Looking and feeling good
Renee Zellweger says she looks different because she’s “living a different, happy, more fulfilling life.”
The 45-year-old Oscar winner issued a statement to People magazine late Tuesday after she became a trending topic on Twitter, with many fans claiming the actress had become “unrecognizable.” Her appearance at a Hollywood event earlier this week sparked widespread Internet chatter.
Zellweger’s most recent acting credit was in 2010, and she says, “People don’t know me in my 40s.”
She said she has concentrated on her health and personal development in recent years and is “thrilled that perhaps it shows.”
Zellweger said she might look different, but “who doesn’t as they get older?”
Toys ‘R’ Us reconsiders
Toys “R” Us has changed its mind. The store announced Wednesday that it will pull “Breaking Bad” toys from all its shelves after more than 8,500 people signed an online petition started by an outraged Florida mother.
Susan Schrivjer of Fort Myers posted a petition on Change.org last week after she discovered the popular toy chain carried figures from the critically acclaimed AMC series about a cancer-stricken chemistry-teacher-turned-drug-lord working with his former student.
On Tuesday, the retailer had issued a statement saying it had heard complaints about its action figure toys before and had no intention of pulling the “Breaking Bad’ collection.
In its official statement about the removal, Toys “R” Us directly quoted from a memorable line in the show:
“Let’s just say, the action figures have taken an ‘indefinite sabbatical’,” according to a Toys R Us statement.
Billy Joel Band makes it big
“Our biggest mistake was never getting a name,” Liberty DeVitto says. “Phil Ramone told us we needed a name. He called us the Lords of 52nd Street, and we even had jackets made, but it didn’t stick.”
Things still worked out pretty well for the Billy Joel Band, though, and Thursday night, drummer DeVitto, saxophonist Richie Cannata, guitarist Russell Javors and bassist Doug Stegmeyer, who died in 1995, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.
“These musicians conveyed the intensity and the spirit of their own life experiences in that album -- for the rest of the world to hear and appreciate,” Joel said in a statement for the induction. “I’m very proud to have worked with them.”
Twists and turns of stage life
Bradley Cooper will contort his limbs into uncomfortable positions for eight shows a week when he begins his run in the Broadway revival of “The Elephant Man.” That means he’ll need to take extra care of his body to stay limber.
“I have an inversion table. That’s a new thing, it goes like that,” Cooper said while using hand motions to show the up and down tilting of his body on the table. He’ll also have a chiropractor nearby.
The play depicts the life of the grotesque Joseph Merrick, tracing his journey from an abused circus freak to a curiosity of London’s high society.
— From News wire services