Yesterday we got our first look at Britney Spears on the cover of the new issue of Elle magazine (after we got a sneak preview of the mag’s photospread on Tuesday) and today we get to see a few photos from the spread along with the alt cover of the mag that subscribers will be receiving in their mailboxes when the mag arrives:
A decade after her titillating debut in pigtails and a plaid Catholic school skirt, we find ourselves cheering on Britney Spears once again. There have been, of course, speed bumps in recent years—a divorce, feuds with family, a very public breakdown—but the past 12 months have witnessed a cautious yet emphatic comeback. With Circus, her triumphant 2008 album and subsequent world tour, Britney reasserted herself as a pop music ringleader, firmly in control of the spectacle. The album is the star’s fifth to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200—making her the youngest woman to accomplish that feat. And the nearly yearlong tour, with its elaborate $50 million extravaganza featuring DSquared2 costumes (nine outfit changes a night, including Britney as a trapeze artist, a magician’s assistant, and, somewhat perplexingly, a policewoman), was among the highestgrossing concert tours in the United States last year, rivaling those of U2 and Bruce Springsteen. With another greatest-hits record freshly arrived (and a new single, “3,” which raced up the Billboard chart), we see flashes of vintage Brit, the one we love—blond, happy, and back on top. This is no small turnabout. Rare is the artist who can pirouette from teen idolhood to a discerning adult audience; not even Madonna, Britney’s idol, had to do that. But Britney was a teen pop princess who knew how to build an image (the virginal temptress) and sell it through videos (her 1999 breakout “…Baby One More Time”) that nimbly walked the line between sweetness and provocation. Now, at 28, her sound is grittier (as in the throbby 2008 hit “Womanizer”) and her lyrics reveal a confident sexuality. Britney may have sung “I’m not that innocent” on her 2000 single “Oops!…I Did It Again,” but today, there’s no argument, with frank lyrics such as those on “3”: “Merrier the more/ Triple fun that way/ Twister on the floor.” The new track represents Spears’ rekindled partnership with the reclusive Swedish producer Max Martin (Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl”; Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone”), who wrote “…Baby One More Time” but hadn’t worked with the singer in more than seven years.
It turns out that Britney didn’t give Elle a proper interview but the new issue will have a coverstory article that will chronicle Britney‘s great 2009. The mag will also include a bunch of amazing photos that were shot before Britney embarked on her first ever Aussie tour earlier this month. After the jump, check out a few of those photos … More »
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Here are a couple of cute new photos of Hugh Jackman and his darling little girl Ava Eliot strolling the streets of NYC together:
I love how every time we see these two out and about they manage to look even cuter than they did the last time we saw them. It’s like Hugh and Ava make a conscious effort to look as adorable as they can every time they venture out in public … which isn’t very difficult for either of them. Ava is a lucky little girl to have such a doting father. Hugh is a lucky man to have such a beautiful little girl. Gah … couldn’t you just die from all the cuteness?
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The 'Family Ties' mom opens up about her private life
Congrats and love goes out to Meredith Baxter (formerly Birney), the actress who famously played Elyse Keaton for many years on the 80′s sitcom Family Ties, who has decided to come out of the closet and reveal herself as a gay mom in the pages of the new issue of People magazine:
Most people know Meredith Baxter as Elyse Keaton, everyone’s favorite mom from the hit ’80s sitcom Family Ties. But now the actress reveals to PEOPLE that she’s ready for the world to see her in a different – and surprising – way: “I’m a lesbian mom,” she says. Before Baxter, 62, first started dating women seven years ago, the thought of being gay “had never crossed my mind,” she tells PEOPLE. Having been in three failed marriages to men (most famously to actor David Birney), she says of her many difficult years before coming out, “I was never comfortable with myself.” But she’s quick to add, “That doesn’t mean I was questioning.” Now in a four-year relationship with building contractor Nancy Locke – the couple have lived together for two years – the actress, who continues to act and run a skincare company, says, “I feel like I’m being honest for the first time.” Baxter was open about her new-found identity almost immediately with her five kids. Her son Peter’s reaction, like that of his siblings, was both reassuring and supportive. “I just couldn’t stop smiling,” says Peter, 25, “because she finally figured it out.”
