Celeb Blind Item Who’s Struggling With Serious Anxiety?

Blind-Folded-Man17It’s surprising someone who’s achieved such as high level of success struggles so much with anxiety. Stranger things have happened, though. Read the goss after the break.

She calls it stage fright. There is some of that to be sure because she can freeze in front of a camera. It is one reason she hates doing awards shows or anything requiring her to read a teleprompter. She is surprisingly enough ok on talk shows because she is not required to say anything, she only has to respond. Getting her to the talk show is an entirely different matter. It takes her hours. Once she finally gets there and gets inside she can fake it enough and use enough mind tricks to make it through the ordeal, but when she leaves, she becomes a sweaty, exhausted mess and drinks herself to sleep. She is an actress. She used to be A+ list. Rarefied air that she had. Academy Award winner/nominee. For a time, she was the number one choice for almost every movie role available. She could still be that choice and she still has A list name recognition, but she has suffered the past five or six years with actually leaving her own house. It is rare she can manage and when she does it is usually with her boyfriend by her side. She prefers to be alone with him, or just alone is fine with her too. She has an assistant to go shopping for her and do the day to day things so she doesn’t have to leave the house. Meetings with her manager or agents or anyone else is by phone or they come to her place. She has dated some of the biggest names in Hollywood. All this used to be managed more effectively. There is talk that her boyfriend likes to have her under his control and maybe had made things worse for his benefit. One thing that has surfaced is that she has a tough time filming anything because of the crowds and the stage fright. She has finally been convinced to give it another try, but it might fizzle like her last two projects when she couldn’t even make it to the set.

Any guesses? Take a look at the reveal by clicking on “Crazy Days and Nights” below.

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Renee Zellweger attributes her new look to a ‘fulfilling life’: disingenuous?

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About a year ago, Renee Zellweger had significant, noticeable work done to her face. She’d obviously had some kind of eye lift, which may have been medically necessary. Some of you commented at the time that she may have needed the surgery to correct eyelid droopiness. Whatever the reason, you could definitely see the difference in her face. Here’s a before and after photo we posted at the time.

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Renee laid low for about a year. We saw the occasional photo of her out with her boyfriend (a musician and old college friend named Doyle Bramhall II, they’ve been together around two years now) and she would attend a rare event, but she stayed under the radar. Then Renee went to the Elle Women in Hollywood event over the weekend. Everyone was like “woah she looks like a different person.” Instead of admitting to doing something to change her appearance, Renee told People that she’s happy and more fulfilled and we must be noticing that.

“I’m glad folks think I look different! I’m living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I’m thrilled that perhaps it shows,” Zellweger, 45, says of the attention she received after an appearance at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards in Beverly Hills on Monday.

Calling the conversation about her appearance “silly,” she says she is choosing to address it because “it seems the folks who come digging around for some nefarious truth which doesn’t exist won’t get off my porch until I answer the door.”

“My friends say that I look peaceful. I am healthy,” Zellweger continues. “For a long time I wasn’t doing such a good job with that. I took on a schedule that is not realistically sustainable and didn’t allow for taking care of myself. Rather than stopping to recalibrate, I kept running until I was depleted and made bad choices about how to conceal the exhaustion. I was aware of the chaos and finally chose different things.”

That healthier, slower-paced lifestyle – and her happy relationship with boyfriend Doyle Bramhall – helped her turn a corner. “I did work that allows for being still, making a home, loving someone, learning new things, growing as a creative person and finally growing into myself,” she says.

“People don’t know me in my 40s,” says Zellweger, who prefers to lead a quiet life with Bramhall and a close circle of friends. Recently, she pitched in to help her pal and longtime publicist, Nanci Ryder, who is battling ALS, at the ALS Association Golden West Chapter’s annual Walk to Defeat ALS in Los Angeles.

“People don’t know me [as] healthy for a while,” says Zellweger. “Perhaps I look different. Who doesn’t as they get older?! Ha. But I am different. I’m happy.”

[From People]

Renee did lose weight in the past few months, and that contributes to her face looking thinner, but give me a break. People aren’t “digging around for some nefarious truth,” they’re noticing that she looks nothing like herself. This is a Jennifer Grey level of plastic surgery change.

