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John Mayer Admits ‘I Was Just a Jerk’

Published February 28, 2013 by gossipzoo

As well-known for putting his foot in his mouth as he is for his guitar prowess, John Mayer says he understands the public perception.

“I was just a jerk,” the musician, 35, tells Anthony Mason during an interview airing this weekend on CBS Sunday Morning at 9 a.m. EST.

“It’s very liberating when you finally realize it’s impossible to make everyone like you,” he explains. “I wanted everybody to like me. I thought I was one shuck and jive away in every direction.”

Now dating Katy Perry and dipping a toe back into live performing (he plans to tour to promote his recent album Born and Raised over the summer), Mayer gave the interview ahead of a benefit concert he held in his adopted home state of Montana last month. It was the first time he had sung live in close to two years, thanks to a persistent throat granuloma that Mayer had surgery for twice.

“It’s been a crazy couple years thinking that I got it and finding out I didn’t. I went to the doctor a couple weeks ago, we looked at my throat and the thing is gone,” he said from the stage prior to launching into “Speak for Me.”

However, he admonished the crowd to “lower your expectations. [My voice] is not going to sound like it normally sounds. I’m going to sing some songs for you for the first time in awhile. I’m going to do my best … I’m going to try.”

Jessica Simpson Takes Her Bump For a Workout

Published February 28, 2013 by gossipzoo

Now that’s a bump!

While heading to the gym on Wednesday, an expectant Jessica Simpson was photographed in Los Angeles wearing a form-fitting black top that showed off her growing belly.

Shielded by sunglasses, Simpson, 32, looked relaxed in comfy green sweatpants and her hair up in a high ponytail.

The Weight Watchers spokeswoman is expecting her second child with fiancé Eric Johnson. The couple are already parents to 9-month-old daughter, Maxwell Drew.

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But the mommy mogul is doing more than just expanding her family, she’s also taking on a maternity-focused business venture. Simpson recently partnered with Destination Maternity to feature her designs at over 800 stores.

Chelsea Transfer News: Lampard To Get New Deal, But Is It Right?

Published February 27, 2013 by gossipzoo

Frank Lampard

According to the Daily Mail, Roman Abramovich has made a sensational U-turn on Frank Lampard’s future and is set to open talks over a new contract for the England midfielder, who scored the winner in last night’s friendly win over Brazil at Wembley.

The Mail say talks about him staying are at a preliminary stage, with sources at Stamford Bridge insisting that the talks were ‘positive’ and the club will formalise things with a firm offer, though the precise terms have yet to be discussed. This comes after a fans’ protest at the player’s situation, which Chelsea owner Abramovich is aware of.

So far this season Lampard has scored an impressive 10 times in 17 Premier League games since coming back from injury, and is now second in the list of all-time leading scorers at the club – just five goals from equalling Bobby Tambling’s record of 202 in a Chelsea shirt.

In a tumultuous season for Chelsea, Lampard has been consistent, and without his goals the side might well be a lot worse off in the league than they currently are. The Mail say Abramovich is becoming increasingly sensitive about his popularity with fans, and is determined to bring success back to the club after the European victory last year.

He has already gone back on his initial decision concerning Ashley Cole, and given the England centurion left-back a new one year extension, but the media talk has all been about Lampard moving on recently and the midfielder believed his career at Stamford Bridge would be over in the summer. According to the Mail, the situation is complicated somewhat by the presence of a number of offers from other clubs around the world, including PSG, and LA Galaxy, who have offered Lampard a two-and-a-half year deal.

But is the right decision here? Should Chelsea be offering a player to sold a contract extension even if it is for a single year and he has been fairly instrumental so far this season?

On the negative side, Chelsea need to rebuild, even after all of the money spent in the summer, and the presence of old heads like Ashley Cole, John Terry and Lampard might actually stifle that opportunity for another year, as potential signings see them as another impediment to getting first team action immediately at the Bridge. If Chelsea want to land someone of the calibre of Marouane Fellaini for instance, who has ambition to win silverware, he will have to be given assurances that he is set for first team action throughout the season.

The long and short of it is, Chelsea need to replace Lampard sooner rather than later, and it might be better to do so when he is still at the top, rather than when he is taking up a squad position next year on what will surely still be a high wage. For the player’s own mind, he will have to consider whether he will get the necessary time on the pitch as he heads into the final years of his career – and whether going out to pasture at LA Galaxy (as some might put it) would be a better option.

