OPRAH Declutter Your Life With O Magazine

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Are you ready to declutter your life? What better time to clean house than while doing your spring cleaning? Oprah Winfrey is ready to show you the way in the March 2014 issue of O magazine! Oprah did this process last fall when she held that huge auction. It was an EPIC downsizing: the auction raised over $600,000 for the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy College Fund. She talked about the experience in O.

On realizing what’s important in life: “When you’re coming into your own, nobody ever teaches you how to ask for less. But over the years, you begin to make distinctions; you start to focus on what’s important, and you start to realize what’s superfluous. You realize that a single piece of art that really speaks to you can be far more powerful than a wall filled with “important” works, that a meal eaten with feet up and pajamas on is usually a lot more pleasurable than any fancy-schmancy food at a black-tie gala, that good conversation with an old friend beats just about everything – that less actually is so much more.”

On how she felt seeing her belongings auctioned off: “I’ll admit that I did feel a midlevel anxiety attack coming on as I paced up and down the lush lawn of the polo grounds, saying my goodbyes. For just a split second, I considered bidding on my own folk-art needlepoint rug with the lovely leaf design, but knowing what you need is more than knowing what you want. And what I need is dogs and books, light and space. Instead of feeling walled in by stuff, I want to feel surrounded by calm.”

I need to make sure I get this issue. I have some clutter of my own to clear out this spring, and I know I get too attached to my “stuff”- LOL. The March issue of O magazine hits newsstands on February 18. How about you: do you hold onto too much or are you quick to toss unused things out?

Photos Courtesy of O magazine

 

SHIRLEY TEMPLE Child Star Dies At 85

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This is sad news to wake up to. Shirley Temple, a child star from the 1930’s, died last night at the age of 85 from natural causes. She was the reigning child star as the country’s top box office star from 1935 – 1938; Shirley was more popular than stars such as Clark Gable, Bing Crosby, Robert Taylor, Gary Cooper and Joan Crawford, according to People. Her films, such as ‘Curly Top’ and ‘The Littlest Rebel,’ are credited with saving movie studio 20th Century Fox from bankruptcy. I remember watching her movies on TV on Sunday mornings when I was a kid: she was adorable!

Shirley retired from Hollywood at the age of 21; even back then, it was difficult to make the transition from child star to adult star. There were no steamy photoshoots for her! When she was honored by SAG in 2006, Shirley said:

I have one piece of advice for those of you who want to receive the lifetime achievement award. Start early.”

Shirley went into politics as an adult and even became the ambassador to Czechoslovakia. She married twice; her second marriage to Charles Black lasted for more than 50 years. He died just a few months ago. For those of you who never saw a Shirley Temple movie, take a look at her singing ‘On The Good Ship Lollipop.’

SIMON COWELL ‘X Factor’ Cancelled: Returning To ‘X Factor UK’

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After entertaining us for years as a straight-talking judge on ‘American Idol’ and ‘X Factor,’ Simon Cowell is heading back to the UK to focus on ‘X Factor UK.’ Fox cancelled the US version of ‘X Factor‘ after three seasons. Simon said in a statement:

I’ve had a fantastic time over the last 12 years, both on The X Factor and American Idol. And apart from being lucky enough to find some amazing talent on the shows, I have always had an incredible welcome from the American public (most of the time!).” The sometimes-acerbic judge added, “I also want to thank everybody who has supported my shows. America, I’ll see you soon!”

Kevin Reilly, the President of Fox, said in a statement of his own:

Unfortunately, there is no X Factor USA without Simon Cowell. But we understand and support his decision to focus on the international formats and on the next phase of his personal life. We wish him the very best, and it’s our sincere hope that we work together again soon.”

‘X Factor’ never quite caught on like ‘American Idol’ or ‘The Voice,’ so the cancellation isn’t a shock. It sounds like Simon is planning to spend most of his time in his native England. I wonder if Lauren Silverman, the woman he’s expecting a baby with, is moving to the UK with him? She has a son in the NYC. I thought Simon might be relocating from LA to New York to make all of that work. We’ll see: he’s got the resources to travel anywhere he wants whenever he wants, I think. I’ve gotta ask, though:

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NICK JONAS Meets His New Niece, Alena Rose

nick jonas with his nieceAwww… this Instagram pic is too cute not to post. Nick Jonas met his new niece, Alena Rose. He looks like he’s ready to settle into the role of uncle! Before Nick met his niece, he had a moment to chat with E! News.

It’s amazing. I’m actually flying right after this to meet my niece for the first time. He [brother Kevin Jonas] in love with this baby, it’s ridiculous. He sends me pictures every 10 minutes. I think it’s just like the joy of his life right now, so I’m excited to go [see] him.”

And it looks like baby Alena worked her charms on her uncle, too. She looks fascinated with Nick. Too cute!

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RACHEL FREDERICKSON ‘The Biggest Loser’ Winner Exercises Four Times A Day

rachel fredericksonOh boy. I’m not sure Rachel Frederickson is helping her case as she makes the media rounds! People are arguing Rachel lost TOO much weight, going from 260 lbs to 105 lbs to win the 15th season of ‘The Biggest Loser.’ To make matters worse, it turns out Rachel isn’t 5′ 4″: she’s actually 5′ 5″, making her even more underweight than we thought! When asked about the controversy about her weight loss, Rachel said this:

First and foremost, my goals are to be healthy and strong. I’m an athlete. I’ve been an athlete since I was a little girl. And I went on The Biggest Loser journey to find that confidence that I lost.
“I just continued to follow the support system that I had from The Biggest Loser‘s [diet] plan, Dr. Cheryl’s nutritional advice and … continued to eat super healthy. Now I cannot be out of the kitchen. I have this zest for looking up recipes and trying them and adding new vegetables.”

