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Kate Bosworth & Demi Lovato Show Their Topshop Allegiance In El Lay

Topshop takeover!

After attending the Topshop opening party with the epic guestlist on Wednesday, Kate Bosworth and Demi Lovato made their way to The Grove in El Lay on Thursday for the actual grand opening of the store.

Both girls looked lovely, if a bit mismatched, in their respective outfits.

Demi rocked the hell out of her studded cast with a matching studded leather jacket, black leggings, and a gray tee.

Almost identical to her dinner party outfit the night before!

Kate, on the other hand, went the preppy route in a boxy denim J.W. Anderson for Topshop button-down and floral print skirt worn with black wedge sneakers.

We have to say Demi was the best-dressed on this occasion–her outfit is way more coherent.

Anyway, are U excited about finally having Topshop in El Lay or what?!

[Image via Starbucks/WENN.]

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Brooklyn Decker Stomachs Valentine’s Day Without Her Husband

Rather than spending Valentine’s Day loved up with hubby Andy Roddick Brooklyn Decker was hard at work and looking hawt!

Showing off her abs in a black crop top and blush-colored skirt, the former Sports Illustrated cover girl played hostess at the Gillette’s World’s Largest Shave and Kiss Event event in New York City.

We’d say ‘poor Andy’, but we’re sure Brooklyn will make-up for it by wearing something even seksier than this.

Enjoy your grand slamming in the bedroom, kids! LOLz!

[Image via Ivan Nikolov/WENN.]

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Juanes — The Biggest, Hugest, Giantest Video … Ever!

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Colombian singer Juanes is such a massive star around the world — there aren’t enough words in the English language to describe his success! Good thing we remember a poquito Spanish.

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Ethan Hawke Is in Sugar Ray?

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Here’s Ethan Hawke at the Berlin Film Festival on Monday (left) — and Sugar Ray lead singer Mark McGrath back in 1999 (right).

Reality bites.

We’re just sayin’.

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Chad Ochocinco’s New Girlfriend — She’s a WHOOTY … White Girl with a Booty

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Chad Ochocinco‘s already on the rebound with a new chick … and there’s no denying it, girl’s got some SERIOUS JUNK … even compared to a random girl in the background doing stripper moves.

The video was shot a few days ago in Miami — showing Ocho and his new lady Lauren Popeil getting touchy-feely near the beach … and Lauren’s got an ass like an onion. It makes us wanna cry. 

BONUS: While Ocho cuddles up with Lauren, some random chick in the background felt it was a great time to practice her stripper moves on a pole. Gotta love Miami.

FYI — it’s been six months since Ocho’s domestic violence arrest … when he allegedly headbutted his wife Evelyn Lozada. The two have since divorced.

As for Lauren and Ocho, they jetted off to Spain Tuesday to catch yesterday’s Real Madrid game … where they posted even more cuddly photos on Instagram.

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Fun fact: Lauren Popeil is the daughter of Ron Popeil … Godfather of the infomercial … known for his catchphrases “Set it and forget it!” and “But wait, there’s more!”

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TMZ Live: Oscar Pistorius — Olympic Hero Charged with Model Girlfriend’s Murder

Oscar Pistorius — the double-amputee Olympic sprinter — is now charged with shooting and killing his model girlfriend. We’ll tell you what we uncovered about alleged domestic violence in his past — and what people in her life are saying about the couple.

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    Review: ‘A Good Day To Die Hard’ Proves That Willis Should Have Stopped At #4 (Video)

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    Bruce Willis reprises his iconic role as police detective John McClane in ‘A Good Day To Die Hard’ directed by John Moore (‘Max Payne’) and written by Skip Woods (‘A Team’) and Jason Keller.

    McClane this time around, finds himself in Moscow. Seems his estranged son, Jack (Jai Courtney) has been arrested for murder. McClane isn’t at all surprised; he believes Jack is a total screw-up.

    In truth (and this isn’t a SPOILER) Jack is a CIA operative trying to protect a government whistleblower, Komarov (Sebastian Koch) from being killed.

    Before father and son can hook up, they’re involved in an over the top car chase through the streets of Moscow that lasts around ten minutes (It felt like ten hours).

    After that’s over, the two men spend some time yelling at each other, followed by a few moments of male bonding, as they try to protect Komarov Russian bad guys – there’s lots and lots of bad guys.

    There are also lots and lots of shoot outs with big automatic weapons, along with vicious fights, a little torture and more car chases.

    Get the picture?!?

    I really wanted to love this film or at least be entertained, but unfortunately, neither of those things happened.

