J Lo: 'Director wanted to see my boobs – a bit of the Bronx came out'

Jennifer Lopez has revealed how she reacted to a director demanding to look at her breasts during a fitting.

The singer and actress, who is from the Bronx in New York City, said she refused to take her top off because they were “not on set” of a film which involved her being nude.

She was speaking during a Hollywood Reporter roundtable interview with other actresses, including Scarlet Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o and Renee Zellweger.

Image: Jennifer Lopez is starring in crime drama Hustlers

Asked by Johansson about the encounter early in her career, which she has briefly spoken about before, she said: “He wanted to see my boobs. And I was like, ‘We’re not on set’.

“He was crazy. And I said no, I stood up for myself.”

The actress, 50, who is starring in crime drama Hustlers, said the director dared to ask her when there was another woman in the room.

She added: “But it was so funny because I remember being so panicked in the moment.

“And by the way, there was a costume designer in the room with me.

“So there was another woman in the room and he says this and I said no.

“Luckily a little bit of the Bronx came out, and I was like, ‘I don’t have to show you my – no. On the set, you see them’.”

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Johansson pointed out that “not everybody would feel that way”.

Lopez agreed: “That’s the thing, because if you give in, in that moment, all of a sudden that person is off and running, thinking they can do whatever they want.

“And because I put up a little boundary right there and said no, he laid off and then later on apologised.

“But the minute he walked out of the room the costume designer was like, ‘I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry that just happened’.”

The actresses went on to talk about how “inappropriate” it was that lots of auditions when they were younger were held in hotel rooms.

Zellweger added: “It just kind of afforded an opportunity to be inappropriate if you were so inclined.”

Hugh Jackman trolls Ryan Reynolds over John Legend's Sexiest Man Alive win

Hugh Jackman has posted a video trolling fellow actor Ryan Reynolds over the People magazine “Sexiest Man Alive” title.

The Greatest Showman star, 51, was congratulating John Legend on the singer’s announcement as Sexiest Man Alive 2019.

Both Jackman and Reynolds previously won the title in 2008 and 2010 respectively.

In an Instagram video, the pair are seen joking around with each other after a copy of Jackman’s People magazine cover falls out of his hoodie.

“Oh, it’s your People’s Sexiest Man Alive issue,” Reynolds says.

When Jackman asks if he’s seen it, Reynolds replies: “I have an issue somewhere, I have a few of yours.

“Usually I cut the eyes out or the mouth, but that’s just me.”

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The actor is referring to a scene in the film Deadpool, in which his character cuts out the eyes and mouth of Jackman’s People’s Sexiest Man Alive issue and wears it as a mask.

Jackman also jokingly hits back at Reynolds, writing in the video caption: “Dear John. Massive congrats on joining this very very prestigious group.

Image: (L-R) Ryan Reynolds, Hugh Jackman and John Legend are all winners of the Sexiest Man Alive

“99% of the time, People Magazine gets it right. Such as Blake, DJ, etc … But a word of caution.

“There is the 1%. Exhibit A.

“It’s important that you fall in with the right crowd.”

Reynolds and Jackman are not the only celebrities to have responded to Legend’s win.

The singer’s wife – model and TV personality Chrissy Teigen – changed her Twitter bio to read: “Currently sleeping with People’s sexiest man alive.”

Grammy Award-winner Legend has also commented on the pressure of following in the footsteps of Idris Elba, who was crowned 2018 Sexiest Man Alive.

He told People magazine that he felt “excited” and “a little scared”, adding it was “not fair and is not nice to me!”

Legend later tweeted a photograph of Elba alongside an old photo of himself, writing: “1995 John would be very perplexed.”

Other previous winners of the award include Chris Hemsworth, David Beckham and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Disney+ bags 10 million subscribers on first day

Disney says more than 10 million subscribers signed up for its new streaming service on its first day of launch.

The “extraordinary consumer demand” saw shares in the entertainment giant rise by 3.5%.

Disney+, the competitor to the likes of Netflix and Amazon, launched in the US, Canada and the Netherlands earlier this week.

Image: The Mandalorian, which runs on Disney+, is the first live-action Star Wars series

The platform is offering a mix of Marvel and Star Wars films and shows, every episode of the Simpsons, new series and classic content from the back catalogue of the world-famous studios.

Disney+ will be rolled out to the UK and Ireland from next March.

Although numbers from the launch day were more than three times the size of some forecasts, it was not immediately clear how many subscribers came from promotions.

Customers of some Verizon phone and internet packages were offered a year free.

