Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Who needs a boyfriend when you've got girlfriends like these?

On the heels of her split with Ryan Seacrest, Julianne Hough is definitely not hiding at home on the couch with a pint of ice cream. On Sunday, the 24-year-old Safe Haven star was front and center courtside at L.A.'s Staples Center with pal Nina Dobrev to cheer on the Lakers as they played the Sacramento Kings.

In her first big public outing since Friday's news hit, the former Dancing with the Stars pro was all smiles in a sweet casual outfit: White lace blouse, khaki jacket, skinny black jeans and ankle boots. Also joined by Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco, Hough and the Vampire Diaries star, 24, sipped iced drinks as they smiled, clapped and checked out the sights inside the arena.

Hough, who dated the American Idol judge, 38, for two years,  has been posting words of inspiration on her Instagram since, including one snap of a quote she stumbled upon on a blackboard at a Coffee Bean on Friday, March 15.

"I can't tell you the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone," the Ed Sheeran quote read.

"Love when these things catch your eyes int he most unexpected places," she captioned the photo.

"It Gets Better," she wrote in another post.

Late last year, she opened up about finding love with her first celebrity crush - Seacrest.

Hough and the American Idol host reportedly split after more than two years of dating because of their conflicting schedules.

"He never sleeps!" one source tells Us of Seacrest's demanding work schedule. The Idol host also has his own radio show, On Air With Ryan Seacrest, and holds red carpet duties throughout the year. "It's a lifestyle she couldn't handle anymore."

"I think this is for good," another pal tells Us of the pair calling it quits. "They both just sort of knew they couldn't do it anymore."

Hang in there girl.

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               Us Magazine

James Franco Doesn't Mind Criticism

James Franco might be a man of many hats, but he's not doing it for your approval.

The actor, professor (among other things) snagged the cover of Bullett magazine's spring issue, and openly discussed the amount of criticism he receives for the multiple projects he chooses to take on.

"Criticism can sting but not for long. At this point I've heard it all, good and bad. I can take anything," Franco told the mag.

"If anyone wants to say that my doing these things makes me a jerk, that's not about me—that's about people reacting to me. I don't need to be liked for anything I do. I put out a lot of different kinds of material, and maybe people read that as egotistical. Or maybe, since a lot of it does involve some aspect of me, they find it self-aggrandizing. But there's a long tradition of artists using themselves."

He added, "Look, I know I'm not perfect. And, who knows, maybe a part of it has to do with self-obsession. But it's also about using this weird thing that is a public persona as raw material for creative projects."

But if anyone needed reassurance that Franco is not just some famous guy that's completely full of himself, his Oz the Great and Powerful costar Mila Kunis sets the record straight.

"I think people would be surprised by what a calm and decent person he is," she told the mag. "I don't want to get too personal but he's very humble. People know that he's well-educated and that he's well-read, but they might not know that he's also a really good guy."

Long story short—he can handle it.

Bruno Mars Comes Clean About His Isues

Bruno Mars is coming clean in the April issue of GQ magazine. The 27-year-old singer opens up about his 2010 arrest, his unusually chipper mugshot and the difficulties of writing a hit song.

When Mars was arrested in Las Vegas for possession of 2.6 grams of cocaine in September 2010, the "Grenade" singer told police it was his first time using drugs

"I don't know where that came from. I was really intoxicated. I was really drunk," he admits to GQ. "So a lot of that is a big blur, and I try every day to forget and keep pushing."

But when asked why he had a huge smile on his face in his mugshot, Mars gave a very honest response. "I have no idea . . . It was a picture," the artist explains.

The Grammy-winning singer also confesses to the magazine that songwriting is not easy. "You know how hard it is to write a big song? That s--t is hard, man," he says. "It's so hard to do. Might be one of the hardest things to ever do."

And he was surprised by the success of one of his latest singles, "Locked Out of Heaven." "That one shocked me. That it turned out the way it did," he admits of the No. 1 hit. "I haven't done a song like that. And hopefully every album, I'll get that feeling. And shock the world! Shock the world!"

Well, keep 'em coming Bruno!

Credit: Peggy Sirota / GQ