Laura Dern turning to transcendental meditation to ease lockdown worries

Laura Dern is turning to transcendental meditation to ease her stress and anxiety during lockdown.The Oscar-winning actress has long been a fan of the mindfulness practice, and said that it has been helping her to relax amid the uncertainty of the ongo…

Laura Dern is turning to transcendental meditation to ease her stress and anxiety during lockdown.

The Oscar-winning actress has long been a fan of the mindfulness practice, and said that it has been helping her to relax amid the uncertainty of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“When I’ve been consistent, meditation has been a wonderful part of my life’s practice,” Dern told Mind Body Green. “Exercise has come in different forms – be it yoga or more physical training for a film.”

“I think I’ve dug deeper with myself and (my kids) to really look at what works for each of us individually and what changes not only our health and our stamina but also our mood,” she added.

She’s now enjoying a renewed appreciation for the outdoors, and has been encouraging her children – son Ellery and daughter Jaya – to take long walks with her on a daily basis.

“For those of us in urban environments in which there have been larger spikes and numbers in terms of Covid-19, taking the time to find nature is a privilege,” Dern explained. “Now I don’t have to beg my kids to walk the dog, because they need it as much as the dog does – to get some fresh air and feel the sun. We’re lucky to go to a hiking trail or a park now that they’ve reopened – it really makes a difference.”

And the Big Little Lies star acknowledged the ongoing protests over racial inequality in the U.S., following the death of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer, have affected her perception of self-care.

“Marching in the street, making it matter, and not stopping until everyone is treated justly and with respect is self-care,” the 53-year-old stated.

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Diane Keaton revisits favourite looks from wardrobe archive

Diane Keaton took a trip down memory lane as she revisited some of her favourite looks from her wardrobe archive.The Oscar-winning actress posted a video on Instagram, showing her style evolution over the years as she shared her top outfit ensembles wi…

Diane Keaton took a trip down memory lane as she revisited some of her favourite looks from her wardrobe archive.

The Oscar-winning actress posted a video on Instagram, showing her style evolution over the years as she shared her top outfit ensembles with her followers.

Wearing a white shirt tucked into a pair of high-waisted, wide-leg jeans, Diane began the clip by explaining her love for quirky fashion.

“Even when I was young, I was way into fashion. My mom and I used to pick out patterns, and then I’d tell her what I wanted, and she’d do it for me,” she explained, adding that she still cuts out images from magazines to use as future fashion inspiration.

Highlights from the 74-year-old’s archive included a chic white fitted suit, that she said she “might have worn it to some sort of awards show”, as she flashed an image of herself wearing it at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014 as she locked lips with Morgan Freeman.

“He had to kiss me in that outfit,” she quipped.

She then shared a picture of herself wearing a Thom Browne checked suit, which she decided to accessorise. “I decided to put a skirt over (the pants), because I’m insane,” Diane laughed.

Her famous followers, including Sarah Paulson and Lisa Rinna were quick to comment on The Godfather star’s post, with Jennifer Aniston writing: “You’re everything perfect!!”

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Mark Ruffalo struggled with yo-yo dieting for new HBO show

Mark Ruffalo struggled with having to lose and gain weight to play twin brothers in his new HBO show I Know This Much is True.The Spotlight actor plays a mentally ill man called Thomas Birdsey as well as his identical twin Dominick in the six-part mini…

Mark Ruffalo struggled with having to lose and gain weight to play twin brothers in his new HBO show I Know This Much is True.

The Spotlight actor plays a mentally ill man called Thomas Birdsey as well as his identical twin Dominick in the six-part miniseries which is based on Wally Lamb’s bestselling 1998 novel.

Ruffalo lost 20 pounds (nine kilograms) to play Dominick only to have to pile on more than 30 pounds (13.6 kilograms) to play Thomas, who suffers from schizophrenia.

However, after thinking about the long-term effects the yo-yo dieting would have on his health, the Avengers: Endgame star decided to undertake the weight gain in a more sensible way.

“I gained and lost weight. I could have put on 30lbs, but because I am 53 trying to lose it again would probably take me the rest of my life!” he revealed during a video appearance on The Graham Norton Show. “Instead, I lost 20lbs to play one brother and then, when that was finished, I put on 30lbs. I went in both directions so there was a greater disparity and it was more healthy for me.”

And Ruffalo ruled out playing identical twins in the future, as the experience was too stressful.

“It was insane and I don’t know that I would do it again because it was such a massive undertaking. I went completely grey in the year I was working on it,” the two-time Oscar nominee laughed.

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Russell Crowe was told ‘out of touch’ Gladiator would be a flop

Russell Crowe was warned that his historical epic Gladiator would be a flop because it was “out of touch”.The 56-year-old actor reflected on making Ridley Scott’s critically-acclaimed 2000 movie to celebrate its 20th anniversary and revealed that he wa…

Russell Crowe was warned that his historical epic Gladiator would be a flop because it was “out of touch”.

The 56-year-old actor reflected on making Ridley Scott’s critically-acclaimed 2000 movie to celebrate its 20th anniversary and revealed that he was told once he’d finished shooting that the film was seen to be old-fashioned.