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Disney has invested billions in its streaming service, which costs $7 (£5.40) a month or $70 (£54) a year after a seven-day free trial.

Some analysts thought it would take Disney a year to reach 10 million subscribers.

In April, Disney said it plans to have up to 90 million Disney+ subscribers globally by 2024.

Netflix, which launched in 2007, now has 158 million subscribers.

Rapper Kodak Black jailed over weapons charges

Kodak Black has been jailed for three years and 10 months after pleading guilty to weapons charges.

The rapper admitted in August that he had falsified information on federal forms to buy guns from a shop in Miami.

Black, who goes by the name of Bill K Kapri, was arrested just before a concert performance in May and had been facing up to 10 years in jail.

He has several previous arrests on his record.

He had tried to buy the guns in January by telling the truth about himself but was rejected because a background check revealed criminal charges in South Carolina.

But this week the court in Florida heard that, by using false information during a second attempt in March, the 22-year-old was able to get three weapons – a 9mm handgun, a .380-calibre handgun and a semi-automatic Mini Draco weapon.

One of the guns was found at the scene of a shooting at Pompano Beach, just north of Fort Lauderdale, in March, although he was not charged in relation to that.

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Assistant US Attorney Brice Brown told the court: “I think it’s time for us to give some tough love in this case.

“I just don’t see how and when he has taken these things seriously.”

But US District Judge Federico Moreno said Black had made anonymous donations to charitable causes and could continue to do so while in jail.

He told Mr Brown: “My suggestion would be you continue to be generous.”

Black, who has been in custody since he was arrested, told the court: “I have made some decisions I’m not proud of making.

“I do take full responsibility for my mishap.”

Queer Eye host: 'We're ready to bring show to the UK'

Queer Eye star Karamo Brown has said Brits don’t need too much help when it comes to fashion – but the show’s experts could help us when it comes to Brexit.

As one of the US show’s Fab Five makeover experts, along with Jonathan Van Ness, Antoni Porowski, Tan France and Bobby Berk, Brown is known for his good advice and being able to solve a problem.

Image: The series is a makeover show with ‘heart’. Pic: Netflix

The critically acclaimed reality TV show has become a huge hit since it rebooted in 2018, winning three Emmys that year and four in 2019, as well as fans across the world, and making global stars of its hosts.

A makeover show “with heart”, the programme follows a group of five gay men who aim to change the lives of others through personal and home makeovers, cookery classes and confidence-boosting sessions, and is all about encouraging its participants, usually men, to love themselves for who they are.

Speaking at the E! People’s Choice Awards, Brown, the show’s culture expert, told Sky News he would love to launch the show in the UK.

“Oh my gosh, we’d love to come to the UK. Tan France, our Tanny, is from the UK and we go there with him to visit and we’re like, we want to spend a couple of months there. So can we start a petition right now?

“I’m with it, we’re all with it. We’re ready.”

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With four US seasons completed already since the Netflix relaunch, as well as a special series in Japan, a UK move would undoubtedly be a huge hit.

Does Brown think us Brits could do with a makeover?

“I think Brits are some of the most fashionable and most charismatic and amazing people in the world,” he said. “But everyone in every place needs a little help so we’ll find some Brits who need help – but the majority of you don’t.”

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 14: Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness, Tan France, Bobby Berk and Karamo Brown pose in the press room during the 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards on September 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

Image: Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness, Tan France, Bobby Berk and Brown at the Emmys earlier in 2019

One place where the Fab Five’s skills could go down well is in politics. Three-and-a-half years on from the referendum and with the Brexit stalemate continuing, could UK politics do with some Queer Eye advice?

“I’ll try. That would be great – Queer Eye in parliament, and solve Brexit. There you go, that’s an exclusive.”

Brown says all of the hosts have been amazed by the show’s success.

“Really, we all thought we were out of a job after season one,” he said. “We were like, no one’s going to watch this. But, you know, I think it’s the heart. When you can connect with everyday people and make them feel seen, make them feel loved.”

Brown says he thinks the division across the US and the world at the moment is the reason so many people have become invested in a show that is all about positivity and love.

“Everywhere in this country there’s division, there’s violence, there’s hate, and to have a show that is pure love is I think the key secret right now,” he said.

“People are just tired of it. They’re tired of not talking, they’re tired of feeling like their politicians are screaming at them and telling them that they’re not enough. We’re at a place now where it’s like yo, we’re ready for love to lead.”

'It's not silly' – Sir Rod unveils model railway 25 years in the making

Sir Rod Stewart has said he is “so proud” his model railway has been getting so much attention because some believe it’s just a “silly hobby”.

