April 8th, 2010
03:39 PM ET

Jessica Simpson: 'I don't have anything to prove'

If you haven’t tuned in to “The Price of Beauty” on VH1, Jessica Simpson’s Marie Claire photo shoot, for the magazine’s May issue, will give you an illustrative synopsis.

Simpson will be featured on the cover of the magazine with air-dried hair, no makeup and no retouching.

"I don't have anything to prove anymore,” she told Marie Claire. “What other people think of me is not my business."

And while the Internet is abuzz with people praising her for the shoot, others are having a hard time believing there was no makeup or retouching involved.

Last year, Kim Kardashian appeared on the un-retouched cover of Life & Style in a bikini beside the quote, “I have cellulite, so what!”

“This is the real me,” Kardashian told Life & Style. “I love my body. You should love yours, too.”

About seven months later, the reality TV star underwent a “makeunder” for a Glamour magazine photo shoot, but wasn’t sans makeup, entirely.

Will the au naturel cover trend stick?

What do you think of Simpson’s natural look?

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April 8th, 2010
03:21 PM ET

Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren dies at 64

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Malcolm McLaren, best known for managing the Sex Pistols and for helping kick off the '70s punk revolution, has died, CNN has confirmed. He was 64.

McLaren's death was confirmed by his longtime girlfriend, Young Kim.

The rakish McLaren was an art college graduate and clothing designer who opened a boutique, Let It Rock, with his partner, the designer Vivienne Westwood. By the mid-'70s, he had renamed the boutique Sex and taken on a band called the Strand.

McLaren drafted a new frontman - John Lydon, who had been spotted wearing a Pink Floyd T-shirt with the words "I hate" added to it - and renamed the group the Sex Pistols. (Lydon became better known as Johnny Rotten.)

McLaren's penchant for notoriety, combined with the Pistols' blunt lyrics ("I am the anti-Christ/I am an anarchist") and raucous power chords and performances, helped the group hit the top in Britain in 1977. They weren't the only punk rockers - a number of acts had been inspired by a Ramones performance on July 4, 1976, at London's Roundhouse - but they quickly became the most infamous.

The group's "God Save the Queen" was a huge hit despite the BBC's refusal to play the song.

The group crumbled amid arguments and accusations - some aimed at McLaren - and McLaren went on to manage Bow Wow Wow. He also created a handful of well-reviewed albums, notably the mixed-genre works "Duck Rock" and "Fans."

April 8th, 2010
01:36 PM ET

Nike releases a statement explaining Tiger Woods' ad

CNN Entertainment received a statement from Nike Golf regarding Tiger Woods' controversial ad.

"We support Tiger and his family. As he returns to competitive golf, the ad addresses his time away from the game using the powerful words of his father."

The 30-second spot debuted on ESPN and The Golf Channel at 6 p.m. E.T. on Wednesday, April 7, 2010. The ad will air up until 4 p.m. E.T. on Thursday, April 8th.

To view the ad visit www.youtube.com/nikegolf

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April 8th, 2010
01:15 PM ET

'Dynasty' actor Christopher Cazenove dies

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(CNN) - Actor Christopher Cazenove died in a London hospital after a month-long battle with a blood infection Wednesday, his family said.

Cazenove was best known for the role of Ben Carrington on TV's "Dynasty," although he appeared on hundreds of television shows over the past four decades.

His death came one week after that of John Forsythe, who played his nemesis on the 1980s prime-time soap opera. FULL POST

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April 8th, 2010
10:30 AM ET

Fergie: 'French fries are poison'

Fergie said she knows it’s impossible to look perfect all the time, but there’s no harm in trying.

The Black Eyes Peas singer and ELLE’s May cover girl told the magazine she pretends that french fries are poison.

“I’m not going to lie: There are times I play mind tricks on myself,” she said.

“With desserts, I’ll let myself have just one bite, but I’ll look like a freak when I’m eating it, like when I did Duncan Hines commercials as a kid, just savoring every morsel.”

Fergie, a self proclaimed romantic, also opened up about her relationship with hubby Josh Duhamel, and how she continues to fall “deeper” in love with him.

“You come to know each other a lot better, you grow together, and it makes you love each other that much deeper,” she said.

Filed under: Black Eyed Peas • Music
April 8th, 2010
09:46 AM ET

TV Recap: 'Top Chef Masters' season two premiere

"Top Chef Masters" was such a delicious dish the first time that it’s being served up again. Hosted by Kelly Choi, it’s the Olympics of cooking competitions, inspired by Bravo’s "Top Chef."

That breakout smash hit is one of the best reality shows on television, as it subverts the genre entirely by emphasizing, even celebrating,  talent over drama. Its spinoff, "Top Chef Masters," plays further havoc with reality norms by presenting 22 celebrity chefs at the top of their game, instead of neophytes, up-and-comers, and wannabes.  It’s like "American Idol," if Smokey Robinson, Mariah Carey and Bruce Springsteen competed.

That’s 22 insanely creative, combustible and colorful culinary captains, each competing for a personal charity and more importantly – bragging rights.

It’s an ephemeral prize, but worth its weight in saffron, especially amongst a community that author Anthony Bourdain once compared to pirates.

These are driven, successful people who want to share their passion, skills, and vision with each other, and the world. And oh yeah, to be the Top Chef Master, a title that no doubt buys a lot of celebratory champagne for the winner.

The second season of "Top Chef Masters" debuted last night. The judges are the same: Savuer Magazine Editor-in-Chief James Oseland, legendary food critic Gael Greene and author of "The Man Who Ate The World," Jay Rayner. In future episodes, Top Chef judge and gourmet-next-door Gail Simmons will appear as well. The rules are also the same: Six chefs compete at a time, with two moving on to a special “champion’s round.” During each preliminary competition, the six chefs compete in a quickfire round. The winners of that get five thousand dollars donated to their favorite charity. The elimination round is worth ten thousand dollars. And of course, the winner of Top Chef Masters gets one hundred thousand dollars donated to his or her charity.

This season’s army of kitchen icons is notable for its award-winners, pioneers and rebels, as well as for its diversity. Nearly every race, both genders and all sexual orientations are proudly represented, and then ignored, since the only thing that matters is the food. FULL POST

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