Thursday, 13 April 2017

Kingsman: The Golden Circle exclusive first photos show new stars

Like the suave super-agent played by Taron Egerton in 2015’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, director Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First ClassKick-Ass) cares about appearances. For his bigger, brassier follow-up — in theaters  Sept. 29 — to the hit spy pastiche, Vaughn is keen to avoid a retread. So much so that he outlawed the number two from any of the film’s marketing.
“Just doing a sequel, you’re kind of violating that promise of originality,” he says. “Sequelitis is a plague I have no interest in contracting.” So in brainstorming this second installment of a planned trilogy, Vaughn let his imagination fly like a rogue missile. Brand new, beyond-Bond gadgets include a mechanical attack dog and an electric cowboy-style lasso that slices through bad guys.
And the new cast not only includes four Oscar winners but is ridiculously cool, with Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry, and Game of Thrones‘ Pedro Pascal appearing as members of the Statesman, America’s Kingsman equivalent. Julianne Moore also costars as a Martha Stewart-ish global entrepreneur named Poppy and Elton John pops up as a “Vaughn-ized” (per the director) version of himself.
“If the first Kingsman was Captain America,” Egerton says, “then this is very much The Avengers now”

The arc of Egerton’s character in the first movie was from scrappy street kid to spy agent. The 27-year-old actor, who had never set foot on a movie set before scoring the lead role in Kingsman, says he feels a bit less pressure this time. “For the first one, I felt like if I wasn’t really good then it wouldn’t work. This time, the story still unfolds through my eyes but this is still a true ensemble piece. And also, I’ve had a bit more experience. I’m not asking the crew what every piece of camera equipment does.”
And indeed, regarding the ensemble cast, Mark Strong, who plays the senior-level Kingman Merlin, explains, “You can’t underestimate the draw of the new actors in this cast. I’ve had people say to me, ‘Wait, you’re kidding me with those names, right?” For Merlin, the action isn’t just confined to international espionage. He also has a possible romantic in the form of Berry’s across-the-pond spymaster.
“I quite like playing the tech nerd who can handle himself in a conflict situation,” Strong says. “But what I really like about this second film is that Merlin meets Halle Berry’s character, who plays his equivalent role in the Statesmen. And she had her clipboard and her glasses, just like Merlin. And what happens when two tech nerds come together?” Strong teases, “Might there be some geeky love?”
Edgerton and Strong are not the only returning Kingsmen. We know that character resurrections, no matter how implausible, are a banality in comic books, so why not here? Colin Firth’s Harry was most certainly killed cold in the original, but he’s back. We think.
“I’ve read the rumors, but I can’t reveal if I’m even in this film,” Firth said while in full wardrobe on the set last summer. (Take a close look at the Channing Tatum photo, above — is that possibly Firth out of focus in the background?) The Oscar-winning King’s Speech actor adds, “I got in the first Kingsman by virtue of my improbability. An actor known for chick flicks as a fighting badass. So given that irony, I’d say anything is possible.” Cheeky.

How YOU can get Halle Berry's envious body: Actress's personal trainer reveals how she maintains flawless physique at 50 years old

How YOU can get Halle Berry's envious body: Actress's personal trainer reveals how she maintains flawless physique at 50 years old

  • Halle Berry, 50, gave birth just three years ago to her son, and has diabetes
  • She works out with California-based Nat Bardonnet
  • Her, Nat spills on all Halle's top workouts and diet tips 
When Halle Berry posted this shot on her Instagram, with the caption 'me when someone says 'I'm coming over and I've got snacks', the memes flooded in…
The 50-year-old actress, (I repeat, 50), stands serenely in a sunlit field wearing nothing but a white lace dress and perfect bed-hair. 
Underneath, you can see the curves of her figure, subtly sexy as always. 
She posted a similar photo on her birthday in August, saying she was welcoming the landmark age with open arms. 
'Ageing is natural, and that's going to happen to all of us', she told Yahoo! Beauty. I just want to always look like myself, even if that's an older version of myself', she said when dismissing the idea of plastic surgery. 
Halle Berry, 50, gave birth just three years ago to her son, and has diabetes. And yet, she maintains a figure most 25-year-olds would envy
At this year's Vanity Fair after party for the Oscar Awards
Halle Berry, 50, gave birth just three years ago to her son, and has diabetes. And yet, she maintains a figure most 25-year-olds would envy. Pictured: in a recent photoshoot (left) and at this year's Vanity Fair after party for the Oscar Awards (right)

