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More than just celebrity gossip

Hunger Games star Elizabeth Banks is into prison rodeos, beef and baseball

Actress Elizabeth Banks, who stars in the upcoming movies Man on the Ledge, Hunger Games, and What to Expect When You’re Expecting, graces the March cover of Women’s Health, out on newsstands now! The beautiful actress spilled her secrets on filming her upcoming movies, the best career advice she ever received and how she stays healthy (and her splurges) to keep her healthy figure. And believe it or not, Elizabeth is also celebrating her 38th birthday on February 10th! Get it, girl!

Highlights from the interview below.

ON HER UPCOMING ACTION FLICK, MAN ON A LEDGE:

“[It was] a great ride of a movie. I got to shoot a gun and stand on a five-foot ledge 22 stories above Manhattan.”

ON THE HUNGER GAMES:

“Anytime you can work on something that’s really entertaining but also has an intellectual idea at heart, it’s very exciting.”

ON THE TRAITS THAT MAKE HER POPULAR WITH MEN:

“I can hang with the dudes because I love beef and baseball and driving fast and flirting. I understand where men are coming from and I’m interested in typically male endeavors. But I can also wear the short skirt and cheerlead.”

ON THE SECRET TO A HAPPY MARRIAGE:

“Don’t embarrass your husband. Unfortunately, everything I do embarrasses him. But he’s very accepting. I’m onscreen making out with other men! I know I could never be married to an actor.”

ON HOW SHE’S STAYED HAPPILY MARRIED:

“Number one, I never check any previous Google searches that my husband did. I don’t want to know those things and, more than that, I don’t want to confirm the things I think I know! It’s good to maintain that mystery and trust.”

ON RUNNING FOR OFFICE:

“I’m a good role model. I have an amazing marriage and it will be long lasting. I think I’m a good mom. I could run for office, no problem, because there are no skeletons in my closet. Not that I would run for office…”

ON BECOMING A MOTHER THROUGH SURROGACY:

“It helped that other moms had said that once they had their babies, they forgot they were ever pregnant. So once my focus became the baby and not the pregnancy, it was a very easy decision.”

ON HER TOP FITNESS TRICK:

“I do this system called TRX. It was developed by a Navy SEAL and is basically a simple cord that you can wrap around something anywhere, anytime, and you use your body weight as resistance. We installed one in our home gym, but you can also attach it to a tree. It’s very easy to travel with.”

ON WHAT SHE CALLS “AWESOME”:

“Prison rodeos. Google this shit! I’m dying to go!”

ON WHAT MAKES HER LAUGH:

“You’ll never see me in a T-shirt that has the body of a skinny lady wearing a bikini. But that fact that it exists really tickles me. And I think it’s hilarious when a fat lady wears it. Fat lady wearing it, hilarious. Guy in it, even funnier.”

For more of the Elizabeth Banks feature check out Women’s Health magazine here.

Halle Berry taking Nahla to France away from Gabriel Aubry?

Halle Berry is making the custody war between her and baby daddy Gabriel Aubry living hell. Reports are saying that the actress has filed papers with the court requesting to move to France WITH Nahla! It’s not like she’s moving out a couple hours away, the lady wants to move her kid out of the got damn country WITH her boyfriend Olivier Martinez!

TMZ is saying that Aubry is livid because he believes that Halle is trying to strip him of his rights completely.

So what are the chances that Halle would be able to get the move approved? TMZ says that

Halle could have an argument that it’s safer for Nahla to be in Europe … especially because her latest stalker — who broke onto her property multiple times — has recently been released from jail.

To me it sounds like the bitch is cray cray. I think she may have a difficult time getting her move approved unless she is going to allow Gabriel his visitation rights.

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Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato Reunite for Photo Shoot

