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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Christian Bale shows off his sweet side helping Natalie Portman with her hair on the set of new film... but he might need to work on his tender touch

By Sarah Fitzmaurice

He is known for his roles in American Psycho and as Batman so playing a part in a love story isn't something fans are used to seeing from Christian Bale.

The 38-year-old actor was seen filming sickly sweet scenes for his latest flick Knight of Cups alongside Natalie Portman, who appears to be playing his on screen love interest.

Christian was seen tying up his co-star's hair as they stood by the surf in Malibu.

The tender touch: Christian Bale was seen doing Natalie Portman's hair as they shot scenes for Knights of Cups in Malibu earlier today

But it appears the actor is not used to dealing with a woman's tresses and judging from the grimace on Natalie's face he wasn't using such a tender touch.

Perhaps the actor needs to tap into his feminine side after playing such macho roles in the past.

The pair were also seen strolling along the sand and holding hands together which camera crews captured their chemistry.

Hand in hand: Christian was seen leading Natalie along the sands while camera crews captured the chemistry

Big hug: The Dark Knight star was seen lifting Natalie up into the air and pretending to throw her into the sea

Taking a dip: The pair were also seen fooling around and Christian tried to knock her over in a playful fashion

At one point the Dark Knight star wrapped his arms around the Black Swan star and dipped her down onto the sand.

Christian was also seen with his arms wrapped firmly around the brunette star.

The scene certainly seemed playful and at one point he lifted Natalie up into the air threatening to throw her into the surf.

Sleep over? Natalie appeared to be wearing a man's jumper over a pretty dress, suggest the scene is the day after a big night before

Spalshingly good time: The scene appears playful and the couple were seen splashing in the su

Dressed down day: Christian was seen wearing an all-black ensemble. Little is known apart the film apart from that it is a love story

Little is known about the new film and according to the film is about 'a man is in search of love and truth.'

Cate Blanchett is also set to star but she was not seen on set earlier today.


She's a neon lady! Cheryl Cole sports bright blue eyeliner and pink stilettos in artwork for her upcoming album A Million Lights

By Kirsty Mccormack

Her highly anticipated second solo album isn't out for a few weeks yet but for now Cheryl Cole fans can marvel at the artwork.

Images from A Million Lights have been released and prove just how colourful the singer has become.

In the series of photos, which were shot by German photographer Ellen Von Unwerth, the Girls Aloud star is seen wearing bright clothing and even brighter make-up.
Colourful lady: Cheryl Cole wears neon shoes and make-up in the album artwork for her upcoming record A Million Lights

Modelling a white cut-out skirt with a striped top, Cheryl gazes at the camera as she strikes a variety of poses.

In one she throws her head back while her long dark hair also touches the floor and in another she is seen clutching a neon bar as she sprawls out on the floor.

On her feet she wears a pair of bright pink heels and also wears lipstick to match.

Strike a pose: The 28-year-old singer can be seen gazing at the camera while sprawled out on the floor

Different look: The images for the album were shot by German photographer Ellen Von Unwerth

The 28-year-old's eyes certainly stand out as they are adorned with thick bright blue eyeliner, matching her long nails.

Cheryl's style has certainly become more adventurous over the last few months and even in a separate promotional image, she couldn't resist wearing bright colours.

The brunette shows off her slender figure in a green and pink heart-print dress which she teams with more bright lipstick and chunky gold jewellery.

Style transformation: The brunette wears bright pink lipstick and chunky gold jewellery in more promotional images

There's no denying that she probably has a lot of male fans, but it seems that even the ladies find Cheryl attractive.

After admitting that she has a 'girl crush' on Rihanna, the Umbrella singer has returned the compliment.

Speaking to Esquire magazine, Rihanna said: 'Ooh! Cheryl Cole I would just like to watch her work. Preferably cleaning things on the floor. Picking up stuff on the floor. Bending over.'

