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What is it really like to mingle with the A-listers at the Baftas?

By Lucy Mapstone 11/02/2013 13:22

Ever wondered what it’s really like to go to an A-list awards ceremony, dinner and after party? Of course you have.


Well, we were lucky enough to go along to the Baftas and we can tell you that it’s every bit as glamorous as you’d hope for, minus the sleet, snow and sub-zero temperatures. However, a bit of cold wet stuff wasn’t going to stop celebs walking down the red carpet, so we had no excuse!


A very soggy Bafta red carpet!


A grand awards ceremony needs a grand venue, so the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden was a perfect setting for the biggest night in the British movie industry’s calendar.


Hundreds of guests – from A-listers to, erm, us – milled around the pre-party, quaffing Tattinger Champagne and nibbling on canapés (mushroom tortillas, sundried tomato on rare beef and smoked salmon blinis) before the show began.


We spied Hugh Jackman, Thandie Newton and the wonderful (if not random) Christopher Biggins meandering around the pre-show and watching the action from the cold red carpet up on big screens.


The show itself was as you’d expect: comical and a bit naughty (thanks to the beautifully droll Stephen Fry) and our seats at the back of the majestic theatre gave us the perfect viewing platform to celeb spot throughout.


Jennifer Lawrence seated just behind her Silver Linings Playbook co-star Bradley Cooper and they spent most of the ceremony nattering away. We even saw Brad turn around and hand Jen a note shortly after her ex-boyfriend Nicholas Hoult presented an award on stage. What we wouldn’t give to know what it said!


It’s surprising to see just how awkward the stars are when they’re up on stage presenting award: you don’t get to see that on TV. In that moment between “let’s see who the nominations are” and “the winner is”, the celebrity presenter looks a bit lost on stage in the dark. Sarah Jessica Parker seemed particularly awkward, and Jennifer Lawrence almost slipped over her long gown after walking the wrong way off the stage. Whoops!


However, as exciting as the awards ceremony is, the best part of the night is always the swanky dinner and after party – it’s where people let loose and the drinks are flowing!


We were hosted by the lovely folks at DISARONNO, who were the official sponsor of the after party which was held at the luxurious Grosvenor House Hotel. We were wined and dined in the Great Hall, bedecked in honour of the five movies that were up for the Best Film award: Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, Life Of Pi, Les Miserables and Lincoln. The expensive décor really was a treat for the eyes: tables were piled high with bottles of bubbly, beer, wine, two-metre high centrepieces and the finest silverware we’ve ever had the opportunity of using.


As for the dinner, we were spoiled with a three-course meal of salmon, lamb and vegetables and a specially-designed Hotel Chocolat dessert. Guests were also gifted goody bags courtesy of Lancome, although we’re not sure the male guests were too chuffed with their free mascara and perfume.


Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck were cute; Jennifer Lawrence cut an elegant figure at the Baftas


Paloma Faith (DISARONNO)


After dinner, we went hunting for celebs where we stumbled across the cutest moment in the history of showbiz, like, ever. When we spied Jennifer Garner collecting up Argo placemats from her table with husband Ben Affleck’s face on to take home, our hearts melted a little and it was all we could do not to run up and hug high-achieving Ben.


While he was clearly grateful for our attention (who wouldn’t be?) he had to rush off to find his  lost phone. We offered to call it for him if he gave us his number but, sadly, he didn’t bite.


Elsewhere, Gemma Arterton bolted her way around the party hand-in-hand with pal Marion Cottilard (whose sheer-panelled dress revealed slightly too much as she walked up the stairs – oops!) and Samuel L Jackson made an early exit with his daughter in tow.


At the after party, while boogying to the brilliant live music of The Noisettes, we saw a very dazed and glittery Paloma Faith wandering around the dance floor with her incredible piled-high hair still intact. Impressive. We also bumped into the gorgeous Laura Whitmore, admired Dr Christian Jessen's tux and confused Alex Zane with a colleague of ours who is his spitting image, no lie.


Laura Whitmore (DISARONNO)


Before we called it a night (at a very un-Sunday time of 2am) we spied a very tender and romantic moment between Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton, who were sharing a smooch over Disaronno cocktails. What with that and Ben and Jen’s infallible placemat-wielding romance, we can only conclude that true love does exist in Hollywood!


Thanks Bafta – same again next year?


Check out the official DISARONNO after party video with Rick Edwards...




The clip was directed by Guy Ritchie...

By Lucy Mapstone 06/02/2013 17:48

David Beckham is pretty much one of the hottest blokes on the planet.


So you can imagine the mass frenzy that occurred when a new clip of him promoting his latest line of underwear for H&M was unleashed on YouTube today.


In the short clip - directed by Guy Ritchie - the handsome football star and model is seen running through the streets of LA in just his pants as he shows off his incredibly honed body.


Shame, huh?



The ad starts with Becks' dressing gown getting shut in the car door as he waves his sons off. Panicked, he then he runs through a residential area trying to get it back. He's left standing on the street in just his (lovely) H&M briefs while a bus full of tourists get an eyeful.


The video not only shows off the 37-year-old's amazing body, but also his athletic skills as he runs across gardens and jumps over fences and hedges. He's a pretty good actor, too!


If this ad doesn't sell underpants for H&M, we don't know what will.


See the video for yourself...




The handsome star has taken part in a funny new commercial that involves a lot of bed-sharing!