“Most people had already sort of written it off from a business point of view. They didn’t know anything about it,” he told Variety. “What they heard was that it was a ‘sword and sandal’ epic, you know, the cliche that they used to call things like that. They thought that was such an out-of-touch step to make.”

He recalled having a candid conversation with a friend in Hollywood who then expressed concern that the big-budget blockbuster was going to fail at the box office.

“I was talking to him about how difficult the shoot had been because just being honest, it was tricky and it was exhausting and it took everything I had. So I was discussing it in those terms, and he took that as a negative,” Crowe explained, noting that he was told that at least he had the critically-acclaimed L.A. Confidential to fall back on.

He continued: “And I went out of that meeting and talked about it with my agent, I was like, ‘Is that what people really think?’ And he goes, ‘Well, yep.'”

Crowe went on to win the Best Actor Oscar in 2001 for his performance as Roman General Maximus Decimus Meridius, and the historical epic also scooped the Academy Award for Best Picture.

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Gwyneth Paltrow: ‘I’ve never been a make-up person’

Gwyneth Paltrow has never really been a fan of wearing make-up.The Oscar-winning actress appears in People magazine’s 2020 The Beautiful Issue, and in the accompanying interview, confessed she’s always been “a little bit of a tomboy”.”I’ve never been a…

Gwyneth Paltrow has never really been a fan of wearing make-up.

The Oscar-winning actress appears in People magazine’s 2020 The Beautiful Issue, and in the accompanying interview, confessed she’s always been “a little bit of a tomboy”.

“I’ve never been a make-up person really. I always love not wearing make-up. For me, make-up has always meant that I’m going to work,” she told the publication.

“I went to an all-girls school and we didn’t wear make-up. We weren’t dressing up for anyone,” the 47-year-old continued. “All through junior high and high school, make-up never became part of my routine. And I think part of that is because I was always a little bit of a tomboy. I like the feeling of having clean skin.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the Avengers: Endgame star revealed that she’s overjoyed beauty standards have changed since she was younger, especially now she’s mother to 15-year-old daughter Apple, whom she shares with ex-husband Chris Martin.

“When I was in my formative years, we were told that beauty was basically a Barbie doll; by the time my daughter was in her formative years, that had changed tremendously,” Gwyneth explained. “And I’ve always thought that’s real progression. When I think about me being a kid in the early ’80s and what I was shown as examples is much different than what she was shown.

“As we continue to become more inclusive around our ideas of what is aspirational beauty, we all win.”

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Emma Thompson has no desire to play ‘beautiful’ characters onscreen

Emma Thompson has never wanted to portray “beautiful” characters in movies.The two-time Oscar winner discussed how the film industry has “oppressed” her lengthy career during a recent interview on The Pleasure Podcast, and revealed that she has spent y…

Emma Thompson has never wanted to portray “beautiful” characters in movies.

The two-time Oscar winner discussed how the film industry has “oppressed” her lengthy career during a recent interview on The Pleasure Podcast, and revealed that she has spent years purposefully avoiding playing certain characters if their appearance was described in the script.

“I’ve never been a Gwyneth Paltrow type. I didn’t ever fit the norms that are generally required to be a sexually castable person, if we are talking Hollywood, or even here,” the 60-year-old explained, noting that while she’s always been a “character actor”.

“If I was handed a script where it described the character I was going up for as ‘beautiful’, I wouldn’t go up for the role. I would just go, ‘That is not for me.’ So, I was relieved by it but I was oppressed by it. Of course.”

Now that she’s in her sixties, the Late Night star also admitted that she’s unfazed by the types of roles she gets offered, but can empathise with other Hollywood actresses her age.

“As you get older, you are relieved of all of that but I haven’t had the same trajectory as someone like, say, Michelle Pfeiffer, which must be very hard when you are considered a great screen beauty and then to see that drifting away,” Emma shared. “I don’t notice it really because I have done other things. And because I have a political response to it – which is a kind of energy in itself.”

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Helen Mirren uses make-up to feel like her best self

Helen Mirren wants women to use make-up to look like their best selves rather than try to “look beautiful”.The 74-year-old actress uses make-up to make herself feel good, but doesn’t try to transform her looks entirely, as she would rather use cosmetic…

Helen Mirren wants women to use make-up to look like their best selves rather than try to “look beautiful”.

The 74-year-old actress uses make-up to make herself feel good, but doesn’t try to transform her looks entirely, as she would rather use cosmetics to present the best version of herself.

“It’s wonderful what it can do and how it can really make you feel,” Helen said about make-up in a chat with People magazine. “It is to do with feeling good and looking as good as you can on a particular day in this particular time in your life and feeling okay with the world.”

“There are a tiny minority of people in the world who are absolutely beautiful. David Beckham, my God, you are so beautiful,” she laughed. “The rest of us are in a different category. So I don’t think we should try to look beautiful. We should try to look like ourselves and present that in the best way possible.”

