Catherine Zeta-Jones regrets not playing James Bond.
Speaking to reporters, the Oscar-winning Chicago actress said, "I had the chops to be a female Bond. For many years I was Bond material. Actually, I used to dream of being a female spy when I was a kid — if I didn't make it as an actress. Then, later, I had big aspirations, and this was before there was even a female Doctor Who."
There is currently a 007 vacancy to be filled after Daniel Craig's exit last year and Catherine would jump at the chance to be the next Bond.
Asked how she would respond if approached by Bond producer Barbara Broccoli, Zeta-Jones, 53, said: "Oh, it would absolutely be a yes. No question."
Zeta-Jones relocated to the US during the 1990s but questioned whether she was good-looking enough to land roles in big movies.
She recalled: "I mean I still don't... I never thought that I was... Beautiful?
"With [the 1998 film] The Mask of Zorro, I just remember calling my mum from a payphone after the audition. There were five actresses there that I won't name but are still very big now, and I said to my mum: 'Well if this is a beauty contest, I'm telling you, I haven't got the part. I've seen the others in hair and make-up — and I haven't got it.'"
However, Zeta-Jones — who's married to Michael Douglas, with whom she shares two children, Carys, 19, and Dylan, 22 — has always been confident in her professional ability.
She said: "I hope this doesn't sound conceited, but I've never had imposter syndrome when it comes to acting because I've never done anything else in my life."
Zeta-Jones is currently starring in the Netflix series Wednesday. She'll next appear in Disney+'s National Treasure: Edge of History, premiering Dec 14.
As you may have read by now, China is currently in the midst of a national crisis, where unhappy Chinese citizens are raising blank sheets of paper to protest against Beijing’s ‘zero Covid’ policy and its strict pandemic restrictions.
The act represents their fight for freedom, much like how yellow umbrellas have become a symbol for demonstrations in Hong Kong.
So how did famously pro-China martial arts superstar Jackie Chan, 68, find himself in the centre of the controversy?
The star is a supporter of the Hong Kong National Security Law that was established by the Beijing government in 2020.
Simply put, the law makes it easier for authorities to prosecute those in Hong Kong who participate in protests and challenge the authorities.
Which was why it came as a shock to many when a picture of the star raising a blank sheet of paper went viral online.
Many netizens found it hard to believe what they were seeing, and left comments such as “this can’t be real” and “him holding a piece of blank paper is simply a joke”.
The comments regarding the picture were all negative.
One netizen even wrote that Jackie was giving the protests “a kiss of death”, meaning that he would be the cause, should it fail.
Turns out, the picture of Jackie was photoshopped.
A netizen discovered the original picture, which dates back to 2016, where Jackie was holding a sign that read “saluting frontline firemen”.
The picture was posted in respect to the two firemen who lost their lives fighting the huge blaze at the Amoycan Industrial Centre in Ngau Tau Kok, Kowloon, that year.
The original words on the paper were digitally removed, resulting in the huge misunderstanding.
Hong Kong celeb couple Kevin Cheng, 53, and Grace Chan, 31, announced on their Instagrams that Grace is pregnant with their third child.
Speaking to the media about it at an event, Kevin shared that he didn't expect to receive so many congratulatory messages since it's the third time they're becoming parents.
He called the baby a "gift from God" since he and his wife weren't exactly trying for a third kid.
When asked if they're having a girl or a boy, Kevin said he's going to leave that to his wife to reveal.
"I do know the gender, and the due date is next year," he disclosed.
Though he and Grace already have two sons, Rafael, three and Yannick, one, the actor said they're not "trying for a girl" and would be equally happy with a daughter or another son.
What about a fourth kid then?
"My wife says [three] is enough, we'll see again after she gives birth," Kevin laughed.
The actor went on to say that Rafael is really excited about having another younger sibling.
"He always touches his mummy's belly, and says he wants the baby to come out sooner," said Kevin.
When asked if Rafael wants a baby brother or sister more, Kevin then replied: "Next time he'll know what it feels like to have a younger sister, he needs to give in to her no matter what!"
Waitaminute... did he just unintentionally reveal that their third kid is a girl?!