What a great day … I’m sure Meredith feels as if the weight of the world has been lifted off her shoulders. I could not be happier for her … that she feels comfortable enough to share this news with the world proves that she is a very happy place in her life. She is very lucky to have the love and support of her family … and the love and support of a partner who loves her. Family Ties was one of my fave TV shows in the 80′s and I always thought it would be cool to have Elyse Keaton as a mom. Now I’m certain that is it is very cool to have Meredith Baxter as a mom ;)
Meredith Baxter also gave an interview to The Advocate, after the jump, check out some excerpts from her first interview with the GLBT press … More »
'Entertainment Tonight' previews her upcoming photospread
Last month there were rumors of a secret photoshoot for Elle magazine featuring living legend (you can look but don’t touch) Britney Spears and last night Entertainment Tonight gave us our first look at the photos from that shoot. Here are a couple of screencaps that show our dear Britney wearing a beautiful white wedding dress as she posed with her young sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James, by the pool:
As you can see, Brit‘s boys are wearing cute little tuxedos for this shoot to compliment their mama’s white dress. I understand that other photos will feature Britney in a gilded birdcage or something like that? Whatever the case may be, it’s been a while since we’ve seen Britney in a magazine photospread so I’m very much looking forward to seeing the photos from this spread. Beautiful!!
Another look at David Daniel Otunga, Jr.
After giving birth to her first born child David Daniel back in August, Jennifer Hudson gave us our first look at her newborn baby boy in the pages of People magazine in early October. Yesterday, J. Hud paid a visit to The Oprah Winfrey Show and she brought along a couple new photos of little David and shared some cute plans for the upcoming holiday season:
Most new mothers will take any opportunity to show off photographs of their bundle of joy. And Jennifer Hudson was certainly no exception as she proudly shared her snaps of her baby boy David with Oprah Winfrey. Speaking to the Queen of Chat on her show yesterday, the singer cooed over recent photos of her four-month-old son and revealed that she is planning to make his first Christmas a special one. She said: ‘I’m going to go crazy. He’s very aware but he’s so young and it’s his first Christmas, so you have to go all-out.’ And she said she would like to get him his own Santa and toy store, and added: ‘I kind of want to get him his own Santa Claus and just have like a toy store in the house, full of things.’ Hudson, 28, gave birth to David Daniel – named after his father, Jennifer’s fiancée David Otunga – in August this year … Hudson has been a regular guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and gave the chat show host her first interview since the family murders in February this year. On yesterday’s show, after gushing about baby David to Oprah and her other guests, country music duo, Sugarland, she joined the pair on stage for a rendition of the Christmas carol, Silent Night.
What a little cutie … and he’s gotten so big since we saw him last. While I don’t really understand the need to go all crazy for baby’s first Xmas (especially considering he prolly won’t know what the hell is going on), I can imagine that a new mom’s excitement might feel the need to go all out. Jennifer brought along another cute photo of lil’ David — check it out after the jump … More »
Yesterday we got our first look at Heidi Klum and Seal‘s newborn baby girl Lou Sulola in a batch of photos that were posted to each of their official websites … but today we get to see a couple of cute pics of Heidi, her eldest child Leni and her mother Erna out and about on a shopping trip in Beverly Hills, CA on Black Friday:
I’m not entirely convinced that the ladies were on the look-out for Black Friday “door buster” sales since they were shopping at stores like Giorgio Armani and Maxfield’s but it would seem that they enjoyed a great day of shopping nonetheless. I understand that Seal is trying to legally adopt little Leni (who’s biological father is Flavio Briatore) before Xmas so that the Klum-Samuel family can be whole for the holidays. Don’t they have just the cutest family ever?
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Here are a couple of really cute pics of Tobey Maquire who plays Spider-Man on the big screen playing Spider-Man with his daughter Ruby Sweetheart and his son Otis Tobias (not pictured) on a playground in West Hollywood, CA earlier this week:
He doesn’t start shooting Spider-Man 4 until March but Tobey Maguire was getting some rehearsal in — well sort of — Friday in a park with his kids. Tobey and his jewelry designer wife Jennifer Meyer had their little ones, Ruby, 3, and Otis, 18 months, in a West Hollywood park on Friday when Tobey broke into a Spider-Man routine. Ruby and Otis loved it, smiling and laughing along with their dad. We loved it too. Tobey is one cool dad.
Cute!! Normally I’d prefer to see Tobey “hangin’” out in his tight-fitting Spider-Man costume but I don’t mind these photos at all. It looks like he has having more fun than his kids were ;) So cute!!