Returning the favour: Rihanna admitted that she thinks Cheryl is 'hot' after the singer said she had a 'girl crush' on her


Scrawny to brawny in six weeks: Top sports pundits reveal results of six-pack challenge

-Six broadcasters achieve six-packs in less than two months
-'I genuinely thought I was going to die after the first gym session' says Sky Sports’ Alex Payne

By Sadie Whitelocks

Some of the UK's top sports pundits can't stop ripping off their shirts after whipping their abs into shape.

Sky Sports’ Alex Payne was one of six broadcasters to compete in Men’s Health magazine's annual Celebrity Six-Pack Challenge.

The most unlikely of men have been transformed into cover model stars thanks to the fitness initiative and the 31-year-old is no exception.

Sky Sports’ Alex Payne reveals the results of his six-week workout (Before and after shots)

He admitted that at first it was a struggle bulking up his 'lean frame' but he soon managed to schedule in daily workout sessions.

'I wouldn’t have done this if it weren’t for the element of competition. I genuinely thought I was going to die after the first gym session but I don’t think I really hated any of it.

'I got some very strange looks from the boys in the commentary teams when I started tucking into a protein shake at half time,' he told Men's Health.

'I genuinely thought I was going to die after the first gym session,' says Alex

Alex said his colleagues, friends and family were shocked by his new appearance

Lifting weights, drinking protein shakes, running and abdominal crunches were some methods each of the male contestants, all aged over 30, used to get in shape.

And each say that colleagues, friends and family have been shocked by their new toned physiques.

Goals on Sunday host Ben Shephard, 37, said: 'The banter from the other guys has been pretty intense.

'My wife went away for a few days and was shocked when she got back.'

'The last time I had a six-pack was 30 years ago,' says Sky pundit Chris Kamara, 54

'I’ve always talked about getting a six-pack and now I’ve got one,' says Max Rushden, 32, host of Soccer AM

Meanwhile the oldest contestant, former pro-footballer and exuberant Sky pundit Chris Kamara, 54, added: 'The last time I had a six-pack was 30 years ago and it’s been 20 since I lifted a weight.

'So I thought I was too old and that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the young lads.

However, Kammy’s transformation proved getting a six-pack isn’t just a young man’s game. 'To lose 6kg and gain muscle like I did in a few weeks shows it’s possible.'

Soccer AM’s Max Rushden, Radio 5 Live’s Mark Chapman and Football Focus and Match of the Day’s Danny Walker also took part.

Previous winners of the Men’s Health Celebrity Six-Pack challenge include Andi Peters and Reggie Yates.

Men’s Health Editor Toby Wiseman said: 'Six weeks might not seem long to get into great shape but each one of this year’s Men’s Health Celebrity Six-Pack challengers has achieved incredible physical results.'


Kim Kardashian gets 'wet and wild' as she shows off her curves in sexy cleavage-baring shots

By Sarah Bull

Her figure is arguably one of the things which saw her shoot to fame.

And Kim Kardashian certainly hasn't tired of showing off her famous curves, as she proved yesterday when she posted yet more sexy shots of herself on her Twitter page.

The 31-year-old reality TV star treated her followers to a series of increasingly seductive shots, showing her wearing just an orange bikini top and tiny beige cover-up.

Wet and wild: Kim Kardashian shared a series of pictures of herself looking sexy in a bikini top on her Twitter page

Sexier than ever: Kim is no stranger to showing off her stunning curves in glamorous photoshoots

The pictures of Kim are made even more sexy as well by the fact that she is covered in water.

Kim accompanied the shots with the to the point caption: 'Wet & Wild!'

Keeping Up With The Kardashians star Kim had earlier shared an older picture of herself clad in a pink sequinned outfit, complete with matching feather boa.

In the pink: Kim also shared an old picture of herself, saying she's 'obsessed' with the colour pink at the moment

And the star told fans that she was 'obsessed' with the bright fuschia shade, tweeting: 'Pink... it's my new obsession.'

Kim has been keeping busy filming the new season of E!'s KUWTK alongside her fellow family members, giving her little time to see her boyfriend Kanye West.

But despite the fact they haven't been seen together for a few days, the new couple are apparently planning to move in together.