Host Lin Youyi Rented This 1-Room Tanjong Pagar Condo Instead Of Living In Her 1,000 Sq Ft Apartment So That She Can Try Living With Less Stuff
Working as a current affairs presenter and travel host has not only broadened Lin Youyi’s horizons, but also changed the way she lives. After seeing firsthand climate change victims starving due to the lack of crops or fish in the water, she began to reflect on her lifestyle and excesses.
“Travelling has taught me so much. When I was living with my parents, I took everything for granted. I had all the space I wanted, bought everything I wanted and just dumped it in the house. But when I started doing travelogues, I realised I can survive with just one suitcase. We don’t really need so many things in life,” the Hello Singapore host tells reporters.
Over the years, Youyi, 42, has been taking baby steps towards a more sustainable, minimalist, and “meaningful” lifestyle, from decluttering her life to buying less, and more recently, downsizing to a smaller home.
After buying her 1,000 sq ft walk-up apartment in 2019, she decided not to move in and looked for a smaller space to rent instead. While house hunting for a suitable space, the pandemic hit so she shelved her plans and continued living with her parents in their 3,000 sq ft condo in the east. She resumed her search this year and finally moved into a rented one-bedroom condo in Tanjong Pagar in May.
She was attracted to how bright the 500 sq ft unit is as well as the energy of the neighbourhood. Being in the heart of the CBD also allows Youyi, who offers corporate training for presentations, to be near her clients.
“I need a place that is good enough for just myself and an environment that inspires me,” she says. Most importantly, it needs to “spark joy”, she adds.
While Youyi declined to reveal how much rent she’s paying for the space, only saying it’s “around market rate”, a check on property sites show that average rental of one-room units in the area is going for just under $4,000 a month.
Everything in this home sparks joy
If you can’t already tell, Youyi is a fan of Marie Kondo. During our chat, she brings up the declutter guru’s famous catchphrase several times. She is quick to clarify that she is not trying to lead a minimalist life but like the KonMari method of organisation advocates, to “spend time with the things that matter”.
Downsizing to such a small space wasn’t without its challenges. “I complained a lot initially ‘cos I was trying to understand how much stuff I could bring over,” says Youyi. Storage was an issue as the apartment doesn’t have a storeroom and only a few built-in kitchen cabinets.
“I think around 60 percent of my things are still at my parents’ place,” she laughs. “Moving here is sort of like an experiment. I bring over things that I know I am gonna need and whatever’s left behind, if I don’t miss it after six months aka now, I will get rid of it.”
“This is also the reason I decided [to move into a smaller space]; it forces me to be on track [to decluttering her life]. Now when friends want to get stuff for me, I tell them to get things that can be consumed. Do not put anything permanent in my home,” she adds.
Youyi’s manager and family were initially skeptical when she told them about her plans to move to a much smaller home.
“My dad made a bet with my sister that I would come running home after three months [‘cos there is no one to pick up after her]. They think I can’t cook and hate doing laundry. The fact is, I don’t hate doing housework, I just prefer doing it in an air-con environment with the music on. But I am doing well,” she says.
Move in first, furnish later
Youyi also applied the KonMari method when it came to transforming the home, taking her time to get a feel of living in the space before furnishing it. As this is a rental unit, it didn’t justify spending a great deal on décor. She was also limited by how much she could change.
“I only started making changes two weeks after moving in. I don’t know much about interior décor, so the only way for me to find out how I want to use my space was by living in it first... And before buying any furniture, I would research carefully and visualise how it would look in the home,” she explains.
The first step was to soften the masculine look of the home. Though Youyi didn’t have a particular design concept in mind, she wanted a neutral colour palette to give the home a warm and cosy feel. She watched house staging videos for inspiration and “just blindly copied”.
The mirror wall in the living space, which created “too much visual noise” and “made the space feel dark”, was covered with beige solar film to brighten the room. The muted wall also provides a clean backdrop for Zoom meetings and filming presentations.
The apartment also looked too much like an office with the black leather couch and roller blinds behind it, so Youyi replaced them with a white chaise sofa and wooden blinds to allow more light to flow through the spaces. She also swapped out the glass coffee table for a smaller woven pouf which doubles up as storage.
“Due to space constraints, I try to get furniture that is compact, multifunctional, and foldable. I wanted a sofa with only one arm rest so that I can put an end table on the other side. This also gives me enough space for an armchair,” she shares.
