Is Amal Clooney ‘insecure’ about her body & crash-dieting to lose weight?

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Have you been missing Amal Clooney and her drama? I have been missing her this week. We need a good Amal Clooney sighting. In the meantime, it turns out that Meredith Vieira and Ellen DeGeneres both dressed up as Amal for Halloween, for their shows. I think Ellen gets bonus points because she actually got a blow-up George Clooney doll to make it look extra special. As for Amal and her dramz… she’s steadily becoming a tabloid fixture. YAY!

First up: OK! Magazine (ugh) says that when everyone started paying attention to Amal this past spring, the media attention made her self-conscious about her weight. A source told OK: “Amal became really insecure about her body after seeing photos of herself all over the place…[so] she lost eight pounds before the wedding.” Now she’s trying to maintain the weight loss by “surviving on two tiny meals a day.” George Clooney’s rep told Gossip Cop that the story is “fabricated”… but is it? Amal was always a slender woman, but she did lose weight as soon as the engagement was announced. And yeah, most brides lose weight before the wedding. I don’t get why that’s notable. Gossip Cop also has a story that I can’t find anywhere else:

Despite fabricated rumors of a feud, Amal Clooney and Angelina Jolie have never even met, George Clooney’s rep tells Gossip Cop exclusively. A fake tipster seems to be trying to get sites and magazines to do a story claiming the two women recently had a verbal fight in London.

The tale, which almost made it into one of tabloids this week, had the two women recently arguing over dinner, with Jolie eventually storming out of the meal and reportedly forbidding Brad Pitt from talking anymore to his buddy George. Clooney’s rep tells Gossip Cop the story about a supposed heated argument in a restaurant is “100 percent fiction,” noting that the two women have “never met.”

While both women were in London in June to attend the United Nations’ Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, which brought together 1,700 delegates, they were seated in two entirely different areas of a super massive auditorium and didn’t get the opportunity to meet. Of course, the phony source who is trying to spread these stories of strife between the ladies now claims Mrs. Clooney snubbed Jolie that time. Again, none of this is true. Mostly, it’s sad that people want to create drama between two successful and strong women when there isn’t any.

[From Gossip Cop]

So the story “almost” made it into a tabloid and George’s rep did a preemptive shutdown? That’s weird, right? It’s “almost” like George and his rep want this to be a story. While I doubt The Leg of Doom stormed out and decreed that Brad shall never speak to Mr. Clooney ever again, now I kind of wonder if Amal and Angelina DID meet at some point and they didn’t get along. Huh. Amal did attend Angelina’s Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. Hm…

And finally, there was this gem, from Us Weekly:

Partying ever after! One month after their Venetian vows, George and Amal Clooney kept the celebration going at a dinner hosted by her parents in Buckinghamshire, England. Relatives of Amal are already sweet on their new family member: “A group of women were fangirling over him and one started singing, ‘Georgie Porgie, puddin’ and pie Kissed the girls and made them cry’,” says a source. Later that woman “raved about getting a peck from George.”

[From Us Weekly, print edition]

Ah, maybe that’s why Amal looked so “over it” in those photos last weekend – she knew her relatives were going to act like a—holes around George Clooney.

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Us Weekly: Renee Zellweger changed her face because ‘the parts started drying up’

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Renee Zellweger stepped out last week at the Elle Women in Hollywood event and somehow became one of the most talked-about topics of the month. As CB and I have both noted, Renee’s face work is NOT new. She’s been walking around with a radically different face for more than a year now. But for some reason, last week’s photos were the first time most people noticed. The “Renee had major plastic surgery” story went viral quickly, and Renee had to issue a statement to People Magazine where she basically sounded full of sh-t, claiming that her new look was just the result of her happiness and fulfillment. Riiight. Anyway, Renee’s face dramz took the cover of this week’s Us Weekly. Some highlights from the cover story:

She has been slammed with questions about her changing face since stepping out looking noticeably different at the Elle Women In Hollywood Awards in Beverly Hills on October 20. And now UsWeekly has an explanation for what happened and why.

