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Friday, October 28, 2011

Has George Michael had too many Careless Wispas?

The 48-year-old singer revealed a sizeable paunch as he brought his new orchestral show to the Royal Albert Hall in London last night.
And his choice of a traditionally slimming black suit and T-shirt failed miserably to hide his expanding waistband.
Earlier today George disappointed fans when he pulled out of tonight's gig - the second in a run of four concerts at the famous venue - due to illness.
The 48-year-old star has been plagued by problems over recent years.
His drug use lead to several arrests, car prangs and even a jail sentence.
In December 2009, he claimed he was addicted to cannabis and said that he used to smoke 25 joints a day.
And in July 2010, he was arrested and charged with possession of the drug and driving under the influence of drink or drugs after his car smashed into a branch of Snappy Snaps in Hampstead, London.
He was sentenced to eight weeks in jail and released in October 2010 after serving four weeks at Highpoint Prison in Suffolk.
George kicked off the Symphonica tour in Prague, Czech Republic in August and revealed he had split with long-term love Kenny Goss two years ago.
And last night, on the first night of the British leg of the tour, he performed a string of cover versions, including Rihanna's Russian Roulette, The Police hit Roxanne and Amy Winehouse's Love Is A Losing Game.
He was, backed by a 41-piece orchestra throughout.
 In fine form... George MichaelXPOSUREPHOTOS.COM
He introduced his version of New Order's True Faith with a dig at his own troubles, saying: "This is a song about the nature of addiction which, of course, I know nothing about."
He also treated fans to a string of his own songs, such as Cowboys and Angels, A Different Corner and You Have Been Loved.
And he finished with a medley of three hits ? Amazing, Freedom and I'm Your Man.
Or should that be I'm Your Flan?

Henry Cavill is topless Man Of Steel

The British beefcake, who takes on the superhero mantle in new movie Man Of Steel, stripped to the waist for the green screen sequences in Vancouver, Canada.
He appeared scruffy, dishevelled and unshaven as he performed a special effects stunt, which sees him stepping in to help the coastguard on a rescue mission, without the iconic Superman suit.
But his ripped physique was enough to bowl over even the most cold-hearted Lois Lane.
Henry's pumped up torso is a result of a punishing workout schedule which saw him spending hours in the gym in a bid to change his shape, as revealed in a recent interview.
He said: "I'm on 5,000 calories a day. You've got to eat protein first, then a little bit of carbs. You've gotta keep your hunger levels going.
Topless and toned ... Henry CavillSplash News
"I'm training two-and-a-half hours a day, pushing my body beyond its normal limits, putting on a lot of muscle mass and just making myself look like Superman."
The Tudors hunk had a head-start on the muscles while working on his last movie, The Immortals.
But he had to go the extra mile to become Krypton's crimefighting hero, and worked with trainer Mark Twight to alter his outline entirely.

Before taking on the role he said: "It's going to be a different kind of shape. When you see the Immortals shape you'll see what I mean.
"We obviously haven't had the final brief yet, it's going to adapt and change as far as when Mark sees my body adapting to the training he'll go, 'Okay, Henry can do this,' or 'Henry can't do this,' or 'His body will look better like that.'
"It'll be fine-tuned and tweaked as we go along. But I think it's going to be a different sort of shape from Immortals."
 Rescue mission ... Henry films with coastguard actorsSplash News
The 28-year-old actor is joined in the movie by Amy Adams, as love interest Lois and Russell Crowe as his Kryptonian father.
Kevin Costner and Diane Lane will play adoptive parents the Kents and Laurence Fishburne will take on the role of newspaper editor Perry White.
The movie will be released in June 2013.
 In costume ... A clean-shaven henry in full Superman garb

Jazz fans tickled Pink by impromptu performance

The songbird stunned the audience and performers of an experimental play by jumping on stage with a cast member to sing a cover of a jazz classic.
She joined actress Karen Marie Richardson in a rendition of George Gershwin's Summertime during a performance of Sleep No More.
The 32-year-old blonde, who is married to Carey Hart and had their daughter Willow in June, was enjoying a night out at the show, held in New York's Manderley Bar, when she decided to entertain her fellow drinkers.
The mellow rendition of the number was in stark contrast to her usual aggressive style.
And flustered singer Karen was almost dumbstruck as they took it in turns to sing their lines.
STAR takes to stage at Sleep No More to sing jazz version of Hush Little Baby
The performance was a rare treat for fans of Pink, who has taken a break from music and hasn't released a single or album since last year.
Past audiences at her live shows have heard a very different rendition of Summertime, based on the Janis Joplin Blues-rock version of 1968.
Maybe she's been practising the melodic lullaby on baby Willow at night.

