Pirelli Calendar Ditches Nude Supermodels For Amy Schumer And Serena Williams

Posted on Mon Nov 30th, 2015 12:39pm PDT       By X17 Staff

Pirelli calendars, one of the most celebrated pin-up calendars which nude supermodels in provocative poses, is ditching the supermodels for some of the world's most inspiring women. Huh?

Instead of topless snaps of the world's biggest supermodels, the calendar's 43rd edition, which was created by Annie Leibovitz, features Serena Williams, Amy Schumer and Chinese actress Yao Chen.

The calendar has pulled 13 women which Pirelli says are of outstanding professional, social, cultural, sporting and artistic accomplishment.

By the look of things, past years seem to have been bright, bold nude fluff, while this year's calendar is very "real women have curves."

Besides Chen, Schumer and Williams, the famed calendar includes Russian model and charity founder Natalia Vodianova, producer Kathleen Kennedy, art collector and patroness Agnes Gund (with her granddaughter Sadie Rain Hope-Gund, writer Fran Lebowitz; the President of Ariel Investments, Mellody Hobson, film director Ava DuVernay.

The pages also feature blogger Tavi Gevinson, Iranian visual artist Shirin Neshat, musician Yoko Ono and singer Patti Smith.

Leibovitz said of the calendar, "The 2000 Calendar was an exercise in photographing nudes. It was a simple concept. For 2016, we did something completely different, but it is still simple. It is a classic set of black-and-white portraits made in the studio."

The famed photographer, "When Pirelli approached me, they said they wanted to make a departure from the past. They suggested the idea of photographing distinguished women. After we agreed on that, the goal was to be very straightforward. I wanted the pictures to show the women exactly as they are, with no pretense."

Last year's calendar featured Karen Elson, Anna Ewers, Isabeli Fontana, Gigi Hadid, Candice Huffine, Adriana Lima, Sasha Luss, Cameron Russel, Joan Smalls, Natalia Vodianova, Raquel Zimmerman. 


Rihanna Promotes New Album Anti With Teaser Video, "ANTI diaRy: Room 2"

Posted on Mon Nov 30th, 2015 11:26am PDT       By X17 Staff

Rihanna has been releasing a string of teaser videos for her upcoming album, "Anti" -- but oddly enough all of the vids have been music free.

The latest music-less morsel is the new teaser, "ANTIdiaRy," which features the singer back in a futuristic music studio.

Rihanna posted the minute-long clip on her Twitter page on Saturday with the caption, "There's more than meets the eye. The next #ANTIdiaRY room is now open."

We still have no idea what's to come from the new album, which many thought was going to be dropped on Black Friday via Tidal. We've been waiting over a year for the new record -- come on already, Riri!


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Report: Olivia Culpo Breaks Up With Tim Tebow Over His Virginity Vow

Posted on Mon Nov 30th, 2015 11:00am PDT       By X17 Staff

No nooky, no girlfriend!

Olivia Culpo and boyfriend Tim Tebow have called it quits after a few months of dating, and alleged reason has to due with the lack of bedroom activity! The beauty queen dumped the devout Christian NFL star after realizing how seriously he took his virginity vow.

"He was really into her. He was sending her love letters and cute notes and professing his love for her," a source close to Nick Jonas' ex told Us Weekly. "She had to break up with him because she just couldn't handle it. He still hits her up, but she just can't deal with the sex thing. He's pretty adamant about it, I guess," the source added.

His virginity is the most widely known thing about him, so shouldn't she have known what she was getting into?!


Katie Holmes Says She Has No Regrets

Posted on Mon Nov 30th, 2015 9:49am PDT       By X17 Staff

Katie Holmes has no regrets -- or so she says.

Tom Cruise's ex Mrs. opened up to Ocean Drive magazine in its December 2015 issue about some of her choices.

"I don't regret anything that I've done," the 36-year-old told the mag. "I've learned from everything, and everything sort of leads you to the next place. I just keep going."

The Dawson's Creek alum was famously (and infamously) married to Cruise from 2006 to 2012. It's reported that the two split due to Cruise's allegiance to Scientology.

Despite the media melee surrounding the star's split and life after the break up, Holmes tells the publication that her life is quite normal nowadays. "I have a very normal life, and I happen to work in an industry that is abnormal. Daily life, I take a train and cab; it's just about getting from here to there, and I don't care how I do it. I have to get there," Holmes said.

The former Dawson's Creek star also said that she's loving living in New York. "If you’re having a bad day, you just take a walk, and it’s not only that you see people who are having a worse day than you, it’s just that you’re in life," Holmes reflected. "You suddenly can’t be stuck in whatever problem you’re in because you have to hail a cab or you have to get a subway ticket. There’s more than just you. And I think the harsh winters give you a little bit of character.”

But of course, the brunette said above all she loves her daughter Suri. The actress said, "Being a parent also is a source of inspiration to just work really hard. You want to set an example — and, you know, [your children] are what drives you."

Ocean Drive's December 2015 issue is on stands now.