    ‘A Good Day to Die Hard’ has what you’d expect from an action film – It has action. What it doesn’t have is a good script and well defined characters; you truly don’t care about anyone. You just want the noise to stop.

    Bruce Willis is always fun to watch but even he couldn’t save this film from being nothing more than two hours of non-stop excessive violence, with a twist you can see coming a mile away.

    It’s for these reasons I gave ‘A Good Day to Die Hard’ 2 1/2 bagels out of 5.

    The film opens on today on Valentine’s Day, Thursday February 14, 2012. If you’re planning on having a romantic evening, this is definitely NOT the movie to see.

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    ‘Mama Bear’ Evan Rachel Wood Succeeds In Ultrasound Photo Removal

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    Pregnant Evan Rachel Wood has succeeded in having paparazzi shots featuring the actress holding a sonogram of her unborn child removed from an online publication.

    The Wrestler star flew into a fury on Wednesday after discovering a sneaky snapper had used a long lens to take pictures of Wood and her husband, actor Jamie Bell, on the rooftop parking lot of a Los Angeles hospital following an ultrasound appointment.

    The photos were initially published on DailyMail.co.uk, prompting an angry Wood to lash out at the unnamed paparazzo for violating the mom-to-be’s privacy.

    In a series of Twitter.com posts, Wood seethed, “Which sick f**k paparazzi hid in the parking lot of my hospital after my ultrasound… You took a picture of my ultrasound photo???!!!! I couldn’t be more furious right now. I want to cry. My child isn’t even born yet. That’s my child. It’s not even out of the womb and they are snapping photos of it… I have never been more violated by a photographer.”

    She then tweeted a plea to the tabloid editors who purchased the rights to the images, asking them to “please remove the photos because they are private medical records, and it’s an invasion.”

    Her personal request was honored by Daily Mail bosses and they subsequently took the article with the offending shots down from their site.

    Executives at the picture agency the paparazzo submitted the images to have also removed the photos from their website.

    Celebrating her successful battle with the media, Wood later tweeted, “Man, when that mama bear instinct kicks in, she KICKS in.”

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    DIY Cheese: Easier Than It Sounds and Edible Enough

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    Flip through the catalog of a certain high-end kitchenware and specialty food retailer and you’ll find a retro-cool hand-crank grain grinder for milling your own flour, a fruit press for making your own cider and wine, and—for those whose idea of “farm fresh” means plucking eggs still warm from the nest—a backyard chicken coop made from reclaimed wood.

    All this may sound like a goofy sketch from Portlandia, but like ready-to-be-foraged wild onions, the agrarian food trend is creeping beyond the latest farm-to-table hot spot and into our personal kitchens. My condo’s balcony has scarcely enough space for a patio set, let alone a chicken run, so I got resourceful. A variety of urban-friendly DIY kits promise easy-to-make staples that would be fresher and cheaper than the stuff I get from the store. In hopes of carving out my own little slice of the nouveau homesteader life, I tried my hand at a few of these uber-local products.

    Cheese making is a time-honored food craft and, I soon realized, one that involves a basic understanding of science. My box’s contents featured intimidating items such as tablets of rennet (enzymes that coagulate milk), citric acid (which gives cheese its stretch), and a cooking thermometer. Motivated by the fact that this was a science project I could eat, I pulled out my trusty Le Creuset and dumped in a gallon of pasteurized whole milk that I hoped to transform into fresh mozzarella.

    After pouring one and a half tablespoons of dissolved citric acid into the pot of sleek ivory liquid, I gingerly fired up the burner to medium heat and watched the tiny thermometer make the slow climb to 90 degrees. When the milk reached the magic number, I hit it with the rennet, and almost immediately something magical happened.

    Curds and whey, I discovered, were more than just words from a nursery rhyme; small white grains (curds) began coagulating atop a pool of bubbling yellow (whey). A bit of gentle stirring later, and I was ready to ladle the yogurt-like chunks into a bowl, pour off the liquid, add some salt, and fold my creation into two perfect tennis balls. The end product tasted fresh but extremely mild, and my aggressive stretching yielded a dense texture similar to that of string cheese. No matter; I was ecstatic. In under an hour, I had made my own cheese, and it was edible enough to shred onto a homemade pizza.

    My relative success inspired me to attempt a wheel of goat cheese. The instructions called for the same basic steps (minus the rennet), only with the goat’s milk warmed to a much higher temperature (185 degrees) and the curds drained through cheesecloth. Again, I nailed the procedure. But despite the epicurean street cred I enjoyed by having half a gallon of goat’s milk in my fridge for a week, the supposedly exotic dairy product didn’t bring any complexity or funk to my cheese. (To add flavor, I stirred in some herbes de Provence.) Still, it felt cool to spread my very own goat cheese on crostini.

