HouseGoesHollywood: Celebrity maternity leave crisis

There must be something in the water … it feels like half of Hollywood is preggers at the moment. This week was a particular corker with five pregnancy announcements, including two from Aussies.

They join expectant mums Gwen Stefani, Olivia Wilde, Drew Barrymore, Emily Blunt, Thandie Newton, Soleil Moon Frye, Megan Fox, Rachel Zoe, Kate Winslet, Megan Gale, Zoe Foster, Kerry Washington and Jennifer Love Hewitt, just to name a few.

Maternity leave is going to be a BITCH for the movie studios, don’t you reckon?

Good thing those Jennifer Aniston pregnancy rumours are always so far off the mark.

>> Chris Hemsworth, 30, and Elsa Pataky, 37, have confirmed they are expecting their second child. The couple are already parents to daughter India Rose, 18 months.

>> Ginnifer Goodwin is expecting a baby with her fiance – and Once Upon a Time co-star – Josh Dallas.

>> ‘Lost’ star Josh Holloway and his wife Yessica are expecting their second child. The bub will be a sibling for Java Kumala, born in 2009. Josh and Yessica married in 2004.

>> American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson announced she’s pregnant with her first child, less than a month after marrying Brandon Blackstock. “I’m pregnant!!! Brandon and I are so excited! Best early Christmas present ever,” the singer tweeted.


>> A little closer to home, radio presenter Yumi Stynes has announced she is pregnant with her third child. “I would post a picture of the ultrasound but there’s no possible way our foetus could be as good looking as @MeganKGale’s !! Heh heh,” she wrote on Twitter, in reference to the ultrasound Megan Gale shared on Twitter when she announced her own baby news last week. This will be Yumi’s first child with husband Martin Bendeler. She has two daughters, Anouk and Dee Dee, from her previous relationship with Regurgitator frontman Ben Ely. The baby is due in June 2014.

In other celebrity news …

>> Hugh Jackman’s gorgeous face took a beating following a skin cancer diagnosis. He tweeted: “Deb said to get the mark on my nose checked. Boy, was she right! I had a basil cell carcinoma. Please don’t be foolish like me. Get yourself checked. And USE sunscreen!!!”

>> I felt really old when I made an Imelda Marcos joke about Victoria Beckham being ironic by donating all her shoes to a British Red Cross shop in Chelsea, west London, to raise cash for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Phillippines and my iVillage co-hort Kahla said “Who’s Imelda Marcos?”

>> Kim Kardashian slammed reports she’d had plastic surgery post-birth, tweeting: “I am very frustrated today seeing reports that I got surgery to lose my baby weight! This is FALSE. I worked so hard to train myself to eat right & healthy, I work out so hard & this was such a challenge for me but I did it!!! I’m so proud of my accomplishment & NO ONE will take this away from me with fake reports! Say what u want about me but I work hard & am the most disciplined person u will ever meet!”

>> Harrison Ford totally lost the plot when David Blaine performed the most amazing magic trick I’ve ever seen in his kitchen. Click here to watch it.

>> Kyle Sandilands’ estranged wife Tamara Jaber took to social media expressing her disgust over his interview and photo shoot in the latest WHO magazine. “#Vomit” she wrote on Instagram, adding, “Maybe now he will finally give me the divorce I’ve been waiting for!!!!”

>> How cute are Neil Patrick Harris’ twins? He Instagrammed this pic of them with the caption: “Harper and Gideon at the premiere of Frozen. Wardrobe provided by Little @MarcJacobs, eyewear provided by RealD 3D. :)”

>> Miley Cyrus posed for an Instagram shot with her new insta-buddy, Miranda Kerr. But the most surprising thing about the shot is what she’s done to her eyebrows – dyed them platinum blonde to match her hair. Eeek!

>> Ever wondered what Kurt Cobain, Elvis and John Lennon would look like if they were alive today? Click here for the fascinating answer

>> During an interview on Live with Kelly and Michael, Liam Hemsworth has revealed that his birds and the bees conversation with his parents was waaaaay more awkward than most because his mum, Leonie, was also his sex-ed teacher at school. “You have your mum talk about sexual stuff, it’s not a class I’d like to be in,” he said. “I used to put my head down most of the time. We had this one time where we were given out cards of different sexually transmitted infections and you had to stand up and talk about the card and she picked me out of the whole room. It was like, ‘Well, I have chlamydia … thanks for this, Mum. Good class.'”

>> Today host Lisa Wilkinson got quite a scare after undergoing a live mammogram on Today with newsreader Georgie Gardiner. The pair made the decision to have mammograms after US TV host Amy Robach was diagnosed with breast cancer after undergoing a live mammogram. After they had filmed the segment she was pulled aside and told they had found an abnormality. Fortunately it turned out she just had benign cysts.

>> Proof even legendary actors fail auditions … Robert De Niro was still an unknown actor in his 20s when he auditioned for four different roles in the first Godfather movie and struck out on all of them. Watch him in action by clicking here.

>> Daniel Day-Lewis’ son Gabe Day is a rapper living in New York who has just released the music video for his single “Green Auras.” The song reveals his feelings about his famous father and they’re … ambivalent (to put it politely). Watch it here.


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>> Channel 7 personality Johanna Griggs took to social media to accuse New Idea magazine of “making up” a cover story. She posted on-line: “Just read yet another made up cover story in new idea where they pretend I’ve spoken to them. I haven’t. Nice work @NewIdeamagazine #fiction”

>> It was Gisele and partner Tom Brady’s happiest moment as a couple, but two of bodyguards have gone to jail for what they did to protect their nuptials. Miguel Solis and Alexander Rivas have been jailed for five years for shooting at photographers in Costa Rica in 2009.

>> A new portrait of the Danish Royal Family (yes, that’s the one Our Mary married into) was unveiled last weekend. And it’s… it’s… well, it’s downright creepy, that’s what it is.

>> Warren Beatty’s and Annette Benning’s transgender son appeared in an amazing Public Service Announcement released by GLAAD, entitled, “Healthcare for all: Give trans people access to the care they need”. Click here to watch it.

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