Lou Sulola makes her debut on Seal.com & HeidiKlum.com
As you may recall, Heidi Klum and hubby Seal welcomed the birth of their baby girl Lou Sulola last month but up until now the family has kept the little darling under wraps. HeidiKlum.com and Seal.com have just been updated with a whole slew of new family photos that FINALLY introduce little Lou to the world:
Heidi Klum has debuted new daughter Lou to the world, and just like her supermodel mother, the camera already loves her. The Victoria’s Secret star and singer husband Seal today released the first pictures of their adorable seven-week-old on their official websites. Little Lou Sulola is seen resting gently on her mother’s chest and in another frame, the newborn sleeps peacefully on Heidi’s tummy while surround by her siblings Johan, 2, Henry, 4, and Leni, 5. Another intimate black and white portrait shows Lou in the arms of her doting father. The photographs were posted along with Seal’s song A Fathers Way, an emotional ode to his family. A statement on Heidi’s website read: ‘She is beautiful beyond words and we are happy that she chose us to watch her grow over the coming years. ‘From the moment she looked into both of our eyes it was endless love at first sight.’
What a precious little girl … she is an absolute doll and she is the spitting image of her beautiful mother!! After the jump, check out three more photos of little Lou Sulola and her family — Mama Heidi, Daddy Seal and sister & brothers Leni, Henry and Johan … More »
Struts her stuff
Here are a few cute photos of the little doll, Suri Holmes-Cruise, out and about with her mama Katie Holmes in NYC over the weekend. As you can see, Suri was rockin’ a pair of vivid bright green rubber boots for the occasion … behold:
Maybe Katie Holmes decided the close call last week was enough to put an end to her daughter wearing footwear made for grown-ups? Or maybe the recent change in the weather convinced her that wellingtons were a more practical option? Whatever the reason it was good to see that, after several outings in less-than-sensible shoes recently, Suri Cruise finally stepped out in footwear more accustomed to a child of her age. The three-year-old upped the cuteness stakes in a pair of bright green wellington boots adorned with a fairy print, complete with obligatory wings across the toes. Pictured on a shopping trip to New York’s Soho district with her mother Katie Holmes, Suri was the epitome of cute with a matching rucksack to go with her girly boots and a dark blue party dress. Katie went for an autumnal look for the Big Apple trip, wearing a double-breasted brown jacket, jeans and brown leather boots.
Suri is so cute in these photos, I guess I can almost forgive the little robot for continuing to steal my heart with her adorableness. These rubber boots are just the best … I love how bright and fun they are. Katie Holmes, on the other hand, looks dour, spent and sad as usual … poor thing. At least little Suri seems to be having a blast with her ensemble. Sooo cute!!
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In ridiculously high heels
Victoria Beckham, who visited an underprivileged school in Kentucky with her eldest son Brooklyn Joseph last week before jetting off to the UK for some biz affairs, spent part of her weekend with all three of her boys — including Romeo James and Cruz David — on a visit to a frozen yogurt place here in SoCal … and homegirl was wearing death defying high heeled shoes, y’all:
It’s a scene most mothers will be able to identify with: Messy hair, dirty clothes and unruly children. So it’s reassuring to know life for A list celebrities is no different – apart from the five-inch designer heels, of course. Upon returning to Los Angeles from London, Victoria Beckham decided to treat Cruz, four, Romeo, seven and Brooklyn, 10, to a visit to Yogurtland in North Hollywood on Friday. But poor Posh wasn’t having much luck controlling the trio. Cruz was especially unruly, pulling faces at the waiting paparazzi and generally misbehaving for his mum. As if this wasn’t enough to contend with, the fashionista had stepped out without her hair being styled, wearing large black sunglasses and with a stain on the left knee of her light grey trousers. Clearly it had not been an easy day for the mother-of-three … En route to the store, which sells frozen yoghurt, Cruz was given a telling off by the former Spice Girl after he had a tantrum. First he pulled faces at the passers by, before pulling Victoria, 35, in the opposite direction to which they were heading. In behaviour typical to most four-year-olds, he then falls to the floor – much to Victoria’s annoyance. She pulls him up, then lowers herself to his level to give him a quiet talking to before buying the youngsters their favourite flavours at Yogurtland. But it was then back to his unruly ways for Cruz, as Victoria tried to lift him into their Range Rover for the ride home. He squirmed while she struggled to carry his weight while wearing her towering shoes.
Hahahahaha … I love the dramatics of this report … making it sound like Cruz was an unruly hellion that drove his mother mad. He prolly was a bit fussy but I doubt it was as big a scene as this report would have us believe. I can’t get over VB‘s crazy heels. I mean, I know she wears these sky-high things all the time but they just look extra precarious in these pics. I guess an outfit like this is de rigueur for an überstylish celeb mom … tantrums or no, Vicki B‘s gotta represent.
[Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin, Splash News; Source]