The publication claims the 45-year-old Jerry Maguire actress may have had work done to her upper eyelids because she was hoping to get more work in Hollywood. ‘The parts started drying up,’ a source revealed to magazine.

The blonde beauty- who made a name for herself in the nineties with such small hits as Love And A .45 and Empire Records and went on to co-star with Nicole Kidman in Cold Mountain (2003) and Russell Crowe in Cinderella Man (2005) – was anxious about her popularity in Hollywood. In 2002 she saw her career high when she took a supporting role in Chicago with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere. That performance resulted in an Oscar nomination (she didn’t win, but took home the gold a year later for her supporting turn in Cold Mountain). But she has since not been able to repeat that success.

‘She wonders what’s wrong with her,’ added the pal. It was added, ‘She doesn’t know why she isn’t getting the roles she used to.’

Zellweger’s last big film was Leatherheads with George Clooney in 2008, which failed to impress at the box office. Her last big hit was the third installment of the Bridget Jones franchise which was released in 2004.

The weekly does not go into detail about what the star had done to her face. But they do talk to a plastic surgeon (Dr David Alessi) that suggested Renee had her eyes fixed (‘upper-lid surgery’) to be less heavy on top. That alleged work minimized her ethic Norwegian look. The doctor also suggested she may have had ‘fat removed from her cheeks.’

[From The Daily Mail]

I think eye work is definitely one of the stronger possibilities, and as I’m looking at the photos closely… yeah, I could see how she might have had her cheeks de-chipmunked. Now, all that being said… there wasn’t anything wrong with her old face. Sure, people joked about her “squint,” just like people joke about Reese Witherspoon’s chin and Beyonce’s wigs and Angelina Jolie’s veins and Blake Lively’s nose job and implants. That sh-t is a part of life, famous or un-famous, and Renee’s old face made her a major movie star and a very wealthy woman. You gotta dance with the face that brung ya! I tend to think it takes profound unhappiness and insecurity to take those random (and yes, hurtful) comments to heart and go and dramatically change your face THIS much. And I always thought her career took a hit after she A) made some bad career moves and B) dropped away by choice.

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Anne Hathaway in Wes Gordon at the UK ‘Interstellar’ premiere: matronly or lovely?

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Here are some photos from last night’s Insterstellar premiere in London. It just occurred to me yesterday, as I was covering Anne Hathaway’s Telegraph interview, that some of these actors might be aiming for Oscar nominations. Annie clearly is. Jessica Chastain probably wouldn’t mind, but she’s not going to go all Hathaway for a nomination. And Matthew McConaughey? Alright alright alright.

As for the fashion, I’m trying to decide if the London styles are better or worse than the LA premiere looks. I kind of think London had the better style overall, but I still love to nitpick, so let’s get to it. Annie is wearing Wes Gordon with Charlotte Olympia platform heels. I feel like this is an Angelina Jolie-esque look, right? Angelina has been skewing more conservative lately, she loves a good sleeve and a boxy waist, and she loves dark metallics. If only this Wes Gordon dress was more sacky, then it would totally be a Jolie look. As it is… I kind of think this is too matronly on Annie. She’s only 31! Something nice: her makeup is much better here than at the LA premiere. And I like the emerald earrings (also a Jolie-esque touch). Also: Annie has a great mani, if you can make it out.

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As for Chastain, her dress is Saint Laurent. I feel like she’s worn this dress or a version very close to it recently. Maybe at Cannes this year? I guess I’m remembering Chastain in that lovely violet Elie Saab in Cannes, although that look was WORLDS better than this Saint Laurent. Her boobs look weird in this gown and she’s carrying herself like she’s knocked up.

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Matthew brought his wife Camila Alves, who rocked a hot white pantsuit with a built-in cape. I don’t have the ID on this. Maybe it’s Dolce & Gabbana (the McConaughey family wears a lot of D&G), but I doubt it. This is one of the best looks I’ve seen on Camila in a while. Usually her style is kind of… glossy beauty queen. Not on this carpet!