Different textures like leather, wood, and rattan add contrast and texture to the space, while personal touches in the form of flowers, throw cushions and rugs breathe life into the room.
As Youyi works from home, the dining area beside the kitchen was converted into her work corner. It took her months to find a height-adjustable mobile desk that could fit in the nook. It is also collapsible so it can be stowed away when she needs more space.
“I give presentations standing up so I wanted a small desk where I can adjust the height. I have to do it manually, but I don’t mind ‘cos I dislike the sight of cables. I didn’t think I would be able to find an adjustable desk this small — it is only just 80cm wide. I got it from Comfort Design for around $300,” she shares.
Her office chair is an uncomfortable-looking ergonomic kneeling stool, which Youyi says not only saves space, but is also good for her spine: “As my physiotherapist always says, the best position is always the next position, so you need to encourage your body to move. I can’t lean with this stool so after sitting for an hour, I work standing up or walk around the house. If I really have to, I go downstairs and work at one of the cafes.”
Youyi rarely cooks, so the tiny kitchen, which is at the entryway, is left mostly untouched. The fridge which used to be beside the sink was moved to the window and replaced with a built-in cabinet for additional counter space and storage. It also offers an additional backdrop for shoots.
While Youyi admits that it’s a little odd to have the fridge away from the kitchen, she didn’t really have a choice as she needed something to “block out the kitchen” during filming. Ideally, she would like to replace it with something that better matches the living room décor. “I find the grey a bit old-fashioned, so I want something in a nice colour, more compact and sleek, with a handle on the right. I will slowly find something that sparks joy,” she shares.
The earth tones follow through to the bedroom with woven stools, an oriental-style elm wood bench and rattan basket and lamp.
As there is no room for a cupboard, the bomb shelter, which is accessed from the bedroom, is used as a walk-in wardrobe. It’s hard to believe that this is all the clothes Youyi has lived with since moving in six months ago.
“Once you move into a smaller space you will just adapt. I have survived on this for six months, but of course, when I have to attend events or functions, I will go back to my parents’ place to get my gowns,” she says.
“There’s a sense of freedom ‘cos I am no longer held hostage by my possessions. I used to feel emotionally attached to things and would organise and spring clean before Chinese New Year, which was just a waste of time. I had so many things lying around and I didn’t use them. They are of no value to me anymore.”
The ensuite bathroom, which is clad in marble and features a sunken bath, exudes a more contemporary style. Orange accessories and a yellow wall add punches of colour and also liven up the space.
The yellow wall is for more than just aesthetics. Youyi found the original frosted glass “disturbing”, so she pasted a yellow film over it for more privacy.
Glen Powell Hated His Top Gun: Maverick Character Initially, Thought Hangman Was A "Navy Draco Malfoy"
Glen Powell disliked his Top Gun: Maverick character at first.
In the Top Gun sequel, Powell played Lt. Jake 'Hangman' Seresin, a character he had reservations about portraying because he thought was a "Navy Draco Malfoy", a reference to the Harry Potter's arch-nemesis.
In a GQ interview, Powell, 34, said, "He was there to add conflict to Rooster's character [played by Miles Teller], which is a good thing, but he wasn't three-dimensional and he had no pay off. I didn't know why he existed."
Good thing he had Tom Cruise, producer Jerry Bruckheimer director Joseph Kosinski and writer Christopher McQuarrie to tell him otherwise. They managed to convince him that he could mold Hangman into a more well-rounded character.
“It was a leap of faith,” he said. “In hindsight, I’m like, God, I can’t imagine if I missed out on this one, but it wasn’t so obvious.”
Powell explained how Tom Cruise helped him to discover ways to make the character more likeable and explained how body language such as putting his feet up could alienate audiences in foreign markets.
The Expendables 3 actor recalled Cruise telling him: "It's not that I need people to root for you, but I need them to love watching you.
"In some places in the world, this piece of body language will turn them off emotionally to your character."
Powell revealed that working with Tom has given him a better knowledge of the movie industry and he now has a clearer idea about the type of actor he wants to be.
He said: "To make movies on that scale, if you want to make a Top Gun: Maverick, with that budget, you have to be able to justify your value as a star, and your creative influence, to make sure that movie will play everywhere.