The railway, which took around 25 years of work to complete, was unveiled today.

Called Grand Street and Three Rivers City, the model is based on an American city in the 1940s and spans 1,500 square feet in the attic of his Los Angeles home.

The rock star, 74, told Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine of his joy at the coverage his creation has attracted after it was shared by Railway Modeller magazine.

Image: The model is inspired by post-war Chicago and New York

He said: “It’s really noisy because we have sound effects when the trains go through the city, there’s a city sound of New York, they go through the country, there’s birds singing, it is quite incredible, I am so proud of it and I’m so proud of the coverage it got today.

“A lot of people laugh at it being a silly hobby, but it’s a wonderful hobby.”

He said he called Vine’s show because the presenter had insinuated Sir Rod could not have built it all by himself.

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Sir Rod says he might upgrade a few buildings

Image: Sir Rod says he might still upgrade a few buildings

But Sir Rod said: “I would say 90% of it I built myself, the only thing I wasn’t very good at and still am not is the electricals, so I had someone else do that.”

He added: “They say model railroads are never finished, but this one is. There’s not much more I can do with it.

“I might upgrade a couple of buildings when I’m back in LA, but otherwise it’s finished. And now I’m going to try and bring it to England but it’s almost an impossibility.”

The depiction of a post-war, heavily industrialised city, based on both Chicago and New York City, was inspired by Sir Rod’s love of American railroads.

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Image: ‘Attention to detail, extreme detail, is paramount, says the singer

The model also features sound effects

Image: The impressive model also features sound effects

It includes skyscrapers – some of which are 5ft (1.52m) tall, bridges, a rush-hour traffic scene, “transition era” facilities for both steam and diesel traction, and a power station.

Also included is a Celtic FC-liveried coal wagon, a tribute to Sir Rod’s football team.

A Great Caledonian Steel & Iron Co building in reference to his Scottish heritage is also featured, with a green backdrop of the leafy areas around the city.

The Celtic coal wagon representing Sir Rod's football team

Image: The Celtic coal wagon represents Sir Rod’s football team

Sir Rod started the project in 1993 and booked an extra room in hotels when on tour so he could work on his models.

Asked why he based his biggest model railway project on the American railroad rather than the British railways he grew up with, he told Railway Modeller magazine: “They’re bigger, the locos are bigger, but not any better, everything is just bigger.”

Sir Rod added: “It’s the landscape I like. Attention to detail, extreme detail, is paramount. There shouldn’t be any unsightly gaps, or pavements that are too clean.”

The singer has been celebrating a career spanning 50 years with a new album, You’re In My Heart: Rod Stewart With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, released on 22 November.

The December issue of Railway Modeller magazine is on sale on 14 November.

Frozen and Star Wars expected to drive Christmas toy sales

The highly anticipated Frozen and Star Wars films will help drive the UK’s £1bn Christmas toy market this year, say experts,

The Toy Retailers Association said DVD releases of Toy Story 4 and Avengers: Endgame are also predicted to influence sales, alongside long-time favourites Barbie, Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol.

The annual top 12 Dream Toys list includes the Frozen 2 Into the Unknown Elsa Doll (£39.99) and the Toy Story 4 True Talkers (£17.99) figures.

Image: L.OL Surprise! 2-in-1 Glamper by MGA Entertainment is the most expensive toy in the list

Nerf Elite Fortnite SP-L Hasbro toy made the top 12 in the annual DreamToys list

Image: The Nerf Elite Fortnite SP-L Hasbro toy is also in the top 12

Toy market analyst Frederique Tutt said: “Christmas is worth £1bn to the UK toy industry, that’s 30% of annual revenue being generated in the last few weeks of the year.

“With Star Wars Episode 9 and Frozen 2 at the cinema and the DVD release of Toy Story 4 and Avengers Endgame, we expect more than £1 out of £10 to be spent on film-related toys.”

The Dream Toys list is compiled by leading retailers and toy experts

It is notable for the number of licensed products but the trend for “surprise” and “reveal” toys also remains strong, with LOL Surprise! still the most popular collectable for the second year running.

