Soccer stud David Beckham, who we last saw home in SoCal doing a bit of grocery shopping with his family last week, has made his way to Afghanistan to pay a visit to the British troops who are stationed there. Becks, who will be making his way to South Africa soon to be in the World Cup soccer tournament as a member of the English Team, decided to make a pass thru Afghanistan to spend time with and thank the brave soldiers serving there. Here are a couple of photos and some deets from his visit:
David Beckham paid tribute today to the “amazing” work of British troops in Afghanistan during a visit to the country. The footballer posed for pictures and signed autographs for troops in Camp Bastion, Helmand Province, where around 9,000 British soldiers are based. In temperatures hitting 45C the player was shown round the camp and even given a lesson in how to handle weapons. ‘You know I’ve been here just one night so far and the experience has been even more than I could have ever hoped,’ he said in an interview with BFBS: British Forces News. To see the morale of the troops is really incredible. It first kind of hit me on the way over when we were on the military plane flying in to Afghanistan. You can see the faces, you can see obviously they know they are leaving their families, but they’re so focused and they’ve got this look in their eyes that they’re just so confident and just ready. ‘That really is an unbelievable sight to see, and you feel it as well.’ Beckham started his day with full English breakfast in the cookhouse before taking part in a question and answer session with troops, signing autographs and visiting the camp’s hospital. Squadron Leader Sarah Charters, who runs the emergency unit at the hospital, told him about the work they do. She said: ‘A visit like this means a lot to everyone here. It is an absolute honour to work in an environment like this where I know I am contributing to help save lives and David’s visit reminds everyone at home of what we actually do here.’ Beckham also received a lesson in weapon handling from Craftsman Bob Floy, from Doncaster, who showed him how to use different weapons including a heavy machine gun. With temperatures in the camp reaching 45C (113F), the star then visited the HQ of 40 Commando where he joined senior officers cooling off their feet in a paddling pool. [Beckham] also visited 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles and took part in a penalty challenge with them, and scored with his only attempt … He said: “Just yesterday one of the troops was killed, and you feel it and you see the flags at half-mast and you feel the tension there. It really is, like I said, amazing to be around but you feel the love from everybody. ‘It just really is scary work. These guys are the bravest people that I’ve ever met and it really is, it truly is, an honour to be here.’
This is so amazing to see … that Becks would take the time to make his way to such a dangerous battle zone to spread as much cheer and goodwill as he can to these brave British troops is really something. It truly sounds like Becks was humbled by the experience and may now have a greater appreciation for the service and sacrifice of all military personnel. I kinda also love that Becks decided to learn how to handle big machinery and I really love that he was happy to show off his big gun ;) After the jump, check out a few more fun photos from Becks‘s visit with these troops … More »
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Today is one of those rare days when I must take pause and refrain from indulging in the fun and frivolity of blogging in order to pay my respects to something greater. As I mentioned last weekend, my dear friend Mark suddenly lost his father and the shock and pain still resonates strongly still one week later. I mentioned yesterday that I have made my way back home to Detroit, MI to be with Mark and his girlfriend (my BFF) Sarah to attend a day-long memorial service at their home for Mark’s dad today. As a result, I am only writing one post today … in honor of Mark’s father Michael Kora III, who I had the extreme pleasure of knowing:
Michael Kora III, or Pseudo as he was known by close friends and family, touched many lives in his 66 years. Before he built his family with his wife Clare, he proudly served his country in the US Navy in the mid-60′s serving aboard the USS Intrepid (which is now permanently docked as a museum ship in NYC, NY) from which he was honorably discharged in 1967. After he returned home to Michigan from his loyal service, he and Clare settled down and brought into the world 3 beautiful children … Denise, Mark and Michael.