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Ryan Seacrest Shoots Down Engagement Rumors: "I'm Not Engaged; That's Not True"

Posted on Mon Nov 30th, 2015 9:20am PDT       By X17 Staff

Not so fast!

It was rumored that Ryan Seacrest had popped the question to onetime girlfriend Renee Hall after he was photographed at the airport with her doppleganger, who was wearing a huge rock on her ring finger, but apparently it was all a big misunderstanding! The woman was actually his pal Kurt Rappaport's fiancee Sarah Much, and he was traveling to London with the couple.

"I'm not engaged! That's not true," the radio host told our videographer after we asked about the reports.

Last we checked, the American Idol host was in a relationship with beauty queen Hillary Cruz, but we haven't seen them together for a while. Perhaps Hollywood's busiest man is back on the market?


Jennifer Garner Pals Around With Ben Affleck's Mom Before Heading To Church

Posted on Mon Nov 30th, 2015 8:07am PDT       By X17 Staff

Things may be tense between estranged couple Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck but all seems to be going well with Jen and her mother-in-law!

Jen was all smiles when she attended Sunday services in Los Angeles with her six-year-old daughter Seraphina and Ben's mother Christine Anne Boldt.

These two looked like they were thick as thieves!

The mother-of-three wore a charcoal grey shift dress and black ballet flats. She let her hair down and kept her jewelry and makeup to a minimum.

Jen seems to be smiling despite recent reports that her ex had rekindled a romance with former flame Kate Beckinsale.

Their great mood seems to be in direct contract to how Ben looked over the Thanksgiving holiday. The Oscar winner was out by himself on Turkey Day, wearing sweats and picking up cigarettes at a gas station. We have to say, Ben cut quite a lonely figure. Perhaps that's what happens when you sleep with the babysitter?!


Kylie Jenner On Dad Caitlyn: "I Like Her Better Than Bruce"

Posted on Mon Nov 30th, 2015 7:55am PDT       By X17 Staff

This has to be kinda awkward to talk about on national television!

Kylie Jenner appears on Ellen today and talks all about her dad Caitlyn's transition, and she's pretty candid considering how sensitive a topic it must be for her.

The talk show host urged the teenager to open up about her parent, and the 18-year-old made the surprising revelation that she liked her father better as a woman!

"I like her better than Bruce. Because we talk about makeup and clothes we bond a lot more, but not only that. I feel like there’s not a huge secret in the family. I feel like there was always this big secret. And I’ve honestly known about it for a really long time and we actually caught him then dressing up as a girl. When my sister and I were like 6 and 7 maybe. So we’ve known for a while that there was something, but it was never talked about," she confessed.

Kyls also explained that she hopes her acceptance of the gender struggle will be an example to her peers.

"Honestly, like I’d be with my girlfriends sometimes and he then would come in and be like what are you guys talking about and kind of joke around and I knew there was something, but now I feel like we hang out a lot more there’s no secrets. She’s really living her authentic true self. And I feel like that’s awesome and also I want to be someone from my generation to like be an example because I think that’s so awesome and I think that other girls and boys my age will maybe see that I’m so accepting and be accepting of other people too," she added.

So has anything, other than the obvious, changed? "Honestly no. She’s the same exact person she just looks different I guess," she maintained.

If Kylie didn't have her dad to talk about, who knows what other things these two would have discussed!


BREAKING NEWS - Kobe Bryant Announces His Retirement From Basketball

Posted on Sun Nov 29th, 2015 7:22pm PDT       By X17 Staff

In what got to be the most awesome resignation letter ever, Los Angeles Laker and NBA superstar Kobe Bryant announced his retirement from professional basketball today.

The 37-year-old, 17-time All-Star wrote on The Players' Tribune:

Dear Basketball,

From the moment
I started rolling my dad’s tube socks
And shooting imaginary
Game-winning shots
In the Great Western Forum
I knew one thing was real:

I fell in love with you.

A love so deep I gave you my all —
From my mind & body
To my spirit & soul.

As a six-year-old boy
Deeply in love with you
I never saw the end of the tunnel.
I only saw myself
Running out of one.

And so I ran.
I ran up and down every court
After every loose ball for you.
You asked for my hustle
I gave you my heart
Because it came with so much more.

I played through the sweat and hurt
Not because challenge called me
But because YOU called me.
I did everything for YOU
Because that’s what you do
When someone makes you feel as
Alive as you’ve made me feel.

You gave a six-year-old boy his Laker dream
And I’ll always love you for it.
But I can’t love you obsessively for much longer.
This season is all I have left to give.
My heart can take the pounding
My mind can handle the grind
But my body knows it’s time to say goodbye.

And that’s OK.
I’m ready to let you go.
I want you to know now
So we both can savor every moment we have left together.
The good and the bad.
We have given each other
All that we have.

And we both know, no matter what I do next
I’ll always be that kid
With the rolled up socks
Garbage can in the corner
:05 seconds on the clock
Ball in my hands.
5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1

Love you always,

Copies of the letter were handed out to every fan after Sunday night's game. The end of an era ...


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