A PAW Patrol Mighty Pups Super PAWs Mighty Jet Command Centre by Spin Master Toys also made the top 12 list

Image: The PAW Patrol Mighty Pups Super PAWs Mighty Jet Command Centre

Liana Pierce, 7, plays with a Peppa Pig Peppa's Stage playset, which was named in the top 12 to buy

Image: Peppa Pig toys are also expected to remain popular

The top 12 list, in alphabetical order

  • Barbie Dreamplane Playset – £79.99
  • Blume Dolls – £9.99
  • Frozen 2 Into the Unknown Elsa Doll – £39.99
  • Harry Potter Knight Bus – £34.99
  • LOL Surprise! 2-in-1 Glamper – £99.99
  • Nerf Elite Fortnite SP-L – £19.99
  • Owleez – £49.99
  • Paw Patrol Mighty Pups Super Paws Mighty Jet Command Centre – £59.99
  • Peppa Pig Peppa’s Stage Playset – £39.99
  • Rizmo – £59.99
  • Ryan’s World Super Surprise Safe – £44.99
  • Toy Story 4 True Talkers – £17.99

'This part of the body should be celebrated': Vagina Museum to open

The world’s first museum dedicated to gynaecological anatomy is opening this weekend after a public fundraising drive.

The Vagina Museum will open on Saturday in Camden, northwest London, and will feature exhibitions and events.

Its mission is to educate on gynaecological anatomy and health, break down taboos and act as a forum for women’s rights and trans-inclusive values.

Florence Schechter, a science YouTuber, founded the museum in 2017 after finding there was no physical vagina museum in the world – despite there being one dedicated to male genitalia in Iceland.

She said: “This is a part of the body that should be celebrated. The museum is a fantastic way to spread the message that there is nothing shameful or offensive about vaginas and vulvas.”

Florence and her army of volunteers began hosting pop-up programmes and exhibitions in 2017, including at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The museum will be free to enter and has been set up after crowdfunding raised £50,000.

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It will have exhibitions and events on a range of subjects including anatomy, health, periods, sex and history.

The museum is backed by The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, whose vice president Alison Wright said: “We believe the museum will be a huge asset to help people to understand women’s health and to talk about it more openly.”

Crowdfunders behind the project said there had been a 500% increase in the number of labiaplasties on the NHS between 2002 and 2012.

They also highlighted that almost a third of 16 to 35-year-olds said they avoided going to the doctors with gynaecological issues due to embarrassment and half of men would not feel comfortable talking about gynaecological issues with a female partner.

“With a Vagina Museum, all people can learn that there is nothing shameful or offensive about vaginas and vulvas and by fighting stigma, we can be a part of helping solve these problems,” the crowdfunding page explains.

The Vagina Museum is in Camden Stables Market on Chalk Farm Road.

It is open from 10am to 6pm Monday to Saturday and 11am to 6pm Sundays.

The first exhibition will be available to see this weekend, entitled Muff Busters: Vagina Myths and How To Fight them.

Liam Payne on suicidal thoughts: 'I'm lucky to be here'

Liam Payne has opened up about suffering with suicidal thoughts after finding fame, admitting that he is “lucky to still be here”.

The 26-year-old singer addressed his mental health on Sky One’s Straight Talking with Ant Middleton on Tuesday night.

He spoke about his struggles with fame and his relationship with ex-girlfriend Cheryl and their two-year-old son Bear during the interview special in Namibia, southwest Africa.

Image: The singer opened up about his mental health struggles

Describing fame as like “having a weird midlife crisis”, Payne said: “For some certain circumstances I’m quite lucky to be here still.

“There are times when that level of loneliness and people getting into you every day, it’s like, ‘When will this end?’ That’s almost nearly killed me a couple of times.”

Middleton asked if he ever considered acting on his ominous thoughts, to which Payne replied: “Yeah, when I’ve been in a bad place. It’s 100%, you know.

“There’s no point denying it – it’s definitely been on the menu a couple of times in my life.

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Image: Liam Payne and Ant Middleton travelled to Namibia for an interview special

“Luckily I had great people around me. When things start to pile up on you it can get you, and you can only control you. You have to get on with it.”

Payne rose to fame as a member of boy band One Direction after being put into a group with Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Zayn Malik on the 2010 series of the X Factor.

In 2017, he made his debut as a solo singer and released the hit single Strip That Down, as well as welcoming his son with former X Factor judge Cheryl, who he dated for two years.

He said fatherhood “messed” him up and he struggled to cope with having a baby at a young age.

“Becoming a dad at such a young age, it’s such a difficult thing. And I think I built fatherhood up so much in my head that it kind of messed me up to start with. I started in a bad place with it,” he reflected.

Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles and Niall Horan of One Direction attend the BBC Music Awards at Genting Arena on December 10, 2015 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)

Image: (L-R) Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles and Niall Horan of One Direction in 2015

“I think it spooked me out early on, and I was just worried I would not be enough to look after the both of them. They’re so important to me – Cheryl as well.”

