Archives for April, 2010

Therapists Weigh In On Sandra Bullock's "Self-Soothing" Adoption

Yesterday was a pretty big news day for Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock and, unsurprisingly for the celebrity world, not one bit of it had to do with her stellar career.
Not one tiny morsel.
Bullock, who found out just days after her Oscar win (and the heartfelt speech that credited her husband Jesse James for showing her what it felt like for someone to "have her back") that James had been cheating on her not only announced that she'd filed divorce, but also that after a four-year process, she and Jesse had adopted a baby boy - three-and-a-half-month-old Louis from Louisiana (named after Louis Armstrong and not his home state) - back in January.
People are amazed at how she, Jesse, the rest of their family (including Bullock's stepchildren with James), and even a few friends were able to keep the adoption secret a secret -- more amazed at how she did it, it seems, than why she did it.
Though the answer to that one seems pretty simple.
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My Problem With Kate Hudson's New Chest Is MY Problem

Whether it's to increase their chances of landing more roles, supercharge their ability to compete with younger competition, or simply boost their self-confidence, celebrities get plastic surgery all the time.

A nose job here, a butt lift there, some fat sucked out over a lunch break and some more injected before a dinner date -- because it's so common, we here in the general public don't tend to get all that surprised when we hear about The Latest Scalpel Adventures of [Whatever Celebrity].

(Well, there are exceptions to that.)

Exceptions aside, I was surprised -- and upset -- this weekend when I heard Kate Hudson, who's probably likeomgmyfavoriteactressofalltime, recently got breast implants.

According to some unnamed source, even though Kate always made jokes about her small girls, "her chest has always been one of her biggest insecurities."

I get that. Insecurities, I mean, I'm no Dolly Parton (Well, that's probably not the best example. Let's say I'm no Halle Berry, because she's kind of perfect, right?). That's why I was so happy with Kate's lack o' rack. If Kate Hudson could adopt a devil-may-care attitude about her chest and still make it - in Hollywood, no less - then surely I shouldn't care about bra size, either.


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Jillian Michaels: Rescuing a Child to Rescue Herself?

Some of the country is a bit up in arms over an "anti-pregnancy" comment "The Biggest Loser" trainer Jillian Michaels recently made in Women's Health.

The body rockstar, who has been with "The Biggest Loser" for nine seasons, is a New York Times bestselling author, and who Yahoo! TV Blog writer Lindsay Robertson points out isn't exactly known for her tact (she's used name-calling as a motivation technique on the show), told Women's Health she had no plans to have a baby the good ol' fashioned way - she wants to adopt because she "couldn't handle doing that to [her] body."
I’m going to adopt. I can’t handle doing that to my body [...] Also, when you rescue something, it’s like rescuing a part of yourself.
Well, naturally, everyone's all shockgaspwhat?!, which isn't all that surprising and for a couple of reasons: One, in 2010 America, some of us still can't wrap our brains around the idea that not every female with a functioning uterus wants to have a child the typical way (or at all), and two, Jillian Michaels is in the business of physical fitness, so...opting not to have a baby because she doesn't want to screw her body up seems kind of, kind of makes you wonder why she's concerned about it at all.

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Idol Gives Back: Don't Get Depressed, Get Motivated

Around this time every year, the American Idol family airs Idol Gives Back, a show during which Idol opens its doors to a slew of actors, actress, musicians, and other famous faces for one purposes: To draw attention to and raise money (over $140 million to date) for the charities and other programs created to help the droves of less fortunate people in America and throughout the entire world.

In addition to the judges themselves and past Idol contestants, last night we saw celebs like Jennifer Garner, Annie Lennox, Victoria Beckham, David Arquette, and Morgan Freeman visiting, working with, and otherwise interacting with some of the very folks who benefit from the money Idol Gives Back raises and donates.

We saw performances by Elton John, the Black Eyed Peas, Carrie Underwood, Alicia Keys, Jeff Beck and Joss Stone, and Mary J. Blige backed by Orianthi, Travis Barker, Steve Vai, and Idol's own Randy Jackson.

Oh, and let's not forget the comedic (well, sort of) enhancement George Lopez, Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, and Wanda Sykes (okay, she was funny) provided us.

Overall, it was a pretty good show. A little heavily sprinkled with advertising for one of Idol's biggest sponsors, Ford, as well as a couple of new movies coming out starring Queen Latifah and Jonah Hill and Russell Brand, but, still, an overall good show.

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Seacrest's Betrayal Ain't Slowin' Down Crystal Bowersox

American Idol contestant Crystal Bowersox was ah-may-zing last night, as per usual (well, in my opinion), but according to some troubling reports last week, we might not have gotten to see Bowersox's emotional rendition of "People Get Ready" by The Impressions.

According to Y! Music, quoting TMZ, there was an incident last week during which Bowersox said she couldn't deal with the competition anymore and just wanted to go home to Ohio to be with her family. Idol host Ryan Seacrest supposedly saved the day by sharing a story about how great it felt to buy a house for his mother once he hit it big and that if she kept on keepin' on, she, too, could buy her momma a house some day.

On the surface, that seems like a heartwarming tale, and one that paints Seacrest as a man every Mama Sox fan should be grateful for. However, now there've been reports that Bowersox is upset because Seacrest talked about the situation and possibly exaggerated it to the media.

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Recognizing Temporary Happiness: Lessons From Demi Moore

If I'd woken up this morning and decided to title this post "Hollywood's Top 5 Women Who Really Seem to Have Their Crap Together," you can bet we'd still have talked about Demi Moore today.

The 47-year-old often-nominated, sometimes-award-winning actress - who's famous for appearing in such iconic movies as St. Elmo's Fire, Ghost, A Few Good Men, and Indecent Proposal - is also a mother of three, remains friends with her hottie ex-husband and daughters' father Bruce Willis, has watched her May/December romance with new hottie husband Ashton Kutcher flourish despite the criticism the two received in the beginning, and is confident enough in herself to appear nude on the cover of Vanity Fair not once, but twice, one decade and post pictures of herself missing a front tooth on Twitter the next.

Oh, yeah, and she has two new movies coming out: The Joneses on April 16 (tomorrow), and LOL which she'll start filming in July with Miley Cyrus.

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Lil Wayne's New Prison Gig: Suicide Watch

He's only served about a month of the year-long prison sentence he received in March for pleading guilty to weapons charges he caught back in 2007, but Grammy-winning Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. -- a.k.a. Lil Wayne -- has already landed himself a new gig: Suicide Watch.

Former BET reality star Antonia "Toya" Johnson (Wayne's high school sweetheart, ex-wife, and mother of his children) recently
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Jesse James Checks In, Out, And In Sex Addiction Treatment

Unlike other kinds of mental health and psychological issues (depression and bipolar disorder, for example), we here in the general public tend to hear more about sex addiction as it affects the celebrity circle rather than how it affects everyday people. That's definitely not to say it only affects celebrities, but it's less common for us to know someone who has actually been diagnosed with sex addiction (as opposed to someone who just has a lot of sex) than it is for us to know someone who's been diagnosed with, say, depression.

Most of us know someone -- a friend, a family member, maybe a coworker -- who has been diagnosed with a mental health problem, but it's rarer for us to know someone who's been diagnosed with sex addiction.

Usually, we just call "a whole lot of sleeping with someone other than your significant other" "cheating," and past editions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) haven't done much in the way of redefining it for many of us.

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