I bet this shoot was awkward. Celebuzz

Minnie Driver has a struggle with her weight. HaveUHeard

Why is she wearing white? POTP

The Men of Safe House hit New York! I Need My Fix

Halle Berry may be taking Nahla to France. Celeb Dirty Laundry

Xtina is already signed on for season 3 of The Voice? Hollywood Dame

Check out this HOT giveaway! Busy Bee Blogger

Kristen Bell has a lot of tattoos. EB Gossip

The Go Go juice mom defends herself. Daily Fill

Ryan Reynolds gave Denzel a black eye. Shallow Nation

Errrrone wants Vicky B’s dresses! SheKnows

They both have bushy eyebrows, so why not? Amore Magazine

MIA splits from billionaire boyfriend. Allie Is Wired

Guess the celebrity mustache! Celeb Jihad

Channing Tatum was forced to show his butt in the Vow. Fit Fab Celeb

Khloe Kardashian poses with her real dad. Anything Hollywood

Bruce and Demi’s daughters blame Ashton for everything. Celebitchy

15 Hottest Teen celebrities All Women Stalk

Reese Witherspoon wants more kids. Celeb Baby Laundry

Fergie is a control freak when it comes to food. Girls Talkin Smack

Mila Kunis sans makeup…scary or not? Swanky Celebs

Robert Downey Jr is a daddy! Fabulous Buzz

Chris Brown’s Grammy performance details emerge. ILulu Online

Miranda Kerr in a bikini. The Superficial

Zac Efron sends Demi Moore well wishes, not kisses

There have been reports floating around that Demi Moore has been hot on the trail of her daughter Rumer Willis’ best friend Zac Efron. Well duh. The guy is hot AND he meets the requirements of at least 15 years younger than Demi. He’s perfect. And although nobody has directly asked Efron about those rumors (or maybe he just isn’t acknowledging them), Zac has publicly given Moore his best wishes.

And because he is Rumer’s pal, Efron has the inside scoop on how the 49 year old is doing. In an interview with E! News, Zac said, “Yeah, she’s doing OK. She’s doing fine. It’s tough, but I think she’s all right.”

Well she’s still alive so I imagine she is at least okay.

Reports that Demi is being treated at the Cirque Lodge are now being squashed by peeps close to the cougar.

I have a feeling we won’t see Demi out in public anytime soon. She’ll have to wait until we all quit talking about nitrous oxide, Ashton Kutcher and whip-its.

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Karl Lagerfeld apologizes to Adele for calling her fat

Karl Lagerfeld has thrown out an apology to Adele for calling her “too fat”. Ironically, Lagerfeld used to be a hefty man himself, so perhaps he hasn’t yet come to terms with his thinness or still feels like a fat man in a skinny body? Who effing knows. All we know is that Karl got a lot of heat for dissing one of the most popular singers on the planet and so now he’s retracting his statement because we all “took it out of context”.

Lagerfeld said, “I’d like to say to Adele that I am your biggest admirer. Sometimes when you take a sentence out it changes the meaning of the thought. Adele is my favorite singer and I am a great admirer of her. I lost over 30 kilos 10 years ago and know how it feels when the press is mean to you in regards to your appearance. Adele is a beautiful girl.”

See Karl, there’s this little thing called tactfulness. Loosen up your gray ponytail and look it up in the dictionary, dahling.

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Lady Gaga says quit sticking your fingers down your throat!

Lady Gaga made a surprise appearance at a young women’s conference hosted by a Los Angeles school and she spoke very candidly (as Gaga always does) at the open forum that was hosted by Maria Shriver.

During the conference Gaga was asked how she deals with body issues and the pressure she has on her being a Hollywood “it” girl.

The student said, “I struggle with body issues, and I know you’re so confident in the way you dress. And I am wondering how you deal with such issues.”

Gaga replied after a short silence saying, “I used to throw up all the time in high school. So I’m not that confident. And maybe it’s easier for me to talk about it now because I don’t do it anymore. I wanted to be a skinny little ballerina but I was a voluptuous little Italian girl whose dad had meatballs on the table every night. I used to come home and say, ‘Dad, why do you always give us this food? I need to be thin.’ And he’d say, ‘Eat your spaghetti.’”

Shriver then asked Gaga how she got over her eating issues to which Gaga answered, “It made my voice bad, so I had to stop. The acid on your vocal chords… it’s very bad. But for those of you who don’t sing, you maybe don’t have that excuse until it’s too late. It’s very dangerous. Every video I’m in, every magazine cover, they stretch you; they make you perfect. It’s not real life. It’s really hard, but you’ve got to talk to somebody about it.”

So what is her advice for young girls?

“I’m gonna say this about girls: The dieting wars have got to stop. Everyone just knock it off. Because at the end of the day, it’s affecting kids your age. And it’s making girls sick.” Preach it, sister.

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Kris Humphries sends lawyers to interview Kris Jenner and Kim Kardashian

Oh oh! Things are gonna get downright interesting in the Kris Humphries Kim Kardashian divorce case! It seems as if Hump isn’t going to let Kimmy get off easy and looking like the oh-woe-is-me victim. If you saw Kim Kardashian’s emotional breakdown on Kourtney & Kim Take New York you may have seen the crocodile tears and you may have heard the rumor that when Mama Jenner and Kimmy were supposedly in Dubai in October, they were seen exiting a soundstage in the same exact outfit, makeup and jewelry that she was wearing while on camera in December.

First of all, we all know that Kimmy doesn’t wear the same ensemble twice and the possibility of Kim and Kris taping that rumored “staged” scene in the show is going to be part of Hump’s fraudulent case against Kim.