A source told Life & Style magazine that the pair are thinking about looking for a place together in Los Angeles.

The source said: 'They are preparing to move in together, it's moving that quickly. If things continue at the speed they're going, Kim and Kanye will rent a new house together.

'They wouldn't buy yet. They just want to live together without being fully domestic until they're ready to have a family.'

Moving fast: Kim and boyfriend Kanye West are apparently planning to move in together in Los Angeles


Any opportunity to dig out the leathers! Kim Kardashian slips into skintight trousers for simple ice-cream date with sister Khloe

By Daily Mail Reporter

It was just another day at the office for the Kardashian sisters.

Despite a simple afternoon outing to get ice-cream, or perhaps frozen yoghurt, Kim found the opportunity to slip into her leather trousers.

Looking effortlessly stylish, the 31-year-old stepped out in the skintight bottoms and a summery loose-fitted white shirt.

Another day at the office: Khloe and Kim Kardashian go to buy ice-cream

Her trademark dark locks cascaded down her shoulder, as she chose to forfeit a pair of shades in the bright Californian sun.

Accompanied by younger sibling Khloe, the 27-year-old seemed a little more suitably dressed - although both girls tottered along on heels.

Khloe hid beneath a black shrug cardigan, and simple jeans.

Considering the temperatures in Studio City, Los Angeles, are hovering at 85°F this week, the leathers can't have been too comfortable.

Rocking her leathers: Despite the LA heat, Kim squeezed into skintight trousers

But when filming reality shows interferes with normal life, of course wardrobe choices come before comfort.

Kim was obviously exhausted by the day's activities, tweeting: 'Still filming. Call time was 6am... Exhaustion has officially set in.'

The seventh series of Keeping up with the Kardashians began this month.

In a sneak peek of the latest E! season, Khloe gives her seal of approval on Kim's new boyfriend Kanye West.

Khloe tells Kourtney: 'Kim and Kanye are like two peas in a pod.'

Glamourpuss: Kim poses with Kanye West and Jay-Z at Cannes Film Festival


Fighting fit! TOWIE's Lauren Goodger hits bootcamp to lose a few more pounds (but even a tough workout can't shift that pout)

By Sarah Bull

Fighting fit! TOWIE stars Lauren Goodger and Frankie Essex hit bootcamp in Marbella this week to help them lose weight

She's been working hard to shift the pounds over the past few months.

And after successfully losing over a stone on The Cambridge Diet, Lauren Goodger has hit bootcamp in Ibiza to fast-track her remaining weight loss.

The Only Way Is Essex star, 25, was joined by castmate Frankie Essex as the pair sweated it out at the No 1 Boot Camp in Marbella.

Glam even while working out! Lauren wore a pair of aviator sunglasses with her carefully coordinated gym outfit

The pair were seen jogging along in the sunshine with a personal trainer, apparently finding the run more than a little tough.

But despite the extreme conditions of the workout, jogging in the 25C heat, nothing could shift Lauren's now trademark pout from her face.

The reality star even accessorised her outfit with a pair of aviator sunglasses to add that bit of much-needed Essex glamour.

You can do it! Frankie pushed herself hard as the pair ran up a hill with a personal trainer from the bootcamp

Careful! At another point, Frankie had to run carefully over a line of boxes in a special bootcamp exercise

Lauren wore a pink bra top, low-slung grey jogging bottoms and a matching pink pair of trainers along with a vest top emblazoned with the boot camp logo as she pounded the roads.

Meanwhile, Frankie, who appeared to be pushing herself extremely hard on the bootcamp, wore a pair of cropped black trousers, with her blonde hair scraped back from her face.

Lauren yesterday tweeted that she was thrilled with the results of the bootcamp, writing on her Twitter page: 'Goodbye @No1bootcamp I've got 6 pounds in 4 days I worked hard n feel great looking forward continuing @CambsWeightPlan when bk x'

Nothing can shift that pout! Despite the fact she was pushing herself at bootcamp, Lauren's pout never faltered

And Frankie added: 'Okay so bootcamp was I 100% ain't a drinker...! So I think sunbathing is a little me today x'

Yesterday, Lauren treated her fans to a shot of her newly-flat stomach in a shot posted to her Twitter page.

