Romance is in the Hollywood air January 21, 2007Posted by grhomeboy in Movies.
After the carnage of the past few weeks that have brought more celebrity splits than you could shake a lawyer at, Hollywood celebs are starting the seasonal rush to find a date in time for Valentines Day.
Queen of the man-hunters is Cameron Diaz. Fresh from her split with Justin Timberlake, the Amazonian actress has reportedly been seen in Hawaii with surfing legend Kelly Slater. While it is tempting to see her move as revenge for Justin Timberlake’s rumoured decision to hook up with Scarlett Johanssen, in her defence Diaz is a renowned surf-addict. In 2003 she even smashed her nose while riding waves in Hawaii.
The actress recently told US journalists: “You just go through having your heart broken in relationships. It’s never fun, but you know you have to get over it at some point or another. Overall I’m very happy with everything now. My life is a journey just like everybody else’s.”
Taking time out doesn’t seem to be on the cards for unlucky in love Renee Zellweger. Just one month after splitting with husband, Kenny Chesney, the on-screen Bridget Jones has allegedly been seen out on dates with former Beverly Hills 90210 actor, Luke Perry.
One starlet who truly deserves a bit of happiness after an unbearably turbulent on-again, off-again relationship with Jude Law is Sienna Miller who is said to seeing the gorgeous Josh Hartnett. Miller, 25, and Hartnett, 28, were rumoured to have been spotted at the Chateau Marmont hotel sitting side-by-side on a couch in the hotel restaurant’s living room area.
The pair were reported to be “laughing and chatting for about an hour” before they were joined by one of Miller’s female friends. A spokesperson for Miller told People magazine: “They’re friends, just friends. They were just hanging out.” We’ve all heard that old chestnut before.
A freaky name belies ale’s quality January 21, 2007Posted by grhomeboy in Drinks & Beverages.
Perusing the shelves recently, I came across Freak Out, attracted by its label, a reproduction of Frank Zappa’s first album of the same name.
The label also has a humorous excerpt about beer from Zappa’s “The Real Frank Zappa Book” where he talks about the relationship between beer and industrialized nations. Zappa does not come across as a beer drinker in the excerpt, in fact, he was known as something of a teetotaler, firing band members for substance abuse at a time when that could be a ticket into other groups for many musicians.
The beer is an American-style India pale ale that distinguished itself with a crisp, clean golden body and nice hop flavor for the style, more citrusy than piney. It is bitter but not overpowering. As it warmed up, a nice grain aroma and the sweetness of the malt became more apparent. It’s not as malty and is more hoppy than the English style of India pale ale.
I recommend to any beer drinkers to try a beer like this with say, a Belhaven Twisted Thistle, and then wonder at how the two types can even share a common style name.
Ron Lindenbusch of Lagunitas says the brewery received permission from Zappa’s estate to produce Freak Out Ale and will continue to release 40th-anniversary beers, with “Absolutely Free” and “Lumpy Gravy” next on the schedule.
Personally, I hope they try different styles, although I shudder to think what kind of beer would personify “Lumpy Gravy.”
Many beers are available only regionally. Check the brewer’s Web site, which often contains information on product availability by mail. About Freak Out Ale > Lagunitas Brewing Company; Petaluma, Calif., www.lagunitas.com
Robbie to strip for Elton? Oh, my! January 21, 2007Posted by grhomeboy in Music.
Dropping his pants for Sir Elton John
The crooner has agreed to recreate a striptease performance from hit film The Full Monty for his pal at the Madison Square Garden celebration in New York, reports the Daily Star. The special gig on March 25 will culminate in Robster getting his kit off to Tom Jones’ You Can Leave Your Hat On.
A source told the paper: “Elton and Robbie have had their disagreements over the years. But they are best pals again now. And they always try and outdo each other when it comes to presents. Robbie know this is one gift Elton will have difficulty living up to. But the pair love to shock each other so Elton will already be cooking up something bizarre for Robbie’s birthday next month.”
The Stoke-born singer is well known for taking his kit off, in 2000′s Rock DJ the video featured him in a roller-disco as he stripped nude and then proceeded to strip off his own flesh, muscle tissue and organs until he was a dancing skeleton.
Robbie’s new video is a real drag January 21, 2007Posted by grhomeboy in Music.
Robbie Williams has been busy playing with his feminine side for new video, ‘She’s Madonna.’
In the video the singer hangs out with a bunch of drag queens, including Courtney Cox’s brother-in-law Alexis Arquette. Finally he returns to his masculine side, jumping back into a glittery John Travolta, Saturday Night Fever style tux. The video was shot in LA during a break from his world tour.
Is Robbie trying to send us a message? Or has he just got extremely carried away playing dress up in his mother’s wardrobe. She’s Madonna is the solo star’s next single from his album Rude Box and was co-written by Pet Shop Boys.
The video was directed by Swedish director Johan Renck who did Madonna’s on Hung Up video.
Are surgeons sexier than doctors? January 21, 2007Posted by grhomeboy in MetroSexual.
They have long been portrayed on TV as hospital heartthrobs but now research claims to prove surgeons are better looking than other doctors.
A study compared male students and discovered that those who were tall and handsome tended to become surgeons. Meanwhile, students who were shorter and less good looking tended to favour a career as a physician.
Doctors at the University of Barcelona hospital embarked on the research, published today in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), after noticing the trend. They tested the theory by forming a random sample from 12 surgeons and 12 physicians.
Four “controls” were included from well known film stars who played doctors or surgeons. They were Harrison Ford (Dr Richard Kimble, a neurosurgeon in the film The Fugitive), George Clooney as Dr Doug Ross (a paediatrician in the television series ER), Patrick Dempsey as Dr Derek Shepherd (a surgeon in the TV series Grey’s Anatomy), and Hugh Laurie as Dr Gregory House (an infectious disease specialist in the TV series House).
All were matched for age (52, give or take seven years), their height was recorded and they were asked to submit a digital picture. Those photos were then randomly assembled and shown to a group of eight females, all of similar age to the men. They used a “good looking score” to rank each man, from 1 for “ugly” to seven for “very good looking”.
The results revealed that, on average, senior male surgeons were significantly taller and considered better looking than senior male physicians. The authors suggest several explanations for the findings. One is that surgeons spend a lot of time in operating rooms, which are cleaner, cooler, and have a higher oxygen content than the average medical ward. They also often wear clog-type shoes which add 2cm to 3cm to their height.
The authors added: “Surgeons are the only doctors who practise what has been called “confidence-based medicine,” which is based on boldness. “They are often practical and fast-acting, and they exert tight control on their natural turf – the operating theatre. “Their extra height makes them more likely to be masters and commanders, and gives them a better view of the operating room, including the patient lying on the table.”
Furthermore, they suggest, masks worn by surgeons may act as anti-ageing devices. They continued: “Physicians tend to hang heavy stethoscopes around their necks, which bows their heads forward and reduces their perceived height.
“They also complain of a (clearly abnormal) need to endlessly update their knowledge in accordance with the current evidence-based approach to medicine by reading and studying heaps of medical journals; this overload of information further grinds them down.”