By Lucy Mapstone 16/01/2013 11:49

George Clooney in video

George Clooney has taken part in a cheeky advert, which sees his girlfriend Stacy Keibler end up in bed with supermodel Cindy Crawford, as well as her husband Rande Gerber.


Actually, it was just a cardboard cut-out...

By Lucy Mapstone 09/01/2013 15:47

That cheeky Miley Cyrus, getting us all worked up over nothing! The actress and singer, 20, posted a picture of herself in bed with Harry Styles, causing Twitter to go a bit nuts - naturally. She's engaged to Chris Hemsworth and the One Direction star has just broken up with girlfriend Taylor Swift.


Miley Cyrus (Twitter)


However, on closer inspection it turned out it wasn't Harry at all, just a life-sized cardboard cut-out.


Shortly after her sneaky snap, the star added a comment: "In no way do I want Harry. No offense. I'm sure that'll be a story now 2. I'm happily engaged. Just got saucy with a cardboard cut out."


You know, just to be clear. To be fair, we'd be worried if it was the real Mr Styles: he looks a bit thin...



Check out the Olympic gold medallist's Union Jack pants...

By Lucy Mapstone 10/12/2012 15:37

Being an Olympic gold medallist means a few things: you're super-skilled at your sport, you have a lot of fans and you have a pretty decent body. That's what sport does to you!


So it's no surprise, then, that London 2012 gold star Greg Rutherford wanted to strip off to his very lovely Union Jack undies to help raise money for charity. Why wouldn't you, really?


Greg Rutherford


The Team GB member, who took the gold for the long jump at this summer's Games, took part in a fundraising event for the Male Cancer Awareness Campaign, organised by deals website Groupon.


He posed as a model for a life drawing class filled with people who bid for a chance to take part in the somewhat random event!


The lucky 15 who got to take part also got to have their pictures taken with Greg and check out his gold medal!


Greg RutherfordHowever, despite the fact he won a medal in front of a global audience this summer, Greg still admitted he was incredibly nervous about stripping off in a room in front of people.


He told The Sun: "It was up until the moment I was sitting here and waiting to come out - that's when I got incredibly nervous.


"Even this morning I was really blasé about it, I was like 'oh this will be fine I've had to do much bigger things in my life and then all of a sudden I was absolutely bricking it."


But he did it, and all in honour of the Male Cancer Awareness Campaign. He should get another medal for his bravery!






Over 2,000 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer each year in the UK but what most men don’t realise is that with early detection and early treatment this cancer is 99% curable in young men. It’s so important that you spread the word and raise awareness of the symptoms.



According to reports, the singer is expecting her second child

By Lucy Mapstone 28/11/2012 13:01

Jessica Simpson is pregnant, just seven months after the birth of her first child.


Jessica Simpson during her first pregnancy (PA)


The singer and her fiancé Eric Johnson welcomed their daughter Maxwell Drew Johnson in May this year. And now, after a well-publicised weight loss regime and partnership with Weight Watchers, she's said to be expecting again.

US Weekly claims to have the exclusive on her surprise pregnancy.


They report a source as saying: "It definitely wasn't planned. But yes, Jessica is pregnant again.


"She really is overjoyed!"


However, a representative for Jessica has yet to comment on the rumours.


The Fashion Star mentor has dropped around four stone in weight since giving birth earlier this year.



New artwork for the release of Magic Mike on DVD sets pulses racing even more!

By Lucy Mapstone 16/11/2012 11:51

Channing Tatum was recently named the sexiest man alive, according to People magazine, and we have to say we wholeheartedly agree. Have you seen Magic Mike?! 


If not, you'll be pleased to know the movie, also starring hot man-types like Matthew McConaughey and Alex Pettyfer, is out on DVD on 26 November. Check out this new artwork for the release of the DVD: if you ever had any doubts about Channing's prolific title as the hottest hunk alive, this will clear things right up.


Magic Mike


Channing Tatum and Lucy MapstoneOther famous men who made People magazine's annual list include Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper (last year's winner), Johnny Depp and Ryan Reynolds.


However, we have no issue whatsoever with this year's winner - not only is he easy on the eye, but he can dance like a pro and he's a genuinely lovely guy. I know - I was lucky enough to meet him!


Don't we look great together?!



This will be the second child for Coleen and husband Wayne

By Lucy Mapstone 10/10/2012 22:00

Like many celebrities nowadays, Coleen Rooney has shunned the PR and taken to Twitter to announce some huge news herself: she's pregnant!


Wayne and Coleen Rooney (PA)


The 26-year-old wife of Manchester United footballer Wayne Rooney let her 850,000 Twitter followers in on their good news.


"A few people guessed, so news is out ha!! Me wayne and Kai are thrilled that we are expecting a new addition to our family around May time," she wrote.


"It's still only early but bursting with excitement! Also wanted the news to come from us, before anyone else!"


After hundreds of congratulatory messages from fans, she added: "Thanks you all so much all our lovely messages!! We are over the moon x."


One of the best tweets from a celebrity pal was from Piers Morgan, who quipped: "Congratulations on your fabulous news @WayneRooney & @ColeenRoo - and fingers crossed the baby gets its mother's looks..."


Wayne and Coleen, who multi-tasks as a mum, TV presenter, writer and designer, have been together since they were 16 and married in 2008. They welcomed son Kai into the world in November 2009. He'll be no doubt looking forward to having a little brother or sister next spring!

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