With that being said, Hump is supposedly sending out his attorney to question Kim, Kris Jenner AND E! execs! Oh my word. So will this be enough to prove that their union was a big fat sham?

Oh how I hope that this divorce plays out in court PUBLICLY! She wanted the wedding and all that shown publicly, she better give us all access to her divorce proceedings as well!

Birthday Bitches

Carole King is 70.

Actor Joe Pesci is 69.

Author Alice Walker (“The Color Purple”) is 68.

Actress Mia Farrow is 67.

Actress Judith Light (“Who’s the Boss”) is 63.

Actor Charles Shaughnessy (“The Nanny”) is 57.

Country singer Travis Tritt is 49.

Singer Chad Wolf of Carolina Liar is 36.

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Simon Cowell talks Paula Abdul’s firing, replacement rumors

Believe it or not, Simon Cowell is blaming himself (more specifically his big mouth) for the big shakeup at The X-Factor. Since the firing of Paula Abdul and the disappointment that has plagued Paula’s fans, Simon has felt…well, responsible because he was the one who set unreasonable expectations for the show.

Cowell told Extra, “I would’ve liked to have kept [Paula]. She was very gracious, and I said that to her. She understands it’s business; it’s never personal.”

And as far as letting go Scherzinger? He really doesn’t think she’s punching her fist through walls. “I don’t think she’s mad. I think she’s disappointed.” Well, yeah. Unfortunately it was her big mouth and her actions that got her canned.

So why in the hell did he have to shake up the roster? Cowell explains, “It’s only because I opened my big mouth and said we were going to get 20 million [viewers]. If I hadn’t said that, everybody would be saying the show was a huge success.”

And why did he decide to ONLY keep L.A. Reid? As far as Cowell is concerned, “There’s not a record executive out there who is as good as him for the job.” True. I adore Reid.

Here is what he said about potential new judges:

As for the Beyonce rumors, they are “complete nonsense.”

He would love to have Madonna but she would be “expensive” (can you imagine the salary she’d be asking for? Cripes, she is charging her fans $300 to see her live in concert)!

So what about Katy Perry? Cowell thinks she would “fun” and “feisty.”

Even though Nick Cannon pretty much shot down rumors that his wife Mariah Carey would take on the X-Factor judge role, Simon says the door is still open. He said, “I would love her. but you can’t expect someone who’s just had two kids to make the kind of commitment you would need on this show.” But oh how we would LOVE her, despite her being too legendary for the show. Wink, wink.

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CELEB SPOTTING: Hunger Games actress Jacqueline Emerson at Soho House

Merle Ginsberg, Style Editor of The Hollywood Reporter hosted a party for jewelry designer Alexandra Moosally at The Soho House in LA last week and actress Jacqueline Emerson (in upcoming film “The Hunger Games”) was one of the stars who came to check out the collection.

Get ready to see more of Emerson as The Hunger Games is out in theaters in under 50 days!

SWAG GIVEAWAY: Academy Award Themed Cocktail Recipes and $25 Landmark Theaters Gift Card

It’s awards season and with every fabulous get together or party, there are fabulous cocktails. Yum, yum, yum! And we at VIP love our cocktails!

But do you know what cocktail best suits you?

We’ve got some fun Academy Awards recipes that you may want to whip together for your guests. Also with this new app posted below, you can Take the Discover Your Winter Cocktail quiz by answering just a few questions to see what winter cocktail suits you. In addition to these amazing recipes, we are giving away a $25 Landmark Theatres gift card! Enter below. Yes, we love you.

Here are some recipes that look pretty freakin’ sweet for YOUR Academy Awards party.

Academy Award Themed Cocktail Recipes:

Mai Tai in Paris

Ingredients:
1 oz light rum
1/2 oz lime juice
1/2 oz orange curacao
1/2 oz orgeat syrup
1 oz dark rum
maraschino cherry for garnish

Preparation: Pour all the ingredients except the dark rum into a shaker with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain into an old-fashioned glass half filled with ice. Top with the dark rum. Garnish with the cherry.

The Girl with the Dragon Fruit Martini

Ingredients:
1 dragon fruit
1 ½ oz Stolichnaya vodka
1 oz freshly-squeezed lime juice

Preparation: Prepare your dragon fruit by scooping out all of the flesh. Place dragon fruit flesh in blender or food processor. Add all other ingredients and blitz 20 to 30 seconds on high speed. Pour out into martini glasses and garnish.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Cloister

Ingredients:
2 oz Hendrick’s gin
1/2 oz yellow liqueur
1/2 oz fresh grapefruit juice
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp superfine sugar

Preparation: Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake well, strain into a cocktail glass, and serve.