"That's where studios trust Tom. They look at Tom and they go, 'Yeah, you know how to do this, go do it.' I find that to be a really fun challenge. Do I have the ability to do that?"
Powell plays another aviator in his latest, Devotion, an actioner about US Navy fighter pilots during the Korean War. The movie, which also stars Jonathan Majors, opened in the US last week; no word on whether it will be released in Singapore.
Hong Kong screen goddess Maggie Cheung, 58, recently made a rare appearance in public via video. The short 15-second video was broadcast on Douyin during a concert the app held to promote old Hong Kong classics.
Though Maggie did not perform during the concert, she spoke briefly to viewers, sharing that Hong Kong diva Anita Mui’s 1984 song, ‘Fate', is one of her favourite songs.
“I’m particularly looking forward to Fiona Sit and Anthony Lun’s cover [of that song],” she said.
Maggie’s appearance in the video drew mixed responses from netizens.
Some praised the star for her beauty, with one noting that she “looks better now that she’s put on some weight”.
Others gushed that listening to Maggie talk felt like they were watching her act in a movie once again.
However, there were some netizens who weren’t so positive when it came to their comments. One wrote that Maggie’s face “seemed to be frozen”, while another added that the star appeared to have done something to her face, causing it to look unnatural.
Maggie has largely kept a low profile — save for the occasional appearance and performance at events — after retiring from acting in 2006.
In recent months, however, it seems like she might just be open to returning to showbiz, having joined Douyin, and even DJ-ed at an event earlier this year.
Nicole Kidman bid US$100,000 (S$137,300) for Hugh Jackman's hat used in the Broadway show The Music Man.
Kidman attended The Music Man at New York's Winter Garden Theatre on Saturday (Nov 26) and surprised both audiences and Jackman by taking part in an auction where she forked out US$100,000 for Jackman's hat from the show.
The auction was for the charity Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids.
After successfully winning Jackman's piece of costume, the Aquaman actress walked up to the stage to collect the item and said into the microphone, "I love you and I love Broadway. And I love what they do at Broadway Cares. But also, what I want to say is that the show was extraordinary," Kidman said into the microphone.
"Nic! I just want to be clear, this is not Australian dollars," Jackman joked.
Following the bidding, Jackman tweeted, "The generosity emanating from #NicoleKidman leaves me speechless! You ARE amazing. Thank you for your friendship and support!"(sic)
Upon returning home after the show — which is due to close in January after a run of just over a year — Kidman showed the hat off to her 8.7 million Instagram followers as she acknowledged Jackman and his Music Man co-star Sutton Foster before bidding them goodnight.
"The hat we bought at the auction. NIGHT NIGHT"(sic)," she wrote.
When Kidman noticed the words the Wolverine star had written about her on Twitter, she wrote on Instagram: "Darling Hugh, to my friend of 30 years. Right back at you such a generous, gorgeous man, it was a brilliant night in the theatre and an honor to be able to donate to @bcefa! + Congratulations to the talented cast."
“I’ve known Nic for almost 30 years. I’ve worked with her. I can tell you this is not a surprise to me. She is one of the most generous souls I know,” Jackman said on stage. “You’re a beautiful person. I love you. Thank you for your generosity.”
Jackman and Kidman have worked a couple of times, including Baz Luhrmann's 2008 movie Australia and George Miller's Happy Feet films where they voiced penguin parents.
Jeff Goldblum loves the challenge of being a father at 70.
Speaking on NBC's Today, Goldblum — who married dancer Emilie Livingston, 39, in 2014 and shares two sons, Charlie, seven, and River, five, with her — said: "It's amazing, it's revivifying, and makes my relationship with Emilie, frankly, enhanced. Seeing [my wife] in this new role is unbelievable. She's heroic beyond imagination."
Goldblum turned 70 last month.
The Jurassic Park actor, who previously tied the knot with actresses Patricia Gaul and Geena Davis, acknowledged that fatherhood can be challenging, but he still loves the experience.
"It's challenging and it's sometimes maddening and very volatile," he explained. "As you know, at three and five, five and seven, they can be like feral creatures unleashed.
"Oh yeah, and sweet and amazing. It's great."
Meanwhile, Goldblum previously admitted that he's "glad" he waited until later in life to have children.