The diet plan is 1,600 calories a day. Rachel also said she exercises three or four times a day. Goodness! At least she said she’s now working on maintaining her weight rather than losing anymore.

[I’m excited for] this next part of my journey, as my body balances and, you know, it finds its rhythm.”

As for exercising?

It’s going to be about finding, maybe doing a yoga class this day, a gym class this day and I even, I think I’m going to try dance classes.”

Dropping to one class a day would probably be good- LOL. Everyone is talking about the show and concern about celebrating Rachel’s weight loss. I wonder if she was just really focused on trying to win the $250,000 grand prize? Perhaps she plans on letting herself gain a few pounds. If that’s her thinking, then the trick will be just gaining what she needs and not TOO much.

Photo Courtesy of Rachel Frederickson

DAKOTA JOHNSON Is Fifty Shades Of Gorgeous On ELLE Magazine’s March Cover

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Dakota Johnson, star of Fifty Shades of Grey (she’ll be playing female lead Anastasia Steele), has landed her first ever magazine cover – and she’s rocking it! Dakota’s first major cover is for the March issue of ELLE magazine, although she looks like a seasoned pro!

The starlet – who is a third generation actor – sat down with Stephen Rodrick to discuss her upcoming role, how she landed it, and what it’s like growing up in a famous family.

Check out these excerpts from the March issue of ELLE, and then be sure to pick it up on newsstands February 18!

Dakota Johnson on having the chops and sexual honesty needed for the role of Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey:

“I don’t have any problem doing anything.  The secret is I have no shame.” 

On what interested her most while reading Fifty Shades of Grey:

“Reading the book, I found myself more interested in the ways they were breaking each other down emotionally than the sex scenes.  I think there’s a part of a woman that wants to be the thing that breaks a man down.” 

Dakota Johnson on what it’s really like to grow up having famous parents:

“I think people, especially the press, like to pick on children of famous people and I think that’s fucking awful.  Things get made up.  It’s so, so sad.  And there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it as a 16-year-old.  You’re like….Why?  What did I do?”

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DAVID BECKHAM Soccer Star Now An Owner Of New MLS Team!

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David Beckham may have retired from the field, but he’s not completely done with soccer yet. The soccer superstar is moving into management. David is starting an MLS team in Miami! He made the announcement yesterday, calling the opportunity “a dream,” according to People. So what’s the first order of business? Building a stadium for the new MLS team.

We don’t want public funding. We will fund the stadium ourselves…The people of Miami deserve a stadium they can be proud of.”

If they’re funding the stadium themselves, then you can enjoy David’s Bodywear ads that much more: they’re helping to finance a stadium! David said he also wants to start a kids’ soccer academy.

It’s all about nurturing talent.”

Sounds like David’s thinking long-term: it’s a smart strategy. This is exciting news for MLS fans and Miami! On top of that, Miami can look forward to seeing more of the Beckham clan.

[I’m] looking forward to spending a lot of time here with my wife and family.”

We’ve certainly seen David at enough Miami Heat games; now he has a work reason to go there, as well. Lucky Miami!

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JULIA MANCUSO Olympic Superstar Steams Up GQ

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GQ is getting into the Olympic spirit! Olympic gold medalist Julia Mancuso posed for the February cover of GQ’s “Love, Sex & Madness” edition. Julia talked to the magazine about her winning track record.

It’s not a shock to me when I have a good race. I started to tell people I’d just worn my lucky underwear.”

That quip wasn’t just hot air, either. Julia designed an underwear line in 2010 called Kiss My Tiara. LOVE that name. You can read Julia’s entire interview in the February issue of GQ, which is on newsstands now. There’s also some web-only video you can check out at GQ’s website! Can you believe the Olympics start tonight? I’m SO excited.

Photo by Marc Hom/GQ

GEORGE CLOONEY Jokes About Gwyneth Paltrow – Vanity Fair “Feud”

george clooney (1)george clooney (1)Here’s George Clooney, looking very suave with his scarf, making his way into the Ed Sullivan Theater for a sit-down on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman.’ He’s one of the actors on the cover of Vanity Fair’s annual Hollywood issue. When talking about the photo shoot in an interview, he managed to slip in a joke about Gwyneth Paltrow’s “feud” with the magazine. (Just in case you missed it: Gwyneth was upset about a feature Vanity Fair was planning to run about her, without her consent, and reportedly sent her Hollywood pals an email asking them not to cooperate with the article or agree to appear in the magazine ever again.) When asked how George felt about appearing on the Vanity Fair cover, he said:

“It’s very exciting. I think it’s going to be fun. That’s what Gwyneth Paltrow told me to say.”

Oh, OUCH- lol. Julia Roberts, who was sitting beside him for the interview, looked pretty shocked. Here’s a behind-the-scenes video of the Vanity Fair shoot. I’m just thrilled about the diversity on the cover this year!

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STASSI SCHROEDERIs Quitting ‘Vanderpump Rules’

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Stassi Schroeder, one of the leading ladies of Vanderpump Rules, might be leaving LA and headed for NYC.

The gorgeous blonde, who works at Sur along with the rest of the cast (and really, doesn’t that look like the most stressful place to work?!) revealed to Hollywood Life that she actually no longer lives in California, and has been living in NYC with her boyfriend, Patrick Meagher.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Patrick, he was formerly the host of Cocktails With Patrick on SiriusXM’s Cosmo radio. When Cosmo Radio ceased to exist, Patrick moved over to one of the sports stations – but not before he managed to lock things down with Stassi!

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