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Jennifer Aniston’s possible Oscar contender ‘Cake’ finally finds a distributor

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Jennifer Aniston had the difficult task of promoting her latest film, Cake, during the Toronto International Film Festival in September. The difficulty was that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt had just gotten married. Aniston solved her PR problem by wearing a see-through top with no bra and getting her publicist to encourage lots and lots of Oscar talk. Cake got decent reviews at TIFF and People Mag (and other outlets) dutifully claimed that Aniston could be a legit Oscar contender this year. The problem? Cake didn’t pick up an American distributor at TIFF. More than a month passed, and still no distributor. What happened next is very interesting:

After the dark comedy Cake set tongues wagging at Toronto about Jennifer Aniston’s performance, there has been speculation that the film’s makers would capitalize on that momentum by putting the movie out before year’s end to qualify for Oscar consideration. Cinelou Films’ producers Mark Canton and Courtney Solomon have launched a new prestige arm in Cinelou Releasing, and they have set Cake as their first film. The pic will have a one-week qualifying run in December before rolling out in January. Canton, Kristin Hahn and Ben Barnz produced with Solomon.

“When my life and producing partner Ben Barnz and I first read Cake just fourteen months ago, we knew we had to go to Jennifer Aniston. It was the most obvious un-obvious choice – she’s mega-talented, but we’ve never seen the whole range of her extraordinary comic and dramatic abilities showcased in one role,” said director/EP Daniel Barnz.

Cinelou Releasing will launch up to four films over the next year, and you can belatedly add this to all of the rising distribution companies that made statement transactions at Toronto. The label has a deal with Warner Bros. Pictures to handle international distribution for six of its films over the next three years. “We congratulate Mark Canton and Courtney Solomon on their new company,” said Warner Bros. International Distribution president Veronika Kwan Vandenberg. “We look forward to our upcoming international collaborations with them beginning next year with Cake.”

“Having a U.S. distribution arm was always part of our strategy to be in control of the creative, marketing and financial results of our films,” said Solomon. “We were very pleased with how Cake turned out and are excited about all the opportunities the film presents on multiple levels…Cinelou was formed to produce brave, bold and interesting films that both challenge and showcase talent.”

Said Canton: “We’re very proud and excited that our new distribution banner will allow Cake to be released with the same passion and commitment that went into making the film.”

[From Deadline]

This is interesting on two levels. One level, the level that people are reacting to right now, is that Aniston is making a play for an Oscar campaign. Aniston and her people want to launch something centered around her performance. Will she end up getting a nomination? Doubtful. She might end up with a Spirit Award nomination though. The other level of interest is what was happening behind the scenes to even get this film distributed in America. It honestly sounds like NO ONE wanted to distribute it at all and Cinelou had to pull their new distribution arm together within the last month, just to push Cake… and Jennifer Aniston.

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Brad Pitt’s ‘Between Two Ferns’ involves Louis CK, Ross & Rachel questions

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Confession: I “get” why people think Between Two Ferns is comedy gold, but many of the BTF episodes on Funny or Die are sort of boring to me. Of course, there are exceptions. Pres. Obama’s Between Two Ferns was amazing. And now Zach Galifianakis has interviewed Brad Pitt and I actually found myself laughing out loud several times. Yes, it’s awkward and it’s supposed to be a send-up of those sycophantic celebrity interviews. But this is next-level amazing. Zach asks Brad why he doesn’t shower. There’s a gift of a massive bong. There are questions about how it felt to meet Angelina Jolie for the first time and whether it was like the first time Ross saw Rachel. The Friends theme song is played. And there’s a cameo by Louis CK. All in all, this one is pretty much as great as Obama’s BTF.