    The butter kit was an even bigger success. Truly idiot-proof instructions directed me to vigorously shake a container filled with heavy cream for ten or so minutes to break down the milk fat until it formed clumps of butter grain. The process was simple but arm-numbingly labor-intensive, which I suppose is the whole point of the DIY lifestyle. And there was no denying the flavor: rich, decadent, and delicious.

    While my in-house dairy factory was churning out goodies, my other DIY project refused to cooperate. I followed the directions and placed the footlong, seven-pound shiitake mushroom log in our home’s most humid environment: the bathtub. According to Howard Berk, a proprietor of 2 Fun Guys, which purveys logs preinoculated with shroom-producing spores, all my lonely hunk of wood needed was a 24-hour soaking and some sudden shifts in temperature to trigger a bumper crop of tasty fungi within a few weeks. A month later, I’m still waiting.

    That’s life in a farm-to-table household: Sometimes you have to live on what nature provides.

     

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    A Guide to Logan Square: Where to Eat, Shop, and Play

    (Clockwise from top left) Yusho, Logan Theatre, Fleur, The Whistler, Bang Bang Pie Shop, and City Lit Books
     

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    BANG BANG PIE SHOP
    [1] The pie flavors change almost every day, but you’ll always have a fruit, a cream, and a chocolate option—all beyond decadent. 2051 N. California Ave., 773-276-8888, bangbangpie.com

    CENTENNIAL MONUMENT
    [2] Designed by Henry Bacon and dedicated in 1918, the marble Doric column in the middle of the square commemorates the centennial of Illinois’s statehood.

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    CITY LIT BOOKS
    [3] Hit this independent bookstore for its expertly stocked shelves and knowledgeable staffers (ask for a recommendation). 2523 N. Kedzie Blvd., 773-235-2523, citylitbooks.com

    FLEUR
    [4] Sure, you can order unique flower arrangements at this charming shop, which brides across Chicago do. But you’ll find soaps, candles, and baby toys too. 3149 W. Logan Blvd., 773-395-2770, fleurchicago.com

    LOGAN THEATRE
    [5] The 98-year-old movie house offers much more than just films (Live Comedy Mondays, anyone?). 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-342-5555, thelogantheatre.com

    LULA CAFE
    [6] This contemporary American spot excels at cocktails and high-end comfort food (lamb sweetbreads, gnocchi with boar sausage). 2537 N. Kedzie Blvd., 773-489-9554, lulacafe.com

    MASA AZUL
    [7] Jenny Kessler’s awardwinning cocktails (heavy on mezcal and tequila) perfectly complement those tangy braised pork tacos. 2901 W. Diversey Ave., 773-687-0300, masaazul.com

    NEW WAVE COFFEE
    [8] The clientele differ—lit lovers, Apple junkies, chatty knitting groups—but the java (made with local Metropolis beans) is consistently excellent at this coffee shop. 2557 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-489-0646, newwavecoffee.com

    A drink from Scofflaw

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    [9] Danny Shapiro’s robust rotating drink menu earned the one-year-old gin joint the top spot on Chicago’s 2013 list of the best bars in the city. 3201 W. Armitage Ave., 773-252-9700, scofflawchicago.com

    THE WHISTLER
    [10] The bar that spawned the affordable cocktail trend back in 2008 still packs them in every weekend. 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-227-3530, whistlerchicago.com

    WOLFBAIT & B-GIRLS
    [11] Here you’ll find chic women’s wear by local designers (Megan Lee, Squasht by Les) and by the boutique’s owners, Jenny Stadler and Shirley Kienitz. 3131 W. Logan Blvd., 312-698-8685, wolfbaitchicago.com

    YUSHO
    [12] This small-plate, yakitoriinspired restaurant opened in 2011 to ecstatic reviews. No wonder: Matthias Merges spent 14 years as executive chef at Charlie Trotter’s. 2853 N. Kedzie Ave., 773-904-8558, yusho-chicago.com
     

    MARCH MUST-DOS

    The indoor farmers’ market continues every Sunday in the Congress Theater lobby through March 24. Sample the suds at area taverns at the Internationale Hiking Day Pub Stroll on March 4. The Chicago Underground Film Festival, featuring local filmmakers, invades the Logan Theatre from March 6 to 10.

     

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