Middleton, who stars on SAS: Who Dares Wins, also pressed Payne on his current relationship with Cheryl.

“It’s not the most normal situation. My life is abnormal, so what is normal? We genuinely get on, there are so many parallels we share in life,” Payne said.

Cheryl Tweedy and Liam Payne arrive at the Brit Awards at the O2 Arena in London

Image: Cheryl and Liam Payne at the 2018 Brit Awards

Fans praised the singer for opening up on the show, with one viewer tweeting: “Catching up with #StraightTalking and @antmiddleton brings out a new side to an open and honest @LiamPayne Good to see”.

Another said: “Thank you @antmiddleton for this #StraightTalking with @LiamPayne. It was so honest and genuine. Good mix of fun and serious parts so thank you so much!”

Anyone feeling emotionally distressed or suicidal can call Samaritans for help on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org in the UK. In the US, call the Samaritans branch in your area or 1 (800) 273-TALK.

The Good Place: Surprise season would be the 'ultimate twist'

The Good Place star D’Arcy Carden says a new series of the paradigm-shifting show would be “the ultimate twist”.

The offbeat comedy about the afterlife, which first aired in 2016, has been a hit with fans and critics alike, running for four seasons.

From the very first series, the show has featured unexpected storyline twists and complete shifts in space and time.

Image: Janet is a personal assistant who’s neither a robot nor a woman

With the final episode due to air on Netflix later this month, fans have met the news with dismay.

Speaking to Sky News at the E! People’s Choice Awards in LA, Carden – who plays Janet, a programmed guide and the source of all information for humans in the Good Place – admits if there was a surprise new season, it would be in keeping with The Good Place’s ethos.

“I’m going to call Mike (Schur) the show creator after this and say, ‘Hey, if we pulled one over on them, this would be the ultimate twist’,” she said.

Schur has insisted the show would have to come to a natural conclusion as the cast of human characters evolve into better versions of themselves.

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But like Good Place architect Michael (played by Ted Danson), who has attempted to script the whole afterlife but still been surprised by the results, it would seem fitting for there to be a twist – subverting expectation in just the way The Good Place fans have learned to anticipate.

Carden says the show’s enormous success was a surprise.

Delving into the ethical and philosophical dilemmas of existence, it certainly doesn’t automatically suggest itself as great comedy material.

Carden admits it was a risk: “I love the show, and have always loved the show, but I did think it was going to be a little weird for people, as it is very weird.

“It seems like people are into it in a way that I’m like, ‘Oh, great, we can all just do a weird show on TV and people will like it’. So, I’ve been very pleasantly surprised with people’s reaction.”

As for the upbeat show hitting a chord during turbulent times on both sides of the Atlantic, Carden thinks that could play a part in its popularity.

“The last few years, when it’s been a little nutty. Our show isn’t peaches and cream, you know, just rainbows and puppies, there’s some darkness to it.

“It is like a nice warm blanket, but it also makes you think.”

D'Arcy Corden and Ted Danson try to keep rule over the afterlife in The Good Place

Image: Carden and Ted Danson try to keep rule over the afterlife in The Good Place

Starring Ted Danson and Kristen Bell, as well as British star Jameela Jamil, William Jackson Harper and Manny Jacinto, Carden says being part of the show has been “dreamy”.

“The cast is incredible, we all clicked immediately, it’s been a dream come true.”

The role of Janet (who is technically ungendered and not actually a robot) has presented a few challenges for the 39-year-old actress.

Playing several versions of the all-knowing personal assistant – including a gloriously nasty “Bad Janet”, who she describes as “a very bad girl” – has meant adopting a whole new physicality.

“Janet has just one pose, and she never really moves from exactly that. It’s actually nice to be out and move my arms.

“It was hard but then it became not so hard. It eventually became part of me and got easier after the first season.”

Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, Manny Jacinto and Jameela Jamil also star in the show

Image: Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, Manny Jacinto and Jamil also star in the show

She says that for British viewers, it could provide a welcome break from the constant flow of news about Brexit: “There’s only so much bad stuff one can take, so it’s rough.

“I have family in England, and I know that things are rough there, and it’s rough here (in the US).

“There are things that are good, look to the good things. Know that we are going to come back up again at some point. I know I should be more positive, but it’s rough.”

Carden even jokes that Janet could help resolve Brexit: “Maybe that’s the twist of season five… I’ll make it happen.”

The Good Place season 4 is out on Netflix now.

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