I like Zellweger so I’m not going to parse her defensive word salad too much, but she sounds like Ashley Judd here. “Rather than stopping to recalibrate, I kept running until I was depleted and made bad choices about how to conceal the exhaustion.” Is she referring to a visit a dermatologist as a “bad choice”? Is that a vague hint? Renee is a very private person, but if she would have admitted that she had something done, maybe that it was medically necessary, she would sound more genuine. She could remain vague and say she’s not ready to get into specifics. Instead, it’s all everyone else’s fault for noticing and Renee has gotten older and taken time to “recalibrate,” resulting in her eyes magically changing shape. I’m disappointed. It’s great that she’s in a good place now, though. She seems happy with her boyfriend with the giant ‘fro.

Here are comparison photos of Renee. This isn’t from weight loss. It’s a shame because she was beautiful. She still is, she’s just much different looking.
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Duchess Kate in baby blue Jenny Packham in London: cute or too mullety?

Here are some photos of Duchess Kate’s appearance last night at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards in London. This was Kate’s second public appearance yesterday. And yesterday’s two public events were her first events since August. It seems Kate is through the worst of her morning sickness, and she looked much improved in these evening shots. Meaning, she didn’t look like she about to barf on a ceremonial horse for the evening event, but horse-barfing was definitely a possibility at the carriage procession in the morning. I’m also including some photos from earlier in the day, including that shot of Kate’s coatdress billowing up because she’s still not weighting her hems. Classic Waity!

Also Classic Kate – this Jenny Packham gown she wore to the Wildlife Photographer event. This makes me recall the old Issa dresses she used to wear during her long courtship with William. Back then, Kate loved some clingy jersey, she loved to show her legs in anything short (some things never change) and she loved to party all night. I have mixed feelings about this Packham gown – I think the color is pretty and the general silhouette is clean and smart. You know I like a good sleeve. But the tufting on the sleeve is pissing me off and the front slit/mullet dress effect is really, really tacky. Not princessy, not duchessy. Very Real Housewife, honestly.

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Kesha Swore Under Oath That She Was NOT Abused By Dr. Luke in 2011 Deposition

Last week, Kesha filed a lawsuit against Dr. Luke, claiming that her former producer had sexually assaulted her several times over the course of ten years.

Luke countersued and accused Kesha of blackmail and extortion.

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Earlier today, evidence that seemed the corroborate the singers claims surfaced in the form of tweets that were posted back in February in which Kesha attacks Luke and accuses him of abuse.

Now this strange case has taken another unexpected twist, as TMZ has obtained a transcript of a deposition from 2011 in which Kesha swears under oath that Luke never drugged or molested her, as she had previously claimed.

Asked by a lawyer if she’d ever had “an intimate relationship” with Luke, Kesha responded, “No.”

She later stated, “Dr. Luke never gave me coke,” and answered in the negative when asked if he’d ever given her a “roofie.”

This information directly contradicts Kesha’s previous claims that Luke had drugged and raped her on several occasions.

However, Kesha’s lawyers issued a statement earlier today saying that the singer had waited so long to file a lawsuit because she was afraid of repercussions from Luke.

Her attorneys will likely argue that she did not accuse him of abuse during the deposition for the same reason.

We’ll have more on this case as new information becomes available. 

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Kesha at last night’s Billboard Music Awards. Is it just us, or is she looking mighty good these days?

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Renee Zellweger in an LBD at the Elle Women event: lovely or unrecognizable?

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Here are some photos from last night’s 21st annual Elle Women In Hollywood Awards. There are a ton of photos, so CB, Bedhead and I have split them up, awards-season style. Enjoy! One lady in particular is getting a lot of attention this morning because OMG, what did she do to her face? Renee Zellweger wore a little black dress and a completely new face to the event. We’ve actually been pointing out Zellweger’s “work” for a year – she had something done (something with her eyes) last year. I believe the work has “settled” but she just looks so different. Barely recognizable. Sigh…

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Oh, and here’s Renee’s boyfriend (?) Doyle Bramhall. His afro is… something. Wow.

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More photos from the event… Liberty Ross in a black and camel-leather gown. I think the leather part looks awful. Sorry, Liberty!

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Kaley Cuoco in Paul Ka, with husband Ryan Sweeting. This is the best Kaley has looked since she got that unfortunate pixie cut. She’s finally figured out a way to style it. Cute dress too! I really like that LBD.