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Enjoy, Good Luck and Happy mixing!

Ice Loves Coco Season Two Sneak Peek: Could Coco be pregnant?

They’re baaaaack. Ice T and Coco return to E! for the second season of their reality show “Ice Loves Coco” and we’ve got some hot promo pics and a sneak peek video to make you want more come February 19th.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, “Ice Loves Coco” returns to show a more intimate side of this power couple, going behind the hype and headlines and giving viewers an exclusive glimpse into the ultra-stylish lives of rapper/actor/author/motivational speaker Ice T and his model/entrepreneur/Internet-sensation wife Coco.

This season the fun couple take off to exotic locations, share a trailer when Coco makes an appearance on Ice’s hit show “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” and due to their demanding careers, face spending time apart for their first time in their marriage. Their love is undeniable, but life isn’t always easy as Coco receives some news about her health that puts the possibility of expanding their family in jeopardy.

READ MORE FOR THE SEASON PREMIERE SPOILERS!!!!!!

In the premiere episode, Coco’s maternal instincts kick in when changes in her body convince her that she must be pregnant. After a trip to her doctor Coco receives news that is not as joyous as she had hoped and instead learns she has genetically high blood pressure. The sudden diagnosis stuns the couple and if not treated seriously it could affect Coco’s ability to have a successful pregnancy, putting her life, as well as a baby’s, in danger. In a scared-straight moment of realization, Coco decides that there is nothing more important than family and vows to live a healthier lifestyle, change her diet, expand her fitness regime and not let her workload get out of control. She quickly learns that with the love and support of her devoted husband, these life changes are necessary and will greatly improve their chances of becoming parents.

Peep the sneak peek below.

Lady Gaga Announces Born This Way Ball Tour Dates 2012-2013

Lady Gaga has just announced the first few dates of her Born This Way ball tour for 2012. The eccentric superstar will be taking on 110 dates total! Now that is some hardcore touring and some big fat ching!

Madonna also recently announced her tour dates for promotion of her MDNA album. The difference is that Madge is charging a whopping $300 to see her perform live.

So with that being said:

Don’t call Naomi Campbell a Supermodel!

Naomi Campbell is in the March issue of Harper’s Bazaar and she is looking fierce and fabulous per usual. What isn’t usual for Campbell is her modesty. Perhaps it is the fact that she is reaching her 40′s that she has tamed down her ‘tude.

In the March issue of Bazaar, Campbell talks about being a veteran of the fashion industry, her diet and her past.

Check out the highlights below.

ON HER DIET:

“For me, carbs are a treat now.”

ON PLASTIC SURGERY AND AGING:

It’s fine “for those who do it for themselves and not to please someone else. I don’t worry about a number, I’m fine with aging.”

ON HER PAST:

“Look, you have to make mistakes. That’s how you learn and that’s how the world works. I’ve made a few. What makes a person is the ability to look at themselves and deal with their own lives. How you deal [with your actions] is what defines you.”

ON BEING CALLED A SUPERMODEL:

“…I would never call myself that. I don’t have any superhuman powers. I still love what I do. It’s a new challenge to see how people can change your look. I like words like transformation, reinvention, and chameleon. Because one word I don’t like is predictable.”

So does this mean her phone throwing days are over?

Check out the full interview with Harper’s Bazaar here.

Russell Brand doesn’t want Katy Perry’s money

So we all have had a bit of time to soak in the fact that Russell Brand and Katy Perry are getting a divorce. It’s done but now comes the dreaded paperwork and you know, for gold diggers, the fun part.

What I find interesting about Brand and Perry is that they didn’t sign a prenuptial agreement and with that being said, Brand could get a whopping TWENTY freakin’ million dollars. But get this…he doesn’t want it. Not a penny. Apparently the handful of nights burying his bearded mugshot into Perry’s chi-chis was enough for him.

TMZ is reporting that Russell’s lawyer

filed final divorce papers Tuesday … although the judge will make the divorce official on June 30, because there’s a 6 month waiting period.

Informed sources tell TMZ … Russell and Katy did NOT have a prenup. As a result, everything they earned during their 14-month marriage is community property — which means they’re each entitled to 50% of the pot.

Katy made $44 million between May, 2010 and May, 2011 — according to Forbes. The couple married in October, 2010, so Russell could have scored a fortune if he exercised his community property rights.

But Russell doesn’t want Katy’s money and is happy to walk away without a paycheck.

Let me just say that it is refreshing to see a divorce not get ugly. Or perhaps Russell just figures that once he releases his tell-all book that he’ll get his hefty paycheck that way?

At any rate, Brand…we salute you!