The Oscar-winning actress, who is an brand ambassador for L’Oreal Paris’ new Age Perfect make-up collection, also revealed that she focuses on how using cosmetics makes her feel, not how it makes her look.

“My happiest times were spent at my makeup table mucking around with makeup,” Helen explained, before sharing her beauty staples, which included her go-to red lipstick.

“It makes you feel great the moment you put it on. A red lip, a pair of sunglasses and earrings does the trick. Just throw that on and go!” The Queen star exclaimed.

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Taraji P. Henson had to fight for stylists who understood her hair

Taraji P. Henson had to fight for stylists who understood her hair at the start of her career.The Empire star struggled to get the right people to manage her textured waves when she first started out in Hollywood so she used to do her own hair to make …

Taraji P. Henson had to fight for stylists who understood her hair at the start of her career.

The Empire star struggled to get the right people to manage her textured waves when she first started out in Hollywood so she used to do her own hair to make sure it wouldn’t get ruined.

“When nobody knew who I was, I had to take whatever (hairstylist) they gave me,” Taraji candidly shared to Allure. “I remember one time the stylist decided to put a root booster in my pressed hair. My roots looked like they were rising from the dead, honey.”

“The rest of my head was bone-straight with a curl at the end, like a helmet head, and I had to do a whole photo shoot like that. I tried to explain it to him, and he tried to fix it, but he just didn’t know how to,” she added, noting that she had already done her hair before the shoot in order to avoid her natural locks being damaged by a stylist who didn’t know how to treat them properly.

“Once I figured out (the hair thing) was an issue and I started rising in my career, I realised that I was just going to have to start fighting for the stylists I want,” the Oscar-nominated star explained. “And that’s what I started doing. The bigger my name got, the more people were like, ‘Just give her what she wants.'”

And now, the 49-year-old, who recently launched her own haircare line, TPH by Taraji, no longer worries about having to do her own hair to avoid dealing with an inexperienced hairstylist.

“At this point in my career, I don’t have to always show up to set with my hair already done,” Taraji stated.

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Sam Smith: ‘Posting topless photos helped me overcome body confidence issues’

Sam Smith has overcome body confidence problems by posting topless photos on social media.The Dancing with a Stranger star has spoken regularly about body positivity, and last year, Sam told fans it was time to “reclaim my body” and “stop trying to cha…

Sam Smith has overcome body confidence problems by posting topless photos on social media.

The Dancing with a Stranger star has spoken regularly about body positivity, and last year, Sam told fans it was time to “reclaim my body” and “stop trying to change this chest and these hips and these curves that my mum and dad made and love so unconditionally”.

Now, the musician admitted stripping off for shots online has been a great confidence booster.

In a new interview with Australian TV show The Project, they said: “My main issue when I was a kid wasn’t my sexuality, it was more my body. My body issues are so linked with my gender issues. It’s all linked with each other.

“I still struggle having my top off, I still struggle with weight issues, I always will. I feel like with social media, taking my top off on social media, it helped me.”

However, the Oscar winner acknowledged that constantly posting about body positivity could become a “slippery slope”, and added: “You can get obsessed with constantly posting about your body to make people feel good.”

Last month, Sam shared a post on Instagram describing the feeling of being topless in public as “liberating”, and urged fans not to “let anyone or anything stop you from feeling that kiss from above you beautiful humans”.

The singer came out as non-binary last year by telling their followers: “I’ve decided I am changing my pronouns to THEY/THEM after a lifetime of being at war with my gender I’ve decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out…”

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Mulan becomes first Disney live-action remake to get PG-13 rating in America

Niki Caro’s Mulan has become the first-ever Disney live-action remake to land a PG-13 rating in the U.S.Officials at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPA) decided that the movie, which stars newcomer Liu Yifei as a young Chinese woman who dis…

Niki Caro’s Mulan has become the first-ever Disney live-action remake to land a PG-13 rating in the U.S.

Officials at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPA) decided that the movie, which stars newcomer Liu Yifei as a young Chinese woman who disguises herself as a male warrior and joins the army to save her ailing father, should be more restrictive than other remakes due to “sequences of violence”.

The studio’s recent live-action remakes, such as Aladdin, The Lion King and The Jungle Book, were all handed PG ratings by the MPA, and the last Disney film to receive a PG-13 rating, similar to the 12A rating in the U.K., was Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales back in 2017.

Director Caro has taken a more realistic direction with the Mulan remake and has scrapped all of the original songs from the 1998 animated classic, including Reflection, I’ll Make a Man Out of You, and A Girl Worth Fighting For.

Some of the characters from the much-loved movie have also been ditched, including Mulan’s dragon companion Mushu, who was voiced by Eddie Murphy.

Caro recently spoke out about not including the dragon in her upcoming movie and said a version of the spiritual guardian would be featured in her remake instead.

“I think we can all appreciate that Mushu is irreplaceable,” she stated, before adding that there will be a different creature that serves as the representation of Mulan’s ancestors.

The movie, also starring Donnie Yen, Jet Li, and Jason Scott Lee, will be in cinemas from March.

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