First, she was a singer. Then an actress. Then a mama. Then a crazy-biceped kook. Now Madonna is adding another title to her resume: journalist. She has written an article for the largest Israeli daily newspaper, Yediot Ahronot, about how her religious awakening made her realize that there was more to life than being a material girl. You better break out that old Bat Mitzvah tape, because the newspaper has translated the piece, called “How My Life Changed,” into Hebrew. Although Madonna isn’t Jewish or Israeli, the singer has studied Kabbalah—an ancient sect of Jewish mysticism—for 14 years. The article, which runs tomorrow, will recount how her studies have shaped her life. Madonna last visited Israel in 2004 and she will be returning to the holy land again in September for two dates on her Sticky & Sweet tour. L’chaim to her on her new career. [Yahoo News] Keep reading »
This week Newsweek asks: “Why Is Katherine Heigl So Annoying?” a question some of us may have asked ourselves once or twice already. Newsweek wonders: “The Grey’s Anatomy’ star was supposed to be America’s new sweetheart. Now we’ve all turned on her. Is it her fault, or ours?” Ken Levine may have the answer. According to the Emmy-winning “citizen journalist,” the fault — at least for the complaint she lobbed on Letterman last week — is allegedly all hers. Heigl whined: “Our first day back was Wednesday and it was — I’m going to keep saying this because I hope it embarrasses them — a 17-hour day, which I think is cruel and mean.” But Levine writes:
Poor Katherine Heigl. What she neglected to add was this: This “cruel” shooting schedule was only to accommodate HER and her needs. The producers graciously shuffled things around so she could go off and do promotion for her new film. Also, with union rules, the producers had to pay a ton of overtime and penalties to make this happen. The thanks they get is Katherine Heigl going on national television hoping to embarrass them.
So, what do you think? Is Heigl annoying or lovable? [via NYMag] Keep reading »
Oh, to be in the cast of “Mad Men,” hanging around Don Draper, sporting gorgeous, well-made clothing, and gracing the only program on television where the actresses are encouraged to be voluptuous. January Jones, who plays Betty Draper on the show, had to be asked by the producers to gain weight. “I got told a couple of days ago that I look too skinny, and I was in trouble,” she said. “I’m naturally pretty thin, so I’m trying. I eat whatever is at craft services.” Since women had more meat on their bones in the ’60s, “Mad Men” actresses are asked to not work out. “They want a soft, voluptuous woman which they were [back then] which is beautiful, as it should be,” said Jones. [OK! Magazine]
How refreshing—I’ve been prepping for January’s role all my life! I happen to be an expert on the subject of gaining weight. So here are five ideas for how January can soften up. Keep reading »