Johnny Depp varnishes his cool image

The veteran pin-up dipped his digits in varnish and dressed up to the nines for the premiere of his new movie.
Clad in a three-piece suit, a flat cap and tinted glasses, the big screen star made a relatively rare public appearance for the New York launch of his latest film The Rum Diary.
The ever youthful 48-year-old also posed alongside his co-star Amber Heard ahead of the event held at the city's Museum Of Modern Art last night.
Actress Amber ? who came out as a lesbian last year ? sported a slicked-back hairdo, black frock and an impressive application of make-up.
The film is an adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's debut novel, based on the exploits of a U.S. journalist who takes on a job in Puerto Rico in the 1950s and struggles to adapt to life on the island.
 Blue is the colour ... Johnny Depp
Johnny risked denting his stylish reputation to pose in an unflattering pair of boxers for the film's poster.
Despite clawing back style kudos last night, the jury's still out on the man varnish.
Rum deal ... Amber Heard and Johnny Depp

Kitty's wild night out in underwear

The wannabe appeared to leave little to the imagination as she chose yet another barely-there outfit for a night out in London's Soho.
She stepped out in black bra and knickers, fishnet tights, teal jacket and sparkly shoes as she hit the West End with fellow X Factor contestant Johnny Robinson.
The 26-year-old - who has been compared to last year's controversial contestant Katie Waissel - couldn't resist taking to the microphone - no doubt to rehearse for this weekend's live show.
Both Johnny and Kitty were all smiles as they were spotted singing their hearts out in a nearby karaoke bar.
Looking tops with no bottoms ... Kitty Brucknell in club
Later the pair were seen laughing as they piled into a rickshaw.
 Time to go home ... Kitty Brucknell and Johnny Robinson enjoy a rickshaw rideSplash News
But Kitty came very close to falling off as she stood up in the moving vehicle - and bared a lot of her behind in the skimpy outfit.
 Making an exit ... Johnny Robinson and Kitty BrucknellXposure
She took to Twitter ahead of her evening out to tell fans what she had planned, tweeting: 'Going to Old Compton St tonight for a bit of fun with @jrmusicoffic :-)'
 Baring all ... Kitty Brucknell's outfit left little to imagination as she left with Johnny RobinsonSplash News

Lindsay Lohan's street collapse

With her bag and hat strewn nearby, the frail-looking star keeps a mobile phone clamped to her ear following the shock tumble in Los Angeles.
It's thought the 25-year-old was leaving her million dollar Playboy shoot when she fell.
Cardboard boxes and a stationary bicycle surround the wild actress as she tries to stand up.
Lindsay has experienced a busy few days trying to fit the saucy shoot for Hugh Hefner's men's mag around her court-ordered duties at a morgue.
Last week, Li-Lo was ordered to complete a grim fortnight of community service at the LA County Morgue after failing to put in 360 hours at a local women's centre.
Struggling ... Lindsay tries to get back on her feetX17online Judge Stephanie Sautner told the star she would have to show up and "do what they tell you to do" if she was to avoid an 18-month jail sentence for repeatedly breaking probation terms after a 2007 drink-driving conviction and necklace theft earlier this year.
Hefner's publication then offered the workshy star the massive payday.
Website TMZ.com reports that the 25-year-old star originally turned down a $750,000 (?468,000) offer, demanding the figure should be closer to $1million (?624,000).
The Playboy shoot is not the first time the controversial star has posed naked.
In 2008, the Mean Girls actress stripped off to recreate nude shots of Marilyn Monroe, taken by photographer Bert Stern just six weeks before she died of a drugs overdose.
 Topless ... Lindsay Lohan in 2010 movie MachetePlanet Photos
At the time Lindsay admitted she was entirely "comfortable" with nudity.
She said: "I didn't have to put much thought into it. Working with Bert Stern on a Marilyn Monroe shoot was really an honour. When is that ever going to come up again?
"I wanted to portray the look and get it point-on as much as I could, to bring it back to life.
"I was comfortable with it, the nudity and everything."
Lindsay also did topless scenes and threesomes in 2010 film Machete.
More saucy roles include playing a pole dancer in 2007 flick I Know Who Killed Me.

Newcastle FC play by Example

Top defender Steven Taylor says the chart-topper's track Changed The Way You Kissed Me is top of their playlist in the dressing room ahead of their games.
Steve has taken over DJing duties from former team-mate Joey Barton this season after the controversial star joined QPR in August.
And it definitely seems to have given the Geordies, who sit fourth in the Premier League table after their win over Wigan at the weekend, a lift.
He says: "Example's Changed The Way You Kiss Me is always first on the list. It's a great tune.
"We also play Don Omar's Danza Kuduro, it's the team's main song. All the lads, especially the French players, love that.
"We love a bit of Chris Brown's Beautiful People and Taio Cruz too."
Playlist ... Example and Don Omar
He added: "At the start of the year I asked everyone to tell me what tunes they wanted.
"There are lots of good tunes so I try and put a good mix together. I want to make sure everyone is happy."
Newcastle are currently fourth in the Premiership and have yet to be beaten.
He added some of the players have got superstitious during their unbeaten run.
"Jonas Gutierrez wears his pants and socks inside out for luck. He's always last out of the changing room too.
"If it works I want him to continue doing it."
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