Kate Upton earns first Jiu-Jitsu white belt

Kate Upton has proudly achieved her first Jiu-Jitsu white belt.Taking to Instagram on Thursday, the model/actress shared a photo of the moment she received the first stripe on her white belt from her instructor at Houston’s Elite MMA. Jiu-Jitsu is a Ja…

Kate Upton has proudly achieved her first Jiu-Jitsu white belt.

Taking to Instagram on Thursday, the model/actress shared a photo of the moment she received the first stripe on her white belt from her instructor at Houston’s Elite MMA.

Jiu-Jitsu is a Japanese martial art which involves manipulating your opponent’s force against themselves in close combat.

“I get a lot of belts for free but this one I earned!” she captioned the post.

According to a post on the academy’s Instagram page, the accolade came after “months” of training.

Kate’s instructor, “Coach J,” also shared the photo and took the opportunity to praise the 27-year-old’s commitment to the martial art.

“I am very proud and honoured to have @kateupton as a student. She is one of the hardest workers in the room, expects nothing but gives everything in every training session. From rolling 10 hard rds to sparring Muay Thai for an hour she is the definition of a fighter. Congratulations on your first stripe,” he commented.

Kate, who shares a 12-month-old daughter named Genevieve with her sportsman husband Justin Verlander, joins a growing list of celebrities who have hit the Jiu-Jitsu mat, including Tom Hardy, Ed O’Neill, Ashton Kutcher, and Keanu Reeves.

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Ashton Kutcher: ‘I was fired from Elizabethtown so director could hire Orlando Bloom’

Ashton Kutcher believes he was let go from the 2005 movie Elizabethtown so the director could hire his first choice, Orlando Bloom.The 41-year-old actor was originally tapped to star alongside Kirsten Dunst as Drew Baylor in the 2005 romantic comedy, b…

Ashton Kutcher believes he was let go from the 2005 movie Elizabethtown so the director could hire his first choice, Orlando Bloom.

The 41-year-old actor was originally tapped to star alongside Kirsten Dunst as Drew Baylor in the 2005 romantic comedy, but was let go in favour of Orlando part way into filming.

Opening up about the dismissal during a segment on First We Feast’s YouTube series Hot Ones, set to debut on Thursday, the star confessed he was “fired” from the role – and suggested director Cameron Crowe always wanted The Lord of the Rings actor as his leading man.

“Yeah, I’ll say fired, sure. (Cameron) originally wanted Orlando Bloom for Elizabethtown and Orlando Bloom was working on a Ridley Scott picture, and wasn’t available,” Ashton shared. “So I went (to) audition, he cast me and then we started working on it.

“I think he wanted to see the character rehearsals all the way, and I probably wasn’t disciplined enough as an actor to get myself to a point where I was able to do that and show it to him in a way that he felt comfortable.”

However, he went on to insist the decision to drop out of the role was mutual, adding: “At a certain point we just kind of agreed that it wasn’t working out. More him than me… Also, I found out at the same time that Orlando Bloom had just become available right when he was gonna let me go.”

The actor had previously told IGN that he wasn’t fired and that the film simply conflicted with his commitment to TV series That ’70s Show, while the filmmaker told The Hollywood Reporter in 2011: “At a certain point, it’s like, ‘This is not meant to be’… It felt like a noble crusade.”

Elizabethtown also starred Susan Sarandon, Alec Baldwin, Jessica Biel, and Judy Greer.

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Ashton Kutcher and John Cho lead tributes to director Danny Leiner

Ashton Kutcher and John Cho have paid tribute to late director Danny Leiner. The filmmaker, known for making Dude, Where’s My Car? and Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, passed away on Thursday (18Oct18) after a “long illness”, according to a Facebook…

Ashton Kutcher and John Cho have paid tribute to late director Danny Leiner.

The filmmaker, known for making Dude, Where’s My Car? and Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, passed away on Thursday (18Oct18) after a “long illness”, according to a Facebook post uploaded by his long-time collaborator, Ross Putman.

“If there’s one thing I can say about Danny the professional, it’s that he refused to let us settle for anything less than our best. He pushed us to do what he knew we were capable of,” he wrote. “Danny the person was sardonic, sharp, and savvy, with a love for culture and comedy of all kinds. It hasn’t really sunk in yet, but the world has lost a good one.”

Kutcher was just 22 when he starred as Jesse in 2000’s Dude, Where’s My Car? alongside Seann William Scott, and he thanked Leiner for having faith in him.

“Rip Danny Leiner. Thank you for putting up with that young actor who thought he knew way too much way too soon in his career… and theeeeen? No and then (sic)!” he posted on Twitter.

Harold & Kumar stars Cho and Kal Penn also remembered Leiner on social media.

“I am so saddened to hear about the passing of Danny Leiner, who became my friend when he directed Harold and Kumar go to Whitecastle. Danny was so sharp, so funny, and a great dinner companion. To his friends and family, my deepest condolences,” Cho, 46, commented.

Penn, who played Kumar in the 2004 teen stoner comedy, wrote on Twitter: “Very sad to learn that our friend Danny Leiner passed away. We initially got to know each other when he directed Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle. Sending my love to his family & friends. He was such a funny, thoughtful, encouraging person.”

Leiner also directed numerous episodes of U.S. TV shows including How to Make It in America, The Office, The Sopranos and Arrested Development.

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Mila Kunis was ‘tentative’ about taking on The Spy Who Dumped Me role

Mila Kunis was “tentative” about signing up for The Spy Who Dumped Me at first as she had just had a baby, but was won over by the script and director Susanna Fogel.The Bad Moms actress gave birth to her second child with actor Ashton Kutcher, son Dimi…

Mila Kunis was “tentative” about signing up for The Spy Who Dumped Me at first as she had just had a baby, but was won over by the script and director Susanna Fogel.

The Bad Moms actress gave birth to her second child with actor Ashton Kutcher, son Dimitri, in November 2016, and admits she wasn’t sure about taking on her new spy movie as it would require her to film in various European locations eight months later.

However, she enjoyed the script and was convinced by her talks with director Fogel.

“I was tentative about doing the film, because it was taking me away from my family,” she told Britain’s OK! magazine. “Susanna was respectful of the fact that I had a newborn at the time. I was like, ‘It makes me really nervous’. And she was like, ‘We’ll try to make this as easy of a transition as possible,’ and she did. It was a great experience for me.”

She also praised the “fun” script and admitted she was won over by the chance to play a “realistic and aspirational” character who is also “a bad-ass woman”.

The actress explained that she generally does one film a year “at best” because she doesn’t like to be separated from her Los Angeles-based family, which also includes three year-old daughter Wyatt.

In The Spy Who Dumped Me, Mila plays Audrey, who gets chased through Europe with her best friend Morgan, played by Kate McKinnon, by a team of assassins after it turns out her ex-boyfriend is a CIA agent.

Mila is proud that the movie stars two normal women and is more grounded than usual spy films.

“Like, if me or my best friend were thrown into a situation in real life, this is how it would go down. We don’t have a magical cave full of magical toys,” she explained.

The Spy Who Dumped Me, which also stars Justin Theroux, Gillian Anderson and Outlander’s Sam Heughan, hits cinemas from 2 August (18).

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