‘Don't believe the hype, we DO get better with age’

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Monday, July 30, 2012    

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Jada Pinkett Smith's figure is very impressive especially for someone approaching her 41st birthday.

So in a bid to inspire her fellow fortysomething women, the actress posted a candid photo of herself in a bikini on Twitter. Wearing a Missoni two-piece, the mother-of-two looked like a Bond girl as she walked out of the sea. She wrote: 'To my Forty and over crew! Don't believe the hype... we DO get better with age!” Jada has always been focused on healthy eating and keeping fit, along with her husband Will Smith.

She keeps fit by working out five days a week, including boxing, gymnastics, yoga, and martial arts.

And when it comes to food, she admitted she rarely eats for enjoyment. She told Essence magazine: “I don't eat for pleasure. I had the only West Indian grandmother that could not cook. She was an awful cook, and she taught me that you don't eat for taste, you eat for nourishment. And I have kept that over the years, so I can eat anything that's healthy.”

The actress does treat herself to French fries and pizza — but only allows it on rare occasions. She adds: “I eat for my schedule; so I have to eat high-protein, lots of greens and healthy carbs so that I don't fall flat on my face.”

— Daily Mail

Modern Family cast drops lawsuit as their pay shoots to $350,000 an episode

The stars of the A B C sitcom Modern Family banded together last week to file a lawsuit and void their contracts to work on the hit-comedy show. But now stars including Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Julie Bowen, and Ty Burrell have dropped their intention to sue after apparently striking an attractive deal.

The actors have come to an agreement with ABC network producers, after starting negotiations for $200,000 per episode. However, they are reported to have settled for $175,000 for each show, as well as a slice of the whole operation's profits, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The sitcom is about to go into its fourth season and the cast can look forward to earning as much $350,000 by the eighth.

Co-creator of Modern Family, Steve Levitan said: “I'm of course thrilled and cannot wait to get on stage Monday morning and start making the show.” The adult cast members were arguing that their contracts are illegal under California law. A planned season four table-read was cancelled this week after cast and producers could not come to terms on a new contract, reported Deadline. The stars claimed their contracts with 20th Century Fox Television violated a state law prohibiting personal service contracts from extending for more than seven years.

The lawsuit asked a judge to rule the contracts are illegal and should be voided because they prohibit the actors from other work. The lawsuit also stated that contracts cap the raises the actors receive for each additional season of the show — Vergara's pay raise per season was capped at five percent, while the rest of her co-stars named in the suit were allowed to receive a maximum pay increase of four per cent per year. Ferguson, Stonestreet, Bowen and Burrell are also required to perform numerous unpaid publicity obligations.

Ed O'Neill was also in negotiations, but he was paid more than the rest of the cast during previous seasons. Burrell, Bowen, Stonestreet, Vergara ,and Ferguson were reportedly getting $65,000 per episode for season three while O'Neill made $105,000. For season four, the cast would have been paid $150,000 per episode plus the $50,000 bonus, escalating to $200,000 per episode for season five, $225,000 for season six, and up to $325,000 for season nine.

— Daily Mail

Matrix director says he's now a pink-haired woman named Lana

THE Hollywood director responsible for the hit Matrix movies has “outed” himself as a pink-haired transsexual called Lana. Larry Wachowski, 47, one of the most influential directors in Hollywood after Steven Spielberg, has been undergoing hormone therapy as part of his sexchange treatment for nearly a decade.

In a trailer for his latest film, the £80-million production Cloud Atlas, Wachowski says in a soft and breathy voice: “Hi, I'm Lana.” It is the first time 'Larry' has appeared publicly as 'Lana'. The new film, which stars Tom Hanks and Halle Berry, is one of the most hotly anticipated of the year. It is based on British author David Mitchell's hit book which features six interlocking stories beginning in the 1800s and progressing to the future. The cast includes Hugh Grant, Susan Sarandon and Jim Broadbent.

— Daily Mail



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