In March, yo-yo dieter Lauren embarked on the strict Cambridge Weight Plan, after creeping from a size 8 to a 14 within a year.

Night out: Yesterday evening, Lauren and Frankie hit the town in Puerto Banus with their TOWIE castmates

The diet involves eating specially prepared meals, shakes and soups - and the ultimate challenge of cutting out coffee, tea and alcohol.

Lauren was inspired to lose weight after seeing holiday pictures of herself looking heavier in Miami when she was on holiday in March.

Slimming down: Lauren yesterday shared a picture of her newly-flat stomach with fans on her Twitter page

Inspiration: Lauren was inspired to lose weight after seeing pictures of herself looking heavier on holiday in Miami in March


'Bathing, filming and hanging': TOWIE's Sam Faiers and Jessica Wright nurse their Marbella hangovers with some tanning

By Emily Sheridan

They've been in Marbella less than 24 hours, but the cast of The Only Way Is Essex haven't wasted any time when it comes to doing what they do best - partying and sunbathing.

Despite being up all night partying in their beloved 'Marbs', Sam and Billie Faiers and Jessica Wright were up bright and early this morning catching some rays.

The trio flaunted their figures in sexy swimwear as they struggled through their hangovers at the Sala Beach Club.

Let the sun take the pain away: A hungover Sam Faiers and Jessica Wright shows off their figures in swimwear as they film The Only Way Is Marbs at the Sala Beach Club in Marbella

Former glamour model Sam, 21, showed off her deep tan in a multi-coloured string bikini, while Jessica, 26, was a bit more covered up in a brown swimsuit.

Although the cast make an annual pilgrimage to Marbella, this time they are accompanied by the crew of the ITV2 show to film a one-off special The Only Way Is Marbs.

No doubt the complication of having heavy microphone batteries attached to their swimwear for the outside filming would have been tricky for the cast.

So despite their hangover, the women's sunbathing action - and no doubt exchanging gossip from the previous night - was captured on camera as they lay on their sunbeds.

Cover up: Sam's big sister Billie Faiers wore a black kaftan, while Sam had arrived at the beach club in a colourful maxi dress

Gossiping: Sam chats to Billie as they relax on one of the VIP beds in the beach club

With the female cast split into two camps, Sam is staying in her own villa with her sister, Jessica and Gemma Collins, which she has dubbed 'the pussay palace'.

She tweeted this moring: 'Having a lovely time in Marbs cannot believe how amazing mine Billie Jess and Gemma's villa is ! The pussayyy palace ;-).
'Me, Bill, Jess bathing, filming and hanging haha.'

Check out my tan: Jessica studies her legs

Fashion show: Jessica also tried on a white string dress (left) and changed into a green bikini

Daytime glamour: Billie was a dramatic updo and lots of jewellery on as she lay in the sun

The Faiers sisters and Jessica flew into nearby Malaga yesterday afternoon with most of the TOWIE cast and crew.

Spotted at Southend airport in Essex were Joey Essex, Lauren Pope, Chloe Sims, Lydia Bright, Billi Mucklow, Cara Kilbey, James 'Diags' Bennewith, Tom Pearce, 'Little Chris' Drake, Charlie King, James 'Arg' Argent and Bobby Norris.

Lauren Goodger, Lucy Mecklenburgh, Mario Falcone and Frankie Essex were already on the Costa Del Sol.

Strict diet: Sam showed off the results of her 'no carbs before Marbs' diet

'Hanging': Sam looked quite sprightly despite admitting she was hungover

Fifteen minutes of fame: Holidaymakers descended on the Sala Beach Club in the hope of making a cameo on the ITV2 show

Although previous visits to Marbella haven't been filmed for the five series, fans of the show will remember Lucy shared a kiss with Mark Wright at the resort last year, when he was engaged to Goodger and she had just started dating Mario.

