Rays fans, here's another reason to be envious of Derek Jeter.
That's because the girlfriend (and possible fiancée) of the pride of the Yankees — Minka Kelly — has been named the "Sexiest Woman Alive" by Esquire, which bestows the crown annually.
The Friday Night Lights actress, 30, is pictured on the cover of the November issue in a half-shirt and jeans that show off her toned abs. (The issue goes on sale next week).
"I'm confident … in my skin, and I'm cool with my flaws and all that stuff," she tells Esquire. "It just feels nice to be at peace with yourself. I think my 30th birthday gave me permission to have all that."
Still, Kelly said her best days stemmed from childhood — and the odd hours kept by her mom.
"My mom lived a fast life. She was a stripper," Kelly tells Esquire. "It was all about what we could do to have fun with nothing. She would come home at like three, four o'clock in the morning, and she would wake me up in the middle of the night and we'd go grocery shopping."
"That was so much fun. We would have a blast and buy a hundred dollars in groceries. It was just the best day ever."
Saturday marked what would have been the 70th birthday of John Lennon. Amid all the celebration of the former Beatle's life and work also comes the story of how his widow, Yoko Ono, overcame the couple's 1973 separation, which came to be known as Lennon's "lost weekend." (John, also estranged from Paul McCartney at the time, took up with his personal assistant, May Pang.) Ono credits — surprise — McCartney with saving their marriage and allowing them to come together, according to the U.K.'s Daily Mail, which quotes Yoko telling The Times: "I want the world to know that it was a very touching thing that he did for John. He was genuinely concerned about his old partner. … John often said he didn't understand why Paul did this for us, but he did." So what did McCartney do? According to Yoko, Macca conducted a kind of shuttle diplomacy between New York and Los Angeles, asking them both what it would take for there to be reconciliation, and then advising John what to do.
Tween idol dish
Miley gets racy again
Oh, that Miley Cyrus. She's steaming it up again. This time, it's in a video for Who Owns My Heart? In the vid, a blindfolded Miley — who's still 17 — writhes around on a bed in her undies before waking up. Tim Winter, the president of the Parents Television Council, tells TMZ: "It is unfortunate that she would participate in such a sexualized video like this one. It sends messages to her fan base that are diametrically opposed to everything she has done up to this point." Oh, really? Mr. Winter, did you miss her pole dance at last year's Teen Choice Awards? (For the record, Miley's little video romp isn't in Christina Aguilera territory.) As for the PTC, you may recall them. EW.com said the group has gone after the shows $#*! My Dad Says, Gossip Girl and Adam Lambert's kissy-face performance on the American Music Awards.
Bieber on your fingers
Here's Exhibit A if we're making the case that the Justin Bieber phenomenon has gotten out of hand: The crush object of preteen girls (the "True Beliebers") everywhere is coming out with a nail polish — yes, you read that correctly — set to launch in December at Walmart, according to Popeater. Bieber collaborated with Nicole on a line of shades called "One Less Lonely Girl," which is the title of one of his songs (not that we'd know). Popeater says the shades are called One Less Lonely Glitter (lavender), Prized Possession Purple (grape), Give Me The First Dance (silver) and Me + Blue (dark blue). We're sure those hues will be big sellers at Walmart, which is where fine cosmetics are sold. And don't forget: His book, Justin Bieber: First Step 2 Forever: My Story, hits stores today . We know, this news is all 2 exciting.
Eminem: It's art, not hate
Loyal Juiceheads will recall that just the other day, Anderson Cooper and others were up in arms over the trailer for Ron Howard's movie The Dilemma. (Recap: Vince Vaughn said "electric cars are gay." See more on Page 23.) So it may have been mildly surprising that Cooper didn't get agitated when he interviewed Eminem on Sunday's 60 Minutes. Cooper asked Eminem why he uses "lez" and "f--" in lyrics. Replied Em, using the Detroit defense: "The scene that I came up in, that word was thrown around so much, you know? … Like, it was thrown around constantly, to each other, like in battling, you know what I mean?" But do you hate gays? "No, I don't have any problem with nobody, you know what I mean. Like, I'm just whatever." Eminem said he gets "singled out" for criticism. Whatever.
Unpublished Larsson book?
Good news, fans of the "Millennium" trilogy: another book exists! Because we've all read the late Stieg Larsson's global best-seller The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and its two sequels, right? Larsson's brother, Joakim, confirmed to CBS Sunday Morning that another manuscript was almost complete. "I got an e-mail from Stieg 10 days before he died, where he said that book four is nearly finished," Joakim said. But there's a catch: The book is No. 5 in the 10-installment series that Larsson envisioned. Why not No. 4? "He thought (No. 5) was more fun to write," Joakim said.
Kristofferson joins 'Tale'
Dolphin Tale, the feature film currently filming in Clearwater, now has two leading men capable of serenading its aquatic star Winter. Songwriter/actor Kris Kristofferson has joined the cast, playing the father of Harry Connick Jr.'s character, the director of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Kristofferson joins Connick, Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman in the 3-D feature. The movie is filming locally through mid December.
Another Hollywood marriage appears to be on the rocks. People reports, that after 11 years of marriage, Courteney Cox and David Arquette, who are parents to a 6-year-old daughter, have agreed to a trial separation. "The reason for this separation is to better understand ourselves and the qualities we need in a partner and for our marriage," they say in a statement. Cox, 46, and Arquette, 39, met in 1996.