Pseudo was the kind of man that could immediately make you feel loved and welcomed as part of his family, his life. He was they kind of guy you could easily have a deep conversation with or laugh riotously over pints of beer or glasses of his homemade wine (from Pseudo’s Psellar) telling silly stories. He instilled in his children, Mark especially, the ability to listen with an open mind and love with an open heart. In all the years I’ve known Mark, it became evident to me that the amazing man that his is a direct reflection his father’s influence. Pseudo was a thinker, a talker, a joker, an artist and a friend. He is sorely missed by all who knew him and it is my sincerest belief that he is now a part of each of us because even tho he is gone from this physical plane, he lives in our hearts and minds … forever.
Pseudo was very fond of the 1920′s poem Desiderata written by Max Ehrmann and I think it absolutely represents everything he was about. Understanding this poem is understanding Michael Kora III:
Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
Rest well, Pseudo … thank you so much for blessing our lives with your love, knowledge, artistry and friendship. We love you, always.
With just a wee bit over a month to go before The Twilight Saga: Eclipse hits theaters, Summit Entertainment has released a couple of new promo movie posters to remind us all that the film will be show in IMAX theaters as well as traditional movie theaters. Here is our first look at a strikingly serious poster of Jacob Black (played by Taylor Lautner), Bella Swan (played by Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen (played by Robert Pattinson):
As far as Eclipse posters go, this one ain’t too bad. The Photoshopping to make the faces look ominous works for me. All the dark shading draws attention away from the bad Bella wig, Edward actually looks a bit scary (as he should, what with being a vampire and all) and Jacob looks as hot as ever. I like this poster a lot! After the jump, check out a second Eclipse in IMAX poster that features a group of the bad guys … More »
Ricky Martin, who famously came out of the closet as a gay man in March, has made his way to NYC this week for the first time as an out and proud man! And by the look of his strut, Ricky might be lookin’ for a real good time in the Big Apple … behold:
As you may recall, Ricky made an appearance at the Billboard Latin Music Awards in San Juan, Puerto Rico last month but this is his first sighting in the mainland US since his huge announcement. I would hope that the freedom of coming out will free him from the fear restraints he’s lived with for so many years. I can tell you, NYC is a fabulous city to indulge in one’s urges and is the best city in the world to sow one’s wild oats. Now, I do not believe for a second that Ricky has lived a life of gay celibacy in all the years that he was in the closet but his coming out has surely given him a new lease on life. Do the damn thing, Ricky … enjoy your time in NYC!
Now is really the time to be Livin’ la Vida Loca!!
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Last night my friend Jordan and I made our way to Universal City to attend the first LA performance of the Glee: Live Tour at the Gibson Amphitheater and let me tell you … we had a BLAST!
I had a feeling the show would be fun but I had no idea that it would be FAB! After the jump, check out some photos from last night’s performance to see what’s in store on the Glee: Live Tour … More »
Jake Gyllenhaal made a few hundred dreams come true when he surprised fans at a special preview screening of his new film Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time here in SoCal last night. After pretty much everyone was seated at the AMC Theater in Century City (one of my fave theaters, I might add), our dear Jakey poo sauntered in and sat with the crowd to watch the film … behold:
Well, that’s better than popcorn! Jake Gyllenhaal surprised some fans at a screening of his new movie Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time at an AMC Theater in Century City, Calif. “The crowd went crazy when Jake entered,” a source says, adding that the ladies sitting next to him seemed especially starstruck. Gyllenhaal thanked the fans for their support, then joked about a certain movie (starring Sarah Jessica Parker) that’s opening the same weekend. “This,” Gyllenhaal told his admirers as he pointed to his body, “is the real Sex and the City!”