Lydia admitted she was going to wear fake tan after burning herself during a recent holiday to Dubai.

She wrote on her Twitter page: 'Also big thank you to @thetanexpert for my @fakebakeukltd spray tan now there is no excuse for this burnt ass haha x.'

Here come the girls: Sam, a blonde friend, Billie and Jessica out in Puerto Banus last night

And in the other camp: Lauren Goodger (left) wore an Aztec mini, while friend Frankie Essex showed off her curves in a bandage dress

Leggy: Jessica wore a yellow top and denim skirt, while the usually pale Lydia Bright (right) showed off her fake tan in a white dress

Remember me? Former Only Way Is Essex star Ellie Redman - who coined the 'no carbs before Marbs' phrase is also in Marbella


Distraught Anne Hathaway sings her heart out... as ALL her hair is hacked off in first look at Les Misérables trailer

By Amy Oliver

We know she can hold a tune thanks to her performance at last year's Oscars.

But it sounds like Anne Hathaway has been putting the practice in for her role in upcoming film Les Misérables.

The Hollywood actress's singing takes centrestage in the first preview of the epic movie due out in December, which also stars Amanda Seyfried, 26, Hugh Jackman, 43, Russell Crowe, 48, and Eddie Redmayne, 30.

Looking gaunt, the 29-year-old belts out classic I Dreamed A Dream against a moody backdrop of 19th century France.

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Miserable: Hathaway plays troubled French factory worker Fantine who is forced to cut and sell her hair and become a prostitute in order to survive

Hathaway plays troubled French factory worker Fantine who is forced to sell her hair and become a prostitute in order to survive.

At one stage in the preview, Hathaway is seen weeping as she has her long locks chopped. The actress actually had her hair cut off in the film and is also thought to have gone on a controversial 500-calorie-a-day crash diet where she shed a stone in 20 days.

Long and short of it: Anne's character cries as she has her beautiful locks shorn off

Belter: Hathaway and the rest of the cast sung their songs live rather than lip-synching to a track. Director Tom Hooper called the actress's I Dreamed a Dream 'just jaw-dropping'

Les Misérables, which is directed by King's Speech Oscar winner Tom Hooper, tells the story of ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, (Jackman) who is hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole.

When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette (Seyfried), their lives change forever.

Epic: Les Misérables tells the story of ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, played by Hugh Jackman, who is hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert, played by Russell Crowe, after he breaks parole

Easier: Jackman said it was actually easier to sing live rather than having to make it look like you are singing

All the dialogue in the film is sung live by the actors; usually they would lip-sync to a pre-recorded track.

Hooper told USA Today it was the only way he wanted to do it.

He said: 'If you are miming to a playback, even if the synchronisation is done very well, there is a part of you that knows something is off, something is false. When it's live, you believe it so much more.

'The actors have complete freedom rather than following a recording done three months before.'

On a mission: Russell Crowe as ruthless policeman Javert

All-star cast: The film also stars handsome My Week With Marilyn actor Eddie Redmayne

Beauty in a bonnet: Amanda Seyfried plays Fantine's young daughter, Cosette

And Hooper had praise for Hathaway's performance. He said: 'Anne has been an extraordinary exponent of singing live.

'Her I Dreamed a Dream is just jaw-dropping. It is so raw and heartfelt. It's done in a way you could never do in playback.'

Jackman said it was actually easier to sing live rather than having to pretend to be singing along to a track.

Beautifully shot: A bird's eye view of Fantine's factory appears in the trailer

Legacy: The film has been adapted from the smash hit stage show that has been seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages around the world

Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter co-star in the movie, while I'd Do Anything finalist Samantha Barks plays the role of Eponine.

The film has been adapted from the smash stage show that has been seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages around the world.

As well as I Dreamed A Dream, other songs include Bring Him Home, One Day More and On My Own

The film has been adapted from the smash stage show that has been seen by more than 60 million people

Now watch the Les Misérables trailer

...And Anne Hathaway's singing turn at last year's Oscars