“Is it hard for you to maintain a suntan? Because you live in your wife’s shadow.” But really, Brad comes close to breaking and you can see that he’s very close to laughing when the Ross and Rachel question comes up. Damn, bro! How is that Zach Galifianakis managed to ask Brad about Jennifer Aniston when so many serious journalists have failed?

Do you like Brad more for doing this?

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Benedict Cumberbatch’s wax figure is insanely, eerily realistic & life-like

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Over the summer, Madame Tussauds released some photos of Benedict Cumberbatch sitting for measurements and photos at their studio in London. Madame Tussauds had decided it was high time for Bendy to get his own dashing wax figure, and to his credit, Benedict agreed to sit for all of the measurements. THIS is the result. Madame Tussauds have put out their new Cumberfigure and it is crazy life-like.

I usually look through the photos we have the latest wax figures, and let me tell you… Madame Tussauds usually messes up the living celebrities. Their Duchess Kate wax figure looks like Tamara Ecclestone. The Angelina Jolie wax figure looks like Jennifer Aniston. The Johnny Depp wax figure looks like a demon. But I think it helped in Bendy’s case because he actually agreed to let them take all of the measurements and such. He has such a unique little otter-face, so this could have ended up terribly. As it is, my only real complaints are that no amount of fake hair can recreate the glorious Cumbercurls AND that Madame Tussauds made him kind of cross-eyed. But otherwise… Wax Bendy is just as good Real Bendy. #WaxOtter #PutHimInVelvet

Start your mannequin-come-to-life fan-fiction now!

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Brad Pitt Being Named A Dame Didn’t Help Angelina Jolie’s Status At Home

"Fury" - Closing Night Gala: 58th BFI London Film FestivalHere’s Brad Pitt at the closing night gala screening of ‘Fury’ for the 58th BFI London Film Festival. Isn’t he looking good in his suit? He had a great weekend: ‘Fury’ was #1 at the box office in the United States this past weekend! RELATED: Brad Pitt and Jimmy Fallon breakdance on ‘The Tonight Show.’

At the festival Brad chatted with reporters about meeting Queen Elizabeth when she named Angelina Jolie an Honorary Dame of the British Empire.

It was just a pleasure and certainly one for the books. [It was] a wonderful afternoon for our family, a great honor for Angie and something we won’t forget.”

So has Dame Angelina become The Boss at home?

Aaah, no,” Pitt told Us, laughing. “We have our own pecking order at home!”

Geez: what does somebody have to do to get some respect? LOL I’m just kidding: I’m sure Angelina’s happy with the status quo with the family.

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Brad Pitt’s ‘Fury’ wins the weekend box office with $23.5 million: did you see it?

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Here are some photos of Brad Pitt in London over the weekend. Fury closed out the BFI London Film Festival and I’m not really sure what’s going on with Brad’s clothes. That’s the worst tuxedo I’ve ever seen on him. And his photocall outfit – the plaid jacket, plaid shirt and 1970s striped tie… well, all of that is just BIZARRE. I have a theory that because Brad and Angelina are playing characters in the 1970s, that means Brad is still sort of stuck in his character’s ugly clothes. Still… Brad usually wears, like, Tom Ford perfection. He’s usually the best-dressed one while Angelina sacks her way through red carpets. Marriage has changed him!

I’ve been disappointed in the fact that Angelina has been nowhere during Brad’s Fury promotion. Even if she didn’t want to walk the carpet with him, why not a family photo-op with the kids in Malta? Brad’s “date” to the LFF premiere last night was a 91-year-old veteran named Peter Comfort. He looks like fun! As for the box office… Brad ruled the box office! Most people predicted that Fury would take home about $25 million and it ended up opening with $23.5 million. It was #1, finally knocking off Gone Girl. It’s a good month for R-rated dramas and the opening was particularly good for historical war films. Did you see it? I did not, but only because I just didn’t get around to it.