Speaking during an appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show in 2018, he said: "I am glad I didn't have kids until now really. I don't know that I was equipped and I was busy and probably more self-involved than I'm possibly capable of now, we'll see. I do enjoy my kids now."
He also admitted it was his wife's idea to start a family.
"After a couple of years during a sweet, sweet moment, she said, 'Jeez, this is going so well, what if we had a baby?' and I had flirted with the idea before and was glad that I hadn't and had confirmed to myself that I wasn't going to but because she said it, and because of what was going on between her and I, I thought, this is a serious and interesting proposition. And it wasn't until a year later when we went to my therapist and excavated and brought to the surface all of my considerations that I became clear and wildly enthusiastic about it."
Last month, Goldblum was reportedly in talks to play The Wizard in Jon M Chu's upcoming Wicked movies. The two-part adaptation of the Tony-winning musical, headlined by Ariana Grande as Glinda and Cynthia Erivoc as Elphaba, is set for release for Christmas in 2024 and 2025.
Jimmy Lin’s Artist Mum Donated S$190K Of Her Art Proceeds To Charity To Give Thanks For Her Son’s Smooth Recovery After Car Crash
Taiwanese star Jimmy Lin, 48, is well on the road to recovery some five months after getting into a horrific accident in his Tesla car.
At that time, it was reported that he was “on the brink of death”, and was lucky to have been pulled out of the car, which had burst into flames, by bystanders. Jimmy’s six-year-old son, Jenson, was in the car as well, and was reported to have escaped unscathed.
Following the accident, Jimmy lost over 10kg, and was warded for 10 days at the hospital’s intensive care unit. He also had to go for two operations, to set his facial fractures, as well as to affix a titanium rod to his arm.
In October, he gave everyone an update on his condition, assuring fans that he’s doing well.
In mid-November, he shared a picture of him cycling with a friend on his Instagram Story, though netizens noted that the star still “looked very pale” in the picture.
Now, reports have shared that Jimmy’s mum, artist Lin Jinhua, recently donated NT$4.3mil (S$190,000) to charity as a way to give thanks for her son’s smooth recovery and good health.
Jimmy’s mum, who’s a renowned porcelain painter, holds a charity sale every year.
This year, however, she took the advice of her friends to bring forward her annual charity sale. She crafted 70 different art pieces, which all sold out in just three months.
On Nov 30, Jinhua, as well as Jimmy’s younger brother, presented the cheque with their NT$4.3mil (S$190,000) donation to the Taichung Warm Breeze Caring Association.
Kenneth Ma Now Lives With Girlfriend Roxanne Tong; Accidentally Stained Her White Shirt While Doing Laundry
Ever since TVB couple Kenneth Ma, 48, and Roxanne Tong, 35, announced that they were dating, the public has been waiting with bated breath for their wedding.
While there's no wedding date yet, Kenneth recently revealed that he and Roxanne have moved in together.
And it looks like Kenneth still has a lot to learn about sharing a home with his future wife.
According to Kenneth, he has been helping out with household chores because their helper hasn't arrived yet.
Admitting that he's grown up a lot since they started living together, the actor, who's known to be quite a mummy's boy, said: "I relied too much on my mum in the past, now I need to learn. Now, I'm best at washing the dishes and clothes, and taking out the trash. My girlfriend's better at cooking though we barely cook."
He then added that they've been so tired after all the packing and have been cooking instant noodles, eating hotpot or ordering takeout most of the time.
Kenneth also shared that he's been getting along really well with Roxanne in their new home and they haven't had any conflicts yet.
But he did do something quite silly.
"I accidentally stained Roxanne's white shirt [when doing laundry], it was really bad, I need to be more careful next time," he confessed.
And in case you still feel the need to ask: "So when are they tying the knot?", Kenneth says they're still in the midst of discussing the details.
Though they initially had plans to return to their alma maters to take wedding photos, many things are still not confirmed. They also haven't decided if they're going to have a banquet in Hong Kong.
The couple even thought of having a small wedding party but are worried that they have too many friends to invite.
The actor shared that after it was reported that he and Roxanne have moved in together, many of their friends sent them their blessings.
He then quipped: "You guys sent your blessings in advance, you can give your red packets in advance too!"