obviously, Kim Kardashian’s brand has driven people to download the game. But at this point, the game has taken on a life of its own,’ said Creutz.

Shares of San Francisco-based game creator Glu Mobile have risen 42 percent since the game’s release.

The free game allows players to buy digital accessories for real money with $5,000 in virtual money costing $4.99 in US dollars. A pair of high heels cost about $4,000 in the game.

Kim Kardashian 3‘Beautiful and big!’ The objective of the game is to ‘create your own aspiring celebrity and rise to fame and fortune’

Kim Kardashian 4Voice over: In the game, the 33-year-old reality star used her  talents to deliver lines such as: ‘I love your style,’ ‘I love that on you,’ and ‘I’m so excited’

The objective of the game is to ‘create your own aspiring celebrity and rise to fame and fortune.’

Kim provides advice to players to help them maneuver their way to the coveted A-list celebrity status.

‘Dating famous people will get you more fans, too,’ virtual Kim instructs gamers.

Kim also has established clothes, cosmetics and jewelry lines.

Kim Kardashian 5‘I love that on you!’ Kim’s self-titled game app allows players to select clothes, hit the clubs, and ‘fall in love’ as house music swells in the background


The REAL Mariah Carey revealed: See what the singer looked like before airbrush sprayed away her imperfections

Mariah Carey 1Too much? New photos have emerged showing before and after photoshopped pictures of Mariah Carey from a Wonderland magazine shoot shot by Terry Richardson

She is one of Tinseltown’s most impeccably groomed stars, with a hair and make-up team at her beck-and-call.

But it seems even Mariah Carey isn’t quite up to snuff, at least when it comes to society’s rigid standards of beauty.

Jezebel has published before and after photoshopped pictures of the 44-year-old from a Wonderland magazine shoot shot by Terry Richardon.

In the photoshopped images, Mariah’s appearance is altered to make her appear slimmer and more tanned.

One before shot shows her posing in a fitted black frock with a slit to the hip.

But the image was heavily retouched, and changes included trimming her waistline, bronzing her skin, toning her leg and removing the creases on her neck, as pointed out in a GIF created by Jezebel.

Mariah Carey 2Is that really necessary? The 44-year-old has her waist trimmed, her leg defined and her skin bronzed in one shot

In another picture, Mariah wears leather gloves while sucking on a diamond necklace.

In the after version, her wrists are inexplicably thinned, as pointed out by Jezebel, and her stomach is smoothed out.

And in a picture where she poses with her twins Moroccan and Monroe, her breasts are enlarged and her hair is given more volume.

Mariah Carey 3Night and day: In another picture, even Mariah’s wrists are inexplicably thinned

Mariah Carey 4The pictures have sparked controversy for perpetuating unrealistic standards of beauty.

Jezebel also criticises Richardson’s signature shooting style for necessitating the retouching.

The website says his point-and-shoot style and harsh flash isn’t suitable for a high fashion shoot.



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The Raid 2: Berandal (2014) Movie Review

raid_two_berandalA dramatic step up from the original film

“The Raid 2″ is a Sony Pictures Classics release, directed by Gareth Evans and is rated R for sequences of strong bloody violence throughout, sexuality and language. The running time is .

The cast includes Iko Uwais, Arifin Putra, Yayan Ruhian, Alex Abbad, Cecep Arif Rahman, Julie Estelle, Very Tri Yulisman, Tio Pakusodewo and Oka Antara.

raid-2-movie-reviewIko Uwais and Cecep Arif Rahman in The Raid 2 Photo: Sony Pictures Classics

2012′s The Raid came with a flurry of fanfare following a series of festival screenings touting it as a masterpiece of action cinema. Written and directed by Gareth Evans the film no doubt featured some impressive action choreography, but the story was non-existent to the point of boredom. That said, to say my expectations for The Raid 2 were limited is an understatement. When I saw it runs two-and-a-half hours my interest dwindled even more, expecting to see it, if ever, on Blu-ray. Well, I did and I’m very glad I did, proving expectations can sometimes cause you to miss something great.