The Oscar winner has been recognised as having a tip-top bikini bod since the 2000s, aside from her Hollywood films. As of 2017, she is the only black woman to have won a Best Actress Academy Award (for her performance in the romantic drama Monster's Ball 2001). 
She was an iconic Bond girl in 2002 (Die Another Day), Catwoman in 2004, and is currently filming her latest, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, in London.
Whilst in London, it is her trainer Nat that she misses the most. Last year, Halle shared a video of her and her 'workout buddy', with the caption 'Being in London makes me miss my workout buddy @natbardonnet'. 
The two were holding a plank on the beach whilst alternating tapping hands, with an ocean view behind. That's sheer dedication to the beach body!
Stunning: She was an iconic Bond girl in 2002 (pictured in Die Another Day)
Stunning: She was an iconic Bond girl in 2002 (pictured in Die Another Day)
Having a son at 47, Halle has clearly worked her butt off over the decades to stay at the top physically. 'It's a lot harder than it used to be', she told LA Times. 'As I get older, I am more conscious of what I eat'.
Diagnosed at 19 with diabetes, Halle has found healthy living crucial. 'Exercising has always been a part of managing my disease and keeping my sugars under control', she said. 
'It took a couple of years, and some scary situations, to accept that it was a lifestyle change and not a diet I could stop in six months… I cut [most] processed sugar from my diet. … That's not to say I won't have a glass of red wine occasionally — it's my guilty pleasure. [If I do], I make sure the rest of my meals that day are clean and healthy: lots of vegetables; no breads … and lots of water', she said.
Halle has never aimed to look muscley, rather sticking to body weight movements and cardio. 'No matter what, every day I exercise for at least 30 minutes', she said.
And that exercise, according to her trainer of six years Nat Bardonnet, is hardcore. 'The way I push Halle, not many people would be able to last,' she has previously revealed. 
'She always has great energy and a great smile. Whatever curveball I throw at her, she can take'. Eager to hear some more celebrity trainer secrets, Healthista spoke to Nat about her sessions with celebrity clients…
'I have been a personal trainer for ten years, prior to that I was a martial artist instructor, and had trained Madonna's daughter, Robert Downey JR's son and the Al Pacino's twins. 
'I have been training Halle Berry for over six years, as well as other Hollywood stars and influencers such as Nora Arnezeder, a French/American actress, J-LO's ex Cris Judd and American dancer Carrie Ann Inaba.'
Q. How many times do you train per week? How long are the sessions? How hard do you push them? 
It depends, if my celebrities are off or on set, preparing for a red carpet event or a movie. And I push hard. But it s always fun. I get to go places such as studios, different countries, houses…unbelievable.
Q. Is a celebrity body achievable and if so, how?
The key word is discipline. So YES you can look like a star. Find a good trainer that knows how to push your body and knows how to sculpt it. Not every trainer is right for you.
I spend a lot of time customizing my workouts for my clients. And find a diet/lifestyle that works for YOU. A diet should be healthy, fresh, diverse, yummy…full of flavors, colours, nutrients and vitamins'.
Q. What is your most reliable go-to type of exercise for all round fitness?
My whole hour/session is non-stop. I keep the heart rate up, burn major group muscles and sculpt the little ones. For fat busting, dancing, with my friend's workout, Body by Simone, or spinning with my other friend Lacey Stone; anything that keeps your heart rate up for over 45 minutes and makes you sweat. 
For muscle gain, I would suggest a Barry's Bootcamp or CrossFit type of class.
Every body is different – that is where my expertise come in. I make the workout for you, even the music. At the end, you are drenched and crawl out of my gym.
Q. What ratio of cardio-weights do you advise?
Men and women are very different. I am known to sculpt women into a sexy 'femme fatale' [a stock character who has seduction and mystery about her]. Curvy but toned. I specialise in working 'the outside muscles'. For example, grab a resistance band, step on it and try to 'dance' open the right leg to the right and left to the left back and forth. This will burn and shrink your butt.
Q. What would be the one tip you use to keep clients, or yourself, motivated to continue a workout? 
I am always changing it up, you will never have the same workout with me. It's about music and diversity. Since I met Bruno Mars and have been helping his dancers (hooligans) get into shape, I have a weakness for him and his music. It also depends on my clients' preference. We listen to funk, Drake, BeyoncĂ©… anything that makes you want to move.
Q. What diet do you typically follow?
Fresh, healthy and tasty. I stay away from anything white (except eggs and chicken). No sugar, no flour, no bread, no pasta, no rice…. I eat plenty veggies and fruits . Water, coconut water (from a young coconut not a box). I avoid anything in a box or that has a word I cannot pronounce.
I am lactose intolerant and don't like anything fried, so I am not much fun! But I am half French half British so either a lager or a glass of wine for a cheat!
Q. What is the best diet tip you can give people?
Fresh food and moderation. Butter for instance is NOT the enemy in moderation. But fake sugars ARE. And cause CANCER.
Q. What do most of us get wrong when we aren't seeing results?
Find what works for you. For some it is cross fit, other it is spinning, or running, or Pilates. Learn your body type and have fun. Also ladies, do not eat after your workout. Go and shower or do your emails. 
Let your body burn even after you are done at the gym. I like to compare the body to an engine – while it is hot, let it burn its own fat. Don't feed it right away. I think it sends the wrong message to the body of 'so I'll keep the fat I have for storage since you are feeding me'. Veggies at night for dinner, and brush your teeth!
This article was originally published by Healthista 

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