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Nikki Reed’s dress is too much. Too many ruffles, too blah.

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Doutzen Kroes in Calvin Klein – there were a lot of women wearing CK because CK was one of the sponsors of the event. Doutzen only recently welcomed her second child. She looks fantastic.

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Lizzy Caplan in Calvin Klein. Why is she going with such twee styling lately? Ugh!

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Kerry Washington in Calvin Klein. Minimalist, pretty, not really noteworthy but fine.

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Elizabeth Banks in Michael Kors. Feminine, girly but not twee, at least to me. Possibly because I love her so much.

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Duchess Kate wears plaid McQueen for her first public event in months: lovely?

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Yay!!!! Duchess Kate finally came to a scheduled event. She didn’t cancel at the last minute! This is Kate first public appearance since her second pregnancy was announced. It’s also her first public event since August 7th (the Tower of London appearance with William and Harry). Kate is said to be in the beginning of her second trimester and the worst of her hyperemesis gravidarum seems to be past. It was also announced over the weekend that Kate is due in April… doing the math, that means that she’s probably about 13-14 weeks along, I’m guessing. When the palace announced her due date, they also stressed the fact that Kate is expecting “a baby,” as in NOT twins. Just FYI.

As for this appearance today, Kate and William joined the Queen in welcoming the president of Singapore, Tony Tan Keng Yam, at Buckingham Palace. There was some sort of carriage procession. Kate wore a plaid Alexander McQueen coatdress which is utterly appropriate. It’s a demure, professional length and the fabric is heavy enough to ensure no “flouncy skirt blow-ups” or Marilyn Moments. Kate also wore a Jane Taylor hat. You can read more about the event here.

As I said, I think Kate looks completely appropriate. The coatdress is boringly pretty and smart, her hair isn’t flying all over the place and she’s put on some much-needed pregnancy weight, which is good. I’m glad she’s able to keep some food down. I hope this is the first of many appearances she makes during this pregnancy!

Kate is also due to attend the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 awards in London tonight. Since she wore McQueen during the day, I’m thinking…Stella McCartney?

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Breaking News: Oscar De La Renta Has Died

The 26th Annual Night Of Stars AwardsThe fashion world has suffered a huge loss. Iconic fashion designer Oscar de la Renta has died at the age of 82. He battled cancer for eight years. RELATED: Oscar de la Renta talks with ELLE.

ABC News says they were told the news by a family member.

Born in the Dominican Republic in 1932, de la Renta left home at 18 to study painting in Madrid. It was there he developed a love of fashion design and began an apprenticeship with Cristóbal Balenciaga, who became his mentor, and then, landed a job with Lanvin in Paris.

He made his name in the early 1960s when first lady Jaqueline Kennedy frequently wore his designs, and launched his own label in the mid-1960s.

The most recent gown he designed was for Amal Clooney: he designed her wedding gown. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

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Carolina Herrera Honored With 2014 Couture Council Award
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Oscar De La Renta Dies; Legendary Fashion Designer Was 82

Iconic fashion designer Oscar De La Renta has passed away at the age of 82.

Over the course of his more than 50 year career, De La Renta designed clothing for some of the world’s most famous women. Most recently, he designed Amal Alamuddin’s wedding dress

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Born in 1932 in the Dominican Republic, De La Renta first made a name for himself in the US by designing dresses for Jacqueline Kennedy.

In the decades that followed, first ladies Betty Ford, Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton, and Laura Bush frequently wore designs by De La Renta.

De La Renta was diagnosed with cancer in 2006, but appeared to be in good health in recent months.

The news of De La Renta’s death broke just minutes ago, but the most famous names in the world of fashion are already expressing their grief and condolences on social media.

Appearing at this year’s CFDA awards, De La Renta spoke of his recent health problems, saying, “Yes, I had cancer. Right now I am totally clean. The only realities in life are that you are born, and that you die.”

“We always think we are going to live forever. The dying aspect we will never accept. The one thing about having this kind of warning is that you appreciate every single day of life.”

De La Renta leaves behind a wife, a son, and several step-children.

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R.I.P. Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014). He will forever be missed!

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Is Benedict Cumberbatch planning on proposing to girlfriend Sophie Hunter?