The immediate comparison here is to say The Raid 2 is to The Raid what Infernal Affairs 2 is to Infernal Affairs, but that’s to give The Raid too much credit. The comparison to Infernal Affairs 2 alone, however, is apt. The two films follow somewhat similar storylines, centering on a police officer going deep undercover to the point they go to jail and eventually infiltrate a local mob in an effort to uncover the dirty cops from within. For those that have seen the first film you’ll know this undercover cop as Rama (Iko Uwais) as the story picks up only a couple hours following his level-by-level annihilation of the bad guys in The Raid.

Once in prison, Rama, posing as Yuda, befriends Uco (Arifin Putra), son of a local Jakarta syndicate leader and after two years on the inside he’s welcomed into the syndicate with open arms, becoming something of an enforcer alongside Uco who’s desperately eying his father’s seat as top dog in Jakarta, which becomes the eventual shift in the narrative. In an attempt to incite a gang war between the Indonesian and Japanese mafias in Jakarta, loyalties are tested, secrets revealed and a lot of blood is shed.

In all honesty, after seeing The Raid, had I not known Gareth Evans had also written and directed The Raid 2 I would have assumed the film had the same fight choreographer and a brand new writer and director. As it turns out, Evans had written and damn near choreographed this entire film (previously titled Berandal) before ever coming up with the idea for The Raid. Due to the size and scope of the project, however, it was decided a smaller film should be made first, thus, The Raid, which eventually became a prequel to this film.

The story here is definitely something you’ll be familiar with as there are really only so many ways to tell the story of an undercover cop infiltrating a mob enterprise, but Evans brings not only that signature action that was so highly praised after The Raid, but he has a unique style and an impressive level of patience in his storytelling that I never would have expected.

Evans definitely borrows a lot of action techniques from his heroes such as Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan and a love of blunt violence in the same vein as Sam Peckinpah, but stylistically we has a similar watchful eye and love of distinct colors (eye-popping red chief among them) such as what we’ve seen recently from Nicolas Winding Refn.

While serving as the star once again, Uwais along with Yayan Ruhian, Cecep Arif Rahman and Very Tri Yulisman are among the film’s various fight choreographers (credited or otherwise) and this is where The Raid 2 really goes beyond its predecessor. The fights are still beautifully staged and delivering excellent “punch lines” as Evans refers to those specific action beats where the audience is likely to jump back and say, “Damn!” such as when a baseball bat is lodged into a victim’s face. The difference is the fights are part of the story in the same way music and songs contribute to a good musical.

A good musical isn’t song after song after song, it’s a marriage of music and narrative and once the cast starts singing, that narrative continues not only in the song, but beyond it. Evans and his fight choreographers have accomplished the same thing here only songs have been replaced with all out action, though it’s action that compliments its characters and advances the story.

A muddy prison yard fight, a kitchen is turned bloody in a brutal one-on-one battle, characters such as Hammer Girl (Julie Estelle) and Baseball Bat Man (Yulisman) are far more than just cheesy thugs, instead serving as exciting henchmen in their own right. And a shotgun goes to good bloody use in a payoff moment you won’t soon forget.

What surprised me even more is how my favorite action piece was the one having the least to do with martial arts as Evans and car stunt coordinator Bruce Law put together one hell of an amazing car chase scene with one moment specifically blowing me away as the camera goes from inside one car to the inside and through a trailing vehicle all while punches are being thrown and bullets are being fired.

Evans is able to hold on these action sequences so long, and paces the narrative in such a way, that the action isn’t on a timeline. It’s not a matter of inserting a piece of violence or an action beat just because there hasn’t been one in ten minutes. The action serves the story as opposed to the other way around, a distinct difference when compared to the first film and while the story may be a little cliche, the action and Evans’ directorial style sell this one whole-heartedly.