Meanwhile, Brad told Us Weekly that he enjoyed visiting Buckingham Palace to see his wife become an honorary Dame Commander. Brad said: “It was just a pleasure and certainly one for the books. [It was] a wonderful afternoon for our family, a great honor for Angie and something we won’t forget.” When asked if Angelina changed after becoming Dame Angie, Brad said: “Aaah, no. We have our own pecking order at home!”

Last thing – a UK paper claims that Brad owns a WWII-era Spitfire and he’s paid to have it completely restored. They also claim he’s flown it a few times. Eh.

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Brad Pitt & Shia LaBeouf ‘Fury’ Stars Rock The Red Carpet

brad pitt & shia labeouf  (1)‘Gone Girl’ had an impressive two weeks at #1 at the box office, but ‘Fury’ ended that this week, claiming the top spot on Friday night. Here are the movie’s stars, Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf, at a photo call at the Les Invalides in Paris. The rest of the cast joined them. RELATED: Shia LaBeouf explains his past year of behavior on an “existential crisis.”

Brad was looking as stylish as ever in his hat and blazer. LOVE it. He seems to be one of those guys who genuinely cares about his clothes and how he looks.

Shia… well, he’s looking a little rougher with that beard. This totally baffles me because Shia is a good-looking guy under all that hair. Why is he hiding his face? It sounds like he’s decided to be famous again, after all, with all the press he’s done for the movie. Perhaps this is a lingering effect of his “existential crisis”?

Have you seen ‘Fury’ yet? I haven’t, but people I saw who like war movies enjoyed it. With all the movies out at the theater that I want to see right now, I may not make it to the theater for this one, but if I don’t, it’s definitely going to be streamed at home.

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Did Angelina Jolie disrespect the new UN ambassadors, like Emma Watson?

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Does Angelina Jolie have humanitarian coattails? I’ve always believed she does. Back in 2001, Angelina became a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commission on Refugees. By the time she got that appointment, she had already made at least three overseas trips to refugee camps and had begun researching the role that would consume her for the rest of her life. Angelina always took her UN work very seriously, even when she was criticized for being a “celebrity humanitarian,” just in it for the good press and photo-ops. Over the years, her work grew. She’s founded several charities and foundations, she was promoted to “Special Envoy to the UNHCR” and she joined the Council on Foreign Relations. She received multiple awards for her work and she’s raised and donated millions of dollars to the causes close to her heart.

I remember back in the 2004-06, there was a sudden rash of other celebrities taking up international causes. Did you know that Nicole Kidman was a UN goodwill ambassador for the now-defunct UNIFEM? Yeah, she barely did any work with them. George Clooney became a UN Messenger of Peace, but he recently resigned that position too. So now there’s a new generation of would-be Angelinas. Victoria Beckham, Emma Watson and Leonardo DiCaprio have all joined various UN campaigns as ambassadors and Star Mag says Angelina is side-eyeing all of them.

Angelina Jolie is going goodwill hunting. In September, Leonardo DiCaprio, Victoria Beckham and Emma Watson gave speeches on behalf of the UN and Angelina wants them off the bandwagon.

“She thinks they’re stepping into the limelight just to boost their egos,” discloses a longtime friend. “Leo is bad enough but Posh Spice and that girl from Harry Potter? You must be joking!”

Having made 40-plus humanitarian visits to war-torn countries, Angelina walks the walk – and takes her duties seriously.

“Angie puts herself about other stars,” tattles the pal. “She thinks she was put on this planet to help people.”

[From Star Magazine, print edition]

The least deserving of shade – in my opinion – is Emma Watson. Emma started her UN career with a bang, giving a speech about feminism for the launch of the UN’s HeForShe campaign which went viral and genuinely raised awareness. Victoria Beckham is working with the UN’s AIDS campaign. And Leo is the newest Messenger of Peace, with a concentration on environmental issues. So, does Angelina hate these people for riding on her coattails? I doubt it. She’s probably just waiting to see if any of them stick with it. I believe Emma will. Leo might stick with it too. Victoria… well, we’ll see.

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