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Full disclosure: Not only am I totally OVER the speculation about Benedict Cumberbatch’s not-so-secret girlfriend Sophie Hunter, I have this weird mental block where I keep writing her name as “Sophie Turner,” as in Sansa Stark from Game of Thrones. Maybe I would care about this more if Benedict was dating Sophie Turner/Sansa. That would be very interesting. Turner’s pretty young though – too young for Benedict. As for Benedict’s actual relationship with Sophie Hunter, I think they’re really dating and I think they’re really trying to keep it mostly undercover. Probably because a small percentage of Benedict’s Cumberbitches have gone a little bit crazy/unhinged and it’s not pretty. So, to all of those unhinged Cumberbitches, all I have to say is: please sit down and take a deep breath. There’s a new rumor about Benedict and Sophie and you’re not going to like it.

Get ready for some bad news, ladies – Benedict Cumberbatch could soon be off the singles market. The handsome Sherlock star flew to Edinburgh last week to see the mother of his girlfriend Sophie Hunter, prompting speculation he is preparing to ask for her daughter’s hand in marriage.

Benedict and Sophie have gone to great lengths to avoid being seen together in public since they first met in 2009, but broke cover recently to appear arm-in-arm at the wedding of the actor’s old school pal, James Rhodes.

Sophie is said to be close to her mother Anna after her parents divorced when she was a child. While the couple were in Edinburgh, I hear they toured the Royal Botanic Garden.

[From The Daily Mail]

Do I believe that Benedict is about to settle down with Sophie? Eh. And that’s not my Cumberlunacy speaking. I’m judging him from his own interviews and what he says about his own priorities these days, priorities that seem more career-oriented than wife-oriented. Plus, he and Sophie might have known each other for years but their relationship is relatively new. They’ve maybe been dating, what? Six months?

Last thing – The Wrap published a Doctor Strange casting-rumor article which I’ve now mentioned in like four different posts. That’s because The Wrap threw every name ever into the mix, including Benedict Cumberbatch. According to The Wrap’s sources, Benedict is “still in the mix” when it comes to casting Doctor Strange:

Multiple agency sources have told TheWrap that Cumberbatch remains high on the studio’s list and they were surprised when the actor’s name was omitted from this week’s round of media reports. Marvel has long wanted to be in business with Cumberbatch, who is as hot as ever thanks to the awards buzz surrounding his performance in “The Imitation Game.” However, Cumberbatch’s schedule may prove too tricky to overcome, as he has to film the new season of “Sherlock” and plans to do a play next year. His agent did not immediately return TheWrap’s request for comment.

[From The Wrap]

Sources say that the “four frontrunners” are now Benedict, Joaquin Phoenix (he doesn’t want it, his publicist says), Colin Farrell and Keanu Reeves. While I think Benedict would be a great “company man” for Marvel and Benedict can play anything, I think the scheduling conflicts will mean Benedict can’t sign up. He’s booked solid for the next year, isn’t he? Still… otters are crafty. Maybe it will happen.

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Prince William & Kate Middleton Baby #2 Due In April!

Prince William, Kate Middleton, & Prince Harry Present At The Tour De France FinishLet the countdown commence! Prince William and Kate Middleton (a.k.a. Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) released a statement about when baby #2 is due as well as how the Duchess is doing in terms of her morning sickness. RELATED: Are Prince William and Kate Middleton coming to NYC?

Kensington Palace released a statement this morning.

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in April 2015. The Duchess of Cambridge continues to be affected by Hyperemisis Gravidarum, but her condition is steadily improving.”

So it sounds like Kate has made it through her first trimester! She’s scheduled to make her first public engagement tomorrow, Tuesday. She’ll join Prince William to welcome President Tony Tan Keng Yam of Singapore to London. If she’s feeling well enough, Kate will also join them at the Horse Guards Parade. Then she’s expected at the Natural History Museum for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards.

April is already a special month for William and Kate; they married in April as well, so it’ll be a big month for them!

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Prince William, Kate Middleton, & Prince Harry Present At The Tour De France Finish
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William, Kate & Prince Harry Visit Tower Of London's Ceramic Poppy Field
William, Kate & Prince Harry Visit Tower Of London's Ceramic Poppy Field
William, Kate & Prince Harry Visit Tower Of London's Ceramic Poppy Field
William, Kate & Prince Harry Visit Tower Of London's Ceramic Poppy Field
William, Kate & Prince Harry Visit Tower Of London's Ceramic Poppy Field
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