Working on a budget of only $4.5 million it’s astonishing how much better this film is than damn near any action film I’ve seen in years. The car chase scene alone is more thrilling than anything I’ve seen in any of the Fast & Furious movies and those are carrying budgets north of $150 million with anything and everything at their disposal.

Before I started watching The Raid 2 I wouldn’t have minded never seeing it, but now I’m even contemplating a reassessment of the first film and excited to see what Evans can do with a third, should it come to that. Evans clearly has a mind for action and a patience for story, and I can’t wait to see what he does next.


Honeymoon (2014) Movie Review

honeymoonA horror film about a honeymoon from hell has captivated audiences on the festival circuit.

A woman morphs into an alien creature in this modest but creepy horror flick.

Opens: Friday, Sept. 12 (Magnolia)

Director: Leigh Janiak

Producers: Patrick Baker, Esme Howard

Cast: Rose Leslie, Harry Treadaway, Ben Huber, Hanna Brown

A hit at SXSW and Tribeca, Honeymoon is a microbudgeted horror movie that achieves some genuinely shivery moments. More creepy than truly suspenseful, the story of a honeymoon from hell won’t set the box office aflame, but it will win the affection of genre fans.

The picture begins with newlyweds Paul (Harry Treadaway) and Bea (Rose Leslie) driving from their wedding to a remote cabin in the woods that belongs to Bea’s family. The early scenes meant to convey the couple’s wedded bliss aren’t very compelling. While they declare their love and engage in lusty sexual high jinks, we learn nothing interesting about either character. But when a shaft of light zeroes in on Bea while she sleeps, we can tell that something eerie has changed in their idyllic relationship. Before long, things start to deteriorate between the newlyweds.

When they drive to a local restaurant and meet an old friend of Bea’s, Paul feels pangs of jealousy. But that is just the first in a series of strange events. Bea wanders out naked in the middle of the night, and while she claims she was sleepwalking, Paul suspects a sexual tryst. Even more disconcerting: Bea seems to remember less and less of their personal history, almost as if she has become a different person in the same body.

Film buffs will recognize a storyline that goes back at least to Invasion of the Body Snatchers, with alien creatures taking on the physical form of the humans they replace. It never becomes exactly clear why Bea has been targeted, but weird fluids begin to ooze from her body, and an increasingly frenzied Paul struggles to figure out what has happened to his wife.

A major flaw in the film is that it takes Paul far too long to decide to flee this isolated setting and seek help from the authorities. By the time he decides to leave, Bea has hidden his car keys, and they are trapped in the middle of nowhere, with no possible rescuers except the equally troubled neighbors at the restaurant. If Paul had acted sensibly and decided to seek help when the strange behavior began, there would simply be no movie.

espite this lapse in credibility, the film does grow more chilling as the two lose their moorings. First-time director Leigh Janiak builds a subtle but effectively sinister atmosphere. It’s a little puzzling as to why she chose two British actors to star in this American horror story, but Treadaway (who plays Victor Frankenstein on Showtime’s new series Penny Dreadful) and Leslie (a co-star on Game of Thrones) are both very accomplished. Even though Leslie’s British accent does peep through a few times, she and Treadaway bring intense conviction to this familiar tale. Ben Huber and Hanna Brown also are convincing as the only other characters on screen.

Technical credits are solid, and the special effects are simple but inventive. This minor effort has just enough jolts to stir a few nightmares.

Opens: Friday, Sept. 12 (Magnolia).

Cast: Rose Leslie, Harry Treadaway, Ben Huber, Hanna Brown

Director: Leigh Janiak

Screenwriters: Leigh Janiak, Phil Graziadei

Producers: Patrick Baker, Esme Howard

Cinematographer: Kyle Klutz

Production designer: Chris Trujillo

Costume designer: Courtney Arthur

Editor: Christopher S. Capp

Music: Heather McIntosh

No rating, 87 minutes

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