But then Lampard is Mr Chelsea, even more so than John Terry, and his influence there has to be considered similarly to Paul Scholes’ effect at Manchester United. And experience is a valuable thing in the Premier League, and equally, so it strong mental strength – just look at Fernando Torres as an example.

Lampard would still do a job for Chelsea on a one year extension, that much is certain, but beyond that you’re getting into Jamie Carragher territory where the player appears to have been pushed to the back of the queue by the team he would bleed for. Perhaps Lampard should do what Carragher appears to have seen as unthinkable and leave before he is forced to retire for lack of playing time and old age.

What do you think? Share your thoughts below.

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Star Wars: 8 Actors Who Could Play Young Han Solo

Published February 27, 2013 by gossipzoo

With the news this week that Han Solo is to receive the standalone film treatment, the Internet has been abuzz with casting rumours over who would play a young, pre-Harrison Ford Solo, given that it appears the film will be set between the new and old trilogies.

If the film is to be a hit, this is probably the most important aspect of all, even more so than the script; the right actor can carry off a not-so-great script and make something special out of it, but cast the part wrong, and even the best script is going to look bad.

An actor needs to be cast who entirely encompasses the iconic stature of Harrison Ford’s unforgettable rogue; smarmy, over-confident and hilarious, but also willing to step up when the time calls for it. Also, the actor needs to have the dashing good looks that adorned Ford back in the day, and given that they’ll almost definitely saddle him with a fleeting love interest, they need to ensure whoever he shacks up with has strong chemistry with the actor.

If they can get all this right, then Solo (as I’m calling it) might have a chance at being a good movie. Here’s to hoping!

Here are 8 actors who could play a young Han Solo.

8. Chris Pratt

Chris Pratt might be best known for playing the hilarious idiot Andy Dwyer on Parks and Recreation, but he’s proven recently that he’s also got plenty of versatility beyond that comic exterior; going from doughy to a brick s**thouse for his small role as a Navy SEAL in Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, Pratt can convince in both serious and comic roles.

Not that the role of Solo would require him to abandon his comic demeanour; if he can channel that into something that’s a bit less delightfully dumb and more charmingly arrogant, he could be a superb fit for the role. Granted, he might need to slim down a bit given his chubbiness when working on Parks and Rec throughout most of the year, but who wouldn’t shift a few pounds if they could get to play one of cinema’s most revered icons?

Of course, Pratt is going to be plenty busy with Parks and Rec and his newly-announced role as Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy, so if the filmmakers want to get the film moving soon, there may be more amenable choices available.

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Elizabeth Olsen Gets Prettified For Prabal Gurung

Published February 26, 2013 by gossipzoo

Hurray for Hollywood support!

Elizabeth Olsen was on hand for the Prabal Gurung for Target launch event in NYC on Wednesday.

Showing off her pretty smile and gorgeous wavy hair, the actress wore a Prabal Gurung for Target colorblock dress for the happy occasion.

She styled the belted, aqua and coral dress with a long black coat and black booties.

Effortlessly chic!

[Image via C. Smith/WENN.]

Rashida Jones Is A Pretty Prabal Pirate In New York City

Published February 26, 2013 by gossipzoo

Ahoy there!

Rashida Jones was a very pretty and posh pirate at the Prabal Gurung for Target launch on the island of Manhattan on Wednesday.

The 36-year-old picked a cerulean blue ruffled jacket and black skinnies from the designer’s collection for Target and totally rocked it!

The outfit has a very femme slash boyish charm and suits Rashida perfectly!

Loves it! And thank you for leaving the parrot and eye patch at home.

[Image via C. Smith/WENN.]

Super Bowl 2013 Sign Language Guy — I GOT HAND INSURANCE

Published February 25, 2013 by gossipzoo

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Super Bowl sign language guy tells TMZ, his hands are JUST LIKE Dolly Parton‘s boobs … J. Lo‘s butt … or Tom Jones‘ chest hair — so valuable they need their own freakin’ insurance policy … but there’s a lot more to sign language than just hands.

John Maucere — who signed “America the Beautiful” and the national anthem at the big game — was out in L.A. yesterday with his interpreter when we asked how important it is to take care of your hands as a professional sign language-er.

John raised his hands, joking, “I have insurance.”

He added, “Hands are important, but you should know American Sign Language isn’t specific just for hands … There’s a lot happening on my face, with my mouth, with my body, the emotions, everything. That makes the entire language.” 

John also answers the ultimate question — if he had to choose … which finger would he chop off???

FYI — Dolly reportedly had her breasts insured for $300,000 per boob, J. Lo $27 million for her butt, and Tom Jones $7,000,000 for his chest hair. It’s not unusual.

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