OMG!!! I would’ve DIED!! You know, had I not had tickets for the opening night of the Glee: Live concert here in LA last night, I might’ve been at this screening … sitting right there … next to Jake … sharing my popcorn … my drink … my napkins, whatever. Le sigh. Ah well, it sounds like it was a fab time for everyone in attendance last night … those lucky bastards :/
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Earlier this week we saw a fun photo of Robert Pattinson showing off his new shorter hair’do on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and we learned that he clipped off his hair for a role in the new film currently in production Water for Elephants. Today we get our first look at R. Pattz (and his new ‘do) on the set of Elephants which is filming this week here in SoCal:
Robert Pattinson has kicked off the principal photography for “Water for Elephants”. Now, several pictures during the production process have hit the web, mostly featuring the lead actor wearing a shabby outfit. In some photos, Pattinson was seen shooting a scene with a co-star, while in some other shots he was captured pulling out a black horse from what looks like a train. Since the film uses a traveling circus as the background of the story, elephant is also seen around the shooting location while a big tent is built on the set … In the movie, Robert Pattinson stars as Jacob Jankowski, an orphaned veterinary student who is put in charge of caring for the animals in a traveling circus. His character will later fall in love with beautiful equestrian rider Marlena, played by Reese Witherspoon. Unfortunately, Marlena has married to the troupe’s charismatic but dangerous animal trainer August. Francis Lawrence serves behind the lens for this drama film, with the script provided by Richard LaGravenese. Gil Netter, Erwin Stoff and Andrew Tennenbaum produce “Water for Elephants” which is slated to arrive sometime in 2011.
I hear the novel which this film is based on is a fantastic read but I have to admit, the story doesn’t really sound like it’ll be my kind of film. I have to say, tho, that it’s great to see Rob taking on as many different roles as possible in the wake of his insane Twilight fame. I might be interested to see him in a film opposite Reese Witherspoon … and speaking of, Reese was also spotted on the set of Water for Elephants this week. After the jump, check out a couple photos of Rob and Reese on set together … More »
The Beckhams have a British bulldog named Coco as their family pet and this week an assistant was spotted taking the pooch out for a walk in the warm SoCal sun. As you might expect from such a stylishly fabulous family as the Beckhams, their dog has to be as fab as ever … so, of course, Coco would be seen out and about with pink polished toenails:
She might look like a tough British bulldog, but it seems the Beckhams want to give their favourite pet a softer side. Family dog Coco sported delicate pink toenails while on her walkies in Los Angeles earlier this week. And she didn’t look happy about it. The puppy, who was bought by Victoria Beckham as a Christmas present for husband David, certainly appears to be one pampered pet with her brightly -coloured pedicure. But rather than her toenails being painted by fun-loving Beckham boys Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz – or having been to a pooch pedicurist – those in the know said they were actually special clip-on claws. The brightly-coloured caps prevent accidental scratches and damage to furniture – and have the added advantage of looking rather snazzy. David Beckham, 35, and wife Victoria, 36, were at San Fernando Valley skate park on Wednesday to pick up son Brooklyn, 11, when Coco was spotted. While the family were inside, the Beckham’s assistant took the eight-month-old dog for a walk.
OMG, I love this!! I know some people have a problem with people dressing up their pets in clothes and others, including me, have a HUGE problem with people painting or dying their pets different colors. But, I’m totally cool with painted toenails … AND it sounds like Coco‘s nails weren’t even painted, they’re capped. I’m of the mind that pink can make anything better … how can you not have fun with a color like pink? The Beckhams may be a family of fierceness but Coco Beckham might be the fiercest of the bunch!
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As you may be well aware, Paris and Nicky Hilton are among the celebs who are partying up a storm at the 2010 Cannes International Film Festival in Cannes, France this week and — as you might imagine — they have been making the rounds at any and every party going on there. With all the partying comes a lot of drinking and revelry and, well, when it comes to the Hilton sisters and revelry … anything is possible:
For the most part, the sisters have been behaving themselves pretty well … unlike years previous, they’ve not really been embarrassing themselves with crazy hijinks or serious faux pas. BUTT, at an event Monday night at the VIP Room nightclub where Paris was partying with her younger sister Nicky and her younger brother Conrad things got a wee bit out of hand. After the jump, see what Paris was getting up to — and be warned, the photo *may* be a bit NSFWish … More »